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Lesner Inn Best Of 2019

Just like that, another unforgettable year has completely flown by, which is why we’d like to share with you Lesner Inn’s Best of Weddings to reflect and re-live some of our favorite moments working with all of our wonderful couples, who we wish nothing but love and happiness in their future!  So, let’s begin…


Best Cake

Photo: Daissy Torres Photography

Mayumi and Stephen’s lemon flavored three tiered cake created by Cakes by Crystal (located in Chesapeake) had their guests craving for more and the Lesner team voting this detailed designed cake as our 2019 favorite!




Best Flowers

Photo: Kelley Stinson Photography
Photo: Kelley Stinson Photography

Cameron and Chris’ Fall inspired October wedding had us in absolute awe! Greenbrier Florist did a phenomenal job at tying in the theme through the bridal party bouquets and the centerpieces. Look at how stunning Cameron’s bouquet looks against her bridal gown from Studio I Do!




Best Theme

Photo: Kelley Stinson Photography
Photo: Kelley Stinson Photography

Not only did Cameron & Chris win our Best Flowers Award but they also created the perfect seasonal theme with some fun personal touches added along the way, such as their signature drink named after their dog, Rookie, and a firetruck! You can read more about their fall wedding and photos on our previous blog titled Fall Wedding Spotlight: Cameron & Chris 10.26.19



Best Squad

Photo: Dragon Studio Photography

This category is one of our favorites! While we love to think about the couples we’ve had the honor to work with, we also love to reminisce on their fun and hilarious bridal parties.  Brittany & Casey’s wedding back in September, claimed the number one spot for this category.  And Mike Dragon captured why perfectly in this picture. From the looks of it, we know that Brittany must always have a smile on her face because of her jokester hubby, Casey!


Best Exit

Photo: Daissy Torres Photography
Photo: Daissy Torres Photography

The Lesner Inn had the pleasure to not only host Jessica & Adam’s wedding, but also to act as their Day of Coordinators (through our ABC Coordination Services).  Lead coordinator, Lindsey, remembers, “I loved working with them because of all the small details they incorporated on their special day like their Ferris wheel cupcake display [created by Incredible Edibles].”  She explained, “It was a way to share how he proposed on a Ferris wheel” (cue the tears).  But when it came to their boat exit, she added “I just love when couples take advantage of our view and water!” I mean, take a look at these photographs. That sky. That view.  It’s no surprise that Jessica and Adam’s sunset boat exit goes home with Best Exit of 2019!


Best Black & White

Photo: Courtney Timms Photography

Will they, won’t they? Just kiss already! Alaina and Pat’s wedding & reception was nothing short of pure perfection… and so is this black & white photograph captured by Courtney Timms Photography!  One word… WOW.




Best Party Crowd

Photo: Cynthia Tenney Photography

Colonial DJ kept everyone on the dance floor for Nicole & Bryce’s wedding back in May! From wearing football helmets to doing the limbo, these guests knew how to PARTY.  This was by far our favorite photo montage on a dance floor. We’re even thankful for the Ava Clara’s bridal gown holding up throughout the night when the bride was thrown in the air on a chair!


Best Guest Book 

Photo: Skylar Wyatt Photography

Kelsey and Brian showcased their Irish side by doing an Irish blessing stone guest book! Known as the blessing stones or wishing stones, each guest is invited to write a wish for the couple, such as writing happy marriage or wishing them good fortune, and then toss the stone in the water.  This was our first time seeing knowing the importance of the stones, of course, Lesner Inn had to wish our couple a long and happy marriage!





Best Dock Photo

Photo: Blush Wood Studios

Julia and Jake kissed their way to forever on May 25th after meeting in Longwood back in 2013. After being stationed for two years, Jake finally got down on one knee and proposed.  But because he had the ring box in his back pocket throughout the day, it was bent… so he had to use a pocket knife to pry it open! Although the execution wasn’t smooth, it was perfect for her.  We love hearing romantic stories like theirs <3 Read their story in our previous blog here Couple Spotlight: Julia & Jake


Best Sunset Deck Photo

Photo: Wes Shinn Photography

Brooke’s and Micah looked radiant against the Lesner Inn sunset, which is why their November moment takes not only our breath away but our 2019 Best Sunset Deck Award!





Best Kiss

Photo: David Champagne

There’s just something fun, playful and romantic about a man dipping his woman for a smooch.  And Jibri & Sara must agree because they look like they’ve mastered the age-old tradition of the dip kiss in this photo.




Best Family Moment

Photo: Scott Culberson Photography

One of the hardest things a father does is to trust another man to take care of his little girl… but that doesn’t mean he can’t also be happy and thrilled for his baby girl.  This was such a special moment between Leah and her father. And such an emotional moment as both her and Ryan’s family’s became one. Photographer, Scott Culberson, did such a great job at capturing the familial bond here



Best First Look

Photo: Angie McPherson Photography

One of our favorite moments is the father/daughter reveal and we love that Angie McPherson Photography was able to capture both Deanna and her father’s reaction to this special moment!




Best Candid

Photo: Courtney Timms Photography

We’ll provide the mini cheeseburger sliders and you’ll provide the cheese burglar! Our favorite candid of the year is from Hillary’s summer wedding which has our stomachs gurgling with hunger just looking at this guest!




Best Detail/Decor

Photo: Michael & Laura Photography

A wooden bar and greenery will NEVER go out of style.  If you haven’t checked Paisley & Jade out then we highly suggest giving them a visit because they never disappoint… and Samantha & Terence knew this by adding a lounge area and specialty bars to their wedding day!







To all the vendors and 2019 couples, we wouldn’t be here without you and thank you for always reminding us why it is we love what we do! May all our Lesner Couples have a long and happy future! Here’s to looking back at 2019 and looking forward to 2020!


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What People are Saying

  • Mr. & Mrs. John­son

    MARCH 10, 2018

    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

    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

    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

  • Lauren and Luis went off for a fun day at the Norfolk Botanical Garden and when they came back home, the bathroom was decorated with champagne and candles. Luis proposed in the most perfect way and Lauren couldn't help but say yes to her love ❤️💍 Photo: Shawn Sawyer Photography
  • Our next manager is Lindsey Basnight! She is a Radford Highlander and you will never see her without a cup of coffee! We are pretty sure that she single-handedly keeps Dunkin’ Donuts in business… just ask any of the employees at the Shore Drive location! Since she's lived in Virginia Beach her entire life, she's out on the water every chance she gets. You may see her catching some rays or fishing out on the bay! In 2017, we found a 6 week old kitten drowning in the Lynnhaven River and she took him under her wing and nursed him back to health. He’s stuck around and we love getting updates from her about how he is growing!
  • Rain or shine, I'll love you forever! 💕 Photo: 88 Love Stories
  • We're right on the water so why not have a boat ready on the dock for you to take a few pictures during cocktail hour?! 🥰 Photo: Courtney Timms Photography Dress: Studio I Do Bridals Virginia Beach Hair: Hair Daze Salon & Spa MUA: Dhalia Edwards Makeup
  • 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
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