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Winter Wonderland Wedding

February 8th, 2019

If you live in Virginia then you know how unpredictable the weather can be.  Currently, it feels like a warm spring day and in December we had an unexpected winter wonderland.

As soon as we met Dawn and Spencer we knew their day was going to be special. And boy was it special. This sweet couples wedding day had the second highest snowfall Virginia had seen in December since 1908. December ninth was a day no one expected but everyone embraced when it came to the beautiful snowfall. Dawn and Spencer’s wedding day was an opportunity to be with friends and family from all over the US. It was an intimate occasion which is exactly how Dawn and Spencer wanted to spend their day. Out of town guests stepped into our beautiful gallery for an indoor ceremony and after enjoyed mini tomato soup and grilled cheese sliders, provided by Goodrich Gourmet, perfect for a magical snow day.

Venue: Historic Mankin Mansion, Caterer: Goodrich Gourmet, Photographer: Omar Zeta, Florals: Vogue Flowers

“I was overwhelmed by the professionalism and the care this highly organized team took on to make sure my day was special!!!” -Dawn


Meet Our New Fall 2018 Intern!

October 18th, 2018

Mary Katherine is a junior at Virginia Commonwealth University studying public relations and business. She is spending her time here at the Mansion by working closely with the team to help spark magic that overflows the grounds during the big day! Her biggest role she plays is as our social media expert. With this being said, Mary Katherine is in charge of all things media at the Mansion such as running the multiple social media accounts we have along with answering emails for clients. We are over joyed to have such a wonderful asset to our team! Welcome Mary Katherine!

Mary Katherine: “Being a social media intern at the Historic Mankin Mansion has been an amazing experience for me because it has only made my love for romance and weddings grow immensely. I have really loved my time here and being an asset to capturing the magic on wedding day.”


Welcome Lauren and Madison!

September 28th, 2018

Welcome the newest members of our Planning Team, Lauren and Madison! You may have seen their smiling faces around the office, and now you will get enjoy their charming personalities at our meetings and events!

Lauren (left) is a James Madison University graduate with a Bachelors in Communications Studies with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication. Since Lauren’s move to Richmond, she has been dedicated to making couple’s visions come to life with Chancey Charm and as our very own Spring Intern! Now she continues to make dreams come true as our newest planner! Our clients enjoy Lauren’s calm demeanor and meticulous attention to detail – a winning combination for weddings, or any event for that matter!

Madison (right) has been a treasured part of the mansion team for years! As Lead (bridal assistant), Madison blew us and our clients away with her glowing positivity, quick problem-solving, and ability to do anything!   Fun fact- Madison is also our calligrapher. When she graduated from Christopher Newport University with a Bachelors in Psychology, we knew she would make the perfect addition to our Planning Team. As Event Manager she continues to blow clients away with her talent, enthusiasm, and dedication.

Lauren and Madison manage day-to-day planning and coordination, including vendor communication, itinerary creation and distribution, and pre-event walkthroughs. With their warm disposition and organized nature, we can think of no better additions to our team to continue to flawlessly execute events!



RW: Jasmine & Marcelus

September 23rd, 2018

Mansion in the press!

We can’t stop talking about Jasmine and Marcelus’s wedding this past June- and we are not alone! We have just been published in the exquisite Muna Luchi Bride! It was an absolutely gorgeous evening, full of light, laughter, and love!  From an aisle lined with floating candles in the European Gallery to the Grand Pavilion tent awash with blush up-lighting, this wedding and this couple were glowing! After they danced the night away with all their friends and family, Jasmine and Marcelus dashed off to their happily-ever-after while guests blew bubbles and kisses to the Mr and Mrs! It was truly an unforgettable event- thank you Jeffrey Lynn Media for capturing the evening so beautifully!




Exit In Style!

September 2nd, 2018

Mankin couples know it is not just about the entrance- it is also all about the exits! We love a little sparkle here at Historic Mankin Mansion, and as it turns out so does Martha Stewart! You can check out our latest feature in her bog post “28 Unique Ideas for Your Wedding Exit.”

In addition to a little lift with sparklers, here are a couple other honorary mentions of exits throughout the years!

The Smoke-Show:

Photo Cred: Leigh Skaggs Photography

The Dip

Photo Cred: Allison Kuhn Photography 

Bubbly Bye-Bye

Photo Cred: Jeffrey Lynn Media 


Speedy Get Away

Included in several mansion packages is a luxury, chauffeured Bentley exit! Drive off in style!

Photo Cred: Leigh Skaggs Photography


Puppy Love

August 16th, 2018

Some call it puppy love… we call it full grown! Check Blushing Richmond for our latest feature in the press “Pet Friendly Venues So Fido Can Celebrate With You.” Get ready for cuteness-overload! Here are some of our favorites over the years!

Special thanks to J&D Photo, Allison Kuhn Creative, Don Mears Photography, and Pattengale Photography  for the adorable footage of our favorite furry friends!


RW: Amanda and Max

July 14th, 2018

How cute are these two lovebirds? Amanda and Max had the most beautiful brunch wedding – imagine mimosas, bloody mary bars and chicken and waffles (yum!) We loved working with these two and are so glad they are a part of our Mansion family forever! Here are some photos from Awesomesauce Photography!



RW: Becky and Paul

June 21st, 2018

It was the most beautiful day in February, and we couldn’t have asked for better weather! Our sunshine danced must have worked because it was a day full of warmth (both from the sun and from all the love that came from this adorable couple). Every detail from this wedding was stunning, from the pale blues, touches of maroon and pops of gold it was simply magical. Lisa Mims Photography, did an amazing job of capturing every moment and detail of the day, check them out below! To see more from her gallery, click here!

See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez

Martin and Paula Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion Wedding Resort. They enjoy opening their hearts & home to host countless happy couples on their most special day. They have lovingly created a private wedding estate like no other and are honored to share their dream with so many beautiful couples!


Meet our lovely interns!

May 16th, 2018

How cute are this year’s Spring 2018 Mansion Interns? Leslie and Paria are mass communications students at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Lauren is a public relations alumna from James Madison University. All three work hard to help our planners with the couples’ big day! From responding to hundreds of emails to creating wedding day magic on our grounds, we are so grateful to have had these hard-working gals on our team!

Paria: “Interning at the Historic Mankin Mansion has made my love for weddings grow and has made me excited to work in the events industry post graduation.”

Lauren: “I have loved interning at Historic Mankin Mansion these past few months because it has not only given me the opportunity to learn more about weddings and events, but it has also allowed me to work on all aspects of them, which have been amazing experiences!”  

Leslie: “Interning at Historic Mankin Mansion this semester has been amazing! Being able to experience the ways of the Mansion first hand is really going to help me in my end goal, which is to become an event planner.”

If you are interested in interning with us, we’d love to hear from you and talk all things involving events! Please email us at planning@historicmankinmansion.com.


Welcome Table Ideas for Your Wedding

May 5th, 2018

At most all Historic Mankin Mansion weddings, couples make a statement at their wedding with a beautiful welcome table. Not only is it the first thing that guests see upon arriving to your special day, often leaving a lasting impression on them, but it also helps make sure the guests know the flow of events.

A welcome table can be simple with just a welcome sign and programs or it can be more elaborate and personalized with a guest book, photos from the engagement or from family members’ weddings, drinks and an area for cards and gifts. They are also a great place to encourage people to use the wedding hashtag, or if planning an unplugged wedding, they are the place to let guests know.

Take a look at some of these welcome tables for inspiration!