Category: Wedding | Mayhar Design

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


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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Featured Artist: Michelle Hodges

July 19th, 2013 | By Melanie McKinley in Featured Artists, Wedding

The truth is…we have featured her before,and I am sure we will again. We simply adore Michelle Hodges of Sprout. Her work is charming and quaint and whimsical and so thoughtfully arranged. Her eye for color, texture and composition is stellar. And, she is one of the gentlest, kindest and most wonderful vendors we have ever had the pleasure of working with.

I first met Michelle when I was planning my own wedding. Upon meeting her, I knew immediately that I wanted her to create the florals, and I was simply blown away with her work. In fact, my very first tears of the day came when her wonderful team arrived with boxes of overflowing petals. I’m not sure what it is about flowers, but they manage to bring everything together by adding the softest and most elegant finishing touches to each table, centerpiece and vase they fill.

I most recently had the joy of working with Michelle on a photo shoot that we coordinated in Fredericksburg. She not only hand delivered the most lush and beautiful garden arrangements for us, but she was the first to arrive on site and the last to leave, insisting that we use her however needed to make the day as perfect as possible. We treasure Michelle as a colleague and friend and one of the most gifted floral designers we know.

Please visit her most fabulously delightful shop in Fredericksburg the next time you are in the area. And, stop by her website to see even more images of her work!

Happy Friday!


Pinterest Trends: Soft + Bold Flowers

July 9th, 2013 | By Ashleigh Davis in Wedding

It’s no secret that we absolutely love flowers. We’ve fallen head over heels for some of the stunning arrangements we’ve seen from designers across the world.

Many of our fall brides are wrapping up their styles for their upcoming weddings, and as we look at fall color palettes, we’ve seen a gorgeous trend that can work for weddings year-round. Soft, elegant tones mixed with bold, fall colors of plums, oranges, blackberry and deep reds and pinks. The juxtaposition of the soft and dark is gorgeous, adding a beautiful depth to bouquets and arrangements.

Below is a collection of some of these romantic bundles!

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Let Freedom Ring

July 4th, 2013 | By Ashleigh Davis in Wedding

The older I get, the more and more I appreciate the freedom we celebrate as Americans. This country offers so many luxuries and opportunities not available to the majority of the world. And those luxuries have been defended by countless men and women for more than 200 years!

On this Fourth of July, take a moment to look around and appreciate the day. Whether it’s a day off to barbeque with friends, or a day to relax in the quiet of your home…remember to count your blessings. And, please say a prayer for all the families whose loved ones are overseas defending the freedom we celebrate. And for those whose loved ones paid for our freedom with their lives.

Thank you to the heroes of the past, present and future. May God continue to bless America!

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