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Wedding Wednesday: Jamie & Donovan 5.14.2022

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A beautiful view, gorgeous decor, and most of all a STUN-NING bride was all you could see when Jamie and Donovan sealed their love at The Lesner Inn. Let’s take a look behind the scenes of this amazing couple and their wonderful night of love through the lens of Cat DeLine Photography.

Their Love Story

Jamie grew up in Chesapeake, Virginia (we love our local girls). She had no idea when she was moving down the coast to attend The University of South Florida in the Fall of 2017, that she was about to meet her future husband. Donovan was in his second year at USF while Jamie was beginning her first year in the Sunshine State. Fastforward a few years later Donovan got down on one knee and asked Jamie to spend the rest of their lives together. It all took place during a sunset beach walk after dinner in Sarasota. Donovan had just gotten back from deployment in Okinawa, Japan, which made the moment even more special.

Details & Decor

Jamie knew from the beginning she wanted greenery with white and light blue flowers for her decor. Jamie and her vendors absolutely NAILED it when it came to creating the perfect details to the special day. Of course, we also think the views of the Lynnhaven River added a nice touch too.

Pre-Ceremony

Many of our couples along with their bridal parties and families choose the Delta Marriot for their stay, which is only a mile away from Lesner Inn. Jamie got ready with her girls and her mom before doing her first look. Safe to say Donovan was speechless when he saw just how GORGEOUS his bride was.

Ceremony & Reception

The MOST beautiful ceremony was followed by an amazing reception with The Varana’s surrounded by their loved ones who were ready to celebrate the newlyweds. It’s easy to see the love these two have for each other even through the pictures (and can we talk about that rainbow, you’re KIDDING).

And of course, the grand exit. We loved being able to host The Varana’s on their special day and we wish them nothing but the best in the future.

Vendor Team

Venue & Coordination: Lesner Inn

Officiant: Corey Newell

DJ: Endless Mic Entertainment

Photographer: Cat DeLine Photography

Florist: Flower Lady

Bridal Gown: Studio I Do Bridals

Hair: Heather Veracruz

Makeup: Dhalia Edwards Makeup (Ariel Delorito)

Cake: Carolina Cupcakery

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What People are Saying

  • Mr. & Mrs. Horne

    SEPTEMBER 12, 2020
    ENTIRE VENUE
    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
    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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