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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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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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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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