A Gold + Blush Summer Wedding at The Lesner Inn | Virginia Beach, VA
Pat and Alaina’s beautiful Virginia Beach wedding day at the Lesner Inn was hands down one of my favorite weddings ever - even considering that it was it the middle of an insane heat wave!! Like a 107 heat index kind of insane!!! That’s when you know it was truly an exceptional one. This day involved so many of my favorite people and spending the day with them was so special to me! I’ve been good friends with both the bride and groom for a long time, and they are two of the most fun-loving people I’ve ever known! Pat and Alaina also love and value their friends so well, and I loved seeing how the bridesmaids and groomsmen supported their favorite couple on what could have been a very stressful day. Speaking of the bridal party, I knew every person in it, so when I say this day involved all of my favorite people, I really meant it. These two truly couldn’t have picked a better group of people to help them celebrate the beginning of their marriage! It’s wedding days like these that remind me that I honestly have the best job in the world - I never once felt like I was working :)
As I said, it was a HOT day. Actually, “hot” really doesn’t do it justice. It was absolutely sweltering. My assistant followed me around all day with a spray fan and an ice pack just to keep me standing - haha! But even in the middle of this ridiculous heat, no one complained! We made sure to get all of the pictures that Pat and Alaina wanted, while limiting our exposure to the heat to mere minutes at a time. (This is a great example to my future brides - we always, always make it work!! Rain, heat, snow - no need to worry!) Thankfully, by 7:30pm it had cooled off a bit, and Pat and Alaina wanted to go back outside to take their sunset pictures. With the breeze coming up the water, it ended up being PERFECT weather. They had a boat docked outside to take them away from their grand exit, so we took the vast majority of their pictures there! Nothing says "Virginia Beach” more than being on the water, and the newlyweds wanted their portraits to include the essence of our beautiful hometown. The lighting was gorgeous, the couple, stunning, and the view was unmatched. I hadn’t shot at the Lesner Inn for a few years before them, but now I can’t wait to go back!!! Maybe for a vow renewal next month, guys? Too soon?? I just want to experience this day all over again!!
I hope you enjoy the highlights from this very special day!! Don’t miss the incredible dancing pictures, featuring the night’s “dance floor MVP”, the grandmother of the bride!!!
Alaina, you were the most beautiful bride in the world!!!!!
My jaw actually DROPPED when I saw this on the back of my camera!!! Alaina, I have NO WORDS for this amount of perfection!!!!
All my best girls (!!)...
And all my best guys!!!
I have absolutely no idea what is happening here and it makes me laugh. Sooo, it made the blog post haha!
Cue the tears!! Everyone (myself included!) had been waiting a very long time for this day!!
MR AND MRS.!!!!
They're finally married!!!!
I love the Lesner's huge wall of windows! I don't think you could possibly have a better view for your first dance!
Really upset I don't can't insert the "fire* emoji right here. Because it couldn't be more fitting for this hot couple!
I'm in love with this one!
Patrick, you handsome man! Major kudos for surviving the heat in a 3 piece suit!
The start of our MVP's dance floor domination!!!
But really! Alaina, can your grandmother come to my wedding one day???
This is one of my best friends, and yes this is very normal.
Pat and Alaina,
What a GORGEOUS wedding!! I can't tell you how much fun it was to spend your wedding day with you guys!! Love you both tons!
Dress: Essense of Australia from Studio I Do
Bridesmaids' Dresses: Showpo
Groomsmen Attire: Calvin Klein
Cake: Incredible Edibles Bakery
Hair: The Hair Days
Makeup: Dhalia Edwards
Florals: Parties for Particular People
Venue + Catering: Lesner Inn
DJ: Danny Gray with Astro DJ
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