A Rustic Navy and Ivory Wedding at Willow Ridge Manor in Morrison, Colorado

Aurielle Tanner (27 and a corporate event planner) and Dave Kuehl (26 and works in corporate development and strategy) met in high school, and 11 year

Aurielle Tanner (27 and a corporate event planner) and Dave Kuehl (26 and works in corporate development and strategy) met in high school, and 11 years later, Dave proposed on Christmas morning in a field filled with freshly fallen snow. The couple knew they wanted to get married in the mountains, and Willow Ridge Manor in Morrison, Colorado, seemed like the obvious choice with its expansive views of the Red Rocks Park. Plus, they were the first couple to have both their ceremony and reception outside at Willow Ridge. Starting with the rustic invitation suite, Aurielle and Dave spent hours designing the stationery to be the first glance into the entire wedding style. They sealed each envelop with an ivory wax stamp of a tree, stamped each with vintage Colorado and Washington, DC, stamps, and had them addressed by a calligrapher. Throughout the wedding, they used navy and ivory in their color palette and added rustic and vintage details. Using Chairs with Character, they had an eclectic mix of vintage chairs, and added family heirlooms for the china dishware. “Having irreplaceable pieces of family history was a little nerve wrecking for our families leading up to the wedding, but seeing all of it on display and having all the guests talk about it brought it back to life,” Aurielle says. Guests sat at long tables for dinner while they watched the sunset behind the mountains. At the end of the night, the couple danced to MC Johnny Cruz, a family friend, and even rocked so hard they blew the power fuse making the perfect opportunity to sing “Sweet Caroline” a cappella style.

“Dave and I spent hours crafting every element, designing, and assembling nearly every aspect,” Aurielle says. “We got green and white bakers twine to tie the inner folder and incorporated a little leaf charm in the bow. We also sealed each envelop with pearl white wax stamp of a tree. We painstakingly collected a variety of vintage Colorado and Washington DC stamps to feature on the front and had them addressed by a calligrapher.”
Vintage-Inspired Wedding Invitations
Aurielle carried an ivory and green bouquet of garden roses, ranunculus, peonies, hydrangeas, succulents and baby’s breath.
Blue Satin Wedding Shoes with Bows
With the help of her bridal consultant sister, Aurielle chose a Maggie Sottero dress called Esme complete with a flowing tulle skirt and Swarovski crystal-covered bodice.
Braided Updo with Baby's Breath Accessories
The bridesmaids wore navy Alfred Sung dresses in slightly different styles to match their personalities.
The groomsmen wore charcoal Vera Wang tuxes with navy and white polka dotted ties.
The groomsmen’s boutonniere included a peony bud and a succulent accented with aspen leaves.
The flower girl wore a sparkly navy tulle dress with a rose and baby’s breath flower crown. She carried a wicker basket and threw white rose petals down the aisle.
An Outdoor Ceremony at Willow Ridge Manor
Aurielle and Dave did their own take on a handfasting ceremony. “We loved that tying the knot, bonds of matrimony and hand in marriage all come from this ancient ceremony,” Aurielle says. “We did our research and learned that hand fasting can be found in many ancient cultures from the Mayans to the Hindu Vedic and Celtic cultures. We decided to take this ancient tradition and make it our own. We had each member of our bridal party be part of the ceremony by having them tie a colored length of cord around our hands. Each cord was a different color, which was carefully selected for their meaning. For example, red represents will, love, strength, courage, health, vigor and passion.”
Aurielle and Dave First Kiss
Aurielle and Dave Recessional
Aurielle and Dave made all the escort cards themselves out of horseshoes and rustic brown cards. On the back it said, “The horseshoe has been a talisman of good luck for centuries. Hang this horseshoe with the heels up above your door and it will catch any good luck that floats by and bring luck to all in the home. The first gift that Dave gave Aurielle was an old horseshoe; it has brought us luck and good fortune. We hope this horseshoe does the same for you.”
An Outdoor Reception at Willow Ridge Manor
Tall White Hydrangea and Baby's Breath Centerpieces
Vintage Tea Pot Flower Vase Centerpieces
Rustic, DIY Black and Green Table Numbers
Rustic Wooden Place Card Holders
Vintage Vanity Cake Table
Aurielle and Dave enjoyed a two-tier bundt cake decorated with white buttercream. They also served mini bundt cakes to guests including cherry, lemon blueberry, snicker doodle and double chocolate.
“The DJ was a family friend I have known much of my life and he rocked it all night,” Aurielle says. “We were rocking so hard that we blew the power fuse and the entire place went dark, which ended up being a great moment since a friend lead the group in an a cappella version of ‘Sweet Caroline.’”