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Richmond Wedding: Tiffany and Lander

December 15th, 2014

Tiffany and Lander were such a lovely couple to host at the Mansion! The beautiful yellow hues of the floral arrangements brought a sunny vibe to their wedding and looked fabulous with complementing grey tones. The honey pot favors were a crowd favorite – they caused quite a buzz at the reception! These two are truly a match made in heaven and we can’t wait to share these photos with you.

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And if you happen to come upon the latest issue of Richmond Bride Magazine, make sure you check out their two-page feature. Our deepest gratitude to Bob Schnell Photography for these beautiful images!

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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: Rachel and Phillip

December 8th, 2014

We are green with envy at how beautiful Rachel and Phillip’s wedding turned out! Their green and grey palette worked wonders and their day was absolutely magical. Between the precious cake toppers and the fun doughnut truck, we don’t even have the words to describe how lovely the day was! Rachel and Phillip were lovely to work with and we are so excited to share some photos with you!

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A special thank you to Photography by Nicole Johnson for these fabulous pictures!

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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

December 1st, 2014

You may remember the wedding we featured a little while ago with a surprise flash mob to the tune of “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. Rodney the Ram also showed up to surprise these two VCU alumni! We just adore the contrast between the navy bridesmaids’ dresses and the pop of color from the bouquets. Here’s a closer look at that unforgettable night!

Our thanks to J&D Photography for sharing!

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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: Abigail and Eric

November 17th, 2014

We can’t get over how elegant Abigail and Eric’s natural-themed wedding was! With a beautiful couple on a gorgeous day, this wedding was a recipe for class and style. Oh, and did we mention that we are in love with Abby’s stunning dress? We know you’ll love these pictures as much as we do!

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Many thanks to Ana-Mation Photography for sharing Abby and Eric’s wedding with us today!

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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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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!

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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!

all images via: The Knot

 

 

 

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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!

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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: 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!

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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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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!

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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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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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