Richmond Weddings | Mankin Mansion Blog - Part 4

Throwing a Brunch Wedding

October 14th, 2013

Weddings are normally seen as a late afternoon or evening event, but one of the most popular trends this year is opting for a brunch soiree in the late morning.

We can’t get enough of this idea and have found some great ways to throw a brunch wedding on Pinterest.

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At a brunch wedding, it really is all about the food, and with so many food options to choose from there a number of ways to serve them. One of the more popular ways is by setting up several food ‘bars’ with different breakfast favorites like pancakes, waffles, biscuits and omelets. Don’t forget about drinks too, like a mimosa bar, bloody mary bar and coffee bar.

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Talk about throwing tradition out the window! Some of our favorite cakes haven’t been made out of cake mix at all. Embrace the brunch theme with a crepe cake, pancake cake or mini doughnut cake!

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Games at weddings have been popular for a long time, and brunch is the perfect setting for this. Bring out some corn hole or set up a croquet course; anything to get the guests up and having fun!

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Brunch decor is usually more light and whimsical and a little less formal, much like the wedding itself. Try using lighter colors and bright flowers that will make the room pop.

Breakfast is a meal almost everyone can get behind, which is why this trend has gained so much popularity. Remember to have fun with it, especially the food! What other event can give you the excuse to have a mini doughnut cake?

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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Zack Wilson Photographs Josh and Courtney’s Wedding at Historic Mankin Mansion

October 7th, 2013

Another gorgeous wedding took place here at the Historic Mankin Mansion, and we couldn’t be happier for Josh and Courtney. Zack Wilson Photography traveled all the way to Richmond to shoot their wedding and it sure did turn out stunning! There are so many beautiful photos of this couple’s classic wedding, and we encourage you to see them yourself on his blog!

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Congratulations to these newlyweds and thank you Zack Wilson for an amazing photo shoot at the Historic Mankin Mansion. We love what you captured!

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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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David Abel Photographs Megan and Allen’s Wedding at Historic Mankin Mansion

October 4th, 2013

There are so many things to celebrate in this post. First and foremost, we are so happy for Megan and Allen who were recently married on a beautiful day at the Historic Mankin Mansion. Their special day was photographed by David Abel Photography, who captured their wedding impeccably. David Abel’s images are truly a must-see, be sure to check it out now!

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Congratulations Megan and Allen on your marriage and thank you David Abel Photography for not only a wonderful job shooting this wedding, but also showcasing our venue. It was a pleasure working with you!

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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Some Fruity Inspiration

September 24th, 2013

What’s a wedding trend we currently love? Fruit-inspired weddings! There have recently been many wedding appearances by each season’s favorite fruits. This past summer, we saw lots of peaches and pineapples and now with fall already underway, we would like to share some fruits that will add a nice touch to any wedding aiming to incorporate seasonal details.

Apples

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It’s officially apple picking season and we love the idea of incorporating these tasty fruits into the big day. They make great centerpieces, chair displays and even wonderful additions to a fall bouquet. Not only are they the perfect element for modern décor, they also make a great dessert. Include a table of sweets ranging from candied apples and pies, to hot apple cider for everyone to enjoy.

Berries

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Whether it’s strawberries, blueberries, blackberries or raspberries, there’s no question that adding a mix of these fruits are lovely for a fall wedding. Their jewel toned colors make a great palette to start with and you can mix and match each of the colors from anything to the bridesmaid dresses to the floral arrangements. One idea we love when including berries is giving vintage paper bags to the crowd so they can stuff a variety of berries in it to snack on throughout the night!

Pumpkins

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With October approaching, it’s time to go crazy for pumpkins and we certainly have in the wedding world! Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes make a wonderful seasonal piece at a fall wedding. You can have fun carving meaningful designs into them, such as your monogram, or line them up along the aisle.  They also make great props to hold in wedding photos, so be sure to have them ready for the camera.

Using seasonal fruits for more than tasting purposes can quickly turn a wedding into a fun nod to the season at hand. No matter what time of year it is, there is no doubt a fruit that can be incorporated into a wedding, so get your creativity flowing with some juicy fruits!

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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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Great Fall Wedding Details

September 18th, 2013

As summer comes to a close and cooler weather starts rolling in, it can only mean that the fall wedding season is here.

With rich colors and beautiful scenery, this time of year has produced some of our favorite weddings. We’ve been searching Pinterest to showcase some great details that will help any wedding become an autumn dream.

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Some of the brightest and most colorful flowers are starting to bloom in the fall, including chrysanthemums, forget-me-not’s and lavender. Adding these to a wedding bouquet is sure to make a splash while the bride walks down the aisle.

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When someone thinks of fall, what is one of the first things that come to mind? Pumpkins! There are multiple ways to include this festive fruit in a fall wedding and some of the best we’ve seen are using them as aisle décor and table centerpieces.

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Using the rustic backdrop of autumn for photos is a creative and inexpensive way to celebrate the season as well.

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A well-known centerpiece at many receptions is the wedding cake. This sweet finish is a great way to show off a couple’s aesthetic as well as the theme or color palette they’ve selected. Plus, fall colors like plum or orange can really pop.

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Let them eat pie! Nothing says fall like a pie table. Couples can opt to serve several different types in lieu of a wedding cake, or why not serve both?

Incorporating details from any season into a wedding is a wonderful way for any couple to put a unique and personal touch on their wedding. Embrace the fallen leaves and abundance of pumpkins to give your Big Day the personal flair it deserves.

 

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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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The Great Gatsby Wedding

September 12th, 2013

People can’t get enough of the roaring twenties after the recent movie release of The Great Gatsby, which was inspired by the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. Couples are continuing the buzz by throwing their own Gatsby-inspired wedding with vintage flair and a night of dancing and partying that would put Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby to shame.

We have taken to Pinterest and found some great ideas on incorporating this theme that couples will love.

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It wouldn’t be a Gatsby wedding without a 1920’s inspired wedding dress. Make sure to pack on the shimmer and art deco details to capture the full effect.

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One of the most recognizable pieces from the 20’s era is the headpiece and pearls. With these accessories and a killer dress, the bride is sure to stun her groom and guests as she makes her way down the aisle.

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Champagne, champagne, champagne! A favorite at any Gatsby party, a bit of bubbly is an absolute must.

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Kick off this theme with vintage invitations that will put guests in a Gatsby state of mind. Maybe even include a feather headband!

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Top the wedding off with a decked out cake fit for Daisy Buchanan herself! Making it a focal point at the reception is certain to inspire.

Whether it’s a few touches of this memorable era at a wedding or a full-scale roaring gala, the 1920’s has made a huge comeback in the last year, and it’s a theme we can’t get enough of. So pop a bottle of your best champagne, put on your flashiest flapper dress and get 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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Happy Labor Day from the Mansion!

August 30th, 2013

Happy Labor Day from Historic Mankin Mansion!

We hope you have a fun and safe holiday as you take this weekend off to relax. While summer is quickly coming to an end, we are getting very excited to get started in the fall working closely with our clients. This holiday is about all of the hard-working individuals who remain committed to their job each day. Today we would like to celebrate you and your endeavors, so thank you!

We would also like to express our appreciation  to those who work alongside us at the Mansion. Without you, these amazing weddings would not be possible, and we are so grateful for everything you do. Enjoy this day and thank you all for your service!

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Congratulations to all of the brides and grooms out there getting married on this holiday weekend!

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 Experience

August 21st, 2013

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We had a fabulous time participating in the Richmond Wedding Experience in January, and now we cannot wait to once again be a part of this wonderful event on Sunday, August 25!

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 perfect wedding!

Tickets are available online and are $10 at the door. We hope 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: Capitol Romance

August 19th, 2013

The whimsical world of the Mad Hatter recently came alive during a bridal inspiration shoot at the Mansion! To our delight, Capitol Romance chose to feature these photos for their daring twist on bridal fashion.

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Thank you Capitol Romance for this incredible feature and congratulations to IYQ Photography and Two Black Flats, none of this could have been possible without 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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Mad Hatter Richmond Wedding Inspiration

August 15th, 2013

Like most weddings, the world of the Mad Hatter is filled with whimsy, wonder and just a pinch of magic. This world recently came to life at the Mansion during IYQ Photography’s bridal inspiration shoot. Our life-size chessboard was perfect for the theme and the model’s tea-length dress made us swoon. Enter this whimsical world while taking a look at some of the pictures from the day.

Enjoy!

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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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