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Happy July 4th!

July 4th, 2016

Happy July 4th from all of us here at the Mansion! We hope everyone is enjoying some BBQ, vacation, and fireworks with friends and family today!

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Paula & Martin Ramirez

Martin and Paula Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion Wedding Resort. They enjoy opening their hearts & home to host countless happy couples on their most special day. They have lovingly created a private wedding estate like no other and are honored to share their dream with so many beautiful couples!

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Let’s Talk Day-of Timeline

June 27th, 2016

The best way to ensure that your wedding day runs smoothly is setting up your schedule ahead of time. There’s a lot that needs to get done before and after the ceremony, so getting your timeline just right is key. Here’s a rundown that’ll help get your day in order!

Pre-Wedding Prep
Try to rise and shine nice and early in the  morning- the general rule of thumb for an evening wedding is that you’ll want to be up by mid-morning. This should give everyone enough time to recover if they had an extra good time the night before. Enjoy breakfast and complete any morning rituals, whether it be yoga or meditation to calm those pre-wedding jitters.

Morning

Photo credit: J&D Photography

Depending on when the ceremony is scheduled to start, carve out enough time for everyone to get dressed and take pre-ceremony photos. Taking as many photos up front as possible allows you to spend as much time as possible with your loved ones after saying “I Do.” If you would like to do a first look, you’ll need to hit the ground running even earlier, so take time to speak with your photographer to map out the perfect plan.

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Photo credit: Abigail Volkmann

The Ceremony
Spend about 15 minutes before the ceremony getting the wedding party lined up for the processional. This is the perfect time to make sure the rings are where they need to be. Typically, the ceremony should run about a half hour (although this varies!) and then your guests are off to cocktail hour. While everyone’s mixing and mingling after the ceremony, you’ll be snapping photos with your new Mr./Mrs. and the wedding party!

The Reception
Try to make your grand entrance into the reception no later than an hour after the start cocktail hour. You’ll often begin with a grand entrance and many go right into the first dance before dinner is served. This, of course, varies as some couples prefer to have the special dances between courses or after the meal has ended. The best thing you can do is map out the reception with your trusted planner to ensure all of the to do’s take place before the big exit.

Save yourself the headache of feeling overwhelmed on your Special Day by getting your schedule in tiptop shape beforehand. Meet with your vendors and map out a plan that’ll keep everyone on track from start to finish. Most importantly, make sure all vendors have a copy of the final timeline to ensure everyone is on the same page.

Planning out the Big Day may seem overwhelming, but it’s the very best thing you can do to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your wedding!

See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez

Martin and Paula Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion Wedding Resort. They enjoy opening their hearts & home to host countless happy couples on their most special day. They have lovingly created a private wedding estate like no other and are honored to share their dream with so many beautiful couples!

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Instagram Roundup!

June 20th, 2016

This week on our Instagram Roundup, we have some great photos to share with you!

This adorable video of Kelly and Phu after saying ‘I do’ had us all teary!

#kellyandphusayido THE NEWLY WEDS❤️

A video posted by Kelly&Phu (@kellyandphusayido) on

This blushing bride looked stunning for her big day! And oh what a lovely day it was!

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Stay tuned for more Instagram roundups on our blog from our wonderful Mankin couples!

See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez

Martin and Paula Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion Wedding Resort. They enjoy opening their hearts & home to host countless happy couples on their most special day. They have lovingly created a private wedding estate like no other and are honored to share their dream with so many beautiful couples!

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These are a Few of our Favorite Things…

June 13th, 2016

We love seeing the wonderful details that make our couples’ Big Day so special and unique. From cakes and tablescapes to gorgeous floral designs, the special details that make up a wedding day never cease to amaze us. Take a look at some of our favorite things that have wowed us throughout the years!

These origami bridesmaid bouquets are such a neat detail. They’re in great company with the bride’s vibrant bouquet!

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Photo: dmfoto

We just love this fabulous cake. It sparkles and is surrounded by stunning calla lilies – what else could you ask for?!

How clever is this tablescape? The pinwheel napkins and lane marker showcase the couple’s lighthearted personality perfectly!

What better way to say, “I’m your biggest fan!” These cake toppers are such an adorable, loving detail. Not to mention, the personalization was spot on!

See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez

Martin and Paula Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion Wedding Resort. They enjoy opening their hearts & home to host countless happy couples on their most special day. They have lovingly created a private wedding estate like no other and are honored to share their dream with so many beautiful couples!

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Aisle A-List: We’d Love Your Support!

June 8th, 2016
Photo Credit: Don Mears Photography

Photo Credit: Don Mears Photography

This summer, Richmond Bride Magazine is hosting their 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 greatly thank you for considering us as you cast your vote! As you may remember, our wonderful fans, friends and colleagues have voted us one of the top farewell brunch locations, rehearsal dinner locations, wedding DJ’s, reception location for a small wedding, place to overnight on your wedding night, place to hold your bridal shower and outdoor wedding site.

This year, we’d be most appreciative if you’d consider us for:

  • #17 – Best One-Stop Wedding Weekend Location (from rehearsal dinner to morning-after brunch)
  • #49 – Rehearsal Dinner Location
  • #50 – Wedding Venue with Unique Decor
  • #55 – Hidden Gem Wedding Ceremony Site
  • #60 – Outdoor Wedding Site
  • #62 – Historic Wedding Reception Site
  • #65 – Under-the-Radar Wedding Reception Site
  • #70 – Wedding DJ
  • #79 – Reception Location for a Small Wedding
  • #80 – Reception Venue for a Large Wedding

All participants will be entered into a drawing for a 2-night summer getaway at the Gaylord National Resort and voting ends on July 31, 2016. Please click HERE for more information and to vote. Thank you in advance for your support!

See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez

Martin and Paula Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion Wedding Resort. They enjoy opening their hearts & home to host countless happy couples on their most special day. They have lovingly created a private wedding estate like no other and are honored to share their dream with so many beautiful couples!

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HMM Open House Roundup!

May 30th, 2016

We had so much fun meeting all of the new couples at our open house on April 3rd! The day was filled with fun, love, and excitement from all who attended!

 

We want to give a huge shout out and thank you to the vendors who were there:

Goodrich Gourmet Catering Company
Incredible Edibles Bakery
Quarterman Photography
Flowers by Mona Ray
Williamsburg Photo Booth
Tiffanys Bridal Shop

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Thank you again to all who attended and made it such a special day!

 

See you soon,

Paula & Martin Ramirez

Martin and Paula Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion Wedding Resort. They enjoy opening their hearts & home to host countless happy couples on their most special day. They have lovingly created a private wedding estate like no other and are honored to share their dream with so many beautiful couples!

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Turn Your Wedding Day into a Wedding Experience

May 23rd, 2016

Your wedding is the most memorable and important event of your life up until now. So why not turn it into a full weekend experience, rather than only celebrating on one day? We’ve got a few ideas to kick the wedding experience up a notch for you and your friends and family.

Photo Credit: Kuhns Photography

Photo Credit: Kuhns Photography

Venue Weekend

If your wedding is at a resort, inn, or hotel, ask to book it through Monday. You can have the place to yourselves with family and friends to relax and unwind the day after the wedding. This way when you say goodnight after the reception, it’s not also goodbye and you don’t feel rushed!

Group Activities

Get together with a city tour group ahead of time and set up a fun tour for you and your wedding party to go on the day before or after your wedding. Or plan a scavenger hunt throughout the city that’s reflective of everyone. For example, send them to an old favorite hangout, or former apartment buildings friends used to live in and throw the best parties at. The options are endless with this one!

Brunch

For something a little less labor intensive than a scavenger hunt, plan a brunch for your wedding party and family the next morning at a restaurant close to the hotel everyone is staying at. This is a great opportunity to spend more quality time with the most important people that attended your wedding. It’s also fun to hear and share some of the stories from the night before!

All of these are great options for your friends and family to have an amazing wedding experience, but remember that the most important thing is that everyone is together and there to celebrate the biggest day of your life!

 

Martin and Paula Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion Wedding Resort. They enjoy opening their hearts & home to host countless happy couples on their most special day. They have lovingly created a private wedding estate like no other and are honored to share their dream with so many beautiful couples!

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Press: Brides.com

May 16th, 2016

We were so excited to see our feature on Brides.com talking about cost-cutting tips for brides! And to top it all off with Stephanie Yonce’s beautiful photo! Check out the full article here.

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See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez

Martin and Paula Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion Wedding Resort. They enjoy opening their hearts & home to host countless happy couples on their most special day. They have lovingly created a private wedding estate like no other and are honored to share their dream with so many beautiful couples!

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Richmond Weddings: Instagram Roundup!

May 9th, 2016

Welcome to our first Instagram roundup! We are so excited to start featuring some of our favorite Instagram shots from recent weddings! See below to get a peek!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BD_tCbKP1GM/?taken-at=4474987

We loved this song and this amazing couple!

 

Happily Ever After…#HuerthIsWhereTheHeartIs

A photo posted by Alexandra Mayers (@amayers22) on

We were so in love with this bride’s dress, not to mention that glowing look on her face.

 

One of my favorite aisle entrances of all time at the wedding of @carolynhroyce and @rickydevennish at the @mankinmansion!

A photo posted by Emma McDonald (@emmamcdonaldphotography) on

We swooned over this amazing entrance. So fun and so dramatic!

 

Martin and Paula Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion Wedding Resort. They enjoy opening their hearts & home to host countless happy couples on their most special day. They have lovingly created a private wedding estate like no other and are honored to share their dream with so many beautiful couples!

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Press: Richmond Weddings!

May 2nd, 2016

We love seeing our Mankin couples get featured! Sydney and Wil’s wedding featured on Richmond Weddings was so much fun and we adored all of the personal details and beautiful colors they used! Shout out to Abigail Volkmann Photography for all of the gorgeous photos! See the full feature here.

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See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez

Martin and Paula Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion Wedding Resort. They enjoy opening their hearts & home to host countless happy couples on their most special day. They have lovingly created a private wedding estate like no other and are honored to share their dream with so many beautiful couples!

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