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Working at Lesner Inn – A Few of my Favorite Things

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To conclude our series about what the Lesner ladies love about working at Lesner Inn, we hear from our Event & Sales Director Alexis Hionis.  It can be hard to pinpoint one thing that we love about our job, so Alexis highlights all of her favorite things below:

Alexis Retouch 2.jpgI graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s in History & Sociology, so people always ask me “How did you end up in the wedding industry? What made you want to do this?” My answer is simple.  Everything about my job at Lesner Inn makes me happy. I’m constantly surrounded by people and things I love, so why wouldn’t I do this?

I’ll start with my coworkers. The team at Lesner Inn is unlike any team I’ve worked with before. I consider the girls I work with in the office like my sisters. They each hold a special place in my heart. You’ll often find us laughing to tears over absolutely nothing, singing the Lion King Soundtrack, or binge eating sweets.  We may share a common interest of everything wedding, but our friendship goes beyond our office. And I’m lucky to have them in my life.

The location. Lesner Inn is located right on the Lynnhaven River, so every day I’m at work I’m reminded of how beautiful our home is.  The view is incredible. And the sunsets are breathtaking.  When things become hectic at work, it’s nice to take a moment on our Sunset Deck and appreciate where I live and where I work. Not many people can say the same, so I feel #blessed.

The vendors. Or better yet, my friendors. The Hampton Road’s wedding industry is large, and I’m fortunate to have so many friends in the industry.  We connect each weekend to work similar clients’ weddings. And we team up throughout the year to host open houses and create stylized shoots. They’ve even supported me through the start of my nonprofit, riseVB, and my fundraising ventures with Beach Ball. 

The icing on the cake for me is seeing everything come to life on the wedding day.  My relationships with my clients grow throughout the planning process.  I become so fond of their story – how they met, how they fell in love… all of the good stuff. But there’s something about the way they look at each other when they’re standing at the arch that gives me all the feels. And I wouldn’t trade that in for the world.

To become another reason why we love our jobs so much, send us an email at info@lesnerinn.com so we can help you plan your perfect wedding!

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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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