Bridal Spotlight: Kiara + Ryan

We are so thrilled to share this Southern wedding! With a romance that started in 7th grade, and the dream of getting married at Southern Oaks Plantation from the moment she spotted the venue in a magazine, its no surprise Kiara and Ryan’s wedding was filled to the rim with stunning details, so full of love!

– In your opinion, what is the best characteristic of Southern Oaks Plantation?
The best characteristic of Southern Oak Plantation is that its an all inclusive venue. My husband and I are from Baton Rouge but we love New Orleans and wanted somewhere that offered everything, that way we wouldn’t have to travel back and forth to meet with so many different vendors. Southern Oaks goes above and beyond with everything they offer. A lot of venues advertise that they are all inclusive, but in reality, they aren’t. Southern Oaks literally took care of everything for us! Even the week before the wedding when we came to the meeting, some things that we were going over I had totally forgotten about, but they made sure to let me know not to worry, and they’d take care of it.
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-What made you select Southern Oaks Plantation as your wedding venue?
I selected Southern Oaks in my mind before I had even stepped foot on the property, LOL. I had seen the venue in a NOLA bride magazine and I immediately fell in love! The way the building was lit up at night and the ambiance that just oozed from the page was just simply breath taking. When we came to tour the venue it just sealed the deal. It was everything I imagined and more. Everything looked EXACTLY like the pictures. Nothing was misleading or deceptive. The venue was set up as if the staff was waiting for a wedding party to arrive. It was just amazing.
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-What was your favorite moment of the night?
I have 2 favorite moments of the night. My first moment was when Mr. Bobby came to me a few moments before it was time to head out and walk down the aisle, and he asked me if I had ever ridden in a Rolls Royce, and I said no. He then asked “Well do you want to ride in one tonight?”. I literally lost it! I had never had someone who wasn’t family or a friend ever do something so nice for me before. My friends and family still rant and rave over how special that moment was. No one knew I be making my grand entrance in a vintage Rolls Royce. Everyone keeps saying how it looked like a scene out of a movie. My second favorite moment was the surprise second line the staff had planned for us after the bridal party recessional. It was magical!! The music was great, the beautiful umbrellas they handed me and my husband to dance with, the handkerchiefs they passed out to my bridal party, the confetti that came streaming down out of no where! It was a moment that I will NEVER forget.
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– How did you and your partner meet?
Ryan and I met initially in 7th grade. We went to the same middle school, and had maybe 1 or 2 classes together. We weren’t friends per say, but we knew each other. We went to different high schools and didn’t see or speak to each other after middle school. We ran into each other again in March of 2012 at a night club and 4 years later he proposed to me on Christmas Eve in front of my mom and our son and the rest is history.
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– What would you say to other brides considering Southern Oaks Plantation as their venue?
I would tell brides considering Southern Oaks that choosing them as their venue would be the best decision they could ever make! They will take care of everything and leave you with nothing to worry about. The staff is amazing and will cater to you from the time you pull onto the property, until the time they help you in the car to leave. You wont regret booking Southern Oaks! Trust me!
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Southern Oaks Plantation

Southern Oaks Plantation

Southern Oaks Plantation