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How to Spoil Your Wedding Party

September 28th, 2015

Your wedding party is there for you, even as the wedding planning gets a bit hectic. So, it’s only fair that you’re there for them, right? There are a number of ways to show your closest ladies and gents that you appreciate their commitment, but it’s important that you do take some time to dedicate to them. They are your support team, of course!

Gifts
It’s become tradition to surprise your bridesmaids or groomsmen with a little something special on the big day to thank them for all they’ve done. Whether it’s a customized bag, a fancy cigar, or a special necklace, think about your relationships with your party and work from there.

Matching outfits
It’s always a nice gesture to get some matching clothes for the “getting ready” stage on the day of the wedding. Brides often get their ladies some colorful silk robes or tank tops, but grooms can also get in on the fun with embroidered polos, t-shirts, or tanks!

Brunches
Who doesn’t love brunch? Take your wedding party out for brunch every couple of months and take a break from the stress of planning! Provide a quick recap on where the planning stands and then move on to mimosas and the omelette bar!

Be nice
It sounds simple enough, but we can’t stress this one enough. You could take your party out every week and buy a Ferrari for every member but it doesn’t make up for a true bridezilla or groomzilla. The kind gestures and thoughtful gifts are always nice touches, but a true friend will treat their wedding party with respect and care. Take their opinions to heart and do not (repeat, do not) be rude or make them do anything they don’t feel comfortable with.

As always, it comes back to the Golden Rule – treat your wedding party the way you would like to be treated if the tables were turned. That’s all!

See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez

Martin and Paula Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion Wedding Resort. They enjoy opening their hearts & home to host countless happy couples on their most special day. They have lovingly created a private wedding estate like no other and are honored to share their dream with so many beautiful couples!

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Richmond Wedding: Sam and Carter

September 21st, 2015

We’ve got quite the looker for our wedding feature today! Sam and Carter’s spring wedding from earlier this year was one of romance and beauty. See for yourself!

674166910A Hokies garter and matching silk robes for the bridal party gave this Richmond wedding a lively feel – and we’re just crazy about those robes!

674170305Sam, Carter, and their crew were quite the stylish bunch, too. Navy bridesmaids dresses, charcoal suits, and some dazzling bouquets make for a gorgeous palette – and don’t think these guys don’t know how to have fun!

674171718We love that Carter took a minute to spin his bride around to take it all in… But, who could blame him? Sam looked breathtaking and we could tell these two were crazy about each other.

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The navy color palette carried over to their reception, where it looked stunning paired with gold accents and colorful floral centerpieces. Wine bottle table numbers added a fun detail that shared a bit of Sam and Carter’s personalities – lovers of a good vino, just like us!

674172629Did we mention these two were just the sweetest? Maybe their dessert table will give you a better idea – cupcakes, pies, and a special cake topped by their pets was a special touch that guests were wild about!

674246083Now, we’re not quite sure who stole the show on the dance floor, but we have some pretty heavy contenders. Sam and Carter, alongside their adorable ring bearer and flower girl, was perhaps the cutest thing we’ve ever seen!

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We wish the best to Sam and Carter! We were delighted to host your wedding and we hope married life is treating you well. :)

Our deepest gratitude goes out to Norman Photography and Paperie for these incredible images! She was quite a blessing to work with and we loved having her on the grounds – come back soon!

See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez

Martin and Paula Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion Wedding Resort. They enjoy opening their hearts & home to host countless happy couples on their most special day. They have lovingly created a private wedding estate like no other and are honored to share their dream with so many beautiful couples!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HMM in the News: The Knot!

September 7th, 2015

Hooray! We’re excited to share our latest feature on The Knot of Jaymie and Anthony’s elegant autumn wedding.  This stunning wine-themed wedding stole our hearts – we do love our vino!

Having met each other at a vineyard, these two shared a passion for wine and it became an integral part of their relationship as it led up to the big question. Between burgundy bridesmaids dresses, floral centerpieces with grapes, and cork accents around every corner, Jaymie and Anthony’s special day revolved around their two greatest loves – wine and each other.

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Don’t miss the beautiful images from Mari Harsan Photography. Click through to see the full feature here!

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Paula & Martin Ramirez

Martin and Paula Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion Wedding Resort. They enjoy opening their hearts & home to host countless happy couples on their most special day. They have lovingly created a private wedding estate like no other and are honored to share their dream with so many beautiful couples!

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Benefits of an All-Inclusive Wedding Site

August 31st, 2015

Let’s admit it – sometimes, wedding planning can be a headache. Having to coordinate with your planner, your venue, your DJ, and other professionals involved in your wedding can stress out even the most relaxed of people (and it’s not so nice to your wallet!). Throw hotel accommodations and transportation plans on top of that and you’ve got yourself a case of the wedding blues.

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Photo Credit: Kaytee Lauren

No need to get overwhelmed! All-inclusive wedding sites, like Historic Mankin Mansion, can take care of your worries with wedding bundles that groups together wedding services for one price. At HMM, we offer a venue with sites for both the ceremony and the reception (read: no drive!), as well as grounds for cocktail hour with a beverage bar. In addition, we offer both in-house planners and our very own in-house DJ, Martin.

Too exhausted after the long yet amazing day? We have accommodations for those seeking a Wedding Weekend – brunch is included and there is also a spot to host a rehearsal dinner!

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Photo Credit: Mike Miriello

Take the stress-free route and consider booking an all-inclusive venue for your big day. Bundle up your services onto one bill instead of finding yourself amidst a pile of papers the day after your wedding. Let us help you have the wedding of your dreams!

See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez

Martin and Paula Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion Wedding Resort. They enjoy opening their hearts & home to host countless happy couples on their most special day. They have lovingly created a private wedding estate like no other and are honored to share their dream with so many beautiful couples!

 

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HMM Summer Staff Party!

August 24th, 2015

A couple weekends ago, we had the pleasure of hosting our annual Summer Staff Party at the Mansion. Our staff does so much for us and are really the ones who make the weddings happen! Every year, we love to honor them with a special day in their names.

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Oh – and we can’t forget about our furry friends! Thank you to our wonderful staff – we appreciate each and every one of you!

See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez

Martin and Paula Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion Wedding Resort. They enjoy opening their hearts & home to host countless happy couples on their most special day. They have lovingly created a private wedding estate like no other and are honored to share their dream with so many beautiful couples!

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Taneesha and Yoni’s Colorful Wedding

August 17th, 2015

There’s just something about gerbera daisies that resonates springtime simplicity – and we love it! Taneesha and Yoni’s lovely multicultural wedding was dressed up with these beautiful blooms and we just loved how gorgeous it all turned out. Oh, and don’t miss Taneesha’s fab Kate Spade shoes!

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The adorable coral bridesmaids dresses were a perfect touch to this sunny spring wedding. Our blushing bride, Taneesha, looked captivating in her stunning lace wedding dress – you can bet how Yoni felt when he finally saw her at the top of the aisle!

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These two said ‘I do’ in a beautiful ceremony and it was clear from their emotions that they had been waiting for that moment!

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Flowers played a big part in Taneesha and Yoni’s springtime wedding (as they should!) and they really were around every corner. Pinks, purples, and oranges, oh my! The flowers made our venue looked oh-so vibrant and the floral scent added the perfect touch to the natural feel of the wedding.

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There is nothing we love more than working with couples who are head over heels in love – and let us tell you, Taneesha and Yoni fit the bill! We appreciate the honor of being a part of your special wedding day and we wish you the best!

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Visit Hope Taylor Photography‘s blog for a full look at these lovebirds’ big day – and, trust us, you’ll want to see this one. Congratulations to the lovely couple, Taneesha and Yoni – you deserve it all and more!

See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez

Martin and Paula Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion Wedding Resort. They enjoy opening their hearts & home to host countless happy couples on their most special day. They have lovingly created a private wedding estate like no other and are honored to share their dream with so many beautiful couples!

 

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Richmond Wedding: Emily and Brady

August 10th, 2015

Today, we’re excited to share Emily and Brady’s bright and sunny wedding with you. With pops of yellow everywhere to be found, this spring wedding was quite the blooming beauty! The weather was perfect and the sun aptly shined on Emily and Brady as they tied the knot. Read on to check out this adorable pair (and take a peek at that fun, paper flower boutonniere of his!)… Oh, and those paper cranes? They made 1,000 of them! Talk about a handmade touch to your special day!

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Pretty white flowers, with lemons and paper cranes to decorate, dressed up the bistro tables on the lawn, following the fresh and laid-back feel of Emily and Brady’s big day.

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Did we mention we’re crazy about Emily’s sweet, tea-length wedding dress? Gorgeous! The newlyweds celebrated their union with vintage furniture, beautiful flowers, and the best darn wedding party ever.

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With personalized RVA coozies for all and pretty yellow twig centerpieces, the reception was unforgettable to say the least. Surely, it was a wedding that guests will remember for years to come!631487714The pair boasted the union of their two home states, Michigan and our beloved Old Dominion. Throughout the day, the couple’s paper cranes adorned their wedding beautifully, adding a touch of simplicity and romance. We can only imagine how long it took to make all of them!

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Our salute goes to these two – an inspiration to all! Congratulations on your big day and we hope married life is everything you dreamed of. :)

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Oh, happy day, indeed!

Many thanks to our friends at Two Spoon Photography for the lovely pictures we’re sharing with you today!

See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez

Martin and Paula Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion Wedding Resort. They enjoy opening their hearts & home to host countless happy couples on their most special day. They have lovingly created a private wedding estate like no other and are honored to share their dream with so many beautiful couples!

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McKenna and Anthony’s Wedding Details

August 3rd, 2015

We’re head over heels for McKenna and Anthony’s stunning burgundy-themed wedding (reminiscent of a lovely wine!) and we’re excited to share Tracey Sanders‘ take on the special April day on our grounds. These two were just precious and an absolute delight to work with! We promise this is not a wedding you want to miss.

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Click through to see the full feature of McKenna and Anthony’s big day and don’t miss their sweet custom signage, flowers and all! Many thanks to Tracey Sanders Photography for sharing – it was a pleasure to have you here!

See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez

Martin and Paula Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion Wedding Resort. They enjoy opening their hearts & home to host countless happy couples on their most special day. They have lovingly created a private wedding estate like no other and are honored to share their dream with so many beautiful couples!

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Richmond Wedding Inspiration: Sweet Centerpieces

July 27th, 2015

One of our favorite ways to dress up a reception is with gorgeous centerpieces! There are so many different options to choose from when deciding on reception décor. Here are a few of our favorite centerpieces for you to check out and get inspired for your wedding!

Wildflowers

Centerpieces made with wildflowers are perfect for a beautiful, effortless arrangement. Unlike many other arrangements, these centerpieces don’t use just one type of flower, or a single color. Wildflowers can add a variety of colors to the room and can match any color scheme. This less structured centerpiece is great for bohemian or rustic wedding.

Greenery

Instead of using the usual flowers for your centerpiece, try lush greenery and moss to add a touch of nature to your table. Centerpieces that use lots of greenery have a fresh look that will bring the outdoors in!

Various Vases

Change your idea of what a centerpiece should look like by grouping multiple, different vases in various heights. You can use vases or flower stands in different materials like glass, brass or silver, and different coordinating flowers in each vase to add a unique twist to your centerpieces.

Candles

Candles create a gorgeous glow at each table when used as centerpieces. Candles are not quite as common as using flowers but they can have a huge effect on the ambiance of the room! Make a big impact with a large glass snifter filled with a votive candle and perhaps some petals to add a pop of color.

 

These are a few of our favorite centerpiece ideas to inspire you for your big day, what will you choose?

See you soon,

Paula & Martin Ramirez

Martin and Paula Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion Wedding Resort. They enjoy opening their hearts & home to host countless happy couples on their most special day. They have lovingly created a private wedding estate like no other and are honored to share their dream with so many beautiful couples!

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HMM in the News: Tidewater and Tulle!

July 20th, 2015

Ali and Brendan’s gorgeous wedding was showcased on Tidewater and Tulle and we just had to share it with you! Captured by the wonderful C. Tyler Corvin Studio, this grey and yellow wedding is getting its fair share of the limelight and we couldn’t be more pleased! Don’t miss the full feature – click here to enjoy!

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Congrats again to the happy couple- wishing you a lifetime of happiness!

See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez

Martin and Paula Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion Wedding Resort. They enjoy opening their hearts & home to host countless happy couples on their most special day. They have lovingly created a private wedding estate like no other and are honored to share their dream with so many beautiful couples!

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