If a big wedding is not for you, then you’re in for a sweet little treat. Vanessa and Atiq skipped the guest list drama -oh, you know, that one we all experience trying to invite the ones we love yet not inviting the entire town to the wedding – and decided to elope in style. Captured by Melissa of Fresh In Love Photography who kind to send this gorgeous elopement our way!

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Atiq and I wanted everything to be simple and cozy. We wanted to enjoy our wedding day and not plan a day for other people. The only details I wanted to plan was what we could carry in our picnic basket and of course what would we be wearing. I picked Cheesman park for its beautiful and solemn columns and picturesque settings. I wanted the balloons for a bouquet because ever since I was a kid I wanted to be carried away into the sky with balloons. I felt it would be a charming scene to be in a white dress stepping out of a yellow city taxicab with a bunch of balloons in toe. From the moment I stepped out of the taxi it was going to be about us sharing our love and exchanging our vows. Melissa’s pictures showed it all. I was so happy that this moment was here and I was able to enjoy all of it with my husband. All the details came from our hearts we wrote our vows, I made our cake, and even sculpted the wedding cake topper. We topped it off with the most romantic and unforgettable carriage ride to our favorite restaurant, Luca D’italia, where we had our wedding dinner. We planned it to be our romance day, and it was.

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Atiq and I met in Arvada at D-Note salsa dancing. We said we would be meet up for Tango classes. Four years later we still haven’t had a lesson! We even tried last week and got the date wrong. Poop. We will soon, though, our honeymoon is going to be in Argentina! We both moved here in Denver for work, Atiq is from Pakistan and I am from Utah originally. I am a flight attendant/ ceramicist and Atiq is a computer guy/ animal lover. We couldn’t be more opposite, but we are the better for it.

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Her gorgeous ruffled sandals are Badgley Mischka Randee.
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We have decided to marry ourselves by exchanging our own personal vows. I haven’t decided where would be most romantic, but I have in mind Cheeseman Park’s Roman columns. I use to live around there. Then I thought we could have a picnic with a mini-wedding cake and champagne. I do ceramics and I made the wedding cake topper!

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