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Join us at the Richmond Wedding Experience!

August 19th, 2014

We had a spectacular time participating in the Richmond Wedding Experience in January, and now we cannot wait to once again be a part of this wonderful event this upcoming Sunday, August 24th!

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The Richmond Wedding Experience gives newly engaged couples the opportunity to experience today’s wedding trends in-person. The event is located at the Greater Richmond Convention Center and will take place from 11am to 5pm.

There will be a runway fashion show featuring the latest wedding styles for brides, bridesmaids, mothers of the bride and grooms. Attendees will uncover new ideas for their dream wedding by having the chance to receive expert advice from local wedding professionals, as well as viewing the top trends in floral arrangements, tablescapes and cake designs. This event is without a doubt not one to miss and you will leave with more insight and ideas for your ideal wedding!

Tickets are available online and are $10 at the door. We look forwarding to see you there!

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: Pretty Pear Bride!

August 18th, 2014

Everyone at Historic Mankin Mansion could not be more excited to share our recent feature on Pretty Pear Bride! Lauren’s bridal portrait session with Crystal Reyns Photography is absolutely exquisite and we are honored to have been the local for our fabulous Mankin bride. :)

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Please click here the lovely photos captured by Crystal Reyns Photography. Many, many thanks to Pretty Pear Bride for this feature!

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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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Wedding Trend- Unique Boutonnieres

August 11th, 2014

Creative Boutonniere Ideas

Flowers are an important part of a wedding and these days, grooms are getting more creative with their boutonnieres. And who can blame them? Brides can’t be the only ones rocking the aisle after all! These days, grooms don’t even have to feel constricted to flowers- the possibilities are nearly limitless!

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Not sure where to start? Well today, we’re happy to share some tips to get you started:

  • Tip #1- First and foremost, consider the theme. Are you going for something more formal or a bit laid back? Remember- your location can also influence the look!
  • Tip #2- Next, incorporate the groomsmen when designing a boutonniere. For example, comic lovers could add tiny action figures instead of flowers, for a fun touch. This would also make the perfect keepsake for your most trusted friends.
  • Tip #3- Consider surprising your partner by paying homage to your love story. Any small gift they have given you will make a perfect addition to your boutonniere. For example, a letter turned into a paper flower could be a thoughtful detail appreciated by your fiancee, as well as attendees.

Want to make a subtle statement? There are a variety of options out there that would let you do just that. Leaves, succulents, and feathers make a simple but interesting addition for any season.

Bonus Tip for the gents- Ask your bride-to-be to kindly make room for you on Pinterest, which is chock full of inspiration. But it’s admittedly addicting- don’t say we didn’t warn you! :)

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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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Capture the Moment Perfectly

August 4th, 2014

Selecting a photographer to capture such an important day is a big decision.  Once you select a photographer, you should consider having a conversation about the types of images you hope to have after your big day has come to pass.  Regardless of who you select, they will be expecting to catch the typical wedding moments such as the first kiss, cutting the cake, the first dance, etc., but don’t be afraid to suggest additional moments you would like for them to keep an eye out for.  We have a few suggestions (with examples!) to include in your requests!

Candid Shots

Make sure your photographer captures plenty of unplanned moments.  Whether that is between the bride and her parents, the bride alone, or the wedding guests – these candid moments will happen throughout the wedding festivities.  These images will represent some of the most sincere moments of your big day.

Getting Ready

Don’t forget to have photographs taken while you’re getting ready.  Seeing these images will represent the first time you as a couple can see what went on behind the scenes, respectively. Additionally, we’ve been a witness to many sweet moments between friends and family during this special time.

The Details

No matter how hard you try, over time, you will forget specific details (it’s true!).  Make sure your photographer takes time to capture each element that you so carefully planned.  From your bouquet and the wedding cake to the centerpieces, each item was selected for a reason and you will want to remember how all of the components came together perfectly for your wedding day.

Thank you to Seth Roberts Photography, E. Leise Photo, Lori Allen Photography, Tiffani Sunshine Photography and Kristin Partin Photography for the fabulous photographs to perfectly illustrate these moments!

Happy planning!

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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Richmond Wedding: Santia and Ty

July 28th, 2014

We are thrilled to bring you the wedding of Santia and Ty today! This amazing couple was so fun to work with and we couldn’t have been more honored to be a part of their big day. Thanks to Joe Morris Photography, we are sharing a few of our favorite moments and photos from their Historic Mankin Mansion wedding. Enjoy!

 

Congratulations to Santia and Ty! Thank you to Joe Morris Photography for providing us with these lovely photos!

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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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Richmond Wedding: Morgan and Zach

July 21st, 2014

Between the dendrobium orchid adorned cake and the groom’s Star Wars inspired cufflinks, there are countless details to love about Morgan and Zach’s big day. Their April wedding, captured by the talented Seth Roberts Photography, was absolutely perfect from start to finish!

After their ultra romantic ceremony, it was all fun and games during the candlelit reception. From the candy bar to clowning around at the photo wall, it’s without a doubt that Morgan and Zach’s guests had a ball. Thanks to Seth Roberts, we are sharing a few of our own favorite moments from their wedding!

Congratulations to Morgan and Zach! Everyone at Historic Mankin Mansion is so honored to have been a part of your wedding day!

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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Richmond Wedding: Sarah and Ethan

June 30th, 2014

A stunning Historic Mankin Mansion wedding with bohemian flair is exactly how we would describe Sarah and Ethan’s big day! From the sweet treats sideboard to Sarah’s gorgeous lace gown, all the intricate details of their wedding came together beautifully. We are delighted to share a few of our favorite moments, captured by Lori Allen Photography with you today. Congratulations to the happy couple! Enjoy!

To view more photos of Sarah and Ethan’s Historic Mankin Mansion wedding please visit our Facebook page or click here.

Kudos to Lori Allen Photography on all our hard work and for capturing these beautiful moments.

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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Keep Wedding Guests Engaged

June 23rd, 2014

Think back to the best weddings you’ve been to…surely they all had their own unique spin! We bet those weddings all had one consistent theme weaving throughout- keeping guests engaged and entertained.  Stay true to you and keep it special in your own way, but remember your guests should have fun too!

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When out-of-town guests arrive

Design a special welcome bag or basket for your out-of-town guests when they arrive to make them feel at home and give them a taste of what the area has to offer.  Include local goods like wines, breads or jams and brochures on local treasures and attractions.  Your guests will be impressed that you thought about keeping them entertained outside of the wedding events!

The ceremony

Keep it short and sweet (if possible), but don’t cut out cultural traditions! For any and all components you’re passionate about, take the time to explain what these traditions mean in your wedding program so guests know the backstory.

The reception

Undoubtedly the reception is the most entertaining part of the whole day! Take the opportunity to involve your guests in anywhere from activities to décor.  We love when our Historic Mankin Mansion couples use personal details on escort cards or display photos of your family throughout the reception. Want to have a photo booth area?  A fresh and special component is having your guests hold a chalkboard in which they can provide advice to the happy couple.  Lastly, and this is a simple one, just have some fun games for your guests!  Lawn games like corn hole and even “I Spy” can entertain guests for hours.

Happy Planning!

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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Wedding Favors Your Guests Will Love

June 2nd, 2014

How many weddings have you been to where you ended up throwing away the wedding favor because it was something you would just never use?  The purpose of the wedding favor is to thank your guests for coming, so make sure to not only think about what fits with your wedding theme and décor, but what your guests will enjoy.  Not sure?  Here are three “safe bet” themes!

 

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#1: The Edible Favor

Cookies, smores, and local homemade jam—the possibilities are really endless!  Think about what fits with your wedding AND what would appeal to your guests.  Did many of your wedding guests travel from out-of-state to attend your wedding? Show them what Virginia has to offer by incorporating local goodies.  If you want to really make sure nothing ends up in the trash, have a dessert or candy bar allowing guests to select what they really want to take home.

 #2: The Drinkable Favor

From specialty sodas with cute custom labels to mini Mimosa kits, don’t be afraid of giving your guests this useful (and tasty) favor.  Homemade lemonade also makes for a timely favor during the hot summer months.

 #3: The Plantable Favor

Particularly relevant for nature-themed or rustic weddings, the plantable favor is sure to be of interest for your guests, and provide you with the perfect opportunity to incorporate cute sayings like “let love grow” or “love blooms” on corresponding cards.  This wedding favor can be particularly wallet-friendly if you decide to give packets of seeds.

Just remember, it’s all about how you package your favor.  An everyday item can go from ordinary to extraordinary just in how it’s presented to your guests!

Happy Planning!

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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Let Them Eat Cake (Or Pie)!

May 28th, 2014

There is nothing traditional about the wedding cakes trending in 2014.  Far from the wedding cakes of the past, we’re seeing today’s wedding cakes make a design statement all their own.  We at Historic Mankin Mansion are excited to see which of these trends our brides embrace in the coming months.  Incorporate one or several!

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Photo Credit: Pinterest

Trend #1: The Naked Cake Perfect for spring and summer weddings, the naked caked doesn’t take itself too seriously.  Its “homemade” feel will add charm and appropriate cake décor to any rustic wedding.  Decorate with fresh flowers or fruit to complete the look. Trend #2: Colors Adding color to your wedding cake is an easy way to make it fit into your overall  theme and décor.  Metallics are popular in 2014, and undoubtedly will get a lot of attention.  Looking for something a little less bold?  Pastel wedding cakes are also popular in shades of peach, robin’s egg blue or mint. Trend #3: Ombre You’ve seen the ombre trend in hair and fashion, but now you can incorporate it into your wedding cake for an unexpected impact on your big day!  Select a subtle ombre or an in-your-face color array to make a big statement, the choices are endless. Trend #4: Texture You can add texture to your wedding cake in 2014 in a variety of ways. Depending on the look you are going for, your cake could have a vintage or rustic “homemade” feel like the naked wedding cake, or be very chic and glamorous with edible ruffles, lace or pearl detailing. Trend #5: The Non-Cake Wedding Cake Not a big cake fan?  No problem!  It’s your day; consider surprising your guests with a memorable dessert instead.  A big trend in 2014 for the non-cake lovers: pie!  Like the trend of having personal sized desserts (like cupcakes) for your guests?  Have individual-sized mini pies available for all to enjoy. Happy Planning! 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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