Wed­ding High­lights: Kayla & Parker 3.24.2018

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We have to take a minute to brag about this AMAZ­ING cou­ple right here! Kayla & Parker stole our hearts from the moment that we met them. They are two of the most gen­uine peo­ple, & work­ing with them to cre­ate their per­fect day was an absolute joy! Reflect­ing on this day makes us so happy that Lesner Inn could be a part of their Vir­ginia Beach wed­ding, & we hope to work with more cou­ples just like them!!

How, when, & where did you meet?
Parker and I met in 2015 when he moved to Nor­folk for the Navy. He was apart­ment hunt­ing and I was a Leas­ing Con­sul­tant and rented an apart­ment to him. I told him that day that I would be his neigh­bor and I don’t think he took it seri­ously. He found out a few weeks later that I really was his next-​door neigh­bor! He invited me on a date a few months later and the rest was his­tory!

Dat­ing can be awk­ward, do you have any funny sto­ries from when you first started dat­ing?
I always give Parker a hard time about our very first date! He asked me out to a hockey game and I had said yes. When I walked over to his apart­ment, there were 2 of his guy friends there too!! So it was a Parker and Kayla with 2 other of his friends date. Parker says “I didn’t know it was a date, a thought it was an….outing”.


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Tell us your engage­ment story? When did it hap­pen?
Our engage­ment was super sim­ple and per­fect! We bought our first home together and we love our sun­sets from our back­yard. Last June he got down on one knee at sun­set, asked me to marry him, and at the same time our dog Gra­cie jumped in his face and licked him. I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way!

Military-Wedding-Virginia-Beach-Lesner-Inn-(45).jpgWhat made you pick Lesner Inn as your wed­ding venue?
We def­i­nitely wanted some­thing on the water and a place that we could really have every­thing all at one place: the cer­e­mony, recep­tion, décor, cater­ing, and coor­di­na­tion. When we vis­ited, the view was beau­ti­ful and the venue fit the vision we had for our wed­ding day.

What addi­tional ven­dors did you choose for your wed­ding day, and why?
We had a DJ, Florist, and Pho­tog­ra­pher. We really did not need to hire many other ven­dors because there was so much included at The Lesner Inn!

What décor & other design aspects of your wed­ding were most impor­tant to you?
We wanted to keep things sim­ple, so we didn’t want too many dec­o­ra­tions. We wanted small cen­ter­pieces and flow­ers with green­ery to give our recep­tion and wed­ding a roman­tic and sweet feel. That was really impor­tant to us.

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What was your vision for your wed­ding day?

Sim­ple, sweet, and roman­tic on the water!

What unique details did you add to your wed­ding?
Parker’s a twin so for the mother/​son dance, Parker had danced with their mom, and his brother Kyle danced with their Grandma. Half way through the song, they switched places and I thought that was really sweet and unique.

What were you most excited for your wed­ding day?
I asked Parker this ques­tion and his first sen­tence was “To see the love of my life”! I def­i­nitely agree. We hadn’t seen each other since the night before and hav­ing the wed­ding day jit­ters and nerves; all I wanted to do was see him. Once we saw each other both of us were instantly not ner­vous any­more and we were calm and ready to walk down the aisle!

How did you han­dle the stress of wed­ding plan­ning? Were there any major hic­cups along the way?
Plan­ning a wed­ding can def­i­nitely be stress­ful! We planned our wed­ding in 8 months but for 4 of those months, Parker was on deploy­ment. This did cause some added stress because of lim­ited avail­abil­ity to talk with each other. What was nice, though, was that many of our ven­dors were able to fit us in before he left and we go to meet in per­son with our DJ when he got back so it was cool that they worked with us.

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Do you have any advice for cou­ples who are plan­ning their wed­dings now?
Hon­estly, I would say to try and bun­dle! We bun­dled the cer­e­mony, recep­tion, décor, coor­di­na­tion, plan­ning, cater­ing, and much more all at Lesner Inn and that truly made things so easy for us. Hav­ing things taken care of all in one place truly made wed­ding plan­ning a breeze so BUN­DLE when pos­si­ble! Also, doing the first look with each other was one of the best deci­sions we made. For one, you save time after the cer­e­mony and are able to min­gle with friends and fam­ily sooner, and two, see­ing each other calmed our nerves that day.

We loved being a part of Kayla & Parker’s wed­ding day & of course cel­e­brat­ing with their friends & fam­ily! Lesner Inn takes pride in being inclu­sive, so that our cou­ples don’t have to search for ser­vices from sev­eral dif­fer­ent Vir­ginia Beach wed­ding ven­dors.

For more infor­ma­tion on our ser­vices, con­tact us at This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 7574811122!

Thank you to Kay De Lane Pho­tog­ra­phy for cap­tur­ing all of these amaz­ing pho­tos!

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