bed and breakfast in richmond | Mankin Mansion Blog - Part 3

Winter Weddings at the Mansion!

April 27th, 2012

There’s just something about a winter wedding that we’ve always adored- from the rich hues and lush fabrics to the good tidings that just come with this celebratory season. The options to personalize your Big Day are endless- menus filled with warm comfort food and flickering lights to complement the season’s sparkle.

And it’s with that, that we’re thrilled to now offer wedding reception packages from November through March!  For more information, please visit our packages online or give us a call today to schedule a tour of the property. Remember, our full wedding planning services are included for all Mansion Brides!

We look forward to planning your winter celebration with you!

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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Q&A with Hayes & Fisk

April 23rd, 2012

One of our favorite parts about the Richmond wedding industry is having the opportunity time and time again to work with some of the very best this area has to offer. Hayes & Fisk The Art of Photography, an institution in the Richmond are for twenty-five years, is no exception. We’ve had the pleasure of working with Jamie and Mary many times and have always been impressed by their professionalism as well as their amazing talent.

Today we sat down with Jamie and Mary to talk a bit about their background and tips for brides planning their Big Day this year, as well as the real reason Jamie likes to shoot weddings. :)

 

How did you get your start in the wedding industry?

Jamie:  I have been a photographer at heart my entire life.  When I was a kid growing up in Staunton, Virginia, I would save my mom’s S&H Green Stamps in hopes to one day buy a camera of my own.  Well, a bunch of books of stamps later I did!  I bought my first camera and it was history from there.  I photographed my first wedding at 15 years old and had to get my cousin to give me a ride to the wedding and then pick me up when it was over.  I did not want my clients to know that I was not even old enough to drive!  I love all types of photography and portraiture but weddings are where I began and I still get excited every single time I walk into the wedding day and get ready to create memories.

Mary:  Well, I have always loved photography and taking pictures.  I remember running to the local camera shop to get my 110 film printed and developed when I was younger.  But time and life took me on a different direction for a bit.  In 1993 I married my amazing husband and we hired the BEST photographer in Richmond to photograph my bridal portraits.  So, Jamie Hayes photographed my bridal portraits and I really did love them, for the first time I really loved a picture of myself.  In 1995 we were blessed with an amazing daughter and I knew immediately I needed to find Jamie Hayes to photograph and document this gorgeous angel’s life.  After going to his new studio and working with him for about 6 months we decided that we should work together.  And we did.  I started out just “running” the studio but I gradually and surprisingly found myself behind the camera and the rest as they say is history.

What question do you find brides asking you the most about wedding photography?

Mary:  I meet with and chat with most of the brides for their initial contact and the number one question is always cost?  How much are your wedding collections is what I hear first.  I understand that this is the only question that our brides and grooms and family members truly know to ask.  It is our job as professionals to guide them and educate them not only about our pricing but our expertise, abilities, history and products.  I work really hard to chat with these brides and ask questions about their engagement, wedding day and what they are looking for from a wedding photographer.  It is my job to make sure that I can fulfill their expectations but more importantly it is my mission to create a relationship with these couples.   Photographing someone’s wedding day is an amazing opportunity to give a visual history to a couple and future generations so I always consider it an honor when chosen.

What’s the best thing about working in the wedding industry?

Jamie:  Cake.  Hahaha.  Wedding cake every week-end, what a great way to work.  But seriously one of the best things for us is that we are now working with the families of so many of our couples.  I mean how awesome is that.  We photograph their wedding and then their babies and families.  Wedding photography allows us to create relationships with these people forever and we give them portraits and wedding day candids that they will cherish and share with many generations to come.

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

Mary:  My number one tip for all brides any year is love and trust your vendors.  Let’s face it there are a lot of wedding vendors in our area.  When choosing your vendors look at their websites, Facebook page, etc and ask around to friends and family members for a great recommendation.  If you love their style and creations that is step one.  Next step is to make sure that they are within your wedding budget.  And the most important step is to meet them in person and make sure that you not only like them but love them.  Weddings need to be joyous and fabulous, the last thing you want to do is be stressing over any of your wedding vendors or even worse not particularly like them.  So follow your heart and celebrate your day.

Thanks Mary and Jamie for stopping by! If you’d like to learn more about Hayes & Fisk The Art of Photography, visit their web site today!

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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Kentucky Derby Time!

April 19th, 2012

The Kentucky Derby is a southerner’s dream event- after all, who doesn’t love fabulous hats?  If you can’t quite make it all the way to Kentucky, you’re in luck because you can celebrate right here in Richmond.

Mark your calendar because the Conch Republic is throwing a Kentucky Derby Party on Saturday, May 5 from 3pm-7pm. Enjoy the races by doing your own bidding in a silent auction, while watching the game on the multiple televisions that will no doubt be tuned in to the big race. Raffles and door prizes will also be up for grabs throughout the afternoon and evening.

Additionally, proceeds from the event go to the United States Equine Rescue League, an organization that helps in the protection of horses that have been neglected or abused.

And ladies, you are most definitely going to be getting creative to win the best derby hat contest. :)

Tickets are $25 per person or $40 for two (in advance). Your admission will include appetizers while  drinks are available from a cash bar. So, get your derby attire ready and enjoy the races at The Conch Republic.

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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Special Rates!

April 13th, 2012

It’s official- wedding season is upon us! We’ve just enjoyed our first wedding of the season and look forward to many wedding weekends ahead of us!

We just wanted to take a moment to step away from our planning to let you know that we’re offering special pricing for three upcoming 2012 dates: May 5, June 2 and June 16. These are dates that just became available and are sure to go fast!  Not to worry- full wedding planning services are included for all our Mansion Brides!

For more information, please contact us today at 804-737-7773 or weddings@historicmankinmansion.com.

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: Seth Roberts Photography

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Q&A with PaperFreckles!

April 12th, 2012

As we like to share with our brides, wedding planning takes a wonderful team of talented professionals. Lucky for us, we’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the very best that the Richmond wedding industry has to offer over the years. So every now and then, we like to take the opportunity to introduce you to some of the Richmond wedding pros that have helped our Historic Mankin Mansion Brides’ dreams come true.

Today, we’re chatting with the lovely Coleen and Joe Akers of PaperFreckles, who first caught our eye with Holly and Justin’s gorgeous invitation suite and wedding day stationery back in 2010:

Since then, Joe and Coleen have continued to wow us with their creative and thoughtful designs. So without further ado, here are Joe and Coleen-

How did you get your start in the wedding industry?

We started working in the wedding industry by “happy accident.”  A few years ago a family member  asked us to design her wedding invitations – a rustic country wedding with a custom, whimsical monogram.  Some of her friends then contacted us to work on their wedding stationery and it snowballed from there.  We couldn’t be happier to have landed in such a great industry!

What question do you find brides asking you the most about wedding stationery?

Many brides that we meet  want ideas for incorporating personal touches into their wedding stationery while still adhering to traditional protocol.  They want to understand what they “should do” tempered with guidance for what they “can do”.   We always tell our brides that their wedding stationery should express the couple’s personality as well as set the tone for the type of event they are hosting.  While that can mean “anything goes,” we find most brides want to create stationery that includes traditional elements while also including a unique or unexpected feature – whether it be a gorgeous textured paper, an illustration or custom monogram.  We love meeting couples and coming up with ideas for how to infuse a bit of their personality into their wedding papers while still respecting the tradition that they love.

What’s the best thing about working in the wedding industry?

We absolutely LOVE meeting with couples to hear all about their big day – it really inspires us to design something highly-personal to fit their unique personalities.  It’s so nice to be around people in love who are so happy to be starting their lives together.  We are truly honored when couples select us to create papers for their special day, and nothing makes us happier than to receive wonderful thank you messages after the wedding and to know that our pieces played a part in such a memorable event!

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

At the end of the day, your wedding is about you and your groom.  Focus on the two of you and your special relationship and always keep that top of mind throughout your planning process.  Find ways to uniquely express your relationship through the things you share with your guests at the wedding, whether it be a timeline of your relationship in your program,  your favorite cocktail or his favorite dance song, always try to make sure your personalities shine through – making the day even more memorable for you & your guests.

Thanks Joe and Coleen for stopping by! To learn more about PaperFreckles, visit their web site today.

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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Innsbrook After Hours is Back!

April 10th, 2012

Innsbrook After Hours is a summer favorite for the Richmond music crowd and this year they do not disappoint with a star studded line up.

The concert series takes place at the Snag-A-Job Pavilion, just a short drive from the Mansion. This year, the series will feature artists for the country and rock music fans alike. The fun kicks off May 9 with the legendary Willie Nelson. Joining the event later on in the season is the rock favorite ZZ Top as well as Darius Rucker, former front man of Hootie & the Blow Fish and country star.

The concert series promises to be a good time for the whole family, boasting activities for the kids as well as adults. Food and drinks are available for purchase so you can make a whole night of it. Be sure to make time to stop by the Lake Anna Winery tent to have a taste of some delicious Virginia wine. If you purchase lawn tickets, do not forget to bring along lawn chairs or a blanket to sit on and enjoy the music. We suggest getting to the venue when the gates open at 6pm to scout out the perfect place to sit. For more information and to check out the full line up 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.

 

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Happy Birthday to Us!

April 3rd, 2012

It seems hard to believe that just eight years ago yesterday, we officially made Historic Mankin Mansion our home. It was in near ruins when we first laid eyes on the property and what a memorable time it has been to bring it back to life, to its original splendor. In fact, some guests say they even still feel the love we have for the Mansion when they are here. :)

This week, we look fondly back on the journey that brought us here.  Thank you to each and every one of you who have supported and encouraged us along the way. Cheers to eight fabulous years, and the amazing road ahead of us. We look forward to celebrating many more birthdays with you.

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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HMM in the News: Richmond Weddings!

March 17th, 2012

After years of assisting brides and grooms plan the best day of their lives, we’re always excited when the opportunity comes along to share our expertise with other couples. We were just thrilled when Richmond Weddings Magazine featured our recent guest blogs on two topics that are particularly near and dear to us.

The first feature focuses on what brides should do immediately after they get engaged. After all, planning one’s wedding can be as fun as it can be overwhelming so nothing is better than making sure you get off on the right foot. Click HERE to read on.

And just this past week, we loved sharing our thoughts on big weddings versus small weddings. As you can imagine, every bride is going to think differently when it comes to the size of her well so we were happy to chime in and dig deeper into both options. Click HERE to read more.

Our sincere thanks to our friends at Richmond Weddings Magazine for the opportunity!

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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Broadway in Richmond!

March 13th, 2012

 

“Give my regards to Broadway” has taken on a whole new meaning in the Richmond area with the abundance of wonderful theater opportunities coming our way thanks in part to Broadway in Richmond. No longer do you have to necessarily make the trek 5 hours to NYC for such memorable entertainment with top notch shows coming our way this season.

Up next at the Landmark Theater is the always popular Blue Man Group, which is an energetic fusion of music, technology, comedy and theatrics. Blue Man Group is set for April 27-29- please click HERE for more information and to purchase tickets.

Tickets will soon be on sale March 23 for the always amazing Idina Menzel, known for impressive runs in Rent and Wicked, as well as a recent stint on the hit TV Show Glee. Idina will be in town for June 29th only, and will be showcasing a mix of songs from her Broadway days, as well as from her latest album.

For all of the latest, as well as a sneak peek into the holiday 2012 and 2013 season, visit Broadway in Richmond today!

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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Buying a Home? This one is for you!

March 8th, 2012

We find that wedding planning is three parts fun and… well, one part overwhelming!  Our hope is always to guide our brides by recommending the professionals who are guaranteed to make their day spectacular.

We’ve seen a trend as of late with more of our bride and grooms also taking another BIG step in the midst of wedding planning by buying their first home. The good news? Our friend Mike Gifford has been our go-to Realtor for anyone who may be purchasing or selling a home. A lifelong resident of Richmond and University of Richmond graduate, Mike has been a professional real estate agent and Realtor since 2004. He’s an Associate Broker with Premier Properties Realties and works with home buyers from Dinwiddie to Powhatan, Caroline to Hopewell and everywhere in between!

We asked Mike to stop by today to share a bit of insight for our brides and grooms who may be trying to balance both home buying and wedding planning all at once. So without further ado, here’s Mike!

What should prospective buyers do to prepare themselves when they’ve decided it’s time to take the leap and buy a house?

The best place to start is to look at your finances and set a realistic monthly housing budget. If you’re renting, you have a pretty good idea of what you can afford and can add to that based on your comfort level and any changes you can project in the near future.  The next step is to call a Realtor! We make a great sounding board for helping you narrow down your preferences and sorting them into ‘Must Have’s’ and ‘Like To Have’s’. Plus we are involved with you at every step from loan application to home inspection to closing on the house so the sooner we establish a good rapport, the better!

What sort of questions should a prospective home buyer ask when interviewing realtors?

Buyers want to ask a Realtor about their qualifications, market knowledge of the buyer’s intended geographic area, their track record of representing buyers and how they will help the buyer find just the right home. Buyers should focus on how the agent communicates with them, do they feel like this agent will work for THEM and not work for a SALE. Establishing trust with a buyer is critical for an agent to help remove as much stress as possible throughout the process.  When a buyer asks their Realtor “What do you think?”, they have to feel confident that the Realtor is really standing in their shoes and looking out for the buyer one hundred percent. Realtors with an Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) designation have taken the extra step to mastering buyer’s agency through education and proven experience.

We find that some of our HMM couples are planning a wedding AND buying their first home at the same time.  Any tips for managing it all from a real estate side?

Organization, planning and time management are important for both the right wedding experience and home buying experience. Both are major events for a couple and to combine them will give you twice the work but also twice the reward. Having a good team that understands your schedule and needs is critical to successfully making this work. The sooner you can get started with finding a home the better. The amount of your time needed to close on a home increases as the date approaches, having a Realtor who can do as much as possible on your behalf will help keep everything manageable. And sane!

Let’s talk about selling homes- what are some top tips you’d give people to get their house ready for a sale?

Get a Realtor involved as early in the process as possible! They can give you insight into market trends that may help determine what updates, cosmetic fixes and improvements you should focus and spend money on and which ones may not benefit the seller in the long run. Almost always my sellers need to start with de-cluttering and removing as much as they can from the house. Living in a home and showing a home for sale are not at all the same! What often seems bare and spartan to a seller will still look full and personalized to a buyer walking in the door. Keep in mind that many buyers are becoming accustomed to seeing empty, vacant houses, so when they walk in to one that is fully furnished, it can seem smaller and cluttered to that buyer. I give my sellers lists of showing and staging tips to reinforce what matters most to buyers.

Anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

Buying a home is an exciting next step for many newlyweds or about-to-be-newlyweds. While such a big step will always have its stressful moments, the right agent will prepare you for them in advance and have a solution for almost any situation that arises. All of the various market conditions at play right now make this one of the most opportune times in history to become a first time buyer, so if you’re considering home ownership, consult a Realtor!  I sit down with all buyers at the beginning to lay out the home buying process, the key timelines and milestones involved and how I will work FOR them. I find that effective and continuous communication with my buyers yields a win-win for me and them.

Thanks Mike for stopping by! Have more questions for our favorite Realtor? Visit his web site today or drop him a line at Mike@MikeGiffordHomes.com.

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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