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How to Find Wedding Inspiration

December 14th, 2015

Most brides have an idea of what their perfect wedding will look like long before their planner arrives. However, during the initial stages of trying to bring your ultimate wedding to life, you may find your mind scatterbrained or even drawing a complete blank. Trust us when we say there is no shortage of wedding inspiration – you just have to find it! We’ve compiled excellent resources for wedding loveliness that will help get your imagination running wild!

Architecture
Head downtown and take in all of the skyscrapers or raid your local bookstore for architectural magazines. Make a note of any shapes or designs that pique your interest. This can serve as great inspiration for designing structures such as your altar.

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Photo credit: Norman Photography

Home Improvement Stores
Browse through your local home improvement store’s paint section for color inspiration. Store associates will be happy to help you look through color swatches in order to find your ideal color palette.

Botanical Gardens
There’s no better place to find floral inspiration than by taking a trip to your local botanical garden. Touring a botanical garden is a great way to receive a grade-A education on all things floral! Compile a list of any eye-catching florals that you find and your florist can help guide you the rest of the way.

Family Photo Albums
Go back in time for your fashion inspiration by looking through family photo albums. You’re sure to find an eclectic 80’s prom getup or a fringed suede jacket from the 70’s. Let all of these vintage looks guide your modern wedding designs.

As you can see, wedding inspiration can be tucked away in a photo album or towering over as you walk through the city. By learning to see everyday things in a totally new light, you’ll find endless inspiration for 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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Benefits of an All-Inclusive Wedding Site

August 31st, 2015

Let’s admit it – sometimes, wedding planning can be a headache. Having to coordinate with your planner, your venue, your DJ, and other professionals involved in your wedding can stress out even the most relaxed of people (and it’s not so nice to your wallet!). Throw hotel accommodations and transportation plans on top of that and you’ve got yourself a case of the wedding blues.

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Photo Credit: Kaytee Lauren

No need to get overwhelmed! All-inclusive wedding sites, like Historic Mankin Mansion, can take care of your worries with wedding bundles that groups together wedding services for one price. At HMM, we offer a venue with sites for both the ceremony and the reception (read: no drive!), as well as grounds for cocktail hour with a beverage bar. In addition, we offer both in-house planners and our very own in-house DJ, Martin.

Too exhausted after the long yet amazing day? We have accommodations for those seeking a Wedding Weekend – brunch is included and there is also a spot to host a rehearsal dinner!

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Photo Credit: Mike Miriello

Take the stress-free route and consider booking an all-inclusive venue for your big day. Bundle up your services onto one bill instead of finding yourself amidst a pile of papers the day after your wedding. Let us help you have the wedding of your dreams!

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 11th, 2015

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:

  • #5 – Best B&B in Virginia for a wedding
  • #17 – Best One-Stop Wedding Location
  • #49 – Rehearsal Dinner Location
  • #55 – Under-the-Radar Wedding Ceremony Site
  • #60 – Outdoor Wedding Site
  • #62 – Historic Wedding Reception Site
  • #65 – Under-the-Radar Wedding Reception Site
  • #80 – Reception Venue for a Small Wedding
  • #81 – 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, 2015. 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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Richmond Wedding: Lindsay and Austin

March 10th, 2014

The first time we met Lindsay and Austin, there was no question that they were a match made in heaven! There were so many aspects of their wedding that we just adore, and we must say that their attention to detail was absolutely flawless.

You’ll see how smitten these two are for each other in these beautiful photos, captured by Kristin Partin Photography. We are thrilled to share a few of our favorites and we know that you’ll adore them as much as we do!

To Lindsay and Austin, everyone at Historic Mankin Mansion thanks you for allowing us to be a part of your lovely wedding. Congratulations, and may you have a lifetime of love and merriment.

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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Your Perfect Wedding Cocktail

March 3rd, 2014

Thinking about the perfect signature cocktail for your wedding?

We here at the Mansion love this sort of personal touch. Before making the leap, here are a few considerations to keep in mind:

  1. Theme: Allow the drink to introduce your guests to the theme for your wedding reception. Bubbles would complement a glam theme while a spiked lemonade or sweet tea cocktail would be perfect for a traditional southern fete.
  2. Season: You’ll want to select a drink that perfectly pairs with the weather as well. Consider cinnamon, cranberry, or apple pie flavors for the fall, or something light with a hint of citrus for the summer.
  3. History: Want to share your story with attendees? Say it with the cocktail you enjoyed on your first date together. Did you meet in college? Consider incorporating your school colors with a sugar rim, or fun straw.
  4. Go local: Show a little local love by selecting a craft beer or wine in your region. Virginia is home to a wealth of vineyards and breweries- your guests will no doubt appreciate the special touch.
  5. Glassware: It’s not just about the mixology- every great cocktail needs a fabulous glass. Think beyond the norm with vintage glasses and mason jars.

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There are a number of ways to personalize your Big Day. A fun, creative beverage menu will no doubt delight your attendees. With the above considerations in mind, you are on your way to a memorable signature drink!

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: Leigh and Greg (Part One)

December 16th, 2013

Saying “I do” never looked more stunning as it did during Leigh and Greg’s wedding here at  Historic Mankin Mansion! This beautiful couple chose a coral color palette that was perfect for their June nuptials. We couldn’t pick just a few of our favorite photos from their big day, which is why we decided to make their Richmond Wedding feature two parts!

We hope you enjoyed these photos as much as we did! Stay tuned for more of Leigh and Greg’s wedding day celebration later this week!

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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Real Richmond Wedding: Lisa and James!

June 7th, 2012

We love connecting with photographers after a wedding at the Mansion and revisiting the Big Day through their lens.  Lisa and James were married at the Mansion just a few weeks ago and we were delighted to reconnect with David Abel Photography. Enjoy some favorite shots from the day-

To check out more from Lisa and James’ wedding, visit David’s blog. Congrats to the happy couple and thank you to David for taking the time to share these fabulous images with us!

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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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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