Best of 2018

It’s that time of year again where we sit down and reminisce on all of wonderful 2018 Lesner Inn weddings! We tend to think that we have the best job in the world because we get to be a part of some of the most touching and fun moments of peoples’ lives and this past year has been no different. We have laughed, loved, and even cried with some of our couples, and we wish you all nothing but happiness in your future! Now let’s dive into looking back at some of our favorite moments of the year!

Best Cake

There were so many to die for cakes, but this cake whipped up by Incredible Edibles was definitely our favorite for 2018! It mixed Meagan and Nicholas’ color scheme and a classic white cake perfectly!

Photo: Nikki Ahrens Photography

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Best Cake Smash

Speaking of cakes, Tara and Steven were so amusing during their cake cutting! Steven didn’t have a chance at any sort of shenanigans once Tara smashed a whole piece of cake in his eye!

Photo: Sara Hupfer Photography

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Best Bridal Bouquet

Norfolk Wholesale Florist, you are unbelievable!! We absolutely adored everything about Alexis and Scott’s wedding details and the floral arrangements brought their wedding together like a gem.

Photo: Kelley Stinson Photography

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Best Squad Pic

This was one for the books! Bringing back the good ole’ days from JMU, all of the grads hopped in with Courtney and Tim holding the school’s flag for one epic squad photo!

Photo: Dustin Lewis Images

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Best Personal Touch

Another college is making an appearance as best personal touch in our favorites for this year! Tiffany and Cody both went to Virginia Tech so it’s only fitting that their “His and Hers” drinks for the wedding be the Orange and Maroon Effect!

Photo: Lia Everette Photography

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Best Theme

Even if you’re not into Harry Potter as much as Lauren and Chris were, you still have to admit this is the best themed wedding of the year! We just couldn’t get enough of the Marauder’s Map and those shoes that Lauren rocked all night!

Photos: Renee Jean Photography

Best theme

Best Exit

This moment just makes our hearts burst with joy! We’re so glad that Paige Ryan Photography captured the laughter after Elise and Kyle’s sparkler exit so perfectly! What a way to end a perfect night!

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Best Dessert Bar

When Kerry told us she was doing a spread of donuts for her dessert along with cake, we just knew that it was our favorite dessert bar of 2018! Kerry used stands to display the donuts, but we even have a donut wall you can rent to have a different look for your dessert display!

Photo: Jessica Boudreaux Photography

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Best Ring Bearer

Hands down, Michelle and Dennis had the most ADORABLE ring bearer in 2018! We knew as soon as they told us they would be having their pup in the wedding that he would be the best ring bearer. It was all eyes on the pup until the bride walked down the aisle!

Photo: Dustin Lewis Images

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Best Flower Girl

If this flower girl doesn’t make you smile, we’re not quite sure what will! From the moment we saw her with curlers in her hair until she was sleeping on her mom’s lap at the end of the night, she melted our hearts the entire night!

Photo: Kelsie McNair

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Best Rainy Wedding

Rain isn’t normally what couples dream of on their wedding day but Tiffany and Cody didn’t let a few showers keep them down. They even took advantage of the fact that the Sunset Deck is covered and got their waterfront photos in after the ceremony!

Photo: Lia Everette Photography

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Best First Dance

Janette and Ben had taken ballroom dancing lessons specifically for their first dance and had a whole number prepared for this moment! When they came in for their rehearsal the day before, they headed to Lesner Hall for one last practice run and let’s just say it didn’t go as smoothly as the wedding day. We saw Ben come down the staircase with a bloody nose from one of Janette’s flying elbows, but they sure did nail it on the wedding day! The magical dance definitely wins best of 2018!

Photo: Erika Mills Photography

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Best Bouquet Toss

Brook had us rolling with laughter during her bouquet toss! The single ladies were ready from the get go for this moment and, as you can tell, it was a fight for the bouquet! Brook’s face during it all was priceless and we’re so happy that Chelsie Darling Photography captured the best bouquet toss of 2018 so perfectly!

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Best Garter Toss

Anthony’s garter toss quite literally won best garter toss of 2018! One of his friends was head over heels for the garter and made sure no one else caught it!

Photo: CHSH Photography

Best garter toss

Best Kiss

SWOONING!! Kerry and Josh hopped over to Chick’s Beach to get some photos at their favorite place and we fell in love with this shot. We just had to name it best kiss of 2018!

Photo: Jessica Boudreaux Photography

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Best Candid

Loving the fact that DJ Hype put Rachel in control for a song! She chose her favorite so she could sing and dance the night away. Hands down the best candid of 2018!

Photo: Echard Wheeler Photography

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Best Party Crowd

What a crowd!! Jordan and Stefan’s guests did not sit down all night! It cracked us up when the DJ even got in on the fun and busted a move on the dance floor! This crowd definitely wins best party crowd of 2018!

Photo: Dustin Lewis Images

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Best Unity

This wooden box and hammer may not look like your typical ceremonial unity but during Rachel and Steve’s ceremony, their loved ones placed letters in it for the newlyweds to read on their one year anniversary. They then nailed it shut to open back up 365 days later! When we saw this happening during the ceremony, we fell in love and knew it was the best unity in 2018!

Photo: Beth Hamilton Photography

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Best Guest Book

We felt like we were dreaming when Nikki and Ryan told us this would be their guest book! They contacted a company to have them create a canvas of what the exact star alignment would be of the night they said “I do”. Because this was a first for us, not to mention SO cute and clever, we had to name it best guest book!

Photo: Ryann Winn Photography

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Best First Look

Michelle and Dennis were so adorable just being themselves and their first look was definitely our favorite. Maybe it was because we adored them or maybe it was because Dennis looked so smitten at his bride when she spun around on the Sunset Deck. Either way, it’s definitely the best first look of 2018!

Photo: Dustin Lewis Images

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Best DIY

Emily put her artistic side to work for her card box and look how precious it turned out! It was the perfect accent to her minimalist yet colorful décor. Her creativity hands down won her best DIY of 2018!

Photo: Kayla Mackenzie Photography

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Best Décor

It’s truly is a difficult task to choose just one wedding with the best décor because it all blows us away! We couldn’t bring ourselves to choose just one this year so we have a tie!

Nicole transformed Lesner Hall into a vintage wonderland with old books, bronze and purple vases, satin linens and lace runners on the guest tables. She even added a floral flare to her cake and sweetheart table to make sure they popped! Falling in love with this décor and choosing it as one of the best decors of 2018 couldn’t have been easier!

Photo: Dustin Lewis Images

Best decor

Ah, give us all of the greenery! Kelly’s décor was our other absolute favorite of 2018. She perfected the mix of bohemian and garden vibes and we can’t get enough of it! Everything about Kerry and Josh’s day was beautiful and the décor was just the icing on the cake!

Photo: Jessica Boudreaux Photography

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To our 2018 couples and all of the vendors that came through our doors this year, THANK YOU for making this a year to remember! Everything we do literally could not happen without you, and we’re so excited to see what 2019 has in store!


Couple Spotlight: Kerry & Josh 10.13.2018

Kerry and Josh tied the knot at Lesner Inn on a breezy, October Saturday afternoon while their guests gazed upon the Lynnhaven River. The whole day, from décor to their first kiss and dance to an endearing streamer exit, it was a dream! We could not ask for two more genuine and loving people to work with throughout the planning process and the day of their wedding. We just adore couples like Kerry and Josh, and we hope you enjoy their story and insight on wedding planning as much as we do!


How, when, & where did you meet?

We met in August 2017 at Eagles Nest Virginia Beach (RIP!). I was having a girls’ night out after a concert and was not interested in meeting anyone that evening. But Josh was persistent and thankfully our friend Carnesha told him to keep trying to talk to me – When he asked me to go to the beach for our first date that sealed the deal! He had no idea I pretty much live on the beach in the summer when I’m not at work.

Dating can be awkward, do you have any funny stories from when you first started dating?

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Tell us your engagement story?  When did it happen?

A few months before Josh’s 31st birthday I asked him if he wanted to plan a trip for his birthday or stay in town – He was adamant about throwing a big party, so we ended up planning this massive Fourth of July themed event (his birthday is in April). His entire family – cousins, aunts, uncles, his brother, and parents – were coming in from out of town for it too. The entire time we were planning I kept saying to myself “Wow this is a lot for celebrating a 31st birthday!” But it turned out he had planned the entire thing to be a surprise engagement party – I had no idea this was happening until I brought out his cake and he looked so nervous because he was about to propose! It was so much fun to be able to celebrate our engagement with our family and friends that day along with his birthday.

What made you pick Lesner Inn as your wedding venue?

The Lesner Inn had the exact look and feel we wanted for our wedding day – The water views throughout the venue are outstanding and the interior décor is bright, warm, and inviting. We wanted to host our wedding in a space that would be beautiful on its own without having to bring in a ton of extra decorations and Lesner Inn was perfect for this. Also not to be missed, the staff at the here was phenomenal. From the first email to the rest of our planning process, all of the ladies were extremely professional, prompt, and fun to Waterfront-Virginia-Beach-Wedding-Lesner-Inn (26)work with!

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

One advantage for us in choosing the Lesner Inn is that we didn’t have to wrestle with coordinating a bunch of other external vendors – Pretty much everything we wanted was with the venue. One additional service we did add was the day-of coordination service. This was a lifesaver! Liz was outstanding and made sure everything on our big day went off without a hitch – She kept everything on schedule and kept us informed, but we never felt rushed. It really allowed us to enjoy our wedding day to the fullest.

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

We wanted our wedding décor to be simple, bright, and to allow our love and the blessing that marriage is to be the focal point of the day. Since the Lesner Inn already had amazing views and a great base for décor, we only needed to bring in a few more items to complete this vision. 

Waterfront-Virginia-Beach-Wedding-Lesner-Inn (44)Did you have a theme for your wedding?  If so, how did you select it?

No theme in particular – We just wanted to keep everything light, bright, and airy.

What unique details did you add to your wedding?

One of my favorite details was that we had all of the groomsmen, ushers, and Josh wear American Flag socks. We also had our ring bearers dress up with cute American Flag bowties to really tie in the Fourth of July details from our engagement to the wedding day.

I wanted to have a hand in creating something for our day, so we ordered our flowers through Costco and my mom, grandmother, and I spent the day before our rehearsal dinner putting together the bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces. This brought in a handmade touch to our décor (and also was a great way to save money on florals!)

What were you most excited for your wedding day?

Our Chaplain was wonderful to work with and we felt extremely fortunate that he was able to officiate our wedding – We spent a lot of time with him leading up to the weddingWaterfront-Virginia-Beach-Wedding-Lesner-Inn (55) preparing and getting excited about the opportunity to stand in front of God, our closest family, and friends to dedicate our lives to one another. We were also excited to see how all of our planning would come together for a great day of celebration! Most of our family lives out of state, so having the chance to see everyone at the same time was also really special.

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

Wedding planning is as stressful as you allow it to be. The amount of decisions that need to be made can be overwhelming at times; however, it helps to have a support system during the planning process. Staying organized helps a lot as well! The best piece of advice we can offer other couples is to not lose site of the bigger picture. Your wedding day will go by extremely quick, but the life and love you build together will last a lifetime and that is something to be celebrated every day.

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Wow!! Kerry couldn’t be more right. Planning a wedding can be stressful IF you allow it to be. Always remember the bigger picture that, at the end of it all, you will be married to your best friend and that is one of the greatest joys of life!


Photographer: Jessica Boudreaux Photography

DJ: Astro DJ

Hair/Makeup: Best Faced Forward

Transportation: Horseless Carriage Limos

Gown: Studio I Do Bridals

Florals: DIY

Finding the Perfect Match

Ring shopping should be a joyful time for both the bride and groom, but oftentimes it can cause some anxiety. Once you’ve gotten through choosing the perfect engagement ring for your now fiancé, it seems that it should be easier to choose a wedding ring to match. We hope it does, but it can be just as stressful. You wonder which one matches the best or try to get the perfect mix between drop dead gorgeous but not too much as to take away from the engagement ring. There are so many things that go through your mind, from the cut, material, fit, and even the color of your rings. Personalization is also something to consider, like an engraving that symbolizes you and your fiancés’ love, so the possibilities are endless!

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The graphic below takes you through how to find the perfect pairing to the engagement ring, whether you’re shopping separately or together!


Of course, your personal taste will also be a huge factor when choosing the matching wedding ring, but this is definitely a great place to start! If you need more inspiration, check out sites like Blue Nile, that have an extensive and unique collection of weddings rings to figure out just how to make the perfect ring stack!

You’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got Answers!

We know there are a million questions that come up when planning a wedding. No matter where you’re at in the process, there will always be more questions that pop up when you meet with a new vendor, a relative gives advice, or sometimes even your guests will have a question. Here at Lesner Inn, we try to answer them throughout the planning process, but we’ve also come up with a list of our most frequently asked questions! Happy reading!


Can I have a tasting of my menu before my event?

Absolutely! Tastings are included for the couple but, cost $30 per person for any additional persons. Tastings include your choice of 4 appetizers & 3 entrees. Our chef requests two weeks’ notice for tastings & we typically host them Wednesday – Friday. Weekend tastings are based on our event schedule & our chef’s availability.

Do I need to get a planner or a day of coordinator? Is that what my venue manager does?

Your venue manager’s main focus on the wedding day is the food, beverage, & venue. She will make sure that everything is running smoothly on the catering side as well as making sure everything in the building is stocked & prepared correctly for your event. We recommend hiring a planner or day of coordinator to help you with the details of the day as well as making sure your ceremony runs smoothly. Lesner Inn has an in house day of coordination service that can be added to your contract as late as your 90 day meeting. Trust us, you won’t regret having someone to assist you on the big day!


Above:Jason Jarvis Photography

Do I need a wedding hashtag?

No, it is not necessary. We love when couples create their own personal hashtag so that they can see photos that guests take at their event but Lesner Inn also has a hashtag. Follow #lesnerinnweddings for lots of wedding inspiration! Also make sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, & Pinterest.

Why can’t I schedule my rehearsal until 2 weeks before my wedding?

Lesner Inn hosts nearly 150 events a year & we try our best to make sure each couple gets the time frame that they want for their rehearsal. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee a time until two weeks prior to your wedding. We do accept last minute events, so we must keep our schedule open until two weeks before your event in order to best fit the needs of all of our clients. Fear not though! Rehearsals are very easy in our ceremony spaces & can be replicated in another space if we cannot accommodate your ideal time frame.

What do I do if I have a last minute guest addition?

Let your event manager know ASAP. We need your final guest count two weeks prior to your event & any additions after your final meeting will incur a $50 late fee.

Something has come up & we need to move or cancel our event. What do we do?

Let your event manager know ASAP. We understand that things happen & sometimes everything doesn’t go as planned. However, there is a cancellation fee & a date changeWaterfront Wedding Venue Hampton Roads (3) fee since your event was blocking us from booking that space & time. Please see your catering agreement for more information regarding these fees.

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Do I need to tip the staff who will be working my event? What is the 20% service fee?

The service fee pays for the hourly wage of ALL staff working your event – dishwashers, prep cooks, chefs, bussers, food attendants, parking attendants, managers, etc. Tipping is entirely optional, but it is a nice way to acknowledge & thank the staff who worked your event. Either way, we will divide the money left at the bar & distribute it to the bartenders, food attendants & bussers.

Do I need to do anything after my event?

Relax! Weddings are a lot of work & you deserve a break. Once you are ready to tackle your to-do list, the first thing you need to do is send thank you notes & write reviews. Thank you notes should go to anyone who gave you a gift, helped with wedding preparations & to your vendors. You should also hop on The Knot, Wedding Wire, Facebook or Google & leave a review for your vendors! Think back to when you were booking your own wedding & all of the reviews that you read to help you make your decisions. Leave one about your experience too!

Why do I have to make place cards for a plated meal?

For a multi-entrée plated meal, we will need you to provide place cards for each guest so that our staff knows who will be getting which meal based on the signifier (Ex. “F” for fish or “C” for chicken in the bottom corner of the place card). We request that all meal signifiers be on the front of the place card so it is easier for our event staff to read. We will also a need a breakdown of which meals go to each table to help expedite service in the kitchen. (Ex. 4 chicken & 5 fish at Table 1, 6 chicken and 4 fish at Table 2, etc.).

Am I limited to two meetings after my booking?

No, you are more than welcome to call or email us with questions you may have about your event at Lesner Inn. The two meetings are based around your payment schedule to make your life easier during the planning process! Our office does operate by appointment, so if you know that you will be in town and would like to come by, please make sure to call ahead.

Can I have a sparkler exit?

Yes! We love sparkler exits but request that they only occur outside of the building & not on the docks. Many of our couples use the parking lot on the side or in the front of the building for their sparkler exits. Please make sure to bring a bucket of sand or water to extinguish the sparklers.

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Above: Kirstyn Marie Photography

Do I have to use the vendors on your list?

In short, no. We only require you to use Lesner Inn for all of your food & beverage – with the exclusion of your dessert. We understand that is a specialty creation! We do like to provide you with a list of preferred vendors because these are trusted professionals that we truly enjoy working with & know you will too! There are lots of other great vendors out there though & we are always excited to work with someone new.


There’s probably a few that we’re missing but we hope this helps answer any questions you may have while planning your big day! If you have a question that we didn’t cover, feel free to email us at and we would be more than happy to help!

Feature Guest: Stage Right Lighting

As we’ve mentioned before, we love talking all things weddings with our couples and giving our best insight, but sometimes we love to have a guest on our blog to share other insight on their specialty in the wedding industry as well. Stage Right Lighting has been to Lesner Inn more times than we can count, and the way they can bring a room to life is beyond us, so we wanted to give you a chance to learn a little more about what they do and how you can use them at our venue!


What is one of the most exciting up and coming trends in lighting?

One of the most exciting lighting trends are twinkle lights right now! There are so many different ways to incorporate these into our couple’s special day! We have been using them behind fabric for backdrops and lots of custom draping looks. We have also created designs with these lights dripping down for a magical starry night feeling! What is really awesome is that they actually twinkle and sparkle all night, unlike Christmas lights!  

Do you have any favorite lighting projects that you’ve done at Lesner Inn?

One of our favorite designs that we have done, and have also been doing for weddings at Waterfront-Greenery-Iceland-Wedding-Virginia-Beach (20)the Lesner Inn, is the full ceiling custom twinkle lights & draping in the main ballroom. The design really compliments the space and adds a gorgeous focal point! The first time we did it for Open House took our breath away!

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Of all of the options you have to rent, what lighting options do you wish all couples had for their wedding?

We wish every couple would get uplighting! Uplighting is one of our main company staples, it really can transform any space and create a beautiful ambiance! Throughout the night, we can also have different looks for dinner, toasts and special dances with just the uplighting. It really gives a wow factor for all of the guests!  

What types of rentals do you offer to your clients?

We offer custom design packages for each of our clients. We like to sit down or do a site survey with our clients and really get a feel for the look that they are going for and then create a custom package for each couple or client! Some of our main rentals include high end up lights, pin spots, dance floor or stage wash’s & custom monograms. More design details include crystal chandeliers, custom draping & backdrops. Really fun, we have also been doing colored fabric for draping! Adding a twinkle light pop, a beaded crystal sparkle or even Edison bulbs or string lights to any custom design have all been very popular as Weddings-on-the-Water-Virginia-Lesner-Inn (5)well! Give us all the design ideas!

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

Our favorite thing about working in the wedding industry is bringing our clients visions & designs to life! We typically meet with our clients anywhere from 6 months to 12 months before their big day. We love hearing their ideas and helping them create a custom design that is perfect just for them. We also help each and every couple design different looks throughout their night with uplighting, which is so unique & fun! When the big day arrives, seeing the couple’s reaction to our designs is so rewarding, there’s no greater feeling than a happy couple on one of their most special days!


Above: Chelsie Darling Photography

This is SO true! We love seeing the couples’ reaction when they first walk into the room and see everything come to life. The couples’ vision is one of the most important aspects to a wedding and Stage Right Lighting helps makes that vision a reality. We love working with them all throughout the year, so if you loved what you read about today, reach out to them directly or contact us and ask how to get in touch with them!


Couple Spotlight: Meagan & Nicholas 10.7.2018


Meagan and Nicholas sealed the deal with a kiss on October 7, 2018 at their home church in Virginia Beach surrounded by their most loved family and friends. They then came to Lesner Inn to celebrate and dance the night away.  Although they had to reschedule their wedding from September due to Hurricane Florence, their day was nothing short of a fairy tale! We are SO grateful to have been a part of their big day and we just know you’ll love hearing all about their love story below!

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How, when, & where did you meet?

We met in high school my senior year. He was a junior and the new kid at school. The first time I talked to him was when we were in the halls and we were both wearing moccasins and I said, “Hey! Nice shoes!”

Dating can be awkward, do you have any funny stories from when you first started dating?

On our first date, we went to the movies and he paid for a second movie in 3-D so we could stay longer, but I still had to end up leaving early.

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Tell us your engagement story? When did it happen?

Nicholas popped the question when we were in Smithfield by the water on November 5, 2017.

What made you pick Lesner Inn as your wedding venue?

The view! It was absolutely beautiful.

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

I chose Incredible Edibles Bakery for the cake because we loved how we got different flavors for each tier without an extra charge since we had our reception at the Lesner.

We used Mary Pollock for our florist. She is a family friend and AMAZING!

What was your vision for your wedding day?      Wedding-Reception-Venue-Virginia-Beach-Lesner-Inn (80)

Elegant and happy. And it totally was!

We loved your Pittsburgh Cookie Table! What inspired it?

My family is from Pennsylvania and at all of their weddings up north they have cookie tables so we wanted to keep the tradition alive!

What were you most excited for your wedding day?

Being with everyone I love!

Wedding-Reception-Venue-Virginia-Beach-Lesner-Inn (45)How did you handle the stress of wedding planning? Were there any major hiccups along the way?

It was a lot to handle but I got all the big things done early which helped a ton. Our wedding also had to be rescheduled due to Hurricane Florence. But it worked out and the Lesner Inn and all of our vendors were able to reschedule only a few weeks out. It was amazing!


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

Enjoy it. It is one of the most exciting times ever so take it all in! Ask for help if you can not handle something! Look around a lot on your wedding day. There is so much you will miss!

Ladies, put your toss garter on right before the toss so it is not sweaty! 🙂

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From the very beginning of the planning process to the end of your wedding day, look around and take it all in. It is the most exciting day of your life!

It truly warms our hearts working with couples like Meagan and Nicholas. If you’d like more information on our services, contact us at or (757)481-1122.

Photographer: Nicki Ahrens Photography

Florals: Family Friend

Table Décor: Lesner Inn

10 Quotes to Get You Through Wedding Planning

When you start wedding planning, you’re really not quite sure what to expect unless you’ve done it before or work in the industry. You begin with making your guest list and looking at wedding venues and then, once you get full-fledge into the planning after meeting with your first venue, you may be overwhelmed. So many details you didn’t think about, things you didn’t think you had to do until later, people you’re not sure if you should invite, and so on. At Lesner Inn we try to make things as simple as possible for you, but in the case that you get overwhelmed, we hope these motivational quotes help throughout the process! You will get married and it will be perfect!

Waterfront-Wedding-Venue-Virginia-Beach-Lesner-Inn (6)• “You are capable of amazing things”
• “Nothing can dim the light that shines from within”
• “Focused. Intelligent. Motivated. Oh, and cute.”
• “Life is tough, my darling, but so are you”
• “Don’t let anyone ever dull your sparkle”
• “Turn your dreams into plans”
• “She believed she could, so she did”
• “The most beautiful thing you can wear is confidence”
• “Chin up princess, or the crown slips”

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And one of our personal favorites: “Today know that YOU are good enough. Stop worrying if you are pretty enough, strong enough, rich enough, smart enough…You must KNOW that you are ENOUGH. Don’t let negative thoughts have power over you…Take a deep breath and know that you matter and you are enough.”

Planning an event of anywhere from 50 – 200 people is not easy, especially when it’s one of the biggest days of your life, so we get it! It can be very stressful trying to make sure everything looks perfect, your guests are pleased, and you don’t pull your hair in the midst of it all. It may get hard, but it will all be WORTH it when you kiss for the first time as newlyweds, and we hope this little list of motivational quotes help you get through it all!

DIY Donut Wall

The ladies at Lesner Inn stepped away from our desks and picked up a tool belt for a day with this fun DIY donut wall! With one crafty manager and another mathlete, we proved that two heads are better than one. This adorable donut display wall is for rent now at Lesner Inn! Stay tuned to watch the progression of this project.


We started by sanding the plywood & wooden dowels that were cut to size for us at Lowe’s.  We decided to go with a 5′ x 3′ wall so that it can be set on a table, & 5″ long dowels so we could easily fit 2-3 donuts per peg.


The next step was staining the sanded wood.  We chose an espresso finish that we think turned out great!


After everything was stained, we did two coats, we packed everything away to dry properly & got ready for the final steps.


A lot of the tutorials that we found online said to use hot glue to put the pegs on the wall, but we’re perfectionists & chose to place wood screws through the back for a more durable option.  We perfectly measured the distance between each peg, drilled holes into the pegs so we could screw them in, & then screwed them in halfway to prepare for the polyurethane finish.


We went with clear satin so that the wall didn’t lose it’s natural wooden look.


After the donut wall was done it was time to bring in one of our talented staff members, who provides calligraphy services on the side, Michelle.  Check out her work for Zens Pens below & send her an email at if you’re interested in having calligraphy done for your wedding/event.



We’re extremely proud of how this DIY project came out, & hope you all like it!  Donuts are a great alternative wedding cake & even make great wedding favors!

If you’re a Lesner Inn couple & would like to use this awesome wall for your wedding or event don’t forget to contact us at or by phone at 757-481-1122.

Lesner Inn Open House 2019

It’s that time of year again.  The time of year where our creative and motivated event and sales managers begin planning our annual Open House!  We are so excited to kick off 2019 with some of the top wedding vendors in Hampton Roads, but the only thing that could make it better is seeing the people who make it all possible… you!  Whether your planning a big or small wedding stop by to ask us how we can make it possible at Lesner Inn.

Open House Facebook Cover Photo

Above: Stellar Exposures Photography

 Everyone in attendance is eligible to receive booking specials from Lesner Inn and participating vendors, and even win raffle prizes.  You will taste complimentary hors d’oeuvres and specialty cocktails while overlooking the Lynnhaven River to receive the full guest experience.  No RSVP necessary, just be sure to mark your calendars and tell your friends!

If you can’t wait until January, just give us a call to schedule an appointment!  We can’t wait to meet you! / 757-481-1122

Gifts to Give your Wedding Party

Your wedding party is a very special group of people for your Lesner Inn wedding, and we think they deserve some recognition today!  These awesome people help plan your wedding, throw you the perfect bachelor(ette) party, calm your nerves, and in some cases sacrifice a lot to be a part of your wedding day.  We realize that it can be hard to find the perfect way to say thank you, so we’ve come up with a few of our favorite suggestions!  Most of these are interchangeable between bridesmaid and groomsmen, so do whatever feels right for your group of girls or guys!

  • Afternoon-Waterfront-Wedding-Virginia-Beach-Lesner-Inn (13)Thank you cards: say thank you after special events like your engagement party, bridal shower, bachelor(ette) party, and especially after the wedding!
  • Customized flasks
  • Jewelry/cufflinks/tie/fun socks to wear on the wedding day
  • A mani pedi/spa day before the wedding
  • A bottle of their favorite drink
  • Provide food & drinks while getting ready for the wedding
  • A fun activity to do together before the wedding
  • Customized wine/champagne/whiskey glasses
  • Cigars

Right: Jared Beasley Photography

You know your wedding party best, so however you show your gratitude make sure it is custom to your relationship!  If Lesner Inn can help you accomplish anything for your wedding party, please don’t hesitate to ask!  We can’t wait to help make you and your fiancés wedding at Lesner Inn perfect!