New Orleans is consistency awarded as the top destination for weddings, and its easy to see why! However, you can only find the true New Orleans experience here at Southern Oaks Plantation! See why Brandon and Heather chose to plan their wedding from afar right here!
A few notes from our bride…
Brandon and I met in New Orleans back in 2014. Brandon was in pharmaceuticals at the time and was there for work. I was in the city for my sisters Bridal Shower.
I am graduate of Loyola University and so is my little sister. Many of our friends from College were still in the city. Also, it is a quick drive from Atlanta where she lived at the time.
The Bridal Party and I were walking down Royal Street, shopping, walking and listening to music. Brandon walked by with one of his colleagues and started up a conversation. We kept talking for the duration of the trip (4 days). Had our first date at Muriel’s Jackson Square, and even met up after a Saints game. At the end of the trip, he went back to Miami. I went back to Los Angeles. We did long distance for about a year, and then decided that we would both move to Atlanta. After 5 years and 2 kids, we decided it was time to tie the knot. New Orleans was the only place in our hearts that made sense. New Orleans brought us together.
Why Southern Oaks?
Southern Oaks has the most stellar reputation. A college girlfriend of mine is the owner of a well known bridal gown boutique in New Orleans. I gave her a list of venues that I was considering. I wanted her opinion knowing that she had likely been to all of them and knew the reputation of each. She told me I had some great venues on the list, but that Southern Oaks was hands down the best location for everything that we wanted. Pictures do not do the property justice and each picture is amazing. Southern Oaks is the perfect backdrop. It captures New Orleans in a way no other property can.
Wedding Day Standouts?
On the way to the Southern Oaks Plantation, it started to rain, and I was in the limo crying. I knew the wedding would be beautiful regardless, but I wanted so badly for the wedding to be out front on the mansion porch.
As we got closer the rain stopped, but I just knew they had moved things inside. To my surprise as we pulled up the drive, folks were outside drying the chairs. When I get into the waiting area, everyone told me not to worry, they were going to do everything in their power to make sure it was outside. Even if that meant starting a little later. But they said that based on the radar, we should be good to go! It was outside and it was amazing. At the end of the ceremony, the fireworks just topped everything off perfectly. Mr. Bobby even added a send off firework at the end of our Mardi Gras parade as a surprise! It just sealed the perfection of that night.
That is just a few examples. The atmosphere was perfect and the food unbelievably good. There are so many wonderful things I could retell. I did not have to worry about ANYTHING. Everything was exactly how I imagined, and literally not one thing went awry. I look back on that day and just can’t believe how magical it truly was. People have not stopped talking about it.
Planning a Wedding From Afar
The idea of planning a destination wedding while managing life with 2 toddlers and a fiance, sounded like a bad idea. Juggling 20 different vendors was just not an ideal situation.
Southern Oaks made it so incredibly easy. I handled the cake, flowers and officiant and wedding string quartet. Southern Oaks did all of the rest! I just had to tell them what I wanted. Between the picturesque venue to the amazing food. There is no where in New Orleans where you have so many options that add to your day and make it so special and unique.