Bed and Breakfast | Mankin Mansion Blog - Part 3

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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.

 

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

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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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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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And the Winner Is….

February 28th, 2012

Well what a wonderful and busy past week it has been! As soon as we announced our top three finalists for our Best of 2011 contests, our blog suddenly became THE place to comment. Hundreds upon hundreds of votes later and we’re thrilled to announce our winners:

Congratulations Jaimie and Christopher!

We would be remiss if we didn’t thank all of the amazing couples  (and wedding photographers!) that took the time to participate- sharing both their stories and photos with us. We are lucky to have you as a part of our Historic Mankin Mansion family!

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: Nancy Topham

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HMM Best of: The Top Three!

February 22nd, 2012

Well, it’s about that time.. we’ve just been amazed at all of the wonderful brides who have come back to share their Big Day with us with The Best of 2011 Wedding series. Our sincerest thanks to our brides, the photographers and those who have supported them with all of their lovely thoughts and comments.

It was a close race, but we did narrow the contest down to three weddings, who received the most blog and Facebook comments. Congrats to the following brides:

Jaimie and Christopher

Erica and Mark

Megan and Brandon

Now it’s time to find our winner! Once again, we’ll be counting blog comments  and Facebook posts. There are TWO ways to get votes:

  1. Comment on THIS blog post and tell us who should be declared the winner. :)
  2. Encourage your fans to become fans of our Facebook Page. This is for new fans only- have them “like” us over at www.facebook.com/mankinmansion and to count, they’ll need to post on our Facebook wall and let us know!

The contest ends on Sunday February 26 at 11:59am, and then we’ll be back early next week with our winner, who will receive a complimentary stay at the Mansion as well as a gift certificate to one of Martin and Paula’s favorite restaurants.

Good luck to our brides!

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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Best of 2011: Dan and Ellen!

February 15th, 2012

Today, we’re back with our Best of 2011 series, where we get to revisit some of our favorite weddings from last season. Today, we’re thrilled to share this lovely submission courtesy of James Linkowitz Photography. We just loved revisiting Dan and Ellen’s Big Day!

Now remember-this year’s blog series is going to be a bit different as each wedding will be featured on the Historic Mankin Mansion Blog and the top three posts with the most blog and Facebook comments will be selected as finalists.  Each wedding will receive one more feature and the one with the most Facebook and blog comments by the deadline will be the winner!  This year, we’re taking it up a notch as we will be hosting a contest along with it for a complimentary overnight room stay at the Mansion, as well as a gift certificate to one of Paula and Martin’s favorite restaurants in town.

So do you just adore Dan and Ellen’s wedding and want their wedding to win? Simply comment on this blog post and let us know why you love this wedding so much. If you’d like to score an extra point for the couple if you visit our Facebook page and comment under the Facebook post in which we share this fabulous feature.

Thanks again to James Linkowitz Photography sharing this lovely Historic Mankin Mansion Wedding Day with us!

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 Valentine’s Day!

February 14th, 2012

We consider ourselves the lucky ones to be able to say that we’re in the business of love. So its with that, that we here at Historic Mankin Mansion wish you the happiest of Valentine’s Days!

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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