PSU Farmers Market

This Past Saturday we took a little trip downtown to the PSU Farmers Market. The weather was gorgeous (as it has been around here lately!) & the park blocks were full of people. We wandered in and out of each produce stand, scoping out the best veggies to buy. In the end we only walked away with some spring red onions (which we later used for this dinner recipe here) and a slice of some pretty authentic Chicago style pizza. See, not only are there tons of produce stands, there are tons of food stands as well – it would’ve been hard to pick just one – but Luke saw the deep dish pizza and was immediately sold.

& here is the pizza…. yummmmm

Dinner @ Screen Door

Truth be told, I’ve been waiting a long time to do a blog post about Screen Door, I just actually had to go eat there first. Of all the places in Portland that are on “my list”, this place is the one place that I was most excited about visiting. Last week Luke had a co-worker in town from San Francisco so we all ventured out here for dinner. I have to say, it lived up to the hype. It was pretty delicious! I would definitely recommend this place to anyone and everyone. We got SUPER lucky and only had to wait a few minutes for our table… I’ve heard stories of people having to wait over an hour to get in. So plan accordingly if you’re going to go.

Fried okra and hush puppies.
Shrimp and grits. My weakness.
– Photos © Holly Carman –

Wedding Wednesday: My Bridal Shower

My aunt Holly and cousin Abby (also my bridesmaid) hosted the sweetest Bridal Shower for me last weekend. They hosted the shower at my aunts condo in the Pearl and I had some of my most favorite ladies in attendance. My aunt made the yummiest salads and we sipped on some delicious sangria. Holly and Abby put so much thought into this day – I’m always going to remember how special my bridal shower was.
This next part is the best. See Luke on Abby’s iPad?
Holly and Abby had a list of 10-15 questions about me. Abby asked all the ladies to answer the questions, so the girls started writing their answers down on a sheet of paper. Then we were ready to start answering the questions to see who got the most right. Abby pulled out her iPad and announced that she had secretly met up with Luke beforehand for lunch, asked him all the questions and recorded all of his answers! After she repeated the question, we found out what all the girls had guessed, I gave my answer & then we heard Luke’s answer on the iPad. It was so sweet and one of the most memorable parts of the day. We definitely had a lot of laughs at all the different answers.
– Photos © Holly Carman –

Wedding Wednesday: Photographing a Wedding

This past Saturday we went out to celebrate our friends (Paul and Katie!) on their engagement that had just happened earlier in the day. We were leisurely enjoying drinks at the bar out on the patio and talking here and there about upcoming weddings.

Our good friend Kara (Katie’s sister) is recently engaged as well, as of about a month ago. Her and her fiance are thinking about a destination wedding next year, so we’ve been talking a lot about our planning process & I’ve been trying to give her some tips and tricks along the way. While deep in wedding conversation she asked me to be her wedding photographer!! WHAT!!!?? My first thought was, ME??!! REALLY?!?! I said YES of course and kept asking them if they were sure they wanted to pick me. I said yes a couple more times, laughed, smiled and couldn’t believe my ears that they asked ME! It means so much that they would trust me to take pictures for their special day. To say that I’m excited is a major understatement.

I’ve got a lot of practicing to do in the next year, but I’m confident that I’m gonna rock it.

I have never shot a wedding by myself before, but I’ve attended a few where I’ve taken lots and lots of photos and then later gave them to the couples. I’ve always felt that attending a wedding is an awesome opportunity to practice my photography, so I’m glad that I have a few of those under my belt.

Here are some of my favorite shots that I took at a family friends wedding a little while back. It was the best wedding we had ever attended.