October, 2012 | Mankin Mansion Blog

Bridal Market Spring 2013

October 30th, 2012

Bridal Market might be one of the most exciting times for everyone in the wedding business. Imagine tons of ruffles, tulle, sparkle and seeing all the trends before they hit the stores! We knew we had you at ruffles! It took us awhile to narrow down our favorites to just a few given the many amazing designers and swoon worthy gowns!

One trend that is sweeping the runways is color from pink (a la Jessica Timberlake), crimson and shades of grey. This Watters gown with a beautiful mermaid silhouette and sweet heart neckline is a trendy take on a classic style. Oh, did we mention the wedding veil decked out with floating rhinestones?

Photo Via: Project Wedding Blog

Elaborate backs to gowns are also a big hit and are beautiful for guests to admire while you say your vows. This ReemAcra is donned with crystals placed on a light tulle fabric to give the illusion that they have been placed on your skin. With the mermaid silhouette and bright white adornments it is the perfect gown for a winter wedding.

Photo Via: Brides.com

Full sleeves were all the rage in the past season and we can thank the lovely Kate Middleton for that. This season, you can achieve the same look with the more modern feel of a cap sleeve. Amsale got the look just right with this fitted gown in lace with a tulle train, which has a modern but timeless feel.

Photo Via: Belle Magazine

Vera Wang brought back the two R’s (ruffles and romance!) and we couldn’t be more in love!  The fitted top, ruffled bottom and cream color is perfection but we didn’t expect anything less from Mrs. Vera Wang.

Photo Via: Vera Wang Blog

See you soon,

~Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort 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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Wedding Patterns

October 24th, 2012

Patterns are always popular for weddings. During the past several years, we have seen stripes give a nautical vibe and polka dots used for a classic look.  Chevron seems to be taking center stage these days, adding a little bit of whimsy. We have been scouring Pinterest and have found a few that have caught our eye that we thought we would share with you!

Trefoil

This pattern is both classic and chic and with the endless color combinations, it is a perfect addition to any wedding. The print comes in a variety of sizes and styles and we think it just might be the next big thing!

Herringbone

Herringbone is similar to chevron with a little bit more of sophistication. Herringbone is all over the home décor scene, which means it is just a matter of time before it makes it into the wedding world.

Fret

Fret can be a multitude of different prints but we were fond of this knotted diamond version. It is the perfect print that can blend in and stand out depending on how and where you use it. We suggest donning your invites and save the dates with it!

Ikat/Tribal

The ikat or tribal print is perfect for an outdoorsy couple having a fun fete. With multiple color combinations and geometric shapes making up the print, it is a whimsical addition to table décor or paper goods!

Camellia Floral


We are kind of obsessed with this camellia floral print! It gives us all sorts of inspiration for a late spring or summer wedding. Even the colors are perfection! This floral would look gorgeous for chair sashes and even on some fun monogrammed koozies as favors!

So what patterns are catching your eye this season? Feel free to let share in the comments!

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- Most Beautiful Bride Winner!

October 9th, 2012

We are feeling really lucky here at the Mansion these days and our brides are too!

Last week we announced that one of our very own Historic Mankin Mansion couple Sara and David won Richmond Wedding’s Best Proposal Story! This week we are happy to announce that Holly won The Most Beautiful Bride Contest by Virginia Living!

Holly and Phillip got married at the Mansion earlier this year and we loved sharing in their wedding day.

A big thank you to everyone who participated voting for all of our Mansion brides as well as to our friends at Twilight Images for sharing this lovely image with us!

And of course- congratulations Holly!

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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Guest Book Alternatives

October 4th, 2012

A guest book is a wonderful keepsake for you and your husband to have for years to come! There are so many fun ways to make your guest book a little more exciting and up to date, and here are a few of our favorites!

We have been seeing everyone on Pinterest writing on everything from coffee mugs to plates and we love this idea for a guest book. You can purchase several different shapes and sizes of plates for your guests to sign with Sharpie markers that coordinate with your wedding colors. When you get home from the wedding, bake the plates in the oven at 350 degrees and they are ready to be used or displayed.

We all remember Mad Libs from when we were kids; you know those funny stories you would make by adding a few nouns and verbs here and there. Well they are making a comeback for weddings and they are still full of laughs. You can create your own or you can find customizable ones on Etsy!

These adorable little books give your guests a chance to share memories, advice and their future wishes for the happy couple! You can make several small books that are entitled with questions for the guests to answer, they can pick one or as many as they would like. You can display the books in your home and get them out every once in awhile when you are looking for some advice or to reminisce.

A scrapbook is a great way for your guests to get creative and involved in the wedding day. Photo booths are a fun addition to any party and your guests can take their photos and place them into a book and decorate a page with words of wisdom or just congratulations to the bride and groom. Be sure on the table to have plenty of colorful markers, stamps, tape and anything else your crafty heart desires!

Are you using Pinterest to inspire your wedding? If not join in on the fun 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: Pinterest

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Richmond Weddings Winner!

October 3rd, 2012

We’ll admit- we just did a bit of a happy dance in our office when we got the good news- our very own Historic Mankin Mansion couple Sara and David won Richmond Wedding’s Best Proposal Story!

Can’t say we’re surprised- who doesn’t love an underwater engagement story?? :)

Click here to check out their fun story- and our thanks to everyone who supported the couple with their votes!

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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