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.

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