April, 2012 | Mankin Mansion Blog

Dominion RiverRock Returns to Belle Isle

April 30th, 2012

Looking for a little adventure this May? Well, Dominon RiverRock is the perfect outdoor festival for you to enjoy the spring weather and indulge your inner daredevil.

Dominion RiverRock will kick off the festivities Friday, May 18, and will continue to rock Belle Isle until Sunday, May 20. The fun starts out with the Miller Lite Filthy 5k Mud Run, with tough terrain including a rock hop, a little dip in the James River and a mud pit finish. Other events include an Adventure Race, bike free styling, paddle boarding, mountain bike racing, boulder climbing and slack lining. A wide variety of bands will play throughout the weekend with the headliners including Galactic, The Travelin’ McCoury’s and JJ Grey and MOFRO.

The Interactive Village gives the opportunity for everyone to join in on the fun. You can try out kayaking, paddle boarding, white water rafting, slack lining and rock climbing. This is fun for the whole family with interactive activities.

Admission to the event along with the concerts is free. Please note that there is a fee to participate in the Interactive Village.   Step outside your comfort zone and enjoy the James at Dominion RiverRock.

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

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Winter Weddings at the Mansion!

April 27th, 2012

There’s just something about a winter wedding that we’ve always adored- from the rich hues and lush fabrics to the good tidings that just come with this celebratory season. The options to personalize your Big Day are endless- menus filled with warm comfort food and flickering lights to complement the season’s sparkle.

And it’s with that, that we’re thrilled to now offer wedding reception packages from November through March!  For more information, please visit our packages online or give us a call today to schedule a tour of the property. Remember, our full wedding planning services are included for all Mansion Brides!

We look forward to planning your winter celebration with you!

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: Pinterest.com

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Q&A with Flowers by Mona Ray!

April 25th, 2012

Let’s face it- flowers can make or break the decor on one’s wedding day, which is why we just LOVE having professionals such as Flowers by Mona Ray on hand to make sure everything goes off without a hitch.

We’ve worked with Mona and her team for many years and were just thrilled that she could take time out of her busy wedding season schedule to chat with us a bit-

How did you get your start in the wedding industry?

I have worked with flowers since I was a child. I have worked in and out of the floral industry for many years. I have a degree in Flower Shop and Greenhouse management and taught Floral Design for many years in public schools along with my Horticulture/Agriculture Classes. When I decided to Home school my son 14 years ago I decided to start a home based wedding flower business and we have grown from there.  We now serve over 200 bridal couples a year and the whole family is involved in the day to day operation.


What question do you find brides asking you the most about wedding flowers?

Cost. Cost is the biggest thing that worries each bride. We work very hard to insure that all brides get the most for their floral budget. Many have misconceptions about what flowers are available when.. So many love the spring flowers and many of them are available year round but the most popular ones are not..


What’s the best thing about working in the wedding industry?

It’s always a happy time. We love seeing the look on our brides faces or hearing from them after the wedding about how much they loved their flowers. Or that we took their vision for flowers and did exactly what they wanted.. It is very humbling to be chosen to participate in the happy occasion of a couple embarking on their new life together..

Any tips you’d like to share with our 2012 brides?

Look at lots of pictures of flowers to get ideas.. Many brides make a file of them.. but it’s better to make a word document and write what you like and dislike about each design.. That way you will remember what you were thinking.. when you share with others..  Email or bring in your ideas so that we will be able to see their vision through their eyes..  Just because it’s in a magazine or online doesn’t mean its available in Richmond, Virginia year round.. Many flowers are seasonal .. we will try to get your flowers in but do have back up choices.. And most importantly.. Have fun with your flowers..

We couldn’t agree more- we just love when our brides have FUN with their wedding flowers. :)

If you’d like to get in touch with Mona, feel free to visit her web site today!

Thanks Mona for stopping by!

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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Q&A with Hayes & Fisk

April 23rd, 2012

One of our favorite parts about the Richmond wedding industry is having the opportunity time and time again to work with some of the very best this area has to offer. Hayes & Fisk The Art of Photography, an institution in the Richmond are for twenty-five years, is no exception. We’ve had the pleasure of working with Jamie and Mary many times and have always been impressed by their professionalism as well as their amazing talent.

Today we sat down with Jamie and Mary to talk a bit about their background and tips for brides planning their Big Day this year, as well as the real reason Jamie likes to shoot weddings. :)

 

How did you get your start in the wedding industry?

Jamie:  I have been a photographer at heart my entire life.  When I was a kid growing up in Staunton, Virginia, I would save my mom’s S&H Green Stamps in hopes to one day buy a camera of my own.  Well, a bunch of books of stamps later I did!  I bought my first camera and it was history from there.  I photographed my first wedding at 15 years old and had to get my cousin to give me a ride to the wedding and then pick me up when it was over.  I did not want my clients to know that I was not even old enough to drive!  I love all types of photography and portraiture but weddings are where I began and I still get excited every single time I walk into the wedding day and get ready to create memories.

Mary:  Well, I have always loved photography and taking pictures.  I remember running to the local camera shop to get my 110 film printed and developed when I was younger.  But time and life took me on a different direction for a bit.  In 1993 I married my amazing husband and we hired the BEST photographer in Richmond to photograph my bridal portraits.  So, Jamie Hayes photographed my bridal portraits and I really did love them, for the first time I really loved a picture of myself.  In 1995 we were blessed with an amazing daughter and I knew immediately I needed to find Jamie Hayes to photograph and document this gorgeous angel’s life.  After going to his new studio and working with him for about 6 months we decided that we should work together.  And we did.  I started out just “running” the studio but I gradually and surprisingly found myself behind the camera and the rest as they say is history.

What question do you find brides asking you the most about wedding photography?

Mary:  I meet with and chat with most of the brides for their initial contact and the number one question is always cost?  How much are your wedding collections is what I hear first.  I understand that this is the only question that our brides and grooms and family members truly know to ask.  It is our job as professionals to guide them and educate them not only about our pricing but our expertise, abilities, history and products.  I work really hard to chat with these brides and ask questions about their engagement, wedding day and what they are looking for from a wedding photographer.  It is my job to make sure that I can fulfill their expectations but more importantly it is my mission to create a relationship with these couples.   Photographing someone’s wedding day is an amazing opportunity to give a visual history to a couple and future generations so I always consider it an honor when chosen.

What’s the best thing about working in the wedding industry?

Jamie:  Cake.  Hahaha.  Wedding cake every week-end, what a great way to work.  But seriously one of the best things for us is that we are now working with the families of so many of our couples.  I mean how awesome is that.  We photograph their wedding and then their babies and families.  Wedding photography allows us to create relationships with these people forever and we give them portraits and wedding day candids that they will cherish and share with many generations to come.

Any tips you’d like to share with our 2012 brides?

Mary:  My number one tip for all brides any year is love and trust your vendors.  Let’s face it there are a lot of wedding vendors in our area.  When choosing your vendors look at their websites, Facebook page, etc and ask around to friends and family members for a great recommendation.  If you love their style and creations that is step one.  Next step is to make sure that they are within your wedding budget.  And the most important step is to meet them in person and make sure that you not only like them but love them.  Weddings need to be joyous and fabulous, the last thing you want to do is be stressing over any of your wedding vendors or even worse not particularly like them.  So follow your heart and celebrate your day.

Thanks Mary and Jamie for stopping by! If you’d like to learn more about Hayes & Fisk The Art of Photography, visit their web site today!

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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Kentucky Derby Time!

April 19th, 2012

The Kentucky Derby is a southerner’s dream event- after all, who doesn’t love fabulous hats?  If you can’t quite make it all the way to Kentucky, you’re in luck because you can celebrate right here in Richmond.

Mark your calendar because the Conch Republic is throwing a Kentucky Derby Party on Saturday, May 5 from 3pm-7pm. Enjoy the races by doing your own bidding in a silent auction, while watching the game on the multiple televisions that will no doubt be tuned in to the big race. Raffles and door prizes will also be up for grabs throughout the afternoon and evening.

Additionally, proceeds from the event go to the United States Equine Rescue League, an organization that helps in the protection of horses that have been neglected or abused.

And ladies, you are most definitely going to be getting creative to win the best derby hat contest. :)

Tickets are $25 per person or $40 for two (in advance). Your admission will include appetizers while  drinks are available from a cash bar. So, get your derby attire ready and enjoy the races at The Conch Republic.

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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Special Rates!

April 13th, 2012

It’s official- wedding season is upon us! We’ve just enjoyed our first wedding of the season and look forward to many wedding weekends ahead of us!

We just wanted to take a moment to step away from our planning to let you know that we’re offering special pricing for three upcoming 2012 dates: May 5, June 2 and June 16. These are dates that just became available and are sure to go fast!  Not to worry- full wedding planning services are included for all our Mansion Brides!

For more information, please contact us today at 804-737-7773 or weddings@historicmankinmansion.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: Seth Roberts Photography

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Q&A with PaperFreckles!

April 12th, 2012

As we like to share with our brides, wedding planning takes a wonderful team of talented professionals. Lucky for us, we’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the very best that the Richmond wedding industry has to offer over the years. So every now and then, we like to take the opportunity to introduce you to some of the Richmond wedding pros that have helped our Historic Mankin Mansion Brides’ dreams come true.

Today, we’re chatting with the lovely Coleen and Joe Akers of PaperFreckles, who first caught our eye with Holly and Justin’s gorgeous invitation suite and wedding day stationery back in 2010:

Since then, Joe and Coleen have continued to wow us with their creative and thoughtful designs. So without further ado, here are Joe and Coleen-

How did you get your start in the wedding industry?

We started working in the wedding industry by “happy accident.”  A few years ago a family member  asked us to design her wedding invitations – a rustic country wedding with a custom, whimsical monogram.  Some of her friends then contacted us to work on their wedding stationery and it snowballed from there.  We couldn’t be happier to have landed in such a great industry!

What question do you find brides asking you the most about wedding stationery?

Many brides that we meet  want ideas for incorporating personal touches into their wedding stationery while still adhering to traditional protocol.  They want to understand what they “should do” tempered with guidance for what they “can do”.   We always tell our brides that their wedding stationery should express the couple’s personality as well as set the tone for the type of event they are hosting.  While that can mean “anything goes,” we find most brides want to create stationery that includes traditional elements while also including a unique or unexpected feature – whether it be a gorgeous textured paper, an illustration or custom monogram.  We love meeting couples and coming up with ideas for how to infuse a bit of their personality into their wedding papers while still respecting the tradition that they love.

What’s the best thing about working in the wedding industry?

We absolutely LOVE meeting with couples to hear all about their big day – it really inspires us to design something highly-personal to fit their unique personalities.  It’s so nice to be around people in love who are so happy to be starting their lives together.  We are truly honored when couples select us to create papers for their special day, and nothing makes us happier than to receive wonderful thank you messages after the wedding and to know that our pieces played a part in such a memorable event!

Any tips you’d like to share with our 2012 brides?

At the end of the day, your wedding is about you and your groom.  Focus on the two of you and your special relationship and always keep that top of mind throughout your planning process.  Find ways to uniquely express your relationship through the things you share with your guests at the wedding, whether it be a timeline of your relationship in your program,  your favorite cocktail or his favorite dance song, always try to make sure your personalities shine through – making the day even more memorable for you & your guests.

Thanks Joe and Coleen for stopping by! To learn more about PaperFreckles, visit their web site today.

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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Innsbrook After Hours is Back!

April 10th, 2012

Innsbrook After Hours is a summer favorite for the Richmond music crowd and this year they do not disappoint with a star studded line up.

The concert series takes place at the Snag-A-Job Pavilion, just a short drive from the Mansion. This year, the series will feature artists for the country and rock music fans alike. The fun kicks off May 9 with the legendary Willie Nelson. Joining the event later on in the season is the rock favorite ZZ Top as well as Darius Rucker, former front man of Hootie & the Blow Fish and country star.

The concert series promises to be a good time for the whole family, boasting activities for the kids as well as adults. Food and drinks are available for purchase so you can make a whole night of it. Be sure to make time to stop by the Lake Anna Winery tent to have a taste of some delicious Virginia wine. If you purchase lawn tickets, do not forget to bring along lawn chairs or a blanket to sit on and enjoy the music. We suggest getting to the venue when the gates open at 6pm to scout out the perfect place to sit. For more information and to check out the full line up here.

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.facebook.com/InnsbrookAfterHours

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Happy Birthday to Us!

April 3rd, 2012

It seems hard to believe that just eight years ago yesterday, we officially made Historic Mankin Mansion our home. It was in near ruins when we first laid eyes on the property and what a memorable time it has been to bring it back to life, to its original splendor. In fact, some guests say they even still feel the love we have for the Mansion when they are here. :)

This week, we look fondly back on the journey that brought us here.  Thank you to each and every one of you who have supported and encouraged us along the way. Cheers to eight fabulous years, and the amazing road ahead of us. We look forward to celebrating many more birthdays with you.

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: Pinterest

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