December 30, 2013

Great Green Dress for Bridesmaids via

O.K. I know this is a blog about summer weddings... but I love Christmas! So here's three great green dresses, also perfect for summer, for your bridesmaids via

From left to right; Closet Braid Dress in Deep Jade - $47.99, Green Your City Dress - $49.99, & the Too Much Fun Dress in Emerald Satin Dress - $89.99.

Update from TheSunshineBride

I'm no longer engaged but I love outdoor parties & the idea of helping others who are in love, so I will be continuing the blog. This is all largely due to a lady who told me the blog helped her special day a lot.

The posts will be simplified. And if you've seen the site in the past you'll notice I've changed the theme & header. I hope you all like it.

December 26, 2013

D.I.Y. Teacup Favors + Place Cards

The Association of Bridal Consultants, San Diego Region, has a great article on making cute live plant teacup favors that double as place cards for your guests. The project was created by Hall Wedding Events and Photographer, Bryan N Miller.

You'll need a few tea cups and I'd personally go for vintage, even if mismatched, from my local thrift store as well as a few live succulents, moss, soil, and twine for attaching name tags which you can print yourself.

You can read the full article here.

November 11, 2013

No Stress Wedding at a State Park

If you're planning on having an outdoor wedding, State Parks are a great option to consider. You can usually rent a pavilion for less than $350 a day and if alcohol and/or amplified music permits are available they cost is very low or free. And if it does happen to rain on your special day, you'll be thinking it was the best idea you've ever had.

Beautiful stone or wood pavilions will make for a great background and some even feature a fireplace for the cooler months or evening.

Getting married at a state park offers places for children to play, facilities, trails for your guests to walk, places to swim, and camp sites sometimes including cabins. However, each car will be charged a fee of around $7 to enter the park and I recommend you reserve a pavilion over 11 months in advance.

If you'd like more information on getting married at a State Park visit The National Park Service. You might have to give them a quick call to find out about the permits but almost all other cost information including pavilion rentals and availability can be seen readily.

The Photograph on the Right is from Nicole Baas | Photography and features the wedding of Colleen and Isaac.

November 01, 2013

D.I.Y. Vintage 3-Tiered Cupcake Stand

Wandering Chopsticks features a wonderful article on how to create your own vintage glass cupcake stand at home.

All you'll need are a few glass candlesticks or heavy weight goblets, 3 sizes of vintage style glass plates, epoxy, a ruler, and some time to create this and the best part is you can probably find most of the materials at your local thrift store. You can read the full article at Wandering Chopsticks here.

If you'd like to incorporate a Tea Party theme into your wedding Leopard Anchor offers a great article on creating a cupcake stand from vintage floral plates and tea cups. You can read more about creating a Tea Cup Cake Stand here at Leopard Anchor's Blog.

The beautiful creation to the right is from the Mitzi's Collectibles blog.

Make sure to check out all of the D.I.Y. Projects featured on The Sunshine Bride!

October 12, 2013

D.I.Y. Moss Green Garden Party Wedding

Planning a Garden Party theme for your wedding? If so, you'll love this collection including D.I.Y. projects & handmade items from Etsy. Consider choosing a pavilion at a State Park as your venue and you'll get a beautiful ceremony for a fraction of the cost of tent/traditional venue rental. Many rentals include tables & chairs, perfect for a reception. Most state parks also offer low cost or free alcohol & music permits.

October 02, 2013

D.I.Y. Spa Favors, Handmade Soap, Bath Salts, & Bath Bombs

Beauty/spa favors are are easy to make & sure to make guests happy. I got the idea of offering a 'Spa Station' for your guests and simply letting them choose their own favor from Intimate Weddings.

Making your own soap is very easy when using a melt & pour base.

All you need is a double boiler or even your microwave, scented oils, dye if you'd like, and a mold of your choice. You can read a full guide on making soap at

Bath Salts Recipe (Fills two 150 ml containers)
Another wonderful favor you can offer your guests.
View photographs & full article at Intimate Weddings

March 04, 2013

Blueberries in July, A Compilation of Summer Dessert Recipes

When it comes to something blue you may want to consider the desert table. Blueberries are colorful and a perfect accent for a summer wedding. If you live in the Finger Lakes area like I do you can find a great list of local U-Pick Farms at

I tried to find the best recipes and I've listed everything from cupcakes to frozen parfaits along with the recipes for some refreshing summer drinks.

Recipes from Image, Top to Bottom:
Blueberry Hill Cupcakes,
No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake with Graham Cracker Crust, & No-Bake Lemon Cheescakes w/Lemon-Blueberry Sauce.

March 03, 2013

Modern Fairy Tale Themed Wedding Inspiration

The Aster Eco Silk/Hemp Wedding Gown from Abstract Pretty ($1,900) is one of the most unique & beautiful gowns I've seen. An outdoor setting will only enhance the cut petal motif and clean lines.

To complete the look wear a crown of flowers or look like just like a princess in the Art Nouveau Waves Tiara from Castens ($848).

Floral Headpieces, A Romantic Summer Accessory

You can easily add a romantic touch using fresh or preserved flowers as a floral headpiece i.e. a flower or floral crown. To look like a Princess on your special day all you need is a little time, patience, and a look at this great post on how to makeyour own D.I.Y. Midsummer Crown.

ChicVintageBrides has an amazing post with more inspiration, Whimsical & Wonderful Floral Bridal Crowns, & you can visit Bridal Guide's post on Which Flowers Are in Season? to keep your costs down.  

Please see below for a full image credit list. Image Source (left-right, top-bottom): Backyard Alabama Wedding from Susan Hudson Photography / StyleMePrettyMag Rouge Photo Shoot from Jose Villa / StyleMePrettyPennsylvania Engagement + Wedding from Brooke Courtney Photography / StyleMePrettyLos Alamos Wedding from Danielle Capito Photography / StyleMePretty