May, 2013 | Mankin Mansion Blog

A New Addition at the Mansion!

May 31st, 2013

We here at the Mansion love seeing the little, but important, details that make our brides’ wedding “theirs.” We are especially thrilled when we can assist with making these visions come to life so we are excited to share that we are now exclusively offering our couples the opportunity to arrive and depart in style!

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That’s right – if you’ve booked (or are planning to book!) with Historic Mankin Mansion, you’ll now have the opportunity to rent a luxury vehicle for either your ceremony entrance or your Grand Exit….or both!

Please contact your Mansion wedding planner for more information.

Happy planning!

~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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Unique Wedding Ring Photos

May 29th, 2013

The wedding ring is where it all began and of course you want to capture that sparkler in a photo. Who wouldn’t?

However, creating that perfect setting can become difficult. It is hard to design scenarios that will effectively showcase your new wedding rings. The photographs must capture your theme as well as your personal taste, so years down the road, you can look back and get the same feeling you did that very day.

With so many options out there, it can be overwhelming to decide. We here at Historic Mankin Mansion just might have a solution. Our experts compiled several ideas that are both unique and memorable.

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Photo Credit: Pinterest

Outdoor Wedding: What better backdrop for your wedding than the Fall? Bring those outdoor elements into your wedding ring photos by using nature. The colors really pop and the photo has a simplistic beauty that really is timeless.

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Photo Credit: Pinterest

Shoes: Oh we girls really do LOVE our shoes! Bring that love of your new marriage by showcasing your imagination and your beloved shoes. Take your wedding shoes and write out the word Love onto the sole of the shoe, but use your rings for the O. So adorable and distinctive, everyone will be gushing over your wedding ring photo-shoot.

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Candy: What is sweeter than candy? A picture with candy as the backdrop, of course. Candy is so vibrant and unlimited in color, you are sure to find a type that fits with your wedding theme. Plus, looking at your picture will make your mouth water!

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Utensils: Using utensils to bring your wedding rings together for a photograph is so much fun and classy. You can place the utensils anywhere to create your desired theme. The biggest question is who will be the fork and who will be the knife?  Good luck!

Whether you decide to use any of the suggestions above, or come up with your own ideas, we have no doubt your photos will be breathtaking.

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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Real Richmond Wedding: Kara and Jared Con’t

May 27th, 2013

Last Monday, we featured a video from Kuhn’s Photography of Kara and Jared’s wedding and now we want to share a few of our favorites images with you!

Kara and Jared’s color palette was deep purple and the Pantone color of year emerald green. Fun was had by all with a photo booth in the gazebo, featuring a ton of silly props. The guests then danced the night away!

Thank you again to Kuhn’s Photography for sharing these photos with us and to Kara and Jared for allowing us to be a part of their special day!

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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Baby Day at the Mansion!

May 22nd, 2013

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Those who have been to the Mansion as of late are already aware that we’ve had a bit of a “baby epidemic” on our hands in the last year as we welcome four adorable babies to the Mansion family. Believe it or not, three of them were actually born this past Spring and we just couldn’t be more thrilled for the moms.

This past week, we welcome all of the kiddos to the Mansion for an afternoon of.. well, snuggling! We also had the chance to take a bunch of photos to capture this fun day- can you believe we actually have a few with all of the little ones looking in the general direction of the camera? :) For more too cute to pass up photos, please click HERE.

We couldn’t be more thrilled for Marylee, Jocelene, Gina and Meghan- and we’re excited to host all of their weddings around 2043 or so! :)

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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Honeymoons on a Budget

May 21st, 2013

Some couples are fortunate enough to have a honeymoon given to them by their families, but it doesn’t always work that way. Whether it’s a couple paying for their own wedding with tight funds, or there simply isn’t a lot of left over money in the budget, a honeymoon can sometimes seem out of the question.

Luckily, there are several alternatives to that big grand-scale trip to Fiji. We have found some great ideas to help couples that want to celebrate their new life together with a romantic and fun honeymoon.

Stay in the country

Think camping at Yosemite, visiting the Grand Canyon, skiing at Lake Tahoe, or lounging on the beach at the Outer Banks. As exotic as a European vacation sounds, the United States also has a lot to offer; most of which couples can get to by car. By choosing to drive can be a huge money saver, and even if you do fly, it will still be much cheaper than an international flight.

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Postpone

If a couple decides to get married during ‘wedding season,’ which is during some of the peak vacation times, flight and hotel prices could potentially be sky high. An easy solution is to wait the summer out until after Labor Day when prices drop drastically. This way, couples get that high class resort experience, but at a price that won’t break the bank.

On-line auctions/deals

With popular websites like Groupon and LivingSocial, where discounts are always 50 percent or more, it makes affording your honeymoon a lot easier. There are new deals for trips everyday at great prices, you just have to make sure you buy them in time because deals close within a week.

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Just remember, a honeymoon is where you make it, not where you book it. The point is to celebrate your new marriage with the one you love, so don’t stress too much and have fun with it.

 

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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Real Richmond Weddings: Kara and Jared!

May 20th, 2013

Kara and Jared’s wedding was recently at the Mansion and the wonderful Kuhn’s Photography captured all of the festivities. Check out the video below to see all of the fun from the Big Day!

Thank you to Kuhn’s Photography for sharing this video with us.

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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HMM In the News: Virginia Living Magazine

May 17th, 2013

We were just ecstatic when we saw the June issue of Virginia Living Magazine on newsstands because one of our lovely couples’ wedding was featured! Lisa and James’ wedding was captured by the wonderful David Abel Photography and you can check out all of the photos on page 49.

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Our sincerest thanks to Virginia Living Magazine for this wonderful opportunity, as well as to David for sharing his fabulous images. Pick up your copy today to see the full feature!

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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Fun Wedding Shoes

May 15th, 2013

We LOVE shoes!! Sandals, flats, boots, stilettos. Your wedding shoes will be one of the most important pair you ever wear, so it is time to get flashy and show them off.

Brides showcase their personality through their shoes. Are you conservative? Are you country? Are you against uncomfortable, flashy shoes and opt for bare feet with jewelry? The wedding dress is difficult, but what will be peaking out from underneath that beautiful white dress. With so many options how do you choose?

Have no fear, our experts at Historic Mankin Mansion have searched high and low for options to try and aid your search of the flawless shoe. But prepare yourself because these shoes are dangerously beautiful.

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Bling: Us girls love our shiny things, so why should that change when it comes to fancy footwear? Bejeweled shoes are a great accent to a wedding dress because they add that perfect punch of color. The fact that they are just beyond gorgeous is a bonus.

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Colors: Bright colors are everywhere! Color is always wonderful and can generate quite a presence. We adore the way a bold color stands out from a white wedding gown. Also, it is very easy to pair your wedding color palette with your shoes.

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Boots: A big trend is outdoors wedding and if you have ever attempted to walk through grass wearing heels, you know it is quite a challenge. Just because you are in a fancy, white dress does not mean you can’t breakaway from tradition and express your personality with bold boots. Plus, you won’t have to worry about falling down in your stunning white gown.

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Sandals: A great way to celebrate a fun beach wedding, is to wear sandals. Sandals can be very simple or extremely decorated and wild. A good advantage of sandal is the comfort level associated with them. After standing for a while taking pictures, greeting guest, it’s nice to be comfortable in your fancy shoes.

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Jewelry: Who says you have to wear shoes at all? Sparkling jewelry made for your feet can make a great impression. This would be perfect for a beach or garden wedding. This option is not common and is a good way to make you standout from other brides.

With all those glorious shoes floating around out there, we know that it is difficult to choose just one pair. But we have no doubt that whichever style you decide to go with, you will be glowing on your special day!

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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RVA Fashion Week 2013- Dream Shoot

May 13th, 2013

We here at Historic Mankin Mansion love to serve as the backdrop for photo and video shoots and this lovely RVA Fashion Week 2013- Dream Shoot was no exception.

You can see the wonderful video below! We just adore the polka dot dresses and 50’s feel of the fashion choices.

RVA Fashion Week 2013 – Dream Shoot from Christopher Harris on Vimeo.

Thank you to RVA Fashion Week for the wonderful opportunity!

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

Video Credit: Image Machine and 2B Determined Studios

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HMM in the News: Work It Richmond!

May 7th, 2013

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Today, we’re excited to share our latest press, which is a bit different than our usual real wedding features. This past week, Work It, Richmond was kind enough to share an interview with our very own Paula Ramirez, who lent insight into the behind-the-scenes efforts that go into running the Mansion.

To enjoy the article, please visit this link. Our thanks to Work It, Richmond for the opportunity!

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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