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Feature Friday: Echard Wheeler Photography

How long have you been a photographer?

I started way back in 1998, where I was originally a film photographer! It’s crazy to have seen all the changes and trends throughout the years but it also hits home the importance of not allowing them to influence your work too much. From day one, it’s always been about documentary wedding photography, shooting those real moments to guarantee your wedding story is timeless.

 

Photo: Echard Wheeler Photography

How would you describe your style of photography?

I call myself a wedding photo-journalist. I definitely shoot all the beautiful portraiture and details but I am also intent on telling your wedding day story in the most natural way possible and capture how it feels because in the long run when you look through your wedding day gallery, that’s what I want you to remember.

What details do you believe make the best photographs?

I love those in-between moments. I think those fleeting, honest snippets really tell the story of the day. Most of the time my most ecstatic reactions from clients are over these special, forgotten moments when they didn’t even know I was watching.

 

What is your favorite thing about working in the wedding industry?

You know, it’s all good. Being in it for 20 years, I’ve seen it grow from a tight knit group to this expansive crowd now. And though I may not know as many of the people in it, as it’s exploded, we’re still a pretty solid community overall and enjoy working together every weekend. There’s this easy camaraderie we all have with each other working towards making the day as perfect as possible. We’re a pretty lucky group to share in one of the happiest days of a family’s life.

 

Photo: Echard Wheeler Photography

What is the most difficult thing about photography and what is the most rewarding when it comes to weddings?

Hmmm, I don’t know about difficult but with pinterest and instagram there may be more managing of expectations. A lot of images that might be initially desired are actually created under super unique and controlled circumstances. But I swear, the couples I seem to click with are literally just the best and luckily we always seem completely in sync by the time the wedding day rolls around! With such a crowded field, I never lose sight of the fact that it’s an honor that they chose me – trusted me – to document their day, so I really take that seriously and feel rewarded by that.

 

What’s one piece of advice you’d like to give couples who are looking for a photographer?

Photo: Echard Wheeler Photography

Really research your photographer. Explore their portfolio to make sure it fits your vision. Is their style consistent and compelling? Dive deep, ask to see reception photos. Make sure you hire a professional that knows how to handle the rhythm and pace of a sometimes hectic and challenging day because experience matters. Schedule a phone call or in person meeting to make sure your personalities are compatible – you’re going to spend the majority of the day together so you’ll want to make sure the comfort level is perfect!

 

 

Come to Lesner Inn‘s Open House this January 25, 2020 from 2P-5P to meet Echard Wheeler or for more information:

site / echard-wheeler.com
insta / @echardwheelerphoto
facebook.com/echardwheelerphotography

 

Couple Spotlight: Julia & Jake 5.25.2019

Julia and Jake kissed their way into forever at Lesner Inn on May 25, 2019 overlooking the Lynnhaven River. The day was perfected with light blues, cake to feed the guests as they danced the night away, and love that filled Lesner Hall to the brim. After their big day was over, we asked Julia and Jake to take a second a reminisce on their relationship and their wedding day – take a look at their love story below!

 

How, when, & where did you meet?

Jake and I met back in 2013 while both attending Longwood University.  

Tell us your engagement story? When did it happen?

Jake had been stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina for the past two years, so Jake’s mom and I went down to visit him for the weekend in September 2018.  The three of us met up for lunch in Fayetteville Downtown Historic District, which is a beautiful area with lots of cute boutiques and shops.  After lunch, Jake and I were walking around downtown sightseeing, and Jake got down on one knee and popped the question.  In a funny twist of events, Jake had the ring box in his back pocket during lunch so he had to pry it open with a pocket knife because it was bent…his execution wasn’t as smooth as he had hoped for but I still said yes.

What made you pick Lesner Inn as your wedding venue?

Jake and I were both immediately drawn to the Lesner Inn.  Aside from how beautiful the venue is, my favorite aspect of the Lesner Inn is the Sunset Deck.  I’ve always known that I wanted to get married by the water, but I loved that the Sunset Deck offered shade and protection from inclement weather, as well as phenomenal scenery to serve as the backdrop for us as we said our vows.

What additional vendors did you choose for your wedding day, and why?

We didn’t really exceed the standard choice of vendors most couples choose.  For obvious reasons, we hired a florist, photographers, DJ, hair/makeup artists, and a bakery.  (Fairfield Flowers, Blushwood Studio Photography, DJ Barry McKay, Darling & Dapper, and Plaza Bakery).  These vendors were all chosen based off of online reviews and exceptional conversations/meetings with each respective vendor.  One decision that we made during the planning process was hiring The Happy Hour Hostess to assist us with the “day of” coordinating—which turned out to be one of the best decisions we made.

What décor & other design aspects of your wedding were most important to you?

I was a pretty carefree bride so I didn’t dwell on decor as much as much as I probably should have.  But it meant a lot that the majority of my decor/signs were made by both my mother-in-law and my maid-of-honor, who are two of the most creative souls I’ve ever known.

What was your vision for your wedding day?

I guess the words I’d use to describe my vision for the wedding day would be rustic, relaxed, and classic.

What unique details did you add to your wedding?

The only really unique detail we added was that the handkerchief in Jake’s pocket was a piece of his grandmother’s own bridal gown—which she had Jake’s names stitched into.  As a side note, I had to put my dog (who had been the love of my life for 15 years) down days before our wedding, so it meant a lot to see that my mother-in-law had added his picture to the memorial table.

What were you most excited for your wedding day?

It’s hard to pinpoint just one aspect that I was excited for…it’s cliche but I think I was most excited to walk down the aisle with my father and to see Jake standing at the arch.

How did you handle the stress of wedding planning? Were there any major hiccups along the way?

There weren’t any major hiccups during the planning process, but again, our coordinators definitely helped ensure things ran smoothly for us.  As far as handling the stress of planning, I self medicated with Cabernet Sauvignon and copious amounts of cardio to keep the stress at bay.

Do you have any advice for couples who are planning their weddings now?

My biggest recommendation to anyone planning a wedding is to utilize a coordinator—Krystinia and Carrie were a crutch for us in the weeks leading up to the wedding and of course the day of. 

 

A wedding coordinator is something we suggest as well! They help take so much off your plate the weeks leading up to the wedding and the day of! We actually offer day-of coordination services as well, just ask us about it! And, of course, a huge thank you to Julia and Jake for sharing their reflection of their wedding day!

 

Vendors:

Day-of Coordinator: Happy Hour Hostess

Photographer: Blushwood Studios

Florist: Fairfield Flowers

DJ: Barry McKay

Hair/MUA: Darling and Dapper 

Bakery: Plaza Bakery 

Bridal Gown: BHLDN

 

Mr. & Mrs. Nel­son

Lesner Hall & Sun­set Deck

Cayleen,
From the begin­ning you were absolutely amaz­ing. Through all of the changes I made you were so kind. I just want to thank you for mak­ing our day amazing.

Mr. & Mrs. RouLaine

Lesner Hall & Sun­set Deck

What a beau­ti­ful venue! Our wed­ding at the Lesner Inn was absolutely per­fect. Cayleen and Alexis are just amaz­ing. True pro­fes­sion­als with an eye for detail. Every­thing was taken care of beau­ti­fully. We couldn’t have asked for bet­ter peo­ple or bet­ter views on our spe­cial day.

Mr. & Mrs. Jurko

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!

Mr. & Mrs. Sirois

Water­side Deck

I don’t think I can truly describe how much my hus­band and I enjoyed hav­ing our wed­ding cer­e­mony at the Lesner Inn. I looked at and researched sev­eral places, but after my first con­ver­sa­tion with Eliz­a­beth, I already knew the venue was going to be per­fect for us. It began when they were able to work with me on very short notice. Eliz­a­beth made me feel com­pletely relaxed about the process, not even con­cerned that time was short. She fully explained all my options and was very patient, even when I made changes along the way. The amount of ser­vices Lesner Inn pro­vided made plan­ning this wed­ding almost stress free for me. The loca­tions was beau­ti­ful and sim­ple in a per­fect way. It truly was the right loca­tion and size for my close fam­ily and friends. Even my hus­band has com­mented on it sev­eral times since then. He isn’t want to have an opin­ion on these things and yet he has expressed how much he liked it over and over. He absolutely loved the loca­tion and had so much fun. Know­ing he truly loved it makes me even hap­pier about my choice. Thank you Eliz­a­beth, and the staff at Lesner Inn. It was an expe­ri­ence bet­ter than I ever could have hoped for!

Mr. & Mrs. Williams

Water­side Deck

The Lesner Inn was a phe­nom­e­nal venue to have Kayla and I’s wed­ding. The cus­tomer ser­vice was top notch. Cayleen helped Kayla and I through the whole process. I remem­ber the night of the wed­ding I asked Cayleen sev­eral times what I could do to help and she told me I should just relax and have fun because she was cov­er­ing every­thing. She was cor­rect. She han­dled every extremely pro­fes­sion­ally.
We used sev­eral of the ven­dors rec­om­mended by the Lesner Inn and they all per­formed very well. It was an excel­lent evening. I rec­om­mend the Lesner Inn and specif­i­cally Cayleen highly to cou­ples look­ing for a gor­geous venue and an incred­i­bly mem­o­rable evening.
Thank you!

Kyle & Elise Miller

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

Kayla & Parker Beam

Lesner Hall & Sun­set Deck

Alexis & Cayleen,
Thank you so much for mak­ing March 24th the best day of our lives!! We truly can’t thank you enough. The cups you gave to us were so sweet and thought­ful! You both are won­der­ful at what you do and made us feel so spe­cial!
Love,
The Beams!!!

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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

  • Lauren and Luis went off for a fun day at the Norfolk Botanical Garden and when they came back home, the bathroom was decorated with champagne and candles. Luis proposed in the most perfect way and Lauren couldn't help but say yes to her love ❤️💍 Photo: Shawn Sawyer Photography
  • Our next manager is Lindsey Basnight! She is a Radford Highlander and you will never see her without a cup of coffee! We are pretty sure that she single-handedly keeps Dunkin’ Donuts in business… just ask any of the employees at the Shore Drive location! Since she's lived in Virginia Beach her entire life, she's out on the water every chance she gets. You may see her catching some rays or fishing out on the bay! In 2017, we found a 6 week old kitten drowning in the Lynnhaven River and she took him under her wing and nursed him back to health. He’s stuck around and we love getting updates from her about how he is growing!
  • Rain or shine, I'll love you forever! 💕 Photo: 88 Love Stories
  • We're right on the water so why not have a boat ready on the dock for you to take a few pictures during cocktail hour?! 🥰 Photo: Courtney Timms Photography Dress: Studio I Do Bridals Virginia Beach Hair: Hair Daze Salon & Spa MUA: Dhalia Edwards Makeup
  • When you marry the love of your life you also marry into his friendships! 😂💕 Photo by: Daissy Torres Photography
  • It's been a while since you've seen the faces behind the doors of Lesner Inn so we wanted to introduce our managers! First off… our fearless leader, Alexis Hionis. Alexis is a Virginia Beach native, born and bred. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and after a short stint in the Los Angeles event industry, she returned to her East Coast beach roots. With an inherent love for all things wedding, paired with her creative energy and attention to detail, Alexis has found her home at The Lesner Inn. Since 2010, she has overseen hundreds of weddings but still hasn't grown tired of the excitement of the big day...and the wedding cakes. When she isn't in the office, you’ll find her giving back to the community she loves so much, through her nonprofit, @riseVB. Fun fact: she was recognized for her efforts in 2018 when she won Coastal Virginia Biz’s Best Local Leader Making A Difference award!
  • You are my today and all of my tomorrow 💕 Photo: Angel Eyes Photography
  • A kiss seals two souls in a moment of time 😘 Photo by: Brooke Waldroup Photography
  • $1,000 GIVEAWAY TIME In need of some holiday photos for your Christmas card, engagement photos, or just some headshots? We’ll we’ve partnered with @samiroyphoto on a special photoshoot giveaway! Open to all participants - you’ll have the chance to win a photoshoot valued up to $500 and a special $500 discount with the Lesner Inn by just following these simple steps listed below! To enter: 1. Like this photo 2. Follow both @samiroyphoto & @lesnerinn on instagram 3. Tag 3 friends 4. Extra entry - share to your Instagram story or repost and mention @samiroyphoto and @lesnerinn That's it!! The contest will run from Dec. 2-8 with the winner being announced Dec. 9th on Lesner Inn’s account!
  • There's a reason why we don't see the world in black & white! 😍😍 Photo by: Chelsie Darling Photography
  • I would thank you from the bottom of my heart but for you my heart has no bottom 💕 Happy Thanksgiving! Photo by: Daissy Torres Photography
  • Honestly...blown away at Katie's beauty 😍 Photo by Him & Her Photography
  • We can not get over this day and how perfect these photos by Courtney Timms Photography came out! When you have a good looking couple and perfect views, things come together better than you can imagine 😍 Dress from Studio I Do Bridals Virginia Beach Hair by Hair Daze Salon & Spa Makeup by Dhalia Edwards Makeup
  • From the couple to the smallest of details - don't forget to capture every part of your day! Photo by: Sami Roy Photography
  • There's no others, Like my Brothers I want by my side, As I marry my Bride. 💕 Photo by: Daissy Torres Photography
  • Lounge areas for cocktail hour are absolutely and utterly our favorite things 💕 Photo: Michael & Laura Photography Flowers: Gather Floral Lounge: Paisley & Jade Gown: Wedding Atelier
  • A vision of beauty! 😍 Photo: Sami Roy Photography Dress: Here & Now Bridal
  • The view, the bride, the groom what else can I say? Pure perfection! 😍 Photo: EyeCaptures Photography Florist: Fluttering Flowers Gown: Silk Bridal Studio
  • Sunsets out on the dock are reason enough for a kiss 😘 Photo by Skylar Wyatt Photography Gown from Silk Bridal Makeup by BlushTones Hair by Chroma Salon Virginia Beach
  • The rustic bar set up in the Waterside Deck? We think yes! 😍 Photo: Michael & Laura Photography Flowers: Gather Floral Bar set up: Lesner Inn
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