Best of 2018

It’s that time of year again where we sit down and rem­i­nisce on all of won­der­ful 2018 Lesner Inn wed­dings! We tend to think that we have the best job in the world because we get to be a part of some of the most touch­ing and fun moments of peo­ples’ lives and this past year has been no dif­fer­ent. We have laughed, loved, and even cried with some of our cou­ples, and we wish you all noth­ing but hap­pi­ness in your future! Now let’s dive into look­ing back at some of our favorite moments of the year!

Best Cake
There were so many to die for cakes, but this cake whipped up by Incred­i­ble Edi­bles was def­i­nitely our favorite for 2018! It mixed Mea­gan and Nicholas’ color scheme and a clas­sic white cake per­fectly!
Photo: Nikki Ahrens Pho­tog­ra­phy

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Best Cake Smash
Speak­ing of cakes, Tara and Steven were so amus­ing dur­ing their cake cut­ting! Steven didn’t have a chance at any sort of shenani­gans once Tara smashed a whole piece of cake in his eye!
Photo: Sara Hupfer Pho­tog­ra­phy

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Best Bridal Bou­quet
Nor­folk Whole­sale Florist, you are unbe­liev­able!! We absolutely adored every­thing about Alexis and Scott’s wed­ding details and the flo­ral arrange­ments brought their wed­ding together like a gem.
Photo: Kel­ley Stin­son Pho­tog­ra­phy

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Best Squad Pic
This was one for the books! Bring­ing back the good ole’ days from JMU, all of the grads hopped in with Court­ney and Tim hold­ing the school’s flag for one epic squad photo!
Photo: Dustin Lewis Images

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Best Per­sonal Touch
Another col­lege is mak­ing an appear­ance as best per­sonal touch in our favorites for this year! Tiffany and Cody both went to Vir­ginia Tech so it’s only fit­ting that their “His and Hers” drinks for the wed­ding be the Orange and Maroon Effect!
Photo: Lia Everette Pho­tog­ra­phy

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Best Theme
Even if you’re not into Harry Pot­ter as much as Lau­ren and Chris were, you still have to admit this is the best themed wed­ding of the year! We just couldn’t get enough of the Marauder’s Map and those shoes that Lau­ren rocked all night!
Pho­tos: Renee Jean Pho­tog­ra­phy

Best theme

Best Exit
This moment just makes our hearts burst with joy! We’re so glad that Paige Ryan Pho­tog­ra­phy cap­tured the laugh­ter after Elise and Kyle’s sparkler exit so per­fectly! What a way to end a per­fect night!
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Best Dessert Bar
When Kerry told us she was doing a spread of donuts for her dessert along with cake, we just knew that it was our favorite dessert bar of 2018! Kerry used stands to dis­play the donuts, but we even have a donut wall you can rent to have a dif­fer­ent look for your dessert dis­play!
Photo: Jes­sica Boudreaux Pho­tog­ra­phy

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Best Ring Bearer
Hands down, Michelle and Den­nis had the most ADORABLE ring bearer in 2018! We knew as soon as they told us they would be hav­ing their pup in the wed­ding that he would be the best ring bearer. It was all eyes on the pup until the bride walked down the aisle!
Photo: Dustin Lewis Images

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Best Flower Girl
If this flower girl doesn’t make you smile, we’re not quite sure what will! From the moment we saw her with curlers in her hair until she was sleep­ing on her mom’s lap at the end of the night, she melted our hearts the entire night!
Photo: Kelsie McNair

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Best Rainy Wed­ding
Rain isn’t nor­mally what cou­ples dream of on their wed­ding day but Tiffany and Cody didn’t let a few show­ers keep them down. They even took advan­tage of the fact that the Sun­set Deck is cov­ered and got their water­front pho­tos in after the cer­e­mony!
Photo: Lia Everette Pho­tog­ra­phy

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Best First Dance
Janette and Ben had taken ball­room danc­ing lessons specif­i­cally for their first dance and had a whole num­ber pre­pared for this moment! When they came in for their rehearsal the day before, they headed to Lesner Hall for one last prac­tice run and let’s just say it didn’t go as smoothly as the wed­ding day. We saw Ben come down the stair­case with a bloody nose from one of Janette’s fly­ing elbows, but they sure did nail it on the wed­ding day! The mag­i­cal dance def­i­nitely wins best of 2018!
Photo: Erika Mills Pho­tog­ra­phy

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Best Bou­quet Toss
Brook had us rolling with laugh­ter dur­ing her bou­quet toss! The sin­gle ladies were ready from the get go for this moment and, as you can tell, it was a fight for the bou­quet! Brook’s face dur­ing it all was price­less and we’re so happy that Chelsie Dar­ling Pho­tog­ra­phy cap­tured the best bou­quet toss of 2018 so per­fectly!
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Best Garter Toss
Anthony’s garter toss quite lit­er­ally won best garter toss of 2018! One of his friends was head over heels for the garter and made sure no one else caught it!
Photo: CHSH Pho­tog­ra­phy

Best garter toss

Best Kiss
SWOON­ING!! Kerry and Josh hopped over to Chick’s Beach to get some pho­tos at their favorite place and we fell in love with this shot. We just had to name it best kiss of 2018!
Photo: Jes­sica Boudreaux Pho­tog­ra­phy

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Best Can­did
Lov­ing the fact that DJ Hype put Rachel in con­trol for a song! She chose her favorite so she could sing and dance the night away. Hands down the best can­did of 2018!
Photo: Echard Wheeler Pho­tog­ra­phy

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Best Party Crowd
What a crowd!! Jor­dan and Stefan’s guests did not sit down all night! It cracked us up when the DJ even got in on the fun and busted a move on the dance floor! This crowd def­i­nitely wins best party crowd of 2018!
Photo: Dustin Lewis Images

Best party crowd

Best Unity
This wooden box and ham­mer may not look like your typ­i­cal cer­e­mo­nial unity but dur­ing Rachel and Steve’s cer­e­mony, their loved ones placed let­ters in it for the new­ly­weds to read on their one year anniver­sary. They then nailed it shut to open back up 365 days later! When we saw this hap­pen­ing dur­ing the cer­e­mony, we fell in love and knew it was the best unity in 2018!
Photo: Beth Hamil­ton Pho­tog­ra­phy

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Best Guest Book
We felt like we were dream­ing when Nikki and Ryan told us this would be their guest book! They con­tacted a com­pany to have them cre­ate a can­vas of what the exact star align­ment would be of the night they said “I do”. Because this was a first for us, not to men­tion SO cute and clever, we had to name it best guest book!
Photo: Ryann Winn Pho­tog­ra­phy

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Best First Look
Michelle and Den­nis were so adorable just being them­selves and their first look was def­i­nitely our favorite. Maybe it was because we adored them or maybe it was because Den­nis looked so smit­ten at his bride when she spun around on the Sun­set Deck. Either way, it’s def­i­nitely the best first look of 2018!
Photo: Dustin Lewis Images

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Best DIY
Emily put her artis­tic side to work for her card box and look how pre­cious it turned out! It was the per­fect accent to her min­i­mal­ist yet col­or­ful décor. Her cre­ativ­ity hands down won her best DIY of 2018!
Photo: Kayla Macken­zie Pho­tog­ra­phy

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Best Décor
It’s truly is a dif­fi­cult task to choose just one wed­ding with the best décor because it all blows us away! We couldn’t bring our­selves to choose just one this year so we have a tie!

Nicole trans­formed Lesner Hall into a vin­tage won­der­land with old books, bronze and pur­ple vases, satin linens and lace run­ners on the guest tables. She even added a flo­ral flare to her cake and sweet­heart table to make sure they popped! Falling in love with this décor and choos­ing it as one of the best decors of 2018 couldn’t have been eas­ier!
Photo: Dustin Lewis Images

Best decor

Ah, give us all of the green­ery! Kelly’s décor was our other absolute favorite of 2018. She per­fected the mix of bohemian and gar­den vibes and we can’t get enough of it! Every­thing about Kerry and Josh’s day was beau­ti­ful and the décor was just the icing on the cake!
Photo: Jes­sica Boudreaux Pho­tog­ra­phy

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To our 2018 cou­ples and all of the ven­dors that came through our doors this year, THANK YOU for mak­ing this a year to remem­ber! Every­thing we do lit­er­ally could not hap­pen with­out you, and we’re so excited to see what 2019 has in store!

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