Did you know that the Southern Oaks Plantation owner + operator, Mr. Bobby Asaro, is a huge fan of Walt Disney? We try to embody the feeling of being at Disney World through magical moments and enchanting experiences. Its no surprise this couple, also lovers of Disney, chose Southern Oaks Plantation as their wedding venue! With a love story that begins with a proposal in front of Cinderella’s castle, its no surprise this fairytale ends in happily ever after!
Tell us about your engagement.
Brett and I got in engaged in front of Cinderella’s Castle on February 11, 2017. It was the exact way I had always dreamed my future husband would propose! I am definitely a Disney fanatic and had always dreamed of a Disney proposal. We were on a trip with my best friend since elementary school and her boyfriend. My number one thing I wanted to do that trip was wake up early enough to beat the crowds, so we can watch the park opening performance in front of the Magic Kingdom, because I knew that it wouldn’t be happening much longer and Brett has never seen this before! Of course, we didn’t make it! I was so bummed, but on the bright side we were meeting some family friends who happened to be there at the same time. Little did I know, Brett had planned to meet up with them, because they were holding onto the ring so I wouldn’t find it! I am guessing they secretly gave Brett the ring and he proposed! Even though my whole family wasn’t able to be there, my mom was on facetime and was able to watch the whole thing! My grandmother, aunt, and younger cousins were at another park and we had a dinner reservation with them, and we were able to surprised them with the exciting news that night! This was definitely one of the most magical moments of my life, aside from my wedding at Southern Oaks Plantation!
In your opinion, what is the best characteristic of Southern Oaks Plantation?
In my opinion, it is very hard to choose just ONE characteristic that I like about Southern Oaks Plantation. They have so much to offer and that’s what makes this such a unique venue! If I had to pick, I would probably pick between how magical it feels to be on the grounds and how accommodating the wedding coordinators are! As soon as you walk onto the Southern Oaks Plantations grounds I am always in awe of how beautiful the plantation is, from the fountain in the front, to the swing hanging from the large tree in the front yard! Every time i have gone to SOP they have the most elegant music playing all throughout the grounds which gives it the most magical “feel”, just like Disney! SOP will literally go above and beyond to make sure you have the wedding of your dreams! Mr. Bobby knew my love for Disney from the few times i have gone to the plantation and he surprised Brett and I with an appearance of Mickey and Minnie Mouse at the end of our ceremony! They even played the EPCOT music while we watched the fireworks after our ceremony which is something I told them they could choose. My coordinator, Lauren, really payed attention to our interests and helped incorporate them into our ceremony!
What made you select Southern Oaks Plantation as your wedding venue?
Selecting Southern Oaks Plantation as my wedding venue was something I always wanted. When I got engaged, I knew from the start that this was the place I wanted to get married. My parents & my Aunt and Uncle got married at SOP, and I was lucky enough to be a part of both celebrations! I was around 6 & 7 when these weddings took place and Southern Oaks has been my dream wedding venue ever since! I also went to elementary school down the street from Southern Oaks and I can remember as a child always taking a peek when we passed. I was and am in love with this venue!
What was your favorite moment of the night?
My favorite moment of the night was obviously getting to marry my best friend at my dream wedding location! I do have to say that I felt like a real life princess coming out on a horse and carriage with my dad before the ceremony started! After the ceremony, we were able to watch a beautiful firework display on the front lawn of the plantation with the company of Minnie and Mickey Mouse, which was amazing because I didn’t know about this and I love Disney! It is hard to pick one favorite moment because the end of the night was just as magical as the start thanks to Southern Oaks Plantation and their team of coordinators!
What would you say to other brides considering Southern Oaks Plantation as their venue?
My advice to brides considering Southern Oaks Plantation as their venue would be to do it! You will not have a single regret! They will go above and beyond to make sure your night is exactly what you dreamed of. This location captures pure elegance and will be the most magical night of you and your future husbands life!
Photographer: Studio Orleans-Roddy Orgeron
Florist: Beth’s Flowers
Dress Salon: Bliss Bridal
Tuxedo/Suit Shop: Men’s Warehouse
Videographer: Cory Ruiz videography
Bakery: Haydel’s Bakery
Planner (if applicable): None