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Real Wedding: Becca and Stuart

December 7th, 2015

We’re so excited to share Becca and Stuart’s stunning wedding! These two lovebirds were such a delight to work with and we promise that you’ll fall in love with each moment captured from their special day. Continue on to see how the couple celebrated their beautiful union!

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The wedding party wore light gray and blue ensembles while the bridal party carried luscious bouquets of roses, peonies and hydrangeas. And we just love the groomsmen’s matching boutonnieres.

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Precious florals could be spotted throughout the venue, as they adorned the reception tables and brick walkways.

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The reception itself was a major hit with guests. The party featured the groom flexing his skills on the electric guitar and plenty of laughter and dancing.

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Congrats to Becca and Stuart! We loved being a part of your lovely day and hope you’re enjoying a beautiful marriage.

Thanks to J&D Photography for these stunning images! We enjoyed having you on the grounds and look forward to seeing you two again.

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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Wedding Goodie Bag Ideas

November 30th, 2015

We all can remember the excitement of receiving those fun goodie bags upon leaving childhood parties. Well, it’s safe to say that goodie bags will forever be a highlight of any major event, no matter how old we get. Wedding goodie bags are a sophisticated upgrade to the childhood classic. Swap the kazoos for a fancy bottle of wine or a mix of your favorite love songs – the options and themes are endless and can easily be customized!

Your Favorite Things
Have your own Oprah moment by gifting your guests with everything that you love. Some ideas include giving everyone a gift card to your favorite hometown restaurant or a handcrafted recipe book filled with your favorite dishes. These goodie bags are gifts that keep on giving because you won’t have to worry about getting anything less than your own favorite goodies when holidays and birthdays roll around!

Photo credit: dmfoto

Photo credit: dmfoto

Destination Survival Kit 
Welcome your guests to your destination wedding location with a tourist survival kit. Fill a fabulous tote with tools that will help everyone navigate the city or country. Include items such as maps, a compass, or a language dictionary. Keep everyone on track by equipping them with a wedding program and an itinerary of the week’s festivities.

Sports Rivalry 
There’s nothing better than a good ole’ sports rivalry. Create goodie bags that reflect the sports showdown in your home. Fill two opposing sets of goodie bags with water bottles, flags, blankets and other sports paraphernalia that are decorated with the logo and colors of the bride and grooms favorite sports team. Allow your guests to choose which team they’ll be repping throughout the night and let the friendly competition begin!

When it comes to creating your wedding gift bags, it’s time to get creative! Go big or keep it intimate, as long as you’re having fun. Give your guests a bag of goodies they’ll want to hold onto forever (except for the yummy ones)!

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: McKenna and Anthony

November 9th, 2015

We’re so excited to share this gem with you all today. McKenna and Anthony’s wedding was filled with love and splendor. Take a peek for yourself!

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McKenna stunned in a floral, lace wedding gown matched with long flowing curls. Anthony just couldn’t keep his hands off his gorgeous bride – who could blame him?!

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The highlight of the evening was the couple’s lively reception. The dance floor was packed and the couple received a sparkling send off!

3The reception also featured a beautiful four tier cake with lush florals along with adorable table decor in honor of the newlyweds. But, of course, no wedding is complete without an Instagram hashtag!

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Our well wishes go to McKenna and Anthony! We thoroughly enjoyed being a part of your special day and hope that you are enjoying the married life!

We can’t thank Tracey Sanders Photography enough for the amazing pictures! It was such a pleasure to have her on our grounds – join us again 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: Virginia Living!

November 2nd, 2015

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We were over the moon when we heard the great news that Historic Mankin Mansion has once again been selected by Virginia Living Magazine as one of the top Wedding Vendors of 2016! We feel so honored to be selected among some of the most elite wedding professionals in Virginia.

A special congratulations to our fellow wedding professionals who were also included in this honor.

We’d also like to extend our thanks, not only to Virginia Living, but to our friends, colleagues and brides who support us each and every day. We couldn’t have done this with you and we promise to continue striving to exceed expectations!

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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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Richmond Wedding: Aubrey and Anthony

November 2nd, 2015

We have a lovely treat for today’s wedding feature! Aubrey and Anthony’s breathtaking nuptials are a definite must-see. Continue on for a peek into the doting couple’s spring wedding!

1Aubrey donned a lace bridal gown with a classic sweetheart neckline. Her lace pumps pulled the entire look together from head to toe!

2Anthony and his groomsmen looked quite handsome in their navy blue and gray suits. Aubrey’s bridesmaids didn’t disappoint in their navy halters either – let’s not forget about those gorgeous bouquets!

735336673We needed handkerchiefs of our own after reading Aubrey’s sweet message to her mom. Precious moments between the bride and her family are always picture perfect!

735353772The reception featured two scrumptious cakes – a gorgeous three layer cake featuring pink sugar flowers and a hilarious Seinfeld-themed cake in honor of the groom!

735368412Kudos to the awesome live band. The dance floor was alive and full of energy the entire night!

150502-486-smCongratulations to Aubrey and Anthony! We were thrilled to be a part of your special day and hope you’re enjoying a wonderful marriage.

We have to send a big thank you to Bow Tie Photo for these amazing pictures! It was such a pleasure working with Zack and Lauren. We look forward to seeing you two again.

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: Ashley and Brock

October 26th, 2015

Oh, Ashley and Brock – you have our hearts! This pair’s purple-themed wedding was absolutely breathtaking… but don’t just take our word for it- take a peek!

708548020Violet uplighting and napkins added a pop of purple to their reception, which paired nicely with the gorgeous silver linens. The new Mr. and Mrs. shared an intimate sweetheart table that overlooked the dance floor, giving them the best view in the house!

708548789Ashley and Brock were such a delight to work with and it was a privilege to host their Big Day!

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Many thanks to Sean DeWitt Photography for sharing these lovely photos with us! Want to see more? Check out his blog post on Ashley and Brock’s wedding 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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How To Embrace the Guest Experience

October 19th, 2015

Ah, the guest experience. Everyone’s talking about it, but what exactly does it entail? Essentially, the guest experience is about flipping the switch on wedding planning and considering your special day from the guests’ perspective. While a wedding does belong to the newlyweds, most couples can attest that the best weddings are the ones where both they and their guests alike can kick back and have the time of their lives. The question now is, how does one ensure their guests have a once-in-a-lifetime wedding experience?

First things first
The very first thing you’ll want to focus on is creature comforts. While your guests may appreciate the handmade welcome bags, they won’t be thanking you for sitting outside in sweltering heat without water. Always, always, always be sure there is enough water, food, and shade to keep your guests comfortable. Alternately, if yours is a winter wedding or will be outdoors in the evening, ensure that the heat is cranked up enough to keep everyone cozy.

Let them drink
We may not have to tell you this, but don’t (we repeat – DON’T) have a cash bar. Cash bars force guests to worry about money through the night and aren’t conducive to a carefree wedding environment. On a budget? Stick to beer and wine.

Consider the timeline
Make the day easy on your guests by ensuring they have comfortable amounts of time to get from place to place. Even if you’re staying on site, consider where your guests’ accommodations are and work with their timetable alongside your own.

No squeezing
Simply put, find a venue that will comfortably fit all of your guests and provide enough tables so they’re not squished in like sardines. Guests should be rubbing elbows on the dance floor, not at the dinner table!

Add a special touch
Welcome bags, personalized favors, and other goodies are a great way to send your guests home with a token from the wedding.

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Get interactive
Give your guests something to do at your wedding, other than just to eat and dance. Candy bars, s’mores setups, photo booths – the sky’s the limit! Get creative and incorporate some of you and your beau’s personalities into a custom wedding experience for guests.

And at the end of the day, just have fun with it. Your guests are already thrilled to be a part of your special day so anything else is just icing on the (wedding) cake!

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: Shannon and Kevin

October 5th, 2015

Today, we’re sharing an extra gorgeous spring wedding with you! Between lovely coral bridesmaids’ dresses and pretty blooms, Shannon and Kevin’s special day was one to remember! And, how about that dress of Shannon’s!? Swoon!)

679180306There was just something about the chemistry for these two – it was palpable! Feelings of love and happiness followed this pair around for the day and we’re sure it continues to this day.

679181419We congratulate you on your special day, Shannon and Kevin, and we wish you a lifetime of love and happiness!

679182454Many thanks to M&J Photography for these breathtaking pictures! It was a pleasure to work with 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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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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