October, 2014 | Mankin Mansion Blog

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Wedding Lounges: Where Creativity and Comfort Meet

October 27th, 2014

We just love the latest trend of wedding lounges for your big day! Creating a one-of-a-kind wedding lounge area at your reception could help guests relax, and also provide a great photo backdrop for you and your sweetheart.  Relatively easy to piece together, lounges can be myriad, or single, depending on the amount of space available at your venue, whether indoor or outdoor.

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The lounge will inspire your artistic freedom to blossom as you decide what will be included. Simply put, a lounge can include one couch, some chairs, a coffee table or chest, a bouquet of flowers, candles and some side tables.  It is a great opportunity to create a space that resonates with and adds to your wedding theme.

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Photos of the bride and groom could be set on the table for decoration, and for guests, props for photos could be located within the lounge area. It really could not be easier to customize your chic and trendy rest stop. If you do not have access to furniture, or are just not satisfied with it, you can always look into renting at shops such as Paisley & Jade, a local Richmond vintage eclectic furniture rental shop located in Scott’s Addition.

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As you are providing a space for your guests to relax and rest their feet, sip on a cocktail, and take it all in, you are also ensuring a happier day for you. Sure, it is your day, but it is shared with those you have invited, so why not appease both parties. While you are having the time of your life on the dance floor, your guests will be smiling in the lounge, wishing the wedding was a weekend affair!

See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez

 Martin and Paula Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion Wedding Resort. They enjoy opening their hearts & home to host countless happy couples on their most special day. They have lovingly created a private wedding estate like no other and are honored to share their dream with so many beautiful couples!

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Richmond Wedding: Heather and Bradley

October 20th, 2014

We guarantee you’ll be dreaming about today’s Richmond Wedding feature for days after seeing these gorgeous images, captured by 88 Love Stories!

Ever since radiant orchid was named Pantone’s 2014 color of the year, we couldn’t wait to see how our Historic Mankin Mansion couples made this shade of purple a part of their big day. From the bridesmaids’ dresses to the floral, Heather and Bradley flawlessly used this favorite hue in their color palette. We hope you enjoy these stunning moments from their wedding day as much as we do!

Thank you 88 Love Stories for sharing Heather and Bradley’s wedding with us!

See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez

Martin and Paula Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion Wedding Resort. They enjoy opening their hearts & home to host countless happy couples on their most special day. They have lovingly created a private wedding estate like no other and are honored to share their dream with so many beautiful couples!

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Richmond Wedding: Alee and Jesse

October 13th, 2014

The bride’s braid up-do, “I do’s” under a chandelier, the groom bringing out his guitar during the ceremony – we could go on and on about our favorite moments from Alee and Jesse’s big day! You may remember Alee and Jesse from our recent feature on their wedding video by eMotion Pictures Wedding Films. Today, we couldn’t be more excited to share a few lovely photos from their wedding day, captured through the lens of Kaytee Lauren Photography! Enjoy!

Many thanks to Kaytee Lauren for sharing Alee and Jesse’s Historic Mankin Mansion wedding with us for today’s blog!

See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez

Martin and Paula Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion Wedding Resort. They enjoy opening their hearts & home to host countless happy couples on their most special day. They have lovingly created a private wedding estate like no other and are honored to share their dream with so many beautiful couples!

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Wedding Trend: Designating an Instagram Hashtag for Guests

October 6th, 2014

Have you ever thought about how when you invite a guest to your wedding, you are also inviting their smartphone?

Have no fear, as there are actually many advantages to this- just consider the example of Instagram. Besides being a free app on Apple and Android devices, it’s easy and fun to use.

So what does this mean for your to do list? Designating a wedding-specific hashtag for your guests to use throughout the festivities is a great way to add a bit of organization to the endless photos taken at a wedding.

Photo credit: E. Leise Photo
Photo credit: E. Leise Photo

As for what the hashtag says, it’s all up to you! Be as creative or as simple as you like. It can be a hybrid of your names (first and/or last names), a cute saying with the date, or just about anything you want it to be. Just make sure prior to announcing the hashtag that you search Instagram to see if it has been claimed. If it hasn’t, then you’re all set. If it has, then you simply have to go back to the drawing board. That’s one benefit to creativity- it lessens the odds of duplication!

Once you come to a decision, you’ll want to make sure that guests are aware of it so they can use it. For example, consider printing it on the program, or even post a little sign that guests will pass as they enter the reception.

Selecting a special hashtag for guests promotes their engagement. Additionally, while you can’t beat the gorgeous images your professional photographer will take, it could be fun to see the day from your guests’ perspective.

On a final note, just remember that all guests won’t feel inclined to jump on their devices. Many individuals enjoy being present in the moment without the distraction of technology.

And as always, we wish you a wonderful wedding day!

See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez

 Martin and Paula Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion Wedding Resort. They enjoy opening their hearts & home to host countless happy couples on their most special day. They have lovingly created a private wedding estate like no other and are honored to share their dream with so many beautiful couples!

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