Today, we’re back with our Best of 2011 series, where we get to revisit some of our favorite weddings from last season. We enjoyed revisiting Blair and Nick’s day on Wednesday and today, we’re back with Jaimie and Christopher!
As Jaimie told us-
If the saying, “Rain on your wedding day means good luck,” is true, then my husband and I are very lucky. Our wedding day started off like any bride’s worst nightmare. As my soon to be husband at the time and I woke up, the first thing we heard was little droplets hitting the roof of our honeymoon suite. I immediately went into panic mode. If it weren’t for Mary-Catherine and the other staff at the Mankin Mansion I probably would have had a mental breakdown! They assured us that everything would work out and we would have the wedding day we always dreamed of.
As hard as it was to believe them at the time, they were completely right. We had a delicious breakfast with our bridal party, a relaxing massage, and then separated into different cottages to get ready for our wedding. Spending that time getting ready with my mother, sister, soon to be mother in law, and best friends is a memory I will always cherish. My gorgeous bouquet, along with my bridesmaids, was brought to my room and I knew it was getting close to 6 pm, the start of our ceremony. I took one last look out the window, expecting to see the dreaded rain, but instead I caught a glimpse of the sun attempting to break through the clouds. At that moment, I knew my grandmothers and other passed loved ones were with us on our wedding day.
As family, friends and guests started to arrive, the sun pushed out even more. As my father escorted me down the aisle, I stared into the love of my life’s eyes, and knew I was the luckiest bride in the world. Everything worked out perfectly. Our dachshunds Walter and Winifred, ring bearer and flower girl, made it all the way down the aisle without biting or lifting their leg on anyone or anything. Everyone loved the idea of a wine box ceremony, where we put a letter to each other expressing our hopes and dreams in a wine box that would be sealed until our 5th anniversary. The photo booth captured all of our guests and made a lasting memory for everyone. Our guests dined on Italian food and delicious cupcakes topped with eatable pearls and chocolate dachshunds, while Chris and I danced our first dance as a married couple. A slideshow of memories captured from when we met at age 16 until now played in the background. Our friends and family then joined us on the dance floor as we celebrated the night away.
The night ended with sparklers and a song that sums up everything we both felt on our wedding day, “Today Was A Fairytale”.
Now remember-this year’s blog series is going to be a bit different as each wedding will be featured on the Historic Mankin Mansion Blog and the top three posts with the most blog and Facebook comments will be selected as finalists. Each wedding will receive one more feature and the one with the most Facebook and blog comments by the deadline will be the winner! This year, we’re taking it up a notch as we will be hosting a contest along with it for a complimentary overnight room stay at the Mansion, as well as a gift certificate to one of Paula and Martin’s favorite restaurants in town.
So do you just adore Jaimie and Christopher’s wedding and want them to win? Simply comment on this blog post and let us know why you love this wedding so much. If you’d like to score an extra point for the couple, visit our Facebook page and comment under the Facebook post in which we share this fabulous feature.
Thanks Jaimie and Christopher for revisiting your Historic Mankin Mansion Wedding Day with us!
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.