Blackwood Land

November 24th, 2014 | By Melanie McKinley in Design + Decor, News from Mayhar

Blackwood Land is an unbelievably beautiful and sustainable farm, located just outside of Houston in Hempstead, TX. They believe in teaching the importance of healthy food, a healthy lifestyle, and a healthy community. They are an educational institute that hosts workshops, trainings, and retreats for both adults and children alike. They are one of the top producers of some of the most wholesome fruits and vegetables in Southeast Texas. And, with their newest addition of Longspoon Catering, they are a full service event venue, hosting a variety of on-site events as well as in-house cooking classes.

I was so incredibly thrilled when I was asked to help style and design images for the new Blackwood Land website recently. I spent an entire day (or two) with the amazingly gifted Taylor Lord, arranging flowers, chasing down chickens, and styling fresh produce…almost all of which came entirely straight from the land itself. Within a brief instant, I fell completely in love with this beautiful land and space, and the mission that they stand firm in. We hope that you enjoy the images and most importantly, pop over to the Blackwood site to learn even more about this lovely organization!


Published: Cottage Hill Magazine

November 18th, 2014 | By Melanie McKinley in News from Mayhar, Wedding

This past May, I received an email from my sweet and amazingly talented friend, Michelle Boyd, asking if I would be interested in collaborating on a photo shoot for a new magazine. It was a magazine called Cottage Hill, and it was going to tell stories of love, life, and leaving behind a beautiful legacy. I was thrilled about the idea and within a couple of days we had started planning!

The first issue of Cottage Hill was just released, I am so very excited to finally share what we came up with! I am over the moon in love with the wonderful team of artists that we worked alongside on this shoot and so very thankful to have been a part of this lovely experience! A huge thank you to Katie O. Selvidge of Cottage Hill for featuring our work and also to our amazing team of ladies whose incredible gifts and contributions continue to amaze me.

If you would like to see even more, pop over and grab a copy here
We hope you enjoy the images!!


Creative Direction & Styling: Mayhar Design
Photographer: Michelle Boyd Photography
Floral Design: Bricolage Floral
Calligraphy: Whitney Farnsworth
Bride’s Gown: Rivini via Julian Gold
Decorative Rug: A Little Room
Hair: Vanessa Rios, Studio H20
Makeup: Mandy Morrison
Venue: Lost Mission
Silk Ribbons: Silk and Willow



November 13th, 2014 | By Melanie McKinley in Design + Decor

A little piece of pink from The Union on Eighth Open House a couple of weeks ago. Our floral centerpiece, captured by the lovely Kristen Kilpatrick.

Pink Ombre Floral Centerpiece

“I believe in pink.
I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner.
I believe in kissing, kissing a lot.
I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong.
I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls.
I believe that tomorrow is another day and
I believe in miracles.”
-Audrey Hepburn


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!

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