How To Find And Hire Your Perfect Team Of Wedding Vendors

August 22nd, 2017 | By Melanie McKinley in Uncategorized

There are so many amazing artists and vendors within this industry who can help to make your day special and memorable. As you start your search, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. Here are a couple of quick tips and our top recommendations:

Look for professionals.
You want to work with companies that have a good reputation and who present themselves with integrity, respectability and expertise. The experience that you have in your meetings with vendors will most likely be the experience that your guests have at your wedding. Professionalism does not mean a higher price tag. It means taking pride in your work and honoring the commitments that you make to your clients. You want a team behind you that enjoys what they do and does it with reliability and attention to detail.

Align with vendors who fit your vision and personality.
Browse websites and imagery and listen to referrals for those vendors you are considering. Vendors have specific styles and characteristics that make them unique. If you can better understand what each vendor is like and what their company aesthetic is, you can better select a team that is a true fit for you!  In addition, pay attention to personality and style of communication.  Having people on your team who you feel comfortable with and communicate well with will make the road that much easier!

Know ahead of time what your budget is for each area and share this information with vendors at the beginning.
Having a very specific budget number in mind ahead of time will help to make the process much smoother.  It allows each vendor to guide you in the right direction based upon the appropriate services.

And One Final Note, Regarding: Hiring Friends.
We often have clients ask if they should hire friends to help on their wedding day as vendors. Speaking very frankly, this tends to go one of two ways….it can be an amazing experience or it can be a bit of a struggle. The beauty of a friend is that they love you and want to celebrate you and the happiness that your wedding brings. When contemplating bringing a friend onto the team consider the following:

Would your friend prefer to celebrate or work at your wedding? We have seen friends who fall into both categories. If you know in your heart that your friend is offering their service as a helping hand, but might prefer to relax and enjoy that evening, we have found that it takes the pressure off of both parties to encourage them to attend as a guest only. It can be so much more enjoyable and does not put a strain on the service that they would be providing. However, if you know that your friend is serious about the offer of their service and would be able to handle the job with professionalism, it might be a great fit. Each situation is unique. Consider with an honest heart what will work best, and allows the healthiest outcome for the service and for your friend’s time.

At the end of the day, you want a team of vendors who you believe in, trust and see eye to eye with.  You want a team of professionals who will allow you to hand over the reigns, so that you can relax and celebrate with the friends and family that surround you.  It can feel intimidating, but once you have found the right fit for you, trust your gut and jump in.  We are all here to help bring your day to life!

xo,

m

Photo Credit:  Taylor Lord
Floral Credit:  Sprout Floral and Event Design

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Home Design Inspiration: Soft Aqua and Mustard Master Bedroom

August 17th, 2017 | By Melanie McKinley in Uncategorized

I stumbled across the aqua, mustard and black painting above and fell in immediate love with the combo!  I don’t know that I’ve ever seen these specific colors together, but I have to say that I love them!   Knowing that shades of aqua tend to translate into spaces, giving off a sense of calm and tranquility, I find that many people will choose to use it in their bedrooms.  What I love about the specific color combo above is that while it does feel calm and tranquil, it is still unexpected and has a wonderful pop of warmth and interest.  I DID choose to keep it in a bedroom design (sneaky), but hopefully you find it a fresh take on the traditional bedroom palette!!

Let me know what you think!

Oh, and PS…when you are working with a color combo that you are slightly nervous about, the secret to pulling it off is incorporating at least one strong element that showcases both of those colors!  For example, you may have a painting or piece of art that blends all of the colors in one place.  Or, you may find a fabric for the bed, pillows for the couch, or even a fabulous rug for the floor that accomplishes this.  Finding at least one element that embraces your full palette will help to tie everything together!  Now, in this situation, I chose to not include the inspiration painting in the room, but for an extra unifying element I could easily throw it in!!

I hope you enjoy.  🙂

xo,

m

 




  1.  Aqua Area Rug:  Pottery Barn
  2. Painting Over Headboard:  Waddy Armstrong
  3. Overhead Chandelier:  Arteriors
  4. Bedside Wall Sconces:  Circa Lighting
  5. Upholstered Bed: Hickory Chair
  6. Ivory Pillow:  Restoration Hardware
  7.  Leather Mustard Pillow:  Serena and Lily
  8. Aqua Decorative Pillow:  Serena and Lily
  9. Ivory Coverlet and Shams:  Serena and Lily
  10. Black Pinstripe Bench:  Serena and Lily
  11. Gold Mirror: Wisteria
  12. Iron Floor Lamp:  Circa Lighting
  13. Fresh Floral Arrangement (Or Silk Flowers):  Find Local Floral Designer (These are Sarah Winward)
  14. Natural Bedside Tables:   Wisteria
  15. Occasional Chair:  Pottery Barn

Design Board Credits:
Painting:  Artist Unknown
Floral Arrangement:  Sarah Winward
Black Bird Textile:  Carrie Hansen Design

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Taylor and Leah: Texas Wedding With Southern Charm

August 16th, 2017 | By Melanie McKinley in Mayhar Brides, Wedding

Leah and Taylor are such a beautiful couple, both inside and out, and I was so excited when they asked me to help design their wedding day!  With the amazing Sweet August Events planning and running all of the logistics, I hopped on board to design the overall aesthetic and visual look and feel for the day.

Having already selected the stunning Kendall Plantation just outside Boerne, Texas, as their venue, we set out to create an event that would honor Leah’s wishes for a beautiful and elegant Southern styled wedding, and one that would compliment the striking white walls and black shuttered windows of Kendall Plantation.  I mean, not a bad combo. We quickly decided on elegant place settings, rich grey and soft blush linens and a clean palette with lush ivory and creme accents.

This wedding was such a dream to be a part of.  The team of vendors was incredible and the day was spent setting and styling and designing.  I am in love with the images captured by Kayla Barker and I am again, so thankful to have been a part of this beautiful day and to be able to call this my job!  It was such a joy.

I hope you enjoy!

Don’t forget to check out our full vendor list below!

xo,

m

Design and Styling: Mayhar Design
Photographer: Kayla Barker
Floral Design: Sprout Floral Design
Ceremony Venue: The Central Christian Church
Reception Venue: Brazos Hall
Paper Goods: Whitney Farnsworth
Makeup & Hair: Makenzi Laine
Rentals: Sweet Sunday Events; Marquee Event Group; Premiere Events
Band: Sauce the Band
Videography: Candlelight Films
Catering: Pink Avocado Catering
Cake: Sweet Treets Bakery

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Home Design Inspiration: Office with a Pop of Tangerine

August 10th, 2017 | By Melanie McKinley in Uncategorized

I have to say that I have never, ever willingly opted to design something based upon the color orange.  However, after stumbling upon the paint drip image on the upper left corner, I was sold.  I love its clean simplicity and bold “pop.”  So, I added some additional imagery in order to finish out our little snippet of a design board, and set to work!

See below for our version of a home office with a pop of tangerine!  We hope you like it!

xo,

m



1.  Wooden Chandelier:  Arteriors Home
2.  Handmade Ceramic Bowl:  Frances Palmer Pottery
3.  Bone Shagreen Office Desk:  Restoration Hardware
4.  Patterned Grey Rug:  Lulu & Georgia
5.  Ivory Textural Throw Pillow:  Restoration Hardware
6.  Cumin Throw Pillow:  Salt Shop Handmades
7.  Tangerine Throw Pillow:  Serena and Lily
8.  Ceramic Lamp:  Target
9.  Linen Arm Chairs:  Restoration Hardware
10.  Gold Side Table:  Serena and Lily
11.  Modern Gold Mirror:  West Elm
12.  Woven Baskets:  Serena and Lily
13.  Leather Side Stool:  Serena and Lily

Design Board Credits:
Wooden Bowls:  Lost and Found Shop
Paint Drip Image:  Klas Ernflo

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Travers and Afton: Downtown Austin Wedding

August 8th, 2017 | By Melanie McKinley in Mayhar Brides, Wedding

Afton and Travers are two of the kindest and most caring people I have ever met.  I first met with Afton and her family, and then met Travers at another meeting along the road.  It was clear from the beginning that their wedding was going to be something special.  They are the kind of couple that asks about you and how your day is, and not only listens intently for the answer, but remembers the answer when they see you again.  They are the kind of couple that places the others needs in front of their own.  And, they are the kind of couple whose wedding you are so thrilled to be a part of because you get to experience a day filled with the most beautiful and sincere type of love:  A love for each other, a love for their friends and family and the deepest love for their faith.

I will never forget waiting outside of Central Christian Church for Travers’ shuttle to arrive.  He was riding alone, to come see Afton for the first time.  As he stepped off of the shuttle, with the lightest and most joyous look on his face, he simply said, “This is by far, the greatest day I’ve ever had.”

He was right.  It was the greatest day.  And I am so honored to have been a part of it.  It is the reason we do what we do.

Make sure to scroll all of the way down, for the list of amazing vendors who helped breathe it to life.

xo,

m

Design and Styling: Mayhar Design
Photographer: Kayla Barker
Floral Design: Sprout Floral Design
Ceremony Venue: The Central Christian Church
Reception Venue: Brazos Hall
Paper Goods: Whitney Farnsworth
Makeup & Hair: Makenzi Laine
Rentals: Sweet Sunday Events; Marquee Event Group; Premiere Events
Band: Sauce the Band
Videography: Candlelight Films
Catering: Pink Avocado Catering
Cake: Sweet Treets Bakery

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Home Design Inspiration: A Pretty Pink Nursery

August 2nd, 2017 | By Melanie McKinley in Uncategorized

As I begin each new project or event, I ALWAYS start with a design board.  The concept of a “design board” can mean many different things to different people, so I want to quickly explain what it means to me.  In a nutshell, it is my consolidated visual representation of what we hope to design and create based on an overarching aesthetic, emotion and color palette.  I tend to start with a very large collection of potential images that embody our goal for the look and feel of the event and narrow it down into a very small collection.  This small collection is then organized into a mini presentation, or “design board”, that is used as the overall design concept to help carry us through the design process, as we meet with vendors and make selections.  While some of the imagery within a design board can be a literal recommendation, I typically look for images that compliment each other and help to create a strong sense of the aesthetic, without getting into specifics.  Make sense?  I don’t want to literally pick all of the details and elements of the day in one fell swoop, but I DO want to design the path for where we are going and make a clear statement of how we want the event to feel.

It is no secret that the design board process, is by far one of my favorite stages in the event planning process.  And, in some cases, it can take the longest.  It is the time that we set the stage for all decisions to come.  And, it is the place that I refer back to time and time again when making any decision, as it allows for the creation of an event that is cohesive and thoughtfully designed. It is home base.

THAT all being said, I thought it might be fun to walk through the process as it translates to a place we all know…..our homes!  In the same way that I would start to design a wedding or event, I would approach design in my home!  Hang out with us on the blog over the next couple of weeks as we play with color and design and show you how we would transition that into designing and decorating the spaces you live in!

It starts with pink.  And a baby nursery.  I mean, why not??

I created the mini board above, because I love all of these images individually, as well as how they work together.  I wanted to design a baby girl’s nursery that was sophisticated and stylish, using an expected color in an unexpected way.  Pink is the classic go-to color for the little ladies, and secretly I love that.  I just wanted to use it in a way that incorporated unique tones, and also in a way that introduced a modern, clean edge.  Here goes!   Let me know what you think!!

xo,
m

  1. Natural Pendant Chandelier:  Serena and Lily
  2. Michelle Boyd Studio Painting:  Michelle Boyd Studio
  3. Natural Wood Side Table:  Serena and Lily
  4. Black and White Accent Rug:  Serena and Lily
  5. Crib:  The Land of Nod
  6. Pink Channel Stitch Quilt:  Serena and Lily
  7. Blush Floral Quilt:  Little Unicorn
  8. Blush Velvet Throw Pillow:  Williams Sonoma Home
  9. Olive Green Velvet Throw Pillow:  Williams Sonoma Home
  10. Black Floral Patterned Throw Pillow:  Madeline Weinrib
  11. Gold Floor Lamp:  Serena and Lily
  12. Upholstered Linen Chair:  Williams Sonoma Home
  13. Striped Decorative Baskets:  Serena and Lily

 

Pink Collage Credits
Dashwood Image:  Venamour
Pink and Green Artwork:  Reeta Ek
Pink Yarn:  Purl Soho

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