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Hurricane Wedding

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With hurricane Joaquin making his dramatic exit from the east coast, we reflect on the problems that occurred, and the solutions to those problems. If you’re planning a wedding close to hurricane season, there are some things to consider and be prepared to deal with if a hurricane (or other poorly timed weather disasters) muck up your wedding plans.

Here’s a shot of our last minute “barnyard” wedding!


If you plan to have your wedding outdoors, keep a close eye on the weather. Heavy wind and rain can easily knock out the barnyard wedding that you had hoped for. If the weather doesn’t look favorable, call around to other venues in the area and find out their availability, it’s always good to have a backup. We were able to help a bride in need this past weekend when Joaquin flooded her barnyard wedding!

Keeping from the wind and rain with this indoor ceremony!

Also, if your venue has an outdoor deck for the ceremony and an indoor space for the reception, make sure your venue coordinators have a plan of action if the wind and rain get too bad to continue with an outdoor ceremony. Luckily, our Lesner Hall is large enough to set up a ceremony as well!

Grand exit

Strong winds can easily mess up the sparkler exit you had planned, so be prepared to have an alternative that won’t be smothered by the wind. Glow sticks have a similar affect that sparklers would in an image.

In any event, you should always be prepared to handle anything life throws at you. Here at the Lesner Inn, we’ve seen it all, and luckily we have a great staff who is always on their toes!

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What People are Saying

  • Mr. & Mrs. Horne

    SEPTEMBER 12, 2020
    We had such an amazing wedding at the Lesner this past weekend. With all of the hurdles we had to go through with COVID protocols, Alexis, Kim, and Lindsey went above and beyond to make our day feel normal- and it was PERFECT! They were so attentive to detail and helpful with things I had not thought of during the planning process. They took care of every detail and we had nothing to worry about on the day of Our wedding except showing up. I even had some last minute changes to decor that they were able to help with. The food was amazing and the view is seriously one you can’t beat. The sunset deck is Covered, so some rain is not a total game changer- but it also gives the guests a nice break from the reception hall (which is inside), which made our guests comfortable with spacing out during these times. Luckily our weather was perfect and the photos are literally amazing- there is no better view in Virginia Beach. I would highly recommend the Lesner for a wedding !!
  • Mr. & Mrs. Jurko

    JUNE 22, 2018
    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
    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
    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
    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
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