January, 2011 | Mankin Mansion Blog - Part 2

Best of 2010 Mansion Weddings: Amanda and Eric

January 17th, 2011

We’ve had a great time sharing some of the memorable weddings that took place in our 2010 season. Today, we feature the wedding of Amanda and Eric, with images courtesy of Nick Kessler Photography.

We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

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Best of 2010 Mansion Weddings: Sabrina and Quintan

January 14th, 2011

When we asked our Facebook Fans to consider sending along their best wedding images at the Mansion from 2010, we were thrilled when our friends at Four Season Films shared the film they made from Sabrina and Quintan’s Thanksgiving weekend wedding.

We  have no doubt you’ll enjoy the special details that went into this intimate affair. We have no double you’ll enjoy it was much as we did.

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CinéBistro at Stony Point Fashion Park

January 13th, 2011

Who doesn’t love a great date of dinner, a movie, and drinks? What could possibly make this even better? Having all three, under one roof, and at CinéBistro you get just that.

CinéBistro is brand new to Stony Point Fashion Park and is a delicious culinary, luxurious movie and specialty cocktail experience. With the partnership of Cobb Theaters,  they strive to create an exclusive movie theater surrounding. You may just never want to experience a normal theater again, as you sink into a plush, over-sized, high back rocking chair with optimum legroom and space between you and the person next to you.

If you are a front row lover, ottomans are available to rest your feet. No need to get up to go to the bar or to grab some food before the movie starts- just sit back and relax as their friendly wait staff, gets you anything your heart desires. CinéBistro and Cobb keep up with the latest in theater screen technology, so you will be sure to be watching your movie in its highest quality. It doesn’t stop there. They offer a full service restaurant, featuring appetizers, entrees, and desserts. It is definitely not your typical movie theater food this is high end quality and extremely tasty. Don’t leave out their full service bar with specialty cocktails, a variety of beer and an extensive wine list. Kick back and relax in the lounge and discuss the movie you just watched.

CinéBistro is open for lunch and dinner. We suggest arriving thirty minutes early if you plan on ordering food. Tickets can be purchased online or when you arrive. And keep in mind in-theater occupants must be 21 and over.

We hope you enjoy this luxury movie theater during your next visit with us.

For More Information: http://www.cobbcinebistro.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.

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Best of 2010 Mansion Weddings: Rosie and Doug

January 12th, 2011

We continue in our blog series this month to feature some of the great weddings we had here at Historic Mankin Mansion. Today, we’re taking a look back at the wedding of Rosie and Doug, with images courtesy of Brandon Boswell Photography.

Don’t you love the polka dots? :)

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See you at the Bridal Shows!

January 11th, 2011

The beginning of the year is always a bit of a whirlwind here at the Mansion as we prepare for the imminent calls from excited brides who became engaged during the holidays.

If you’re one of those brides to be (congrats!) then we recommend you make your way to one of the bridal shows coming to town. This past weekend, we enjoyed meeting 3,000 brides and their entourage at the Richmond Bridal Showcase, held at the Convention Center last Sunday. With 200 vendors in attendance, it was always a great chance to catch up with our wedding pro friends. Were you unable to make it? Have no fear- the Showcase is twice a year and will be back in August.

This weekend is the Richmond Wedding Expo, held from 12-5pm at the Downtown Richmond Marriott. To learn more about the show, view the exhibitors and download a coupon, visit the following link- http://www.richmondweddings.com/index.php?page=bridal-show.

The shows are a great chance to meet our Mansion wedding pros in person, as well as view some of our favorite images from weddings past.  We’ll gladly answer any questions you may have. If you are a current Mansion bride, be sure to stop by and say hello!

We look forward to seeing you there!

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: Cari and Chad

January 10th, 2011

As you may already know, we’re featuring some of the most memorable weddings of 2010. Today, we’re showcasing images courtesy of Nick Kessler Photography of Cari and Chad’s wedding last Fall.

Our Wedding Planner Mary-Catherine Berry was happy to lend a little more insight into this lovely day:

“Cari and Chad were the ultimate do-it-yourself couple!  Despite the time demands of being a mom, Cari made each of her guest table centerpieces.  They consisted of bare limbed branches in ceramic pots with a blanket of green moss. These mini trees were then draped in crystal strands to catch the light of the hanging votives.  This made a dramatic effect in the grand pavilion tent.  The tables were covered in a silvery grey pintuck linen and eggplant napkins were folded to lay off the table.  Their reception was modern and the rich, dark hues lent an air of formality.  Of course, Cari kept it cool by wearing aqua Converse’s under her form fitting gown!”

Were you a 2010 Mansion bride or wedding photographer and would like to be featured? Please contact us at weddings@historicmankinmansion.com by January 15.

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Best of 2010 Mansion Weddings: Leah and Dimitri

January 7th, 2011

This month, we’re sharing some of the memorable weddings held at the Mansion in 2010. Up next- a fun and festive wedding, with images courtesy of Don Mears Photography.

You may have seen the good news last month, but we were thrilled to find out that Leah and Dimitri’s wedding was featured in Style Me Pretty. Take a look at all the great details (guests with hats!) and you’ll see why.

And what did our Wedding Planner Mary-Catherine have to say about this fabulous wedding?

“Leah and Dimitri are not only beautiful people outside, but they are memorably beautiful inside.  I loved getting to know them and their families.  They were a quick-witted bunch with great taste…the perfect combo.  Leah and Dimitri faced the common challenge of combining cultures for the ceremony and then finding their “couple’s style” at the reception.  Each detail was executed perfectly, including the clothes line to hang your summer hat.  My favorite detail (hard to choose) was their choreographed first dance that rivaled a Broadway show.  They are both professional singers, so it was no surprise that we were always entertaining to behold. “

Were you a 2010 bride here at Historic Mankin Mansion or perhaps a wedding photographer? If so, email us at weddings@historicmankinmansion.com by January 15 to learn more about being featured.

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Best of 2010 Mansion Weddings: Holly and Justin

January 5th, 2011

This past 2010 held many memorable weddings and this month, we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite moments.  We started off Monday with Sarah and Doug, and today, we share the summer wedding of Holly and Justin.

We were not surprised by all of the lovely details- after all, the bride herself is a wedding planner as owner of R.D. Berrie Weddings.  These great shots are courtesy of Charo Donohue.

Were you a 2010 bride who would like to share your favorite images from the Mansion? Please contact us at weddings@historicmankinmansion.com by January 15.

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RVA on Ice

January 4th, 2011

Bundle up, it’s time to hit the rink and show everyone what you’ve got on the ice, as Richmond just opened an open air ice skating rink, located in the heart of Downtown.

RVA on Ice is located behind Richmond CenterStage at 6th Street, on the Broad Street side, and its pretty hard to miss. The ice skating rink is a new addition to the cities festivities and we hope it is one that continues for years to come. The rink is 8,400-square-foot seasonal rink, with twinkling lights that sparkle above the ice, illuminating the night sky as seasonal music carries in the crisp winter breeze.

The rink opened for business on December 22 and will remain open until January 9, so we suggest you check it out before its packed away for another long year. General admissions is $5 with the addition of $5 more dollars if your not a pro and don’t own your own pair of skates. Children under ten have free admission and a $3 fee for skate rental.

Hope to see you out there on the ice before this treasure is gone for the season.

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://www.cjwn.net

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Best of 2010 Mansion Weddings: Sarah and Doug

January 3rd, 2011

This past 2010 held many memorable weddings and this month, we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite moments. Today, we’re starting off with Sarah and Doug, with images provided by Nick Kessler of Nick Kessler Photography.

We asked our fabulous Wedding Planner Mary-Catherine Berry to share a little insight about this couple’s special day–

“Sarah and Doug took a clean and fresh twist on old southern charm.  They combined their love of Tennessee and the colors of Fall and it was a perfect marriage! The reception was mostly white, with punches of bright orange in the napkins and bengaline chair ties.  Hanging mason jars with votives were a classic touch. The cake, made by a friend of the family’s, echoed the delicate details of Sarah’s dress.  Even with all of these beautiful details, the most touching and memorable moment for me was the walk of grandmother, mother and daughter down the aisle.  It was hard to find a dry eye in the group.”

Were you a 2010 bride who would like to share your favorite images from the Mansion? Please contact us at weddings@historicmankinmansion.com by January 15.

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