No Hassle Favors at Lesner Inn

Wedding favors are the perfect way to say thank you to your guests for celebrating your wedding with you.  Over the years, wedding favors have made the switch from being small trinkets that will most likely end up in the trash, to food or beverage items that guests can actually enjoy!  Lesner Inn is totally behind this shift in the wedding game, and we’re here to tell you about the awesome favor ideas that you can get directly from us!

Mini Champagne Bottles
We can admit that we’re obsessed with anything mini for weddings.  Lesner Inn has mini bottles or cans of blue champagne, rose, and of course standard champagne that make the perfect wedding favors!  The packaging is to die for, and the product is even better!  If you want to personalize these adorable little bottles, just order stickers with your names and wedding date and slap them on the bottles.  You’ve created hassle free favors for your guests to either take home or enjoy on the night of your wedding!

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Above: David Champagne Photography

A lot of people are even using candy bars as a favor for their guests!  Who doesn’t love a sweet treat for the journey home from a Lesner Inn wedding?  These can be displayed as a candy bar so that guests can go up and select what they want to bring home in individual bags provided by Lesner Inn.


Above: Cute E’s Photography

If you’ve read our blog before, you’ve probably heard us preach about how awesome donuts are if you’re looking for an alternative to traditional wedding cake.  Well, here we are again to tell you how amazing donuts are as wedding favors!!  All you need are small boxes or paper bags for your guests to pack up a donut or two to take home after the wedding.  When they’re in need of some easy hangover food the next day, all they need is to pop the box open and enjoy!

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Above: Stellar Exposures Photography

Lesner Inn sure does love any type of bar, so why not a popcorn bar?  Popcorn bars are such fun favors because your guests can customize the popcorn to be flavored with white cheddar or tossed with M&Ms, chocolate chips, or butterscotch chips!  We even provide adorable popcorn bags for your guests to take these treats home!


Above: Dustin Lewis Images

We are totally obsessed with any of these favor ideas!  The best part is that they are hassle free since Lesner Inn will provide everything you need, and even set it up for you!

To learn more about having any of these as favors at your wedding, speak to one of our event & sales managers by contacting us at or 757-481-1122.


Lesner Insights: selecting your wedding venue

Selecting the place where you will celebrate saying “I do” is one of the most important decisions in the wedding planning process.  There are so many factors to consider that many couples don’t even think about until they’ve already reserved their wedding venue. Things like the location, what’s included for the price, and of course reviews on past couple’s experiences should all be things that you are considering when making this decision. If you’re having trouble figuring out where to start in selecting your wedding venue, we hope we can help by providing some of our insights!

Location, location, location!!! This should be one of the first things on your mind when considering your wedding venue.  But this doesn’t mean that you should just pick whichever venue is closest to your house.  What we really mean is that the location should reflect the overall feeling that you wish to have at your wedding! How you feel when you walk into the doors of your wedding venue for the first time should be the same feeling you want to have on your wedding day!

Right: Kay De Lane Photography

Your location should also reflect the types of photos that you wish to have from your wedding.  Waterfront wedding venues like Lesner Inn are the perfect setting for photos, rain or shine.  However, you should also take into account your wedding venue’s proximity to other places you’d like to take photos. Whether you want a photo with your toes in the sand or to stand out in a forest of green you should know what photo opportunities are available near your wedding venue!


Above: Lia Everette Photography

Waterfront-Wedding-Venue-Virginia-Beach-Lesner-Inn-27.jpgWhat’s Included
There are so many wedding venues that charge a large amount just for you to use the venue!  This often doesn’t even include the tables, chairs, table ware, or catering.  At Lesner Inn, we prefer to provide inclusive services so that our couples don’t have to work with 10 different wedding vendors to have their dream wedding!  Things can get lost in translation when working with too many wedding vendors so, if you decide on having your wedding at a venue that only includes the space, make sure you are prepared to stay organized.

Right: Lia Everette Photography

Reading reviews from past couples and their experiences at your top wedding venues will give insight to real weddings there! If you are seeing several negative ratings, then the venue may have a few kinks that they need to work out.  Wedding planning websites like The Knot and WeddingWire are great places to start when researching the best wedding venues in your area.


Above: Paige Ryan Photography

Can you imagine having your wedding at a venue where all of its event spaces are in a row of dark banquet halls where you can’t tell a stranger attending the wedding next door apart from your great aunt Susan? It makes you wish that you had enough wedding guests, and money, to book the entire venue.  At Lesner Inn, we offer our couples the option to book the entire venue for a private wedding experience at a fair price! This is something that we recommend to all of our couples, especially those with higher guest counts, so that they can get the most out of their wedding day.


Above: Luke and Ashley Photography

We hope our insights are helpful in your search for the perfect wedding venue!  If you are interested in hosting your wedding with us at Lesner Inn, reach out to one of our sales managers at or 757-481-1122!

Wedding Processional & Recessional Songs

For some people, selecting the songs they walk down the aisle to is as simple as saying “ I do”! For others, it can be a long process of overthinking song after song. We know this is such an important moment for every couple, so we wanted to help you out if you’re having a bit of a struggle choosing these songs for your special day! Check out some of our favorite processional and recessional songs that Lesner Inn couples have walked down the aisle to:

Processional Songs:
All of Me by John Legend
Amazed by Lonestar
A Thousand Years by Christina Perri
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing by Chris Tomlin
Good Life by One Republic
Lost in the Moment by Big and Rich
Marry You by Bruno Mars
Take My Hand by Emily Hackett
Within You, Without You by The Beatles
You and Me by The Dave Mathews Band

Above: Cute E’s Photography

Recessional Songs:
Accidently In Love by Counting Crows
At Last by Etta James
Best Day of My Life by American Authors
First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes
Good to Be Alive by Andy Grammer
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) by Marvin Gaye
I Do by Colbie Caillat
I’m Yours by Jason Mraz
The Best if Yet to Come by Frank Sinatra
This Magic Moment by The Drifters

In addition to the above songs, we also love ANYTHING from Vitamin String Quartet for either the processional or recessional song if you’d like to give a traditional sound to your favorite modern songs!

Whether one of these songs sparked something for you and your fiancé or not, we hope you now have some thoughts on what type of songs you would like to use during the ceremony. We wish you the very best on your selection process and we can’t wait to sing along to the song you pick on your big day at Lesner Inn!

Not the Average Bar

When most engaged couples think about having a bar at their wedding, their minds go straight to their favorite local beers & specialty cocktails. But, when planning their wedding, they see that there are numerous types of bars to host that don’t have to include alcohol! To give you some ideas, we want to share some of our favorites with you that you can easily get at Lesner Inn!

Alcohol Bar
Like we mentioned, this is the most thought of bar at a wedding. The beverage choices are endless with your choice of your favorite Virginia local beers & wines, cocktail drinks, & more. Of course a bar is not required for any wedding, but there are several different ways that you can present this to your wedding guests if you so choose. Ask your event manager about the best way to accommodate what you want behind your bar at Lesner Inn!

Dessert Bar
This is another bar that most people tend to lean toward when discussing the different wedding bars. It is very popular in upcoming wedding trends & they are even being used instead of traditional wedding cake! Set out an array of your favorite desserts with anything from brownies to cookies to doughnuts to chocolate covered strawberries or anything else you may be craving. Here at Lesner Inn, we love to help out with these bars as we can provide you with brownies, cookies, chocolate covered strawberries, & even doughnuts!


Above: Keith Cephus Photography

Candy Bar
The candy bar is such a crowd pleaser! So many couples are starting to have candy bars to go along with their cake or even have it as a favor for their guests. It’s perfect because you can personalize this with the types of candy you select or even by the stamps or labels on the bags you use for your guest’s doggy bags! If you love the idea, but don’t want to add another thing to your planning list, Lesner Inn will take care of it for you! Just let your event manager know your favorite selections & we will set it up for you on your wedding night!

Popcorn Bar
Okay, let’s be honest, who doesn’t love these buttery puffs of heaven after a good meal? This bar is definitely one that your guests will be all over! Typically, there’s two ways to do this bar at Lesner Inn. You can have different flavors of popcorn for the guests to choose from or you can have good old-fashioned butter popcorn with different candies to put on top (we ALWAYS recommend a salty & sweet treat)! Either way, you can’t go wrong with a popcorn bar for a late night snack that everyone can grab while they’re on the dance floor!


Above: Dustin Lewis Images

Ice Cream Sundae Bar
We don’t know about you, but we LOVE ice cream & we’re pretty sure your guests will too! Why not give them a bar that’s full of ice cream, sprinkles, chocolate syrup, chocolate chips & so much more that they can pile on top? There’s no better way to cool down from the dance floor than to eat some cold ice cream that Lesner Inn can provide your guests!

Now when you think of the bar you would like to incorporate for your guests at your wedding, we hope you consider some of these tasty treats as well! If you have an idea that you’d like to share with us, reach out to one of our event & sales managers at or at 757-481-1122!

Wedding Highlights: Kayla & Parker 3/24/2018

Military-Wedding-Virginia-Beach-Lesner-Inn-(33)We have to take a minute to brag about this AMAZING couple right here!  Kayla & Parker stole our hearts from the moment that we met them.  They are two of the most genuine people, & working with them to create their perfect day was an absolute joy!  Reflecting on this day makes us so happy that Lesner Inn could be a part of their Virginia Beach wedding, & we hope to work with more couples just like them!!

How, when, & where did you meet?
Parker and I met in 2015 when he moved to Norfolk for the Navy. He was apartment hunting and I was a Leasing Consultant and rented an apartment to him. I told him that day that I would be his neighbor and I don’t think he took it seriously. He found out a few weeks later that I really was his next-door neighbor! He invited me on a date a few months later and the rest was history!

Dating can be awkward, do you have any funny stories from when you first started dating?
I always give Parker a hard time about our very first date! He asked me out to a hockey game and I had said yes. When I walked over to his apartment, there were 2 of his guy friends there too!! So it was a Parker and Kayla with 2 other of his friends date. Parker says “I didn’t know it was a date, a thought it was an….outing”.


Tell us your engagement story? When did it happen?
Our engagement was super simple and perfect! We bought our first home together and we love our sunsets from our backyard. Last June he got down on one knee at sunset, asked me to marry him, and at the same time our dog Gracie jumped in his face and licked him. I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way!

Military-Wedding-Virginia-Beach-Lesner-Inn-(45).jpgWhat made you pick Lesner Inn as your wedding venue?
We definitely wanted something on the water and a place that we could really have everything all at one place: the ceremony, reception, décor, catering, and coordination. When we visited, the view was beautiful and the venue fit the vision we had for our wedding day.

What additional vendors did you choose for your wedding day, and why?
We had a DJ, Florist, and Photographer. We really did not need to hire many other vendors because there was so much included at The Lesner Inn!

What décor & other design aspects of your wedding were most important to you?
We wanted to keep things simple, so we didn’t want too many decorations. We wanted small centerpieces and flowers with greenery to give our reception and wedding a romantic and sweet feel. That was really important to us.

Military-Wedding-Virginia-Beach-Lesner-Inn-(66)What was your vision for your wedding day?
Simple, sweet, and romantic on the water!

What unique details did you add to your wedding?
Parker’s a twin so for the mother/son dance, Parker had danced with their mom, and his brother Kyle danced with their Grandma. Half way through the song, they switched places and I thought that was really sweet and unique.

What were you most excited for your wedding day?
I asked Parker this question and his first sentence was “To see the love of my life”! I definitely agree. We hadn’t seen each other since the night before and having the wedding day jitters and nerves; all I wanted to do was see him. Once we saw each other both of us were instantly not nervous anymore and we were calm and ready to walk down the aisle!

How did you handle the stress of wedding planning? Were there any major hiccups along the way?
Planning a wedding can definitely be stressful! We planned our wedding in 8 months but for 4 of those months, Parker was on deployment. This did cause some added stress because of limited availability to talk with each other. What was nice, though, was that many of our vendors were able to fit us in before he left and we go to meet in person with our DJ when he got back so it was cool that they worked with us.


Do you have any advice for couples who are planning their weddings now?
Honestly, I would say to try and bundle! We bundled the ceremony, reception, décor, coordination, planning, catering, and much more all at Lesner Inn and that truly made things so easy for us. Having things taken care of all in one place truly made wedding planning a breeze so BUNDLE when possible! Also, doing the first look with each other was one of the best decisions we made. For one, you save time after the ceremony and are able to mingle with friends and family sooner, and two, seeing each other calmed our nerves that day.

We loved being a part of Kayla & Parker’s wedding day & of course celebrating with their friends & family!  Lesner Inn takes pride in being inclusive, so that our couples don’t have to search for services from several different Virginia Beach wedding vendors.

For more information on our services, contact us at or 757-481-1122!

Thank you to Kay De Lane Photography for capturing all of these amazing photos!


10 Questions to Ask Before Booking Your Wedding Venue

Wedding planning, no matter how many times you’ve done it, comes with a lot of questions about how and when certain things should get done. This can be stressful enough, but on top of all the questions already going through your head, you then go to check out your top wedding venues and realize that you don’t even know what questions to ask. Well, being one of Virginia Beach’s top wedding venues, we have some helpful tips for whatever venue you’re looking at! We’ve put together a list of 10 questions, and answers, that we hope will help and that you should definitely ask your wedding venue before booking!

  1. What do you provide?

This is such an important question because you want to know what you need to bring in from an outside vendor or what you’ll need to bring yourself. Lesner Inn tries to be as inclusive as possible, and provides everything from the linens and decor to the food and beverage. We even offer wedding favors! Make sure you discuss what your venue includes in detail before booking so you know exactly what you’ll be responsible for!

  1. How long do I have to set everything up and break it down?

Like almost every question in this list this changes for each venue, but you should at least have 2 hours to set up before the wedding and 1 hour to break down. This is our policy at Lesner Inn, including the set up for vendors and other personal décor items. Be sure to ask your venue because this is just a generalization, so it might be different for each place!

  1. Do you have a preferred vendors list? If so, do I have to stick to that list?

Most venues will have a preferred vendors list. Whether you have to stick to those specific vendors or not is what is normally different between venues. We have a list with vendors that we highly recommend, but our couples are more than welcome to bring in any vendor they would like!  However, our preferred vendors offer discounts to Lesner Inn couples, so we highly recommend taking advantage of that!

  1. If my fiancé gets deployed, what is the process we go through to postpone?

Virginia Beach Military Wedding Lesner Inn Waterfront.jpgThis is a question that we really hope doesn’t come up during the wedding planning process, but we understand when duty calls. Different venues will have different policies and processes, but Lesner Inn is particularly understanding in this situation and will resolve this on a case by case basis. Be sure to ask your venue what the steps are if this happens before you book!

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  1. How do I hold my date?

Ahh, the question that every couple should ask once you’ve completely fallen in love with your wedding venue! Some venues will require a deposit to hold the date and others will hold it complimentary for a certain amount of time. Once a couple expresses that they would like to secure the date, Lesner Inn will place a 5 day complimentary hold on the date so the couple can rest easy knowing that no one else can book it. If you have a specific date in mind, we highly recommend asking if you can place a hold on it and what is required to book the space while you’re in the process of looking everything over!

  1. What is the payment schedule?

Just like everything else, this will differ from venue to venue, but we can say that most of them will have a payment schedule for you. We don’t know of any venues that would required everything to be paid in one lump sum. Either way, never fear to talk about finances with your wedding venue. If you want to break payments up into more frequent and smaller amounts just tell your venue up front!

  1. When do you need all final numbers and details?

This! This is such an important question that needs to be asked before booking your wedding venue! We can’t stress enough how important it is to have every single detail that your venue needs in to them on time. Definitely ask when they will need all final numbers, food/beverage selections, etc. This is especially important when your venue does on-site catering, as Lesner Inn does, because they need to prepare all décor and order your food and alcohol in time for your event. It will make the end of planning so much easier if you know beforehand when your venue will need all of this information and can save you some hefty late fees, so be sure to ask!

  1. How far out should I book?

This is really up to you and how picky you are with the specific date, day of the week, or time of day for your wedding. If you’re super flexible, then you really don’t need to worry about booking crazy far in advance because you can typically find a weekend that works for both you and your venue. However, if your venue doesn’t do more than one wedding per day or even weekend, then you may have a little more trouble finding a weekend in the near future. If you want it on a specific date, then we would say to go ahead and book early so you can be sure to get that date. A good rule of thumb is to book at least a year in advance!

  1. What if there’s a hurricane the day of my wedding?

Waterfront Wedding Venue Virginia Beach Lesner Inn (10).jpgThis is another question that no couple wants to talk about but that you should always ask before booking your venue. At Lesner Inn, as long as our doors can open the show goes on!  We will do everything in our power to make it happen and make sure everything still goes as planned. This is generally the policy with most venues because no one ever wants to postpone a wedding due to weather, but it’s always good to ask beforehand!

Right: Lia Everette Photography

  1. Am I required to have a coordinator?

The possible answers to this question are pretty cut and dry: yes or no. Some venues will require you to at least have a day-of coordinator for your wedding. However, there will be other venues, like Lesner Inn, who do not require you to have a planner or day-of coordinator. We do suggest it though, because it takes a ton of stress off of you and your fiance and will make a world of a difference on your wedding day. Lesner Inn actually offers full wedding planning and day-of coordination services specifically for Lesner Inn couples, so you don’t even have to work with another company to coordinate your wedding!

We know wedding planning can be stressful and you sometimes just don’t know the questions to ask certain vendors, but we really hope this list helps with some of the questions you should ask your wedding venue before booking! If you have any more questions, don’t be afraid to speak up. We would much rather couples ask all of their questions upfront than to be confused down the road!

If you have any other questions about the booking process at Lesner Inn, feel free to contact us at or give us a call at 757-481-1122.

The Do’s & Don’ts of Hiring Wedding Professionals

Choosing your wedding vendors is one of the biggest decisions that you will make in the wedding planning process.  However, many of our soonlyweds don’t understand the importance of making sure that they hire a professional!  There have been too many times where a couple has asked a family friend, that has no experience in shooting weddings, to take the photos they will look back on for years!  Well we’re here to tell you all about the wedding vendors that you must make sure are a wedding professional!

Waterfront Wedding Venue Hampton Roads (3)Photographer
A professional wedding photographer will have years of training & experience taking portraits, candid, & group shots, & should be able to provide you with several examples!  Every photographer has their own style of how they shoot & edit photos, & by choosing someone who isn’t a professional, you risk having your photos come out looking like they were taken with your friends iPhone!

Left: Sweet Adeline

Many people think that a videographer just shoots a video & sends it to you after the wedding.  However, this is not the case!  Videographers are skilled in shooting at the best angles, capturing moments with appropriate lighting, & editing the video after it’s all said & done.  Editing a wedding video that makes you remember all of the feelings you felt on your actual wedding day is no easy task.  They have years of experience to make your wedding day look like the best day of your life, which it should be!

DJ or Band
When people ask if they are able to bring in a set of speakers & plug in their iPod to play music for the wedding, we can’t help but cringe.  Many people who are planning a wedding for the first time think that all your DJ does is put a playlist together & press play, but this is definitely not the case!  Your DJ or musical entertainment is your hype man & MC.  They make sure that guests are getting excited for every major event throughout your wedding.  Who do you think announces you into the reception as newlyweds & gets your guests out on the dance floor?

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Wedding Coordinator
Another vendor that couples constantly underrate are wedding coordinators!  Too often we hear couples say that their friend or family member, who is also attending the wedding, will be in charge of coordinating the wedding.  This is a huge no, no!  While your friend or family member may be fully qualified to coordinate, they are guest at your wedding & will want to have fun like the rest of your guests.  Nothing is worse than the couple having the pick up the slack when your friend should be making sure that your DJ & catering facility are ready for toasts!  Lesner Inn now offers coordination services to make sure that our couples have the perfect Virginia Beach wedding!


Stellar Exposures Photography

We cannot stress the importance of professional wedding vendors enough.  They have years of experience under their belt, & can guide you in the right direction when planning your dream wedding at Lesner Inn.  Our final piece of advice is that you make sure to research the different wedding vendors in your area to make sure you absolutely LOVE what they do!

Lesner Inn has a list of our preferred wedding vendors that we give to everyone that we meet.  Our list even includes discounts that vendors offer to Lesner Inn couples, just for booking us for their wedding venue & catering!

For more information, please reach out to our sales office at or by phone at 757-481-1122.

How to Properly Thank Your Wedding Vendors!

Your wedding vendors are the professionals that make your Virginia Beach wedding come to life, and hopefully in a way that is even better than what you hoped for!  Most of these vendors are working with you from start to finish, and do everything they can to make sure you trust them to handle the details of your wedding.  Things like answering emails after office hours, scheduling an impromptu appointment, or providing services that go above the contracted agreement are all ways that wedding vendors will go beyond the call of duty to make our clients happy.  Your wedding vendors do so much to make sure you reflect on your wedding as the perfect day, so show them how grateful you are in any of these simple ways!

Leave Reviews
Think back to when you were selecting your wedding vendors.  You were probably reading reviews to make sure they would be the right person for the job.  Leaving reviews on wedding websites like The Knot and WeddingWire are one of the best ways to appreciate the work that your vendors did for you.  If you don’t have accounts with either of these top wedding websites, Facebook and Google are also great places to leave reviews!  This will not only bring a smile to their face, but will bring them more business in the future!


Write Thank You Cards
Hand written thank you notes are a small token of appreciation, no matter who you’re writing them to.  Seeing how happy a client is after their wedding is so satisfying, and at Lesner Inn we like to display all of our thank you notes as a reminder to why we love our jobs so much!

Leave Tips
Some of your wedding vendors don’t expect or require a tip, but this is always a nice gesture!  If you’re unsure about who should be receiving a tip, this blog from Bridal Guide will help you out!


Give Small Gifts
For those vendors who don’t accept or require tips, a small gift is a great gesture!  One of our Lesner Inn couples brought in monogrammed sandals for her event manager to wear on her wedding day.  It was such a thoughtful gift and something so easy to have made!  Things like candles, coffee mugs or tumblers, or jewelry are also great ideas as small gifts to give your wedding vendors.

Think about how stressful wedding planning is.  Now think about doing it for a living!  Your wedding vendors do so much to make sure that you are happy with the service they are providing, and deserve a little recognition when it’s all said and done.  With that being said, speak up if you feel they could be doing better!  Chances are they have no idea how you are feeling, and would love the constructive criticism.

Working at Lesner Inn – A Few of my Favorite Things

To conclude our series about what the Lesner ladies love about working at Lesner Inn, we hear from our Event & Sales Director Alexis Hionis.  It can be hard to pinpoint one thing that we love about our job, so Alexis highlights all of her favorite things below:

Alexis Retouch 2.jpgI graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s in History & Sociology, so people always ask me “How did you end up in the wedding industry? What made you want to do this?” My answer is simple.  Everything about my job at Lesner Inn makes me happy. I’m constantly surrounded by people and things I love, so why wouldn’t I do this?

I’ll start with my coworkers. The team at Lesner Inn is unlike any team I’ve worked with before. I consider the girls I work with in the office like my sisters. They each hold a special place in my heart. You’ll often find us laughing to tears over absolutely nothing, singing the Lion King Soundtrack, or binge eating sweets.  We may share a common interest of everything wedding, but our friendship goes beyond our office. And I’m lucky to have them in my life.

The location. Lesner Inn is located right on the Lynnhaven River, so every day I’m at work I’m reminded of how beautiful our home is.  The view is incredible. And the sunsets are breathtaking.  When things become hectic at work, it’s nice to take a moment on our Sunset Deck and appreciate where I live and where I work. Not many people can say the same, so I feel #blessed.

The vendors. Or better yet, my friendors. The Hampton Road’s wedding industry is large, and I’m fortunate to have so many friends in the industry.  We connect each weekend to work similar clients’ weddings. And we team up throughout the year to host open houses and create stylized shoots. They’ve even supported me through the start of my nonprofit, riseVB, and my fundraising ventures with Beach Ball. 

The icing on the cake for me is seeing everything come to life on the wedding day.  My relationships with my clients grow throughout the planning process.  I become so fond of their story – how they met, how they fell in love… all of the good stuff. But there’s something about the way they look at each other when they’re standing at the arch that gives me all the feels. And I wouldn’t trade that in for the world.

To become another reason why we love our jobs so much, send us an email at so we can help you plan your perfect wedding!

Working at Lesner Inn – Unique Details

Happy Monday everyone!  To kick off the week, we hope you take a moment to read what Event & Sales Manager, Cayleen Javorsky, loves most about working at Lesner Inn!  You may be surprised to know that it’s not just the great food… more on her thoughts below:

Cayleen Retouch 1.jpgWhen I think back to how I ended up working at Lesner Inn, planning one of the most epic days of someone’s life, I think back to my first experience working around weddings in Virginia Beach.  While I was in college, I spent my summers working at the front desk of a local Virginia Beach hotel.  During my time there, I was able to meet so many people who were celebrating their wedding weekend!  My interaction with their big day was pretty much non-existent, but I always got to see the team of vendors pile in & work their magic to create what each couple had planned for so long to be the best day of their lives!  Watching what each couple found to be their perfect wedding come to life was so fun to watch, & it has easily become one of my favorite parts about my job at Lesner Inn. 

Since starting as an Event & Sales Manager at Lesner Inn almost 3 years ago, I have seen so many different color schemes, menu & dessert choices, & newfound traditions that couples have wanted to incorporate to set their wedding apart from the rest.  Even though a lot of wedding trends stay pretty constant, most of our couples will have at least one minute detail that is completely unique to their style & tastes.  Each of these unique details can make one wedding the complete opposite of another, but regardless of if they choose to have breakfast for dinner, a gelato bar for dessert, or to dance to an unconventional song all of these weddings are perfect in their own ways!

These unique touches make my job SO much fun, especially when even I am surprised on the night of (shout out to Amanda & David Haas for the guest appearance from a T-rex)!


Above: Luke & Ashley Photography

We love being a part of the planning process with our clients, so send us an email at to see how we can make your Lesner Inn wedding stand out from the rest!