Warm and Welcoming Dinner Party.

September 18th, 2017 | By Melanie McKinley in Design + Decor

When Scott and Ashlee O’Malley reached out a couple of years ago, asking if I’d like to work on a styled shoot together, my immediate response was YES!  So fun!  They were in town working on a project and had a little extra time on their hands.  My ultimate goal in designing the shoot and its details was to create a warm and welcoming dinner party with a rich and inviting color palette.  To this day, it is still one of my favorite shoots!  I hope you enjoy!!

xo,

m

Creative Direction, Styling, & Floral Design: Mayhar Design
Photographer: O’Malley Photographers

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Welcome Baskets Your Guests Will Love.

September 11th, 2017 | By Melanie McKinley in Design + Decor, Wedding

What in the world do you put in a welcome basket for your wedding guests?  I get this question time and time again from clients, and the answer is actually quite simple.  Here are some tried and true ideas that should be sure to satisfy!

The Basket
First things first.  Before you can stuff the bag, you need to buy the bag!  And, who says it need to be a bag?  Feel free to use a cute wicker or metal basket, a fun paper bag or a canvas tote.  As you are looking through options and deciding on the best fit for your celebration, be sure to take into account a couple of things:  What type of container will your guests prefer and perhaps consider using again?  How are your guests traveling to your wedding, and will they be able to easily transport the container back home?  How big does this item need to be?  And, how much money do I want to spend?

Weekend Paper Goods
One of the wisest things you can include in your guest welcome bags are the weekend paper goods.  Paper goods might include a weekend itinerary or schedule of events, complete with addresses and timelines; a hand drawn map of the area in which events will take place; or a fun list of local hot spots and favorite places to go.  For a more intimate approach, feel free to include a welcome note or love letter to your guests, thanking them for sharing in your weekend with you or even a fun scavenger hunt worksheet.  The sky is the limit on this one.  Get creative, and know that your guests will enjoy some down time, looking through the tidbits of information you have provided for them!

Water
As boring as this seems, we all need water.  And, how wonderful to have it at your fingertips without having to do anything.  You can opt for simple bottles of water with personalized labels or you can get the fizzy kind to jazz it up!  Either way, your guests will thank you.  Here in Texas, we love adding bottles of Topo Chico, as they add a darling local spin into the mix!

Something Fun To Drink
As I mentioned above, we all need to drink.  Your water has been purchased, so why not put a little something fun in as well!  This can be alcoholic or non-alcoholic, whichever you prefer.  You know your guests best and what type of beverage they would most enjoy….it can be a bottle of wine, a 6-pack of eclectic craft beer or mini champagne bottles.  You decide.  In order to keep this item fairly budget friendly, try to keep your purchases to around 2 to 4 servings per basket.  You are not trying to provide a full bar in each room…just a fun little treat.

A Little Snack
Where beverages go, snacks often follow behind, and I have never met a welcome basket that wasn’t made better by a handful of thoughtfully selected snacks!  They can range from salty to sweet and healthy to just plain yummy.  Again, you know your guests best!  Pick items that you think they will enjoy!

Some Extra Bonus Tips
Whenever possible, try to source items locally.  If you can find local craft beers or snack items that may be new to your guests, it helps to make your gift unique and custom!

Look for items that may fit in with your wedding weekend style.  For example, you can have custom sugar cookies made to portray special imagery or text!  Or, you can shop for items that compliment your overall color palette or theme!  Any way that you can tie the basket in to your overall wedding aesthetic will make them stand out to your guests.

Consider the addition of a wedding hangover kit.  This can be as simple as a couple of packets of advil and tums.  Simply place them in a small linen sachet and it might just be the hottest item of the bunch.

And finally, make sure that you budget for these gifts ahead of time!  Purchasing and packing welcome gifts will generally occur towards the end of the wedding planning process.  You want to make sure that you determine how important they are in the beginning and allot the appropriate funds.

Have fun with these and good luck!!

xo,

m

 

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Styled Shoot Giveaway

September 5th, 2017 | By Melanie McKinley in Giveaway

The Giveaway
Giveaway #3 is here!!!  If you are a wedding planner or designer that is new to the industry and is looking to grow your portfolio OR if you have a new wedding related product or service that you are trying to launch, and are in desperate need of design and styling assistance PLUS beautiful imagery, this giveaway is for you!!  We completely understand that the process of building out a styled shoot can be stressful and time consuming and we want to help! I will personally sit down with you, and walk you through the steps of planning, designing, creating and styling your own dream shoot!  Once that is complete, THE ONE AND ONLY MICHELLE BOYD IS GOING TO PHOTOGRAPH IT FOR YOU, and you will have beautiful film images for your website, social media accounts, press submission outlets, you name it!!

We are so excited and CANNOT wait to hear from you!  If you think this giveaway has your name written all over it, give us a shout!!

The Details
Here are your entry details!

Make sure to follow @mayhardesign AND @michelleboyd on Instagram.

Leave us a note below the @mayhardesign Instagram post, letting us know why you are a great fit for the styled shoot giveaway! We will be selecting a winner based upon your responses.

Aaaaaand….that’s it! Woohoo!

Do feel free to tag any of your friends who may also be a good fit, and earn extra brownie points! We will be selecting our winner Thursday morning, so please enter before then, if interested!

Keep In Mind
We are based out of Texas, so unless you are willing to travel to the Austin area, we will require that you are located in or around the Austin / San Antonio area.

We can’t wait to hear from you!!!

xo,
m & m

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James and Allison: Intimate Blush And Berry Wedding

August 31st, 2017 | By Melanie McKinley in Mayhar Brides, Wedding

I have had the privilege of knowing Allison for just under four years.  Within that time frame, she has loaned her heart, her spirit, her incredibly hard working attitude and energy and her grace to both my life and to the lives of every single Mayhar client and vendor alike.  She has stood beside us at every single wedding, helping to ensure that each bride and family member was cared for and that each detail was perfectly placed.  She is the type of colleague who gets personally thanked in Father of the Bride speeches.  She is a truly amazing friend and person and I was beyond thrilled when she asked us to help plan her own wedding, which took place this past November in San Antonio.

When we sat down to discuss her wishes for the day, she kept going back to an organic yet classical design with thoughtful details and an overarching atmosphere that was inviting and welcoming.  She wanted a space that was rich in texture and soft color and made each and every guest feel incredibly special.  It was such a joy to be a part of this celebration!  I hope that we did her greatest wishes justice!

And, I hope you enjoy these lovely images from Michelle Boyd, as much as we enjoyed creating the details and colors they portray.
xo,
m

Creative Direction, Coordination, & Styling: Mayhar Design
Photographer: Michelle Boyd
Floral Design: Without Wax, Katy
Calligraphy & Paper Goods: Whitney Farnsworth
Venue: Zaza Gardens
Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens
Rentals: Marquee Rentals and Whim Event Rentals
DJ: Mixer Rogers
Catering: SA Fresh
Hair & Make-Up: Makenzi Laine
Cake: Cathy Young
Ribbon: Silk and Willow
Draping: Quest Drape

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Home Design Inspiration: Accessorizing with Shades of Sage, Blue and Creme

August 24th, 2017 | By Melanie McKinley in Design + Decor

The beauty of accessories is that they can help to transform any space, with just a little bit of effort and at a potentially great price point!  While it may not be possible to re-design the spaces in your home often and on a dime, you can certainly edit your accessories in and out to create environments that feel fresh, new and inspiring!  I know that for me personally, I love to mix it up and try new looks and colors!

Scroll down to see some fun items and accessories, all inspired by the design board above, which can easily be added into your existing rooms for a quick refresh and chic new look.  In an effort to honor a budget, I decided to “shop” for everything from my favorite spot of all spots, Target.  They are my go-to for all things design related and when I am in a styling bind.  And, because they offer so many great deals and such beautiful designs, you can purchase without guilt and create a beautiful look that is well worth the investment!

Accent Furniture
While it may not be realistic to purchase all new furnishings when you feel the need to mix up your room design, it may be possible to add in one or two new accent pieces.  You can typically find them at really great price points and in fun colors!

Accent Pillows
With fairly neutral furnishings, you can literally change out your accent colors and pillows anytime you want and give yourself a totally new feel!

Vases, Baskets and Bowls
Planters, vases and bowls not only make good storage containers or vessels to display plants or flowers, but they can serve as decor themselves and add a beautiful pop to your room!

Throw Blankets
Throw blankets are not only functional, but can add such a fun pop of color to any room.  Throw them in a basket or over your couch arm and call it a day!

Lamps
Lamps are also a great way to mix it up!  Trade your old lamps in for a couple of fun new colors and see how it adds to your new space.

1.Blue Accent Table
2. Olive Green Accent Table
3. Gold Tray Accent Table
4. White Bookshelf
5. Blue Pattern Accent Pillow
6. White Poof Accent Pillow
7. Green Stripe Accent Pillow
8.  Chambray Accent Pillow
9. Ivory Fringe Pillow
10. Low Ceramic Bowl
11. Tall Ceramic Vase
12. Ivory Textural Vase
13. Terra Cotta Planter
14. Ivory Planter
15. Gold Geometric Bowls
16. Wicker Basket
17. Soft Woven Basket
18. Large Decorative Basket
19. Gray Stripe Throw Blanket
20. Blue Stripe Blanket
21. Green Stripe Blanket
22. Herringbone Table Lamp
23.Blue and White Table Lamp
24. Tall Floor Lamp
25. Beige Ceramic Table Lamps

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How To Find And Hire Your Perfect Team Of Wedding Vendors

August 22nd, 2017 | By Melanie McKinley in Wedding

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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