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Richmond Wedding: Ashley and Brock

October 26th, 2015

Oh, Ashley and Brock – you have our hearts! This pair’s purple-themed wedding was absolutely breathtaking… but don’t just take our word for it- take a peek!

708548020Violet uplighting and napkins added a pop of purple to their reception, which paired nicely with the gorgeous silver linens. The new Mr. and Mrs. shared an intimate sweetheart table that overlooked the dance floor, giving them the best view in the house!

708548789Ashley and Brock were such a delight to work with and it was a privilege to host their Big Day!

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Many thanks to Sean DeWitt Photography for sharing these lovely photos with us! Want to see more? Check out his blog post on Ashley and Brock’s wedding here!

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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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How To Embrace the Guest Experience

October 19th, 2015

Ah, the guest experience. Everyone’s talking about it, but what exactly does it entail? Essentially, the guest experience is about flipping the switch on wedding planning and considering your special day from the guests’ perspective. While a wedding does belong to the newlyweds, most couples can attest that the best weddings are the ones where both they and their guests alike can kick back and have the time of their lives. The question now is, how does one ensure their guests have a once-in-a-lifetime wedding experience?

First things first
The very first thing you’ll want to focus on is creature comforts. While your guests may appreciate the handmade welcome bags, they won’t be thanking you for sitting outside in sweltering heat without water. Always, always, always be sure there is enough water, food, and shade to keep your guests comfortable. Alternately, if yours is a winter wedding or will be outdoors in the evening, ensure that the heat is cranked up enough to keep everyone cozy.

Let them drink
We may not have to tell you this, but don’t (we repeat – DON’T) have a cash bar. Cash bars force guests to worry about money through the night and aren’t conducive to a carefree wedding environment. On a budget? Stick to beer and wine.

Consider the timeline
Make the day easy on your guests by ensuring they have comfortable amounts of time to get from place to place. Even if you’re staying on site, consider where your guests’ accommodations are and work with their timetable alongside your own.

No squeezing
Simply put, find a venue that will comfortably fit all of your guests and provide enough tables so they’re not squished in like sardines. Guests should be rubbing elbows on the dance floor, not at the dinner table!

Add a special touch
Welcome bags, personalized favors, and other goodies are a great way to send your guests home with a token from the wedding.

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Photo credit: Kuhn’s Photo

Get interactive
Give your guests something to do at your wedding, other than just to eat and dance. Candy bars, s’mores setups, photo booths – the sky’s the limit! Get creative and incorporate some of you and your beau’s personalities into a custom wedding experience for guests.

And at the end of the day, just have fun with it. Your guests are already thrilled to be a part of your special day so anything else is just icing on the (wedding) cake!

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: Borrowed and Blue!

October 12th, 2015

We’re thrilled to share Sam and Carter’s sweet nuptials, which were featured on Borrowed and Blue!

Sam and Carter were an absolute treat to work with and are truly deserving of a blissful marriage. Norman Photography and Paperie beautifully captured every elegant detail of this classic navy and grey Richmond wedding. Click here to enjoy the doting couple’s big day!

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We wish Sam and Carter all the best as Mr. and Mrs.!

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: Shannon and Kevin

October 5th, 2015

Today, we’re sharing an extra gorgeous spring wedding with you! Between lovely coral bridesmaids’ dresses and pretty blooms, Shannon and Kevin’s special day was one to remember! And, how about that dress of Shannon’s!? Swoon!)

679180306There was just something about the chemistry for these two – it was palpable! Feelings of love and happiness followed this pair around for the day and we’re sure it continues to this day.

679181419We congratulate you on your special day, Shannon and Kevin, and we wish you a lifetime of love and happiness!

679182454Many thanks to M&J Photography for these breathtaking pictures! It was a pleasure to work with you. :)

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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: 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!

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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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Benefits of an All-Inclusive Wedding Site

August 31st, 2015

Let’s admit it – sometimes, wedding planning can be a headache. Having to coordinate with your planner, your venue, your DJ, and other professionals involved in your wedding can stress out even the most relaxed of people (and it’s not so nice to your wallet!). Throw hotel accommodations and transportation plans on top of that and you’ve got yourself a case of the wedding blues.

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Photo Credit: Kaytee Lauren

No need to get overwhelmed! All-inclusive wedding sites, like Historic Mankin Mansion, can take care of your worries with wedding bundles that groups together wedding services for one price. At HMM, we offer a venue with sites for both the ceremony and the reception (read: no drive!), as well as grounds for cocktail hour with a beverage bar. In addition, we offer both in-house planners and our very own in-house DJ, Martin.

Too exhausted after the long yet amazing day? We have accommodations for those seeking a Wedding Weekend – brunch is included and there is also a spot to host a rehearsal dinner!

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Photo Credit: Mike Miriello

Take the stress-free route and consider booking an all-inclusive venue for your big day. Bundle up your services onto one bill instead of finding yourself amidst a pile of papers the day after your wedding. Let us help you have the wedding of your dreams!

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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Taneesha and Yoni’s Colorful Wedding

August 17th, 2015

There’s just something about gerbera daisies that resonates springtime simplicity – and we love it! Taneesha and Yoni’s lovely multicultural wedding was dressed up with these beautiful blooms and we just loved how gorgeous it all turned out. Oh, and don’t miss Taneesha’s fab Kate Spade shoes!

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The adorable coral bridesmaids dresses were a perfect touch to this sunny spring wedding. Our blushing bride, Taneesha, looked captivating in her stunning lace wedding dress – you can bet how Yoni felt when he finally saw her at the top of the aisle!

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These two said ‘I do’ in a beautiful ceremony and it was clear from their emotions that they had been waiting for that moment!

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Flowers played a big part in Taneesha and Yoni’s springtime wedding (as they should!) and they really were around every corner. Pinks, purples, and oranges, oh my! The flowers made our venue looked oh-so vibrant and the floral scent added the perfect touch to the natural feel of the wedding.

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There is nothing we love more than working with couples who are head over heels in love – and let us tell you, Taneesha and Yoni fit the bill! We appreciate the honor of being a part of your special wedding day and we wish you the best!

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Visit Hope Taylor Photography‘s blog for a full look at these lovebirds’ big day – and, trust us, you’ll want to see this one. Congratulations to the lovely couple, Taneesha and Yoni – you deserve it all and more!

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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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See you at the Richmond Wedding Experience!

August 12th, 2015

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 16th!

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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

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: Emily and Brady

August 10th, 2015

Today, we’re excited to share Emily and Brady’s bright and sunny wedding with you. With pops of yellow everywhere to be found, this spring wedding was quite the blooming beauty! The weather was perfect and the sun aptly shined on Emily and Brady as they tied the knot. Read on to check out this adorable pair (and take a peek at that fun, paper flower boutonniere of his!)… Oh, and those paper cranes? They made 1,000 of them! Talk about a handmade touch to your special day!

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Pretty white flowers, with lemons and paper cranes to decorate, dressed up the bistro tables on the lawn, following the fresh and laid-back feel of Emily and Brady’s big day.

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Did we mention we’re crazy about Emily’s sweet, tea-length wedding dress? Gorgeous! The newlyweds celebrated their union with vintage furniture, beautiful flowers, and the best darn wedding party ever.

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With personalized RVA coozies for all and pretty yellow twig centerpieces, the reception was unforgettable to say the least. Surely, it was a wedding that guests will remember for years to come!631487714The pair boasted the union of their two home states, Michigan and our beloved Old Dominion. Throughout the day, the couple’s paper cranes adorned their wedding beautifully, adding a touch of simplicity and romance. We can only imagine how long it took to make all of them!

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Our salute goes to these two – an inspiration to all! Congratulations on your big day and we hope married life is everything you dreamed of. :)

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Oh, happy day, indeed!

Many thanks to our friends at Two Spoon Photography for the lovely pictures we’re sharing with you today!

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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