A Drawing On A Napkin — How Southern Oaks Plantation Got its Start

As Southern Oaks Plantation approaches our 30th anniversary, we want to celebrate by thinking back to how things began: with a drawing on a napkin.

New Orleans natives Bobby and Sue Asaro, the founders, had successful positions in the medical field when they were newlyweds. The two of them had been working in the medical field for nearly ten years, Bobby as a vascular technologist and Sue as an ultrasound technician. While they were anxious, they knew they wanted to pursue a new challenge in their lives.

Bobby had found a new passion in photography. To progress his hobby, he would set photo shoots of weddings and soon, Sue was joining him in the events. Through all their creative and energetic efforts, Bobby and Sue became the most sought after photographers in the business.

Although things were great, Bobby noticed something missing. Working closely with brides, reception venues, and catering companies, he realized what that thing was. A personalized service — paying personal attention to the bride, groom, and their parents. To convey this idea, Bobby sketched the venue on a napkin for Sue while at dinner one evening. The first step toward the ambitious dream of opening their own reception venue was to find the right location.

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Driving down Hayne Boulevard one afternoon, Bobby spotted what would become Southern Oaks Plantation. A stately antebellum-style home, vacant and neglected at the time, held the potential to be the beautiful venue Bobby imagined. While friends and family tried to talk him out of the decision because of the property’s failed past, Bobby was convinced that this property would achieve success.

The bad luck hanging over the property vanished when Bobby and Sue Asaro opened the gates in January, 1987 and the first celebration was booked that same day.

With attention to detail, the Asaros have built something of excellence. Atmosphere, body language, and cleanliness are always carefully monitored during an event to live up to Bobby and Sue’s expectations of impeccable service.

The Asaros looked to the best in the business for inspiration: Walt Disney. Bobby has attended numerous seminars conducted at the Disney Institute and has modeled many pieces in the operation after the Disney theme. Hand-picked employees, each understanding the philosophy of top service at the Southern Oaks Plantation, properly attired and approachable are integral in our daily workings and are proud to be working in this tremendous establishment.

Among other awards and accolades, Southern Oaks Plantation has won the “Bride’s Choice Award” from WeddingWire, the only venue in Louisiana to be given that honor, and has been chosen as the “Best of Weddings” Pick by The Knot consecutively for the last three years. Bobby says that it was easy to become one of the top locations in the business, but as business grows, it has been a challenge to remain in that position.

As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, we will continue to be dedicated to improving the experience at Southern Oaks to exceed the expectations of every guest at every event and jubilation. To place a reservation or for more information about Southern Oaks Plantation, please contact us. We are happy to serve you!

Project Proposal Creates Magic at Southern Oaks Plantation

Short of saying “I do” and standing by it over a lifetime, there is no greater show of commitment to make a bride happy than the show of creativity and hard work of a marriage proposal worthy of a fairy tale.

Project Proposal creates magic at Southern Oaks Plantations: they specialize in helping men turn their proposal ideas into romantic and unforgettable experiences no girl can resist. Beginning with a romantic idea, Project Proposal works together with the groom to develop it into the perfect grand gesture, taking away the stress and confusion the process entails. Every detail is covered to deliver the perfect start to a happy engagement.

The first major decision is location; luckily, Stacey Asaro, the marriage proposal expert behind Project Proposal, is a part of the Southern Oaks Events Team and daughter of Bobby and Sue Asaro, owners of Southern Oaks Plantation. This partnership has enabled Project Proposal to make each life-changing moment come true in a most magical setting. Personalized decoration of the venue is only the start: from smaller details such as perfect music, beautiful roses and exquisite champagne, to dazzling moments such as a firework-celebrated “Yes” in a Victorian carriage, Southern Oaks Plantation is proud of having exceeded customers’ expectations for a proposal venue.

Voted “Best All-Around Wedding Venue” in New Orleans and receiver of accolades from many satisfied guests and newlyweds since 1987, we are glad to offer an experienced and organized team dedicated to bringing to life the most demanding of wedding proposals. Contact Project Proposal for more information on how to make your dream proposal come true.

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Garden Ceremonies at Southern Oaks Plantation | New Orleans Wedding Venues

Leo Tolstoy once said, “Spring is the time of plans and projects.” We couldn’t agree more! That’s why this spring Southern Plantation Oaks is excited to introduce our Imagineers’ latest stellar creation—the enchanting atmosphere of our new Carriage House Gardens.

This stunning outdoor space creates a charming venue for more intimate garden ceremonies at Southern Oaks Plantation. The natural flora and fauna enchant and enrich the environment, while our new premium surround sound system accentuates the ambiance perfectly—be prepared for magic! Equestrian elegance sets the stage for both day and evening events as couples and their guests enjoy the exquisite food, services, and amenities our clients have come to expect from Southern Oaks Plantation.

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Southern Oaks Plantation Garden Ceremony

 

Nearly three decades ago, owners Bobby and Sue Asaro (just newlyweds themselves) were New Orleans’ most sought-after wedding photographers. This experience provided a springboard saturated with insight and attention to detail that turned Southern Oaks Plantation into the spectacular venue it has become. Today our expertise has captivated both customers and critics alike with a mouth-watering cuisine and charming enhancements that include a horse-drawn carriage, a 1956 Silver Cloud limousine, a New Orleans Jazz Band, Fireworks, and so much more!

Even with all we have to offer, Southern Oaks Plantation continuously seeks to raise the bar by challenging ourselves to expand upon our fantastic ceremonies, receptions, enhancements, and menus

Contact us today to learn more about the new enchanting Carriage House Gardens, and you will understand why we have received so many prestigious awards and accolades, including a triumphant five-star rating from The Knot.

 

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Voted Best All-Around Wedding Venue in New Orleans

Voted Best All-Around Wedding Venue in New Orleans

This is a banner year for Southern Oaks Plantation, a special events venue in New Orleans. On February 9, Borrowed & Blue published the results of its 2014 Best of B&B Awards, in which people globally voted on their favorite wedding venues in 8 different categories. This year, they selected Southern Oaks Plantation as the “Best All-Around Wedding Venue” in the New Orleans area, as well as the #1 “Most Romantic New Orleans Wedding Venue” and runner-up for “Best Wedding Venue for Grand Weddings.”
Being voted the best wedding venue starts off what has already been a remarkable 2015 for Southern Oaks Plantation. This is the fifth consecutive year the business received both a WeddingWire “Couple’s Choice Award” and a “Best of Weddings” pick by The Knot, two of the wedding industry’s most prestigious honors. In addition, Southern Oaks recently made their 3rd appearance in the Gambit’s Best of New Orleans poll as the only privately owned venue to be voted as “Best Place for a Wedding Reception” for 2014.
Bobby Asaro, owner and president of Southern Oaks Plantation, attributes these recent awards to his company’s enthusiastic group of wedding professionals: “Our secret formula for what has made Southern Oaks so successful is simple – a team dedicated to hard work and attention to every detail for each event.” Currently celebrating its 28th anniversary, Southern Oaks Plantation is owned by Bobby and Sue Asaro, who started the business in January 1987. “We are extremely honored and humbled to receive these accolades – they speak volumes about the excellent service we strive to achieve. Thank you for making us number one!”

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