Best of 2017!

We’ll be hon­est. We think that we have the best job on Earth because every day is a party at Lesner Inn! Every Mon­day, we meet to recap the weekend’s events & have been keep­ing a run­ning list of some of the most mem­o­rable wed­dings of 2017. At the end of each year, we sit down to go over all of these lists & pick our favorites to share with you, our past, present, & future couples!

We hope you enjoy scrolling through some of the most beau­ti­ful, touch­ing & even com­i­cal moments from Lesner Inn over the past year!



Best Some­thing Old


As the say­ing goes, you must have some­thing old, some­thing new, some­thing bor­rowed & some­thing blue on your wed­ding day. Court­ney nailed it with her some­thing old by alter­ing her mother’s wed­ding dress for her own wed­ding. Her mom did not get to see the dress until the day of & the result gave us all chills!

Below: Love Sim­ply Pho­tog­ra­phy

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Best Some­thing Borrowed


Con­tin­u­ing along the path of some­thing old, new, bor­rowed & blue, Liz’s some­thing bor­rowed pulled at our heart strings when she wore a bracelet from each of her grand­moth­ers. We love that she tied in both sides of her fam­ily on her wed­ding day!

Below: Beth Hamil­ton Pho­tog­ra­phy

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Best Some­thing Blue


Eliz­a­beth made sure not to for­get a sin­gle bit of blue on her wed­ding day & we loved her take on a coastal wed­ding. They even kicked off the day with blue cham­pagne!

Below: Echard Wheeler Pho­tog­ra­phy

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Best-Cake-Waterfront-Venue-Lee-Yen-photographyBest Cake


This amaz­ing cre­ation by Whipped Up by Mimi quite lit­er­ally takes the cake for the year! We see so many dif­fer­ent styles of cake but we were head over antlers for this rus­tic naked cake. Oh & those antlers…they’re pure white choco­late!

Right: Lee Yen Pho­tog­ra­phy

Best Cake Smash


Tim & Kate cracked us up from day one & that didn’t stop after they said “I do”! These two have such a laid back style & didn’t feel the pres­sure of wed­ding plan­ning one bit. Kate clearly wasn’t wor­ried about what Tim’s white shirt would look like after she smashed cake into his face, and we found it hys­ter­i­cal!

Below: Echard Wheeler Pho­tog­ra­phy

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Best Dessert Alternative


Amanda & Surge aren’t big cake peo­ple so, instead of a tra­di­tional wed­ding cake, they brought in Con­fetti Gelato! We knew that we loved this sweet cou­ple but, when they told us that they were skip­ping the cake & going for gelato instead, we knew that they were meant to roll with the coor­di­na­tors at Lesner Inn!

Below: Wasin French Pho­tog­ra­phy

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View More: http://ashleypetersonphotography.pass.us/cammaratawedBest Cake Topper


Justin & Ariel weren’t mess­ing around when they picked out their cake top­per! We got such a kick out of this one that we had to award it best cake top­per of 2017!

Left: Ash­ley Peter­son Pho­tog­ra­phy

Best Bridal Bouquet
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Kelly Gish, you are the florist of the year with this incred­i­ble bou­quet! We loved Nel­son & Nicole’s color palette for their wed­ding & the flow­ers were just the cherry on top of a beau­ti­ful day.
Check out those small pops of pur­ple
nes­tled in the arrangement!



Below: Luke & Ash­ley Photography




Best Cer­e­mony


It’s rare that a bride & groom can sur­prise us with some­thing new, but we are pretty sure that this is our first cou­ple to get mar­ried ON the water. Mor­gan & Jake sailed out into the Lynnhaven River with their imme­di­ate fam­i­lies to tie the knot while their guests enjoyed cock­tail hour in the Water­side Deck. This beau­ti­ful moment is def­i­nitely the most unique cer­e­mony of 2017!

Below: Lee Yen Pho­tog­ra­phy

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Best First Look


Mike, you HANDS DOWN had the best reac­tion of any groom see­ing his bride for the first time when Alishia walked down the aisle. We are so glad Dustin Lewis cap­tured this moment!

Below: Dustin Lewis Images

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View More: http://kellydierphotography.pass.us/lesch-wilson-bridal-partyBest Kiss


The moment that we saw this photo, we knew that it had to be awarded the best kiss of 2017. We love that this grooms­men got down on his hands & knees to give Jonathan a boost to his bride!

Right: Kelly Dier Pho­tog­ra­phy





Cutest Ring Bearer & Flower Girl


Alright, so these two actu­ally weren’t from the same wed­ding but we were so taken with them that we had to award them cutest ring bearer and cutest flower girl. Kayleigh & Wayne cre­ated this “Ring Secu­rity” badge for this lit­tle guy to make sure that every­one knew what his main job was. And even though it took a lit­tle nudg­ing from their coor­di­na­tor, Kyle & Amy’s flower girl strut­ted her stuff down the aisle once she real­ized that she was the cen­ter of atten­tion!

Left: Jason Jarvis Pho­tog­ra­phy - Right: Dragon Stu­dios





Best Décor


Style Events did it again with one! Meghan & Craig had a beau­ti­ful wed­ding with long ban­quet tables, stun­ning linens from Water­ford Event Rentals & roman­tic flo­rals from Palette of Petals. Their use of cre­ative floor plans & float­ing flo­rals on the arch wins them the best décor of 2017!

Below: Echard Wheeler Pho­tog­ra­phy

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Best Theme


We will be the first to admit that we were a lit­tle con­fused when Tim & Kate told us that theme of their wed­ding was going to be Amer­ica. But these two are the goofi­est, most fun-​loving peo­ple so we knew that we were in for a treat. They tied the knot on Memo­r­ial Day week­end & requested that all of their guests wear white with patri­otic flair, had Statue of Lib­erty cen­ter­pieces, & danced to God Bless the USA for their first dance while their guests sur­rounded them wav­ing Amer­i­can flags. Hands down, the best theme of the year!

Below: Echard Wheeler Pho­tog­ra­phy

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Best Sta­tionery
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One of the parts of the plan­ning process that we rarely get to see is the invi­ta­tion suite. Every once in a while though, a cou­ple will bring them in so the photographer’s can snap a few pho­tos of them. We loved Nel­son & Nicole’s trendy invites with the agate tex­tured back­ground!

Right: Wasin French Pho­tog­ra­phy

Best Tra­di­tional Wedding


We see all sorts of fam­ily, reli­gious & cul­tural tra­di­tions at Lesner Inn. This year we were lucky enough to be able to learn about the Ben­gali cul­ture dur­ing Trina & Greg’s wed­ding cer­e­mony. They incor­po­rated both of their tra­di­tions into their mar­riage cer­e­mony & you can read much more about the tra­di­tions and cus­toms in their wed­ding spot­light here!

Below: Chelsea Ander­son Pho­tog­ra­phy

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Best Exit


Oh hello beau­ti­ful Lynnhaven River! We love when cou­ples uti­lize the water for a boat exit or entrance &, even though it was a misty day, Thomas & Lau­ren still sailed away in style. This boat exit won the best exit of 2017!

Below: Dragon Stu­dio

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Best-First-Dance-Ballroom-Lesner-Inn-Virginia-Beach-Reception-Kelly-Marie-Photography Best First Dance


Tyler & Rachael’s first dance gave us all the feels & when we saw this photo from Kelly Marie, we knew that they stole the spot­light for 2017. What is bet­ter than a hand­some man in uni­form spin­ning his new wife around the dance floor?

Right: Kelly Marie Pho­tog­ra­phy






Best-Sunset-Lesner-Inn-Virginia-Beach-Winston-Veranga-Photography.jpgBest Sun­set


Lesner Inn is FAMOUS for the epic sun­sets that you can catch every evening from the venue. While there were 365 con­tenders, Jon & Andrea win the award for the best sun­set photo of 2017!

Left: Win­ston Veranga Pho­tog­ra­phy

Best Party Crowd


Every­one looks for­ward to a wed­ding for the drink­ing, danc­ing, & love. Jor­dan & Nicole’s guests were no dif­fer­ent but these guys REALLY came to party! Check out the top right photo, even Grandma got in on that open bar action!

Below: David Cham­pagne Pho­tog­ra­phy

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Best Dressed


This cat­e­gory is a lii­i­i­it­tle deceiv­ing, but it is going three years strong now! We aren’t quite sure what makes guests want to strip down on the dance floor, but any­one who does def­i­nitely deserves to win best dressed!

Below: Dragon Stu­dios

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Best-Rainy-Wedding-Rainy-Weddings-Bryan-Myhr.jpgBest Rainy Wedding


Rain on your wed­ding day isn’t what most cou­ples hope for, but some­times Mother Nature has another idea in store for us. Kent & Haley rolled with the punches so well when it started to pour right before their cer­e­mony, but luck­ily our Sun­set Deck is cov­ered so you can still have your out­door cer­e­mony, even with a lit­tle inclement weather. Because of their pos­i­tive atti­tudes all day, they get the award for best rainy wed­ding of 2017!

Left: Bryan Myhr Pho­tog­ra­phy





Best Grooms­man Photo


Guys can be goofy… but this crew really had us gig­gling! We love that they took pos­ing into their own hands by steal­ing the bridesmaid’s bou­quets.

Below: Jason Jarvis Pho­tog­ra­phy

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Best Squad Pic


Amanda & Matt got busted with their squad when the First Land­ing State Park rangers jumped in on the action. Noth­ing says a party like some flash­ing lights & sirens!

Below: Dustin Lewis Images

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Best Per­sonal Touch


Jamie & Jill hid a lit­tle per­sonal touch inside of their wed­ding dresses. Here is what they told us when we asked about these blue hearts:
One thing that we decided to do was cre­ate our own lit­tle memo­ri­als for those who couldn’t be with us on our spe­cial day. Jill’s father passed away sev­eral years ago, so she cut a heart out of one of his blue shirts… and, Jamie’s grand­fa­ther had passed away in Feb­ru­ary, so she cut a heart out of one of his favorite jean jack­ets. We pinned these inside our dresses – as our some­thing old and some­thing blue.”
You can read more about their wed­ding on their wed­ding spot­light.

Below: Valerie Betz Pho­tog­ra­phy

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2017 came & went so quickly, & we can­not thank the peo­ple & ven­dors we worked with this year enough for mak­ing our wed­dings such a suc­cess! We can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store, & to meet all of the won­der­ful, beau­ti­ful cou­ples who will tie the knot at Lesner Inn with us in the years to come!






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