Mayra and Phil | Primrose Cottage Wedding


August 29, 2017

Primrose Cottage | Roswell, GA | August 25, 2017

Mayra’s smile is simply contagious. I still remember meeting her at the Georgia Bridal Show back in January. I loved talking to her and immediately knew we would be working together. She reached out to me a day or two later to tell me more about her special day(s) planned with Phil. See, Mayra and Phil were going to have a small private ceremony in Decatur and then a larger formal ceremony at Primrose Cottage this past weekend. Their elopement ceremony was on Valentines Day of this year, so in lieu of an engagement session, I went and took pictures for them at their ceremony. I enjoyed getting to be there for their first special day. I got to meet their family that were there and see them again this past weekend! I really liked getting to do that!

The day was filled with so much laughter! I cannot tell you how much I laughed and smiled with the couple and the wedding party throughout the day. I got made fun of a handful of times for accidentally calling Nelly (Mayra’s sister) Natalie, and calling Danny, Daniel- but to my defense, that’s his legal name and someone else called him that and I heard it and Natalie kind of sounds like Nelly. I try to memorize the names of the wedding party before I go so that I can use names vs “hey so and so” and I did the same for Mayra and Phil’s wedding. I just wasn’t on my A Game on Friday and messed up once. They didn’t let me forget it the rest of the day! Haha! I love a wedding party that can play and tease, because I have so much more fun with them. They dish, I can take it; as long as they can take it back! 😉

I loved all of the little traditions incorporated in their day! Mayra is from Mexico, and there are some really cool Mexican traditions that they included for their ceremony. One was the wedding lasso rosary (Lazo) – it’s a large rosary placed around the bride and groom as a symbol of unity. The use of rosary beads reflects that God forever binds the bride and groom together in unity. They also had something called arras. These are blessed wedding coins that are used during the ceremony. The groom gives the coins to his new wife as he pledges to care for her and the home they will build together. The bride receives the coins and commits herself to working with her new husband to use the gifts they have to care for all in need. Phil has some German heritage, so they included a cool toasting cup for the couple to share. They also had their cake cutting pieces which were engraved and given by the parents of the groom. It’s a family tradition from Phil’s family. Every couple that gets married in the family has their wedding date engraved into their cake cutters.

I think one of the coolest parts of the day was the mariachi band that Mayra’s Dad brought to the wedding! In all of my years of shooting weddings, I have never had a mariachi band! It was such a cool and fun touch of their heritage to the day. Mayra and her Dad’s dance together was to the band singing. I loved it!

This is my third time shooting at Primrose Cottage this year (with one more to come in December) and I love how each wedding can look so different. In fact, each wedding has had their ceremony at a different location each time. So if you look back to Katharine and Brad’s and Allison and Shawn’s weddings there earlier this year, you would notice significantly different looks for each wedding and different ceremony spots. I love it!

Thanks Mayra and Phil for having Ben and me a part of your special day. We were so blessed to be a part of it and have such a fun time with y’all. See you two in another six months for our “next wedding” ceremony!

 Letters from Phil’s parents to the couple throughout their engagement process. Pictured with it is the toasting cup.  The arras with their rings. I loved the container that held the arras. Ben took this awesome shot through the lighted mirror used by the makeup artist!  Laughter and smiles with Mama with getting dressed!  First Look time! Phil originally didn’t want to do one, but he told me before the ceremony how glad he was that I told him about it and how great it would be. I always love hearing this from my couples!  I love all of the beautiful flowers and the garden space at Primrose Cottage Y’all, I am obsessed with the back of her dress!  Swoon! Always love a good veil toss!  I literally jumped up and down when I saw this shot. I love it! I was under the veil with them to get this shot. Gorgeous wedding party in front of Primrose Cottage  Dad’s turn for a First Look!  Lots of laughter and smiles during their ceremony Wedding rosary: both mom’s came up and wrapped it around the couple  “Shots shots shots shots shots shots
Shots shots shots shots shots
Shots shots shots shots shots”  The mariachi band! I LOVE IT!  Lots of emotions with Phil and his Mom’s first dance.  And lots of laughter as well!  Phil cracked everyone up during the cake cutting. First he decided to check his hair in the reflection of the knife.  Then, instead of feeding cake to Mayra, he took not one, not two, but three bites for himself before he decided to share with her! And what groom doesn’t do clapping pushups at his reception?  And then Phil’s brother-in-law (and best man) got Mayra a USA Soccer jersey with her new last name on it. Not only does Mike work for USA Soccer, but her family are big fans of the Mexican national team. I think she died inside slightly as Mike gave this to her. There might have been some boos and jeers when Mike gave this to Mayra! Hey Daniel! I mean, Danny!  Goodnight kiss before heading out!

  1. Mayra

    August 29th, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Mandi … there are no words to describe what your blog and photos made me feel. You and Ben were able to capture EVERYTHING that I loved about our Wedding Day! Every detail is amazing and I know I will never be able to forget a moment because you were able to capture it … thank you! I can’t wait to see the rest 😊

  2. mandi

    August 29th, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Awe! Thanks sweet girl! I appreciate everything you said. We truly had an amazing time and loved being there. Thanks for having us!

  3. Delanea Ouellette

    August 29th, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    Mayra couldn’t have said it any better. These pictures are just magnificent! They really did capture the wonderful spirit of their beautiful union and we were truly blessed to be able to share in their day!

  4. mandi

    August 29th, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    Thanks so much Delanea! I appreciate it! 🙂

  5. Laura Sue Brod

    August 30th, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    STUNNING!! I love so many of the details you captured from the band to the shots through the makeup light, and more! I make the same name efforts – to memorize – and recently slipped up with a one-syllable name. Bob/Joe/Tom/Sam… so embarrassing!! Beautiful wedding work.

  6. mandi

    August 30th, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Thanks so much Laura! I appreciate the compliment on our work! And yes- always feel silly when you mess up names. Oh well! HAHA!

  7. natasha

    August 30th, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    great details, beautiful colors

  8. Mariana Ziegler

    August 30th, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    BEAUTIFUL! Your attention to detail is so on point. I love the vibrant editing. This couple looks so in love. You definitely portrayed a stunning story!

  9. mandi

    August 30th, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Thanks SO very much Mariana! It was so easy to share their story as they were so loving and sweet! 🙂

  10. Melissa A

    August 30th, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    These are gorgeous wedding photos! I love your colours

  11. mandi

    August 30th, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Thanks so much Melissa! 🙂

  12. tracy

    September 7th, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    GORGEOUS! So many stunning details, I love the rich deep colors they chose!

  13. Janet

    September 7th, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    What a beautiful bride you were. The whole wedding party looked great. I love the pictures especially the black and white ones. Seeing your husband looking at you, you can see the love he feels for you. May you be blessed with many happy years together. Love you Janet

  14. tracy

    October 21st, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    love this primrose cottage wedding, mandi!

  15. Gabby

    January 4th, 2018 at 3:48 am

    Mayra and Phil Hebel are an amazing couple. You can see they are in love.


    January 4th, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    I vote for Phil & Mayra Hebel

  17. Susan Cerrato

    January 4th, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    Philip & Myra What a beautiful & previous couple!

  18. Jessica

    January 5th, 2018 at 4:31 am

    Beautiful wedding dress. Mayra you looked gorgeous and the wedding pictures are stunning. Love you and congratulations to you and Phil!

  19. Yolanda Gutierrez

    January 5th, 2018 at 6:04 am

    Phil & Mayra

  20. Sujey Arambula

    January 5th, 2018 at 6:49 am

    Our vote…Mayra and Phil Hebel all they way! ❤️

  21. Sushma

    January 5th, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Stunning pictures!! They are such a beautiful couple, their weddingday looks absolutely perfect. They definitly got my vote.

  22. Vyvy

    January 5th, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    I’ve known them for quiet a while and I’m very happy they found each other and have such a beautiful love story. They are a couple to admire and they should have as many pictures as possible to remember this love story by. Love you guys

  23. Bev

    January 6th, 2018 at 1:15 am

    Beautiful bride and beautiful pictures! Another vote for Mayra and Phil!

  24. Jane

    January 7th, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Beautiful couple ! Photos are outstanding. Lots of joy and love and laughter! Congratulations!

  25. Caroline

    January 12th, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    So excited to have been part of this beautiful celebration!!

  26. Cristina Fabian

    January 17th, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    Beautiful wedding! Congratulations to both of you 🙂

  27. Sheldon

    January 17th, 2018 at 11:46 pm

    Great pictures congrats Mayra and Phil.

  28. Brenda

    January 18th, 2018 at 12:06 am

    My Vote for Mayra & Phil Hebel


    January 18th, 2018 at 12:23 am

    I vote Phil and Mayra

  30. ILYA

    January 18th, 2018 at 2:03 am

    Mayra and phil! I loved this pictures it made me feel like i was there with you guys! … my vote is for you!!! Thanks for sharing!!

  31. allie

    January 24th, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    I LOVE THESE PICS! Such a gorgeous wedding, beautiful!

  32. allie

    January 31st, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    Every detail of this wedding was beautiful! you did an amazing job photographing their special day. AWESOME!

  33. Amy Gallagher

    January 31st, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    That bouquet, and that flower garden, so pretty! You are so lucky to be able to capture these beautiful memories for these couples.

  34. michelle

    February 1st, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    Beautiful wedding photos, her rings is gorgeous!! Primrose cottage looks like the perfect place for a wedding

  35. Jennifer Blake

    February 1st, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    Such beautiful details, the colours are stunning and the bride’s smile is so contagious! Great work!

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  38. Elizabeth

    March 5th, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    Love their colors. Beautiful job!

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