Cou­ple Spot­light: Kerry & Josh 10.13.2018

Kerry and Josh tied the knot at Lesner Inn on a breezy, Octo­ber Sat­ur­day after­noon while their guests gazed upon the Lynnhaven River. The whole day, from décor to their first kiss and dance to an endear­ing streamer exit, it was a dream! We could not ask for two more gen­uine and lov­ing peo­ple to work with through­out the plan­ning process and the day of their wed­ding. We just adore cou­ples like Kerry and Josh, and we hope you enjoy their story and insight on wed­ding plan­ning as much as we do!


How, when, & where did you meet?
We met in August 2017 at Eagles Nest Vir­ginia Beach (RIP!). I was hav­ing a girls’ night out after a con­cert and was not inter­ested in meet­ing any­one that evening. But Josh was per­sis­tent and thank­fully our friend Car­ne­sha told him to keep try­ing to talk to me – When he asked me to go to the beach for our first date that sealed the deal! He had no idea I pretty much live on the beach in the sum­mer when I’m not at work.

Dat­ing can be awk­ward, do you have any funny sto­ries from when you first started dat­ing?
I think the night we met was pretty awk­ward! Waterfront-Virginia-Beach-Wedding-Lesner-Inn (26)

Tell us your engage­ment story? When did it hap­pen?
A few months before Josh’s 31st birth­day I asked him if he wanted to plan a trip for his birth­day or stay in town – He was adamant about throw­ing a big party, so we ended up plan­ning this mas­sive Fourth of July themed event (his birth­day is in April). His entire fam­ily – cousins, aunts, uncles, his brother, and par­ents — were com­ing in from out of town for it too. The entire time we were plan­ning I kept say­ing to myself “Wow this is a lot for cel­e­brat­ing a 31st birth­day!” But it turned out he had planned the entire thing to be a sur­prise engage­ment party – I had no idea this was hap­pen­ing until I brought out his cake and he looked so ner­vous because he was about to pro­pose! It was so much fun to be able to cel­e­brate our engage­ment with our fam­ily and friends that day along with his birth­day.

What made you pick Lesner Inn as your wed­ding venue?
The Lesner Inn had the exact look and feel we wanted for our wed­ding day – The water views through­out the venue are Waterfront-Virginia-Beach-Wedding-Lesner-Inn (48) out­stand­ing and the inte­rior décor is bright, warm, and invit­ing. We wanted to host our wed­ding in a space that would be beau­ti­ful on its own with­out hav­ing to bring in a ton of extra dec­o­ra­tions and Lesner Inn was per­fect for this. Also not to be missed, the staff at the here was phe­nom­e­nal. From the first email to the rest of our plan­ning process, all of the ladies were extremely pro­fes­sional, prompt, and fun to work with!

What addi­tional ven­dors did you choose for your wed­ding day, and why?
One advan­tage for us in choos­ing the Lesner Inn is that we didn’t have to wres­tle with coor­di­nat­ing a bunch of other exter­nal ven­dors – Pretty much every­thing we wanted was with the venue. One addi­tional ser­vice we did add was the day-​of coor­di­na­tion ser­vice. This was a life­saver! Liz was out­stand­ing and made sure every­thing on our big day went off with­out a hitch – She kept every­thing on sched­ule and kept us informed, but we never felt rushed. It really allowed us to enjoy our wed­ding day to the fullest.

What décor & other design aspects of your wed­ding were most impor­tant to you?
We wanted our wed­ding décor to be sim­ple, bright, and to allow our love and the bless­ing that mar­riage is to be the focal point of the day. Since the Lesner Inn already had amaz­ing views and a great base for décor, we only needed to bring in a few more items to com­plete this vision.

Did you have a theme for your wed­ding? If so, how did you select it?
No theme in par­tic­u­lar – We just wanted to keep every­thing light, bright, and airy.

What unique details did you add to your wed­ding?
Waterfront-Virginia-Beach-Wedding-Lesner-Inn (55) One of my favorite details was that we had all of the grooms­men, ush­ers, and Josh wear Amer­i­can Flag socks. We also had our ring bear­ers dress up with cute Amer­i­can Flag bowties to really tie in the Fourth of July details from our engage­ment to the wed­ding day.
I wanted to have a hand in cre­at­ing some­thing for our day, so we ordered our flow­ers through Costco and my mom, grand­mother, and I spent the day before our rehearsal din­ner putting together the bou­quets, bou­ton­nieres, and cen­ter­pieces. This brought in a hand­made touch to our décor (and also was a great way to save money on flo­rals!)

What were you most excited for your wed­ding day?
Our Chap­lain was won­der­ful to work with and we felt extremely for­tu­nate that he was able to offi­ci­ate our wed­ding – We spent a lot of time with him lead­ing up to the wed­ding prepar­ing and get­ting excited about the oppor­tu­nity to stand in front of God, our clos­est fam­ily, and friends to ded­i­cate our lives to one another. We were also excited to see how all of our plan­ning would come together for a great day of cel­e­bra­tion! Most of our fam­ily lives out of state, so hav­ing the chance to see every­one at the same time was also really spe­cial.

Do you have any advice for cou­ples who are plan­ning their wed­dings now?
Wed­ding plan­ning is as stress­ful as you allow it to be. The amount of deci­sions that need to be made can be over­whelm­ing at times; how­ever, it helps to have a sup­port sys­tem dur­ing the plan­ning process. Stay­ing orga­nized helps a lot as well! The best piece of advice we can offer other cou­ples is to not lose site of the big­ger pic­ture. Your wed­ding day will go by extremely quick, but the life and love you build together will last a life­time and that is some­thing to be cel­e­brated every day.

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Wow!! Kerry couldn’t be more right. Plan­ning a wed­ding can be stress­ful IF you allow it to be. Always remem­ber the big­ger pic­ture that, at the end of it all, you will be mar­ried to your best friend and that is one of the great­est joys of life!

Pho­tog­ra­pher: Jes­sica Boudreaux Pho­tog­ra­phy
DJ: Astro DJ
Hair/​Makeup: Best Faced For­ward
Trans­porta­tion: Horse­less Car­riage Limos
Gown: Stu­dio I Do Bridals
Flo­rals: DIY

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