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Happy New Year!

December 31st, 2013

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We guess it’s true what they say, “time flies when you’re having fun!”

It is incredibly hard to believe that once the clock strikes midnight tonight we are in a brand new year. We owe a huge thank you to our brides, friends, employees and colleagues who made 2013 the successful and wonderful year that it was!

We here at Historic Mankin Mansion wish you the very best as we usher in 2014.

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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So you want to be a Historic Mankin Mansion bride?

June 15th, 2012

We have created the perfect opportunity for those with their heart set on the Mansion for their Big Day, but who may not have had the opportunity to book on the Saturday of their choosing.

We are very excited to offer Sunday and Friday Celebrations! Our Mansion Brides will enjoy all of the Mansion perks & amenities, including the assistance of our amazing wedding planning team!

  Call us today at 804-737-7773 to schedule a Private Tour

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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: Mike Miriello Photography

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Aisle A-List: We’d Love your Support

June 13th, 2012

This summer, Richmond Bride Magazine is hosting the first 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, 2012.

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 credit: Marta Locklear Photography

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HMM in the News!

June 5th, 2012

It’s that time again- wedding magazine season! We love seeing our favorite issues hot off the presses- so much inspiration! The latest issue of Richmond Bride Magazine is no exception as it’s chock full of swoon worthy details!

When you pick up your copy, be sure to check out page 80, as our very own Paula Ramirez assisted with the article Tick-Tock Couples! Keeping the Reception’s Timeline on Track.  We know first hand that a successful wedding reception is due in part to things running well behind the scenes so we were happy to lend some insight from our own experiences.

We were also thrilled to see that an image from the Summer/Smith wedding (courtesy of Hayes and Fisk the Art of Photography) in one of the latest Wedology 101 columns in the Richmond Times Dispatch. What a lovely wedding to revisit!

Our thanks to Richmond Bride Magazine for the opportunity as well as the Richmond Times Dispatch for the inclusion!

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.

Richmond Bride Cover: Todd Wright

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36th Annual Greek Festival

May 24th, 2012

The always popular Greek Festival is making its return on Thursday, May 31 and will be with us in Richmond through Sunday, June 3.

The Saints Constantine and Helen’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral will once again host the event on its grounds, and is  expected to draw a large crowd with its delicious food, shopping, festive music and dancing. With the menu including all of the Greek favorites, you won’t be disappointed. If you can’t stop by the festival for long, you can enjoy their drive-thru with all the best sellers available. If you do have a chance to stay and have a little fun ,we suggest trying the delicious Greek wine or beer.

Every year, the festival gives back to the local community and this year’s charities include Area Congregations Together in Service, ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation, Full Circle and Northfield Ministries.

To see the menu check out their website here. Be sure you’re not missing out on the fun, and make your way to the Greek Festival!

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: https://www.facebook.com/RVAGreekFestival

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Published: Erica and Dave!

May 14th, 2012

We may be a bit biased, but we think our weddings at the Mansion are rather gorgeous. :) So you can imagine our delight when our colleagues in the wedding industry fall in love with our weddings as much as we do!  Erica and Dave were first featured in our Best of 2011 series and now enjoyed a recent feature on Head over Heels:

Special thanks to Head over Heels for the opportunity!

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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Richmond Wedding: Marisse and Jeff!

May 4th, 2012

We can’t believe that April has come and gone already. The plus side? The wonderful wedding photographers who have been contacting us to share some of the highlights from the starts of wedding season 2012. Marisse and Jeff’s April wedding was just lovely from start to finish and we were just thrilled when Daniel Min Photography offered to share some favorites. Enjoy!

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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Q&A with Champagne Taste Catering!

May 3rd, 2012

Today we’re back to chat with another one of our favorite wedding pros. Whitney Fero, owner of Champagne Taste Catering, is a regular at the Mansion as you can often find her putting the finishing touches on a memorable menu with one of our couples.

Today, we sat down with Whitney to talk a bit about how she got her start in the industry as well as some wonderful tips for our brides and grooms to be!

How did you get your start in the wedding industry?

I became a caterer because I loved to throw parties and I wanted to make a change in my career.  This was a decade ago.  I have an MBA and wasn’t thrilled with working in corporate America.  It occurred to me one day that I have “Champagne Taste on a beer budget” and that I throw fantastic parties and the idea began.  It took a few years for my business to take off, but we doubled revenue every year for a lot of years – and now here we are.

My first wedding was my Brother’s back in 2002.  Boy – do I wish I could do that all over again!  I knew NOTHING back then.  Every time I mention it, he is so gracious.  Maybe I will throw him a 10th Anniversary party this year to show him what we can really do!  Someone (not one of my staff!) was super helpful at that wedding and decided to bleach the reception chairs right before the reception, but they didn’t rinse off all of the bleach…. sooooo…. three guests had ruined clothes…  My skin still crawls when I think of it….  Reminds me of the bride who wanted a signature drink with blue dye.  This was before I knew my job well enough to realize wedding professionals need to help brides get out of their own way sometimes.  Well, we had 150 people with blue teeth at that wedding.  That will NEVER happen again!

The best thing I ever did for my company was to limit the number of brides we book.  I do almost all of the cooking myself, take every phone call, every email and every meeting.  Once we began limiting the number of brides per week, we were really able to give the kind of service that should be expected from clients leading up to and on their wedding day.  I become very close with most of our brides – this is a momentous occasion in their lives!  By limiting the number of brides, I can spend more time thinking about them and helping them with the process.  It makes this job more fun and more authentic.

What’s the best thing about working in the wedding industry?

Relationships.  Of my closest thirty friends, 25 of them are in the wedding industry or work with me in my company.  Also, I have become very close with several dozen of our brides.  Three of those closest thirty friends were once our brides!

This is a very social industry, which makes all of the long hours and hard work worth the effort.  Most of my staff have been with me for many years, so coming to work is so much fun.  We have become close with the staff at most of venues, so every weekend we get to work hard with people we enjoy.  Florists, DJs, photographers, wedding planners, bakers – some of my favorite people are vendors for our events.  Those relationships are a bonus for brides.  When all of the vendors enjoy working together there is something special that happens at a wedding.  It’s hard to describe, but we all buy-in to the event as a group and want to go above and beyond to make sure everything exceeds expectations as a group.  We work behind the scenes in the weeks before the wedding to double and triple check details.  It’s like the biggest extended family you’ve ever encountered and we are all working toward making sure we are individually and as a group giving our all for our brides.

Any tips you’d like to share with our 2012 brides?

A few-

1.  ONLY HIRE VENDORS THAT YOU ABSOLUTELY TRUST.  If you cannot say that you absolutely trust them, schedule meetings until you do and then hire them.  If you cannot say you trust them then keep on looking!!!  I want all of our brides to look at me and think, “I know she will make sure my day is perfect.  I can let go of it all and let her work and speak for me.”  It is the greatest compliment EVER when a bride says, “I trust you.  Do what you think is best.”  I think you should only hire a caterer (or other wedding vendors) if you feel that way.

2.  LISTEN TO THE PROFESSIONALS.  Once you hire your professionals, let them do their jobs.  If you have faith enough in them to hire them, then check it off your list and let those details go.  It will help with the stress in the months leading up to the Big Day.  Also – they have worked hundreds of weddings and likely know more about the process than brides do.  Your input as a bride is SUPER important, but once you’ve made decisions and signed contracts with people you trust, stop fretting and move on to the next thing on the list.

3.  SET REASONABLE EXPECTATIONS.  It is your wedding day.  The MOST important element is getting married.  Everything else is just the window dressing.  I rarely see a wedding day when one thing does not go wrong.  Anything can be fixed and if you have hired people you trust it will be fixed – and probably without you knowing there was a problem in the first place!!  On your wedding day, focus on your husband and the people that love you.  Let the people you’ve hired – who you trust – take care of everything else.

4.  ONCE A WEEK in the months before the wedding, designate one day when you absolutely DO NOT talk about the wedding.  I’m not kidding.  Sometimes I see couples whose whole lives become the wedding.  At least 7 out of 10 of my brides say to me at some point, “I just can’t wait for this whole thing to be over.”  I hate when I hear that.  I understand it – but I hate it.

5.  DAY 17 THROUGH DAY 3 before the wedding, spend two hours a day with your fiancé and DO NOT talk about the wedding.  Rather, take time to just breathe and be with the person you’ve chosen to love forever.  An old friend gave me that advice about twenty years ago and it still ranks high on my “Best-Advice-Ever-Given-List.”

6.  ADD YOUR OWN PERSONAL STYLE to the wedding.  It is YOUR wedding.  If you love spaghetti-Os and meatballs, serve them in a shot glass with a mini-spoon as an appetizer!  If you secretly dream of being a lounge singer, sing to your husband on a piano during the reception!  This is YOUR day.  It is a reflection of your love and relationship with your partner.  DO NOT worry about pleasing everyone.  Present your best self and your husband’s best self and celebrate the love to which you are committing.

7.  YOU ONLY GET MARRIED ONCE  have fun during the process!

Wonderful tips- we couldn’t agree more. Thanks Whitney for stopping by!

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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Dominion RiverRock Returns to Belle Isle

April 30th, 2012

Looking for a little adventure this May? Well, Dominon RiverRock is the perfect outdoor festival for you to enjoy the spring weather and indulge your inner daredevil.

Dominion RiverRock will kick off the festivities Friday, May 18, and will continue to rock Belle Isle until Sunday, May 20. The fun starts out with the Miller Lite Filthy 5k Mud Run, with tough terrain including a rock hop, a little dip in the James River and a mud pit finish. Other events include an Adventure Race, bike free styling, paddle boarding, mountain bike racing, boulder climbing and slack lining. A wide variety of bands will play throughout the weekend with the headliners including Galactic, The Travelin’ McCoury’s and JJ Grey and MOFRO.

The Interactive Village gives the opportunity for everyone to join in on the fun. You can try out kayaking, paddle boarding, white water rafting, slack lining and rock climbing. This is fun for the whole family with interactive activities.

Admission to the event along with the concerts is free. Please note that there is a fee to participate in the Interactive Village.   Step outside your comfort zone and enjoy the James at Dominion RiverRock.

For More Information: http://www.dominionriverrock.com/

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.dominionriverrock.com/

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Winter Weddings at the Mansion!

April 27th, 2012

There’s just something about a winter wedding that we’ve always adored- from the rich hues and lush fabrics to the good tidings that just come with this celebratory season. The options to personalize your Big Day are endless- menus filled with warm comfort food and flickering lights to complement the season’s sparkle.

And it’s with that, that we’re thrilled to now offer wedding reception packages from November through March!  For more information, please visit our packages online or give us a call today to schedule a tour of the property. Remember, our full wedding planning services are included for all Mansion Brides!

We look forward to planning your winter celebration with you!

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: Pinterest.com

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