Celebrating 33 years of pure excellence!

Southern Oaks Plantation is celebrating 33 years in business, and we are reflecting on some of the most impactful details that make up the essence of our cherished venue. We have created a brand that spans over decades, and we frequently see parents of our couples returning back to our venue years later to relive their experience through their childrens’ special day. There is one thing we can guarantee, we’ve mastered the art of perfection over our many years in business!
disney-wedding-southern-oaks-plantationCustomer satisfaction is where every decision made at Southern Oaks Plantation begins and ends. Owner and operator, Bobby Asaro, makes a point to go above and beyond for his couples and lives for the “WOW” moments and the look of surprise on his clients’ faces. For example, here is where our team shocked the bride and groom with Mickey and Minnie on the balcony, after the bride mentioned how much she loved Disney World!
stunning-new-orleans-photographyWe also boast the “GRANDEST” oak tree in all of New Orleans, and the only antebellum style home within ten minutes of downtown. The moment you step onto our grounds you are whisked away by beauty and the perfection of manicured lawns, grand ballroom, and stunning stables. There is truly no place on earth like Southern Oaks Plantation!

Are you ready to be treated like royalty? Our elite staff provides unmatched service, and wants nothing more than for you to feel like the center of our universe – because you are! From personal attendant all evening, to special touches to make the evening your own, you will absolutely live out your dreams of a fairytale wedding! Southern Oaks Plantation is where passion meets excellence.

So what are you waiting for? We invite you to be a part of our legacy, and experience all we have to offer! From our modern design and timeless atmosphere to delicious food and impeccable service, we provide the ultimate New Orleans experience you won’t find anywhere else!

 

Five Star Wedding Venue New Orleans

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In an age where couples are instantly overwhelmed with the amount of planning choices, from big budget to intimate, to band or DJ, bright colors or muted tones, flowers or candles, and the list goes on.. We can guarantee that Southern Oaks Plantation will take the guesswork out of planing your perfect fête. We are celebrating 33 years in business, and the reason we’ve been able to serve amazing couples over and over is because we get it right every time. There is nothing more important to our staff that customer experience, and it is our passion to ensure you and your guests have the night of your lives!

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Here is what you can expect at Southern Oaks Plantation!

Katie 12/29/19

Holy smokes! Where do I begin??? This place, the employees, the atmosphere! It is the most perfect place to have your wedding! The first time I walked though that door I was absolutely taken away! I was introduced to an amazing lady named Lauren. She was the sweetest person I had dealt with while going crazy trying to find a place to hold my wedding. She answered any questions I had and was so patient. I was later introduced to Mr. Bobby. Well he has that perfect southern charm and made us feel like he has been knowing us for years. We had our baby and he heard from Lauren that I am a huge Disney fan. Well hello, I use to work at Disney! Lol anyways, he gave our little girl a stuffed Minnie Mouse. It’s the little things that catches people’s attention. She still has it and carries it around all the time. The whole place made you feel like you were home! The absolute best! I will take you to the week of our wedding. I was a stressed bride to say the least. The day we went to drop some stuff off at the plantation, Lauren worked her magic and made everything so calm. I remember her always telling me “let us do the worrying, let us do the work!” And that they did. Now, night of my wedding they met us before the doors of the limo stopped. They are so orchestrated and everything is down to a science you, the bride, don’t have time to worry about this or that, they are already 10 steps ahead. Me. Bobby told my Matron of Honor “I have a little surprise for her!” Well holy smokes let me tell you! This man went above and beyond! Mickey and Minnie showed up at my wedding and to top it off I really got to have FIREWORKS at my wedding!!! The food was amazing! They have so much, so don’t worry about leaving hungry! Everyone that came to our wedding all agreed this was the best wedding they have ever been to. They are all still talking about it wanting to do it over so they can relive it. This is truest a magical place where DREAMS COME TRUE!

 

Tina 1/7/20

Oh my goodness. Where do I begin. I could not thank Southern Oaks Plantation enough for the magical wedding we had this December. Mr. Bobby, you are an amazing human being. He was there himself and talked to me and assured me how great everything was going to be and asked me what exactly I had in mind and his opinions and let me tell you, our minds were blown myself included. When we booked with Southern Oaks Plantation we knew this was a great venue but we had no idea how GREAT it was going to be. I have had multiple people including kids tell me how this was the best wedding they had been to. The staff is AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING. I had champagne all night, they made sure we ate, made sure our families were doing okay, I mean you name it, they made sure it happened. now about the food…. THE BEST FOOD I HAVE HAD! wow just wow. the food kept coming from the moment everyone went in and it did not stop. I have had almost every single guest at the wedding comment on how great the food was. It was AMAZING. We took a little bit longer eating our dinner because we wanted more and more.. Honestly, the best decision we made was to book with Southern Oaks Plantation. We live in Houston so this was a destination wedding for us and I was very nervous as I did not get to go to LA and did not feel like I was as prepared as I should be? But oh my oh my, How AMAZING everyone at Southern Oaks Plantation made it to be. It was truly a magical wedding, a wedding to remember. We had guests come in from New Jersey and California many of which had never visited LA before and they were so amazed and loved every single thing about this venue. My husband and I truly recommend this place to anyone who is looking and is not sure. Trust me, you will not regret it. Thank you Mr. Bobby and all the amazing staff for making all our dreams and even more come true! We could not have even imagined how perfect it was going to be, beyond our imagination. Thank you.

 

Allison 9/5/19

Southern Oaks exceeded my greatest expectations. Nowhere I considered matched their charm and hospitality. The day of the wedding I was impressed more than I thought possible. There were attendants by my side the whole night to help when needed, but I wasn’t overcrowded. The highly trained staff eased every uneasy nerve I had. The experience was so spectacular, I wish I could relive it. Southern Oaks was there for me for my whole engagement and constantly made sure I had what I needed. They are the only group of people I would back up 100% without hesitation. My parents and in-laws were equally impressed. My guests raved about the great food at the reception- and still do! Thank you Southern Oaks for the best night of mine and my husband’s lives.

Still not convinced? Review our collection of 5 star reviews here!

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The perfect destination for your New Orleans Wedding!

Read how Ashley and Michael planned their destination wedding with ease as they coordinated with our experienced event team to ensure no detail was left undone. We want you to have a stress free and incredible experience whether you are a local or destination client!
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What made you select New Orleans as a destination for your wedding?
In July of 2018 we traveled down from Toronto to New Orleans for a weekend trip as it was a long weekend in Canada. Ashley (my wife) wanted to take me down here to see if I loved the city as it is a destination she would like to move to in the future and buy a property soon. Little did she know, I was going to propose to her at Southern Oaks Plantation after our dinner date! I told her I was taking her on a plantation tour. Stacey (the Queen of proposal’s and weddings) had a beautiful setup under the oak tree where I popped the question. Then, after viewing the site of Southern Oaks Plantation, we decided on the spot to get married here! Also Ashley said if we ever got married, it would have to be in New Orleans! It was the best decision of our lives! 
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-What was one thing about Southern Oaks Plantation that helped you realize it was the right place for your wedding?
After she said yes, we walked around the property and Stacey took us for a tour. It was the most beautiful setting we have ever seen. Like out of a storybook! The trees, the house, the pool in the backyard, the horses and stable, entrance way, the staff’s presence, everything was absolutely fantastic. Immediately we both felt so much comfort in working with Stacey we decided on the spot to have our wedding there. 
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Thinking back on your wedding day, what are a few details that really stand out?
There’s to much to answer here, I could go on for days! I would say the top 3 things that stood out was the scenery, like I said earlier, it looks like our wedding was out of a Disney movie. The next thing would be the food! We have heard everyone say endlessly how much they LOVED the food. Their chef’s come up with the most creative finger foods that really changed the way we look at weddings here in Toronto. We’re used to the sit down, 7 course meal, taking hours on end. This was just a non-stop party and everyone was up the whole night dancing, eating, drinking and just having such an amazing time. Lastly, I’d honestly just have to say everything. Everything truly stuck out and it’s impossible for us to choose just a few things. Stacey and her team are literally the dream team. I’ve said numerous times I wish we could get married on a yearly basis there!! 
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-Tell us about your experience planning a wedding from afar with the events team at Southern Oaks Plantation. 
Without Stacey, we would have had such a difficult time getting things planned out. Planning a wedding in a totally different country is extremely difficult! Because, we cannot go food tasting, or see the flowers and check out the decorations. Everything had to be done over the phone, email, texts, it really consumed most of my days from engagement to wedding day. But, having Stacey and her team at southern oaks plantation really took the stress away most of the time as they were fantastic when it came to dealing with vendors, who to deal with, the good and the bad. The events team on the day of the wedding were incredible. We had so many people comment to us (still to this day) that the service was off the charts amazing, and we agree! This was a 10/10 experience that I will always remember for the rest of my life as one of the best days of our life! 
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Southern Oaks Plantation Is Your Only Destination!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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Stunning Ceremony Spots at Southern Oaks Plantation

Experience Southern Oaks Plantation from any backdrop that suits your style from a stunning oak tree to our grand façade, to the dazzling ballroom!

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We have a variety of brides and grooms that choose our venue, so we have sought out to curate the most iconic ceremony locations so that you can choose one that supports your style as a couple. If you have dreamed about an outdoor wedding, but concerned about that unpredictable weather of Southern Louisiana – you’ll never have to worry at Southern Oaks Plantation as our Plan B option is rarely seen as Plan B when its this beautiful! Sparkling chandleries, custom LED lights, and twinkling candles make our grand ballroom a stunningly intimate space for you and your guests.

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It is no surprise that the grand entrance of this antebellum style plantation is selected as our most popular choice for ceremony locations. From the perfectly manicured lawn to the majestic oak tree, there is no shortage of beauty leading up to our altar. Our expansive grounds allows you to easily accommodate a large guest list, and create a memorable impression from the moment they arrive! Horse and carriage rides, traditional New Orleans second line bands, and customized firework shows make this space even more magical!

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Southern Oaks PlantationOur Stunning oak features the most intimate setting of all. Voted the most gorgeous oak tree in all of Louisiana, we feature a setting that requires little accents to the existing beauty of nature. Say your I do’s beneath the moss covered canopy and experience a truly Southern ceremony.

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At Southern Oaks Plantation, we strive or perfection no matter your style or guest count. We want to ensure that no matter what backdrop you choose, you and your guests have a night that you won’t soon forget!

 

 

Praline Chicken Found Only At Southern Oaks Plantation

If there is one thing we are known for here at Southern Oaks Plantation, other than the gorgeous oak tree, sprawling grounds, and impeccable customer service.. its THE FOOD! And there is one menu item that is a favorite among couples, their guests, and our vendors – its the praline chicken!

We hear it again and again, when some of our favorite photographers are back shooting a wedding, they always tell us “I’ve been looking forward to this praline chicken since this couple booked me!” What could be more exciting than creating a menu item loved by our industry peers? Although, our couples seem to love it just as much! Here are a few words from a recent bride: “The food was also AMAZING!!!! The venue staff sent Cody and I a to-go box of our favorite items on the menu.  When we got to our hotel room that night, before we went to bed, we were both so pumped about digging into that to-go box! Cody could NOT stop talking about Southern Oaks Plantation’s praline chicken…. it is TO DIE FOR!!” Well, if that doesn’t convince you its the  best, we don’t know what will!

Owner and lead chef, Sue Asaro, takes great pride in creating unique and innovative menu items to continue to impress our couples. And her talent knows no bounds! The praline chicken may be a popular item, but the recipe is staying safe here at Southern Oaks! That means, to give it a try – you must attend a wedding here with us! Your taste buds will thank you!

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Southern Oaks Plantation, best food in New Orleans!

When you think of New Orleans, the first things that come to mind are jazz music, historical sites, and of course – THE FOOD! Southern Oaks Plantation prides itself on giving our couples the full New Orleans experience, and that experience begins with our impeccable cuisine. Our lead chef and owner, Sue Asaro, has filled the menu with over eighty delectable items included in every single wedding package. Why limit your guests to only a few options when you can give them everything, here at Southern Oaks Plantation!

 

I constantly receive compliments on how it was the best wedding people have been to and that the food was spectacular! – Kristina, Southern Oaks Bride

 

We just celebrated our 13th anniversary, and people are still talking about the beautiful venue and fantastic food! – Laura, Southern Oaks Bride

 

I trusted them with every detail and the staff at Southern Oaks made my beautiful day come true! And my guest can’t stop talking about the food! – Lizzie, Southern Oaks Bride

 

The most common compliment we get on our wedding day was that it was an absolute fairytale. From the horse and carriage, incredibly talented jazz band, the stunning grounds, insane food, perfect decor, and all the other bells and whistles (seriously, we could go on and on!) – Jordan, Southern Oaks Bride

 

I have never tried so many different appetizers, food, desserts & drinks! It felt great to be served & treated like royalty! – Blessed, Southern Oaks Bride

 

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Here, Every Day Begins With Once Upon a Time!

Here, every day begins with once upon a time.

Here, we make brides’ dreams come true.

Here, every detail is the most important detail.

Here, each moment is unforgettable.

That is the magic of Southern Oaks Plantation!

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Here, at Southern Oaks Plantation, it is our mission to exceed your expectation in every way. From the moment you step onto our sprawling grounds you will notice an expertly manicured lawn, the most iconic Oak tree in the city, and what TLC has named the “BEST venue in the state of Louisiana!”

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In addition, Southern Oaks Plantation is the only antebellum style venue location within fifteen minutes of downtown New Orleans! While our grand façade is of true plantation style, the interior of our venue is updated in a modern style to perfectly accent any color palette whether bright or neutral.

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Our all inclusive collections feature over 80 handcrafted menu items, luxury linens, custom LED lighting, professional DJ, and expert planning advice from our event team. We LOVE making your wedding dreams come true! southernoaksplantation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wedding Spotlight: Annie and Ari

A true fairytale affair complete with stunning blooms, gorgeous details, and a carriage ride for the books! This Southern Oaks Plantation soiree is sure to stun.

Read more about this lovely wedding below!

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Tell us about your engagement.
New Orleans has always been a special place to me. In fact, the very first time that I visited the city, after experiencing a 2nd line parade for the first time I said, “I am either going to get married here or my funeral will be here.” I absolutely loves the culture of New Orleans. Fast forward about 8 years. A trip to New Orleans was planned to visit my favorite city and attend the USF vs Tulane football game. After a few days of delicious food, French Quarter shenanigans and Nola Jazz, Ari decided that October 21st 2017 on the stairs overlooking picturesque Jackson Square and the St. Louis’ Cathedral he would pop the question. In front of a sizable crowd, Ari (visibly shaking) got down on one knee and asked me the most important questions of their lives “Will you Marry Me?” Of course I said, “YES!” after removing my spider themed fascinator and putting down my champagne to go cup. The crowd that had gathered cheered and as a newly engaged couple, we made our way to the Halloween parade and then to the USF game to celebrate!

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

Where do I begin? Southern Oaks captures the southern elegance and fun of New Orleans. The food is fantastic, the venue is gorgeous, there is no detail overlooked. I would attribute the stellar experience we had at Southern Oaks, to the incredible staff. Truly, they embody teamwork and professionalism and it made my day absolutely perfect.

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How did you and your partner meet?

Ari and I met in downtown Saint Petersburg, Florida on a Sunday evening, December 7th, 2014. We always have a witty debate when describing exactly what type of establishment Ferg’s is when telling our story. See Ari likes to refer to the location as a “restaurant” while I am honest about the fact that it is more of a “sports pub.” Ari was simply picking up a quick bite to eat and preparing for his Monday meeting when I walked in with a friend. Being the gentleman that he is, Ari quickly offered me and my friend a seat and started chatting with us. Before we knew it, Ari and I had been chatting for a couple of hours. Before the night was over, Ari asked for my phone number and called me the next day to invite me to lunch at Seasons 52. It didn’t take long for us to realize that the spark was something special and we have been inseparable ever since.

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

I knew from the moment I walked in the door, it was the perfect venue for our wedding. Lauren gave us the grand tour and we were in absolute awe of the décor, warmth and elegance of the space. I had done my research and everyone had the same (yet very different) magical experience at Southern Oaks Plantation. Magic and Majestic (the gorgeous white horses) were just the icing on the cake!

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What was your favorite moment of the night?

The night was so incredibly beautiful and special but two moments stand out in my head. The first moment, was right when I walked in the ballroom, before the wedding, and saw everything in place and set for the first time. It was just incredible. Everything that I could have asked for. It was simply breathtaking. The second moment was when my Dad and I came around the corner and our guests saw us entering on the horse and carriage. There was a gasp of excitement… no one expected that. It was a moment I will never forget.

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

There is no better florist than Bella Blooms Floral. Dee, the owner, is second to none. She knew what I wanted when I did not even know specifically what I was looking for. Her expertise and talent are incredible. We had so many compliments on the florals.

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

Lauren was my go to girl for months and month’s leading up to the wedding. She responded to my never-ending list of questions immediately and with such detail. She was a total rock star. Of course, I have to mention Mr. Bobby, the heart and soul of Southern Oaks Plantation. The weather went from 0% to 100% chance of rain on our wedding day. I had dreamed of this outdoor wedding under the oaks with the carriage and fireworks for a very long time. As it inched closer and closer to 7 o’clock it was looking like that dream was going to have to be revised. As soon as we arrived at Southern Oaks Plantation, Mr. Bobby came to find me and assured me that he and his team would do everything that they possibly could to make my dream come true. And they delivered.

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

You can’t go wrong with having your wedding at Southern Oaks Plantation. It will be perfection and your guests will be talking about your wedding for years to come. So many of our guests told Ari and I, and my parents, that our wedding was absolutely   the best wedding they have ever attended and likely ever will. We are hoping that we are invited to attend a wedding at this specular venue in the near future.

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Photographer: Studio Tran Photography –  https://www.studiotran.com/ – @studiotranphotography

Florist: Bella Blooms Floral – https://www.bellabloomsfloral.com/ – @bellabloomsfloral

Dress Salon: Truly Forever Bridal – https://www.trulyforeverbridal.com/ – @ trulyforeverbridaltampa

Tuxedo/Suit Shop: Men’s Wearhouse – www.menswearhouse.com – @menswearhouse
Videographer: Bella Productions Wedding Films –
http://mybellafilm.com/ – @bellafilmsn
Bakery: Chasing Wang – www.
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The Proprietor of Southern Oaks Plantation

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

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Southern Oaks began as a dream for the Asaro family. Bobby Asaro knew there was a niche market for elegant, high-end reception venues that needed to be filled, and he had just the plan to fill it. He got his wife, Sue, involved from their first date, drawing his plans out on a napkin and dreaming of Southern Oaks.Southern Oaks began as a dream for the Asaro family. Bobby Asaro knew there was a niche market for elegant, high-end reception venues that needed to be filled, and he had just the plan to fill it. He got his wife, Sue, involved from their first date, drawing his plans out on a napkin and dreaming of Southern Oaks.

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Between his strong attention to detail (developed when he was working in radiology) and Sue’s innovative thinking and impeccable taste, Asaro knew that they were on to something big. They’ve spent the last 32 years perfecting the experience of Southern Oaks Plantation to curate a feeling of magic and enchantment. There is a reason why local and couples from all over the world choose to marry at Southern Oaks, because an unmatched level of customer service is presented from the very moment they step foot onto our plantation.

From the decor to the cuisine, every detail you and your guests will experience has been selected with the upmost importance. Truly a family affair, you will find Bobby and Sue Asaro take care to ensure that no detail will go unnoticed. Rarely will you find another venue owner present on your wedding day to greet guests, fill up your champagne glass, or surprise you with a fireworks show! Mr. Bobby and his team consistently go above and beyond for their couples, because you will find that this is not a career for the Asaro family, but a passion.

 

“Of course, I have to mention Mr. Bobby, the heart and soul of Southern Oaks Plantation. The weather went from 0% to 100% chance of rain on our wedding day. I had dreamed of this outdoor wedding under the oaks with the carriage and fireworks for a very long time. As it inched closer and closer to 7 o’clock it was looking like that dream was going to have to be revised. As soon as we arrived at Southern Oaks Plantation, Mr. Bobby came to find me and assured me that he and his team would do everything that they possibly could to make my dream come true. And they delivered. I had the wedding I always dreamed of thanks to him.” – Annie, 2018

“Mr. Bobby made us feel like absolute royalty! We did not lift a finger the entire night!” – Marissa, 2018
“Our wedding was more magical than I could’ve ever dreamed! Mr. Bobby truly makes you feel like you’re the most important couple he’s ever met. At the end of the night I was thanking him for such a perfect evening when I spilled a drop of champagne on my arm, Mr. Bobby returned with a wet napkin and a dry one to clean up my mess. I know it seems silly, but that is just such a perfect example of how he handles every single thing – totally above and beyond!” – Logan, 2016
“Mr. Bobby and everyone else that was working my wedding treated me so so well!  Everyone was so welcoming and loving.  The best customer service I’ve ever received was at Disney World, and the customer service I received at Southern Oaks was just like that!!  I can’t think of ONE bad thing I could say about Southern Oaks. Everything was perfect!” – Alli, 2017