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Richmond Wedding: Arielle and Scott

July 7th, 2014

My goodness, you are in for a treat today. We were just over the moon when we received these gorgeous images from our friends at PW Photography of the recent wedding of Arielle and Scott. And at this point, we just can’t pick out a favorite image from the day- as you can see, there were oh so many lovely, thoughtful details.

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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Richmond Wedding: Sarah and Ethan

June 30th, 2014

A stunning Historic Mankin Mansion wedding with bohemian flair is exactly how we would describe Sarah and Ethan’s big day! From the sweet treats sideboard to Sarah’s gorgeous lace gown, all the intricate details of their wedding came together beautifully. We are delighted to share a few of our favorite moments, captured by Lori Allen Photography with you today. Congratulations to the happy couple! Enjoy!

To view more photos of Sarah and Ethan’s Historic Mankin Mansion wedding please visit our Facebook page or click here.

Kudos to Lori Allen Photography on all our hard work and for capturing these beautiful moments.

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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Keep Wedding Guests Engaged

June 23rd, 2014

Think back to the best weddings you’ve been to…surely they all had their own unique spin! We bet those weddings all had one consistent theme weaving throughout- keeping guests engaged and entertained.  Stay true to you and keep it special in your own way, but remember your guests should have fun too!

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When out-of-town guests arrive

Design a special welcome bag or basket for your out-of-town guests when they arrive to make them feel at home and give them a taste of what the area has to offer.  Include local goods like wines, breads or jams and brochures on local treasures and attractions.  Your guests will be impressed that you thought about keeping them entertained outside of the wedding events!

The ceremony

Keep it short and sweet (if possible), but don’t cut out cultural traditions! For any and all components you’re passionate about, take the time to explain what these traditions mean in your wedding program so guests know the backstory.

The reception

Undoubtedly the reception is the most entertaining part of the whole day! Take the opportunity to involve your guests in anywhere from activities to décor.  We love when our Historic Mankin Mansion couples use personal details on escort cards or display photos of your family throughout the reception. Want to have a photo booth area?  A fresh and special component is having your guests hold a chalkboard in which they can provide advice to the happy couple.  Lastly, and this is a simple one, just have some fun games for your guests!  Lawn games like corn hole and even “I Spy” can entertain guests for hours.

Happy 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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Modernize Wedding Traditions

June 16th, 2014

Let’s face it, most of us follow wedding traditions but have no idea where they started or why they still exist today! Sometimes we even incorporate traditions today because they are just that, traditions.  In 2014, a fresh take on some of these wedding traditions certainly couldn’t hurt.

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Tradition #1: The bride wears a full veil and a white wedding dress

The full veil was meant to ward off evil spirits.  These days, brides are going for shorter, flirty veils or even forgoing a veil altogether! The white wedding dress tradition started simply because Queen Victoria wore one to her wedding. Feeling bold? Don’t let this tradition stop you from wearing a little color! Adventurous brides are wearing scarlet or florals on their big day.  Looking to make a subtle statement?  Go for blush, champagne or off white.

Tradition #2: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Coming from an Olde English rhyme, this tradition is meant to bring good luck for the new couple; you can still incorporate this tradition without seeming old-fashioned.  From blue shoes to your grandmother’s pearl necklace and new diamond studs – the options are endless!

Tradition #3: Tiered wedding cake

This tradition started in Medieval England.  Mix things up by having several single tier cakes (perhaps in different flavors!) or nix the cake altogether for pie, cheesecake, crème brulee, even French macaroons!

Tradition #4: Seating arrangements

Traditionally, seating arrangements are made for both the ceremony and the reception.  Go for a more casual feel by telling guests to sit wherever they please via cute signs with sayings such as “Choose a seat, not a side.  We’re all family once the knot is tied” to use during the ceremony and “Come as you are, stay as long as you can.  We’re all family, so no seating plan” for the reception.

Tradition #5: Throwing rice

Throwing rice at the bride and groom was meant to bring fertility.  Try something a little more modern like birdseed, flower petals, confetti, or do a special send-off with sparklers.

We here at Historic Mankin Mansion can’t wait to see how our brides and grooms incorporate the modern take on an old tradition on their big day!

Happy 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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Wedding Trends: Light Up The Night

June 9th, 2014

Looking for a fresh, fun and intriguing visual element to add to your reception décor?  Look no further than light up marquee signs to create the atmosphere of your dreams!  Perfect for chic, vintage or glamorous weddings in 2014, you can incorporate either vintage marquee signs or even make your own.  What we especially like is that they make the perfect backdrop for pictures all night long and are useful for directing your guests where to go for specific wedding activities.

Some examples of what we’re loving:

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We can’t wait to see how our Historic Mankin Mansion brides and grooms incorporate this fun and visually appealing trend into their big day!

Happy 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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Wedding Favors Your Guests Will Love

June 2nd, 2014

How many weddings have you been to where you ended up throwing away the wedding favor because it was something you would just never use?  The purpose of the wedding favor is to thank your guests for coming, so make sure to not only think about what fits with your wedding theme and décor, but what your guests will enjoy.  Not sure?  Here are three “safe bet” themes!

 

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#1: The Edible Favor

Cookies, smores, and local homemade jam—the possibilities are really endless!  Think about what fits with your wedding AND what would appeal to your guests.  Did many of your wedding guests travel from out-of-state to attend your wedding? Show them what Virginia has to offer by incorporating local goodies.  If you want to really make sure nothing ends up in the trash, have a dessert or candy bar allowing guests to select what they really want to take home.

 #2: The Drinkable Favor

From specialty sodas with cute custom labels to mini Mimosa kits, don’t be afraid of giving your guests this useful (and tasty) favor.  Homemade lemonade also makes for a timely favor during the hot summer months.

 #3: The Plantable Favor

Particularly relevant for nature-themed or rustic weddings, the plantable favor is sure to be of interest for your guests, and provide you with the perfect opportunity to incorporate cute sayings like “let love grow” or “love blooms” on corresponding cards.  This wedding favor can be particularly wallet-friendly if you decide to give packets of seeds.

Just remember, it’s all about how you package your favor.  An everyday item can go from ordinary to extraordinary just in how it’s presented to your guests!

Happy 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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Six Summer Wedding Tips to Keep Your Guests Cool

May 19th, 2014

With summer on our heels, it’s high time to start preparation for making sure guests are cool and comfortable for your wedding festivities. Here are six simple summer wedding solutions that will help keep the heat at bay for your upcoming wedding!

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  1. Sunglasses- After spending the morning primping, you certainly don’t want your guests’ eyes squinting as you saunter down the aisle in your lovely gown. Sunglasses are the perfect solution for outdoor weddings, especially for those guests who forget their own shades. To complement your theme, make sure they are in your wedding colors!
  2. Flip-flops- Not only is this a fun way to cool-off in the summer heat, but it brings a whole new meaning to putting on your dancing shoes! Place a unique sign with sayings such as “Kick Off Your Heels” or “Save Your Soles” and it will become the perfect personal touch for this summer solution.
  3. Program Fans- A modern twist on your traditional wedding programs – have a wooden stick glued to the inside to make this keepsake a multipurpose wonder as a fan to help your friends and family cool off.
  4. Icy Refreshments- Creating your own label for bottles of water is a great way to add personality to your wedding details and will certainly keep your guests hydrated.
  5. Sunscreen- Sunscreen is quite often the one thing wedding guests wish they had slipped in their bag so anticipate this need by having a nice basket of sunscreen readily available. Your guests will appreciate the thoughtful gesture.
  6. Chilled Towels or Mist Sprayers- Work with your venue or caterer to have someone greet guests into the reception with chilled towels or miniature spray bottles filled with cool water. Your guests will certainly be thankful for this refreshing treat!

Happy 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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Richmond Wedding: Sarah and Jordy by Stephanie Yonce

May 12th, 2014

The 2014 wedding season is officially upon us which means one thing: new weddings to show off! Sarah and Jordy’s recent wedding was chock full of swoon worthy details and we were delighted to see that Stephanie Yonce Photography showcased it on her blog recently:

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Please click here to check out Stephanie’s recent feature. Thanks Stephanie Yonce Photography for sharing this lovely wedding! 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: Kristi and Kurry

May 5th, 2014

We are spicing up our usual Richmond wedding feature by sharing a wedding video! It was an honor to be a part of Kristi and Kurry’s big day and we couldn’t be happier for them! Check out the video below to see some of the biggest highlights of their wedding, filmed by Starring You Films. (P.S.Grab the tissues, because this video is tearjerker!)

 

Congratulations Kristi and Kurry and thank you for choosing Historic Mankin Mansion!

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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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HMM in the News: Richmond Weddings!

April 25th, 2014

Champagne bottles were popped and the confetti was thrown in lieu of our 10 year anniversary, and thanks to Richmond Weddings, the celebration continues! In a recent feature, Richmond Weddings shared our happy milestone. We couldn’t be more grateful for this wonderful write-up and look forward to  hosting weddings and events for many years to come.

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Thank you to Richmond Weddings for featuring Historic Mankin Mansion’s 10 year anniversary!

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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