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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.

Photo Credit: Pinterest

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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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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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Q&A with Martin Ramirez!

May 23rd, 2012

Nothing gets the party going at a wedding quite like music and here at Historic Mankin Mansion, we’re thrilled to have Martin Ramirez as not only our Proprietor, but our in house Wedding DJ.  Today, Martin sat down with us to chat a bit about how he got his start, as well as tips for making your Big Day both fun and memorable.  So without further ado, here’s Martin-

How did you initially get your start in the wedding industry?  

I have been doing music entertainment for weddings for more than 25 years now.  I started in Southern California and loved DJing from the very start. I gained more knowledge and expertise through the years, and once I became more well known, expanded my services to various areas across the country.

How have weddings changed since you began your wedding career?

When I first began as a DJ, most receptions were held in church halls and it was typically a band that played the music. Now weddings and receptions are more elaborately held in hotels, country clubs, and Historic Mansions. There is significantly more attention to detail, such as color schemes, decor, flowers, than before. In addition, now far more brides and grooms opt for DJ entertainment for their wedding, allowing for a wider variety of artists, genres, as well as control over the entire flow of the party.

What do brides and grooms tend to ask you about the most about wedding day music?

Almost all brides and grooms ask that I play all of their favorite music. This can be challenging when given hours and hours of songs to play. I suggest they make a list of all their favorite songs and then go back and highlight the top 15 songs that are MUST HAVE’s. I ensure those top songs will be sprinkled throughout the night mixed with the others they have chosen.  It takes some of the guess work out while customizing the music to their exact wants.

How can brides and grooms get more creative with their Grand Entrance?

The Grand Introduction is a great time to make it personal or fun depending on the bride & groom, wedding party, and guests.  It is nice to announce to guests, as the wedding party is introduced, not just by their names, but their relationship to the bride and groom. Add something personal as to how they met, a fun fact about them, or something they did together that makes the relationship unique. Brides & grooms can also make up nicknames based on their friends’ personalities as they are being introduced. A sit down meeting with the DJ exploring all options is not only a must, but a great way to brain storm.

Any wedding planning advice you’d like to share with our 2012 brides?

Add personal musical touches to the day. In addition to the dance music, there are many other opportunities to make the day and evening fun through music. There are the traditional first dance and parent dances, but what about cocktail hour and dinner time?  Go beyond the typical background music played during most weddings. There are lots of great styles or combination of genres to choose from. Personalize the list. Feel free to discuss your particular musical likes with the DJ to see how they can be incorporated into the reception. The more the DJ knows about the bride and groom, the more likely the music will be a clear reflection of them on their Big Day.

Thanks Martin!

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.

Our sincerest thanks to Don Mears Photography, Emily Dean Photography and James Linkowitz Photography for the images.

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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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