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HMM News: Exciting Change!

September 8th, 2014

The Mansion Gives Back!

Today, we’re so excited to share some news from the Mansion! Supporting local and national charities has always been a part of our mission, and today, we’re happy to announce a new change that will allow us to share this opportunity with our Historic Mankin Mansion couples.
Moving forward with every booking, we will donate $100 to a charity of the couple’s choice from the below:
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We are delighted to be able to give back to our local Richmond community and well as to other national organizations!

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 Weddings: Sarah and Justin

January 27th, 2014

Everyone here at Historic Mankin Mansion is just swooning over Sarah and Justin’s gorgeous wedding! We are delighted to share a few of our favorite photos, which we know you’ll adore:

From the bridesmaids dresses to the programs, we love how Sarah and Justin chose to incorporate soft touches of blush throughout their Big Day. Congratulations and best wishes for the future to this lovely couple!

A big thank you to  Mike Miriello Photography for helping us share Sarah and Justin’s “I do’s” today!

See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding venue & 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 Weddings: Priyanka and Isaac

December 5th, 2013

We are very excited to share the gorgeous nuptials of Priyanka and Isaac who wed here at the Historical Mankin Mansion! C. Tyler Corvin Studios did a wonderful job capturing this wedding and made it extremely hard for us to choose our favorite photos! Here are a few of our favorite moments from Priyanka and Isaac’s big day!

Congratulations to Priyanka and Isaac! Thank you for allowing the Historical Mankin Mansion to be 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.

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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

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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 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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Richmond Wedding: Kelly and Anthony!

September 11th, 2012

You know we just love when a wedding photographer reaches out with images from a recent wedding- it’s just so much fun to revisit our couples’ Big Days. Today, you can check out Kelly and Anthony’s recent wedding at the Mansion filled with teal and yellow details!

A big thank you to Mike Miriello Photography for sharing these lovely photos 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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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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Richmond Flying Squirrels vs. Portland Sea Dogs

June 14th, 2012

The Richmond Flying Squirrels made their return to the Diamond earlier this year and with the season in full swing there is no better time to come on out to the ballpark and enjoy some true Americana fun!

Starting this Friday, June 15, and continuing on through Sunday afternoon the Flying Squirrels will be taking on the Portland Sea Dogs. This is a perfect way to spoil Dad this Father’s Day weekend with some family time and baseball. The Flying Squirrels are playing for bragging rights with two losses and one win against the Sea Dog’s last weekend. The squirrels will be practicing all week to ensure a triple win this weekend.

The Diamond has made a few upgrades this year that are sure to make a better experience for all. The MBA Party Decks are a wonderful way for friends, family or coworkers to sit together and enjoy the game in comfort. These are group-seating areas located in the upper deck of the Diamond that has a great view right behind home plate! The decks can seat up to 24 guests with your very own party attendant to help facilitate your every need from drinks to food. The seats in this area are cushioned for comfort for those long games that go into extra innings. Party decks are $380 per group but are well worth the money to relax and enjoy the game.

We hope you come out and support the Squirrels this weekend and treat Dad to some fun!

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.richmond.com

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Q&A with Cakes by Graham

June 4th, 2012
Sweet treats are always a big hit with wedding guests and we here at the Mansion always love to oooh and ahhh over the wedding cakes. We have had the pleasure of tasting a few (okay, maybe a little more than a few!) cakes from Cakes by Graham and we’re here to tell you that they are both gorgeous and delicious. We sat down with Graham to find out how he got his start and he was also happy to share some tips for our 2012 brides.
Take it away, Graham-
Mind giving us a little background as to how you got your start in the wedding industry?

I graduated High School at 16 and joined the Army, where I served 16 years with the British Military.  My interest in cakes started as a hobby.  I served as a Master Chef Instructor in the British Army.   In Ft. Lee, I served with the American Army as the Pastry Team Captain and Technical Advisor.  I trained food service personnel and the U.S. Army Culinary Arts Team (USACAT).

In 1991, I got out of the British Army and worked at 2 local bakeries back to back.  I worked at each of the bakeries for about a year.  It was during this time that I had the desire to start my own business.  In 1994, after I wrote my business plan, I sought advice and opened Cakes by Graham.  Wanting to stand out from what was already existing, I came up with the slogan “More than just the icing on the cake” and “Richmond’s only custom cakery”.  Weddings became a large part of Cakes by Graham.

What is your favorite part about working in the wedding industry?

My favorite part of working in the wedding industry is meeting with the bride, finding out what her vision is, and taking her vision and transforming it into a visual/physical object for everyone to savor.  It is about seeing the end result and hearing the feedback from the bride that the cake exceeded her expectations, ultimately, adding even more joy to such a memorable day.

What question do you most often get from brides about wedding cakes?

One of the most common questions I get from brides about wedding cakes, especially in the beginning of the planning process, is about budget.  Initially, she does not know how to set a budget and pre-printed articles use statistics and averages to determine cost.  Every bride is an individual and not “the average”.  I work with the bride to meet her needs.  It is important for the bride to know that “a cake doesn’t have to be expensive to look expensive”

Are there any favorite wedding trends that you’ve liked as of late?

One of my favorite wedding trends is the bride’s desire to make the cake what she wants it to be.

Any tips you’d like to share with our 2012 brides?

The one tip I have for 2012 brides:  Use websites such as Pinterest, Facebook, Etsy, and Instagram as a guide.  Use them as inspiration only.  Don’t think that all pictures apply to all circumstances- keep in mind that the pictures will probably need to be changed to meet the needs of her individual wedding.  For example, a picture of a 5-tier cake would need to be scaled down to 3 tiers to accommodate a bride’s guest count of 100.

To learn more about Cakes by Graham and set up a tasting, visit their website! Thank you so much Graham for chatting with us!

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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The Sounds of the Season

November 17th, 2011

The Holidays are just around the corner and we have just the right concerts that will put you in the mood of season. The Mannheim Steamroller and Trans Siberian Orchestra are making a stop in Richmond for their Winter Tours.

The Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller by Chip Davis will roll through town on November 26 at the Landmark Theater. Mannheim Steamroller has been in the music game for 30 years and has become one of the most popular bands in its genre. The band is described as combining the sounds of classical, rock, acoustic and electronic together to create a beautiful one of a kind sound. With the use of lights and special effects along with the music it creates a complete experience. The event starts at 8pm and ticket prices range from $37- $67.

The Trans Siberian Orchestra will be in town November 30 at the Richmond Coliseum kicking off the holiday season with a bang. The show that Trans-Siberian puts on is like none other, with explosions, lasers, lights, fogs and so much more to create a rock concert feel. With the music being described as “rock opera,” the Trans Siberian Orchestra boasts 7 million albums sold and multiple tours to its name. The fun will explode at 8pm continuing on through the evening.

Both bands take your favorite classic Holiday music and present it to you in a new and exciting way. Be sure to purchase your tickets in advance and don’t miss out on these amazing winter concerts.

For More Information:

http://www.richmondcenterstage.com/event/christmas-music-mannheim-steamroller-chip-davis ,

http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/010046FDD31EC0BB

See you soon,
~Paula and 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.wunderground.com

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