August 02, 2017

State Park Wedding S'more Bar How-To & 25+ Gourmet Marshmallow Recipes

If you're having your wedding at a campground & your reception in the evening, there is no better dessert option for your guests than a D.I.Y. s'more bar.

And if your reception isn't after dark, you can always give your guests packed s'more wedding favors.

So in the spirit of this delicious desert we've gathered over 25 gourmet marshmallow recipes, the best chocolate you can offer guests, alternatives on the traditional s'more recipe, inspiration from real weddings, & more.

And I promise that even if you're not great in the kitchen you're going to be fine when it comes to cooking marshmallows.

All you're going to need is a mixer, candy thermometer, pans, & some food flavorings. You can even freeze them weeks ahead of time.

First of all I'm going to point out, that some people including myself, are not huge fans of Graham crackers.

You can make everyone happy with fudge cookies, vanilla wafers, pretzels, pizelle cookies, gingerbread cookies, or shortbread.

And for those who aren't huge fans of chocolate set out some gourmet nut butter, fruit, &/or jam.

Peanut butter cups, salted caramel, and Rolos are also all great options.

July 29, 2017

15 Awesome Garden Party Themed Wedding Items on Etsy

We love outdoor weddings here at The Sunshine Bride, and so we scoured Etsy to find the top 12 garden party themed wedding purchases you can - and should - make.

Crystal Cake Plate with Lid in "Presentations" by Indiana Glass from Glittery Granny - $40

Can I Get a Witness Wooden Wedding Sign from Sweet N.C. Collective - $25

100 Shabby Chic Hearts On A Stick from 10 Paper Lane - $70+

100 1" Map Paper Seed Hearts from Recycled Ideas - $32

Set of 6 Vintage Milk Glass Vases from Grandmother's Cupboard - $28

Set of 6 Maple Scented Pinecone Fire Starters from Posh Pine - $12

Rustic Floral Hair Vine of Ivory Daisies & Pearls from Be Something New - $89 (Featured to the Right)

Bride & Groom Wreath Chair Signs from Fancy Face Studio - $44+

Shabby Chic II, Floral Fabric Flag Bunting from JAQS Studio- $30

Antiqued Brass Toadstool Cuff-links from Smitten Kitten Kendall - $35.88

9 Marzipan Russula Mushrooms from Alexandra's Candy Lab - $14.55

July 21, 2017

Six Beautiful Bohemian Wedding Gowns Under $300

These 6 bohemian wedding dresses are long, romantic, and perfect for your outdoor summer wedding. And even better they are all $300 or less on ModCloth.com. <- Visit for 20% Off Your 1st Order.

Featured from left to right are the Effortlessly Special Maxi Dress in White ($79.99), Layered Love Maxi Dress in Ivory ($250.00), Tiered Lace Maxi Dress in White ($250.00), A Matter of Magnificence Maxi Dress ($184.99), Jenny Yoo Afloat on Flawlessness Maxi Dress in Ivory ($300.00), Celebrating Innovation Maxi Dress ($50.97.)



July 12, 2017

Guide to Grilling the Perfect Burger, & 20+ Gourmet Burger Recipes

A burger off of a grill is the quintessential summer food, and perfect for outdoor summer weddings.

And although well-made burger is always satisfying, you may want some fancier options to serve to your wedding party.

So here at The Sunshine Bride we've gathered over 20 gourmet burger recipes, grilling tips & tricks, & some extra tips on how to feed a large party of guests.

July 05, 2017

Honeymoon in San Juan, Puerto Rico - Beaches, Rain Forest, & Waterfalls

This month on The Sunshine Bride we're featuring Puerto Rico as our honeymoon destination of the month. With tropical breezes, beautiful sunsets, swimming in secluded waterfalls, and beautiful beaches - Puerto Rico was made for honeymoons.


The modern part of the city of San Juan has a South Beach feel with lots of nightlife, shopping, and a ton of great restaurants - and Old San Juan is the second oldest city in the Western hemisphere with a ton of history.

June 28, 2017

Peach Desserts Perfect for your Summer Wedding

Peaches remind me of summer, and I think they're perfect for a summer wedding. In that idea we've gather over 30 of the best peach recipes available with everything from honey peach pie to Strawberry Peach Vodka Collins Popsicles.

Make sure to comment & let us know your favorite peach & summer dessert recipes!

Baked Peach Desserts

Sugar-Crusted Peach Pie with Almond Cream via Gourmet Traveller

Peach Cobbler Cupcakes via Cupcake Project

Peach Tart with Ricotta and Honey via The Peach Truck

June 21, 2017

Your Guide to Getting Married in a State Park

In this post The Sunshine Bride will help you plan the perfect state park wedding with gorgeous scenery for you & your guests.

Even better your site will cost less than $350, and you'll have your pick of beautiful outdoor sites & stone pavilions.

Step 1: Decide if a Park Wedding is For You

State parks, due to space, only really work for small weddings of less than 50 guests.

Even if you rent a private pavilion you will hear other guests at the park along with their pets, and people passing by might stop for a moment to see what's happening.

You'll need to follow the rules and leave the space nicer than when you found it. You may need a permit to serve alcohol, and there will also be limits on sound amplification.

Unless you're going minimal and getting ready in your cabin is going to work, you'll need to travel in from offsite.

And finally, keep in mind that wildlife comes with the wedding/ceremony space, & that you may need to be extra cautious with where & how you store food and drinks.

June 13, 2017

Flowers Perfect for Outdoor Weddings - Slow to Wilt in the Sun

Choosing the right flowers for your outdoor wedding can make a big difference, and we've put together a list of over 20 flowers & fillers that won't fail you in the heat - along with a little colorful inspiration.

Orchids, Alstroemeria, Calla Lilies, Andromeda, Celosia (Cockscomb), Sunflowers, Garden Roses, Lisianthus, Gerbera Daises, Dahlias, Pincushion Protea, Peonies & Mums will all stay fresh longer.


Floral fillers that stand the heat well include Scabiosa Pods, Seeded Eucalyptus, Silver Brunia, Sedum, Viburnum Berry, Thistle, Millet, Rudbeckia Pods, & Feverfew.

Photo Credit Top to Bottom, Left to Right; Orchid Bouquet via WedIdeas.com, Alstroemeria Bouquet via H.E. Butt Grocery Co., Calla Lilly Bouquet via Ali Express, Garden Rose & Andromeda Bouquet via Flirty Fleurs, Celosia Wedding Wreath via Bougainvilleas, Sunflower & Rose Bouquet via Dandelion Flowers & Gifts, Lisanthius & Succulent Bouquet via Leanne Simmons Floral Design, Daisy & Dahlia Bouquet via Wedding Wire, Peony & Pincushion Protea Bouquet via Weddingomania

June 03, 2017

Classic Pearl Jewelry Under $100: Perfect for Garden Party Weddings

Pearls are classic, perfect for a garden party backyard wedding, & you can find some amazing items perfect for yourself & your wedding party for less than $100.

We've put together a collection of our top four picks, and we hope you'll come back to The Sunshine Bride for all your outdoor wedding inspiration.

Every bride wants to feel like a princess for a day, & the 16" Handpicked Freshwater Cultured Pearl Necklace Strand Necklace from PAVOI will make you feel like one for only $89.

And if you're looking for a set of pearls you can also pick up the slightly longer 18" Freshwater Cultured Pearl Necklace from Akwaya for only $35.

Of course you'll need earrings to go with your beautiful necklace, and we love the 14K Gold White Akoya Cultured Pearl Stud Earrings from The Pearl Source retailing for $79.

And last, but not least, we love the simplicity of these Sterling Silver Freshwater Cultured Pearl Drop Dangle Chandelier Earrings from IceCarats that sell for less than $30.



Photo Credit: 35 Vintage Wedding Ideas with Pearl Details on Tulle & Chantilly

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, & 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.