A sunset picnic at Estancia Culinaria

Florida is having the most amazing weather lately, and since this is a rare occurrence my husband and I took full advantage and went on a picnic last weekend for Valentine’s Day.

FarmPhoto1But it wasn’t just any ordinary picnic…We attended an amazing event at Estancia Culinaria in Miami.  The ten-acre organic avocado farm is an oasis of calm, graced by horse paddocks, a coral rock chapel and walking trails that make you feel like you are anywhere but Florida. It’s a magical place and one worth checking out if you are planning a wedding or special celebration.

FarmPhoto6The avocado farm hosted a sunset Valentine’s Day picnic complete with blankets, champagne, culinary delights by New York Food Co., live romantic music and professionally styled picnic decor by Unearthed Vintage.  The well-planned afternoon was amazing and hopefully the event will turn into a Valentine’s Day tradition.

I am so happy we decided to forgo the usual restaurant reservations for something completely different. It was an afternoon filled with love, new friends and memories!  I can’t wait to do it again, or host my own sunset picnic, soon!


Want to host your own sunset picnic? Grab a quilt a few pillows and a picnic basket.  With a little imagination, you can create a simple and chic treat for you and your loved ones.  Need a little inspiration? Here’s a simple set up to get you started.

Picnic in the park

I Think I’m Forgetting Somethig….

Apparently the closer the wedding gets, the faster the days fly by.  We officially have less than a month until our wedding. I’m pretty sure it’s about 18 days according to The Knot and Project Wedding. (I’m not sure if I love or hate the daily emails telling me how much longer I have, don’t get me wrong they are helpful….but also a bit frightening.) and I am having mini panic attacks daily.

Let me explain….

I have no wedding coordinator, my catering manager is no longer working with the hotel (but I was assigned someone new), I thought it would be a great idea to start grad school 25 days before my wedding, 20 page research papers are my new favorite thing, I went way over budget, I am not working, I’ve been interviewing for jobs in between dress fittings, I fell off a horse twice and have a pretty black and blue that covers my whole right arm (not the fashion accessory I thought I would have to pull off and when I say my whole right arm I am not exaggerating-see picture below), Because of my injury my bridal tone-up plan has been put on hold, Cookies are my new favorite food, My fiance is breaking out in hives, We are having houseguests before and after the wedding, My no kids allowed wedding has turned into Romper Room, Suddenly everyone wants to bring a date to the reception, My to-do list keeps getting longer and longer, One of my bridesmaids who is getting married next year decided to have her bridal shower the weekend before my wedding, My bridal shower is on a Tuesday(three days before my wedding) and I have an Organizational Behavior midterm the next day, I keep having nightmares that my fiance’s tux is way too big, We still haven’t planned a honeymoon, I am not sure I like my wedding dress or the bridesmaids dresses, I’m freaking out that I’m going to cry and I never cry, I’m afraid no one will have fun….and I am petrified that I am going to fall while walking in 5″ heels down the extremely long and shiny aisle of the church.  I think I’m forgetting something but I’m not sure exactly what it is yet.

is this normal?

Here it is….My poor arm…

{Things you shouldn’t do before a wedding….ride a horse and fall off twice.  I have no idea how I managed to fall on the inside of my arm and I am not sure why I got back on just to get thrown off again.  I’m thinking, tattoo coverup make-up the day of the wedding if the bruising doesn’t go away by then}

Happy planning! xoxo and stay safe!