The Hunt family is a family of planners, thinkers, surprisers, creatives, and dreamers. When Alex asked Brielle to marry him, the plans began and our talents kicked in. The first thing on the list was..."Where will we have the wedding?" With the Maffett and Hunt families being primarily from Pennsylvania and NJ, we already knew the only place for this wedding to take place was in the heart of Richmond where Brielle and Alex fell in love.
If we believed in "signs" to choose the venue then Tuckahoe was definitely the place. The row of mailboxes at the entrance to the estate had the same last names of several of our wedding guests and the box in the middle receives the mail for "HPC Inc"....headpiece.com's nickname! The long dirt road leading to the 600 acre residence was absolutely beautiful. You could visualize horse drawn carriages 200 years ago bringing guests to and fro this picturesque property. When we saw the "14 mph" speed limit signs posted on the long tree lined road, Tuckahoe had to be it!
The residence is filled with antiques and is available for Brielle and her bridal party to get ready on the morning of the wedding or to stay over the night before. Mimosas and bridal day nosh are permitted in the dining room. No heels are allowed to preserve the beauty of the original pine flooring.
Guests will enjoy roaming the spectacular grounds with separate areas for cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing. I can only imagine the amazing photos when you add in a beautiful couple to this already beautiful setting.
Every nook and cranny of Mankin Mansion has a quirky artistic beauty to it. As a designer, what I love and appreciate most about the mansion is the brilliant mind behind its conception and creation. Each brick was tediously made by hand, and placed by hands, to create an architectural masterpiece in the hopes that generations to come would live, love, and enjoy this very special place.
"Will you be my bridesmaid?"
In 1981, when I asked my sister to be my maid of honor and my girlfriends to be in my bridal party, I met them individually and simply asked them. Today's brides like to be creative and add an element of surprise. If only I were 20 something and getting married today...:) Brielle had it all figured out for her girls but asked me to help with a thing or two.