January, 2013 | Mankin Mansion Blog - Part 2

Best of 2012- Sara and Derek

January 11th, 2013

Sara and Derek’s wedding is filled with beautiful vintage details that we just fell in love with! From the bride’s vintage inspired turquoise heels, the birdcage veil and a lace cap sleeve dress! Sara shares a few of her favorite things from her wedding below!

Derek and I got married on October 13th, 2012 at the Historic Mankin Mansion. It was a sunny, clear afternoon with blue skies. We had the best day celebrating with our closest family and friends. Every single detail of the wedding was specially planned. My mom, sister, and I spent countless weekends crafting, designing, and analyzing. Some of my favorite details were the handmade the bouquets of burlap, lace, and broaches created by my Mom, and the mirrored centerpieces crafted in the garage by WC. Everything came together seamlessly to be the vintage- inspired wedding I had dreamed of!  We feel truly blessed to have chosen to get married at HMM. Jocelene, Martin, and the rest of the staff orchestrated the day with professionalism and ease.  The other vendors were equally as amazing; Red Shutter Studios Photography (Rod & Tara), A Sharper Palate catering, and Pearls Cupcake Shoppe were some of our favorites. At the end of the day, we became Mr. & Mrs. Creger, and that was by far the best part of all!:)

So do you just adore this wedding and want their wedding 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.  The top three finalists will get one more feature and then the one with the most votes will win a $250 gift certificate to Zeus Gallery while our second place winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to Zeus Gallery.

A big thank you to Sara and Derek for sharing their wedding with us and also to Red Shutter Studios for the beautiful images!

~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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Richmond Bridal Showcase Time!

January 10th, 2013

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We love meeting newly engaged couples and this Sunday, January 13, we will be doing just that at the Richmond Bridal Showcase and we can’t wait to meet you!

The Richmond Bridal Showcase is located at the Greater Richmond Convention Center and will take place from 11am to 5pm. The bridal show will feature a fashion show that will showcase the latest fashions for brides, bridesmaids and mothers of the bride and groom. The Wedding Idea Gallery will introduce attendees to the top trends for floral arrangements, tablescapes, cakes and photography. With over 150 of Richmond’s finest vendors on hand this is the perfect one stop shop to plan your perfect wedding.

Tickets are available online and at the door for $10. Don’t miss out on exciting bridal event, we sure do hope we see you there!

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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Best of 2012- Elizabeth and Scott

January 9th, 2013

Elizabeth and Scott had a beautiful September wedding; we just loved sharing their day with them. Elizabeth shared a few of her favorite moments and details about her wedding, check them out below.

If I had to use one word to describe our wedding it would be, Amazing!  Everything went so smoothly and without a hitch (except us of course).  When we first toured the mansion, I was in love and did not want to look anywhere else for a wedding venue.  The mansion was beautiful, elegant, and classy.  It also provided a more relaxed environment.  It combined the vision that Scott and I had for what our wedding day should be.

The mansion staff was great to work with. They were able to make recommendations and guide us through the planning process.  We were very lucky to have such great vendors.  I can’t say one bad thing about any of them.  The flowers were by Mona Ray and were absolutely beautiful.  The arrangements were even better than I had expected.  In fact, I dried my bouquet and made an ornament out of the dried petals this Christmas. We loved our photographer, Mike Topham.  He and his assistants did a great job and managed to always get the shot without being “in the way”.  I used White House catering and they provided us with delicious food.  Our signature ‘pomegranate martini’ was a huge hit!  We are so lucky to have such amazing and talented friends.  A friend of ours made our gorgeous cake and another friend offered to make us a quilt guest book.  What a great idea!  My childhood friend Nicole McConnell did the bridal party’s hair and makeup. She made us look fabulous!! Thank You Nicole!  

One of the fun things we did was to have a flip flop bin on the dance floor. We also had a display with lots of old pictures of our families for guests to see when they entered the mansion.  A friend had made some great decorations that helped personalize the space for us. But most of all, the beauty of the venue comes from the mansion and grounds itself.

Thank You for helping us to have the wedding of our dreams!! 

So do you just adore this wedding and want their wedding 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.  The top three finalists will get one more feature and then the one with the most votes will win a $250 gift certificate to Zeus Gallery while our second place winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to Zeus Gallery.

~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.

Photo Credit: Mike Topham Photography

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Virginia Living: Top Wedding Vendor 2013

January 8th, 2013

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We wanted to take a moment from our Best of 2012 series to share the great news that Historic Mankin Mansion has been selected by Virginia Living Magazine as one of the top Wedding Vendors of 2013!
You can find us in the latest issue under the Central Virginia category of “Venues: Weekend Destinations.” A special congratulations to our fellow wedding professionals who were also included in this honor.

We’d also like to extend our thanks to not only Virginia Living, but to our friends, colleagues and brides who support us every day. We sincerely could not do it without you.

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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Best of 2012- Marisse and Jeff

January 7th, 2013

We are kicking of the New Year with our Best of 2012 series Marisse and Jeff’s is our first wedding and we are excited to share it with you!

The color palette with lavender, white and touches of black fit perfectly along with the April wedding. Check out all of the lovely details below!

So do you just adore this wedding and want their wedding 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.  The top three finalists will get one more feature and then the one with the most votes will win a $250 gift certificate to Zeus Gallery while our second place winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to Zeus Gallery.

Thank you to Daniel Min Photography for sharing these lovely photos will us.

~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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