Becca & Billy tied the knot on December 2, 2017 on Lesner Inn‘s famous Sunset Deck, while overlooking the Lynnhaven River. They were a DREAM couple! We loved getting to know them during the planning process & especially loved how perfect for each other they are. Not only were they so sweet, but the love from their friends & family surrounding them was so evident throughout the entire celebration as well. We know you’ll smile as big as we did while reading Becca & Billy’s responses about their Lesner Inn wedding!
We met during grad school at Stony Brook University about 5 1/2 years ago now. He was in PT school, and I was in PA school but we had an overlapping anatomy class the first summer of school and started hanging out and the rest is history!
We love a good story! How did you get engaged? (This is so thoughtful & well planned, great job Billy!)
We had a weekend planned to stay out in the eastern part of Long Island near the wineries (we had done the same thing the year prior as it’s one of our favorite places), but this year he drove us back through Stony Brook (which is on the way) where we first met and proposed on the beach outside of his old house where we used to spend a lot of time together. Then, he surprised me by having my parents come into town from Virginia Beach, so we spent the weekend with both of our families celebrating our engagement!
Why did you pick Lesner Inn for your venue?
My cousins got married at the Lesner Inn about 7 years ago, and I fell in love with the venue at their wedding. After we got engaged, I knew that I wanted to get married there as well. I’m a huge beach/water lover and the setting and view that the Lesner Inn offers is just incredible! One of my favorite parts of the venue is that you can have your ceremony outside on the water, and then walk inside for the reception rather than having your guests have to travel!
What outside vendors did you use & why did you choose them?
I LOVED all of our vendors! We used a lot of the Lesner Inn preferred vendors who I was extremely happy with but then our DJ, Taylor Haycox and videographer, DSP, were outside vendors. Taylor was actually recommended to us by our cousin’s friend, and I am so grateful for that because he was absolutely perfect and all of our guests were raving about him after. We found our videographer on WeddingWire, and his reviews were all great as well as his pricing. He did an amazing job and again we are so pleased with how it all turned out.
Billy and I both wanted our wedding day to be fairly simple. I wanted the color scheme and decor to be very neutral with lots of white flowers and greenery. We went with a dusty blue for the bridesmaid dresses which I thought went well with having our wedding in December. It also fit into the waterfront venue vibe. We pretty much stayed with our vision the entire time with only a few minor changes as we got further into planning. The nice thing about the Lesner Inn (particularly the Sunset Deck) is that the scenery is already so naturally pretty that we didn’t worry about doing much else for our decor. Looking back on the photos, we are so happy with how it all turned out!
We always love different dessert bars. What made you choose to do a donut bar?
Billy was actually the mastermind behind the donut bar! He loves donuts and wanted to do something different for our desserts! We still had the traditional cake, but I think all of our guests loved the donuts the most!
How did you pick your first dance song & why did you pick it?
We both love Ed Sheeran (especially me) and the first time we heard Perfect together we knew that we wanted to do that for our song. We really didn’t even debate about any other songs because we felt that one describes us so well and the music is so beautiful.
Are there any funny or silly moments from your wedding day or the planning process that stand out to you?
I remember at the end of the night walking through the sparklers and it dawning on me how flammable my hair was after all of the hair spray, and then Billy went to dip me and accidentally almost dropped me backwards into the flames. Luckily we recovered well and my hair didn’t catch on fire haha.
What advice do you have for other couples planning their wedding?
I would say to just keep things simple, go with your gut and don’t stress over the small details! The day goes by so quickly and you really have to soak in every moment because it’s gone in a second!
We are SO glad that Becca’s hair didn’t catch on fire haha, that definitely would have been a first! Becca & Billy really did give the best advice for other couples to take in. Trying not to stress is much easier said than done for the biggest day of your life, but the details that seem so big during the planning process won’t be the things that you really cherish after it’s all said & done. So, try not to worry, take in every second, & enjoy your big day!
Photos by Stellar Exposures Photography!