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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

March 17th, 2014

St. Patrick’s Day is one of our favorite holidays. After all, who can resist indulging in corned beef and cabbage, flaunting your best festive attire, and having a few green libations?!  We hope that the luck of the Irish is with you today and every day!

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Everyone at Historic Mankin Mansion wishes you a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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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The 2nd Annual CultshaXpo

June 20th, 2012

The CultshaXpo is an event that helps to shine a spotlight on the amazing non-profit and cultural organizations in the Richmond area. The event brings together arts, history, science and family fun for one day, under one roof.

The event is Saturday, June 23, from 10am to 5pm at the Science Museum of Virginia and is packed with tons of fun for adults and kids! The event includes free admission to the Science Museum of Virginia and complimentary performances from local artisans and culture organizations, which includes music, visual art, theater and dance. You can also enjoy IMAX films and the newest addition to the museum, the Body Worlds & the Brain exhibition, for an additional fee.

A great way to enjoy the event even more is to become a member of Cultsha. Cultsha is an organization for people who would like to take part in sharing and strengthening Richmond area arts and culture.  To become a member is free, however they would like you to invest in local area artists and cultural organizations that you believe in and Cultsha and CultureWorks also accepts donations. During the CulshaXpo, members will be given “CultshaBucks” to donate to any participating organization of their choice and at the end of the event each organization will be given grants in the amount of CultshaBucks that they have collected.

Enjoy a fun event that gives back to the Richmond non-profit community and enjoy the culture, science and history of the area!

See you soon,
~Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests.

Photo Credit: http://www2.richmond.com/

 

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Richmond Flying Squirrels vs. Portland Sea Dogs

June 14th, 2012

The Richmond Flying Squirrels made their return to the Diamond earlier this year and with the season in full swing there is no better time to come on out to the ballpark and enjoy some true Americana fun!

Starting this Friday, June 15, and continuing on through Sunday afternoon the Flying Squirrels will be taking on the Portland Sea Dogs. This is a perfect way to spoil Dad this Father’s Day weekend with some family time and baseball. The Flying Squirrels are playing for bragging rights with two losses and one win against the Sea Dog’s last weekend. The squirrels will be practicing all week to ensure a triple win this weekend.

The Diamond has made a few upgrades this year that are sure to make a better experience for all. The MBA Party Decks are a wonderful way for friends, family or coworkers to sit together and enjoy the game in comfort. These are group-seating areas located in the upper deck of the Diamond that has a great view right behind home plate! The decks can seat up to 24 guests with your very own party attendant to help facilitate your every need from drinks to food. The seats in this area are cushioned for comfort for those long games that go into extra innings. Party decks are $380 per group but are well worth the money to relax and enjoy the game.

We hope you come out and support the Squirrels this weekend and treat Dad to some fun!

See you soon,
~Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests.

Photo Credit: http://www.richmond.com

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Aisle A-List: We’d Love your Support

June 13th, 2012

This summer, Richmond Bride Magazine is hosting the first annual Aisle A-List survey, to select the best of the best wedding professionals  here in Richmond.  We’ve been most appreciative of everyone’s support of the Mansion over the years and thank you for considering us as you cast your vote.  All participants will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift certificate to Strawberry Street Cafe and voting ends on July 31, 2012.

Please click HERE for more information and to vote.

Thank you in advance for your support!

See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests.

Photo credit: Marta Locklear Photography

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Real Richmond Wedding: Lisa and James!

June 7th, 2012

We love connecting with photographers after a wedding at the Mansion and revisiting the Big Day through their lens.  Lisa and James were married at the Mansion just a few weeks ago and we were delighted to reconnect with David Abel Photography. Enjoy some favorite shots from the day-

To check out more from Lisa and James’ wedding, visit David’s blog. Congrats to the happy couple and thank you to David for taking the time to share these fabulous images with us!

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Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast 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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Q&A with Cakes by Graham

June 4th, 2012
Sweet treats are always a big hit with wedding guests and we here at the Mansion always love to oooh and ahhh over the wedding cakes. We have had the pleasure of tasting a few (okay, maybe a little more than a few!) cakes from Cakes by Graham and we’re here to tell you that they are both gorgeous and delicious. We sat down with Graham to find out how he got his start and he was also happy to share some tips for our 2012 brides.
Take it away, Graham-
Mind giving us a little background as to how you got your start in the wedding industry?

I graduated High School at 16 and joined the Army, where I served 16 years with the British Military.  My interest in cakes started as a hobby.  I served as a Master Chef Instructor in the British Army.   In Ft. Lee, I served with the American Army as the Pastry Team Captain and Technical Advisor.  I trained food service personnel and the U.S. Army Culinary Arts Team (USACAT).

In 1991, I got out of the British Army and worked at 2 local bakeries back to back.  I worked at each of the bakeries for about a year.  It was during this time that I had the desire to start my own business.  In 1994, after I wrote my business plan, I sought advice and opened Cakes by Graham.  Wanting to stand out from what was already existing, I came up with the slogan “More than just the icing on the cake” and “Richmond’s only custom cakery”.  Weddings became a large part of Cakes by Graham.

What is your favorite part about working in the wedding industry?

My favorite part of working in the wedding industry is meeting with the bride, finding out what her vision is, and taking her vision and transforming it into a visual/physical object for everyone to savor.  It is about seeing the end result and hearing the feedback from the bride that the cake exceeded her expectations, ultimately, adding even more joy to such a memorable day.

What question do you most often get from brides about wedding cakes?

One of the most common questions I get from brides about wedding cakes, especially in the beginning of the planning process, is about budget.  Initially, she does not know how to set a budget and pre-printed articles use statistics and averages to determine cost.  Every bride is an individual and not “the average”.  I work with the bride to meet her needs.  It is important for the bride to know that “a cake doesn’t have to be expensive to look expensive”

Are there any favorite wedding trends that you’ve liked as of late?

One of my favorite wedding trends is the bride’s desire to make the cake what she wants it to be.

Any tips you’d like to share with our 2012 brides?

The one tip I have for 2012 brides:  Use websites such as Pinterest, Facebook, Etsy, and Instagram as a guide.  Use them as inspiration only.  Don’t think that all pictures apply to all circumstances- keep in mind that the pictures will probably need to be changed to meet the needs of her individual wedding.  For example, a picture of a 5-tier cake would need to be scaled down to 3 tiers to accommodate a bride’s guest count of 100.

To learn more about Cakes by Graham and set up a tasting, visit their website! Thank you so much Graham for chatting with us!

Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast 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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Q&A with The Cordial Cricket!

May 30th, 2012

It’s pretty safe to say that we here at the Mansion love wedding etiquette as much as stationery so we were delighted to get to know Elizabeth Howard of The Cordial Cricket, who is an expert on both! Today, Elizabeth was kind enough to chat with us a bit about how she got her start in the wedding industry, as well as tackles a stationery question we also get all of the time! :)

Take it away, Elizabeth-

Mind giving us a little background as to how you got your start in the wedding industry?

I started my own stationery business out of my home 7 years ago based on my love of invitations, stationery, weddings and etiquette. I have always loved a good old handwritten note and much prefer the tradition of a nicely printed invitation to an evite. I have since trained formally in the world of etiquette and helped hundreds of brides and clients find the perfect invitations and stationery to express their personal style. My business now has three boutique studio locations where I enjoy meeting with brides and clients by appointment to discuss their invitation, stationery and event planning needs.

What is your favorite part about working in the wedding industry?

I truly enjoy spending time to really get to know my clients and developing close personal relationships with them and their families during some of the most special times in their lives. Helping customers to achieve their goals one-on-one is my passion. I am also very “Type-A” and every aspect of the wedding industry, invitations and stationery included, involve lots and lots of details. I thrive on the details of working in the wedding industry.

What question do you most often get from brides about wedding stationery?

This is a tough one because there are so many questions that we get asked repeatedly. Brides certainly want to know about timeline for mailing, which is 8-12 months prior to the wedding for Save the Dates and 6-8 weeks prior to the wedding for invitations. Sometimes brides like to try to come up with reasons they feel it necessary to mail their wedding invitations more than the suggested etiquette guideline of 6-8 weeks before the event. There really is not an acceptable reason to do so, no matter how important the reason may seem. It is just not proper to mail the invitations more than 8 weeks prior to the wedding. Save the dates can really help to balance this desire and get the most crucial information regarding date, travel, accommodations info, etc. in the hands of their guests as far as 8-12 months prior to their special day.

Any tips you’d like to share with our 2012 brides?

Sure, one tip is to capture your guest’s entree selections properly and efficiently if having a plated dinner at your reception. Many find it important just to ask guests to check on the response card which entree they would like, rather than asking who is actually going to have which entree as their meal. It works very well and concisely to ask guests to “Please indicate entree using your initials” on the response cards, which gets you both answers in one, who is having chicken and who is having beef and how many chicken and beef entrees you need to designate for their family/party. This will help immensely and save so much time at your reception when the servers actually know which guests at a table are supposed to get certain entrees.

To learn more about The Cordial Cricket and their services, visit their web site today! Thanks Elizabeth for stopping by!

See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast 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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36th Annual Greek Festival

May 24th, 2012

The always popular Greek Festival is making its return on Thursday, May 31 and will be with us in Richmond through Sunday, June 3.

The Saints Constantine and Helen’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral will once again host the event on its grounds, and is  expected to draw a large crowd with its delicious food, shopping, festive music and dancing. With the menu including all of the Greek favorites, you won’t be disappointed. If you can’t stop by the festival for long, you can enjoy their drive-thru with all the best sellers available. If you do have a chance to stay and have a little fun ,we suggest trying the delicious Greek wine or beer.

Every year, the festival gives back to the local community and this year’s charities include Area Congregations Together in Service, ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation, Full Circle and Northfield Ministries.

To see the menu check out their website here. Be sure you’re not missing out on the fun, and make your way to the Greek Festival!

See You Soon,
~Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests.

 Photo Credit: https://www.facebook.com/RVAGreekFestival

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Q&A with Martin Ramirez!

May 23rd, 2012

Nothing gets the party going at a wedding quite like music and here at Historic Mankin Mansion, we’re thrilled to have Martin Ramirez as not only our Proprietor, but our in house Wedding DJ.  Today, Martin sat down with us to chat a bit about how he got his start, as well as tips for making your Big Day both fun and memorable.  So without further ado, here’s Martin-

How did you initially get your start in the wedding industry?  

I have been doing music entertainment for weddings for more than 25 years now.  I started in Southern California and loved DJing from the very start. I gained more knowledge and expertise through the years, and once I became more well known, expanded my services to various areas across the country.

How have weddings changed since you began your wedding career?

When I first began as a DJ, most receptions were held in church halls and it was typically a band that played the music. Now weddings and receptions are more elaborately held in hotels, country clubs, and Historic Mansions. There is significantly more attention to detail, such as color schemes, decor, flowers, than before. In addition, now far more brides and grooms opt for DJ entertainment for their wedding, allowing for a wider variety of artists, genres, as well as control over the entire flow of the party.

What do brides and grooms tend to ask you about the most about wedding day music?

Almost all brides and grooms ask that I play all of their favorite music. This can be challenging when given hours and hours of songs to play. I suggest they make a list of all their favorite songs and then go back and highlight the top 15 songs that are MUST HAVE’s. I ensure those top songs will be sprinkled throughout the night mixed with the others they have chosen.  It takes some of the guess work out while customizing the music to their exact wants.

How can brides and grooms get more creative with their Grand Entrance?

The Grand Introduction is a great time to make it personal or fun depending on the bride & groom, wedding party, and guests.  It is nice to announce to guests, as the wedding party is introduced, not just by their names, but their relationship to the bride and groom. Add something personal as to how they met, a fun fact about them, or something they did together that makes the relationship unique. Brides & grooms can also make up nicknames based on their friends’ personalities as they are being introduced. A sit down meeting with the DJ exploring all options is not only a must, but a great way to brain storm.

Any wedding planning advice you’d like to share with our 2012 brides?

Add personal musical touches to the day. In addition to the dance music, there are many other opportunities to make the day and evening fun through music. There are the traditional first dance and parent dances, but what about cocktail hour and dinner time?  Go beyond the typical background music played during most weddings. There are lots of great styles or combination of genres to choose from. Personalize the list. Feel free to discuss your particular musical likes with the DJ to see how they can be incorporated into the reception. The more the DJ knows about the bride and groom, the more likely the music will be a clear reflection of them on their Big Day.

Thanks Martin!

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests.

Our sincerest thanks to Don Mears Photography, Emily Dean Photography and James Linkowitz Photography for the images.

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First Annual Food Cart Derby

May 17th, 2012

Food carts and trucks are all the rage for weddings and parties, so we were pretty thrilled when we stumbled upon this upcoming event. You can check out all Richmond has to offer in the way of Food carts and trucks this Sunday, May 20, at the first annual Food Cart Derby.

The Food Cart Derby will be held at the 17th Street Farmers Market in Downtown Richmond and will include all the local food and beer favorites. With the event starting up at 11am and ending at 6pm, you can come enjoy brunch, lunch and dinner! Over 20 local food carts and breweries will be in attendance. A wide variety of food including BBQ, tacos, hot dogs, pizza, hamburgers and vegetarian cuisine will be sure to satisfy everyone’s taste buds. Bands and DJs will be entertaining foodies throughout the day with the lineup including Hear No Evil, Beast Wellington and DJ Reinhold.

We are sure that this will join the ranks of favorite food festivals in Richmond and hope you enjoy the food you love as well as try something new this weekend at the Food Cart Derby. To see the full list of food carts and breweries that will be there, click here.

See You Soon,
~Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests.

 

Photo Credit: http://birdinthebeehive.blogspot.com/2012/04/food-cart-derby.html

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