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The Intimate “First Look” vs. The Classic “Down the Aisle”

February 16th, 2015

When planning your wedding, you have to make many important decisions: the guest list, the season, and the venue. But at the end of the day, the most important thing about your wedding is the union between you and the person you love. A personal decision you will need to make is if you and your loved one would like to share an intimate “first look” together before the ceremony or if you would like to follow tradition and see one another at the altar after the walk “down the aisle.”

The Intimate “First Look”

A modern approach on how you and your fiancé, or fiancée, can choose to see each other before your “I dos” is the “first look.” The “first look” allows a quiet moment for you and your partner to share in private before the ceremony. This option can be set up with your photographer to capture the moment you see one another. Many couples will choose to stand in a special location back to back and then turn around to face one another for an exciting “first look” experience. This is a wonderful way to start off your married life together!

The Classic “Down the Aisle”

If you would like to stick to tradition, you can choose to see one another during the classic walk “down the aisle.” This is a special way to share your memorable moment with your friends and family. The classic “down the aisle” allows for you and your loved one to have time for the excitement of your marriage to sink in as you walk to meet at the altar. This is an excellent way to show and share your love with the guests at your wedding!

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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HMM in the News: Richmond Wedding Magazine!

February 9th, 2015

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It’s that time of year again… The new Richmond Weddings Magazine is here and we were thrilled to have the chance to share our expertise in several articles! Enjoy the following features by our very own Martin and Paula Ramirez:

  • Breaking Tradition – page 18
  • A Glimpse of RVA in your Wedding – page 22-23
  • 5 Big Questions to Ask When Touring Venues – page 38
  • 4 Things Couples Wish They Knew Before I Do – page 196-198

Click HERE to read it online or to find out where to pick up your latest copy. Our sincerest thanks to our friends at Richmond Weddings Magazine for the opportunity to contribute!

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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Creative Decoration Ideas to Use When You Say “I Do”

February 2nd, 2015

You’ve put a lot of thought into walking down the aisle, reciting your vows, and the very important first kiss as a married couple. Now make sure that the backdrop to all these exciting moments is just as special! Here are a few creative ways to decorate the ceremony site at your wedding:

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Get your Wedding Started in Full Bloom

All eyes are on the bride as she walks down the aisle, so why not make that walk even more lovely with the addition of flowers. There are a few ways to create a beautifully decorated aisle using flowers. One option is to take some pointers from the flower girl and have the border of the aisle blanketed with flower petals. Another is to attach a vase or bundle of flowers to the chairs along the aisle. If you want to try for something a bit more unique, try creating handcrafted flowers out of paper.

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Brighten Up your Special Day with Lights

Use lighting to add a special glow to your ceremony. You can brighten the bride’s path to the altar with lanterns either hanging from posts or carefully located on the ground. Another way to utilize the magical sparkle of lights is to add a canopy of string lights at the altar.

Sign

Share a Special Message

As guests arrive to take their seats share a special message from the couple. Remind guests of the love that is taking place at the ceremony with signs declaring your love or a request to use a specific hashtag on social media with the pictures that they post. A fun way to share your message is on a framed chalkboard.

The possibilities are just endless when it comes to adding a bit of pizzazz to your ceremony!

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!

Credit: Lori Allen Photography, Mike Topham Photography, and Mykkah Photography

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