How to Achieve a Subtle Theme in an Elopement

February 14, 2021
How to Achieve a Subtle Theme in an Elopement

Colorado wedding photographers, Julia and Ken Photography, planned a darling styled elopement in the foothills of the Rockies. Their hope was to show couples that the secret ingredients to a beautiful elopement are simple: soft lighting, the foothills of the Rockies, a beautiful bouquet, and pretty stationery. They chose a sweet color palette of cinnamon and pink to complement the location and season. Below we’re sharing how you can achieve a subtle theme without being overwhelming or needing an extravagant amount of details!

We adore how this romantic elopement effortlessly ties in each detail of the day.

The Overall Theme

Determining the theme of your elopement can be simple. Don’t overthink it! If you’ve already picked out your dress, use that to inspire the rest of the details. The bride below is wearing a romantic midi gown with a soft floral lace overlay. Using just her dress, the rest of the day is able to unfold from her hair and makeup to the bouquet and invitation suite!

Together, the flat lay and portraits give off a very delicate, charming feel. The bride’s show-stopping soft smile adds innocence to the romantic shots of her and her hubby. And, the ruffly flower appliqués on her dress matches her bouquet and the vintage floral stamps. The lace-up back also coordinates with the ribbons of her bouquet and call us crazy but the criss-cross pattern seems to complement the fern leaves in her bouquet! It’s amazing how subtle the details that coordinate can be to truly achieve your dream theme!


Color palettes are key to achieving a subtle theme. Opting to go with different variations of the same color will help keep things cohesive. However, different tones can/should be accentuated to increase the contrast and draw focus to certain items. This gorgeous elopement plays with different shades of pink and neutrals while bringing in deeper shares for contrast. You can see the contrasting colors most prominently in the bouquet and color palette. Take notes from how Julia and Ken Photography pull in petals from the bouquet when capturing the invitation suite to ensure the photos in your keepsake album flow beautifully together!

Pink tones are an easy color to draw out of a floral lace gown, which is the first element of the day we started with. From there the color palette is tied in throughout including the natural lip color used on the bride by Kim from Kim J Beauty (a bold lip would easily take away and misconstrue the feel) and perhaps this is pure coincidence, but the wax press matches the groom’s shoes! 


Accessories are a must even in a simple elopement! We love how this bride chose romantic stud earrings and a dainty bracelet that complement her outfit, rather than taking the attention away from the dress. The subdued accessories add just the perfect hint of sparkle without overdoing it or overpowering the other components of the shot.

And, instead of going wild with a shawl, hairpiece, and beyond, opt to accessorize with your man on your arm!

If you’re opting to have a smaller vendor team for your intimate and simple elopement, don’t hesitate to share your overall theme and vision for the day with your photographer. They will be able to help ensure that vision is captured on your big day!

Photographers: Julia and Ken Photography Florist: Julie from Inspired Designs Stationery: Alex from Hair + Makeup: Kim from Kim J Beauty Model: Terri Model: Josh
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