Bridal Spotlight: Ashley + Jeremy

Ashley and Jeremy planned a destination wedding from over a thousand miles away! We are so thrilled that they chose Southern Oaks Plantation has the backdrop for the nuptials and reception! This wedding was classic, timeless, and stunning!

– Tell us about your engagement.
Jeremy proposed to Ashley in Kauai,Hawaii on a private sail boat at sunrise!

– In your opinion, what is the best characteristic of Southern Oaks Plantation?
The beautiful grounds and the amazing staff. We are from New York City and planning a destination wedding with Southern Oaks was a piece of cake! They were so incredibly helpful and the day couldn’t have gone more perfect which is pretty amazing since we never even had to visit NOLA in between the time it took to find the venue and over a year later on our wedding day!

– How did you and your partner meet?
At a friends birthday party

– What made you select Southern Oaks Plantation as your wedding venue?
We feel in love with the idea of getting married on the beautiful front lawn and the interior was gorgeous with the open windows.

– What was your favorite moment of the night?
Our first look on the front lawn under the beautiful oaks.

– Are there any other vendors you’d like to mention in this feature?
Dark Roux and Bella Blooms!

– Was there a particular staff member at SOP that really stood out to you?
All of them were amazing and Mr. Bobby was unforgettable.

– What would you say to other brides considering Southern Oaks Plantation as their venue?
Don’t even think twice about it. It will be the most amazing night of your life.

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Southern Oaks Plantation

Southern Oaks Plantation

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Southern Oaks Plantation featured on Style Me Pretty!

Wedding blogs are such a fabulous resource when planning your wedding! They offer great insight and inspiration, which is why we were beyond thrilled when Style Me Pretty featured our beautiful space! This shoot highlights a stunning and intimate ceremony under our grand oaks, and our stars Magic and Majestic! We can’t think of a more perfect setting for a Southern wedding.

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Photography: Monsoleil Weddings
Dress: Wedding Belles
Florals: Poppy + Mint Floral
Design + Styling: Logan Doerries Design
Makeup: Ashley Sievert Beauty
Cake: Melissa’s Fine Pastries
Stationer: Lady Adelaide
Groom’s Suit: John’s Tuxedos

Bridal Spotlight: Cody + Allie

“First of all people still talk about how amazing our Southern Oaks Plantation wedding was. It was a true fairy tale wedding!” – Allie

– Tell us about your engagement.
Mine and Cody’s engagement was so well thought out and sweet. My family and I have been going to the beach every summer since I was born. It’s a place we just love so much. Cody, knowing how much I love the beach, decided that my family’s July 4th (2016) trip would be the perfect time to pop the question. The first night we were there my mom thought it would be better for us to get our family beach pictures out of the way so everyone got dressed and headed down for the beach. We ALWAYS do pictures by the ocean, but my mother wanted to do them by the sand dunes this year. Well what is very important to know about me is, it’s very hard to surprise me. After we got done taking pictures, my mom said “ let’s get some pictures of Allie and Cody by the water.” Well then I knew he was about to propose, but I still went along with it anyways. Everyone was acting so weird and giving themselves away. Then Cody faced me and grabbed my hands and just started swinging them back and forth and the only words he could get out were “I love you.” So I busted out laughing and asked, “Are you about to propose?” Then he got down on one knee. Neither one of us remember what was said after that. I just remember seeing the ring and screaming “YES!!!” After we hugged and kissed, we heard cheers coming from the deck of the condo. Cody’s family had been hiding and surprised the both of us. It was so awesome to have both of our families there.
Cody coaches college football at Jacksonville State University in Alabama and has been for two consecutive years. While he was doing that I was still finishing school in Louisiana at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. After our wonderful beach trip I went back home to Louisiana and him to Alabama. We would get to visit each other about once a month. I graduated college in May of 2017, moved to Alabama in June, and got married in July. So this year has been one for the books.

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

The best characteristic of Southern Oaks Plantation is the customer service. 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!

– How did you and your partner meet?
Cody and I met in Monroe, Louisiana, where I was born and raised. We were both at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Cody was there from Hoover, Alabama, on a football scholarship. The night we met we were at a place in Monroe where they played live music every Saturday. I saw him from across the small little hole in the wall place and I started screaming at him “HEY!!!” haha! I thought he was so so handsome. I told him to come over and talk to me, which he will say I was the one that came over to talk to him, but it was really the other way around. We sat and talked to one another the whole entire night about EVERYTHING! Cody was actually with another date that night, I guess that didn’t work out very well! LOL! I left the concert and didn’t give him my number, so he messaged me on Facebook the next day. We met on August 18 ,2012 and have been inseparable ever since.

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

In 2015 Cody and I met his sister Jessica in New Orleans for Mardi Gras. At the time Cody was coaching football at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He had just been hired to coach the quarterbacks. We had just gotten him all moved in, and since we were both in the same city now, decided to go down to NOLA for some fun! While we were there, his sister Jessica and I started talking about weddings. She suggested we both do a destination wedding in New Orleans. New Orleans is one of my favorite places in the world. I love the culture of New Orleans so much. I thought it was a great idea, especially since it would be equal travel distance for both of our families. On the way home I researched “ Weddings in New Orleans.” I found Southern Oaks Plantation and fell in love. Now keep in mind, this was in 2015. I wasn’t engaged yet, but knew Cody and I would get married. The day after we got engaged, July 4, 2016, I called Southern Oaks Plantation and booked our wedding date. I hadn’t even been to the venue yet, but I knew that it was the perfect place for Cody and I to get married. I didn’t officially visit the venue until March of 2017, which was only four months before our wedding. With the awesome customer service I received even before my wedding I wasn’t worried about the fact that I hadn’t visited the venue. Even though I probably drove everyone crazy because I would call up there once a week with a series of different questions..LOL.. everyone was always so helpful and polite. I probably asked 1,000 questions and I never got the answer “ I don’t know”. I thought that spoke volumes of Southern Oaks Plantation. For every question i asked, I received a valid and straight answer. That’s why Southern Oaks reminds me of Disney World. Everyone stays right on top of their job, and truly cares about every customer.

– What was your favorite moment of the night?

Goodness, every moment was my favorite. The whole night was nothing short of magical. If I had to narrow it down though, it would have to be the surprise Mr.Bobby gave Cody and I at the end of our ceremony. Before my dad and I got into the car to drive around to the front of the house, Mr. Bobby asked me if I liked pixie dust. I wasn’t sure what he was talking about, but I said “Yes! Who doesn’t?” Well right after the preacher pronounced Cody and I husband and wife, a firework show started, and then Mr. Bobby and Mr. Vincent had the confetti canons and shot confetti all over the bridal party. Like I said earlier, I’m very hard to surprise so having that complete surprise at the end was so so magical!

– Is there any other feedback you’d like to include?

I could go on and on about Southern Oaks Plantation and how awesome everything about this place is. There are some things that really stuck with me through this experience though. The Thursday prior to mine and Cody’s wedding we went to the plantation for our rehearsal. I told Taylor to decorate the venue how they thought it should look for a wedding. They’re the professionals right? Boy, was I blown away on how everything looked! It was absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! During my reception, Cody and I were treated like royalty. I’m a very “ Do It yourself” kind of person, and the staff at Southern Oaks made sure I didn’t have to do ANYTHING myself. I didn’t have to worry about ONE single thing. EVERYTHING was taken care of. My mother is also very controlling, which is also why I chose this venue. My mom was able to wake up and relax on the day of the wedding. The mother of the bride,I feel always has a little added stress, and she didn’t have to worry about one single thing because Southern Oaks Plantation took care of every single small and large detail. During the whole reception Cody and I always had a full drink. I also loved the private dinner we got right after the ceremony. We were able to soak everything in, and enjoy one another as husband and wife. Another thing that also stood out to me was how well my grandparents were taken care of. My grandparents are 85 and 89 and one of my request was that they get taken care of before anyone else. Southern Oaks treated them so well. They were the first to try anything and everything on the menu, which I loved. The food was also AMAZING!!!! Southern Oaks sent Cody and I a to-go box home 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!! haha!! Cody could NOT stop talking about SOP’s praline chicken…. it is TO DIE FOR!!

– Are there any other vendors you’d like to mention in this feature?
I got my cake from Joe Gambino’s. It was so delicious and very beautiful. My wedding hair and make up was done by the girls at Glam NOLA in Metairie. They did a FABULOUS job! They were also so much fun!! My pictures were done by someone in Monroe Desirae Gooding Trappey, who also did a wonderful job!!!

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

All the staff members were EXCELLENT!!!! I LOVE Mr.Bobby though! You can just tell he truly lives to work at SOP! He loves making his customers happy! It’s all about the customer with Mr. Bobby! Aside from Mr. Bobby, Taylor was a huge help to us on the days prior to the wedding, and then Lauren and Mariah were so sweet and helpful on my wedding day! They are true professionals. They made me feel like family, and I loved that.

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

What I would say to other brides considering SOP as their venue is that they would be crazy if they didn’t get married at SOP! All my friends that were already married said that they wished they would have gotten married there. The ones who aren’t married yet said that SOP will be where they have their wedding. I almost wish I could get married again, so I could do it all over again!!! LOL!! Cody and I have already said that on our 25th anniversary we want to have an anniversary party at SOP! SOP will always hold a special place in our hearts. We couldn’t have picked a more PERFECT venue for our wedding.

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Southern Oaks Plantation

Southern Oaks Plantation

Southern Oaks Plantation

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Bridal Spotlight: Marissa + Chad

We are so excited to share the magical memories of another wonderful Southern Oaks Plantation couple. Marissa + Chad were such a pleasure to work with, and we are so thrilled they chose us to host the most special day of their lives. Read more on their sweet love story!

-Tell us about your engagement.

Chad put so much thought and sentiment into his proposal. Chad proposed to me on the land where my dad proposed to my mom. He had our dearest friends and family lined up, each to give me a rose and share their love before I finally met him down by the pond. Behind him, strung between two trees, he had pictures of various memories over the three years we had spent together. He told me the hopes and dreams he had for our future before he finally got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him as his wife!

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

There are so many amazing things to say about Southern Oaks Plantation that it is truly difficult to choose only one! However, because Chad and I had only a three month engagement, it was crucial to choose a venue that already had the details taken care of. Not having to pick out linens, china, or decor made the process of planning so much easier! My mind was at ease the entire engagement because I already knew how the “big picture” would look: absolutely breathtaking!

– How did you and your partner meet?

Chad and I met at Southeastern Louisiana University through Greek life. He was a Delta Tau Delta, and I was a Theta Phi Alpha. We were friends for about a year before we started attending socials and dances as each others’ dates. Because we were so comfortable around each other and knew how to have a good time, it was such an easy transition from good friends to young love!

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

We had attended a couple of fundraising events at Southern Oaks Plantation while we were dating and were completely awed by its charm. All of the lights, the landscape, the pool, the horses! And the FOOD! Even though the fundraisers were annual, we talked about that food year round! We were sold from the moment we were on the grounds.

– What was your favorite moment of the night?

The entire night was a complete fairy tale! But I must say, I could not be more grateful for the private dinner for Chad and myself to spend a minute alone after the ceremony and before the reception. When you’re rushing through family portraits and hugging necks of old friends, it is easy to forget what the night is all about: you and your new spouse! That was a sweet time to just stop, take a deep breath, and spend a quiet minute with my husband.

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

Truly, every single staff member went above and beyond during the planning process as well as the on the day of the event. Stacey and Lauren were incredibly responsive to every e-mail and phone call in the weeks leading up to the ceremony. Mariah made sure we always had a fresh beverage in our hands during the reception. And of course, Mr. Bobby made us feel like absolute royalty! We did not lift a finger the entire night! Lauren and Mariah even spent time re-pinning my bustle which busted – now THAT is customer service!

Vendors:
Photographer: ofRen Photography – Catherine and Devin Masters: www.lensofren.com
Florist: Donna Wolf: donnawolf@bellsouth.net
Dress Salon: The Bridal Shop – Monroe, La: www.king-of-hearts.com
Tuxedo/Suit Shop: Men’s Warehouse: www.menswarehouse.com
Bakery: La Louisiane Bakery: lalouisianebakery.com

Laissez Le Bon Temps Rouler any day at Southern Oaks Plantation!

Jazz band. Fireworks. Two floats trailing behind in a parade in your honor!

Here at Southern Oaks Plantation, we offer a unique twist on your special day. As the Grand Marshalls of your own Mardi Gras style parade, this enhancement is sure to be an exit to remember! Your guests are all gathered on the front terrace with only a hint of your surprise exit. Suddenly, out of sight the jazz band erupts with music! To your guests’ surprise, appears is a parade with a horse drawn carriage being escorted by the Pin Stripe Jazz Band. Your guests shout with laughter and amazement at what is to follow. Not one, but two Mardi Gras floats with a mixture of your bridal party, and our cast members to help throw your specialty items.

Your throws or mine? How about both! We include “throws,” or beads and other items you would normally see thrown during a Mardi Gras parade, and costumes for riders that may include our staff or your bridal party!

Not yours, but ours! A great way to further personalize your parade can be to purchase beads with your wedding date or name to add a customized touch. From beads, to coozies, the amount of love and laughter to be shared during that moment is endless!

Cheers!

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A Grand Outdoor Ceremony!

If you have been to the beautiful grounds of Southern Oaks Plantation, you have probably noticed that the grand facade our plantation is the most well known aspect of our venue. The name for  Southern Oaks Plantation is developed from the historical design of the front of our majestic venue. We have worked diligently to create a space that is both modern, but filled with classic New Orleans charm! We pride ourselves on the manicured lawns, grand columns, and moss covered oaks that come together to create the stunning outdoor space. Our couples also love these details, and outdoor ceremonies have become one of the most sough after wedding backdrops! Whether you choose the grand entrance of the plantation, or the stunning oak tree for a more intimate setting – you are sure to have the outdoor wedding of your dreams!

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Image by Kendra Jones Photography

Southern Oaks Plantation Wedding

Image by Kendra Jones Photography

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Southern Oaks Plantation Wedding

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Southern Oaks Plantation Wedding

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Simplify Your Wedding Planning and Focus on the Magic

If you are like many brides, you have had an idea of what your wedding will look like since your were a little girl. You can see the flowers and the dress, and you know what music you want playing during the ceremony and the reception. What you probably did not see was the stress and frustration that many brides face when trying to navigate an overwhelming number of details, options, and packages.

Some of the stress is created by the anticipation itself and the knowledge that you have only one chance to get everything right. Then there’s the accompanying drama of dealing with family and friends who all have great intentions but fail to understand that they are not actually helping you. Frustration mounts, and you wonder where all the joy went.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

While we can’t change the troublesome family members or help you decide on bridesmaids, we can help de-clutter your planning process. At Southern Oaks Plantation, we offer a simple pricing and planning structure to create magical celebrations. We believe your wedding should be a memorable, stress-free experience. That’s why we avoid complicated per-person cost structures and multiple packages that just result in decision fatigue.

This simplified approach begins with our catering. Not only do we provide an unrivaled culinary experience and true “Taste of New Orleans,” we also use a cocktail-style menu with over 80 items available and included in every celebration. There’s no need to worry about complicated menus or meal preferences.

Whether you would like us to host just your reception or your ceremony as well, we have an experienced staff of wedding professionals who will help coordinate the entire event. We provide an array of in-house amenities from candle-lit centerpieces and an open bar to personalized music from our Disc Jockey and personal attendants and a private meal for the bride and groom.

We also offer several enhancements that can make your wedding a truly unique experience. Just a few options include a horse-drawn carriage, a New Orleans Jazz Band, fireworks, sushi chef, and carving stations, among others.

Planning your wedding should be exciting and magical, not stressful and disappointing. Contact us today to discuss how Southern Oaks Plantation can remove that stress and ensure that your wedding is the fairy tale you always dreamed of.

 

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