A True Taste of New Orleans

Beignets, Oysters, and Lucky Dog Hote Dogs are just a few of the classic items that come to mind when thinking of New Orleans cuisine!

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When booking your wedding with Southern Oaks Plantation, not only will you receive our curated menu of over 80 menu items but you will also have the option to add in any of these New Orleans classics! We don’t believe your guests taste buds should be limited to a few items, we want them to get the full dining experience that our city is known for. Our innovative style of service is to ensure your guests are able to dine, drink, and dance the night away without ever having to wait in a buffet line. Our chefs study the latest and greatest menu items and combine it with tried and true traditional items to bring you and your guests the menu of a lifetime. Here are a few words that have described our food over the years.

“10 years later, our guests are still talking about the FOOD!”

“I want to get married all over again, just so I can have some more of that delicious food!”

“Southern Oaks Plantation should open a restaurant, the food was incredible.”

“We loved everything about our wedding, but the delicious food had to be our favorite detail!”

“THE FOOD WAS AMAZING!”

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Bridal Portraits at Southern Oaks Plantation

Elite event coordinators to assist with your every need, luxe linens, gorgeous chiavari chairs, over 80 custom menu items.. here are just a few of our most popular amenities at Southern Oaks Plantation! We offer an endless amount of additions included in every single collection to accommodate our clients. However, did you know that we also offer a complimentary bridal portrait session to any of our brides who choose to wed at our venue? We want our couples to experience the magic of our plantation from the very beginning of the planning process, and what is more special than capturing your bridal portraits at the very location where you plan to say “I DO?!” This also gives you an added opportunity to really appreciate all of the details throughout our gorgeous grounds!

 

Here is what this Jazaré and Marlon had to say about her experience on March 23, 2019 with Southern Oaks Plantation!

 

“My husband and I got married at Southern Oaks Plantation!!!! The entire staff made sure our day was PERFECTION!!! The food, the music, the vibes, the 2nd line BAND! I mean EVERYTHING was PERFECT! We will never forget our experience! ALL of our guests had the times our their lives and it was because their staff made sure EVERYONE had a great time! Thank you so much Southern Oaks Plantation for making the most important day our our lives a day that we will NEVER forget!”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

TLC Names Southern Oaks Plantation “The Best in Louisiana”

The Learning Channel is a television networked known for coining the famous, “Say Yes to the Dress” and many other wedding related shows including, “Four Weddings.” It is with great honor that we share that TLC has named Southern Oaks Plantation THE BEST VENUE in Louisiana! We could not be more thrilled to add another accolade to the books! With over 32 years of business, we’ve been able to provide countless hours of service to our couples and what an honor to be recognized for all that we do!  See for yourself how we’ve taken Southern charm to a whole new level!

southernoaksplantationTLC’s elite team of experts scoured the United States in search of the very best venues that provide an array of services and gorgeous backdrops to take your wedding to the next level. While there are plenty of beautiful venues across the state and country – Southern Oaks Plantation stands out as the absolute best!

Described as “magical” and “romantic” our venue will transport you and your guests directly into the fairytale setting you’ve always dreamed of. Twinkling lights, sprawling grounds, and our grand façade are only the beginning of a truly unforgettable experience!

We could not be more thrilled to receive the honor of being chosen as the most sought after venue in all of Louisiana! Set among the most gorgeous oak tree, our venue combines the perfect elements of wedding magic to create a spectacular backdrop for your event! Our all inclusive experience ties together stunning decor, delicious cuisine, and top customer service to our couples – local and destination alike! Thank you TLC for choosing Southern Oaks Plantation

Celebrating Carnival Season at Southern Oaks Plantation!

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Mardi Gras is widely regarded as one of the most popular events throughout the city of New Orleans. From the detailed floats, to the classic brass bands, to the ever popular marching bands – this treasured holiday is highly anticipated all year long!

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We at Southern Oaks Plantations have always been enamored with the magic surrounding carnival season, and decided it shouldn’t be limited to just once a year! This timeless event is the perfect way to wow your guests, whether local or destination!

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We are thrilled to bring you a celebration unlike any other with you and your partner as the Grand Marshals of this unforgettable event! Consider all go your guests gathered together in front of our grand mansion, and the brass band begins to play! Excitement fills the crowd and the real fun begins as you roll down our grand oaks starring in your very own parade!

Wedding Spotlight Andrea + Evan

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Tell us about your engagement.
Evan told me that we were taking some pictures for family for Christmas. We went to Jungle Gardens on Avery Island and he popped the question.
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In your opinion, what is the best characteristic of Southern Oaks Plantation?
The attention to detail is AMAZING. Every moment was beautifully planned and executed. We didn’t have to worry about a thing!
How did you and your partner meet?
Evan and I meet at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette our first semester in Drawing 1.
What made you select Southern Oaks Plantation as your wedding venue?
The location is stunning and Magic and Majestic are a plus!
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What was your favorite moment of the night?
Dancing and visiting with all of our friends and family.
Are there any other vendors you’d like to mention in this feature?
Melissa’s Fine Pastries
September Company Photography
Leaf + Petal
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What would you say to other brides considering Southern Oaks Plantation as their venue?
Southern Plantation is a MUST. We still get people telling us that we had the best wedding that they’ve been to.
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Photographer: September Company 
Florist: Leaf + Petal
Dress Salon: Town and Country (Hayley Paige) 
Bakery: Melissa’s Fine Pastries 

Planning a Winter Wedding at Southern Oaks Plantation!

Across the country, June is traditionally known as the most popular wedding, however with milder temperatures across the South and especially in New Orleans – we are able to celebrate your love all year long! We are seeing a trend of couples choosing to get married throughout the winter months due to less rain, additional availability, and of course the chance to don a stunning fur, or a stunning long sleeve wedding gown!

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Keep your guests extra cozy with a delicious Irish coffee or hot chocolate, hand crafted by our special events team!

Another fabulous part of this time of year is CARNIVAL SEASON! Celebrate Mardi Gras your very own special way with a classic parade rolling specially in your honor! The perfect February celebration!

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Here at Southern Oaks Plantation, there is even more of an incentive as we offer an exclusive discount to any couples choosing to get married during the month of February. If there is one goal we set out for, it’s to ensure the planning process is as easy as possible for our couples. In this case, you can find all our pricing and promotional details right here on our website! Consider receiving all of the “standard” amenities we offer here including over 80 menu items, unlimited bar, custom LED lighting, luxury linen and gold chiavari chairs, modern centerpieces, and our elite service team, here to make sure you have the most unforgettable night of your life!

Contact us today to begin planning the winter wonderland wedding of your dreams!

Wedding Spotlight – Andrew + Josh

From a fireworks surprise to a ride in the Rolls Royce, Andrew and Josh’s wedding was nothing but excitement. So happy for this wonderful couple and thankful that they chose Southern Oaks for their wedding!

Tell us about your engagement: We went to Rafian Brazilian Steak house for Thanksgiving dinner with Josh’s family. We went around the table and said what we were thankful for and Josh was last and said he was thankful for me and the proposed in the restaurant. People were clapping and Andrew started to cry because he was so overwhelmed with joy!

In your opinion, what is the best characteristic of Southern Oaks Plantation? How organized they were. They are seriously a well-oiled machine and did not have one hiccup the entire time that we noticed.

How did you and your partner meet? Josh and I met on an online date website. I originally met him at Applebee’s for lunch which I was 30 minutes late because of a GPS issue. I finally made it and it was just so easy to talk to him. We ended up going to walk around the park which was nearby for about an hour or so. Later that night we went out to dinner and the Mavericks game. Josh had never been to a professional sporting event so it just made it even sweeter!

What made you select Southern Oaks Plantation as your wedding venue? We had read many reviews online plus when we were talking to the other vendors they raved about Southen Oaks. Once we drove up and walked in we both knew this is the place we wanted to get married!

What was your favorite moment of the night? Our favorite moment was when we were walking back down the aisle after we got married. They told us to stop at the fountain and BOOM goes the fireworks. That was a HUGE surprise. Both Josh and I were in awe how beautiful it was. And it didn’t stop there when Bobby picked us up in the Rolls Royce! Really made a big impact on the evening and it just got better from there!

Overall, they were amazing! I wouldn’t change anything they did.

In regards to other vendors, Andrew and Josh had rave reviews. “Ryan North was amazing! Pictures were on point! Our Cake from the Sweet Life Bakery was sooo good and moist and not dry at all!”

Was there a particular staff member at SOP that really stood out to you? Lauren! She was amazing from the first time we walked into the venue until the sending us on our way after the party! I cant thank her and the staff enough for making the night perfect!

What would you say to other Grooms considering Southern Oaks Plantation as their venue? Just relax and let them do their thing.  They know what they are doing and just let the evening go and ENJOY!

Photographer: North Photography

Florist: Fabulous Flowers

Tuxedo/Suit Shop: Menswear house

Videographer: North Photography

Bakery: Sweet Life

Bridal Spotlight – Shelita + Michael

Tell us about your engagement!
Every year we attend the Macy’s Tree Lighting in Union Square, San Francisco to kick-off our holidays.  Well this year, Michael upped the ante by surprising me and asking for my hand in marriage.  It was December 24, 2017 Christmas Eve and we were trying to cross the street to head over to the ceremony of lights.  While waiting I can hear the sound of the street musician playing Al Green, “Let’s Stay Together.” I did not pay any attention to what was actually going on, however I realized that Michael disappeared in the crowd.  Now, the light is green and it’s time to cross the street I turned around and did not see Michael next to or behind me, it is because he was down on one knee, smiling, cameras everywhere and asking me to be his wife, singing “Let’s Stay Together.”  I was very surprised, I cried, my heart is racing and my hands were shaking as he placed the ring on my finger.  I lifted him up and placed my face into his chest and I said yes.  The saxophone player is now queued to play, Maxwell’s “Pretty Wings.” The crowd is joyously filming and clapping for the both of us, just unimaginable, what a dream. I will never forget the unexplainable feeling and I will always cherish how he carefully orchestrated such a romantic way to ask me to become his wife.

In your opinion, what is the best characteristic of Southern Oaks Plantation?
The best characteristic of Southern Oaks Plantation is how picturesque it is. The space indoor and outdoor provides plenty of opportunities to capture great bridal photos. The interior of the space feels quaint yet grand. The interior colors, furnishings and light fixtures all richly complement each other. The exterior façade and color of the building is very breathtaking and romantic. The entire grounds are very well kept, it really feels like you are stepping into a fairytale.

What made you select Southern Oaks Plantation as your wedding venue?
My husband and I wanted to select a place that provided both the ceremony and reception at the same location.  We chose Southern Oaks, because they offered both and offer so many more transitional upgrades.  During our search we found that most wedding venues in New Orleans utilized the same space for the ceremony and the reception leaving nothing to the imagination for your guests.  Southern Oaks provided the total opposite and so much more.  I also wanted a traditional yet functional ambiance at the reception.  I did not want to see my guest sitting at round tables waiting to be served and forced to get up and dance.  My husband and I like to work the room at social events and we felt like having more of a social atmosphere works for our guests as well, and Southern Oaks offered this style which executed our vision perfectly.  The expansive New Orleans style menu, the enhancements and the impeccable service up to our wedding day just made every moment like reading a storybook with minimal effort.  My wedding planner, Ebony Pickettay said I was the calmest bride she had ever coordinated a wedding for.  I cannot take all the credit.  I owe it to Ebony and the great coordination of the staff at Southern Oaks.  I selected the perfect venue for a perfect day

What was your favorite moment of the night?
Our favorite moment was when we were escorted to a private room.  There we were greeted by our personal concierge to a table set for 2.  Once seated, the table was filled with all types of delicious cuisine in which our concierge graciously described each item to us.  Our glasses were filled with champagne and once they walked away, we prayed together and was able to take it all in as now Husband and Wife.  The moment was priceless.

What would you say to other brides considering Southern Oaks Plantation as their venue?
If you are looking for the perfect venue that provides exceptional service, great food and a magical evening, Southern Oaks is the place.  From the first phone call up to the last dance, Mr. Bobby and his gracious staff handled my guests and the entire wedding party like royalty.   Every question I had regarding my wedding was answered, this venue provides everything and they do not try to upsell you on items…If you are a destination bride, no worries, they even have items in house for you to use, that way you are not shipping a lot of what nots or just in case you forget something they already have it in their inventory at no charge to use.  There are no hidden fees, upcharges or surprises.  Well, the surprises are what your guests will experience.  My wedding was Magical, Grand and Royal.  Everything was smooth and effortless, the staff operates this place like a well-oiled machine.  There is no running around, no one is confused and you, the wedding party and family members are assigned a concierge that ensures your culinary/drink needs are met.  The Food:  It is not your typical wedding plate of chicken, fish or buffet.  This place provides a Taste of New Orleans, I mean your guest will not stop talking about what they ate, how good the food was and how much food was being passed.  Amazing flavors and a huge variety.  There is no waiting, once the reception starts the food is being passed, this style was great because it also eliminated the hassle of seating charts, open seating was also another reason I loved this place.  Enhancements:  I chose to have a New Orleans Style Brass Band, Horse and Carriage, Carving Station and Fireworks, which made it a very grand time, my guest were over-stimulated with surprises.

This place is gorgeous on the inside and outside, the pictures on their website are nice, however this place is much more impressive in person. Your guest can sit outside and enjoy the cafe tables around the pool where the music from inside is piping outside for their enjoyment. Your wedding at this place really raises the bar. Cut the Check!! 

 

Photographer: Kate Bunny Hampson, San Francisco

Florist:  Steve Baker, New Orleans

Dress Salon: Kingsley James

Tuxedo/Suit Shop:  Tuxedos2Geaux, New Orleans

Videographer: BHawk Videography

Planner: Ebony Pickettay, Addictive Events