richmond wedding venue | Mankin Mansion Blog - Part 3

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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Richmond Wedding: Leigh and Greg (Part Two)

December 19th, 2013

Remember Leigh and Greg’s Richmond Wedding feature earlier this week? Since we could not get enough of their lovely wedding, we’re sharing part two of their big day! We hope you’ll love these photos as much as we do!

Congratulations to Leigh and Greg and thank you for allowing Historic Mankin Mansion to be a part of your big 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: 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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Richmond Wedding: Amanda and Mikey

December 12th, 2013

We are elated to share Amanda and Mikey’s breathtaking wedding with you today! We couldn’t get enough of their great personal touches from the koozies to the “Best Day Ever” sign at the reception entrance. Here are a few of our favorite photos from their “I do’s.”

Congratulations to Amanda and Mikey Bray!

Thank you for allowing Historic Mankin Mansion to be a part of 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.

Photo Credit: James Linkowitz Photography

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HMM in the News: Aisle A!

December 9th, 2013

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Today, we are thrilled to announce that we have been selected to be a part of this year’s Aisle A awards presented by Richmond magazine !

We were honored as 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.

If that wasn’t lovely enough, we’re delighted to share that we won the top spot as most beautiful ceremony site in Richmond, as well as the top offbeat ceremony/reception site.

As always, we couldn’t do it without the support of our clients, friends and colleagues. Our sincerest congrats as well to the other winners!

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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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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Planning an Interfaith Wedding

December 2nd, 2013

An interfaith wedding is the blending of two different religions and cultural backgrounds. Since the 1950’s when interfaith couples made up just 20% of weddings in the United States, the trend has grown considerably in the 21st century. Today, 45% of weddings in the United States are made up of interfaith couples. When planning an interfaith wedding, it is important for the bride and the groom to stay true to who they are and what they believe, but to also be open to their new partners beliefs and remain open-minded when planning the big day.

Looking for inspiration for your own interfaith wedding? Good news! We have found some ways to help make the planning process go smoothly for everyone!

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Photo Credit: Pinterest

First thing’s first-  a serious talk is essential. Whether the conversation happened early on in the relationship, or after the engagement, you must make sure both parties have expressed what’s important to them to include in the wedding. It could be a particular prayer being read, a religious custom, or the choice in officiant, as long as the couple’s individual and common beliefs come through.

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Photo Credit: Pinterest

Another important part of bringing two religious backgrounds together is talking to both families. The couple should discuss how they want to approach each family, and make sure to show them a united front. That should eliminate a lot of conflict that could arise.

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Photo Credit: Pinterest

Some couples may opt for a more neutral ceremony and instead bring their cultural and religious backgrounds into the reception. Many cultures are identified by food, and it is such a fun and easy way to infuse both backgrounds together. Music and décor are both also great ways to accomplish that too.

Bringing two families together is not always easy, especially when there are differences in religion and culture. But with an open-mind, support for each other and a lot of love, it’s sure to be a wonderful day and a happy life!

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 Trend: Chalkboards

November 25th, 2013

Today we are excited to share some creative ways to incorporate a popular wedding trend, chalkboards! With the help of Pinterest, we’ve come up with a few different ways to use them:

 

Chalkboards are a great way to say thank you to all of your guests. In this example, the bride and groom chose to write their personal thank you for all their guests to see on their way out.

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Chalkboards are perfect for the DIY bride. They allow you to be as creative or laid back as you want for your wedding. As shown below, the boards were used in a more simple way to direct guests where the ceremony would soon take place or as a personal welcome to arriving guests.

 

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Another fun way to use this trend in your wedding is by displaying it as the timeline of your love story. Some details you may want to include are the dates of the engagement, first kiss, first date, wedding, etc. It’s a nice way for your guests to learn more about the happy couple!

 

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During cocktail hour you may even want to use a smaller chalkboard as a way to showcase any special drinks available. This can be for the newlyweds’ signature drinks or beverage of choice.

 

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Using chalkboards on your wedding day is a great way for you to be as creative as you want. They allow you to write any kind of message you want to your guests. Not to mention, it is a great DIY project for all brides!

 

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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Creative ways to say Thank You

November 18th, 2013

Having your friends and family present to celebrate with you on your wedding day is a wonderful thing.  Thank you messages to your guests are one way to show your gratitude and appreciation for their love and support. With help from Pinterest, we have found unique ways to say thank you through photography. Here are some of our favorites:

Multiple photos throughout the wedding is a great way for guests to see how special the day was. This is a cute thank you card option that is sure to really capture your love for one another!

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Sending a post card with a picture of the two of you officially as “Mr. and Mrs.” is another fun way to say thanks. Since postcards aren’t often used these days it will make it that much more memorable. And remember- a honeymoon pic could be a fun option as well!

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If you’re looking for a more intimate shot to use on a thank you card, this next option may be a great one to consider. So romantic! :)

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The use of sparklers spelling out thank you is a great option for an evening wedding, or another popular trend is to have the letters on fabric cut out individually along string held in between the bride and groom.

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Wedding planning can sometimes be an overwhelming process and without the support of friends and family, it would be more difficult. Thank you cards are a perfect way to say just how much you’ve appreciated their support and presence on your wedding day. With so many unique and creative ways to do this, we hope we have inspired you when deciding how you want to deliver this message.

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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Trending Color Combinations

November 11th, 2013

One of the first things to check off the wedding planning to-do list is what colors are going to be the focus for the Big Day.  With so many to choose from, it can be difficult to pick, so knowing what the trends are can be very helpful. Luckily, we have been searching Pinterest to find some of our favorites:

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Photo Credit: Pinterest

Photo Credit: Pinterest

Photo Credit: Pinterest

In years past, selecting two or more colors was the norm, but this year, couples are opting to just pick one color and use the different shades of that color to create fun textures while still maintaining a cohesive theme.

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Photo Credit: Pinterest

Photo Credit: Pinterest

Photo Credit: Pinterest

Why pick just one or two colors when so many couples are deciding to choose them all? Rainbow is back with a bang and has turned into one of our favorite trends! Rainbow is such an easy way to create a statement piece at a wedding, like a sprinkle cake or colorful bouquets.

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On the other end of the spectrum, couples are gravitating toward a beige and neutral wedding. These colors have such a warm and rich look to them, and we love the way they are making a comeback.

Make sure when picking a color theme it is strategically placed throughout the wedding ceremony and reception to avoid over-doing it. But remember, color is such a great way for a couple to show off their unique creativity.

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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