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Best of 2011: Danielle and Michael!

January 16th, 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 the wedding of Danielle and Michael!

We knew from the first time we met with the couple that this was going to be a party filled with fabulous music and personal touches to pay tribute to the heritage.. and boy were we right!

As Danielle and Michael told us-

We could envision our wedding the first time we visited Mankin Mansion.  Dusk settling over the brick gazebo, the lanterns lighting the pathways with a soft glow …the scene was enchanting.  The actual day was even better.  As we were welcomed by the smiling face of our wedding planner, we knew we wouldn’t have to worry about a thing.  All around us were each of the little touches we had spent months planning, come to life:  the orchids on each table, the collage of our families in the parlor, the songs we had chosen with friends in mind.  Music is very important to us both, so to make our Salvadoran guests feel at home, we asked Martin, Mankin’s DJ, to include some of our favorite Latin songs.  He arranged a perfect mix, just as we had anticipated.

The grounds themselves offered the perfect setting for an evening to celebrate the joining of two families.  Grandparents sat near the gardens quietly telling their stories, young cousins put the life-sized chess board to use, and friends congregated around the gazebo where cocktails were being served. For weeks afterward, countless guests told us it was the best wedding they’d ever been to’… and we couldn’t agree more.


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 Danielle and Michael’s wedding and want them 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 Danielle and Michael for revisiting your Historic Mankin Mansion Wedding Day with us!

See You Soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez

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Best of 2011: Alex and Scot!

January 13th, 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 the wedding of Alex and Scot! Alex and Scot was one of our long distance couples this year and we had a blast planning with them.

Alex told us-

The whole day was wonderful. Everything turned out better than we could have ever imagined. Historic Mankin Mansion is such a beautiful place on its own, but with the touch of the employees that worked there, it became our dream come true.

One of the things we loved most about Historic Mankin Mansion was how well the other companies worked in conjunction with the Mansion. The photographer, caterer and florists had all worked with the mansion before so the ceremony and reception went on without a hitch. Another favorite of ours was the reception. At first, we thought the time allotted for the reception wasn’t enough; we had to end at 10 p.m. and the ceremony started at 5. But Historic Mankin Mansion ensured us it was plenty of time so we put our trust in them and we are glad we did because it turned out wonderfully. Everything ran so smoothly that it felt like the reception lasted forever.

One of the highlights of the evening was when we made our grand entrance into the reception tent. We wanted to do something out of the ordinary and decided to enter to the song Chariots of Fire by Vangelis. If the name of the song doesn’t ring a bell, it’s what just about every movie plays whenever there is a slow motion scene….and we did just that! We ran into the tent in slow motion, Scot even fake tripped. We were so nervous this would be a failure but it really turned out amazing and people LOVED it. With that entrance and other small touches to the wedding, the whole evening turned out just how we wanted it: fun and a good laugh. Without the help of Meghan and her staff we would’ve been lost. It may seem that any professional can make these things happen, but Historic Mankin Mansion really impressed us with their professionalism and how smooth everything ran. We got our fairytale wedding thanks to them!


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 Alex and Scot’s wedding and want them 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, visit our Facebook page and comment under the Facebook post in which we share this fabulous feature.

Thanks Alex and Scot for revisiting your Historic Mankin Mansion Wedding Day with us!

See You Soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez

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Mansion Weddings: Meet Marylee

December 30th, 2011

As we mentioned in our Wednesday blog post, with the New Year fast approaching we here at Historic Mankin Mansion have added a few additions to our lovely Mankin family, which we are just ecstatic to share with you!

Like Gina, Marylee may be a familiar face to you as she  was our wedding planner before she decided to take some time off to spend time at home with her sweet little girl. Well, we were just thrilled when Marylee told us she was ready to come back and start planning Mansion weddings once again!

Marylee is already back in action, having planned some weddings for us last Fall. Now, it’s onward and upward as we welcome back Marylee with open arms. Here’s a bit more insight into Marylee and what gets her excited about weddings–

Why did you decide to join the wedding industry?

 

 

Marylee: I was working in corporate events and wanted to do something more intimate. It was the best decision I ever made. I have to say I have the best job in the world to be able to see brides and grooms enjoy the happiest day of their life.

What is your favorite part about planning weddings?

Marylee: I love getting to know the bride, groom, and friends and families of the Bride and Groom, and also seeing the details that are so different for every wedding.

What are some of your favorite wedding memories?

Marylee: I have two one is my own wedding at Historic Mankin Mansion. And standing in the back with tears in my eyes listening to the brides and grooms say their own vows.

Are there any recent wedding trends that caught your eye?

Marylee:”Going green”, personalized DIY decor, dessert tables

What are you most looking forward to in the 2012 wedding season?

Marylee: Enjoying the wedding day with all the 2012 brides and grooms!

We look forward to the same thing as well Marylee- cheers to 2012! 🙂

See you soon,
~Paula and 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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Mansion Weddings: Meet Gina

December 28th, 2011

With the New Year fast approaching, we here at Historic Mankin Mansion have added a few additions to our lovely Mankin family, so we’ll be dedicating several of our upcoming posts to these wonderful people!

Today, we’re just ecstatic to introduce you to Gina. Many of you may actually already recognize her- not only was she a bride with us, but she has worked closely with us over the last few years as an assistant planner.

As a former Historic Mankin Mansion bride herself, Gina brings with her tons of great ideas, a contagious smile and some serious organizational skills! Gina spent last Summer and Fall training closely with our 2011 team and is already knee deep into some fabulous planning for 2012.

We thought we’d sit down with Gina for a few minutes to give you a little more insight-

Why did you decide to join the wedding industry?

Gina:I chose to join the wedding industry because after planning my own wedding I realized how much I enjoyed every detail that went into the planning process and the excitement of seeing it all come together on my big day!

What is your favorite part about planning weddings?

Gina:My favorite thing about planning weddings is working with the couples and seeing their unique visions for their big day come together.

Any recent wedding trends that caught your eye?

Gina: The wedding trend that has caught my eye in pictures is when the bride puts jewels on the bottom of her shoes to spell I DO.

What are you most looking forward to in the 2012 wedding season?

Gina:In the 2012 season I am looking forward to all of my brides and grooms dreams coming true!!

We can’t help but agree- some of our favorite moments take place at the end of a Mansion wedding when the bride and groom tells us that the day was the wedding of their dreams. Nothing better than that!

See you soon,
~Paula and 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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Celebrating the Victorian Holidays at Maymont

December 1st, 2011

The always lovely Maymont is decked out for the Holiday Season and is inviting everyone to enjoy in the festivities.

The Victorian Holidays program has a wide variety of activities that incorporate the elegance of the 1900’s with gorgeous décor and events. The Mansion Holiday Tours are on Tuesdays- Sundays until January 6 for $5 a person. With the mansion decked to the nines with opulent decorations that will make you will just gawk over and fun and games for the children to play it’s a happy holiday for everyone in the family. The Deck The Halls Workshop is a new addition this year that will take place Saturday, December 3, at 9am and 12pm for $40 a person. You will learn special techniques to making wreaths, mantle adornment and door décor for you to take and deck your halls.

An Old-Fashioned Christmas will take place Sunday, December 4, at 12pm on the beautiful Carriage House Lawn for a bona fide Victorian party. Ladies and gents will be dressed the part greeting the guests to the party. Gifts and games of 1893 are available for purchase Belowstairs. Festive music will float through the air along with the scent of delicious food and drink. With a roaring fire and carriage rides, it couldn’t be more picture perfect. Santa Clause will make a stop by the mansion at 2pm in the afternoon to share in the jolly spirit. We hope you and yours are having a wonderful holiday season, and that you partake in the Maymont merriment.

For More Information: http://www.maymont.org/Page.aspx?pid=324

See you soon,
~Paula and 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://thriftyrichmond.blogspot.com

 

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The Sounds of the Season

November 17th, 2011

The Holidays are just around the corner and we have just the right concerts that will put you in the mood of season. The Mannheim Steamroller and Trans Siberian Orchestra are making a stop in Richmond for their Winter Tours.

The Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller by Chip Davis will roll through town on November 26 at the Landmark Theater. Mannheim Steamroller has been in the music game for 30 years and has become one of the most popular bands in its genre. The band is described as combining the sounds of classical, rock, acoustic and electronic together to create a beautiful one of a kind sound. With the use of lights and special effects along with the music it creates a complete experience. The event starts at 8pm and ticket prices range from $37- $67.

The Trans Siberian Orchestra will be in town November 30 at the Richmond Coliseum kicking off the holiday season with a bang. The show that Trans-Siberian puts on is like none other, with explosions, lasers, lights, fogs and so much more to create a rock concert feel. With the music being described as “rock opera,” the Trans Siberian Orchestra boasts 7 million albums sold and multiple tours to its name. The fun will explode at 8pm continuing on through the evening.

Both bands take your favorite classic Holiday music and present it to you in a new and exciting way. Be sure to purchase your tickets in advance and don’t miss out on these amazing winter concerts.

For More Information:

http://www.richmondcenterstage.com/event/christmas-music-mannheim-steamroller-chip-davis ,

http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/010046FDD31EC0BB

See you soon,
~Paula and 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.wunderground.com

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Big News here at the Mansion!

November 15th, 2011

We here at the Mansion find that the off season is a great time for us to reflect on the season past as well as decide how we can better improve our offerings as we head into the new year.   One of the toughest jobs we have here at Historic Mankin Mansion is letting an eager bride know that her date isn’t available.  We find that we fill even our Sundays rather quickly, so the inevitable question would come up every so often- do you have any Fridays available?

Last season, we had the pleasure of adding new wedding planners to the Historic Mankin Mansion family (more on that at another time!) and we’re just thrilled that we have the team in place to make it official- in 2012, Historic Mankin Mansion is pleased to offer Friday weddings!

As of today, we have officially opened up any Friday for weekends that have not been booked by Wedding Weekends. This is the perfect opportunity for those with their heart set on the Mansion for their Big Day, but who may not have had the opportunity to book on the Saturday of their choosing. Friday brides will enjoy all of the benefits of their Saturday and Sunday counterparts, including use of the grounds from 2pm-11pm with five hours dedicated to the ceremony and reception, wedding planning services, valet, rentals of our wedding accessories,  use of our tables and chairs and an offsite honeymoon suite to relax after the Big Day, among other things.

The Friday One Day package will enjoy the same discounted rate as the Sunday package and for more information, please visit our web site.

So what’s next here at the Mansion you may ask? Stay tuned for our annual “Best of” blog series featuring our 2011 weddings. Additionally, we’re looking forward to introducing you to new members of the Historic Mankin Mansion team!

We look forward to seeing you all in the coming year!

See you soon,
~Paula and 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: Emily Dean Photography

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Theatre IV: The Children’s Theatre of Virginia

November 10th, 2011

With the holidays just around the corner, Theatre IV, has a great line up of plays for the next several months that everyone’s inner child will be sure to enjoy!

Theater IV brings children’s classics alive on stage, and the 2011-2012 season includes A Year with Frog and Toad, The Stinky Cheese Man and Seussical. Currently,A Year with Frog and Toad is running now through December 31. The play follows the upbeat frog and his grumpy friend toad as they learn important lessons about friendship and life. The Stinky Chesse Man begins February 17- March 18 and is based on an award-winning book that takes fairy tales and puts a new spin on them. And last but certainty not least Seussical will run April 27-May 20 and will take the most famous characters from Dr. Seuss books to create a wonderful story.

The different play ticket prices run from $14- $38 depending on the show and the seating assignment. Concessions are available for everyone to snack on during the shows including candy, chips and drinks available for purchase before the show begins and at intermission. Parking can be a bit of a challenge, so be sure to arrive before your show time; parking is available on the street or at parking lots located around the theater.

For More Information: http://www.theatreivrichmond.org/

See you soon,
~Paula and 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.theatreivrichmond.org/

 

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Historic Mankin Mansion in the News: Anna and James

October 24th, 2011

Today, we’re taking a break from our usual blogging to share this great feature from this Sunday’s Celebrations section of the Richmond Times Dispatch. Anna and James were married here at the Mansion last month and we’re thrilled to find them the stars of I Do, I Do.

Please click HERE to read more about Anna and James big day. 🙂

See you soon,
~Paula and 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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Richmond Weddings: Fatima and Lawrence are married!

October 19th, 2011

We are excited to share this gorgeous Fall wedding with you, courtesy of Marta Locklear Photography.
Fatima and Lawrence were married here just a month ago. We adore their use of fuchsia throughout their Big Day- just a bright, fun color for autum.

Enjoy!

See you soon,
~Paula and 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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