A Mountaintop Sangeet and Celestial Reception Were Both Part of This Seven-Event Aspen Wedding

Balancing cohesion and distinction can be a tricky task when planning not one but seven wedding events. However, the beautiful backdrop of Aspen, Colo

Balancing cohesion and distinction can be a tricky task when planning not one but seven wedding events. However, the beautiful backdrop of Aspen, Colorado, simplified the task for Suniti Mehta (32 and a lawyer) and Samuel (Sam) Philipsek (33 and a lawyer) who allowed the beauty of nature to inspire each component of their destination wedding. Guests were welcomed to the Rockies with a sangeet atop Aspen mountain where they sipped Aperol spritzes. For the garba, attendees entered the jewel-tone space through a greenery tunnel into a secret garden oasis. While epic on their own, each prewedding event was simply a sneak peek of the main event: a mountain-view ceremony with sunny yellow blooms followed by a tented starry-night-themed reception with innovative food and luxe velvet details.

Every event showcased a different color palette. Cheery peach and tangerine hues welcomed guests to the mehndi. Pastel purples and blues accompanied the mountaintop sangeet. Then, for the garba, Suniti and Sam went with rich jewel tones like emerald, teal and fuchsia to bring the secret garden theme to life. As for fashion, "I wore Indian clothes by Indian designers for all of the events. I wanted to have a different look for each event and make sure the dress matched the feel of the event as well as the natural setting,” says Suniti. Suniti notes that her “almost Grecian” gold lehenga was her favorite. 

To introduce their celebration's aesthetic, “I wanted the invitation suite to reflect nature and the beauty of the Rockies but also my Indian culture,” says Suniti. The couple’s stationer brought in artistic motifs that nodded to Moghul arches and jaali screens. 

“I wanted the ceremony to feel Indian, despite being in the middle of the Rockies,” says Suniti. A mandap with Moghul-style arches and yellow blooms did just that. “For the reception, our stationer translated the evening’s starry night theme into our escort card display by hanging star lanterns that guests could take home.” When guests got to their seats they were greeted by place cards that “had small fairy lights inside of them,” says Suniti. To complement the tented reception’s celestial theme, Suniti and Sam brought in linear, gold art deco accents. “Our design team created custom bars and a dance floor with those art deco architectural elements. They also found amazing antique mirrored tables and lamps that were a perfect fit,” says Suniti. 

Expressing their gratitude to attendees by gifting everyone meaningful favors was a priority for Suniti and Sam. In addition to welcome bags that included “some local treats and nods to New York,” the couple also set up a bazaar-inspired gifting station at the garba. While at the favor station guests got to create their own piece of framed art with pressed flowers. "At the garba, we included traditional Indian gifts like jewelry, pencils and even Indian dolls that were a big hit with the adults and the kids," says Suniti. 

Invitation Suite Inspired by Moghul Arches and Indian Jaali Screens
Diamond Engagement Ring in Yellow Velvet Ring Box
Bride in Pink-and-Orange Lehenga Posing With Groom
Bride Getting Henna Applied at Mehendi Party
Cocktail Table With Orange Linens at Aspen Museum of Art
Orange-and-Yellow Bar Menu
Bride in Pink Lehenga Dancing With Groom in Navy Sherwani
Greenery Tunnel Entryway With Hanging Candles
Pink Signature Cocktail and Pink Cocktail Napkin
Venue With Blue Velvet Draping and Pink Velvet Chairs
Bazaar-Inspired Gifting Station at Wedding Garba
Barn Venue With Boxwood Hedge Arch
Gondola on Aspen Mountain in Colorado
Bride and Groom on Top of Mountain in Aspen, Colorado
Blue Pillar Candle and Blue-and-Yellow Flower Arrangement
Bride and Groom Beside Aperol Spritz Cart Atop Aspen Mountain
Aperol Spritz Beside Pink Spray-Painted Baby's Breath
Velvet Couch and White Table Atop Aspen Mountain in Colorado
Bride in Yellow-and-Blue Lehenga and Groom in Yellow-and-White Sherwani
Mandap Decorated With Yellow Flowers for Wedding Ceremony in Colorado
Wedding Reception Tent in Field in Aspen, Colorado
Bride in Gold Lehenga in Aspen, Colorado
White Paper Stars as Escort Cards
Centerpiece With Orange Dahlias and White Roses
Blue-and-Gold Menu Atop Glass Charger at Place Setting
Tented Wedding Reception With Beaded Chandeliers and Velvet Blue Chairs
Passed Hors d'Oeuvres on Tiered Tray
Lettuce Hors d'Oeuvres on Metal Tray
Tented Wedding Reception at Night in Aspen, Colorado