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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 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!

Kimberly Fonseca

Kim was born and raised in Northern Virginia and is a recent graduate of Christopher Newport University, where she majored in Technical Theater. She fell in love with event planning while working with her sorority Alpha Sigma Alpha and the Campus Activities Board!

She has the biggest heart and brings so much joy not just to our office but to others too! Every year on 9/11, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years, she delivers donuts to the local police departments and fire stations as a thank you for their service. She also recently adopted Benji, a 4 year-old Bichon-Poodle mix, so we're sure he'll start making those trips with her!

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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

  • 𝐵𝓇𝒾𝒹𝑒𝓈𝓂𝒶𝒾𝒹 (n.) - a person who is like a sibling, best friend, someone a bride's big day would be incomplete without. ❤️ Photography: Mallorie Danielle Photography Bridal Gown: David's Bridal
  • "I fell in love with her 𝒸𝑜𝓊𝓇𝒶𝑔𝑒. Her 𝓈𝒾𝓃𝒸𝑒𝓇𝒾𝓉𝓎. And her flaming 𝓈𝑒𝓁𝒻 𝓇𝑒𝓈𝓅𝑒𝒸𝓉 And it's these things I'd believe in...𝓘 𝓵𝓸𝓿𝓮 𝓱𝓮𝓻..." - F. Scott Fitzgerald Photo: Echard Wheeler Photography Dress: Frances Kahn Headpiece: Milk & Honey Bride Makeup: Meg from BlushTones Hair: The Hair Days
  • Don't forget to read all about our past Gatsby themed open house on our blog up on our website now! Photo: @echardwheelerphoto Vintage Furniture: @mhattervintage Florals: @thewanderingpetal
  • "You are the 𝒻𝒾𝓃𝑒𝓈𝓉, 𝓁𝑜𝓋𝑒𝓁𝒾𝑒𝓈𝓉, 𝓉𝑒𝓃𝒹𝑒𝓇𝑒𝓈𝓉, and most 𝒷𝑒𝒶𝓊𝓉𝒾𝒻𝓊𝓁 person I have ever known and that is an understatement" - F. Scott Fitzgerald Photo: @echardwheelerphoto Furniture: @mhattervintage Dress: @franceskahnvirginiabeach Suit: @beecroftandbullva Florals: @thewanderingpetal Headpiece: @milkandhoneybride
  • Our best 𝒶𝒹𝓋𝑒𝓃𝓉𝓊𝓇𝑒 yet 🥰 📷: Cole Sweeney | @cs_visuals_
  • Hold my hand from now until forever 🥰 Photo: Cole Sweeney | https://cs-visuals.com/
  • I thought perfect could only exist in books and movies but that changed when I met you 😘 Photo: Cole Sweeney | https://cs-visuals.com/
  • "There are all kinds of love in this world but 𝓃𝑒𝓋𝑒𝓇 the same 𝓁𝑜𝓋𝑒 twice." - F. Scott Fitzgerald Photo: Echard Wheeler Photography Suit: Beercroft & Bull
  • We have been steadfast in our approach to be proactive, responsible and compassionate as the updates on COVID-19 have unfolded. It has and always will be our priority to do whatever possible to ensure the wellbeing of our clients and our staff and everyone in our Lesner Inn family. We will get through this together and do our part to be a part of the solution to an unfathomable crisis. We will continue to navigate this closely and carefully in the coming days and weeks. In the meantime, our Lesner Inn events team is available to answer any questions about hosting future events at Lesner Inn. We understand it’s a challenging time to be planning an event, so please do not hesitate to reach out to us to be a resource during this time. With Love, The Lesner Inn Family CONTACT INFO: Email: info@lesnerinn.com Phone: (757) 481 1122
  • "He looked at her in a way that every young girl wanted to be looked at." 💕 - F. Scott Fitzgerald Photo: Echard Wheeler Photography Bridal Gown: Milk & Honey Bride Florals: The Wandering Petal Headpiece: Milk & Honey Bride
  • "I 𝓁𝑜𝓋𝑒 her and that's the 𝒷𝑒𝑔𝒾𝓃𝓃𝒾𝓃𝑔 and 𝑒𝓃𝒹 to 𝑒𝓋𝑒𝓇𝓎𝓉𝒽𝒾𝓃𝑔" - F. Scott Fitzgerald Photo: Echard Wheeler Photography Bridal Gown: Milk & Honey Bride Headpiece: Milk & Honey Bride Makeup: Meg from BlushTones Hair: The Hair Days
  • True 𝕝𝕠𝕧𝕖 𝕤𝕥𝕠𝕣𝕚𝕖𝕤 have no endings. Photo: Angie McPherson Photography Hair & Makeup: Darling & Dapper Florist: Palette of Petals
  • No words are able to describe how absolutely beautiful Deanna looked 😍 Photo: Angie McPherson Photography Florist: Palette of Petals Hair & Makeup: Darling & Dapper
  • The flowers, the colors, the bridal party - so much beauty! 💕 Photo: Angie McPherson Photography Florist: Palette of Petals Hair & Makeup: Darling & Dapper
  • You have a place in my heart that no one else could have ❤️ - F. Scott Fitzgerald Photo: Echard Wheeler Photography Bridal Gown: Milk & Honey Bride Headpiece: Milk & Honey Bride Florals: The Wandering Petal Table Items: Jollity & Co Party Boutique
  • Have you read our latest blog? The Great Gatsby Wedding! Check it out on our website now! 💕 Photo: Echard Wheeler Photography Florals: The Wandering Petal Table Items: Jollity & Co Party Boutique
  • There I was, way off my ambitions, getting deeper in love every minute. - F Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby Photo: Echard Wheeler Photography Bridal Gown: Milk & Honey Bride Hair: The Hair Days Makeup:Meg from BlushTones Headpiece: Milk & Honey Bride
  • A discounted price! Usually valued at $95 per person, as a Lesner Inn couple you’ll receive the detox and chill package for $100 for the both of you!
  • CONTEST ALERT! ‼️ Book out the entire sauna for your party of 8 or less while the Lesner Inn brings the champagne! How to enter: 1) Follow both @methodvabeach and @lesnerinn 2) Share this post to your story and tag both accounts! 3) Every comment with a tag to a friend gives you one extra entry and if you share a photo of your party/best friends using the link in our bio we’ll give you two more entries! That’s it! Winner will be announced at the end of the month!
  • Upon booking with the Lesner Inn, you’ll receive 4 free sauna sessions to relax and enjoy leading up to your wedding!
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A Message From the Lesner Inn Family
We have been steadfast in our approach to be proactive, responsible and compassionate as the updates of COVID-19 have unfolded. It has and always will be our priority to do whatever possible to ensure the wellbeing of our guests and everyone in our Lesner family.

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