Our Wedding Blog

Fall Wedding Spotlight: Cameron & Chris 10.26.2019

Apple picking, pumpkin patches, haunted houses and more! Not only is there so many activities to do but it’s also one of our favorite seasons to plan a wedding around! The endless amounts of deep orange, reds, and greens make the perfect color palette to create your fall wedding dream come true, so keep reading to find out how a real wedding at Lesner Inn said “I do” to...

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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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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

  • When you marry the love of your life you also marry into his friendships! 😂💕 Photo by: Daissy Torres Photography
  • It's been a while since you've seen the faces behind the doors of Lesner Inn so we wanted to introduce our managers! First off… our fearless leader, Alexis Hionis. Alexis is a Virginia Beach native, born and bred. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and after a short stint in the Los Angeles event industry, she returned to her East Coast beach roots. With an inherent love for all things wedding, paired with her creative energy and attention to detail, Alexis has found her home at The Lesner Inn. Since 2010, she has overseen hundreds of weddings but still hasn't grown tired of the excitement of the big day...and the wedding cakes. When she isn't in the office, you’ll find her giving back to the community she loves so much, through her nonprofit, @riseVB. Fun fact: she was recognized for her efforts in 2018 when she won Coastal Virginia Biz’s Best Local Leader Making A Difference award!
  • You are my today and all of my tomorrow 💕 Photo: Angel Eyes Photography
  • A kiss seals two souls in a moment of time 😘 Photo by: Brooke Waldroup Photography
  • $1,000 GIVEAWAY TIME In need of some holiday photos for your Christmas card, engagement photos, or just some headshots? We’ll we’ve partnered with @samiroyphoto on a special photoshoot giveaway! Open to all participants - you’ll have the chance to win a photoshoot valued up to $500 and a special $500 discount with the Lesner Inn by just following these simple steps listed below! To enter: 1. Like this photo 2. Follow both @samiroyphoto & @lesnerinn on instagram 3. Tag 3 friends 4. Extra entry - share to your Instagram story or repost and mention @samiroyphoto and @lesnerinn That's it!! The contest will run from Dec. 2-8 with the winner being announced Dec. 9th on Lesner Inn’s account!
  • There's a reason why we don't see the world in black & white! 😍😍 Photo by: Chelsie Darling Photography
  • I would thank you from the bottom of my heart but for you my heart has no bottom 💕 Happy Thanksgiving! Photo by: Daissy Torres Photography
  • Honestly...blown away at Katie's beauty 😍 Photo by Him & Her Photography
  • We can not get over this day and how perfect these photos by Courtney Timms Photography came out! When you have a good looking couple and perfect views, things come together better than you can imagine 😍 Dress from Studio I Do Bridals Virginia Beach Hair by Hair Daze Salon & Spa Makeup by Dhalia Edwards Makeup
  • From the couple to the smallest of details - don't forget to capture every part of your day! Photo by: Sami Roy Photography
  • There's no others, Like my Brothers I want by my side, As I marry my Bride. 💕 Photo by: Daissy Torres Photography
  • Lounge areas for cocktail hour are absolutely and utterly our favorite things 💕 Photo: Michael & Laura Photography Flowers: Gather Floral Lounge: Paisley & Jade Gown: Wedding Atelier
  • A vision of beauty! 😍 Photo: Sami Roy Photography Dress: Here & Now Bridal
  • The view, the bride, the groom what else can I say? Pure perfection! 😍 Photo: EyeCaptures Photography Florist: Fluttering Flowers Gown: Silk Bridal Studio
  • Sunsets out on the dock are reason enough for a kiss 😘 Photo by Skylar Wyatt Photography Gown from Silk Bridal Makeup by BlushTones Hair by Chroma Salon Virginia Beach
  • The rustic bar set up in the Waterside Deck? We think yes! 😍 Photo: Michael & Laura Photography Flowers: Gather Floral Bar set up: Lesner Inn
  • Cross the street to have wedding photos on the sand but the safety of having a sheltered ceremony site at Lesner Inn! Photo by Beth Hamilton Photography
  • We are still in love with Sarah's wedding dress. Those sleeves! That lace! That headpiece! Photo by Kirstyn Marie Photography
  • All we can say is...😍😍 Photo by Michael & Laura Photography Dress: Wedding Atelier Lighting: Stage Right Lighting Weddings & Special Events
  • We love this epic staircase shot by Dragon Studio from Tanya & Garin's wedding day! Usually it serves as the classic Lesner Inn bridal party and family portrait area but we love when couples take a few solo shots on it too.
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