New Year and New Adventures

January 1st, 2014 | By Melanie McKinley in News from Mayhar

After an extensively long mini break from all sorts of social media and status updates, we are extremely thrilled to pop back into the world and share some of the highlights of this past year. It has been filled with an incredible amount of excitement and emotion, fresh new faces and friendships, and as always, lessons learned.

We cannot begin to share an appropriate amount of thanks and gratitude for all of the blessings received and wonderful clients, partners, colleagues, and friends we have come to know and work with.  You have walked alongside us and shared your hearts, gifts, and support. We are incredibly grateful to each and every one of you, and cannot wait to walk alongside you again and again.

We are especially thankful to our incredibly generous, dedicated and hard working assistant, Erinn Larson. Erinn joined our team last April and has given immeasurable amounts of love and commitment to Mayhar. We are so thankful for her.

As we jump into 2014, we are excited to start afresh, embracing treasured friendships and looking forward to new relationships. We would love to “officially” share the news of our latest collaborative project, Grace In Love. Please feel free to stop by and see what it is all about. We would love to hear your thoughts!

Additionally, we are thrilled to announce a fresh website and brand with an updated perspective and outlook. Thank you to the ever talented Abbey and Andrea of Loft Photographie for our updated head shots! And, thank you to Heather Burns of Perch Paper Co. for the beautiful new logo!

We look forward to this new year as the start to a clean and beautiful new adventure, created as we go. It is our hope and prayer to run towards it, filled with faith and joy. We hope to see you soon!

With love,


Charming Charleston

August 28th, 2013 | By Melanie McKinley in Destinations

Oh how charming she is! I am excited to share images today from my recent trip to Charleston. I had never been before, but was so excited when my husband’s family decided on this lovely city as our family vacation spot. I haven’t spent much time in the sweet Southern states, but after this trip, cannot wait to go back!

To step into Charleston is to step back in history to a time when America was creating its roots and fighting for its freedoms. Southern cuisine, hospitality and personality ooze from every nook and cranny and the landscape speaks beautifully of a time where culture and American history were fighting for their mark on time. From the historic downtown mansions and Civil War monuments, to the exquisitely lavish plantation life and beautiful beaches, I cannot say enough. It was beautiful….and Southern….and everything I hoped it would be!!

I hope you enjoy!


Pinterest Trends: Chalkboard Signs

August 27th, 2013 | By Ashleigh Davis in Wedding

It never ceases to amaze me the many ways in which different forms of talent are incorporated in to weddings. Food, fashion, design, flowers, music…and penmanship!

As someone with zero talent for beautiful writing, I am in awe of the lovely things calligraphers can create. And, add that talent to the difficult medium of a chalkboard (with pesky chalk) and I am speechless! I remember writing on chalkboards in elementary school – I cannot even imagine how these talented artists make these boards look so lovely.

Below is a collection of ways chalkboard signs have been infused into the decor and style of weddings across the world!

Image Courtesy: Style Me Pretty

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Image Courtesy: Southern Weddings


A Little Obsessed: Paperless Post

July 31st, 2013 | By Melanie McKinley in Design + Decor

I have to say, I love Paperless Post! I have been recommending them to clients and friends recently, as they are such a great resource for beautiful charming invitations, in a pinch! The designs are so fun and thoughtful, and the online presentation is so beautifully displayed. While you can choose to print and mail OR send via email, I think it is a fabulous fun option for showers, parties, birthdays…you name it!

I was recently asked to help out with a couple of items for a friend’s baby shower. I fell in love with the sweet invitation below and ended up basing all of the décor items around it! Here’s what we came up with!

Here are some others that I just adore!

If you are struggling with a design concept, this might just be a great place to start getting your inspiration flowing. I love these designs. You could base an entire baby shower or birthday around the colors and visuals they inspire!

Some more versatile favorites…

Super cute dinner party invites!

I love this color inspiration.


A Trip to Cinque Terre, Italy

July 25th, 2013 | By Melanie McKinley in Destinations

It took a cab and a train, some comfortable hiking shoes (aka, flip flops when unprepared) and a rickety bus, but we finally made it to Cinque Terre!

Nestled within the rocky Western Italian coastline, Cinque Terre is the charming collection of five fishing villages that seem to steal the hearts of anyone who journeys there. It could be the brightly painted homes and shops, lovingly built within the cliff-side walls, that draw fans and tourists alike. Or, perhaps it’s the enchanting experience of sharing an evening dining with gracious and hospitable Italian restauranteurs as they serve you endless bowls of seafood, family style. I, however, am convinced that it is the view from the cliff’s edges that make Cinque Terre so irresistible. It took our breath away.

Here are a couple of our favorite moments. Have a wonderful Thursday.

P.S. As I was called out yesterday for stiffing him on the photo credit in Florence…I wanted to thank my sweet husband, Seth McKinley, for his help with the photos. We are definitely a team of untrained unprofessionals, and he is the best second shooter I know (haha)! Thank you Honey!


A Trip to Florence

July 24th, 2013 | By Melanie McKinley in Destinations

We landed in Florence on a dreary, rainy Monday, which turned out to be the perfect backdrop to this gorgeous fairy tale city. The russet-colored roof tiles overhanging the narrow cobblestone streets immediately made you feel as if you had been transported in time. We spent the first afternoon dodging rain storms and popping in and out of quaint Italian eateries sandwiched between breathtaking architectural masterpieces.

Florence is such a beautiful city, overflowing with character and warmth and history. It is a glorious mix of old and new, that somehow manages to embrace the current culture, with only minimal signs that time has moved forward. And, as it was once the stomping ground to some of the most gifted artisans of all time, it houses an incredible collection of art pieces, beautifully displayed and secretly hidden in every nook and cranny. I can only hope that my pictures help to give even a tiny glimpse of its radiance and grandeur.