Bridal Spotlight – Hayley + Trace

– Tell us about your engagement.
I was a Sports Medicine student athletic trainer while in college at Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. Trace gave me tickets to go back to a Notre Dame football game the next September for my birthday in April. The night before the game, we went to one of the most special spots on campus to me–the Grotto. Per usual, we lit a candle and said a prayer. Little did I know the candle that we lit had this inscription. He got down on one knee and proposed! Hiding in the bushes was not only the photographer, but our family and dearest friends. We all had a celebratory tailgate the next day and went to the game together (where Notre Dame won!).

– In your opinion, what is the best characteristic of Southern Oaks Plantation?
Mr. Bobby and the staff are hands down the best! We their enthusiasm, experience, and excellent service, we felt completely comfortable letting them plan how the reception was going to go. They allowed the perfect balance between letting us choose what was important to us to have at the reception and planning what they knew best would be the perfect order and organization of the event. They went above and beyond what our expectations were (fireworks, ducks in the pool, food vendors!) and made the night absolutely perfect. It wasn’t my intention to have a fairytale wedding, but they absolutely made it something I could only dream of. Hands down would choose them over and over again!

– How did you and your partner meet?
Each year, the LSU dental students pick an incoming member of the first year class to join their “family”, where they pass down patients as the fourth year student graduates. My sister chose Trace as her “little” and after meeting him thought we would like each other. She smoothly introduced us at the next dental school party and we have been inseparable ever since.

– What made you select Southern Oaks Plantation as your wedding venue?
The beauty, charm, and staff! We felt confident it would be a fun and memorable evening, and it was a HUGE relief to have an experienced staff to take care of all the details and arrangements. As a medical student, I did not want to spend too much time working out the details for the reception, so it was a major advantage to have Mr. Bobby and his staff taking care of everything for us. He did such an incredible job, there was no way I could have pulled it off like he did!

– What was your favorite moment of the night?
Too many to choose from, but the entrance was such a blast! We had fireworks and streamers–it was more than I could have imagined. Trace and I were blown away. All of the small details truly made the evening seem like a fairytale from the ducklings in the pool to the horses in the stables and the twinkle lights covering the gorgeous trees.