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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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Groomsmen: Tokens of Appreciation

September 29th, 2014

Figuring out what to get your soon-to-be husband’s groomsmen might seem a little tricky at first. And while they are probably more excited about having a role in your wedding than receiving a gift, that doesn’t mean you are off the hook! These tokens of appreciation don’t have to be elaborate, but simply a kind gesture to let them know you care.

Photo credt: Mike Miriello
Photo credit: Mike Miriello

Looking for a little inspiration? Well we find that groomsmen tend to fall into one of the following categories so we’ve paired each with some of our favorite gifts to date:

The “Indiana Jones”

For a groomsman who tends to be adventurous, a personalized pocket knife would do the trick. You can add his initials to it or simply have his first name engraved on the side.

The “Socializer”

As for a groomsman who enjoys socializing and being with friends, there are celebratory options such as flasks, corkscrews, or high-quality cigars.

The “Businessman”

For a groomsman who is all business, consider a gift such as a tie clip, personalized wooden shoehorn, or elegant cufflinks. A man like this most likely cherishes functionally and practicality.

Here’s another helpful hint: If a groomsman has a significant other, try asking his partner for some ideas. Sometimes it’s wonderful to bounce your ideas off other people…especially if you find yourself stressing over an idea!

Whatever you decide, we have complete confidence it will be a hit…Happy Wedding Day to you all!

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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: Jillian and Alec

September 3rd, 2014

Today’s Richmond wedding is a thrilling twist on our usual Mankin Mansion wedding feature! After their first dance as Mr. and Mrs., Jillian and Alec were surprised by their wedding guests with a flash mob to Happy by Pharrell Williams. What started out a few guests, grew into 50 people having a ball on the dance floor.

The most exciting part of this flash mob had to be when Virginia Commonwealth University’s mascot, Rodney the Ram, made a guest appearance during the song to surprise the bride and groom who are also VCU alumni! We were so happy to host Jillian and Alec and we know you’ll enjoy this short video of their reception flash mob.

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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 Wedding: Alee and Jesse

September 1st, 2014

A lovely couple who couldn’t be more in love, Alee and Jesse were a pleasure to work with on their Big Day! From Alee’s whimsical bouquet to their romantic “I do’s,” this duo’s big day was a beautiful fete from start to finish. Thanks to eMotion Pictures Wedding Films, we are elated to bring your Alee and Jesse’s wedding video. Enjoy!

Everyone at Historic Mankin Mansion wishes Alee and Jesse many congratulations and a lifetime of happiness!

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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Richmond Wedding: Lauren and Ben

August 25th, 2014

After the bride was recently on Pretty Pear Bride, we couldn’t wait to share her big day on our blog! Captured by Crystal Reyns Photography, Lauren and Ben’s wedding was a breathtaking feté. From their glitz cake to Lauren’s waterfall orchid bouquet, there isn’t a detail we don’t adore. We know you’ll absolutely love these moments as much as we do!

Congratulations to Lauren and Ben!! Many thanks to Crystal Reyns Photography for sharing Lauren and Ben’s Mankin Mansion wedding!

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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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Join us at the Richmond Wedding Experience!

August 19th, 2014

We had a spectacular time participating in the Richmond Wedding Experience in January, and now we cannot wait to once again be a part of this wonderful event this upcoming Sunday, August 24th!

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The Richmond Wedding Experience gives newly engaged couples the opportunity to experience today’s wedding trends in-person. The event is located at the Greater Richmond Convention Center and will take place from 11am to 5pm.

There will be a runway fashion show featuring the latest wedding styles for brides, bridesmaids, mothers of the bride and grooms. Attendees will uncover new ideas for their dream wedding by having the chance to receive expert advice from local wedding professionals, as well as viewing the top trends in floral arrangements, tablescapes and cake designs. This event is without a doubt not one to miss and you will leave with more insight and ideas for your ideal wedding!

Tickets are available online and are $10 at the door. We look forwarding to 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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Capture the Moment Perfectly

August 4th, 2014

Selecting a photographer to capture such an important day is a big decision.  Once you select a photographer, you should consider having a conversation about the types of images you hope to have after your big day has come to pass.  Regardless of who you select, they will be expecting to catch the typical wedding moments such as the first kiss, cutting the cake, the first dance, etc., but don’t be afraid to suggest additional moments you would like for them to keep an eye out for.  We have a few suggestions (with examples!) to include in your requests!

Candid Shots

Make sure your photographer captures plenty of unplanned moments.  Whether that is between the bride and her parents, the bride alone, or the wedding guests – these candid moments will happen throughout the wedding festivities.  These images will represent some of the most sincere moments of your big day.

Getting Ready

Don’t forget to have photographs taken while you’re getting ready.  Seeing these images will represent the first time you as a couple can see what went on behind the scenes, respectively. Additionally, we’ve been a witness to many sweet moments between friends and family during this special time.

The Details

No matter how hard you try, over time, you will forget specific details (it’s true!).  Make sure your photographer takes time to capture each element that you so carefully planned.  From your bouquet and the wedding cake to the centerpieces, each item was selected for a reason and you will want to remember how all of the components came together perfectly for your wedding day.

Thank you to Seth Roberts Photography, E. Leise Photo, Lori Allen Photography, Tiffani Sunshine Photography and Kristin Partin Photography for the fabulous photographs to perfectly illustrate these moments!

Happy planning!

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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