Thursday, May 25, 2017

Charleston S.C. Honeymoon Guide: Where to Stay & Eat, What to Do, & More.

Today on The Sunshine Bride we're going to help you plan a serendipitous honeymoon in Charleston, South Carolina. 

Recently named one of Travel + Leisure 2016 Best Cities in the World (see this enthusiastic endorsement by Stephen Colbert), quiet Charleston offers beautiful architecture, historic cobblestone streets lined with magnolia, a gorgeous shoreline, an award-winning culinary scene, & a ton of history. 

You can get there by car, airplane, or by train on the Amtrak Silver Service / Palmetto line that runs from N.Y. And once you're in Charleston you can get around with both Uber & Lyft, the Charleston Water Taxi, the Charleston Black Cab Company, Charleston Pedicab, & b by using CARTA (The Charleston Regional Transportation Authority.)

Keep reading after the jump and enjoy our visual tour guide of Charleston to find out where to stay, what to do, where to shop, where to eat/drink, and what you should pick up before you go. 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

50+ All Natural DIY Bath & Beauty Recipes

Like most of you probably are, I am a huge fan of quality bath & beauty products - which can unfortunately also be quite expensive.

So for my D.I.Y. capable visitors I've put together a list of over 50 recipes for homemade, all-natural hair, face, and body products you can make at home! Many of them are inspired my one of my favorites brands, LUSH Cosmetics.

Give as gifts to your wedding party and/or guests to save some money, and impress the heck out of everyone. :)

Keep reading to find great D.I.Y. Beauty Recipes after the jump!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Absolutely Adorable Rain Boots - Perfect for Rainy Day Weddings

If you are getting married in the spring or summer, you may want to consider picking up a pair of these rain boots - just in case - and encouraging your bridesmaids to do the same.

Our top pick are the awesome waterproof rain shoes featured to the left from Rocket Dog, with white soles & a cute floral print. They have a 5 star review, & sell for $49.95 on Amazon.

And the rain boots featured below are just as awesome, with all four pairs offered in different prints & colors.

Left to right we have; the Jenssa Women's Candy Sweet Buckle Wellington Boots Rain Shoes in White retailing for $27.99, the Odema Women's Buckle Side Zipper Wedge Mid Calf Rain Boots retailing for $29.99, the MuckBoots Women's Breezy Tall Insulated Rain Boot retailing for $45.99, & the Chooka Women's Memory Foam City Printed Mid Waterproof Rain Boot retailing for $59.99.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Rainy Day Wedding Inspiration & Tips

Any bride in the North East getting married outdoors has to accept the fact that it might rain. And if it does , you'll get a chance to take some epic photographs, like the awesome photograph to the left from Cade Martin Photography.

To have a great outdoor wedding in the summer you only need to remember two things: be prepared & stay calm! Have a condensed version of your wedding ceremony, umbrellas on hand for yourself and guests, and a tent or other covered area for your reception.

We've put together this great post to show you that even it rains on your wedding day, it's going to be the best day of your life. Keep reading to see over 20 more beautiful high-res photos!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

15 Fruit & Berry Cupcake Recipes - Perfect For Summer Weddings

Peaches & Cream Stuffed Cupcakes
After hours of scouring the web, we're happy to present these fifteen amazing summer fruit & berry cupcake recipes we've found - all perfect for your summer wedding.

1. Peaches & Cream Stuffed Cupcakes via Chocolate Moosey (Featured to the Left)

2. Cherry Limeade Cupcakes via Java Cupcake

3. Strawberry Lime Cupcakes via Sunny Side Up

4. Chocolate Banana Cupcakes via Cookie Dough & Oven Mitt

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Ten Unique Sapphire Engagement & Wedding Rings

We *love* sapphires, the birthstone of September, & so we found 10 unique, beautiful sapphire engagement & wedding rings we think you'll love too - all retailing for less than $1,500.

1. 1.2ct White Gold Round Sapphire Solitaire Ring - Ceylon Treasures - $1,000 (Featured to the Left)
2. 4.55mm Leaves Round Sapphire Engagement Ring No.4 - Doron Merav - $950 (Featured to the Right)

3. .85ct Blue Solitaire Round Sapphire Ring w/White Sapphire Side Stones,White or Yellow Gold - Tommaso Design Studio - $400

4. .75ct White Gold Ceylon Blue Bypass Solitaire Round Sapphire Engagement Ring - Rare Earth - ~$1,500

5. .62 Inset Blue Sapphire & Diamond Wedding Ring, Satin Finish, 14K White Gold - Slowack Jewelry - $1,375

6. 1.45ct Emerald Cut Blue Sapphire Solitaire Ring from the Bloomed Love Collection - Pristine Custom Rings - $490 (Featured to the Left)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

We Love Naked Layer Wedding Cakes! 20 Awesome Recipes & More!

Rosemary Lavender Cake
Naked cakes are both an awesome plan for a D.I.Y. wedding with a bride who hasn't baked much & a healthier option for your guests - plus they're just straight-up gorgeous.

We love how there's no need to deal with fondant or trying to get the icing perfect, & how you can use frosting to hide uneven cake layers if you're a little clumsy like me, so we gathered these 20 awesome naked (or almost naked!) wedding cake recipes for you.

Before you begin you'll want to keep these three tips in mind.

1. Choose a stable type of cake & filling - think ganache or buttercream frosting & sturdy mud, pound, or butter cake.

2. Prepare your cake pans properly, generously greasing & flouring it before adding the batter. Doing so will make your life a lot easier later. :)

3. Create a timeline. Most cakes will stay fresh wrapped in a double layer of plastic wrap in the fridge for about 5 days, and you'll assemble & frost it the day it's served. If you're worried about the exposed parts of your naked cake drying out faster, you can brush the layers with simple syrup.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

10 Awesome Coffee Filter D.I.Y. Projects

We love easy crafting projects because frankly we are not very crafty people. :)

And so we found 10 awesome coffee filter DIY projects perfect for your wedding day.

We're going to start with the project we love the most, these awesome Coffee Filter Roses via La Dolce Villa featured to the left.

You can get beautiful slightly darker edges by dipping the edges of your filters in an additional time, & we recommend lots of experimenting.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Six White Tea Dresses Under $50 Perfect for Summer Weddings

You're going to love these 5 very inexpensive little white dresses we found on Amazon, all w/over 4 stars. And if you keep reading you'll see our awesome recommendations for adding a splash of color to your special day with beautiful, colorful crinoline slips.

From left to right featured below are the beautiful Audrey Hepburn Vintage Swing Dress by Anni Coco featured to the left selling for only $23.99 or less, the Audrey Hepburn Patterned Evening Swing Dress from iLover for $32.99, & the Floral Lace Short Sleeve V Back Cocktail Dress from Anni Coco for $25.99.


Sunday, April 2, 2017

D.I.Y. Your Wedding Cake w/these Delicious Recipes!

As I'm into saving money I love the idea of baking my own wedding cake a week or two ahead of time to freeze it, & then frosting it the day before.

Don't expect the cake, or the frosting job to be perfect, and I recommend you both make a few practice cakes ahead of time, and a few backup layers - just in case.

And you may need or want a few of these tools to make your life easier including; round cake pans, a flour sifter, parchment paper, a stand-up mixer, pan baking spray or butter, piping bag & tips, a leveling tool, an icing spatula, a rotating cake stand, and Wilton magical cake strips that will help your cake bake evenly.

And the best part is testing out what recipe you think you and your wedding part will love the most. We personally find these 12 delicious cake recipes the most intriguing.