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Exciting 2016 Promotion!

March 30th, 2015

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Attention all engaged couples- boy do we have an exciting announcement for you! We’re thrilled to announce  an amazing promotion for our 2016 Mansion couples.

When you book your 2016 wedding at The Mansion, you’ll be entered into a drawing to receive up to $10,000 BACK from your wedding! Simply book your wedding with us, and your name will be entered into a random drawing to take place at the end of our wedding season in 2016. The amount will be dependent on the wedding package you book and please note that this excludes food and beverage fees.

Questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us at weddings (at) historicmankinmansion (dot) come with any questions. Happy planning!

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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Getting Your Rings Down the Aisle

March 23rd, 2015

There are many ways to have your wedding rings sent down the aisle, but what are your options? Here is a mix of our favorite classic, and more unique ways of getting your wedding bands up to the altar, and onto your finger!

Help from the Little Ones

A traditional choice for getting your rings down the aisle is to have a young child from your family act as a flower girl, or ring bearer.

A ring bearer is a cute classic option and is a great way to incorporate a ring pillow that matches the décor of your wedding. We also love the idea of having fun with your ring bearer and having them act as the “ring security.” For this idea you can have your ring bearer carry the rings in a special “lock box” or briefcase marked for the occasion!

If you have a special little lady acting as the flower girl you can have her carry up your rings while spreading petals.  Incorporate your wedding flowers by tying your rings to an easy to hold flower ball.

If your ring bearer or flower girl is too young to walk down the aisle on their own decorate a wagon or buggy with flowers or in colors that match your ceremony. Add a fun sign like “here comes the bride” to announce your walk!

Man’s Best Friend

Another fun option for getting your rings down the aisle it to have your dog carry them. Tie the rings to your furry buddy’s collar and make sure to add some pretty color coordinating flowers as well! We are wild about the photo below of this man’s best friend as ring bearer from Wild Flowers Inc.

Grandmothers

My personal favorite way of walking your rings down the aisle is the trend of having your grandmother as your flower girl! We absolutely love the idea of adding a twist to a role that is usually reserved for the little ones of the family. Let your grandmothers be in on the ceremony fun and it will be a sweet moment for your entire family! We are smitten with the photo below of the bride and groom’s grandmothers as flower girls from The New York Times.

There are many ways to get your rings down the aisle, which option will you choose?

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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The Night Before…

March 16th, 2015

The rehearsal dinner is over, your guests have settled in their rooms, and tomorrow is the day you’ve been waiting for. How will you ever pass the time until you can walk down the aisle to your one true love? Don’t let the jitters take over and keep yourself occupied!

Prepare (but don’t overdo it!)

You’re allowed to check over your lists and plans once (OK, maybe twice!), just to be sure everything is in place. Have your dress ready in the closet with your day-of accessories nearby. Prepare enough that you won’t be stressed out in the morning, but don’t let yourself get carried away. There’s no need to call the caterer at midnight, just to be sure everything will go smoothly – it will.

Do something special for your partner

We’re not talking about writing your vows or putting together a grand display of affection, but find the time to write a short note or get a small token to surprise him before the ceremony. It’ll add a sweet touch to the day and we’re sure he’ll keep it forever!

Have a slumber party

This may be one of your last opportunities to have a girls’ night in, so take it! Put on your comfiest pajamas, break out a bottle of wine (but don’t overdo it – you don’t want a headache in the morning!), and settle in for a night of movies, games, and fun with your closest ladies.

Give up the iPhone

Hand over your most beloved device to a girlfriend and take the evening to pull back and unwind from the planning process. If there are things that need to be taken care of, delegate the duties to parents or in-laws. You deserve a break! Cutting yourself off from technology will not only allow you to relax with your bridesmaids, but it will also help you sleep better!

Sleep

Do not let your excitement (or your bridesmaids!) get in the way of your sleep! Surely, you’ll have to wake up early to start preparing and the last thing you want on your wedding day is grogginess with a side of under-eye bags. One way to ensure a sound sleep is to wake up extra early the morning before the wedding, so you’ll be ready to hit the hay when it comes to bedtime!

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Whatever your night-before plans are, be sure you are relaxing and taking it easy! Don’t let yourself get wrapped up in any stress – consider the planning process out of your hands and allow yourself to enjoy the hours before the wedding for what it is. After all, in less than 24 hours, you’ll be saying “I do” to your special someone!

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: Caitlin and Max

March 9th, 2015

Today, we’re sharing the very special nuptials of Caitlin and Max! Although there was some drizzle throughout the day, this lovely couple didn’t let the weather rain on their parade. We just adore a groom in uniform and we were honored to host their big day!

For an inside look at this gorgeous wedding, take a peek at the eMotion Pictures Wedding Film here. A big thank you to the wonderful wedding team that made Caitlin and Max’s day perfect!

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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Spring Trends We’re Loving!

February 23rd, 2015

Spring is just around the corner and you know what that means – wedding season will be here before you know it! Spring weddings hold a special place in our hearts- we have a soft spot for the lovely weather  and beautiful seasonal flowers.

We love keeping an eye out for what’s on trend in the wedding world and sharing them with our couples for inspiration. And today, we’re sharing a sneak peek on the blog! Take a look at some of the spring trends we’re looking forward to seeing in the upcoming months:

Pastels

One thing we’re looking forward to seeing in the upcoming wedding season is the variety of pastel colors that will no doubt be on hand for the big day. Pinks, blues, greens, yellows – you name it, we love it! From bridesmaids’ dresses to linens and décor, pastels are surely going to make a splash this spring!

Going Green

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Green signifies harmony and growth in life, so we’re excited to see green accents coming up in the spring! We don’t just mean the color green, though; couples will also be going green, with recyclable and eco-friendly décor. Some fun ideas include using plants, as opposed to cut flowers, or providing seeds for guests to grow as favors.

Chalkboard

Chalkboard design is popping up everywhere and we can’t get enough of it! Whether actual chalkboards or simply chalkboard-themed invitations and programs, we love how sweet and customizable this motif can be.

Flowers, Flowers, Flowers!

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Flowers in their hair, flowers in the air, flowers everywhere! While flowers have always been a key part of a wedding, they will be bigger and better this spring. We’ve already been caught swooning over brides’ flower crowns and garlands – keep them coming!

Naked Wedding Cakes

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Source: MODwedding

Naked cakes are pretty new to the scene, but they’re not going anywhere. Stripped of their exterior icing, these cakes go well with the natural, rustic theme. (Not to mention, less calories from icing means more cake, right?) These cakes can be made to fit any color scheme and can be adorned with flowers, as well!

What trends are you looking forward to most this season? Be sure to share in the comments!

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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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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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.

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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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Engaged? The First Three To-Do’s

January 19th, 2015

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“Congratulations! You’re Engaged!” You can hear it 100 times, but it’s still exciting. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed in the magical first days of your engagement, you’re not alone. Planning a wedding is an enormous journey that you are about to embark upon. But, have no fear – there are ways to make it as simple as possible!

First, take a deep breath, relax, and start at the beginning. There are three things you need to do as soon as you get engaged:

Create Your Preliminary Budget and Guest List

Before you can choose anything, you need to know roughly how many guests you are expecting and how much money you can set aside for your wedding budget. Start by having parents make lists of people they would ideally invite, and compare those to your own guest lists. Get an idea for how large the number could become, and then make it a point to have some serious discussions about your priorities and your resources. Find out, as graciously as possible, if there will be any contributions to hosting your special day and start a basic budget with a realistic number. You’ll refine your monetary and guest list goals later, but you need a point from which to begin.

Pick a Season

Most brides want to book a date early on so they can mark it on all their calendars and start counting down. While there is nothing wrong with picking a favored date (be it an anniversary, a special family day, etc.), it’s best to be flexible and select a certain season or month in case your favorite venue is booked for a certain day. Consider different times of day – if you prefer an evening wedding, perhaps the long days of summer is your ideal season.

Start Shopping for Your Perfect Venue

Once you know how many guests you plan to invite, how much you have to spend and when you are hoping to wed, it’s time to really invest some time in choosing your perfect venue. You can’t take any further steps, including booking vendors or spreading the word about your date, until you’ve secured the place where you will tie the knot. Don’t forget – the best venues book early, so make this one of the very first stops on your way to wedding bliss!

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: PW Photography 

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Richmond Wedding: Jaymie and Anthony

January 12th, 2015

Jaymie and Anthony’s wedding is definitely one to remember!  We adored Jaymie’s gorgeous gown, and the lovely purple palette captured our hearts. Their wedding was a blast, but we don’t want to spill all of the details! Check out the video below to see this fabulous event in all of its glory:

Our deepest gratitude to Mari Harsan Studios for sharing this beautiful video!

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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Bridal Shows, Here We Come!

January 5th, 2015

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We have been gearing up for engagement season and we can’t wait to meet all the newly engaged couples!

One of the best ways to get a jump start on wedding plans is to join us at the upcoming bridal shows in Richmond. On Sunday, January 11, we’ll be at the Richmond Wedding Expo, held from 11:30am to 4:30pm at the Downtown Richmond Marriott. Tickets can be purchased for $12 at the door, or for $10 when purchased online HERE.

On Sunday, January 25, we’ll be at the Richmond Bridal Showcase, held at the Great Richmond Convention Center from 11am to 5pm. It’s always a whirlwind of a day- we just love meeting all of the eager brides! We’d encourage you to register in advance HERE to save $2 off of the admission price.

The shows are a great chance to meet our wedding pros in person, as well as view some of our favorite images from weddings past.  We’ll gladly answer any questions you may have. If you are a current Mansion bride, be sure to stop by and say hello!

We look forward to seeing you there!

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!

{Photo Credit: Mike Miriello}

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