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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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What People are Saying

  • Mr. & Mrs. John­son

    MARCH 10, 2018
    ENTIRE VENUE

    Working with Lindsey and the Lesner Inn was great! I planned the majority of my wedding from out of town and Lindsey could not have been more patient with my constant emails. The venue looked beautiful at the reception and my guests loved the views and the food. The crab cakes were everyone’s favorite. Thank you so much to the Lesner Inn team and & Lindsey for such a beautiful wedding!

  • Mr. & Mrs. Jurko

    JUNE 22, 2018
    LESNER HALL & SUNSET DECK

    I could NOT be happier with the service from Lesner Inn. Our coordinator Liz was SO helpful each time we met with her and had questions. The ceremony and receptions spaces were absolutely beautiful. If I had to do it all over again I wouldn’t change a thing and I would recommend this venue to anyone!

  • The Bells

    SEPTEMBER 24, 2016
    LESNER HALL & SUNSET DECK

    Alexis, We just wanted to say thank you for all that you did Saturday & all the planning leading up to our wedding day. We had such an amazing day! And we really appreciated you making sure we were taken care of throughout the night. You’re amazing at what you do & helped our wedding day turn out to be perfect! Thank you again!

  • Jon & Brit­tany Wil­son

    JULY 15, 2017
    LESNER HALL & SUNSET DECK

    Girls at the Lesner Inn, Wow! I can’t believe it’s been just about a year since Jon and I came through the doors and knew that this would be the place we say “I do”. You guys are awesome and made planning a breeze even for this bride who didn’t have it all together. Thank you guys so much for everything, our day was perfect!

  • Kyle & Elise Miller

    APRIL 8, 2018
    LESNER HALL & SUNSET DECK

    Lindsey!
    I am speechless! Friday was truly amazing. You went above and beyond to make our day so special! We loved every second of the night. Thank you also for the champagne glasses and kitchen towel. You are so sweet! Everyone raved about the night. You and Lesner Inn are AMAZING!
    Love you
    Kyle & Elise Miller

  • GIVEAWAY TIME!! 💛 We have partnered with The Back Deck on a special engagement party giveaway! One lucky couple will receive a percentage off their party at @thebackdeck and an engagement basket from Lesner Inn to keep you in the wedding planning mood! You don't have to be a Lesner Inn bride to participate so be sure to tag all of your engaged friends! 🥰 To enter: 1. Like our photo 2. Follow both Lesner Inn & @thebackdeck 3. Tag 2 friends 4. Extra entry - share to your story and mention Back Deck & Lesner That's it!! The winner will be announced next Monday. 💃🏼 _ 📸: Sara Tiffany Photography
  • As always, these sunsets are complimentary with every Lesner Inn wedding 😍 • • Photo: Cortese Photography & Film
  • A big ole smooch with your best friends by your side is the perfect moment 😘 • • Photo by Cynthia Tenney Photography Gown: Ava Clara Couture Bridal Designer: Kenneth Winston Florals: Norfolk Wholesale Floral
  • Casual Sunday weddings for the win 🙌 • • Photo: Timeless Tides Photography
  • Literal tears from how cute this is 😍😭 • • Photo: Leah Ariel Photography, LLC
  • Something light, bright, and beautiful to perk up your Tuesday 😍 Photo: Skylar Wyatt Photography Flowers: Fluttering Flowers
  • Sparkler exits will never, ever get old 😍 • • Photo: David Champagne Photography Hair: The Hair Days MUA: BlushTones
  • Dad, thank you for being someone I can look up to no matter how tall I grow. Happy Father's Day! ❤️ • • Photo by Sarah Vanderford Photography
  • Can you even imagine a better view?! 😍😍 • • Photo by Luke & Ashley Photography Florals by Kelly Gish Floral Designs Dress from Ava Clara Couture Bridal Hair/MU by Haleigh’s Hair Fur from Frances Kahn
  • One of the many perks of the Sunset Deck is that it is open to the Lynnhaven River but is still covered in case of less than perfect weather! Our couples are still able to have their ceremony on the water and take pictures on the deck after with no fear of getting wet! 🤗 • • Photo: Dustin Lewis Images Bouquet: Norfolk Wholesale Floral Hair/Makeup: Makeup by Kim Porter
  • Isn't this just the sweetest sweetheart table?? 💕 • • Photo by Luke & Ashley Photography Florals by Kelly Gish Floral Designs Tableware by West Elm Bottle of Taken Wine Company Linens from Waterford Event Rentals, LLC
  • The dock outside the Waterside Deck is just the perfect spot for a waterfront kiss 😘 • • Photo: April Renee' Photography Florals: Sterling Myers Hair: Stephanie Michelle Hair MUA: Sydney Balmer Gown: Kenneth Winston
  • 🇺🇸 Happy Memorial Day 🇺🇸 • • To those who courageously gave their lives and those who bravely fight today, THANK YOU! • • We hope everyone has a great Memorial Day with their loved ones honoring our soldiers ❤️💙
  • It might have been raining before the wedding started but that didn't damper Sara and Jibri's mood ❤️ David Champagne Photography had the chance to capture a few shots after the rain stopped and look how beautifully they came out! • • Hair: The Hair Days MUA: BlushTones Bouquet: Black Iris Florist
  • Complimentary breath taking sunsets with every Lesner Inn wedding 😍 • • Photo: Who's That Girl Photos
  • "I will love you for the rest of time" ❤️ • • Photo: April Renee' Photography Florals: Sterling Myers Hair: Stephanie Michelle Hair MUA: Sydney Balmer Gown: Kenneth Winston
  • There's so many ways to decorate the Waterside Deck for cocktail hour! We love when couples change it up and allow their own vision for the room come to life 😍 • • Photo: Luke & Ashley Photography Greenery: Fluttering Flowers Lighting: Stage Right Lighting Bar from yours truly 💕
  • When the groom sees his bride walking down the isle and his instinct is to wave 😍👋 • • What would be your first instinct? Wave, cry, or smile?? • • Photo by Luke and Ashley Photography
  • Kisses are even better during your first dance 😘 • • Photo by Lia Everette Photography
  • As much as we love the water view on the Sunset Deck, we absolutely love grand staircase photos 💕 • • Photo by Luke & Ashley Photography Florals by Fluttering Flowers Bouquet by Kelly Gish Floral Designs Dress from Ava Clara Couture Bridal Hair/MU by Haleigh’s Hair
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