Bridal Spotlight – Christie + Brandon

How did you and your partner meet?
We met playing pick up soccer through our medical school. I was about to start my first year and Brandon was about to start his second year. He asked for my number “so I could join his intramural league.”

What made you select Southern Oaks Plantation as your wedding venue?
Southern Oaks was gorgeous and I knew we’d be taken care of! I didn’t look anywhere else after touring Southern Oaks. I’m so glad I chose it!

What was your favorite moment of the night?
The whole night was amazing. Our favorite moment was the second line at the end. We had an amazing band and it felt like every single person there was on the dance floor celebrating! We had people from out of town that had never experienced a New Orleans wedding, and we are so happy they got to share this moment with us.

Are there any other vendors you’d like to mention in this feature?
Almost all of my vendors were from the suggested vendors list and they were awesome.
Michael Caswell– Photographer
Katie Malone – Makeup
Karlie Lacoste – Hair
Bella Blooms – Florist
The Royal Cakery – cakes

Bridal Spotlight – Ellie + Ryan

How did you and your fiancé meet?
We met in the 3rd grade. He and my twin brother were (and still are) best friends and lived in the same neighborhood as us! We went to elementary, middle and high school together. We are complete opposites. Ryan–introvert, and me–extrovert!! Complete opposites!

What made you select Southern Oaks Plantation as your wedding venue?
I was a bridesmaid in my Big Sis in Kappa Delta, Lauren Durrett Charrier’s, wedding and fell in love with the beauty and awesome staff!

What was your favorite moment of the night?
My ABSOLUTE favorite moment was when we were surprised with the fireworks and confetti after the ceremony!!! It was SO awesome!!!!!

Is there any other feedback you’d like to include?
Southern Oaks is by far the BEST venue and has the BEST staff!! Everyone in the bridal party kept saying “We had our own attendants and it was awesome! We never went without a drink!” Also, since we live in Shreveport, most of our family and friends didn’t understand why we were getting married in NOLA…. They FINALLY understood when they saw the venue. They said it was a magical night!!!

Are there any other vendors you’d like to mention in this feature?
I would like to thank Eric Fredericks from Bee’s Florist for providing beautiful flowers and for Haydel’s Bakery for making a beautiful/delicious cake! Also, my WONDERFUL photographer Ivy B Photography for capturing such beautiful moments.

The Elite Coordination Team at Southern Oaks Plantation Makes Your Wedding Unique

A dream wedding and reception takes work to pull off, lots of work. Hours of preparation, hundreds of choices to make and dozens of tasks to coordinate can turn the planning of this special event into a continual headache. There is an alternative to this stressful proposition – choose a Southern Oaks Plantation all-inclusive wedding package. This package allows you to turn many of the details of your event planning over to your own Elite Coordination Team. Our experienced planners have the resources to take the pressure off of you as your vision turns into magical reality.

Leading up to the big day, your wedding consultants will advise you as you make intricate decisions that make your event special and uniquely yours. They will answer any questions you may have and offer suggestions to make the planning process go smoothly. Their goal is for the future bride and groom to feel relaxed and excited about the celebration and not become overwhelmed making the small decisions.

This same team at Southern Oaks will then take charge of the on-site details on your wedding day. You will have three different event coordinators taking part in your celebration. Your only task is to bask in the moment and enjoy your day. Your team will take care of the participants and guests while keeping everything running smoothly and on-time.

Dedicated to setting the perfect stage for your perfect day, your team will ensure that your reception also proceeds without a hitch. The bride and groom are both attended to by their own personal butler. Anticipating their every need is just one of their many duties. Along with the coordinators, they will ensure that all participants are present and prepared for each featured element of the event.

These are just a few of the many benefits you’ll enjoy when you plan your dream wedding with Southern Oaks Plantation. Allow us to be a part of the biggest day of your life.

Southern Oaks Plantation: Our Elite Coordination Team

When you are planning your special event, the beauty of Southern Oaks Plantation is just the starting point for an elegant celebration. Our elite team coordinates weddings with panache, and you will benefit from their excellence and top-notch customer service as you plan every detail of your wedding celebration.

Our Elite Coordination Team

The convenience of our on-site team means you will relax while we assist you with the details of making your big day a memorable event. Planning a wedding is often overwhelming for brides and grooms, but with our skilled team on your side, every detail will be carefully addressed to ensure that your celebration exceeds your expectations.

Our All-Inclusive Wedding Package

Our all-inclusive wedding package is a convenient and comprehensive way to place the burden of wedding planning on our capable coordination team. We’ll answer all of your questions and provide hands-on guidance every step of the way. On your wedding day, our team will be there to take charge of every tiny detail.

A Flawless Ceremony

With three professional coordinators working tirelessly to make your event perfect, you will relax and enjoy the meaningful ceremony shared with friends and family. We’ll be behind the scenes to choreograph each moment of the ceremony and to assist your wedding party and guests. We will ensure that the timing is perfect and you will relish the moments of this life-changing event.

Your Reception Celebration

Your wedding reception will also enjoy our personal touch and expert coordination services. With personal attendants to meet the bride and groom’s needs, you will have everything you need at your fingertips. Whether you need a drink, a plate of food, or it’s time to cut the cake, you maintain a focus on your new spouse, family, and guests while we attend to the details.

Contact Us

Contact Southern Oaks Plantation today for complete information about our beautiful event venue, our all-inclusive wedding package, and our elite coordination team. We are eager to help you create the wedding of your dreams!

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!

Southern Oaks Plantation Coordinator Gets National Attention for New Business Model

The search is over. You have found your perfect mate- that person that you want to grow old with. The time is right, and you know you are ready to ask that one important question…”Will you marry me?” How will you do it? How can you make it special? How can you manage to plan that perfect proposal when you are a bundle of nerves yourself?

Stacey Asaro, one of the members of the events team here at Southern Oaks Plantation, has taken part in creating dream weddings for many brides and grooms. In doing so, she often spoke with the brides about the proposal experience. Realizing that the proposal was often not as memorable as the bride would have liked, the idea for proposal planning services popped into her head. Out of that Project Proposal was born.

Since its inception just a year ago, Stacey has been flooded with requests from potential grooms all over the world, each wanting the “proposal she would never forget” for their future mate. Stacey is eager to make the grooms vision come true. With the network of resources that Stacey has built, she is able to plan a proposal in the time range that a client needs whether it be in a day, a week, a month or even longer.

Stacey’s idea for creating magic from the very start of the wedding process has caught the attention of the media. BravoTV.com recently featured Stacey, the unique business model she created with Project Proposal, and her ever-increasing clientele on their Personal Pages space. We are excited to be able to share this article with you. To read it just click the following link: http://www.bravotv.com/blogs/people-are-paying-for-a-proposal-planner

We are proud to have Stacey as a member of our team here at Southern Oaks Plantation. For more information on Project Proposal, and the complete list of services offered, please feel free to contact us.

 

Simplify Your Wedding Planning and Focus on the Magic

If you are like many brides, you have had an idea of what your wedding will look like since your were a little girl. You can see the flowers and the dress, and you know what music you want playing during the ceremony and the reception. What you probably did not see was the stress and frustration that many brides face when trying to navigate an overwhelming number of details, options, and packages.

Some of the stress is created by the anticipation itself and the knowledge that you have only one chance to get everything right. Then there’s the accompanying drama of dealing with family and friends who all have great intentions but fail to understand that they are not actually helping you. Frustration mounts, and you wonder where all the joy went.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

While we can’t change the troublesome family members or help you decide on bridesmaids, we can help de-clutter your planning process. At Southern Oaks Plantation, we offer a simple pricing and planning structure to create magical celebrations. We believe your wedding should be a memorable, stress-free experience. That’s why we avoid complicated per-person cost structures and multiple packages that just result in decision fatigue.

This simplified approach begins with our catering. Not only do we provide an unrivaled culinary experience and true “Taste of New Orleans,” we also use a cocktail-style menu with over 80 items available and included in every celebration. There’s no need to worry about complicated menus or meal preferences.

Whether you would like us to host just your reception or your ceremony as well, we have an experienced staff of wedding professionals who will help coordinate the entire event. We provide an array of in-house amenities from candle-lit centerpieces and an open bar to personalized music from our Disc Jockey and personal attendants and a private meal for the bride and groom.

We also offer several enhancements that can make your wedding a truly unique experience. Just a few options include a horse-drawn carriage, a New Orleans Jazz Band, fireworks, sushi chef, and carving stations, among others.

Planning your wedding should be exciting and magical, not stressful and disappointing. Contact us today to discuss how Southern Oaks Plantation can remove that stress and ensure that your wedding is the fairy tale you always dreamed of.

 

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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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Best All-Around Wedding Venue: Southern Oaks Plantation

If you are engaged, then it is an exciting time full of decisions that lead to a perfect day of joy. One of the most vital decisions a future bride and groom can make is choosing the perfect wedding venue. Southern Oaks Plantation is a premier wedding venue that has been serving clients since 1987. Southern Oaks Plantation offers couples a traditional wedding experience with breathtaking surroundings.

Southern Oaks Plantation was voted Best All-Around Wedding Venue by New Orleans vendors and was also awarded the Borrowed & Blue.com Gold Award. There are many wedding venues to choose from in the New Orleans area, but Southern Oaks Plantation is by far the best choice. Southern Oaks Plantation is the only wedding venue in Louisiana to win the “Bride’s Choice Award” presented by WeddingWire. Furthermore, The Knot has also named Southern Oaks as a “Best of Weddings” venue for the past five years. In 2012, Southern Oaks Plantation was selected as the “Best New Orleans Wedding Venue” by Brides Magazine. With the many prestigious awards Southern Oaks has been honored to receive, it is no wonder it is the best wedding venue in Louisiana.

For those who want additional charm, Southern Oaks offers a wide-range of ceremony and reception “Enhancements,” which include a horse-drawn Victorian carriage, a 1956 Silver Cloud Limo, a New Orleans jazz band, a fireworks presentation, and more.

If you want to learn more about our ceremony and reception services, then contact us! We can provide a one-of-a-kind wedding experience, which is why Southern Oaks Plantation is known as the Best All-Around Wedding Venue.

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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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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