Our Wedding Blog

Winter Wedding Favors

From traditional chocolates to customized ideas there are so many ways to winterize your favors and have your guests take away a piece of the night! Photo: Alex McClelland Keep it simple and put some of your favorite chocolates in a small bag that goes with your wedding colors or theme. You can winterize it by dressing it up to look like a present and attach a little ribbon with a...

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A Blended Family

Sometimes you not only get married to the love of your life but you also are blessed to welcome in your new blended family. There are many ways to incorporate this new or already growing relationship onto your wedding day! Photo: Leah Ariel Photography Family Vows During the ceremony, you would not only express the love and happiness you feel to say “I Do” but you would then turn and...

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Couple Spotlight: Julia & Jake 5.25.2019

Julia and Jake kissed their way into forever at Lesner Inn on May 25, 2019 overlooking the Lynnhaven River. The day was perfected with light blues, cake to feed the guests as they danced the night away, and love that filled Lesner Hall to the brim. After their big day was over, we asked Julia and Jake to take a second a reminisce on their relationship and their wedding day – take...

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Looking Back on Summer Weddings

The drinks were overflowing, joy and laughter filled the air, and our Lesner couples said “I do” under the heat of the sun and to the calming sounds of the Lynnhaven River. The summer of 2019 was one to remember…from June to August, the Lesner Inn managers saw some of the most beautiful weddings and fun trends. From décor to fun exits to florals, here are some things we’re sad to see...

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Five Reasons Why You Should Have an Afternoon Wedding

It’s the beginning stages of wedding planning. You’re already starting to look into venues but you seem to be stuck on answering a pesky question that keeps coming up, “what time are you looking to have your wedding?” Now comes the time to ask yourself – do you want an afternoon or evening wedding. Lunch or Dinner? Sunrise or Sunset? There are so many factors when it comes to...

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How To Shorten Your Guest List

Mom? Check. Dad? Check. Uncle Steve? Check. What about your college friend who you see every four months or your cousin who just comes to big family events? When it comes to creating the guest list it can be a bit stressful to make sure you have everyone special to you while not inviting 400 people you know. We’ve come up with four ways to narrow down your guest list so you can have...

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What Kind of Wedding Planner Do I Need?

Don’t forget to send in the venue deposit, make the invitations, hire the florist from downtown and have you checked to see if Cousin Janet RSVP’d yet? When it comes to planning a wedding there are so many pieces, details and people involved that you may not have the time or energy to deal with everything, so before you forgo any outside help take some time and read on about the different...

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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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Keep ‘Em Busy: Kid’s Edition

They’re small, cute and sometimes sticky. They’re the little ones we love and adore but fear may get bored as you walk down the aisle and say I do. Never fear, we’re here to help! This guide will give you some ideas to keep the kiddos busy and entertained all night long! Step One: Think Kid What did you love doing when you were younger? What are things that a 3 year old will enjoy but...

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Top-Notch Tips from Past Couples

They say you should learn from others. Learn from their mistakes, their experiences, and their successes so you can succeed, and we couldn’t agree more! Taking advice from previous Lesner Inn couples will help you tremendously when planning your own wedding. We hope you enjoy these top-notch tips from couples before you because getting to hear another perspective of things is the best...

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Wedding Registry vs. Honeymoon Fund

There’s so many things that you plan for when you’re planning a wedding. Most of them having to do with vendors, décor, and timelines, but you also are planning for your life after the big day as well! Creating your registry is one of the biggest tasks of planning for you and your fiancé to make sure you’re all set in your home once you get back from the honeymoon. Another trend that...

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Feature Guest: Astro Entertainment

As you know, we love to bring other vendors on to our blog to share their side of the industry with you! We reached out to the amazing Astro Entertainment to see what they have to say about the event industry. We hope you enjoy their take on all things entertainment! We know you do more than just DJ, so let us know all of your services! Astro offers a wide variety of services! We 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

  • 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.
  • Find someone who makes you laugh like this every day 🥰🤣 Photo by Shawn Sawyer Photography
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