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Meet The Team

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 working on her annual fundraiser, Beach Ball, or at the beach with her trusty sidekick - Ollie, a long haired miniature dachshund. If you're lucky, you might run into him at the office as well!

Lindsey Basnight

Lindsey is also 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! We love that she keeps her cool in all situations no matter how hectic it gets. She always has perfectly manicured nails and never has a hair out of place!

She is a proud pit bull mom but loves animals of all kinds. 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!

Elizabeth Bailey

Elizabeth was born and raised in Chesapeake and attended Virginia Wesleyan where she majored in Recreation and Leisure Studies. She may be small but you would be surprised to learn that she was the second baseman on the VA Wesleyan softball team for four years. To top it off, she holds a D3 National Championship title. If you ask nicely, she may even show you the ring!

Elizabeth brings so much joy to our office with her happy personality and optimistic attitude. When she isn’t in the office you can find her dancing on the lawn at country concerts, hunting with her boyfriend and being the early bird at the gym.

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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

  • Complimentary breath taking sunsets with every Lesner Inn wedding 😍 • • Photo: Who's That Girl Photos
  • "I will love you for the rest of time" ❤️ • • Photo: April Renee' Photography Florals: Sterling Myers Hair: Stephanie Michelle Hair MUA: Sydney Balmer Gown: Kenneth Winston
  • There's so many ways to decorate the Waterside Deck for cocktail hour! We love when couples change it up and allow their own vision for the room come to life 😍 • • Photo: Luke & Ashley Photography Greenery: Fluttering Flowers Lighting: Stage Right Lighting Bar from yours truly 💕
  • When the groom sees his bride walking down the isle and his instinct is to wave 😍👋 • • What would be your first instinct? Wave, cry, or smile?? • • Photo by Luke and Ashley Photography
  • Kisses are even better during your first dance 😘 • • Photo by Lia Everette Photography
  • As much as we love the water view on the Sunset Deck, we absolutely love grand staircase photos 💕 • • Photo by Luke & Ashley Photography Florals by Fluttering Flowers Bouquet by Kelly Gish Floral Designs Dress from Ava Clara Couture Bridal Hair/MU by Haleigh’s Hair
  • One of the biggest tips we can give on your wedding day is to make sure you make memories with not only your family and friends, but spend a good amount of time with your new spouse 💕 • • Want to see more tips for your wedding day? Check out our blog! http://lesnerinn.com/blog/371-wedding-day-tips-lesner-inn _ Photo by Dustin Lewis Images Gown from Here & Now Bridal
  • These centerpieces caught our eyes even before Kelly Gish Floral Designs put them down 😍🌸 • • Photo: Beth Hamilton Photography
  • "From this day forward, you shall not walk alone. My heart will be your shelter, and my arms will be your home." ❤️ • • Photo: Luke & Ashley Photography Florals: Kelly Gish Floral Designs Dress: Ava Clara Couture Bridal Fur: Frances Kahn Hair/MU: Haleigh’s Hair
  • We can really only imagine the feels that were going through Nicole in this moment. The joy, the laughs, the love...we truly are amazed by brides on their wedding day ❤️ • • Photo: Dustin Lewis Images Florals: Norfolk Wholesale Floral
  • "You make my heart smile" ❤️ • • Photo: Dustin Lewis Images Gown: Here & Now Bridal
  • Ahhh! We love first looks in the foyer 😍🥰 • • Photo: David Champagne Photography MUA: BlushTones Bouquet: Black Iris Florist
  • Check out the lights from the Lesner Bridge in the background! What a cute, unique backdrop 🌉💕 • • Photo: Melody Gillikin Photography
  • LOVING this set up from Something Vintage Rentals​ ❤️❤️ Thank you Stage Right Lighting Weddings & Special Events​ and Fluttering Flowers​ for bringing it all together with chandeliers, backrdops, and greenery! 🌿 • • 📸: Luke & Ashley Photography Dress: Ava Clara Couture Bridal Hair/MU: Chop the Locks
  • It's just something about your kiss that makes me go weak in the knees 😘 • • Photo: Chelsie Darling Photography Hair: Flawless Beauty Salon Makeup: BlushTones Draping: Stage Right Lighting Gown: White Swan Bridal Boutique
  • Pretty in pink and hopefully no one blinks 😉💗 • • Photo by Kelly Dier Photography Florals by Kelly Gish Floral Design
  • We're curious...if you could exit your wedding in anything, what would it be?? 💕 • • Photo by Dragon Studio
  • Cute bar carts are everything!! Get a bottle of champagne to share and pair it with a small charcuterie board for pre-ceremony fun! 🥰🍾 And you can get all of it directly through Lesner Inn so you won't have to worry about a thing! • • Who's ready to get the party started?! • • Photo: Luke & Ashley Photography
  • Little did you know that these two actually met on Tinder! It was happily ever after from then on out 🥰 • • Photo by Dustin Lewis Images
  • Even though some people say rainy wedding days aren't the best of luck, we think differently, and they make for the most adorable pictures 😍 • • Photo: Kelley Stinson Photography Bouquet: Norfolk Wholesale Floral Hair/makeup: Blowout Salon
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