Historic Mankin Mansion | Mankin Mansion Blog - Part 4

HMM In the News: Wedding Chicks

August 5th, 2013

We are beyond excited that Wedding Chicks featured the dramatic black and white wedding inspiration photo shoot that took place at Historic Mankin Mansion. Kimie James of IYQ Photography captured the theatrical elements of this black, white and gold two brides shoot. We love the decadent dessert table, avant-garde wardrobe pieces and of course the over sized chess board. Seek inspiration from this photo shoot by checking out the photos here.

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Huge thanks go out to Wedding Chicks for this opportunity, and also Kimie for taking these amazing photos.

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: Richmond Weddings Magazine!

July 29th, 2013

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It is that time again. Richmond Weddings Magazine is here and after a lot of hard work, we are thrilled to say that we were able to share our expertise in seven different articles!

Entertaining Your Guest in the River City—Page 22

Here Comes the Bride: Creative Ways to Make Your Entrance—Page 32

The Pros and Cons of Various Seating Arrangements—Page 57

What’s Trending in 2013—Page 140

Showing Your Wedding Party Appreciation—Page 150

7 Secrets to a Blissful Marriage—Page 160

Wedding Entertainment Ideas—Page 192

You can also find the beautiful Mansion wedding of Amy and Charles on page 114 with photos by Don Mears Photography.

Click HERE to find out where to pick up your latest copy. Our sincerest thanks to our friends at Richmond Weddings Magazine for the opportunity to contribute!

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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See you at the Richmond Wedding Expo this Sunday!

July 12th, 2013

The Richmond Wedding Expo organized by the wonderful Richmond Wedding Magazine is this Sunday, July 14,  at the Hilton Short Pump and we here at  Historic Mankin Mansion are excited to be a part of the day once again!

Doors open at 12pm and we cannot wait to talk to all of the eager brides about their weddings. Don’t miss out on the fun and be sure to register for the exciting door prizes that are up for grabs. Click HERE to register in advance.

We hope to see you there! Be sure to stop by, say hi and find out all that Historic Mankin Mansion has to offer you for your wedding!

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.

Photo Credit: http://www.richmondweddings.com

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Real Richmond Weddings: Megan and Donovan

July 10th, 2013

Here at Historic Mankin Mansion, we pride ourselves on having the most beautiful and unique weddings in Richmond. Our recent wedding of Megan and Donovan is a perfect example of this. Mason jars and simple centerpieces created a classic and feel while candy stations and funky photo booth props kept this wedding feeling current and fun. Our favorite part of the day would have to be the joy of the bride and groom that is evident in every single picture because that is what weddings are really about.

All of the magic and excitement of the day was flawlessly captured by Chris Fessler Photography. His beautiful pictures illustrated this couples unique decorative choices and one-of-a-kind spirit because of this; his photographs of the event are truly a joy to revisit. Take a closer look at more of them 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.

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Aisle A-List: We’d Love your Support!

July 8th, 2013

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This summer, Richmond Bride Magazine is hosting their second 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 thank you for considering us as you cast your vote.  All participants will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift certificate to Strawberry Street Cafe and voting ends on July 31, 2013.

As you may remember, our wonderful fans, friends and colleagues voted us number one for both venue and offbeat ceremony location. This year, we would be most appreciative to be considered for Most Beautiful Ceremony Site (#32), Best Kept Secret (#34), Historic Reception Venue (#35) and Outdoor Venue (#36).

Please click HERE for more information and to vote. Thank you in advance for your support!

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 by Seth Roberts Photography

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Fun Wedding Cake Toppers

July 1st, 2013

Yum…the tasty part of your wedding: the cake.

We all love cake in every shape and size; vanilla, chocolate, confetti, red velvet, the list just goes on and on. The wedding cake is a huge tradition to most couples. Wedding cakes are scrumptious and absolutely breathtaking with their personalized designs. The big question is…what to put on top to symbolize you as a couple?

Many couples like to stick with traditional cake toppers and use the small figurines that share a likeness to the bride and groom. But now days, couples are beginning to branch out and have become much more playful and imaginative with their cake toppers.

Our experts here at Historic Mankin Mansion has complied a list of new cake topper ideas that will surly make you get even more excited about cake. If that is even possible!

Nest

What better way to symbolize your new love nest than an actual birds nest? This topper is so adorable and delicate, guests are sure to swoon over it. The bird’s nest topper is great for an outdoor spring wedding. We can hear the birds chirping!

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Silhouettes

Silhouette toppers come in numerous options and are very eloquent. These toppers can be made to match just about any wedding theme and can be either romantic or playful. They are the whole package.

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Humorous

Couples love showing off their funny bone when it comes to cake toppers. It’s always ideal to have guests enjoying themselves and getting laughs from your cake topper will do the trick. Funny toppers can be designed in so many ways: using costumes, bobble heads, animals just to name a few. This is a great way to let your imagination run wild!

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Natural

This cake topper is so charming and extremely simple. Take two pinecones, place them on top of your cake and dress them with a top hat and veil. A perfect match for an outdoors fall wedding, this cake topper is sure to make everyone smile.

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Signs

Open to multiple sayings, a simple wood sign can make a huge impact. This topper is very unique and can be personalized for every wedding. Not to mention, it is breathtaking and heartfelt to look at.

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Whether you keep things traditional or let your imagination go wild, we are certain your cake toppers will be a showstopper. Bon appetite!

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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Parent Wedding Gifts

June 24th, 2013

It is time to recognize those individuals that have been behind you since day one. Yes, we are talking about your beloved parents. They are there the first time you ride a bike, when you get your heart broken, first job opportunity and on the most important day of your life, your wedding. Parent gifts are extremely special and usually end in tears on both ends. The only trouble is finding that absolute perfect gift to express all your gratitude and love.

Here at Historic Mankin Mansion, we have search high and low for gift ideas that will surly bring a tear to their eye and warm their heart. Here comes the love!

Utensils

This gift is not only so very thoughtful, but also useful. Purchase elegant dining ware and have it engraved specially for your parents. This gift is a guaranteed to make your parents feel your love.

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Wedding Photo

Your parents will no doubt be thrilled with any weddings photos you choose to give them but why not surprise them with a personalized image created only for them. Purchase a chalkboard, write a heartfelt message and smile big for the camera. Your parents will be so surprised that they just might purchase this photo in the largest possible print!

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Monogramed Hankies

There is no doubt that tears will be flowing on your wedding day, so giving your parents a personalized hankie to wipe those tears away is ideal. However, a word of caution, it could invoke more tears because this gift is particularly touching.

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Clothes Hanger

This present is beautiful, useful and wonderfully personalized. We use clothes hangers everyday and what better gift to give your parents than something they can see and use daily. Plus, the couples hangers matched with the parents’ will make a great photo opportunity.

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Parents are your backbone and we are positive any gift you present them on your wedding day will touch their hearts and bring tears to their eyes.

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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Bridal Party Responsibilities

June 17th, 2013

It is such an honor to be asked to be in one of your close friends or family’s wedding. But when the dust has settled and planning the wedding begins, there can be a lot that goes into being a member of the bridal party. There are different expectations for every wedding, as every bridal party is unique, but we have a few general guidelines for both groomsmen and Bridesmaids that may help.

For the groomsmen, there are three main assumptions. These include paying for your tux or suit, paying for and hosting the bachelor party and buying a wedding gift from the registry.

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Being a bridesmaid tends to be a little bit more involved than being a groomsman. The main expectations include many of the same as the groomsmen with paying for your dress, hosting and paying for the bridal shower and buying a wedding gift from the registry. However, there is a new tradition that has become much more popular in the last several years- paying for and hosting the bachelorette party.

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These expectations are general guidelines of what the bridal party can expect to pay for, but every wedding and every couple is different, prices can vary depending on the extravagance of the wedding. Make sure before asking someone to be in the wedding they can take on the financial commitment, no one should feel pressured to pay for more than they can afford.

The most important thing to remember is that the bridal party is there to make the wedding a little easier on the bride and groom and to make the celebration more fun!

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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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Homemade Wedding Favors

June 10th, 2013

Wedding favors are given out so your guests can take a little piece of your wonderful day with them. What better way to show your exquisite family and friends your appreciation than homemade favors? You and your groom can throw all your love into little homespun goodies creating a more personal gift that guests can thoroughly enjoy.

We here at Historic Mankin Mansion understand designing that perfect handmade favor can be quite challenging. It can be difficult narrowing down a gift to symbolize you as a couple and be useful to your extraordinary guests. But have no fear! Our experts are here to lend an imaginative hand with these fun and thoughtful handmade favors.

Goodies

A very popular handmade favor is something tasty and delectable. The more traditional food favors usually include: jams, cookies, honey and various candies just to name a few. These goodies are always a good idea and very much enjoyed by all, but if you are looking for something a little more adventurous and unique, check out these exciting food favors! Granola, tea packaged in test tubes, bread, pickles. These are so distinctive and delicious; anyone of them is a sure-fire hit!

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Keychain

Many couples enjoy handing out key chains to their family and friends. Key chains are a great favor because they have no expiration date and are extremely useful. Our current favorite is the Lego key chain matched with a touching explanation. Beyond adorable!

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Soap

Why not make something individuals use everyday? Soap is a wonderful handmade favor to give guests. There are endless possibilities for color and scent, so they really can be crafted towards your wedding theme.

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Plants

Who doesn’t love Mother Nature and all her beauty? A potted plant creates a pleasing feeling and really brings light and happiness into ones home. Not to mention, all the love it takes to make something grow, what better way to symbolize your wedding day?

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Buttons

This homemade favor is very interesting and has not been overly done. Buttons are fun, creative and bring happiness to everyone. Simply choose definitions you want share and encase it onto the button. They are very kindhearted and can be extremely informative. Genius!

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No matter what you decide to send your guest off with, we are absolutely positive they will be unique and heartwarming! Good luck and remember to think outside the box. Have fun!

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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Fun Aisle Runners

June 5th, 2013

There are a number of ways to make your wedding unique to you and your fiancé, one of which is having a memorable aisle runner. Traditionally, aisle runners have been done with carpets covered in flower petals but more creative ideas have started to become popular.

As always, Pinterest has provided us with some great ideas to share. If you would like to stay with using flowers you can create extravagant patterns or even monogrammed initials to don the aisle.

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Using words on the aisle can create a story of the couple. You can use a poem or quote from a book that has significance to your relationship. Photos or excerpts from emails or text messages that have been exchanged throughout the relationship are a nice touch as well.

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Using a fabulous fabric can tie the wedding together with the use of a pattern that is seen throughout the event such as chevron or even an ombre color palette.

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Aisle runners are not usually at the top of the list for most couples when planning their ceremony, but we think they can add a special and unique touch for the guests and couple to enjoy.

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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