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Meet The Team

Alexis Hionis

Our director of sales & events is a VB native, born & bred.  She is a graduate from the University of Virginia, and after a short stint in the Los Angeles event industry, assisting in the production of major events such as the Screen Actor Guild Awards & Netflix’s 50 Millionth User Event, 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 Lesner where she has overseen hundreds of weddings but still hasn’t grown tired of the excitement of the big day…and the wedding cakes. 

Her elevated creativity and design influence stems from her love to travel, and her clients are grateful for her savvy expertise.  To her, entertainment is a lifestyle. And she wants every event she plans to be an experience for everyone to enjoy.

When she isn’t in the office, you’ll find her planning the next fundraising event for her non-profit, riseVB, or at the beach with her trusty sidekicks – Emerson + Harper (her nieces) and Ollie (her long haired miniature daschund).

Lindsey Basnight

Our lead event coordinator, Lindsey, has been a part of the Lesner team since graduating from Radford in 2016. Highly raved for her professionalism and event expertise, Lindsey makes every one of her clients feel like they are her top priority… because, they are.

Anyone who’s hosted an event before knows that more often than not, the day doesn’t go exactly as planned.  But Lindsey’s patience alongside her ability to think quickly on her feet and adapt her plan on short notice has made her prepared for any challenge that might come her way. Just ask her about the time she worked a client’s wedding during Hurricane Matthews!

Lindsey’s love for all things weddings extends into her home life. When she’s not with her pawfect fishing buddy, Fin, you’ll find her in a floral workshop or at a fun BYOCB (build your own charcuterie board) class.

Noelle Magnuson

With a background in marketing & public relations from West Virginia University, Noelle completes our team of event coordinators at Lesner. 

Her positive energy & hard work ethic coupled with her years of experience in the hospitality industry translates into the ideal coordinator with seamless execution at Lesner.  If you had the chance to see what goes on behind the scenes on your wedding day, you’d find her leadership comforting.  And if you get the pleasure of planning your wedding with her, you’d be wowed by her suggestions to perfect your menu with fun signature drinks & trendy hors d’oeuvres.

When she’s not at Lesner, you’ll find her soaking in the VB sun with a smoothie from Paradise Nutrition & her 4 year old Jasper… a terrier mix that loves people just as much as she does.

 

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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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