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Winter Wedding Trend: Gold

December 9th, 2013

If you’re tying the knot this winter then allow us to suggest incorporating one of the most dynamic trends of year: gold!

This timeless metallic can be used from ceremony to reception as an accent color in your décor or as the central theme of your wedding day. With all credit due to Pinterest, here are a few suggestions on pairing gold in your big day!

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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We’re in it to Pin It!

December 12th, 2011

That’s right- we’ve officially joined the Pinterest craze! What is Pinterest you may ask? It’s a highly addictive (if you ask us!) way to keep track of all things lovely and trendy. More and more, we’re finding our brides combing Pinterest for wedding inspiration, so we decided to set up our own set of boards here.

We’re taking things in a bit of a different direction though. Instead of pinning all of the swoon worthy pics already on Pinterest, we’re going to go ahead and showcase some of the amazing Mansion wedding images that we’ve enjoyed collecting over the years. So far, we have boards deciated ot:

If you are a Mansion bride and don’t see any of your wedding photos on there, feel free to direct us to an online spot (like the photographer’s blog) so we can pin some favorites or email us at director@historicmankinmansion.com with some of your favorites.

Visit us today on our Pinterest boards!

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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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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We have a Winner!

December 19th, 2010

As the wedding season comes to a close, it’s time for us to buckle down and gear up for the 2011 brides. It was time for a fresh look, so we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to update our folder, which is distributed to all prospective Historic Mankin Mansion brides.

We are grateful that many of the great Richmond wedding photographers have shared some great shots with us over the last several years. As we finalize our new folder, however, we knew we needed a particularly special shot.

As you may remember, we launched our contest “Hit us with your Best Shot” recently and asked brides, grooms and wedding photographers to join in on the phone. We were hoping for that perfect shot- that showcases the magic of the Mansion at its very best.

After careful consideration of over 40 images, we had selected the below photography by Dale and Roshan Quarterman of Quarterman Photography, to serve as the main shot on the front cover of our new folder.  Congratulations!

Thanks to all of those who participated in our contest- we are grateful for your participation!

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A White Christmas at the Barksdale Theater

December 13th, 2010

Given today’s morning snow, we thought it was perfect timing to share the latest in holiday “to do’s” here in Richmond.

Everyone loves a Christmas classic, and the Barksdale Theater is bringing White Christmas to life one the stage for your holiday enjoyment.

The vintage Hollywood film is brought to life to help you get in the yuletide mood. Using the authentic composer Irving Berlin’s music and lyrics makes sure this musical is true to form. The Barksdale has a special guest joining the cast from the famed Broadway stage, Patti D’Beck who will lend her excellent expertise to the production of the musical.

White Christmas will deck the halls inside the Historic Empire Theater with the amazing sets and costumes serving as icing on top of this holiday cupcake. Show stopping choreography accompanied by incredible voices will have you wanting to join in on the fun.

Running now through January 9, shows take place two to three times a week  at the Empire Theater in historic, artful downtown Richmond. Tickets can be purchased on their website, so get your snow craving satisfied by checking out this classic.

We here at the Mansion hope that “all your Christmases be merry and white.”

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

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 Credit: http://www.barksdalerichmond.org/

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Visions of Sugar-Plums Danced in Their Heads

December 6th, 2010

Richmond is so chock full of Christmas traditions, it’s difficult to pick just one thing each week to blog about during the month of December. This week, we are ecstatic to share that the Richmond Ballet will soon begin its traditional production of The Nutcracker.

The Nutcracker is Central Virginia’s longest running Christmas Tradition. The Richmond Ballet is accompanied by the Richmond Symphony. They will serenade you with live music accompanying the ballerinas. The Holiday Classic of Clara and the Nutcracker will come to life at the Carpenter Center in Downtown Richmond. The Ballet uses amazing techniques to make you feel like you jumped right into the pages of the book. Falling snowflakes, a fifty foot dragon, and the land of sweets where the sugar plum fairies twirl. You won’t want to miss a second of this amazing production.

The Opening night starts December 10 and continues on to December 23. Certain shows offer a extra special treat if you have children attending with Clara’s Tea Party. Where you will enjoy tasty treats and tea with Clara and her fun friends, bring the camera to snap photos with your favorite characters.

Come enjoy the experienced dancers and musicians who put on an unforgettable performance, which will be sure to have sugar plum fairies dancing in your head.

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 credit: RichmondBallet.com

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Traditional Tree Lighting at The Jefferson

November 23rd, 2010

There are quite a few Holiday Traditions in Richmond, and the annual Tree Lighting at The Jefferson should be at the top of your holiday to do list.

The Jefferson Hotel , built in 1895 by the famous Richmond resident Lewis Ginter, hosts an annual Tree Lighting that promises to dazzle even the big kids. This year, the festivities will begin on Monday, November 29 at 5:30pm with traditional music of the season following at 6pm, when the lights will take the main stage. As holiday characters mingle with the crowd, complimentary refreshments will be served in the Empire Room. The magnificent beautifully decorated treewill steal most of the attention, but the rest of the hotel will also be dressed in its holiday bests.

If you haven’t attended in the past, be sure to arrive early to ensure you get a good spot for the Tree Lighting. Build in some extra time to visit the Gingerbread House, a labor of love for the talented Pastry Department at The Jefferson Hotel.

The Jefferson offers many other holiday events including Music at Midday, which takes place nearly every day of the week beginning November 30. Entertainment includes local choirs, string ensembles, and violin groups, serenading you with sounds of the season.

Be sure to stop by the Jefferson during your holiday season visit to put you in the holly jolly spirit.

For More Information: http://www.jeffersonhotel.com/pdf/Holiday_Newsletter.pdf

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 Credit: southernliving.com

 

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Raise a Pint with the Spirits of Richmond

October 25th, 2010

Halloween is just around the corner so here at the Mansion, we are getting in a spooky sort of mood. There is so much history surrounding the city of Richmond,  it’s bound to have a few ghostly ghouls walking about. We found the perfect way to incorporate this holiday with some fun for the “big” kids.

The Spirits and Spirits Haunted Pub Crawl sounded right up our guests’ alley, as you take a walk to Richmond’s most haunted pubs. Once you get to the bar, you can sit back and relax with a drink if your heart desires, as your spirit guide tangles a web of ghastly tales. During the tour, you will encounter the spirits of the Berkeley Hotel, the permanent guest of the Railroad YMCA, along with other ghostly surprises that will surely arise.

You can raise your glass with the spirits every third Wednesday of the month starting in May and continuing into early November every year. The pub crawl begins at Tobacco Company, a favorite local restaurant. So why not have dinner or a cocktail before to work up those nerves before your ghoulish experience starts at 7pm? You must be twenty-one to attend the event, however drinking is not required. Tickets are thirteen dollars a person and can be purchased online before the tour.

So, for your next visit with us why not hang out with the lingering locals of Richmond?

For more information please visit their website http://www.hauntsofrichmond.com/home.htm

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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