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8 Ways to Personalize Your Wedding

Traditional or personalized? Should you stick with one or mix in both for your wedding? We think that it’s your day so you do whatever makes you most happy! If you do decide to head down the personalized road, whether it be fully or for just one thing, but have no idea on where to start, Lesner Inn has 8 ways to personalize your big day! We hope you can find some inspiration!   Write...

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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...

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CENT$ for CENTERPIECE$

Once the cake has been eaten and the guests have gone home, you are left happily married to the love of your life. And with a lot of boxes of stuff that you have no idea what to do with. If you are like 90% of brides across America, you now have collections of napkins, runners, twinkle lights, and chargers just gathering dust in your attic. Here are a few ways to turn those into cold...

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Wedding Reception Amusement

When thinking of a wedding reception, what usually comes to mind is music and lots of dancing! Guests rarely expect the unexpected, so why not be the first to show them something truly unique at your wedding reception? Over time we have seen some pretty creative entertainment ideas that keeps not only your guests on your toes, but your vendors as well! Here are just a few of our favorites...

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Not Your Average Bar

While you can’t go wrong with the classic cocktail bar, adding an additional bar to the evening is becoming more and more popular – a food bar. There are so many different foods that can be brought in and set up in a beautiful display for the event. Feature one of your favorite foods or desserts on your special day with toppings to match! Whether you decide to go with a food item or...

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Let’s Talk About Photo Booths

When it comes to wedding pictures, you want a photographer to capture every special moment of the day. From the minute you wake up and throw on your monogrammed robe, to the moment you see your fiancé for the first time or make your grand exit, you will want every moment documented! While the photographer is focused on you and your new spouse, it’s difficult to get shots of all your...

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The Ultimate Bride’s Day of Emergency Kit

After experiencing countless weddings, we’ve seen it all from blistered feet to tiny dress stains. Accidents happen, and unfortunately, some things are just unavoidable on your wedding day. Every wedding expert will tell you that a Wedding Day Emergency Kit is crucial on your big day! If you’ve never been a part of a bridal party, or even attended a wedding, you may be at a loss on...

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Spotlight Wedding: Nick & Ashley

Lesner Inn sees hundreds of weddings come though our doors each year and we love learning the story of each bride and being a part of their special day. We don’t want to keep all of these fantastic events to ourselves and we want to share some of our favorite weddings with you! We sat down with Ashley, one of our brides from last fall who was an absolute dream during the planning process,...

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Spring Color Palettes

Though the charm of Virginia Beach lingers year-round, along with spring comes an additional burst of beauty in our Beach City.  Sand pushes up on the dunes, grass returns to its natural green, and the greenery begins to boast their loveliest buds.  We can’t help but be captivated by this city when it comes to life in the spring and now, with wedding season in full bloom, we’re pulling...

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Best of 2015

As 2015 comes to a close, we here at Lesner Inn want to take a moment to reflect on what a great year it has been with both our social and wedding events. We have seen some of the most spectacular and creative uses of our spaces, most touching moments, most beautiful photographs, and so many other things that made 2015 at the Lesner Inn so memorable! For those of you who were married...

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Ways to Incorporate Loved Ones who Can’t Attend the Big Day

For a number of reasons, you may have a loved one who won’t be able to attend your wedding. Of course we wish they could be with us to share our happiness, but there are many ways to feel close to these loved ones on your special day. From small trinkets to sentimental dresses here are some of our most cherished ways to remember those who cannot attend. Remembrance Charms If you have...

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Creating your own Photo Booth

Having a photo booth is a great way to get some fun and goofy pictures at your reception in addition to the essential kissing in the sunset pictures that your photographer will inevitably be taking. However, renting a photo booth can be a pricey addition to the overall cost of your event. But, have no fear, creating your own photo booth is a low stress project that you can have fun...

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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

  • I choose you 💕 Photo: DCPG Photography + Design
  • The first kiss as Mr. and Mrs. is the best kiss 😘 Photo: Sarah Vanderford Photography Dress: David's Bridal
  • When you realize it's the weekend 🙌 What are your plans?? Comment below! Photo:Michael & Laura Photography Dress: Wedding Atelier
  • Long shots of the Waterside Deck are one of our absolute faves 😍 Photo: Timeless Tides Photography
  • Sunset Deck kisses are the best sort of kisses 😘 • • Photo: Ashley Henry Photography
  • Happiness and confidence are the best things you can wear on your wedding day ❤️ • • And we can't go without talking about that view..the perfect backdrop for bridal shots 🙌 • • Photo: Daissy Torres Photography Hair/MUA: Rudy & Kelly - Greenbrier Mall Salon Flowers: Gather
  • Just outside the Waterside Deck, there's a perfect spot to get away and take in the newest chapter of your life ❤️ • • Photo: Sarah Vanderford Photography Dress: David's Bridal
  • We absolutely LOVE when bands play at weddings! There's just something about someone singing live that gets the party goin' 😍🙌 • • Photo: Courtney Timms Photography Lighting: Stage Right Lighting Weddings & Special Events Band: Strictly Bizzness
  • One reason we love daytime weddings is because of the natural light photos, even when you exit on a boat! 😍 Check out a couple more reasons to have a daytime wedding on one of our recent blogs! • • Photo: Kayla Belle Photography Dress: Pronovias Hair: Stephanie Michelle Hair MUA: Dhalia Edwards Makeup
  • The dock outside of the Waterside Deck is the absolute perfect spot to get away and spend a moment with your soulmate ❤️ • • Photo: Blush Wood Studios Hair/MUA: Darling & Dapper Dress: BHLDN
  • It's like a dream became reality 😍 • • Photo: Courtney Timms Photography Flowers: Parties for Particular People
  • YES to everything about this picture! A beautiful bride and a beautiful backdrop 😍 • • Photo: Timeless Tides Photography
  • "A million times over, I will always choose you" 💕 • • Photo: Shawn Sawyer Photography
  • Your bridesmaids are everything on your wedding day. Your support system, your hug before you walk down the aisle, your personal hype team, and forever your sisters 💕 • • Photo: Courtney Timms Photography Dress: Studio I Do Bridals Virginia Beach Flowers: Parties for Particular People Hair: Hair Daze Salon & Spa MUA: Dhalia Edwards Makeup
  • There are only two times I want to be with you...now and forever 🥰 • • Photo: Chelsie Darling Photography Dress: Here & Now Bridal
  • Just a bride, blue skies, and the love to last a lifetime ❤️ • • Photo: Daissy Torres Photography
  • The reaction when Mom and Dad kiss 😂 • • Photo: Leah Ariel Photography, LLC Florals: Fluttering Flowers
  • You are the best thing that's ever been mine ❤️ • • Photo: Cynthia Tenney Photography Gown: Ava Clara Couture Bridal Designer: Kenneth Winston
  • In March 2017, Tim surprised Courtney on the beach with a ring (if you didn't already know, she said "yes"). Tim then doubled down on the surprise with a party including family and friends from Baltimore, Virginia Beach, and Arlington an hour or so later at nearby Chick's Bar and Grill ❤️ • • Photo by Dustin Lewis Images
  • 😍🙌🎉....pretty much sums up this moment • • Photo by Luke and Ashley Photography
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