bump day – week 37 | colorado wedding photographer

37 weeks – full term! he’s ready, and so is the nursery! he can officially arrive at any time and have somewhere to sleep, get changed, and even cry his little lyon heart out (but our baby will never cry, right? 😉 )

our third bedroom had been untouched since we moved into our house last year, and now was the time to take it over and decorate for the little lyon! here it is from the start: blank. builder-beige walls. boring light fixture. the pile of wainscotting on the carpet – just a sign of what was to come! we knew we wanted to do wainscotting from the very beginning!2012 09 19 0011 bump day   week 37  |  colorado wedding photographer

then came my crazy mock-up in week 22. from there, we went crazy with ideas to make the nursery everything we imagined. we decided to have the room be a bit retro, a bit travel inspired, and still a bit baby. cutesy, but not too cutesy. travel themed, but not too travel themed. ya know, just not too much of anything.

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here it is! the final product! putting the nursery together was such a fun project to do together. and i love it.2012 09 19 0031 bump day   week 37  |  colorado wedding photographer

 nate had an idea for a painted mural above little lyon’s changing table/dresser to tie in the travel theme, and some whimsy. he hunted for just the right model airplane, and even incorporated an antique camera to tie in my photography. the little polaroid frames have photos we’ve taken from our travels in them. ya, my hubs, he’s pretty talented 😉

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i’ve said it before, and i’ll say it again – i’m a dork. and nate and i are both super detail-oriented. so, when we found the lamp with the teddy bear flying an old airplane, i was hooked. and we made a coaster for the side table made from coins that we’ve collected from our travels.

and the “table”…isn’t a table. it’s a trunk on its side. you don’t really notice it at first, but it ties it all together so wellsimple smile bump day   week 37  |  colorado wedding photographer(if i do say so myself…hehehe)

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the changing table/dresser that my brother made arrived this week! it’s all kinds of awesome.

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little touches – antique movie poster, canvases above the crib that nate designed, and a comfy ottoman as extra seating!

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perhaps the most important part of the nursery –

the door guard.

beware.

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we made the mobile to go over little lyon’s cribsimple smile bump day   week 37  |  colorado wedding photographer

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here it is! the final pano shot!

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how far along? 37 weeks.
maternity clothes? of course. and more of nate’s basketball shorts.
sleep? still hit or miss, but not too bad!
best moment of the week? last night, i could feel his heel, and i nudged it one way, and he kicked it back! it was so sweet to have him actually respond!
movement? yes, but not as much. more feet movement than anything else.
symptoms: nothing new, but i’m still hugesimple smile bump day   week 37  |  colorado wedding photographer
milestones: reaching full term!
miss anything? advil. tylenol just isn’t the same.
food cravings: pumpkin!!!! i made some pumpkin-zucchini bread, and it’s pretty much amazing.
belly button in or out? out, way out.
wedding rings on or off? still on. not quite sure how, but still on!
looking forward to: him being here. the countdown is on, and it’s all a waiting game now.

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  • Katie Lyon

    Thanks Vanessa! :) You’re the master of design 😉

  • Jennifer Lyon

    It’s beautiful! And of course Charli is the cutest!

  • Katie Lyon

    Thanks Margo :)

  • Beth Marie

    Such a unique nursery! Looks beautiful!

  • Margo Sweany

    Love it! Great job Katie!

  • Vanessa Van Vark

    Love, love, LOVE your nursery! :)

  • Kay Beaton

    Beautiful Katie!

  • Cathy Marie

    Love it all!

  • Alan Lyon

    Awesome!

becca + jeff | married! | red lion wedding

becca and jeff’s day didn’t come without its fair share of surprises. in typical colorado fashion, the weather shifted from bright and sunny to dark, cold, windy, and pouring rain – in less than an hour. that was not supposed to happen. not according to the weather channel, or according to the app on my iphone that showed a happy sun icon for the whole day.

things were totally flipped upside down. but it didn’t matter. becca and jeff were used to fighting for what they want. they’ve lived in different cities – even different states – while planning their wedding. they’ve battled through grad school, and becca even traveled to ecuador to do research. fighting for what they want is nothing new. so, that’s what we did. we made it work. and everything worked out just perfectly. the colorado storm just added some excitement to the day 😉

here are just some of my favorites from their big day!

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becca – this dress was made for you!

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such a cute look jeff gave becca during the ceremony

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i just love the detail in old churches.

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since becca is a geophysicist, and jeff is also a scientist, they had hints of geology and organic elements weaved into their decor. the river stones on the table, the tree trunk discs, and even rock candy!

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favorite.

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becca – your smile just radiates when you look at jeff. so stinkin’ cute.

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love. that. dress!

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each colorado school of mines graduate gets a hardhat with the color of their graduating class. since the two lovebirds met while attending school there, we had to get a couple shots with their hardhats!

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jeff’s request for the wedding: his groom’s cake.simple smile becca + jeff  |  married!  |  red lion wedding

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jeff designed becca’s ring, and becca had jeff’s ring made with – you guessed it – rocks. you can’t tell me that’s not adorable 😉

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becca and jeff – i’m so happy i got to be a part of your day. i can’t wait to see what’s next for you both!!simple smile becca + jeff  |  married!  |  red lion weddingcongratulations!!

 

getting ready: hotel boulderado

ceremony: sacred heart of jesus catholic church

reception: red lion restaurant

flowers & small cake: whole foods (becca loved that they used all organic ingredients and fair trade flowers)

grooms cake: anything but vanilla

signs & table numbers: carter creations

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courtney + ben | married! | wellshire inn wedding

when courtney first contacted me about her wedding, i knew it would be stunning. she’s a detail girl – just like i am. courtney and her groom, ben, planned the day so it showed exactly who they were as a couple. every little piece was classy, elegant, and simplistic – with little twists of quirk incorporated in different places. the best part of the day wasn’t the details or how smoothly everything went, though. nothing beat watching the two of them as they soaked in the day, and took their first steps in their new journey. watching them together, and the look on their faces when they saw each other – that was just unbeatable.

enjoy some of my favorites from courtney and ben’s wellshire inn wedding!

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there’s something about the timelessness of courtney’s dress that i just looove.

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ben was on cloud 9 when he saw courtney for the first time.

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i’m telling you…their reactions could not have been sweeter.

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ben and courtney did something i’ve never seen at a wedding before – they alternated vows. one set of vows, that they shared. he read a line, then she read a line. so creative, and such a perfect way to show them coming together.

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just another reason i love having a second shooter! while i get the classic kiss shot from the back of the aisle, shannon got a creative view with all the groomsmen watching.

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we always work with videographers to avoid getting in each other’s shots, but i love how you can see the videographer in this shot. it’s like their straight out of a movie.

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i love snuggles. they do toosimple smile courtney + ben  |  married!  |  wellshire inn wedding

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favorite. the romance, and the happiness – all in one.

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my shot – on the left. shannon’s shot – on the right. i have the best second shooters….eversimple smile courtney + ben  |  married!  |  wellshire inn wedding

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we all know i love me a cute series.

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courtney and ben incorporated the fact that their wedding venue was a golf course in cute, subtle details. the argyle. the golf tees. even purple golf balls. hello, adorable!

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speeches=total hit.

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not your typical first dance!! halfway through, they broke it down 😉

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cracks me up every timesimple smile courtney + ben  |  married!  |  wellshire inn wedding

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i love taking a break during the reception for some sunset photos. it gives the bride and groom a chance to take a few moments together, and soak up the day together. plus, you can’t beat the light. i just love these.

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love.

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yup, she’s flipping! no lack of “party” at this partysimple smile courtney + ben  |  married!  |  wellshire inn wedding

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courtney and ben – thank you so much for sharing your day with me. you’re incredible to watch together, and i can’t wait to see what’s next to come for yousimple smile courtney + ben  |  married!  |  wellshire inn wedding

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  • Angela Bakken Henderson

    Gorgeous photos! The shots are so fun and original. I wanted to see pictures of Ocean though. Love the purple – Cournety has great taste like her cousin.

  • Karma Kiang

    So beautiful…This was one of the best weddings I’ve gone to, except maybe mine! ;o) We so love you and Ben, and together you are a perfect pair!

  • Libby Grimes

    Absolutely stunning! Courtney Kiang you did an amazing job!

  • Kayla Hill

    Love love love this!

  • Sarah Bauer

    Holy Gorgeous! Courtney’s smile is just stunning and contagious! Congratulations!

bump day – week 36 | colorado wedding photographer

this past saturday, i was blown away. absolutely, fall-off-my-chair blown away. the baby shower that my closest friends and family threw for me was beyond anything i could have ever dreamed. really. beyond.

it wasn’t just the decorations, and the food, and the gifts, and the games – although those were all far more fabulous than i would have thought. what was so incredible was sitting in a room, and realizing how much this little lyon meant to those in my life. he’s not just going to be our son. he’s going to be a grandson, a great grandson, a nephew, a great nephew. i’ve been so focused on how our lives are going to change, and what it’s going to be like to be a mom, that i lose sight of what he’s going to mean to others. having everyone in one room together and seeing how much he means to everyone was just breathtaking.

my three best friends and sister coordinated the whole shindig (with help from the moms, of course!). they did such a crazy incredible job – and i seriously cannot thank them all enough! and naturally, they decided on lions as the theme. i mean, what else could it be? 😉

have you ever seen such a cute balloon? and the lion pillow – my adorable friend jenny made that. yep, the girl’s got talent.

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she also made the thank you cards, and my sister-from-another-mister, amy, made the invitations. go ahead – be jealous of their skills 😉2012 09 12 001 bump day   week 36  |  colorado wedding photographer

i can’t believe i’m admitting this, but i forgot my camera at the shower. yup. i, the professional photographer, forgot my camera. i need to go to photographer rehab. asap. i’m glad i can blame pregnancy brain….

thankfully…my friends and family had my back and snapped some cute candids from the actual shower – including my crazy adorable diaper cake (ash – you are the best!) and my lion basket (handmade by jenny). you can’t see it in the picture, but the diaper cake is held together by bottles in the middle…filled with all my favorite candies.  i’ve been in a slight sugar coma all week…mmmmm…

my sister snuck a shirt on my nephew, boedi, when we got to the shower that said “nugget’s cousin”. so cute, i swear i almost died. boedi looks proud to be a big cousin alreadysimple smile bump day   week 36  |  colorado wedding photographer

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guess little lyon’s birthday – all i have to say is he better not be as late as some people guessed!!

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my g-ma found these little lion booties and lion blanket and sent them as a gift. the booties are soooo tiny. and the lion hat – ahh! i’m melting…it’s too cute.

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2012 09 12 007 bump day   week 36  |  colorado wedding photographeryou may remember a few weeks ago, when i posted how much i looooved this onesie i found on pinterest. jenny made it for our little man! before she even knew how much i loved it! just goes to show how wonderful my friends aresimple smile bump day   week 36  |  colorado wedding photographer

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by the end of the shower, i felt totally spoiled. we not only had lion-inspired gifts, but we had received so many of our “baby necessity” items that will make our lives much easier once the little man is here. i can’t even say how thankful we are to everyone who gave us gifts and joined us for the special day! i wish i could say thank you a thousand times to everyone that helped with the shower and came to share in the celebration of the little lyon! thank you, thank you – a zillion times oversimple smile bump day   week 36  |  colorado wedding photographer

 

how far along? 36 weeks.
maternity clothes? yep, and i’m starting to outgrow them… i didn’t think was possible.
sleep? it’s hit or miss, but the past few nights have been great! i think my body finally just gave in and decided to let me sleep.
best moment of the week? definitely my baby shower.
movement? yup! although not as much, since he’s getting more tightly packed in there every day!
symptoms: nothing too crazy, just the whole “being massive thing,” hehe 😉
milestones: this week, i start going to the doctor weekly for the final stretch. i remember when i first visited with the doc and she mentioned “eventually coming every week.” well, “eventually” has officially started!
miss anything? being able to move like a normal human! my belly is actually starting to get in the way!
food cravings: mexican – but that’s not shocking, right?
belly button in or out? out, and the scar i have from a belly button piercing back in the day is looking not-so-happy.
wedding rings on or off? still on. how my fingers haven’t swollen yet is beyond me, but i’m not complaining!
looking forward to: meeting the little man. now that we have all the necessities, and everything is set to go, i just want to meet himsimple smile bump day   week 36  |  colorado wedding photographer(and next week – the final post on the nursery! it’s all coming together!)

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  • Pam Vanderheyden Miller

    I looked at the blog – so cute! Things are moving right along for baby Lyon.

  • Jennifer Lyon

    The shower was so fun! So glad you enjoyed it, Katie!

  • Holly Bea-Weaver

    adorable. great to see the info–so happy for you!

bump day – week 35 | colorado wedding photographer

well, the checklists and books are all telling me it’s time. any minute now, it wouldn’t be out of the question for me to go into labor. technically i’m not due for another 5 weeks, but nate and i are planners. like compulsive planners. we like lists – lots of ’em. we’re pretty much total dorks. but hey, it works.

so now that it’s officially time to pack the hospital bag in preparation for the big day, we did what we always do, and made a list. while i won’t bore you with the whole thing, here are the highlights:

pain “killers” – no, i’m not bringing my own supply of medication to the hospital…i’m actually going to give the whole natural-birth thing a whirl, and do everything in my power to not have an epidural – which means i’m going to need a little bit of extra help.

smelly lotions – for nate to use as he will inevitably be rubbing my back for hours – check.

dryer ball – i’m counting on this for a little tension relief, or a good massage tool! – check.

ipod player – let’s face it, this whole labor thing, it can take awhile. some music can’t hurt 😉 – check.

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baby goods

-super adorable outfit and hat to bring little lyon home in – check. ok, well not check. we can’t pick. and i know, i know, they’re only in it for a few hours and it doesn’t really matter, but i just can’t pick. so this one’s a to-be-decidedsimple smile bump day   week 35  |  colorado wedding photographer

-homemade blanket – check.

we have all the standard stuff packed, too – but that’s way too boring to list out! i won’t forget my toothbrush, though, don’t worry!simple smile bump day   week 35  |  colorado wedding photographer

so now, it’s all a waiting game! {insert slight panic attack here…}

ooooh, and if you’re a mom and have some tips on what to bring or not bring to the hospital, i’d love to hear some advice!

 

how far along? 35 weeks.
maternity clothes? yep. all about ’em.
sleep? is still a distant thing of the past. not sleeping on my back means hip and back aches like bananas in the middle of the night.
best moment of the week? watching nate finish little lyon’s mural in his room – pics coming soon!
movement? oh ya, and his feet/legs have found a new home right on top of my ribs. not appreciated, little man, not appreciated.
symptoms: same ‘ol story with the back pain. otherwise, just feeling large and squished!
milestones: packing the hospital bag! holy smokes…this is actually going to happen!
miss anything? bending at the waist 😉
food cravings: nothing too crazy!
belly button in or out? out, but getting flatter now that it’s pushed even further – so bizarre!
wedding rings on or off? still on.
looking forward to: my baby shower this saturday!

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  • Karen L. Bonner

    Plans are great; having plans change 180 degrees in a blink of an eye…priceless! Good luck with your birthing plan! :-)

  • Jennifer Lyon

    Get as much sleep in the hospital as you can!

  • Dianna Rucker

    Can’t wait to hear what you name him! and photos of course. Did you pack a robe? So you don’t have to wear the one the hospital provides…

  • Alyssa Dirschl

    Bring and extra baby blanket in case something happens to the first one (like poop :). Bring your baby book and ask them to do the prints for you when they do them at the delivery (it’s impossible to do on your own and they do it in 2 seconds). And YES, let them take him to the nursery, it’s so hard to do but you don’t need to start your home life totally sleep deprived :) you’ll be there soon enough.

  • Leighanne Potts

    You’re going to be so awesome! And he will be just adorable :)

  • Kelly Haskell

    Let the baby go to the nursery at night in the hospital. Take the sleep while you can. Best advice someone gave me.