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Richmond Wedding: Alee and Jesse

September 1st, 2014

A lovely couple who couldn’t be more in love, Alee and Jesse were a pleasure to work with on their Big Day! From Alee’s whimsical bouquet to their romantic “I do’s,” this duo’s big day was a beautiful fete from start to finish. Thanks to eMotion Pictures Wedding Films, we are elated to bring your Alee and Jesse’s wedding video. Enjoy!

Everyone at Historic Mankin Mansion wishes Alee and Jesse many congratulations and a lifetime of happiness!

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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: Lauren and Ben

August 25th, 2014

After the bride was recently on Pretty Pear Bride, we couldn’t wait to share her big day on our blog! Captured by Crystal Reyns Photography, Lauren and Ben’s wedding was a breathtaking feté. From their glitz cake to Lauren’s waterfall orchid bouquet, there isn’t a detail we don’t adore. We know you’ll absolutely love these moments as much as we do!

Congratulations to Lauren and Ben!! Many thanks to Crystal Reyns Photography for sharing Lauren and Ben’s Mankin Mansion wedding!

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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: Pretty Pear Bride!

August 18th, 2014

Everyone at Historic Mankin Mansion could not be more excited to share our recent feature on Pretty Pear Bride! Lauren’s bridal portrait session with Crystal Reyns Photography is absolutely exquisite and we are honored to have been the local for our fabulous Mankin bride. :)

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Please click here the lovely photos captured by Crystal Reyns Photography. Many, many thanks to Pretty Pear Bride for this feature!

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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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Capture the Moment Perfectly

August 4th, 2014

Selecting a photographer to capture such an important day is a big decision.  Once you select a photographer, you should consider having a conversation about the types of images you hope to have after your big day has come to pass.  Regardless of who you select, they will be expecting to catch the typical wedding moments such as the first kiss, cutting the cake, the first dance, etc., but don’t be afraid to suggest additional moments you would like for them to keep an eye out for.  We have a few suggestions (with examples!) to include in your requests!

Candid Shots

Make sure your photographer captures plenty of unplanned moments.  Whether that is between the bride and her parents, the bride alone, or the wedding guests – these candid moments will happen throughout the wedding festivities.  These images will represent some of the most sincere moments of your big day.

Getting Ready

Don’t forget to have photographs taken while you’re getting ready.  Seeing these images will represent the first time you as a couple can see what went on behind the scenes, respectively. Additionally, we’ve been a witness to many sweet moments between friends and family during this special time.

The Details

No matter how hard you try, over time, you will forget specific details (it’s true!).  Make sure your photographer takes time to capture each element that you so carefully planned.  From your bouquet and the wedding cake to the centerpieces, each item was selected for a reason and you will want to remember how all of the components came together perfectly for your wedding day.

Thank you to Seth Roberts Photography, E. Leise Photo, Lori Allen Photography, Tiffani Sunshine Photography and Kristin Partin Photography for the fabulous photographs to perfectly illustrate these moments!

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: Santia and Ty

July 28th, 2014

We are thrilled to bring you the wedding of Santia and Ty today! This amazing couple was so fun to work with and we couldn’t have been more honored to be a part of their big day. Thanks to Joe Morris Photography, we are sharing a few of our favorite moments and photos from their Historic Mankin Mansion wedding. Enjoy!

 

Congratulations to Santia and Ty! Thank you to Joe Morris Photography for providing us with these lovely photos!

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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: Morgan and Zach

July 21st, 2014

Between the dendrobium orchid adorned cake and the groom’s Star Wars inspired cufflinks, there are countless details to love about Morgan and Zach’s big day. Their April wedding, captured by the talented Seth Roberts Photography, was absolutely perfect from start to finish!

After their ultra romantic ceremony, it was all fun and games during the candlelit reception. From the candy bar to clowning around at the photo wall, it’s without a doubt that Morgan and Zach’s guests had a ball. Thanks to Seth Roberts, we are sharing a few of our own favorite moments from their wedding!

Congratulations to Morgan and Zach! Everyone at Historic Mankin Mansion is so honored to have been a part of your wedding day!

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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: 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.

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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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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!

Photo Credit: Pinterest

Photo Credit: Pinterest

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!

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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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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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Photo Credit: Pinterest

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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