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The Founders Inn and Spa offers the perfect place to celebrate life’s most special occasions.

The Founders Inn and Spa's romantic, Colonial English gardens, quaint indoor atrium, or Regent University's Divinity Chapel, is the perfect setting for Brides and Grooms to begin their life together. Allow our highly trained catering and banquet staff to take care of every last detail and create the wedding of your dreams.

Southern elegance, lake and garden views combined with exceptional food prepared by our talented, award-winning culinary team will ensure you and your guests have a unique and memorable experience. Whether you envision a lavish sit-down dinner for hundreds or a loving intimate gathering of family and friends, we can help make your day truly special.

Every wedding is different—but The Founders Inn and Spa’s passion for excellence ensures it is one guests will long remember.

We offer an incredible array of options for an unforgettable wedding held in Virginia Beach:

  • Indoor & outdoor venues
  • Colonial English gardens for outdoor ceremonies
  • The atrium or Regent's Divinity Chapel for indoor venues
  • Variety of reception areas, suiting your taste and budget
  • Creative catering menus prepared by our award-winning Chefs

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For More Information:

Contact one of our dedicated wedding coordinators:

Ann Smith (For weddings of 101 or more guests)

757.366.5814

asmith@foundersinn.com

Emily Andersen (For weddings of 100 or less guests)

757.366.5722

emily.andersen@foundersinn.com

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Photography:

Founders Inn weddings taken by photographer Keith Cephus

http://www.keithcephus.com/blog/index.php/founders-inn-spa-wedding-photographer-camille-and-cavelles-awesome-wedding/

 

Testimonials

As a photographer in the Hampton Roads area I have a chance to work with many venues. The Founders Inn is one of my favorite places to photograph. Not only is it gorgeous inside and out but the staff is absolutely amazing. Ann and Emily are two of the best in the area. They have the ability to help plan your special event with ease all while paying attention to the smallest of details. They are extremely easy to get a hold of and respond to calls and emails in a timely manner. On the wedding day they always seem to be in the right place at the right time. I've never had to run around looking for someone to give me answers

-- Mike Dragon, from Mike Dragon Photography, May 23, 2014

Dear Founders Inn & Staff, We just wanted to take the time to thank you for such spectacular service the day of our wedding.  The compliments have not stopped on the wonderful staff and service as well as the beautiful landscape.  We hope to have another reason to work with you again.  

--Kreg & Diana, Espinoza Buffone Wedding, April 3, 2014

Emily & The Founders Inn, Thank you for the wonderful weekend around our wedding on March 15th.  All of our guests were impressed with how beautiful, welcoming, and professional the hotel was.  Our ceremony was beautiful, the reception was perfect (dinner was sooo good) and the Presedential Suite incredibly luxurious.  Thank you for making our wedding a truly memorable event.

--Tricia & Brandon, Fiebrandt Culbertson Wedding, March 15, 2014

 

Emily Andersen has been delightful! We are not having a very big event (wedding) but she has treated us as if we are having 500 people to a 5 star event...such service!! she is easy to work with and very helpful! Ashley Alger is a jewel! Such a pleasant and professional Employee. She has been so helpful and gracious. I can't believe how she treats us as if we are her only client!! Just unbelievable service! No question was left unanswered and no problem unsolved!!

 --Frances Earley, Earley-Strohmeyer Wedding, February 21, 2014

 

My wife, Michele, and I had the honor of hosting the wedding reception for our daughter Jessica and her husband Richard Tiberio on December 28th in the Main Ballroom. We had approximately 170 guests. What made the Hallis/Tiberio wedding somewhat unique was that, while Jessica and her husband live in Virginia Beach now, most of our guests had to travel from Canada as well as from many parts of the United States. Almost everyone who attended the wedding stayed at the hotel, and our in-laws, the Tiberio’s, also hosted the rehearsal dinner in the Swan Terrace for over 100 of our group on December 27th.

What a great success – from start to finish!!!! The comments we heard from our family and friends (echoed by our own experience) was that the event was magical, the property was spectacular, service was friendly and prompt, and that the whole atmosphere (not the least of which was created by the Xmas decorations and lights) was festive and warm.

Ann Smith & Emily Andersen were fantastic – from the early planning stages, the tasting we attended in the fall, multiple reviews of the Banquet Orders, and being on site both evenings to ensure everything met our expectations and that no details were overlooked – they were both an absolute pleasure to work with!

I would also like to mention that Isabelle at the front desk, and Emily and Kai (servers in the Swan Terrace) were wonderful – they always had a smile for us, and the service the provided was friendly and impeccable –in fact, they had our guests talking about it after every breakfast. Congratulations to you for creating a culture of stellar customer service at your property. I would not hesitate to consider The Founders for any of our future stays or events.

-Best Wishes, Allen Hallis (Father of the Bride) – Hallis-Tiberio Wedding, December 28, 2013

 

Ann Smith - It was PERFECT.  The wedding was wonderful.  Everything was on time and I received so many compliments on the food, the facility and how nice the staff was.  In fact, several people thought the pre-reception was the reception.  When the doors opened for the reception the guests took a while to enter because everyone stopped to take pictures.  Many guests were impressed about the details of the event (food after the in the lobby for the wedding party).  The manager of the banquet took food to Jessica/Premed’s room which they enjoyed. 

Emily Andersen - was so much help.  I like being in control and I was at ease due to Emily. I just let her handle it. She has it down to a science and she was a joy to work with as you are.  

-Beth Parsons (Mother of the Bride) - Parsons-Lesniewcz Wedding, January 11, 2014

 

Ashley and Emily - Thank you so much for providing such wonderful treatment for the wedding of Stuart and Lisa. There's not another venue that would have treated us so well and have been such a beautiful backdrop for a winter wedding.  The food was elegant and indescribably delicious.  The service throughout the day was extraordinary and more than I had anticipated.  Please thank everyone involved in making the day so very special for my son and daughter-in-law as well as for all of the guests. 

- Barbara N. Smith (Mother of the Groom) - Smith-Abel Wedding on December 31st, 2013

 

Ann - I would just like to pass along just how pleased we were with our recent stay at Founder’s Inn for our anniversary.  The entire staff was very helpful and went the extra mile to make sure that we had a wonderful time.  All of the little touches were absolutely phenomenal.   From the treat plate for the dog to the Champaign at dinner, everything was completely unexpected and just made the experience all the more better.  I would especially like to note on the exceptional experience that we had at dinner at The Swan Terrace.  Chef Himes was an absolute delight!!  Once he brought us up to the chef’s table, the night made a turn from ordinary to extraordinary.  We will never forget it!  Also, the final touch on dinner did not go overlooked; the replica of our wedding cake surly put a nice ribbon on the event.  Once again thank you for the outstanding weekend, we will defiantly be back to The Founder’s Inn and Spa!!!

 -Brett and Precious Nichols, 1 Year Anniversary, November 9, 2013

 

Emily Andersen of Founders Inn coordinated everything wonderfully for our daughter's outdoor wedding and buffet reception! From the first time we met for planning up until the last moment we saw her at the reception, she never lost her beautiful smile and willingness to make both events amazing! She was an excellent listener, was patient, offered great advice, encouraged us to contact her regarding any concerns or questions we had, returned our calls and emails immediately, was respectful, was very happy to help, and, well, made our daughter's wishes come true for the fantastic wedding she had hoped for. After you go through the many months of planning and expenditure of all the vendors and visualize over and over how you, as parents, want this once in a lifetime gift from you to your daughter to be, it all ultimately comes down to just a few short hours when all the magic comes together so suddenly- and Ms. Andersen made sure it was magic. Thank you, Emily! So many guests commented about how wonderful you were that day! The bridesmaids loved you!

-Guiseppe Dozier Wedding, October 5, 2013

 

Emily - Chris and I wanted to thank you for all of your help at our wedding this weekend! You were most helpful and we appreciate all of your hard work so much. Thank you for your patience and ability to improvise and adapt.

We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with you and cannot thank you enough for everything you did for us. We wish you all the best and all of your other couples are very lucky to have such a talented planner to work with!

Many thanks,

-Jenny and Chris, Eaton-Lynch Wedding, October 5, 2013

 

Ann- our reception went AMAZING!! The staff at the Founders Inn was the best! Really, it was the BEST service!! All of the guests could not stop talking about it!! Thank you soooo much for making it soooooo beautiful!!!  

-Ivanchenko Wedding Reception, July 28, 2013

 

Molly Anne - CJ and I had such a wonderful wedding experience at Founders Inn and SPA and we can't thank you more for the support and awesome customer service that you and your staff had provided at our wedding. All guests were very pleased by your outstanding service and we wouldn't have had a great wedding without your exceptional coordination!!!

Please also extend our appreciation to Carol who was in charge of our banquet. She was very helpful and kind. Best of wishes to you and your staff and may your business continue to prosperous and thrive!

-Susan Cougle, August 17, 2013

 

Ann Smith made my 20th Anniversary Vow Renewal a wonderful event. She helped with the small details on the day of my event that I had forgotten. Molly Ann was there when Ann left and continued the excellent service through to the end.

-Paula Robert, January 5, 2013

 

Molly Anne - We had such a fabulous time and you and your team did a fantastic and top-notch job for us. We were so happy - thanks for everything!

-Melissa Hammond, May 26, 2013

 

 Molly Anne - We thoroughly enjoyed our wedding and working with you throughout the
planning process. Thank you so much for your patience and your hard
work-you made our dream day a reality.

-Naomi Reynolds, July 7, 2013

 

Lisa - Thank you so much for all you did to help make our special day a success. I'm so happy that we picked The Founders Inn and Spa. It was beautiful and the food was delicious. Thank you for everything and thank you for being you.

-Corey & Melanie, April 14, 2012

We stayed here for a long weekend in late June, and the Staff was fantastic, the grounds were beautiful, our dinner at the Swan Terrace was delicious and the wait staff was phenomenal. Our son is in the Navy and although stationed on the West Coast, was stationed in Va. Beach for a month for special training. He and his girlfriend decided to get married in a civil ceremony while he was on the east coast, as we are all located in NJ. With 10 days notice to plan a wedding, we decided to book several rooms at the Founders Inn based on the reviews and the photographs, and could not have been more pleased. The hotel itself is beautiful, the restaurant worked with me on the phone with arranging for a wedding cake which was just perfect, and the wait service was impeccable. At the end of our meal, the Chef even came out to congratulate the young couple, which was very thoughtful. The following day, we had a lovely time lounging at the outdoor pool which provides poolside lunch and drink service, and we all felt like we had a mini-vacation. We will definitely be staying here again-the hotel itself will be the destination; for a long relaxing weekend, there is no need to leave. I thank all of the staff at the Founders Inn.

--Jacqueline S.

 

My daughter said she could not have changed a single thing to have made her wedding day any better. She even said she felt like she was living a fairy tale! Please let all those involved know how appreciative and thankful we are for all they did to make my daughter's wedding day PERFECT!

-- Lorenda (Lou) Baker

 

I just wanted to say thank you to you both for all your hard work for our wedding this past week – it was beautiful, it went smooth through the entire event and we were very happy. The wedding was beautiful the reception was fantastic and the Presidential Suite worked great, in a way I’m not sure what we would have done without it! We had so many family members that came in from out of state that it gave us a really nice meeting place as they all rolled in and a nice place to gather where the family could watch the kids open their gifts the morning following the wedding before everyone left town!  The food for the reception was phenomenal! I had so many compliments about it and about the facility and how pretty the wedding was; some said it was the prettiest wedding they had ever been to! They also loved how convenient it was to have the hotel rooms at the same location as the wedding.

 We’re very happy with the decision of having our kids wedding at your facility and couldn’t have been more pleased! You guys did a great job and we always felt as though we were your only customer (although we know you had many)!  Thank you again for all you did to make our son and daughter in law’s wedding such a beautiful experience!

-Bill and Michelle Lemke, Lemke-Boutin Wedding, May 26, 2013

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Dear Founders Inn & Staff, We just wanted to take the time to thank you for such spectacular service the day of our wedding.  The compliments have not stopped on the wonderful staff and service as well as the beautiful landscape.  We hope to have another reason to work with you again.  

--Kreg & Diana, Espinoza Buffone Wedding, April 3, 2014

Emily & The Founders Inn, Thank you for the wonderful weekend around our wedding on March 15th.  All of our guests were impressed with how beautiful, welcoming, and professional the hotel was.  Our ceremony was beautiful, the reception was perfect (dinner was sooo good) and the Presedential Suite incredibly luxurious.  Thank you for making our wedding a truly memorable event.

--Tricia & Brandon, Fiebrandt Culbertson Wedding, March 15, 2014

 

Emily Andersen has been delightful! We are not having a very big event (wedding) but she has treated us as if we are having 500 people to a 5 star event...such service!! she is easy to work with and very helpful! Ashley Alger is a jewel! Such a pleasant and professional Employee. She has been so helpful and gracious. I can't believe how she treats us as if we are her only client!! Just unbelievable service! No question was left unanswered and no problem unsolved!!

 --Frances Earley, Earley-Strohmeyer Wedding, February 21, 2014

 

My wife, Michele, and I had the honor of hosting the wedding reception for our daughter Jessica and her husband Richard Tiberio on December 28th in the Main Ballroom. We had approximately 170 guests. What made the Hallis/Tiberio wedding somewhat unique was that, while Jessica and her husband live in Virginia Beach now, most of our guests had to travel from Canada as well as from many parts of the United States. Almost everyone who attended the wedding stayed at the hotel, and our in-laws, the Tiberio’s, also hosted the rehearsal dinner in the Swan Terrace for over 100 of our group on December 27th.

What a great success – from start to finish!!!! The comments we heard from our family and friends (echoed by our own experience) was that the event was magical, the property was spectacular, service was friendly and prompt, and that the whole atmosphere (not the least of which was created by the Xmas decorations and lights) was festive and warm.

Ann Smith & Emily Andersen were fantastic – from the early planning stages, the tasting we attended in the fall, multiple reviews of the Banquet Orders, and being on site both evenings to ensure everything met our expectations and that no details were overlooked – they were both an absolute pleasure to work with!

I would also like to mention that Isabelle at the front desk, and Emily and Kai (servers in the Swan Terrace) were wonderful – they always had a smile for us, and the service the provided was friendly and impeccable –in fact, they had our guests talking about it after every breakfast. Congratulations to you for creating a culture of stellar customer service at your property. I would not hesitate to consider The Founders for any of our future stays or events.

-Best Wishes, Allen Hallis (Father of the Bride) – Hallis-Tiberio Wedding, December 28, 2013

 

Ann Smith - It was PERFECT.  The wedding was wonderful.  Everything was on time and I received so many compliments on the food, the facility and how nice the staff was.  In fact, several people thought the pre-reception was the reception.  When the doors opened for the reception the guests took a while to enter because everyone stopped to take pictures.  Many guests were impressed about the details of the event (food after the in the lobby for the wedding party).  The manager of the banquet took food to Jessica/Premed’s room which they enjoyed. 

Emily Andersen - was so much help.  I like being in control and I was at ease due to Emily. I just let her handle it. She has it down to a science and she was a joy to work with as you are.  

-Beth Parsons (Mother of the Bride) - Parsons-Lesniewcz Wedding, January 11, 2014

 

Ashley and Emily - Thank you so much for providing such wonderful treatment for the wedding of Stuart and Lisa. There's not another venue that would have treated us so well and have been such a beautiful backdrop for a winter wedding.  The food was elegant and indescribably delicious.  The service throughout the day was extraordinary and more than I had anticipated.  Please thank everyone involved in making the day so very special for my son and daughter-in-law as well as for all of the guests. 

- Barbara N. Smith (Mother of the Groom) - Smith-Abel Wedding on December 31st, 2013

 

Ann - I would just like to pass along just how pleased we were with our recent stay at Founder’s Inn for our anniversary.  The entire staff was very helpful and went the extra mile to make sure that we had a wonderful time.  All of the little touches were absolutely phenomenal.   From the treat plate for the dog to the Champaign at dinner, everything was completely unexpected and just made the experience all the more better.  I would especially like to note on the exceptional experience that we had at dinner at The Swan Terrace.  Chef Himes was an absolute delight!!  Once he brought us up to the chef’s table, the night made a turn from ordinary to extraordinary.  We will never forget it!  Also, the final touch on dinner did not go overlooked; the replica of our wedding cake surly put a nice ribbon on the event.  Once again thank you for the outstanding weekend, we will defiantly be back to The Founder’s Inn and Spa!!!

 -Brett and Precious Nichols, 1 Year Anniversary, November 9, 2013

 

Emily Andersen of Founders Inn coordinated everything wonderfully for our daughter's outdoor wedding and buffet reception! From the first time we met for planning up until the last moment we saw her at the reception, she never lost her beautiful smile and willingness to make both events amazing! She was an excellent listener, was patient, offered great advice, encouraged us to contact her regarding any concerns or questions we had, returned our calls and emails immediately, was respectful, was very happy to help, and, well, made our daughter's wishes come true for the fantastic wedding she had hoped for. After you go through the many months of planning and expenditure of all the vendors and visualize over and over how you, as parents, want this once in a lifetime gift from you to your daughter to be, it all ultimately comes down to just a few short hours when all the magic comes together so suddenly- and Ms. Andersen made sure it was magic. Thank you, Emily! So many guests commented about how wonderful you were that day! The bridesmaids loved you!

-Guiseppe Dozier Wedding, October 5, 2013

 

Emily - Chris and I wanted to thank you for all of your help at our wedding this weekend! You were most helpful and we appreciate all of your hard work so much. Thank you for your patience and ability to improvise and adapt.

We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with you and cannot thank you enough for everything you did for us. We wish you all the best and all of your other couples are very lucky to have such a talented planner to work with!

Many thanks,

-Jenny and Chris, Eaton-Lynch Wedding, October 5, 2013

 

Ann- our reception went AMAZING!! The staff at the Founders Inn was the best! Really, it was the BEST service!! All of the guests could not stop talking about it!! Thank you soooo much for making it soooooo beautiful!!!  

-Ivanchenko Wedding Reception, July 28, 2013

 

Molly Anne - CJ and I had such a wonderful wedding experience at Founders Inn and SPA and we can't thank you more for the support and awesome customer service that you and your staff had provided at our wedding. All guests were very pleased by your outstanding service and we wouldn't have had a great wedding without your exceptional coordination!!!

Please also extend our appreciation to Carol who was in charge of our banquet. She was very helpful and kind. Best of wishes to you and your staff and may your business continue to prosperous and thrive!

-Susan Cougle, August 17, 2013

 

Ann Smith made my 20th Anniversary Vow Renewal a wonderful event. She helped with the small details on the day of my event that I had forgotten. Molly Ann was there when Ann left and continued the excellent service through to the end.

-Paula Robert, January 5, 2013

 

Molly Anne - We had such a fabulous time and you and your team did a fantastic and top-notch job for us. We were so happy - thanks for everything!

-Melissa Hammond, May 26, 2013

 

 Molly Anne - We thoroughly enjoyed our wedding and working with you throughout the
planning process. Thank you so much for your patience and your hard
work-you made our dream day a reality.

-Naomi Reynolds, July 7, 2013

 

Lisa - Thank you so much for all you did to help make our special day a success. I'm so happy that we picked The Founders Inn and Spa. It was beautiful and the food was delicious. Thank you for everything and thank you for being you.

-Corey & Melanie, April 14, 2012

We stayed here for a long weekend in late June, and the Staff was fantastic, the grounds were beautiful, our dinner at the Swan Terrace was delicious and the wait staff was phenomenal. Our son is in the Navy and although stationed on the West Coast, was stationed in Va. Beach for a month for special training. He and his girlfriend decided to get married in a civil ceremony while he was on the east coast, as we are all located in NJ. With 10 days notice to plan a wedding, we decided to book several rooms at the Founders Inn based on the reviews and the photographs, and could not have been more pleased. The hotel itself is beautiful, the restaurant worked with me on the phone with arranging for a wedding cake which was just perfect, and the wait service was impeccable. At the end of our meal, the Chef even came out to congratulate the young couple, which was very thoughtful. The following day, we had a lovely time lounging at the outdoor pool which provides poolside lunch and drink service, and we all felt like we had a mini-vacation. We will definitely be staying here again-the hotel itself will be the destination; for a long relaxing weekend, there is no need to leave. I thank all of the staff at the Founders Inn.

--Jacqueline S.

 

My daughter said she could not have changed a single thing to have made her wedding day any better. She even said she felt like she was living a fairy tale! Please let all those involved know how appreciative and thankful we are for all they did to make my daughter's wedding day PERFECT!

-- Lorenda (Lou) Baker

 

I just wanted to say thank you to you both for all your hard work for our wedding this past week – it was beautiful, it went smooth through the entire event and we were very happy. The wedding was beautiful the reception was fantastic and the Presidential Suite worked great, in a way I’m not sure what we would have done without it! We had so many family members that came in from out of state that it gave us a really nice meeting place as they all rolled in and a nice place to gather where the family could watch the kids open their gifts the morning following the wedding before everyone left town!  The food for the reception was phenomenal! I had so many compliments about it and about the facility and how pretty the wedding was; some said it was the prettiest wedding they had ever been to! They also loved how convenient it was to have the hotel rooms at the same location as the wedding.

 We’re very happy with the decision of having our kids wedding at your facility and couldn’t have been more pleased! You guys did a great job and we always felt as though we were your only customer (although we know you had many)!  Thank you again for all you did to make our son and daughter in law’s wedding such a beautiful experience!

-Bill and Michelle Lemke, Lemke-Boutin Wedding, May 26, 2013