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How to Spoil Your Wedding Party

September 28th, 2015

Your wedding party is there for you, even as the wedding planning gets a bit hectic. So, it’s only fair that you’re there for them, right? There are a number of ways to show your closest ladies and gents that you appreciate their commitment, but it’s important that you do take some time to dedicate to them. They are your support team, of course!

Gifts
It’s become tradition to surprise your bridesmaids or groomsmen with a little something special on the big day to thank them for all they’ve done. Whether it’s a customized bag, a fancy cigar, or a special necklace, think about your relationships with your party and work from there.

Matching outfits
It’s always a nice gesture to get some matching clothes for the “getting ready” stage on the day of the wedding. Brides often get their ladies some colorful silk robes or tank tops, but grooms can also get in on the fun with embroidered polos, t-shirts, or tanks!

Brunches
Who doesn’t love brunch? Take your wedding party out for brunch every couple of months and take a break from the stress of planning! Provide a quick recap on where the planning stands and then move on to mimosas and the omelette bar!

Be nice
It sounds simple enough, but we can’t stress this one enough. You could take your party out every week and buy a Ferrari for every member but it doesn’t make up for a true bridezilla or groomzilla. The kind gestures and thoughtful gifts are always nice touches, but a true friend will treat their wedding party with respect and care. Take their opinions to heart and do not (repeat, do not) be rude or make them do anything they don’t feel comfortable with.

As always, it comes back to the Golden Rule – treat your wedding party the way you would like to be treated if the tables were turned. That’s all!

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: Sam and Carter

September 21st, 2015

We’ve got quite the looker for our wedding feature today! Sam and Carter’s spring wedding from earlier this year was one of romance and beauty. See for yourself!

674166910A Hokies garter and matching silk robes for the bridal party gave this Richmond wedding a lively feel – and we’re just crazy about those robes!

674170305Sam, Carter, and their crew were quite the stylish bunch, too. Navy bridesmaids dresses, charcoal suits, and some dazzling bouquets make for a gorgeous palette – and don’t think these guys don’t know how to have fun!

674171718We love that Carter took a minute to spin his bride around to take it all in… But, who could blame him? Sam looked breathtaking and we could tell these two were crazy about each other.

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The navy color palette carried over to their reception, where it looked stunning paired with gold accents and colorful floral centerpieces. Wine bottle table numbers added a fun detail that shared a bit of Sam and Carter’s personalities – lovers of a good vino, just like us!

674172629Did we mention these two were just the sweetest? Maybe their dessert table will give you a better idea – cupcakes, pies, and a special cake topped by their pets was a special touch that guests were wild about!

674246083Now, we’re not quite sure who stole the show on the dance floor, but we have some pretty heavy contenders. Sam and Carter, alongside their adorable ring bearer and flower girl, was perhaps the cutest thing we’ve ever seen!

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We wish the best to Sam and Carter! We were delighted to host your wedding and we hope married life is treating you well. 🙂

Our deepest gratitude goes out to Norman Photography and Paperie for these incredible images! She was quite a blessing to work with and we loved having her on the grounds – come back soon!

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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2015 Fall Wedding Trends

September 14th, 2015

That’s right – fall is right around the corner. We’ve made it through the summer and, soon enough, the leaves will be changing colors and the weather will start to cool down (about time!). With that comes autumn-themed weddings and we can’t wait to see what’s in store. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite fall trends…

Sleeves
As the weather gets cooler, sleeves can keep a bride from getting too chilly – plus they look stylish! Cap sleeves, long sleeves, flowing sleeves – we love them all, so keep ’em coming!

Gold Details
Silver may be a classic choice, but we’ve always been lovers of all things gold (if you’re one of our couples, you probably know that!). It’s luxurious,  it’s elegant, and it’s the perfect wedding accent!

Moscow Mules
If The Knot says so, it must be true – right? It’s hard to argue when it comes to such a delicious drink. The spiciness of the ginger beer adds the perfect flavor to any fall wedding!

Embrace the Season
Pumpkins, leaves, autumn colors – we just love when couples incorporate seasonal details into their special day! It adds a wonderful touch that celebrates the time of year that you and your partner tied the knot.

Photo credit: v.a. photography

Photo credit: v.a. photography

S’mores
What better than gooey s’mores over a crackling fire on a crisp, autumn evening? Not only are they delicious, but they provide a fun, interactive activity for guests to enjoy together – filling two needs with one deed!

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: The Knot!

September 7th, 2015

Hooray! We’re excited to share our latest feature on The Knot of Jaymie and Anthony’s elegant autumn wedding.  This stunning wine-themed wedding stole our hearts – we do love our vino!

Having met each other at a vineyard, these two shared a passion for wine and it became an integral part of their relationship as it led up to the big question. Between burgundy bridesmaids dresses, floral centerpieces with grapes, and cork accents around every corner, Jaymie and Anthony’s special day revolved around their two greatest loves – wine and each other.

HMM on The Knot

Don’t miss the beautiful images from Mari Harsan Photography. Click through to see the full feature here!

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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