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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

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