Ghost towns. Autumn and fall colors. A seriously fun and sweet couple. These are the things that make me love my job most! Ashton and Molly got married in an Aspen ghost town elopement in autumn surrounded by a few of their favorite people, exploring a new place they’d never been but wanted to visit.
Ashcroft is an established historical site near Aspen that requires entrance fees and has trails built in to help keep the area pristine and allow visitors to easily Leave No Trace. The two got their permit and reservation to visit the area on their wedding day and brought a handful of close friends to witness and celebrate with them. We started the day with getting ready in Snowmass Village before carpooling out to the ceremony site that Molly and her crew set up while I was finishing getting ready photos with Ashton. They had set up the decor in their basement weeks beforehand to perfectly arrange each intentional detail they packed in with them, everything beautifully paired with the aspen leaves changing colors.
As we pulled up to the ceremony, Molly turned around to face the mountains, waiting to see Ashton until she walked down the burlap aisle, ready to exchange personal vows beneath the flower arch. Sealing their promises with a kiss, the two were wed! We followed the formalities with some group photos at the site before heading over to explore the ghost town. I love basking in the history of these spaces, and playing with the symmetry that often comes with these types of old buildings. The aspen trees were really showing off, too, with their yellow and orange leaves decorating the mountainsides.
We parted ways after photos as they made their way to a dinner reservation in town, and a night of celebrating their newlywed status ahead. Take a peek at just a few of my favorites from their aspen ghost town elopement: