September 19, 2013

Intimate Family Wedding in Pueblo


Jandi and Rodney wanted an intimate wedding with the closest of family and friends. And it had to be in Pueblo to make it easy for Jandi’s grandmother to get to. What they got at Pueblo’s Rusted Poppy Inn fit the bill.

They rented out the whole Bed and Breakfast to be sure they had the space and time to have their wedding day flow effortlessly from ceremony to reception. What they didn’t count on was the added drama of unprecedented Front Range flooding that slowed the arrival of many family members who came in from Northern Colorado and the progress of a photographer who navigated the backroads from Longmont to get to Interstate 25 and south to Pueblo. When I arrived, a smile that was more a look of relief came across the grooms face. “You’re the final piece of the puzzle,” he told me. I had arrived two hours early, counting on terrible traffic and rough roads. I don’t like cutting things close and in this case I didn’t mind being the final piece. I had made it with time to spare.

Both Jandi and Rodney were getting married for a second time and they wanted their children to be involved. Rodney’s sons Kellen and Curtis were his groomsmen and Jandi’s son Dutch and daughter Sidney would balance the bridal party on her side. They didn’t want the fuss of not seeing each other before the big day so they even helped each other get ready. The ceremony was held in the gardens outside the Rusted Poppy Inn and weather held off just enough for the bridal party and guests to dine outside on a long farm table beautifully decorated for the occasion.

As luck would have it, Jandi and Rodney wound up being the first wedding at the Rusted Poppy Inn. After five years of restoration by the owners, the inn offers a cozy eclectic Victorian atmosphere that makes it a great place for an intimate family wedding. Two other weddings were scheduled but both weddings were called off. So along with living through the history of record flooding, the couple has the distinguished honor of being the first couple to have been wed at the Rusted Poppy Inn.

bride helps her groom get ready for the ceremony

Bride's son gets ready for the ceremony

Bride gets ready with daughter

Groom and sons get ready

Groom puts neclace on bride's daughter

Groom looks for bride as he stands by groomsmen and officiant.

Large farm table set for wedding

Boy sleeping at wedding table

Groom caresses bride's hand during ceremony

Groom stands with sons

bride smiles at camera while standing in garden

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Chris Stark
Wedding Photojournalist at Stark Bellamy Photography
Chris Stark is an award-winning photojournalist and former news photographer who honed his craft at several Colorado newspapers. Documentary wedding photography translates perfectly into Chris' fly-on-the-wall style. Chris lives in Longmont, Colorado with his wife and daughter and spends his free time on the bike or hiking with his family.