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The Waterside Deck

Planning a small wedding but want a waterfront view or a big wedding with the desire for a more intimate feel to your cocktail hour? Look no further than our Waterside Deck! Our enclosed white-wooded Waterside Deck lined with windows facing the Lynnhaven River allows our couples to enjoy a gorgeous water backdrop while giving guests the immersive feeling that they’re at the beach!

Photo: Skylar Wyatt Photography

With our Waterside Deck you can experience a gorgeous view among your closest family and friends.  Due to a smaller venue, such as the Waterside Deck that can accommodate up to 110 guests banquet style or 150 guests with our cocktail style floor plan, you’ll be able to cut the guest list and invite those who matter the most to you. No need to stress about inviting the cousin you haven’t spoken to in years out of obligation because you have the perfect reason not to – your venue only fits up to 100-150! Have a smaller guest count? The smallest wedding we’ve ever hosted in our Waterside Deck was an 10 person wedding and it was just as beautiful, special, and just full of love as our bigger 200 person weddings we cater in our bigger hall – The Lesner Hall. So instead of stressing and feeling overwhelmed with the amount of people to thank and greet go ahead and start relaxing as you’ll be able to enjoy your day after feeling like you’ve accomplished your social obligations in less time while your guests feel more involved and get to experience your day in a much more intimate way!

Photo: Skylar Wyatt Photography

Not only can a smaller venue cut the day of social stress but it can also relive a lot of the stress when it comes to the planning process. Couples are faced with a lot of difficult and time-consuming decisions, such as decor, centerpieces, linen colors, spacing, etc. By choosing our Waterside Deck, which already provides a gorgeous river view as your backdrop, white wood flooring, and natural lighting through our windows that open to allow the breeze of the Lynnhaven River in, couples receive more flexibility to do smaller and more personalized centerpieces and decor, while their guests get to enjoy the feeling of being at the beach without the pesky sand getting everywhere!

We want you to have the wedding of your dreams, while also experiencing as little stress as possible. Our Waterside Deck can not only host your reception but can also be quickly and easily converted from your ceremony to your cocktail hour. Our staff will handle everything while you and your guests have the time of your lives!

Photo: Michael and Laura Photography

However, if you are still set on having a larger reception but still want to include the intimate atmosphere on your big day then having your cocktail hour in our Waterside Deck may the best solution for you! By having your cocktail hour in our Waterside Deck it allows for guests to mingle with each other while you are finishing up bridal party photos elsewhere. They will enjoy the beautiful view while gushing over the love shared between you and your new spouse!

Not only is the Waterside Deck perfect for weddings but it also works wonderfully for baby showers, rehearsal dinners, bridal parties, birthdays, and more! So come check out the Waterside Deck the next time you’re in Virginia Beach!

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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

  • 𝐵𝓇𝒾𝒹𝑒𝓈𝓂𝒶𝒾𝒹 (n.) - a person who is like a sibling, best friend, someone a bride's big day would be incomplete without. ❤️ Photography: Mallorie Danielle Photography Bridal Gown: David's Bridal
  • "I fell in love with her 𝒸𝑜𝓊𝓇𝒶𝑔𝑒. Her 𝓈𝒾𝓃𝒸𝑒𝓇𝒾𝓉𝓎. And her flaming 𝓈𝑒𝓁𝒻 𝓇𝑒𝓈𝓅𝑒𝒸𝓉 And it's these things I'd believe in...𝓘 𝓵𝓸𝓿𝓮 𝓱𝓮𝓻..." - F. Scott Fitzgerald Photo: Echard Wheeler Photography Dress: Frances Kahn Headpiece: Milk & Honey Bride Makeup: Meg from BlushTones Hair: The Hair Days
  • Don't forget to read all about our past Gatsby themed open house on our blog up on our website now! Photo: @echardwheelerphoto Vintage Furniture: @mhattervintage Florals: @thewanderingpetal
  • "You are the 𝒻𝒾𝓃𝑒𝓈𝓉, 𝓁𝑜𝓋𝑒𝓁𝒾𝑒𝓈𝓉, 𝓉𝑒𝓃𝒹𝑒𝓇𝑒𝓈𝓉, and most 𝒷𝑒𝒶𝓊𝓉𝒾𝒻𝓊𝓁 person I have ever known and that is an understatement" - F. Scott Fitzgerald Photo: @echardwheelerphoto Furniture: @mhattervintage Dress: @franceskahnvirginiabeach Suit: @beecroftandbullva Florals: @thewanderingpetal Headpiece: @milkandhoneybride
  • Our best 𝒶𝒹𝓋𝑒𝓃𝓉𝓊𝓇𝑒 yet 🥰 📷: Cole Sweeney | @cs_visuals_
  • Hold my hand from now until forever 🥰 Photo: Cole Sweeney | https://cs-visuals.com/
  • I thought perfect could only exist in books and movies but that changed when I met you 😘 Photo: Cole Sweeney | https://cs-visuals.com/
  • "There are all kinds of love in this world but 𝓃𝑒𝓋𝑒𝓇 the same 𝓁𝑜𝓋𝑒 twice." - F. Scott Fitzgerald Photo: Echard Wheeler Photography Suit: Beercroft & Bull
  • We have been steadfast in our approach to be proactive, responsible and compassionate as the updates on COVID-19 have unfolded. It has and always will be our priority to do whatever possible to ensure the wellbeing of our clients and our staff and everyone in our Lesner Inn family. We will get through this together and do our part to be a part of the solution to an unfathomable crisis. We will continue to navigate this closely and carefully in the coming days and weeks. In the meantime, our Lesner Inn events team is available to answer any questions about hosting future events at Lesner Inn. We understand it’s a challenging time to be planning an event, so please do not hesitate to reach out to us to be a resource during this time. With Love, The Lesner Inn Family CONTACT INFO: Email: info@lesnerinn.com Phone: (757) 481 1122
  • "He looked at her in a way that every young girl wanted to be looked at." 💕 - F. Scott Fitzgerald Photo: Echard Wheeler Photography Bridal Gown: Milk & Honey Bride Florals: The Wandering Petal Headpiece: Milk & Honey Bride
  • "I 𝓁𝑜𝓋𝑒 her and that's the 𝒷𝑒𝑔𝒾𝓃𝓃𝒾𝓃𝑔 and 𝑒𝓃𝒹 to 𝑒𝓋𝑒𝓇𝓎𝓉𝒽𝒾𝓃𝑔" - F. Scott Fitzgerald Photo: Echard Wheeler Photography Bridal Gown: Milk & Honey Bride Headpiece: Milk & Honey Bride Makeup: Meg from BlushTones Hair: The Hair Days
  • True 𝕝𝕠𝕧𝕖 𝕤𝕥𝕠𝕣𝕚𝕖𝕤 have no endings. Photo: Angie McPherson Photography Hair & Makeup: Darling & Dapper Florist: Palette of Petals
  • No words are able to describe how absolutely beautiful Deanna looked 😍 Photo: Angie McPherson Photography Florist: Palette of Petals Hair & Makeup: Darling & Dapper
  • The flowers, the colors, the bridal party - so much beauty! 💕 Photo: Angie McPherson Photography Florist: Palette of Petals Hair & Makeup: Darling & Dapper
  • You have a place in my heart that no one else could have ❤️ - F. Scott Fitzgerald Photo: Echard Wheeler Photography Bridal Gown: Milk & Honey Bride Headpiece: Milk & Honey Bride Florals: The Wandering Petal Table Items: Jollity & Co Party Boutique
  • Have you read our latest blog? The Great Gatsby Wedding! Check it out on our website now! 💕 Photo: Echard Wheeler Photography Florals: The Wandering Petal Table Items: Jollity & Co Party Boutique
  • There I was, way off my ambitions, getting deeper in love every minute. - F Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby Photo: Echard Wheeler Photography Bridal Gown: Milk & Honey Bride Hair: The Hair Days Makeup:Meg from BlushTones Headpiece: Milk & Honey Bride
  • A discounted price! Usually valued at $95 per person, as a Lesner Inn couple you’ll receive the detox and chill package for $100 for the both of you!
  • CONTEST ALERT! ‼️ Book out the entire sauna for your party of 8 or less while the Lesner Inn brings the champagne! How to enter: 1) Follow both @methodvabeach and @lesnerinn 2) Share this post to your story and tag both accounts! 3) Every comment with a tag to a friend gives you one extra entry and if you share a photo of your party/best friends using the link in our bio we’ll give you two more entries! That’s it! Winner will be announced at the end of the month!
  • Upon booking with the Lesner Inn, you’ll receive 4 free sauna sessions to relax and enjoy leading up to your wedding!
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We have been steadfast in our approach to be proactive, responsible and compassionate as the updates of COVID-19 have unfolded. It has and always will be our priority to do whatever possible to ensure the wellbeing of our guests and everyone in our Lesner family.

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