Bridal Spotlight: Kara + Brian

Every now and then we come across a wedding that really showcases the magic of Southern Oaks Plantation, but Kara and Brian’s gorgeous wedding is simply out of this world! Elegant details, an over the top fireworks show, and an evening overflowing with love – This destination wedding is one for the books!

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Tell us about your engagement.

We went to his Uncles house for what i thought, was a 4th of July party. Brian got my family and his family together there as well as a few friends. We spent the day swimming and having BBQ. That night they said they were lighting fireworks so everyone went out in the yard for the fireworks display. Brian asked me to run out into the yard with him and light one, I did and when we were out under the fireworks he got down on one knee and proposed! It was magical.

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In your opinion, what is the best characteristic of Southern Oaks Plantation?

The best characteristic (although, there are SO many) would be the all inclusive nature of the venue. From the moment you step in to tour the venue, the staff puts your mind at ease and ensures you the process will be as stress free as possible. They work tirelessly to make the planning process and the wedding night PERFECT..

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What made you select Southern Oaks Plantation as your wedding venue?

My fiance and I were hoping to get married in New Orleans because we both love the city so much. We live in Houston so we thought it would be hard with the distance. I had heard about Southern Oaks plantation years before and loved the pictures so we decided to give it a visit when we were in New Orleans taking engagement pictures. We walked in the doors and were in awe. Not only was it even more beautiful than the pictures I’d seen, but the staff made us feel so comfortable about the planning process. We didn’t even want to leave, we could have stayed all day. We called Lauren back within 30 min of leaving SOP and booked the venue for our wedding and reception! We knew it was the perfect place for us and we never looked back.

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What was your favorite moment of the night?

My favorite moment of the night was when i stepped out of the Rolls Royce and saw Brian at the end of the aisle, we locked eyes and all the nerves and worry I had been feeling went out the window. It was just us in that moment sharing so much love and was one of the best feelings I’ve ever experienced.

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Was there a particular staff member at SOP that really stood out to you?

Lauren Burgess was with us from the first moment we stepped into SOP for the first time all the way through when we were leaving the night of the wedding. She is amazing. Such a sweet, kind hearted person, with a real passion for what she is doing. No matter what question we had, she always put us at ease. She even mailed us a nice hand written note after the wedding. If you have the pleasure of working with her, you won’t be disappointed!! I have to also mention Bobby, the owner, we didn’t meet him until the night of the wedding but he makes you feel like you have known him forever. He is very professional and outgoing. He was also so kind as to throw in some extras for us!!

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Are there any other vendors you’d like to mention in this feature?

– Judge Centanni – Officiant
– NOLA Flora – Florals
– La Lousiane Bakery – Wedding cake
– Jordan Isbell Photography (from Houston area)

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What would you say to other brides considering Southern Oaks Plantation as their venue?

If you are considering booking at Southern Oaks Plantation, YOU MUST DO IT!! It will be an absolute fairy tale and the best night of your life, guaranteed!
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