March, 2011 | Mankin Mansion Blog

Carrie and Scott: A Love Story

March 29th, 2011

We are in the fortunate position of celebrating many couples’ happiest days of their lives.

So when Richmond Weddings recently featured their Best Wedding Story contest, you can imagine how difficult it may be to narrow down our submission to just one great story.

Then it came to us- Carrie and Scott.

You may remember this fun and vivacious couple from our shout out last year, as they were featured on James Linkowitz’s Photography Blog and were frequent staples of our Facebook Fan Page Wedding Wednesdays image of the week.

We could go on and on about the personalized details that really stood out- from the tables named after NFL Stadiums to the seating cards which were actual printed tickets which sent their guests to “Will Call” to pick up their table assignments. Not to mention the custom foam fingers for their exit.

With family from both the North and South, Carrie and Scott decided to customize a “North Meets South” fusion menu so the guests could enjoy a dinner featuring both of the families’ interested and backgrounds.

And let us tell you about the music- from the rousing rendition of “We Are Family” by their band Soul Expression and the traditional Polka dance to Scott’s surprise solo of “Only the Good Die Young” this wedding was full of memorable moments!

We loved how family was important to them. Scott boutonniere was worn in memory of his Nannie Bick and featured a purple flower, her favorite color. Carrie’s mom, who had passed away when Carrie was young, used to embroider table clothes so she had a corner of a tablecloth made into a handkerchief with the word “bride” stitched in blue.

When Carrie was asked about the most memorable part of the day for her, she shared this sentiment-

“Ever since I was young, I always had a special connection with my mom and wind chimes. She loved them and whenever I hear them, I still think of her. As a surprise, Scott purchased an amazing set of wind chimes and had the mansion hang them from the tree over the ceremony site. Right before the preacher pronounced us Husband and Wife, the wind chimes started blowing even though the air was perfectly still. I still get teary eyed when I think about it.”

If the story stopped there, it would be a great one. But what most didn’t realize is that their wedding day was a celebration for not only Carrie and Scott’s love, but for the amazing news they had recently received.

As Scott said,

“The most memorable part of the day for me actually came a few weeks before the wedding. We got word that Carrie’s cancer is officially in remission. What a wonderful blessing! We REALLY had reason to celebrate now, and we could go on our honeymoon without worries about missing her cancer treatments. It was the most amazing wedding gift a guy could have!”


So we hope you’ll take a moment or two to read more about Carrie and Scott’s story and cast your vote here. Voting ends on April 8.

Thank you for your consideration!

See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Richmond wedding venue and Richmond Bed & Breakfast Historic Mankin Mansion, located 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: Linkowitz Photography

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Celebration of the Vine Wine Festival

March 28th, 2011

Spring is upon us and the outdoor festivals are kicking off the season. Celebration of the Vine Wine Festival is a great way to get your feet wet with Virginia Wine and some outdoor fun.

Celebration of the Vine Wine Festival will bring wine enthusiasts from near and far on Saturday, April 16. The wine starts flowing at 11am (hey its five o’clock somewhere!) and won’t stop flowing till 6pm in the evening. The event will take place in Chesterfield County at the County’s Government Complex. Seventeen different wineries will bring their best reserve for the tasting and purchasing. Craft vendors will make sure you get your adorable hand painted wine glass. Food will be available from Gregory’s Grill, King’s Korner, and Strawberry Street Café. Local favorites Casper and Spillsheet will keep you on your toes and dancing.

Tickets are already on sale and are available on their website for $20 per taster and only $10 for a non-taster. Your ticket price includes entry into the event and also a Celebration of the Vine wine glass to use for your abundant tasting opportunities. Tickets are also available at the event, so don’t worry if you don’t plan ahead.  They do, however, increase from to $25 for a taster and $12 for a non-taster. Please remember to bring your ID with you; we wouldn’t want you missing out on all the fun. See you there!

For More Information and Ticket Purchasing: http://www.chesterfieldchamber.com/Celebration_of_the_Vine_Wine_Festival.shtml

See you soon,
~Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Richmond wedding venue and Richmond Bed & Breakfast Historic Mankin Mansion, located 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://twitter.com/#!/CVWineFestival

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Today’s the Last Day- Do you have the Best Wedding Story Ever?

March 22nd, 2011

We are a proud sponsor of Richmond Weddings Magazine’s Best Wedding Story Contest. If you haven’t done so already, today is your LAST day to enter!

From RichmondWeddings.com–

We have all left weddings with some stories to tell- We want to hear YOUR Best Wedding Story!

It can be the funniest, wackiest or most romantic wedding you have attended (it does not need to be your wedding).

Tell us your story. In 200 words or less, tell us about the wedding- the wonderful and the unusual. Tell us what made it fun, special, unique, classic.

Winner receives a prize package from ours sponsors work over $2,100!

We here at the Mansion were happy to supply  an Overnight Stay to the winner. The contest ends TODAY so don’t delay!

Click here for more information!

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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Take Me Out to the Ball Game

March 21st, 2011

Spring is just around the corner and America’s past time will get underway right here in Richmond. The Richmond Flying Squirrels will start their season April 7 and will continue into the first week of September.

The Flying Squirrels, made their debut last year in the Richmond Diamond, and they are back for a second season and hopefully many more to come. This seasons opening game will start off with a bang of fireworks. The Richmond Diamond offers special seating at picnic tables located on the third base line in the Diamond Club. Tickets are $28 a person and include a two-hour all you can eat buffet.

Regular tickets range from $7 to $11 dollars depending on where you would like your seat to be. We hope you come out and support our local minor league team the Richmond Flying Squirrels. And remember “Root, root, root, for the home team!”

For More Information: http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/index.jsp?sid=t3410

See You Soon,
~Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Richmond wedding venue and Richmond Bed & Breakfast Historic Mankin Mansion, located 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.minorleaguebaseball.com/

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For Japan with Love

March 17th, 2011

This Friday, we’re joining other wedding bloggers in a blogger day of silence to raise awareness for the relief efforts in Japan. Please visit For Japan with Love, which will give you a direct link to donate to Shelterbox, who have been on hand in Japan since last Saturday providing much needed supplies to those in need.

Every little bit counts and we’re happy to do our part to raise awareness. We do hope you’ll consider joining us in these efforts.

~Paula & Martin Ramirez

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miLa Bridal Shoot at the Mansion!

March 15th, 2011

We interrupt our regularly scheduled “Things to Do In Richmond” Post to share some fun and fabulous images from a Bridal Shoot here at Historic Mankin Mansion.

miLa Bridal is a full service bridal boutique located here in Richmond at Stony Point Fashion park and last summer, they approached us to use the Mansion as a backdrop for their shoot. We happily said yes and as you can see, the results are fantastic. For more about the shoot, hop on over to their Blog to learn more.

Thanks to miLa Bridal for sharing a few of their images so we could in turn share with our Blog readers!

Enjoy!

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: miLA Bridal Photography by JC Vera

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Field Trip Time! Off to DuCard Vineyards

March 8th, 2011

DuCard Vineyards will satisfy your inner wines connoisseur, with their several deliciously and locally made Virginia wines. Located in charming Madison County and described as a boutique winery in a majestic mountain setting, DuCard is just an afternoon drive away from the Mansion.

The winery sets on 7 acres, featuring grapes that have gained national and international fame. If you are intrigued by the process of grapes to wine and how they care for the grapes, you can adopt a row and the friendly staff a DuCard will take you step by step through the process.

But, we know why you all really want to go.  It is all about the wine and the tasting.  So, let’s get down to business shall we?

The wines that are crafted include: Signature Viognier, Gibson Hollow Viognier, Sweet Virginia Vidal Blanc, Popham Run Bordeaux Blend, and Virginia Native Norton. The tasting room is cozy and comfy just what you would imagine a nestled winery to be.

With a cathedral ceiling window wall creating a picture frame for the nothing but, picture perfect views of the Shenandoah Valley. A fireplace and oversized chairs invites you to take a seat and enjoy the scenery that surrounds you. History is embedded into the flooring with 100-year-old oak board that were saved from barns that were located on the property. A side patio where you can sit and enjoy the sunshine and warm spring Virginia weather, where the calming stream will rush all your cares away, as you enjoy the majestic vineyard’s view.

We hope you take a nice joy ride to this Madison County treasure DuCard Winery.

For More Information: http://www.ducardvineyards.com/

See You Soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Richmond wedding venue and Richmond Bed & Breakfast Historic Mankin Mansion, located 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://cvilleuncorked.com/2011/01/10/577/

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Voting is On!

March 1st, 2011

Hello friends!

Today we’re taking the opportunity to write a different kind of blog post, as it has just come to our attention that Style Weekly is now running their Best of Contest for 2011. We do hope you’ll keep us in mind for the categories of Best Hotel/Inn, Best Event Venue, Best Hidden Gem and Best Historical Landmark.

Please click HERE to vote.

We’ll be back to our “regularly scheduled program” on Monday. Until then, thank you for your support.

See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez
Historic Mankin Mansion

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