January, 2011 | Mankin Mansion Blog

Best of 2010 Mansion Weddings: Tiffanie and Shane

January 31st, 2011

We’re back for our final best of 2010 Mansion Weddings- and today, we’re happy to share the wedding of Tiffanie and Shane.

We asked Tiffanie to share some of her favorite parts of her Wedding day and she shared the following:

“The way Mankin Staff made everything run so smoothly. There was never a second were I had to worry about anything. They made sure all of the details I had outlined were exactly as I had envisioned. Shane and I had a wonderful, perfect, carefree day!

Seeing all of the smiles of our of our friends and families faces.  Being able to have our ceremony and reception so close together that allowed everyone to have a really good time.

The ceremony was perfect! The flowers, the mansion grounds..everything was magical.

Martin did an amazing job with the music at the reception! Everyone was up and dancing the entire night. There was one point when i looked around and there were hardly anyone sitting down.

The lanterns and lighting once it was dark was perfect! Made it a very cozy and romantic setting.

Being able to stay the night at the Mansion and wake up to breakfast with parents and immediate family was a real treat! It was great to really sit down and reflect about the amazing day that we had!”

Special thanks to Kim Stratton Photography for the images!

Enjoy!

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Best of 2010 Mansion Weddings: Courtney and AJ

January 28th, 2011

The Wedding of Courtney and AJ is a great way to wrap up this week. Courtney and AJ were a fun couple and we were thrilled to be a part of their Big Day.

And as you can see from the photos, the new Mr and Mrs weren’t the only ones having a ball. :)

Thanks to Seth Roberts Photography for sharing these amazing images!

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Historic Mankin Mansion Honored by WeddingWire

January 27th, 2011

We here at Historic Mankin Mansion were thrilled to find out this week that we have been selected to receive the prestigious annual WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 for Wedding Venues!

Recognition for the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 is determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 750,000 WeddingWire newlyweds. Our past clients are among those that shared their experiences on WeddingWire, the largest wedding review site in the nation.

Historic Mankin Mansion stands among the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire community, representing quality and service excellence within the wedding industry. Awards were given to the top wedding professionals across 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, and were based on the overall professional achievements throughout the past year.

2010 was a banner year here at the Mansion and we are grateful for all of our wonderful brides and grooms who have taken the time to review us on Wedding Wire!

See You Soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests.

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Best of 2010 Mansion Weddings: Mary Kathen and Josh

January 26th, 2011

Today, we’re thrilled to continue on in our Best of 2010 series by featuring the Fall wedding of Mary Kathen and Josh. The bride made sure the yellow really popped throughout the ceremony and reception- we can’t help but swoon over the centerpieces that incorporate lemons.

Special thanks to Seth Roberts Photography for sharing these memorable images!

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Virginia is for (Wine) Lovers!

January 25th, 2011

The Virginia Wine Expo, a three day wine lover’s paradise will begin February 25 and continue through the 27 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.  We here at the Mansion always look forward to it- after all, we love discovering new wines for our guests!

The Virginia Wine Expo is in its third year and is the mid-Atlantic’s premier wine and food event. The Expo features seminars, walk-around grand tasting, book signings, Virginia reserve wines, gourmet food, and acclaimed chefs. The Expo will kick off on Friday with SunTrust presenting the Virginia Governor’s Cup Grand Tasting. During the Grand Tasting you will be able to taste and purchase over three hundred and fifty Virginia wines, this includes reserve wines that are only available on this day. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and signature dishes from the top regional restaurants will also be served.

Saturday and Sunday will consist of seminars and tastings lead by top connoisseurs of individual wineries. Topics include Virginia wines paired with: chocolate, sushi, cheese, Indian Cuisine, desserts, and even burgers. Who knew that there is a perfect wine to compliment your burger? During the tastings, sixty plus wineries will have their finest wines for your sampling and purchasing.

We hope that you will come out and enjoy all the wonderful wines that Virginia has to offer.

For More Information: http://virginiawineexpo.com/

See You Soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests.

Photo Credit: http://virginiawineexpo.com/

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Best of 2010 Mansion Weddings: Danielle and Tom

January 24th, 2011

We can hardly believe it, but we’re beginning to wrap up our Best of 2010 Mansion series- we are tremendously grateful to all of the amazing brides and wedding photographers who have worked with us in the last month to showcase these very special days.

Up next, we have the wedding of Danielle and Tom, courtesy of Becca Marie Photography. Their wedding had all the right elements- happy bride and groom, cute shoes, yummy dessert table and a swoon worthy table runner. Did we mention our favorite shot of the chair ties on our chiavaris (we can’t help it!).

Without further ado–

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Best of 2010 Mansion Weddings: Erin and Bryan

January 21st, 2011

It’s the end of week three of our Best of 2010 Blog series and today, we’re thrilled to share the wedding of Erin and Bryan, with images courtesy of Ellie Bolton Photography.

This was a crowd that loved to dance- naturally, an instant favorite of Martin’s! We loved that the couple featured a modern wedding cake paired with cupcakes. Double the sweets?  Yes please!

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Thanks Richmond Weddings Magazine!

January 20th, 2011

We are thrilled to be featured this week on the Richmond Weddings Blog- if you haven’t had a chance to view, please click HERE. Special thanks to Don Mears Photography for allowing us to share a lovely image from a recent wedding.

If you haven’t done so already, we’d also suggest picking up the latest copy of Richmond Weddings Magazine, as we have the following featured articles:

Wedding Trends: a Look Back at 2010 and into the New Year
Page 10

Personalizing your Wedding Reception
Page 26

Booking the Perfect Reception
Page 31

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: Enjoy a Hassle Free Wedding Day
Page 44

Wedding Details: What have you Overlooked?
Page 50

We were happy to share our expertise with brides-to-be- thanks Richmond Weddings Magazine for the opportunity!

See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests.

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Best of 2010 Mansion Weddings: Allison and Justin

January 19th, 2011

The Spring is just an amazing time to have weddings here at the Mansion. This past may, we enjoyed the wedding of Allison and Justin. A happy bride, a happy groom, and a memorable getaway car. What more could you ask for?

Special thanks to our friends Don and Lindsay Mears of Don Mears Photography for allowing us to feature their amazing images.

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Zest Fest 2011- Helping to Fight Hunger

January 18th, 2011

Time to break out that ball gown or tuxedo. Why you ask? This February, an amazing cause called Zest Fest, which benefits the Central Virginia Food Bank and Meals on Wheels Serving Central Virginia is coming back to town.

Last year this event raised $165,000 dollars to feed the Central Virginia Area. Sixteen local chefs will lend their expertise to the event and the food served. Including Tuffy Stone of A Sharper Palate, a frequent caterer with our Brides at the Mansion will be their cooking up what is sure to be nothing less than mouth watering. Eight wineries will provide their finest wines for the evening also.

The event will include a silent auction, exciting live auction, dancing, and two Fight Against Hunger raffles. The first raffle includes a trip for two to Napa Valley for three nights and the second raffle will be a trip for two to Barcelona, Spain for six nights. Tickets are $150 dollars a person and include a cocktail hour, a extensive sit down dinner including Virginia Wine pairings with each course, dessert, dancing, and your entry into both raffle drawings. We hope you take time to help those in need in Central Virginia.

We here at the Mansion are also participating as we’re a proud supporter of Feed More. Visit the Historic Richmond Inns Blog here to learn more.

For More Information: https://www.cvfb.org/ZestFest/tabid/230/Default.aspx/

See You Soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests.

Photo Credit: https://www.cvfb.org

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