Best of 2011: Megan and Brandon!

January 20th, 2012

Today, we’re back with our Best of 2011 series, where we get to revisit some of our favorite weddings from last season. Today, we’re thrilled to share the wedding of Megan and Brandon! Just WAIT until you see these lovely wedding details.

As Megan told us-

After a long, year-and-a-half engagement, I married my best friend at the Historic Mankin Mansion.   On October 1st, 2011, Brandon and I stood in front of our dearest friends and family and vowed to love, comfort and honor each other. It was almost 11 years ago that I met Brandon, and knew in my 15 year-old heart that he was forever the guy for me. Now, my dream had finally come true: I was marrying my best friend. Our wedding was nothing short of perfection. I had a vision of what I called early on “vintage meets modern romance,” (with some thoughtful DIY touches thrown in for good measure, of course). I knew from day one I wanted grey (I think it was a successful color, and now I’m borderline-obsessed with it for EVERYTHING). Mary-Catherine understood my vision from the beginning, and felt like a friend we’d known for years. I needed her reassurance on more than one occasion, but most importantly she made the whole process of planning what it should be: fun!  She, as well as Paula, Martin and the entire HMM staff couldn’t have done a better job throughout our long journey, and our wedding day was no exception. We felt like they ‘had our back,’ in a sense, should something go wrong. With so many emotions and excitement going on, it was comforting to know they had everything under control.


I knew from the minute I discovered this venue online that it was “the one,” and while driving home from our first tour, as my parents, Brandon and I discussed what we should do, I promised them “we will not regret our decision if we choose Mankin Mansion,” and I was right. Today, I couldn’t be happier with the man I love, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision to marry him at the Historic Mankin Mansion. Brandon and I, as well as my parents would like to thank the HMM staff for their tireless efforts, and for making our wedding such a magical and unforgettable experience. With that, I’d like to say get ready, because a lot of single ladies at my wedding fell in love with your venue! 😉

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 Megan and Brandon’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 Megan and Brandon 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.

28 Responses to “Best of 2011: Megan and Brandon!”

  1. Alexandra O'Brien Says:

    Picture perfect, everything down to the fine details are nothing short of stunning! Best of luck to the happy couple!

  2. Samantha Green Says:

    I had the pleasure of being a bridesmaid in this wedding and it couldn’t have been more perfect! I think I can speak for all of us when I say that we felt so taken care of the entire weekend and it was truly a wonderful experience. I wish we could do it again every year 🙂

  3. Leanne McSween Says:

    I’ve been in over 10 weddings and this was by far the most beautiful. The setting, the decorations, the people- everything was perfect! The HMM was a perfect venue for Megan and Brandon.

  4. Jessica Evans Says:

    So beautiful! Congratulations!

  5. Patti Reynolds Says:

    Beautiful pictures!!!!

  6. Nicole Meredith Says:

    So beautiful!! So glad your day was perfect and you shared these pictures with us!

  7. Debbie Green Says:

    Everything about this wedding was simply beautiful — the ceremony, the venue, the reception and most importantly — Megan and Brandon.

  8. Danielle M Says:

    These images are beautiful. Megan was a stunning bride, and every single detail was lovely. I love how each bridesmaid got to wear a dress to suit their own style!

  9. Ann Toner Says:


  10. Bobbi Shields Says:

    Beautiful Wedding!!

  11. Kirk O. Tower Says:

    Awesome Megan & Brandon!!!

    I had an awesome time @ your wedding and love the pics!!!!!!!

    Praising Jesus Christ
    James 1…count it all joy my brothers…

  12. Tisha McMillan Says:

    What beautiful pictures Megan!

  13. Cindy Ayers Says:

    One of the most beautiful weddings we have ever attended. Beautiful bride, handsome groom, exquisite setting and delicious food!

  14. Carley Says:


  15. Kim Gittman Says:

    Beutiful! Love gray too 🙂

  16. Amy Adams Says:

    You could not ask for a more beautiful bride or venue! All the extra details really made it special! Best of luck Megan and Brandon!

  17. Kristy Hoben Says:

    You look amazing and the day looks absolutely magical.

  18. MIke Hoburg Says:

    Love the pictures.

  19. Phil Borders Says:

    As the FOB (father of the bride), I am somewhat biased! However, Megan and Brandon had the best wedding ever! The Mansion was surpassed only by the owners and staff!

  20. Britt Says:

    LOVE your wedding pictures!!!! They are all BEAUTIFUL!!!

  21. Jim and Cindy Culberson Says:

    Brandon and Megan,
    It was an amazing day that we will never forget. The Mankin Mansion was goregous!
    Mom and Jim

  22. Lauren Says:

    Wow,what a beautiful, romantic, meaningful venue!

  23. Sue Coleman Says:

    Historic Mankin Mansion was a beautiful venue for a beautiful wedding. Megan and Brandon are such a wonderful couple. Everything was perfect…the wedding and the reception. It was a special day.

  24. Sharon Holcombe Says:

    Beautiful bride, wedding and venue!

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  26. Robin D Says:

    It was all stunning…the bride and the venue.

  27. Kathryn Gresham Says:

    What a beautiful wedding… Thanks for sharing with us:) PS. Love the damask!

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