Richmond | Mankin Mansion Blog - Part 2

First Dance Songs

November 13th, 2012

The first dance for a couple has to be one of our favorite moments when sharing the day with our brides and grooms- you can just feel the love in the air! We enjoy hearing all of the wonderful song choices that the couples make and believe us when we say that we have heard close to them all! Today, we thought it would be fun to share some unique favorites that will no doubt catch your guests by surprise.

We love Etta James’ song “At Last” just as much as the next person so we found something from the 60’s with a blues vibe that your guests will love! Sam Cooke’s song “That’s Where It’s At” is a love song that will make your heart melt.

“Lovesong” by The Cure has been covered by quite a few artists in the past but our favorite rendition has to be Adele’s. Her “Lovesong” has a magical and romantic feel that will certainly set the tone for the evening.

Joshua Radin and Ingrid Michaelson have a lovely song called “Lovely Tonight” that is the perfect indie tune to dance the night away to. This is sure to be a song that most of your guests have not heard before, but will become a favorite!

John Legend has the perfect 21st century soulful sound that is ideal for a wedding. His song “So High” wins our vote for most swoon worthy song.

And last, but certainly not least, we’d like to give a nod to Virginia with Dave Matthews Band’s song “You & Me.” The song starts out slowly and then picks up a bit near the end, which is perfect if you’d like to invite your guests to join in!

What first dance songs are you considering for you big day? Feel free to share in the comments!

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.

Photo Credit: dmfoto

 

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Bridal Market Spring 2013

October 30th, 2012

Bridal Market might be one of the most exciting times for everyone in the wedding business. Imagine tons of ruffles, tulle, sparkle and seeing all the trends before they hit the stores! We knew we had you at ruffles! It took us awhile to narrow down our favorites to just a few given the many amazing designers and swoon worthy gowns!

One trend that is sweeping the runways is color from pink (a la Jessica Timberlake), crimson and shades of grey. This Watters gown with a beautiful mermaid silhouette and sweet heart neckline is a trendy take on a classic style. Oh, did we mention the wedding veil decked out with floating rhinestones?

Photo Via: Project Wedding Blog

Elaborate backs to gowns are also a big hit and are beautiful for guests to admire while you say your vows. This ReemAcra is donned with crystals placed on a light tulle fabric to give the illusion that they have been placed on your skin. With the mermaid silhouette and bright white adornments it is the perfect gown for a winter wedding.

Photo Via: Brides.com

Full sleeves were all the rage in the past season and we can thank the lovely Kate Middleton for that. This season, you can achieve the same look with the more modern feel of a cap sleeve. Amsale got the look just right with this fitted gown in lace with a tulle train, which has a modern but timeless feel.

Photo Via: Belle Magazine

Vera Wang brought back the two R’s (ruffles and romance!) and we couldn’t be more in love!  The fitted top, ruffled bottom and cream color is perfection but we didn’t expect anything less from Mrs. Vera Wang.

Photo Via: Vera Wang Blog

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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Guest Book Alternatives

October 4th, 2012

A guest book is a wonderful keepsake for you and your husband to have for years to come! There are so many fun ways to make your guest book a little more exciting and up to date, and here are a few of our favorites!

We have been seeing everyone on Pinterest writing on everything from coffee mugs to plates and we love this idea for a guest book. You can purchase several different shapes and sizes of plates for your guests to sign with Sharpie markers that coordinate with your wedding colors. When you get home from the wedding, bake the plates in the oven at 350 degrees and they are ready to be used or displayed.

We all remember Mad Libs from when we were kids; you know those funny stories you would make by adding a few nouns and verbs here and there. Well they are making a comeback for weddings and they are still full of laughs. You can create your own or you can find customizable ones on Etsy!

These adorable little books give your guests a chance to share memories, advice and their future wishes for the happy couple! You can make several small books that are entitled with questions for the guests to answer, they can pick one or as many as they would like. You can display the books in your home and get them out every once in awhile when you are looking for some advice or to reminisce.

A scrapbook is a great way for your guests to get creative and involved in the wedding day. Photo booths are a fun addition to any party and your guests can take their photos and place them into a book and decorate a page with words of wisdom or just congratulations to the bride and groom. Be sure on the table to have plenty of colorful markers, stamps, tape and anything else your crafty heart desires!

Are you using Pinterest to inspire your wedding? If not join in on the fun HERE!

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: Pinterest

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Richmond Weddings Best Proposal Story- Sara and David

September 27th, 2012

Richmond Weddings Best Proposal Story Contest is in full swing and one of our Mankin couples is in the running!

Sara and David have a wonderful story including a beautiful vacation spot and a great photo op of the proposal! They need your help to win!

Please visit RichmondWeddings.com and read their proposal story here and cast your vote in this survey. Don’t put it off because voting will be over before you know it on October 1.

Good luck Sara and David! We can’t wait to share your wedding day with you!

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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DIY Wedding Favors

September 26th, 2012

We are obviously obsessed with Pinterest just as everyone else is and we can’t seem to stop finding inspiration! This week we wanted to share with you our favorite DIY favors.

We love when favors pull double duty and these luggage tags do just that. You can buy luggage tags in bulk online then all you have to do is use a design program or Microsoft Word to add the names of your guest, along with their table number and for an added touch, a chic logo along with the date.

Mini potted herbs are a great way to add décor to your tables and thank your guests for celebrating your special day. Herbs can be purchased at your local nursery, and since your buying in bulk you might be able to snag a deal. Lots of adorable container options are out there from jars to planting pots, and you can make them your own by painting them like these below.

We love coffee here at the Mansion and this favor was right up our alley. If you and your groom are coffee lovers too we suggest beautiful coffee favors. You can use any coffee that you like from your favorite local (Rostov’s Coffee & Tea is one of our personal favorites) or even your beloved grocery store brand. Place in an adorable container and your guests will be thankful to have the boost of caffeine after a long night of celebrating.

We all know after leaving a wedding we are in search of a late night snack. Why not supply your guests with the snack that they need? You can use brown lunch bags dressed up with some pattern and tags and fill the inside with goodies. We suggest something salty along with something sweet. Maybe pretzels, kettle cooked chips, local chocolate or anything that is you and your groom’s favorite treats! Wrap them in some patterned paper, tie with twine and label the treats! We suggest leaving them were guests will exit so they can grab and go on their way out.

How are you using Pinterest to inspire your wedding? Follow us on Pinterest to see everything that inspires 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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Virginia Living- The Most Beautiful Bride!

September 17th, 2012

Perhaps we’re a bit partial, but we can’t help but think that our Historic Mankin Mansion brides are the most beautiful! :)

Virginia Living is in the midst of hosting its inaugural The Most Beautiful Bride contest and we were just thrilled to see that three of our recent brides were featured.

Check them out here:

Lisa
Holly
Jessica

Voting ends on 9/25 so we hope you’ll keep our lovely brides in mind as you cast your vote!

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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Richmond Wedding: Sarah and Chris!

August 17th, 2012

Sarah and Chris just recently got married at the Mansion and we could not wait to share their photos with you all! This wedding had all of the special details from touches of pink, pretty pedestaled cupcakes and sparklers. Not to mention the couple was just fantastic to work with and the love between them just radiated throughout their wedding day.

We want to thank Laura Gordon Photography for capturing and sharing all of these lovely images.

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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Inspired by this Feature!

August 7th, 2012

Just a few days ago, we shared gorgeous images from The Brides Cafe summer inspiration shoot here at the Mansion. We just can’t get enough of all of the gorgeous details and we’re happy to report that we aren’t the only ones!

Today, Inspired by this is featuring the shoot so get ready to start swooning all over again!

Click here for the feature in its entirety. Our special thanks again to Janie with The Brides Cafe for including us in the shoot and our thanks to Inspired by this for the feature!

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~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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Real Richmond Wedding: Katie and David!

July 4th, 2012

We here at the Mansion love a wedding full of whimsical details and love and Katie and David’s wedding had just that!

We knew this wedding was sure to be a show stopper when the bride told us her colors would be orange and blue. They incorporated the color combination throughout the wedding with little touches with the bride’s shoes, bowties, and place.

Grant and Deb Photographers captured the day of festivities check out their beautiful work below and also on their blog.

We would like to thank the couple for allowing us to be a part of their big day as well as Grant and Deb Photographers for sharing these gorgeous images!

 

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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It’s that time again… for the Richmond Wedding Expo!

June 21st, 2012

The Richmond Wedding Expo organized by the wonderful Richmond Wedding Magazine is this Sunday, June 24 at the Hilton Short Pump and Historic Mankin Mansion will be there with bells on!

Doors open at 12pm and we cannot wait to talk to all of the eager brides about their weddings. Don’t miss out on the fun and be sure to register for the exciting door prizes that are up for grabs. Tiffanys Bridal will present the latest in bridal party fashions during an elegant fashion showcase.

We hope to see you there! Be sure to stop by, say hi and find out all that Historic Mankin Mansion has to offer you for your wedding!

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: http://www.richmondweddings.com

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