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Best of 2011: Virginia and Mike!

February 3rd, 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 PW Photography! We just loved revisiting Virginia and Mike’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 Virginia and Mike’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 to Pete and Liliana Wright of PW Photography for 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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Best of 2011: Kate and Chris

February 1st, 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 Quarterman Photography!

Such a lovely couple who clearly enjoyed having fun on their Big Day. And didn’t you swoon a bit with these flowers? :)

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 Kate and Chris’ 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 to Roshan and Dale Quarterman of Quarterman Photography for 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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Best of 2011: Megan and Brandon!

January 20th, 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 Megan and Brandon! Just WAIT until you see these lovely wedding details.

As Megan told us-

After a long, year-and-a-half engagement, I married my best friend at the Historic Mankin Mansion.   On October 1st, 2011, Brandon and I stood in front of our dearest friends and family and vowed to love, comfort and honor each other. It was almost 11 years ago that I met Brandon, and knew in my 15 year-old heart that he was forever the guy for me. Now, my dream had finally come true: I was marrying my best friend. Our wedding was nothing short of perfection. I had a vision of what I called early on “vintage meets modern romance,” (with some thoughtful DIY touches thrown in for good measure, of course). I knew from day one I wanted grey (I think it was a successful color, and now I’m borderline-obsessed with it for EVERYTHING). Mary-Catherine understood my vision from the beginning, and felt like a friend we’d known for years. I needed her reassurance on more than one occasion, but most importantly she made the whole process of planning what it should be: fun!  She, as well as Paula, Martin and the entire HMM staff couldn’t have done a better job throughout our long journey, and our wedding day was no exception. We felt like they ‘had our back,’ in a sense, should something go wrong. With so many emotions and excitement going on, it was comforting to know they had everything under control.

 

I knew from the minute I discovered this venue online that it was “the one,” and while driving home from our first tour, as my parents, Brandon and I discussed what we should do, I promised them “we will not regret our decision if we choose Mankin Mansion,” and I was right. Today, I couldn’t be happier with the man I love, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision to marry him at the Historic Mankin Mansion. Brandon and I, as well as my parents would like to thank the HMM staff for their tireless efforts, and for making our wedding such a magical and unforgettable experience. With that, I’d like to say get ready, because a lot of single ladies at my wedding fell in love with your venue! ;)


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 Megan and Brandon’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 Megan and Brandon for revisiting your 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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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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Happy Holidays from the Mansion

December 23rd, 2011

Today, we wanted to take a moment to share good tidings with our friends and colleagues.  2011 has been an amazing year filled with great B&B guests and fabulous weddings, and we just can’t wait to see what the new year has in store for us. Wishing you and yours a holiday filled with peace and wonderment.

Happy Holidays,
~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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