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The Great Gatsby Wedding

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Inspired by the beauty and elegance that is the roaring 20s, the Lesner Inn wanted to showcase all of the wonderful out of the box ideas, styles and concepts a couple could do for their wedding day! Creating this Gatsby inspired shoot captured by Echard Wheeler Photography was one of our favorite designs and we’re excited to share it all with you!

Wanting to incorporate the popularity of feathers, pearls, and the overall elegance of a 1920s aesthetic in our Lesner Hall, the Lesner inn with the help of The Wandering Petal, Jollity & Co, Waterford Event Rentals, Mad Hatter Vintage and Paper Dolls were able to create two distinct schemes which allowed guests to feel like they were personally invited to Gatsby’s dining room table for dinner!










The provided champagne ice art by Ice Art VA only added that little extra Gatsby style to the room!










With the room looking it’s absolute best, it was time to add in our gorgeous bride dressed by Milk & Honey Bridal, accessorized by Fink’s Jewelers and all glammed up by Meg from Blushtones and the Hair Days!










Guest tables? Check. Bride and Groom? Check. Next was our favorite part! The Sweetheart table! The set up created by Mad Hatter Vintage and The Wandering Petal against the balloon backdrop by Jollity & Co. and Stage Right Lighting’s lighted swags created the perfect romantic backdrop and setting!
















Adding a little flair to your grand entrance like a Jollity & Co. balloon installation and drinks like this Mad Hatter greenery champagne wall is always the way to go, which is why we had to have it! In the words of F. Scott Fitzgerald “A Little Party Never Hurt Nobody”










Even Gatsby’s mansion couldn’t compare to the view of the Lynnhaven River, which was and always is the perfect spot for all our wedding ceremonies!








Dressed by Frances Kahn, our couple, danced the night away and there are no words to describe how incredibly beautiful the sunset was that day! Blues and purples covered the sky and we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect thematic sunset!
















However, the Lesner Hall wasn’t the only place we had travel back in time! Creating the perfect speakeasy lounge, the Waterside Deck was dressed in Mad Hatter Vintage cigar lounge pieces!













One of our favorite shoots yet we loved working with every one of our top Hampton road vendors and we couldn’t have had such a successful Open House with out them! Here’s to a great year with all of you and our Lesner Inn couples!


Venue: The Lesner Inn

Photography: Echard Wheeler Photography

Lounge/Set Pieces/Table Pieces: Mad Hatter Vintage

Balloon Installation & Table Pieces: Jollity & Co.

Florist: The Wandering Petal

Lighting: Stage Right Lighting 

Bridal Gown & Bridal Headpiece: Milk & Honey Bridal

Reception Dress: Frances Kahn 

Makeup: Meg from Blushtones

Hair: The Hair Days 

Invitations and Signage: Paper Dolls

Ice Art: Ice Art VA

Jewelry: Fink’s Jewelers 

Linens: Waterford Event Rentals



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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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