Happy Picnic Season!
While growing up, one of my favorite days of the year was the 7th Monday before Easter. That was the first day of "Picnic season." For the Greek community that is what is called Clean Monday, and for the Jewish community that is Ash Monday or the Monday of Lent. That is the day where family and friends have a huge feast in preparation for Lent. It is another excuse for the whole family to get together, eat too much, laugh too much, fly kites, and enjoy each others company. It always sort of mentally marked the end of the Winter and the beginning of Spring.
For me, the best part of the day, besides laying in the sun in my favorite sun dress, was oven baked fresh bread and caviar! It was (and still is) my favorite treat. That was usually one of those special days my mom would let my sisters and I drink soda and have extra desert. We never drank soda, and to this day it is not a part of our lifestyle.
As I am typing this, memories of my childhood are flooding my mind, and my fingers can't type fast enough. Picnic day is one of my favorite childhood memories and even though National picnic day is not until April 23rd I wanted to take the opportunity and share some inspiration!
While in Los Angeles, hubby and I would take the day and picnic at Griffith park or my favorite spot in Malibu. Those are some of my most memorable dates.
If you ever get to drive the backroads of Tennessee, there are grass fields as far as the eye can see, perfect for a picnic or kite flying. That's where Hannah and I snapped these gorgeous pics, capturing spring at its finest!
My friend Hannah is one of the most talented photographers I have gotten the chance to work with, so when she agreed to squeeze a picnic shoot in her busy bridal schedule I was over the moon. I took a whole afternoon to prepare, and as I made my list for everything I needed there was only one place I could trust to have all my necessities. The World Market! As I strolled through the busy aisles of international goods my eye kept catching brands from my childhood, and I just couldn't hold back. My favorite salami, cheeses, chocolate treats, sparkling lemonade, and vintage Coke bottles were a must for this day! My dress was just the final gem to complete the perfect day, and I got it for only $27 at Ross. Can you believe it? This original Nine West, 60's inspired beauty was a complete steal.
What else can I say other than make sure your basket has enough lemonade to last you until sunset. The view of the last kite flying through at the golden hour is simply breathtaking.
Photos by Joy Wildflower Photography.