September, 2012 | Mankin Mansion Blog

Richmond Weddings Best Proposal Story- Sara and David

September 27th, 2012

Richmond Weddings Best Proposal Story Contest is in full swing and one of our Mankin couples is in the running!

Sara and David have a wonderful story including a beautiful vacation spot and a great photo op of the proposal! They need your help to win!

Please visit RichmondWeddings.com and read their proposal story here and cast your vote in this survey. Don’t put it off because voting will be over before you know it on October 1.

Good luck Sara and David! We can’t wait to share your wedding day 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.

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DIY Wedding Favors

September 26th, 2012

We are obviously obsessed with Pinterest just as everyone else is and we can’t seem to stop finding inspiration! This week we wanted to share with you our favorite DIY favors.

We love when favors pull double duty and these luggage tags do just that. You can buy luggage tags in bulk online then all you have to do is use a design program or Microsoft Word to add the names of your guest, along with their table number and for an added touch, a chic logo along with the date.

Mini potted herbs are a great way to add décor to your tables and thank your guests for celebrating your special day. Herbs can be purchased at your local nursery, and since your buying in bulk you might be able to snag a deal. Lots of adorable container options are out there from jars to planting pots, and you can make them your own by painting them like these below.

We love coffee here at the Mansion and this favor was right up our alley. If you and your groom are coffee lovers too we suggest beautiful coffee favors. You can use any coffee that you like from your favorite local (Rostov’s Coffee & Tea is one of our personal favorites) or even your beloved grocery store brand. Place in an adorable container and your guests will be thankful to have the boost of caffeine after a long night of celebrating.

We all know after leaving a wedding we are in search of a late night snack. Why not supply your guests with the snack that they need? You can use brown lunch bags dressed up with some pattern and tags and fill the inside with goodies. We suggest something salty along with something sweet. Maybe pretzels, kettle cooked chips, local chocolate or anything that is you and your groom’s favorite treats! Wrap them in some patterned paper, tie with twine and label the treats! We suggest leaving them were guests will exit so they can grab and go on their way out.

How are you using Pinterest to inspire your wedding? Follow us on Pinterest to see everything that inspires 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.

 

 

 

 

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Virginia Living- The Most Beautiful Bride!

September 17th, 2012

Perhaps we’re a bit partial, but we can’t help but think that our Historic Mankin Mansion brides are the most beautiful! :)

Virginia Living is in the midst of hosting its inaugural The Most Beautiful Bride contest and we were just thrilled to see that three of our recent brides were featured.

Check them out here:

Lisa
Holly
Jessica

Voting ends on 9/25 so we hope you’ll keep our lovely brides in mind as you cast your vote!

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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Richmond Weddings: Best Proposal Contest

September 14th, 2012

Richmond Weddings has just announced their Best Proposal Contest and we would love to see one of our brides take the crown (naturally! :)).

Richmond Weddings is looking for the best proposal story including anything from you the bride proposing to your groom, a very public proposal that went awry or anything in between! The winner will receive over $2,500 worth of amazing prizes, including a two-hour photo shoot at the Mansion. To see the full details check out Richmond Weddings today. The deadline is fast approaching (September 19!)- so don’t delay!

Enter the contest here and we wish you the best of luck!

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: Lovely Leaf Studio

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Richmond Wedding: Kelly and Anthony!

September 11th, 2012

You know we just love when a wedding photographer reaches out with images from a recent wedding- it’s just so much fun to revisit our couples’ Big Days. Today, you can check out Kelly and Anthony’s recent wedding at the Mansion filled with teal and yellow details!

A big thank you to Mike Miriello Photography for sharing these lovely photos 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.

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We’re in it to Pin It: Wedding Trends from Pinterest

September 5th, 2012

You might remember our recent article in Richmond Weddings Magazine on how we love Pinterest and what a wonderful tool it is for brides to find inspiration. Today, we’re putting our money where our mouth is as we share our recent finds from Pinterest for up and coming trends!

 

  • We love the idea of a DIY chalkboard background for photos. Use Polaroid cameras so that your guests can take their photos home as keepsakes from your Big Day.
  • Additionally, Kraft paper can make the perfect placemat-  you can even add a little touch of a personalization by writing out each guest’s name so that they can find their seat.
  • Sometimes guests are too busy having fun at your wedding to stop and enjoy your delicious wedding cake, and we have the solution for you. Have the caterer place the extra pieces of cake in to go containers and forks that can be placed at the exit for guests to grab and enjoy later!
  •  Calligraphy is the most beautiful way to address your envelopes; with so many options from formal to laid back style, there is a little something for everyone. We also suggest adding several beautiful stamps as well to make it a bit more memorable for the recipient.
  • White and black anemones are an unexpected wedding flower but they are popping up all over the place from bouquets to table settings and we say it’s a DO!
  •  We love chevron just as much as you but we think lattice print might just be the next big thing!
  •  Mini-Champagne with a stripped straw, need we say more!
  •  Brides and Grooms are opting to have sprinkles thrown instead of rice or birdseed, it makes for some beautiful photos and it is just so much fun!
  •  And the last one speaks for its self! We say it’s your party, and you can party like you want to! :)

We hope you enjoyed visiting some of the latest trends as much as we did.  Don’t forget to join us on Pinterest for all sorts of swoon worthy wedding inspiration!

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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