Historic Mankin Mansion | Mankin Mansion Blog - Part 2

Richmond Wedding: Lauren and Ben

August 25th, 2014

After the bride was recently on Pretty Pear Bride, we couldn’t wait to share her big day on our blog! Captured by Crystal Reyns Photography, Lauren and Ben’s wedding was a breathtaking feté. From their glitz cake to Lauren’s waterfall orchid bouquet, there isn’t a detail we don’t adore. We know you’ll absolutely love these moments as much as we do!

Congratulations to Lauren and Ben!! Many thanks to Crystal Reyns Photography for sharing Lauren and Ben’s Mankin Mansion wedding!

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Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort 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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Join us at the Richmond Wedding Experience!

August 19th, 2014

We had a spectacular time participating in the Richmond Wedding Experience in January, and now we cannot wait to once again be a part of this wonderful event this upcoming Sunday, August 24th!

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The Richmond Wedding Experience gives newly engaged couples the opportunity to experience today’s wedding trends in-person. The event is located at the Greater Richmond Convention Center and will take place from 11am to 5pm.

There will be a runway fashion show featuring the latest wedding styles for brides, bridesmaids, mothers of the bride and grooms. Attendees will uncover new ideas for their dream wedding by having the chance to receive expert advice from local wedding professionals, as well as viewing the top trends in floral arrangements, tablescapes and cake designs. This event is without a doubt not one to miss and you will leave with more insight and ideas for your ideal wedding!

Tickets are available online and are $10 at the door. We look forwarding to see you there!

See you soon,

~Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort 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: Pretty Pear Bride!

August 18th, 2014

Everyone at Historic Mankin Mansion could not be more excited to share our recent feature on Pretty Pear Bride! Lauren’s bridal portrait session with Crystal Reyns Photography is absolutely exquisite and we are honored to have been the local for our fabulous Mankin bride. :)

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Please click here the lovely photos captured by Crystal Reyns Photography. Many, many thanks to Pretty Pear Bride for this feature!

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Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort 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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Wedding Trend- Unique Boutonnieres

August 11th, 2014

Creative Boutonniere Ideas

Flowers are an important part of a wedding and these days, grooms are getting more creative with their boutonnieres. And who can blame them? Brides can’t be the only ones rocking the aisle after all! These days, grooms don’t even have to feel constricted to flowers- the possibilities are nearly limitless!

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Not sure where to start? Well today, we’re happy to share some tips to get you started:

  • Tip #1- First and foremost, consider the theme. Are you going for something more formal or a bit laid back? Remember- your location can also influence the look!
  • Tip #2- Next, incorporate the groomsmen when designing a boutonniere. For example, comic lovers could add tiny action figures instead of flowers, for a fun touch. This would also make the perfect keepsake for your most trusted friends.
  • Tip #3- Consider surprising your partner by paying homage to your love story. Any small gift they have given you will make a perfect addition to your boutonniere. For example, a letter turned into a paper flower could be a thoughtful detail appreciated by your fiancee, as well as attendees.

Want to make a subtle statement? There are a variety of options out there that would let you do just that. Leaves, succulents, and feathers make a simple but interesting addition for any season.

Bonus Tip for the gents- Ask your bride-to-be to kindly make room for you on Pinterest, which is chock full of inspiration. But it’s admittedly addicting- don’t say we didn’t warn you! :)

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Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort 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 Wedding: Santia and Ty

July 28th, 2014

We are thrilled to bring you the wedding of Santia and Ty today! This amazing couple was so fun to work with and we couldn’t have been more honored to be a part of their big day. Thanks to Joe Morris Photography, we are sharing a few of our favorite moments and photos from their Historic Mankin Mansion wedding. Enjoy!

 

Congratulations to Santia and Ty! Thank you to Joe Morris Photography for providing us with these lovely photos!

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Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort 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 Wedding: Morgan and Zach

July 21st, 2014

Between the dendrobium orchid adorned cake and the groom’s Star Wars inspired cufflinks, there are countless details to love about Morgan and Zach’s big day. Their April wedding, captured by the talented Seth Roberts Photography, was absolutely perfect from start to finish!

After their ultra romantic ceremony, it was all fun and games during the candlelit reception. From the candy bar to clowning around at the photo wall, it’s without a doubt that Morgan and Zach’s guests had a ball. Thanks to Seth Roberts, we are sharing a few of our own favorite moments from their wedding!

Congratulations to Morgan and Zach! Everyone at Historic Mankin Mansion is so honored to have been a part of your wedding day!

See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort 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 Wedding: Sarah and Ethan

June 30th, 2014

A stunning Historic Mankin Mansion wedding with bohemian flair is exactly how we would describe Sarah and Ethan’s big day! From the sweet treats sideboard to Sarah’s gorgeous lace gown, all the intricate details of their wedding came together beautifully. We are delighted to share a few of our favorite moments, captured by Lori Allen Photography with you today. Congratulations to the happy couple! Enjoy!

To view more photos of Sarah and Ethan’s Historic Mankin Mansion wedding please visit our Facebook page or click here.

Kudos to Lori Allen Photography on all our hard work and for capturing these beautiful moments.

See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort 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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Modernize Wedding Traditions

June 16th, 2014

Let’s face it, most of us follow wedding traditions but have no idea where they started or why they still exist today! Sometimes we even incorporate traditions today because they are just that, traditions.  In 2014, a fresh take on some of these wedding traditions certainly couldn’t hurt.

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Tradition #1: The bride wears a full veil and a white wedding dress

The full veil was meant to ward off evil spirits.  These days, brides are going for shorter, flirty veils or even forgoing a veil altogether! The white wedding dress tradition started simply because Queen Victoria wore one to her wedding. Feeling bold? Don’t let this tradition stop you from wearing a little color! Adventurous brides are wearing scarlet or florals on their big day.  Looking to make a subtle statement?  Go for blush, champagne or off white.

Tradition #2: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Coming from an Olde English rhyme, this tradition is meant to bring good luck for the new couple; you can still incorporate this tradition without seeming old-fashioned.  From blue shoes to your grandmother’s pearl necklace and new diamond studs – the options are endless!

Tradition #3: Tiered wedding cake

This tradition started in Medieval England.  Mix things up by having several single tier cakes (perhaps in different flavors!) or nix the cake altogether for pie, cheesecake, crème brulee, even French macaroons!

Tradition #4: Seating arrangements

Traditionally, seating arrangements are made for both the ceremony and the reception.  Go for a more casual feel by telling guests to sit wherever they please via cute signs with sayings such as “Choose a seat, not a side.  We’re all family once the knot is tied” to use during the ceremony and “Come as you are, stay as long as you can.  We’re all family, so no seating plan” for the reception.

Tradition #5: Throwing rice

Throwing rice at the bride and groom was meant to bring fertility.  Try something a little more modern like birdseed, flower petals, confetti, or do a special send-off with sparklers.

We here at Historic Mankin Mansion can’t wait to see how our brides and grooms incorporate the modern take on an old tradition on their big day!

Happy Planning!

See you soon,

Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort 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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Wedding Trends: Light Up The Night

June 9th, 2014

Looking for a fresh, fun and intriguing visual element to add to your reception décor?  Look no further than light up marquee signs to create the atmosphere of your dreams!  Perfect for chic, vintage or glamorous weddings in 2014, you can incorporate either vintage marquee signs or even make your own.  What we especially like is that they make the perfect backdrop for pictures all night long and are useful for directing your guests where to go for specific wedding activities.

Some examples of what we’re loving:

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We can’t wait to see how our Historic Mankin Mansion brides and grooms incorporate this fun and visually appealing trend into their big day!

Happy planning!

See you soon,

Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort 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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Wedding Favors Your Guests Will Love

June 2nd, 2014

How many weddings have you been to where you ended up throwing away the wedding favor because it was something you would just never use?  The purpose of the wedding favor is to thank your guests for coming, so make sure to not only think about what fits with your wedding theme and décor, but what your guests will enjoy.  Not sure?  Here are three “safe bet” themes!

 

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Photo Credit: Pinterest

#1: The Edible Favor

Cookies, smores, and local homemade jam—the possibilities are really endless!  Think about what fits with your wedding AND what would appeal to your guests.  Did many of your wedding guests travel from out-of-state to attend your wedding? Show them what Virginia has to offer by incorporating local goodies.  If you want to really make sure nothing ends up in the trash, have a dessert or candy bar allowing guests to select what they really want to take home.

 #2: The Drinkable Favor

From specialty sodas with cute custom labels to mini Mimosa kits, don’t be afraid of giving your guests this useful (and tasty) favor.  Homemade lemonade also makes for a timely favor during the hot summer months.

 #3: The Plantable Favor

Particularly relevant for nature-themed or rustic weddings, the plantable favor is sure to be of interest for your guests, and provide you with the perfect opportunity to incorporate cute sayings like “let love grow” or “love blooms” on corresponding cards.  This wedding favor can be particularly wallet-friendly if you decide to give packets of seeds.

Just remember, it’s all about how you package your favor.  An everyday item can go from ordinary to extraordinary just in how it’s presented to your guests!

Happy Planning!

See you soon,

Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort 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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