Wed­ding High­lights: Court­ney & Justin 10.28.2017

Court­ney & Justin said “I do” at Lesner Inn on Octo­ber 28, 2017 with fam­ily & friends all around. The year before the wed­ding, we spent a lot of time get­ting to know them, laugh­ing with them, & help­ing to plan their big day. Now they are back from their hon­ey­moon enjoy­ing life as Mr. & Mrs., & we just couldn’t wait to share their story with you!

How & when did you meet?
Waterfront Wedding Venue Virginia Beach (25).jpgJustin and I met at Old Domin­ion Uni­ver­sity in the fall of 2007. I reached out to my friend, who was also Justin’s col­lege room­mate at the time, because I was in des­per­ate need of tutor­ing for an account­ing class. Justin wasn’t great at math — but with his charm­ing per­son­al­ity we hit it off!

How & when did you get engaged?
We got engaged at the Old Domin­ion Home­com­ing game on Sep­tem­ber 24, 2016. Justin wanted to pro­pose right where it all began! He popped the ques­tion in front of the “Big Blue” lion statute. We were met with applause and cheers from fel­low Mon­archs who were there cel­e­brat­ing the “big game.” ODU even posted the news on their Face­book page!

Why did you pick Lesner Inn for your venue?
We looked at other venues but when we arrived at Lesner Inn we knew this was “it”! The loca­tion pro­vided the per­fect atmos­phere for us to say “I do”!

What out­side ven­dors did you use & why did you choose them?
We had amaz­ing ven­dors that truly made our day so spec­tac­u­lar!
  • Our pho­tog­ra­pher, Dustin Lewis, was rec­om­mended from the Lesner Inn “pre­ferred ven­dor list”. After meet­ing him, we knew his per­son­able approach to pho­tog­ra­phy and artis­tic vision would be the per­fect match for us.
  • Our video­g­ra­pher, Intel­lect Media, we met at a bridal show. After look­ing at sam­ple videos online from sev­eral dif­fer­ent ven­dors, the pro­duc­tion qual­ity of Intel­lect Media’s video was rem­i­nis­cent of a big-​budget Hol­ly­wood film. After meet­ing with both Mar­cus and Eric, we knew their pro­fes­sion­al­ism and knowl­edge of their craft would be the per­fect way to cap­ture our love story on our spe­cial day.
  • I met our florist Deb­bie from Flut­ter­ing Flow­ers at a bridal show also. Her flair for flo­ral arrange­ments and gen­teel per­sona was a win­ning combination.
  • Based off of the rec­om­men­da­tion from sev­eral ven­dors we sought out Deb from Incred­i­ble Edi­bles for our cake. We went into the cake tast­ing and Deb was so accom­mo­dat­ing and help­ful in decid­ing what “sweet treats” we would offer our guests.
  • We knew from the begin­ning we wanted Astro DJ to pro­vide the enter­tain­ment for the evening. Rod­ney Charles had been a DJ for a friend’s wed­ding the year prior. His style and choice of music meshed per­fectly with our idea for a “great night”.
  • I met Water­ford Event rentals at a bridal show. After meet­ing with Rebecca who was so help­ful and kind, I knew that I had to use some of their beau­ti­ful linens to “com­plete” my wed­ding look!
  • I met Soirees by Lau­ren at a bridal show. I hired them for day of coor­di­na­tion and they helped me to feel like a guest at my own wedding!
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What was your vision for your wed­ding day & did it change through­out the process? If so, how?
The vision for my wed­ding day was to have a beau­ti­ful, fun-​filled day that I would not for­get! Through­out the process, some of my ideas changed slightly — but over­all, I kept my “end frame” in sight which was to focus on mar­ry­ing my best friend and cel­e­brat­ing one of the best days of my life!

Did you have a theme? If so, how did you choose it?
Our theme for the wed­ding was “Old Hol­ly­wood”. We chose this theme because Justin is a huge fan of films (he has a col­lec­tion of over 1800 blue rays) and I love any­thing glam­orous and from that era. We used cin­e­matic ele­ments such as each table was a name of a film, hav­ing a “pop­corn” bar, etc. Our col­ors were black, gold, ivory, and blush to bring in those “Old Hol­ly­wood” ele­ments.

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What were you most excited about for your wed­ding day?
We were most excited to have all of our fam­ily and friends in one room to help us cel­e­brate this huge mile­stone in our lives.

Waterfront Wedding Venue Virginia Beach (54)Were there any per­sonal touches that you put on your wed­ding day that were really spe­cial to you?

On our cake, we had two brooches that were from each of our grand­moth­ers who had passed away. We were very close to them so this was a way of hav­ing them there. We also had our grand­par­ents wed­ding pho­tos on the cake table as a trib­ute to them.

Are there any funny or silly moments from your wed­ding day or the plan­ning process that stand out to you?
Every­one danc­ing and enjoy­ing the music at the recep­tion to include two elderly fam­ily mem­bers groov­ing on the dance floor with their walk­ers.

What advice do you have for other cou­ples plan­ning their wed­ding?
Our advice is to enjoy the “jour­ney” of wed­ding plan­ning. It is easy to get caught up in the stress and “per­fec­tion” that a wed­ding has to be but remem­ber the most impor­tant thing is that you are get­ting mar­ried. No one will notice if the dec­o­ra­tions are not in the right order or if a bow is not cor­rect, what your guests will take away from a wed­ding is the over­all feel­ing of fun and enjoy­ment they expe­ri­enced.



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They def­i­nitely hit the nail on the head with that advice! Plan­ning can become stress­ful if you let it, but just enjoy­ing every bit of the process is what makes it so fun. At the end of the day the most impor­tant thing is that you are mar­ry­ing your best friend sur­rounded by the peo­ple who love you most!

Pho­tos from Dustin Lewis Images!


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