Romance Under The Oaks Featured on Belle the Magazine

When we say romance can be found here at Southern Oaks Plantation, we mean it! From the sprawling oak tree to the grand columns of our antebellum styled home – we have though through each detail. We want you to feel transported the moment you arrive, and really feel the essence of Southern Oaks!

 

Our very own, Stacey Asaro, set the scene for a truly stunning fête along with an incredible team of vendors to show how enchanting the plantation can be whether day or night. She designed a remarkable stunning lounge with our grand home featured as the backdrop.

 

We could not be more thrilled to showcase the beauty of Southern Oaks Plantation! Featured on Belle the Magazine.

Event Planning: Project Proposal | Ceremony Venue: Southern Oaks Plantation | Jewelry: Aucoin Hart | Photography: Hi Volt Studios | Floral: Nola Flora | Groom’s Attire: Jeff’s Haberdashery | Videography: Lonely Eskimo Films | Fashion: Chatta Box Boutique | Rentals: Lovegood Rentals | Hair: Ashley Coulon | Makeup: Makeup Meltdown | Model: Brooke Duffy | Model: Donovan Duffy | Submitted via: Matchology

 

Wedding Spotlight: Charles + Amanda

Charles and Amanda’s wedding was filled sweet details, and Amanda shares that
her guests and family had a great time, and are still raving about their wedding!
“Thank you again to the Southern Oaks staff for going above and beyond in making this a day to always remember!”
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Our engagement was simple an to the point. My husband and I have been knowing each other for 15 years and dated for 2, so neither one of us really cared about the over the top engagement – just give me my much deserved ring!!!
Everything about Southern Oaks is BEAUTIFULL!!!  From the oversized oak tree, to the elegant yet simple decorations, to the amazingly blue pool, and the horses. The entire venue is absolutely breathtaking. Southern Oaks was the first venue my mother, aunt, and daughter saw, but was the last venue we chose to do a walk though with, so glad that we chose them.
My husband and I met through friends when we were about a year out of high school. My husband and I always kept in touch, and over the years developed a close friendship and naturally started dating.
All of the staff at Southern Oaks was amazing, but Lauren was there to go over all the details with my husband and I the day before the wedding, and she took very good care of us, my family and friends at the wedding. She is very professional, and pretty much became a part of the family the whole time – she was AMAZING!!!! Also, Time, he was ON IT!!!!! For some reason we couldn’t find the groom’s ring, but he made very, very sure they would be found quickly and nothing would happen to them and he kept his word as well. I have only great things to say about the staff! They made sure everyone was overstuffed, had a drink in both hands, and kept the party going.
For the couples out there that have visited Southern Oaks and just can’t quite decide, I would tell them CHOOSE SOUTHERN OAKS!!!!!
The food was so sososososososos good and I do mean GOOD. The staff went above and beyond, the decorations were tastefully done, the whole atmosphere was laid back while elegant, and made you feel at ease and fully taken care of. I had no worries at all. Southern Oaks did exactly what they said they would do, and my wedding came out perfectly.
The vendors I used were all local being that I’m from Houston, Tx and had a destination wedding
*Photography: Studio Tran- my photographer was Corrine she knew the venue inside and out every single picture she took was gorgeous.
*Bakery: Royal Cakery New Orleans- I wanted a simple 2 layer white cake with white icing cake and they added some flowers to our cake to make it so much more elegant. The whole 2 layer cake was gone by the end of the night, the cake was unbelievably moist and the icing OMG!!! I ate so much cake its ridiculous!!!
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Let Sparks Fly at Southern Oaks Plantation

Experience the Magic of New Years Eve All Year Long with Southern Oaks Plantation!

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Here at Southern Oaks Plantation, we are in love with the concept of a GRAND entrance! What better way to wow your guests with a fun and unexpected treat of  a  fireworks display.

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Our elite events team works to elevate your entire experience from the moment your guests arrive to the last dance of the evening, and this display has become one of our most popular enhancements! We perfectly time this stunning visual show for the greatest impact, and its perfectly accented with our majestic music to complete the entire experience!

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First Look

To First-Look or Not to First-Look?

While the debate between first-lookers and non-first-lookers is a hot topic, there are certainly pros and cons to each. Whether you choose the former or the later, everyone at Southern Oaks is here to make your day a magical one!

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Couples who stick to not seeing each other before their ceremony want to keep with tradition or believe in the bad-luck superstition. We can certainly agree that there is beautiful emotion to be captured when couples see each other for the first time walking down the aisle. Just thinking about our grooms welling up at the sight of their brides brings happy tears to our eyes. If you’re a traditionalist and not pained by the thought of cutting into your reception time, opting out of a first-look is the route for you.

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On the other hand, if you’re a move-busting couple, doing a first-look is definitely the way to go. One of the main reasons couples are opting for a first-look is to cut down the time between the ceremony and reception. All of the main photos can be taken before the ceremony, so you can get straight to the party after your “I do’s!” A first-look at Southern Oaks is also a great opportunity to take advantage of our sprawling grounds and areas that aren’t commonly photographed! We have so many gorgeous spots that would make for a perfect first-look backdrop. We’d be happy to show you some of our favorites during your tour!

 

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Another little-known option is an “adventure session” the day after your wedding. If you have some time to spare between your ceremony day and leaving on your honeymoon, this is a great option for those couples who want to stick to tradition, be the life of the party, and get wonderful photos to boot. The idea is simple: get all dressed up one more time, head back to Southern Oaks with just the two of you (and your photographer of course) and take beautiful intimate shots without the stress of a timeline!

 

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New Orleans Wedding with Dreamy Vibes

This bridal spotlight features the gorgeous wedding of Harlea + Zach! The images by HiVolt Photography really showcase a unique aspect of the beautiful grounds of Southern Oaks Plantation – read about their love story here!

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

Its Southern charm!! Everything from the venue itself to what it has to offer is what makes SOP so special. The whole night was a dream come true! If you are looking for a NOLA style Southern wedding SOP is the venue for you!!

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How did you and your partner meet?
We met in Denver, CO at a bar/restaurant!

What made you select Southern Oaks Plantation as your wedding venue?
The customer service is top notch, you were the only venue we visited out of many that took an interest in exceeding our wants and desires for our wedding. Your customer service went above and beyond any venue we visited.

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What was your favorite moment of the night?
The entire night was my favorite but the ceremony was spectacular. With the horse drawn carriage, fireworks, and second line it was a memory we will never forget!! The guest really enjoyed it as well!! It was truly magical!

Is there any other feedback you’d like to include?
The food was also amazing – some of the best I ever tasted!!!

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Are there any other vendors you’d like to mention in this feature?
Haydel’s Bakery, Hi-volt Studios the cake was wonderful!! Christie and Eddie from Hi-Volt knew all the great shots to catch!! Both vendors are amazing!!

Was there a particular staff member at SOP that really stood out to you?
BOBBY! He made sure everything was exceptional! Also my personal attendant Mariah was awesome! I never had to ask for anything – she was observant and attentive and right there anytime I needed anything.

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– What would you say to other brides considering Southern Oaks Plantation as their venue?
Definitely the best choice for venues – every guest I spoke to and comments on social media was always “this was the BEST wedding I ever been too!” “This wedding was so much fun!” Or “The food was amazing!”

Please list your vendor information below including their name and website.
Photographer: Hi-volt Studios
Florist: Sam’s & Cabbage Patch Florist
Dress Salon: Suki’s Beaumont, TX
Tuxedo/Suit Shop: Suit Supply
Bakery: Haydel’s
Planner (if applicable): didn’t need one – SOP – took care of most of my needs!

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Summer Weddings in New Orleans

New Orleans is famous for quite a few things, and to the locals – an afternoon summer rain is definitely one of those things! Here at southern Oaks Plantation, our team is prepared for any scenario and we can bring your wedding dreams to life no matter what the weatherman has to say! Our “Plan B” ceremony options are more like another beautiful option for Plan A. We help take the stress away of trying to predict the weather, and ensure you will have a stunning ceremony – rain or shine!

Through our wall of windows, your guests will be treated to a sprawling view of our outdoor oasis as they enjoy your beautiful ceremony indoors. Chiavari chairs, custom LED lighting, and a glimpse into the enchanting backdrop beyond, your ceremony will feel truly magical!

Bridal Spotlight: Kara + Brian

Every now and then we come across a wedding that really showcases the magic of Southern Oaks Plantation, but Kara and Brian’s gorgeous wedding is simply out of this world! Elegant details, an over the top fireworks show, and an evening overflowing with love – This destination wedding is one for the books!

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Tell us about your engagement.

We went to his Uncles house for what i thought, was a 4th of July party. Brian got my family and his family together there as well as a few friends. We spent the day swimming and having BBQ. That night they said they were lighting fireworks so everyone went out in the yard for the fireworks display. Brian asked me to run out into the yard with him and light one, I did and when we were out under the fireworks he got down on one knee and proposed! It was magical.

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

The best characteristic (although, there are SO many) would be the all inclusive nature of the venue. From the moment you step in to tour the venue, the staff puts your mind at ease and ensures you the process will be as stress free as possible. They work tirelessly to make the planning process and the wedding night PERFECT..

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

My fiance and I were hoping to get married in New Orleans because we both love the city so much. We live in Houston so we thought it would be hard with the distance. I had heard about Southern Oaks plantation years before and loved the pictures so we decided to give it a visit when we were in New Orleans taking engagement pictures. We walked in the doors and were in awe. Not only was it even more beautiful than the pictures I’d seen, but the staff made us feel so comfortable about the planning process. We didn’t even want to leave, we could have stayed all day. We called Lauren back within 30 min of leaving SOP and booked the venue for our wedding and reception! We knew it was the perfect place for us and we never looked back.

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What was your favorite moment of the night?

My favorite moment of the night was when i stepped out of the Rolls Royce and saw Brian at the end of the aisle, we locked eyes and all the nerves and worry I had been feeling went out the window. It was just us in that moment sharing so much love and was one of the best feelings I’ve ever experienced.

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

Lauren Burgess was with us from the first moment we stepped into SOP for the first time all the way through when we were leaving the night of the wedding. She is amazing. Such a sweet, kind hearted person, with a real passion for what she is doing. No matter what question we had, she always put us at ease. She even mailed us a nice hand written note after the wedding. If you have the pleasure of working with her, you won’t be disappointed!! I have to also mention Bobby, the owner, we didn’t meet him until the night of the wedding but he makes you feel like you have known him forever. He is very professional and outgoing. He was also so kind as to throw in some extras for us!!

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

– Judge Centanni – Officiant
– NOLA Flora – Florals
– La Lousiane Bakery – Wedding cake
– Jordan Isbell Photography (from Houston area)

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

If you are considering booking at Southern Oaks Plantation, YOU MUST DO IT!! It will be an absolute fairy tale and the best night of your life, guaranteed!
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The Architecture of Southern Oaks Plantation

“Old World Charm, Modern Glitz” is how Biz New Orleans described the property of Southern Oaks Plantation.

Built in 1965, and antebellum in style, our grounds are far from antiquated.

Antebellum is a popular style home, and inspired by the Greek Revival architecture. Some key features that characterize an antebellum home are grand columns, large sitting areas in front of the home, a center entrance, and evenly spaced windows. While most homes of this style were built prior to the civil war, some homes, including Southern Oaks Plantation, were built based on the inspiration of these style of homes.

Rarely do you find such a traditional style space with such modern amenities: including custom LED lighting throughout, contemporary decor, and a vibrant spirit that radiates from the twinkling lights to the professional staff. We continue to get asked how we’ve remained successful through the 30+ years we have been in business, and the answer is attention to detail. We want our guests to feel as something from the moment they step foot onto the sprawling grounds of Southern Oaks Plantation. We have made many (MANY!) updates and renovations throughout the years, and we continue to strive for perfection.

Mr. Bob, owner of Southern Oaks Plantation, explains “I once was on a cruise where I noticed a team of men painting the boat from front to back. I was so interested in the work they were doing, I struck up conversation. The mentioned that as soon as they finish painting the entire boat, they begin again.” Because, the level of perfection they hope to achieve is continuous, and that is exactly the motto of our venue!

To read even more about the details and history of Southern Oaks Plantation, be sure to check out this article by Biz New Orleans!

Cheers to 30 more years!

Take a glimpse into the past of Southern Oaks!

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

Delectable Delights at Southern Oaks Plantation!

“I can’t say enough nice things about this place and the food and owners and staff. It is a magical place to have a wedding. First class all the way.” – Cheryl P.

“I have only had one opportunity to be there, the food was excellent.. had a wonderful time.. highly recommend … it was a few years ago but I have never forgotten the experience…” – Ellen T.

“My mouth is watering thinking of our yummy wedding food! Over 3 years ago now and guest still comment on the unique Cajun options!!!” – Kayli S.

“Best wedding venue on the planet. My wedding was in 2015 and people are still talking about how spectacular our wedding was, the venue was beautiful and the food was to die for!!! Southern Oaks provided the most perfect setting for the wedding of my dreams.” – Kendall G.

Here are just a few notes about the outstanding food and service that Southern Oaks Plantation provides at each and every wedding. First class service is of highest important here at our venue, and we want to create an experience our couples and their guests will remember for a lifetime. That experience begins with an incredible meal, considering here in New Orleans, food is everything. We posses the spirit of New Orleans in each menu item, to showcase the traditional flavors to locals and destination clients alike. We take such pride in our cuisine that our menu boasts over eighty items, because we truly enjoy creating delectable meals for our guests! Let Southern Oaks Plantation treat you and your guests like royalty, including a royal feast!

Images by Sonia Savio Photography