Wedding Spotlight Andrea + Evan

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.
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!
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
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.
Photographer: September Company 
Florist: Leaf + Petal
Dress Salon: Town and Country (Hayley Paige) 
Bakery: Melissa’s Fine Pastries 

The Essence of Southern Oaks Plantation

Southern Oaks Plantation is traditionally known for its sprawling grounds, grand columns, and stunning oaks. Its no secret that you feel the magic as soon as you enter the property, or see Magic and Majestic trailing down the path! However, the spectacular scene continues as you step through our front door!


Welcomed by a spiral staircase and a sparkling chandelier, the indoor aspect of the plantation is just as stunning! The inspiration behind the design was to create a traditional yet modern backdrop, that could easily compliment a variety of color palettes. Whether your wedding colors included bold and bright patterns or subdued neutrals, your details would be easily complimented by ours. Our extra large glass wall facing the exterior pool and stables also gives a feel of an outdoor space with full protection from the weather. You can enjoy the outdoor view while also being able to witness the first dances!

From the custom LED lighting packages, top of the line linens, gold chiavari chairs, and modern hand selected centerpieces – we’ve created a world of elegance – included for every single couple!


Our elite events team takes pride in ensuring every detail throughout the property is perfectly executed for your wedding. You will be sure to find every thing your heart could desire here at Southern Oaks Plantation!




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!


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!

Southern Oaks Plantation Featured on New Orleans Weddings Magazine






We absolutely love hearing each and every one of our couple’s love stories! From sweet engagements, to meaningful memories, we truly enjoy getting to be a part of every bit of the planning process as well as collaborating with other vendors to ensure the couples wedding vision is brought to life!


Katie + Brian’s wedding was a perfect example of a true Southern Wedding! With an afternoon ceremony amid our grand oaks, and a portrait session featuring Magic + Majestic – their day was filled to the brim with stunning details!


We are so thrilled to see their day relived through the pages of New Orleans Wedding Magazine with gorgeous images by Lauren Carroll Photography! Take a look at some of our favorites below and be sure to check out the original post here!southernoaksplantation







Southern Oaks Plantation Wedding Spotlight

Nathalie and Kerry’s love story began with an engagement that didn’t go exactly as planned, but still created a perfect memory! They fell in love with Southern Oaks Plantation from the start and had the wedding celebration they always dreamed of!




– Tell us about your engagement.

Before leaving to go to a seminar in New Orleans, Nathalie had left a note in my bag asking me to pick her up something from the city. At that point, I thought it was appropriate to stop and pick up Nathalie’s engagement ring. I spoke with my parents and my aunt to discuss with them how I should propose. I also met with her father to ask for Nathalie’s hand in marriage. The plan was to propose to Nathalie at the local Italian restaurant we frequently visited when I returned back to Ruston, that Saturday.

After an arduous journey from Slidell to Ruston, I finally returned home early enough for us to go to dinner. It was then when Nathalie informed me she was too tired after a day full of school work to go out that night and that we would go to the restaurant Sunday. I informed everyone that the proposal was postponed until the next day. The next day arrived and Nathalie, again, decided that we should move the date to the restaurant to Monday, as she had chores to do around the house. I texted everyone, again, that the proposal would be moved to Monday.

At this point my cell phone was explosively vibrating from the barrage of text messages coming from my family, who had been on pins and needles for the last two days. Nathalie started noticing the constant text messages and asked what was going on, which required me to come up with an off the cuff answer while I texted my parents, “Do you know what the word ‘suspicious’ means? Stop texting so much.”

Monday arrived and on the way out of work, I tried to call the Italian restaurant to inform them how I was going to propose to Nathalie. I then discover that, of all the days, they’re closed on Mondays. At the last moment, I decided to change restaurants to the local steakhouse, a place we’ve only frequented about twice since moving to Ruston. I informed Nathalie of the change of places and contacted the restaurant to give them a heads up.

When we arrived, I noticed my name on the reservation list with the word “engagement.” I quickly tried to distract Nathalie from looking, by making weird facial expressions and head bobbing. Before our dessert arrived, I asked Nathalie to take a picture with me to share with my parents. I then told her, “Nathalie, you asked me to bring you back something.” I then told her how much I loved her and how I wanted her to be my wife, which was met with a face of shock and excitement. The waiter was able to video and snap some pictures of the proposal, which was followed by applause from the restaurant. The staff inscribed “Congrats” on our dessert plate. Even though it didn’t go according to plan, I wouldn’t go back and change a thing!



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

What a tough question! We would have to say that the best characteristic of Southern Oaks Plantation would be their well-organized system. From the first day we stepped foot on the grounds and met Mr. Bobby to the minute we got in our limo to leave our reception, they made sure everything went off without a hitch and that we had nothing to worry about! Everything was done with such order and precision that all we were left with was enjoying ourselves! They know what they are doing and then some. There is nothing to be disappointed by when it comes to Southern Oaks Plantation! Also, let us not forget the food…because it too is a BEST characteristic!

– How did you and your partner meet?

We met while working at Sears while we were in high school. Kerry was a hardware department salesman and I was a cashier. We were introduced by one of the managers who just insisted that I go on a date with Kerry. Eleven years of dating (and now two months married) later, we are still going strong!





























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

When searching for wedding venues, we both knew we wanted somewhere close to home as both of our families live in the Slidell area and we have family all around South Louisiana. We also knew that we wanted a venue that wouldn’t require us to book a million and one vendors to coordinate food, tables, linens, etc. We wanted something that also felt warm, inviting, like us, and like home. We knew we were interested in Southern Oaks Plantation after looking over the website and seeing all the amazing reviews. When talking to family who had attended weddings there previously, we only heard about how wonderful it was. We knew we had to check it out. We fell in love the minute Mr. Bobby opened those doors. The pictures don’t do it justice! Everything is so beautiful and breathtaking! The décor is perfect for just about any color palette you could dream of. After speaking with Mr. Bobby and hearing all the things he had to offer (and so kindly decided to include additionally for us), we knew we found our wedding venue!

– What was your favorite moment of the night?

Well aside from getting married (duh!), we would have to say the best moment of the night was the surprise fireworks! I will never forget being in the car with my dad and Mr. Bobby as we made our way around to the front of the house for me to walk down the aisle. Mr. Bobby said he had a surprise for us that night. I was already giddy with excitement as I was about to walk down the aisle, now this! I had no idea what to expect as the night was just getting started. At the conclusion of the ceremony and as we made our way back to the front of the house after our second line with the jazz band, fireworks began going off! We were blown away! I couldn’t imagine a more perfect surprise for such a perfect night. I remember my mother in law telling me that Mr. Bobby asked her (following the fireworks) did she enjoy that, all along with the biggest smile on his face!



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

Yes! All of our lovely vendors as listed below! With Southern Oaks Plantation and each of our vendors, our night was more perfect and beautiful than we could have ever imagined or asked for!

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

I wouldn’t say that one staff member outshined any other. I would say that each member we worked with did their job and then some to make sure our night went well. Whether it was Lauren who would respond to many numerous emails with my thousand and one questions as she would be assurance that she had it all under control; our assistants for the night who would made sure we were where we needed to be and that we always had a drink in hand or anything else we may need; Mr. Bobby who gave us a personal tour when we came to view the venue and threw in some extras along the way. Everyone there is amazing and really goes above and beyond. 


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

If there is ever any doubt in your mind, go with your gut! Just do it! We can say now that there is no regret having chose Southern Oaks Plantation as our wedding venue. You will be able to enjoy your night with your spouse without any need to worry about anything else! You will truly be able to enjoy your wedding night as you should! The entire staff is helpful, understanding, and willing to do what they can to make your night what you want it to be. They are quick to answer any of your questions throughout the planning process and do everything they can to make that process stress-free and enjoyable. We would do it again in a heartbeat! I am honestly sad that I don’t get to email them all the time now with my questions! (lol)

Please list your vendor information below including their name, website, and Instagram handle. 

Photographer: Collin Richie


Florist: Leaf + Petal NOLA


Tuxedo/Suit Shop: Xedo


Videographer: JCW-A Creative Agency


Bakery: Bittersweet Confections


Dress Designer/Dress Shop: Essense of Australia from The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe

Website: (Essense)

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Hair & Makeup: She Laughs Hair & Makeup


Officiant: Rev. Steve Trahan from Sensational Ceremonies, LLC



Bridesmaid Dresses: Bridside 



Celebrating 32 of Years of Southern Oaks Plantation


“We had the presence of mind that it had to be done correctly from the very beginning or we knew it wouldn’t last.” – Bobby Asaro 

“We did the parents’ events, and now they are coming back for their children’s wedding, we just love it! We even had wedding recently and the bride had been a flower girl who sat on our steps, and knew from that day that she would get married here too.” – Sue Asaro 

On Saturday, January 12, 2019 the Asaro family will celebrate their 32nd year in business! With the ever changing scenery of the events in New Orleans, it was important for this family to establish their values and uphold a standard of impeccable customer service that has proven effective over decades of happy couples! Bobby and Sue tell stories of couples pulling them aside at recent weddings to share stories of their own weddings from 12, 15, and 20 + years ago. There was even one wedding in particular where their guest list boasted SEVEN couples that had wed at Southern Oaks Plantation! The stories of family traditions could go on and on, but one of our favorites includes Southern Oaks’ very own, Lauren Burgess. She wed here at the plantation in 2017 after working for the venue for nearly 12 years! Moreover, her mother and aunt had a DOUBLE wedding at the plantation 31 years earlier – what a remarkable family tradition.



We thank you, our supportive clients and happy couples, for being with us over the last three decades! There is nothing we love more than being a part of the most special day of your lives! From a drawing on a napkin to here we are today.. Cheers to the next 32 years and many more!




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

Adding a Little Fun + Flair to Your Reception

One surefire way to keep your guests shaking their stuff on the dance floor? Endless dance tunes and favors they can use all night long! After all the necessary wedding dances have concluded, it’s time to crank up the music and play music you know your guests will love to dance to! At Southern Oaks, your playlist is custom and completely up to you – your own personal DJ is included in every single wedding package at no additional cost. Once your guests are cutting the rug, surprise them with a fun favor!


Koozies are always a hot commodity these days. With a wide color selection and custom design options, it’s the perfect favor to commemorate your big day. Your guests will use your koozies for years to come and remember the fantastic time they had at your wedding!


Another fun option to add some flair to the dance floor? Glow sticks! With the lights down low, your guests will love this addition! The glow sticks that double as necklaces and bracelets are the way to go! That way your guests have their hands free to hang on to their drinks and shake to the beat.

One final favor that will definitely keep the party going is sunglasses! There’s just something about slipping on a pair that brings out the dancing machines in your guests. Similar to koozies, the customization options are really great! You can even coordinate with your wedding colors and print your names & date on the side.

It’s time to get creative! Your guests will absolutely love whichever favors you choose!

Planning Your New Orleans Wedding at Southern Oaks Plantation

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A quintessential New Orleans wedding is an experience unlike any other. Whether you’re from the Crescent City or planning a destination wedding down south, Southern Oaks is here to make your Southern bash a grand affair.

We are the only plantation home located within 10 minutes of downtown New Orleans! Your guests can spend the day traipsing about the streets of the French Quarter, soaking up its magnificent history. Guests might even be interested in finding their own accommodations in the downtown area to really get the most out of their stay!

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While the magic of New Orleans shines year-round, one should be cautious of the city’s busiest event weekends as accommodations may be few and far between. While hosting a wedding during Mardi Gras may seem like the ultimate adventure, you should caution your guests to book accommodations far in advance. Other big weekends boast our beloved music festivals – most notably, Jazz Fest and VooDoo Music + Arts Experience.

To top off a magical weekend, you can send your guests home with a little New Orleans flair. Party favors are a fun way to incorporate some of our favorite New Orleans goodies into your wedding. If you’re a sweets fan, a little bag of pralines or Roman Candy is perfect! Or if you want to go the hot and spicy route, miniature bottles of hot sauce reign supreme. You could also send guests away with Café du Monde beignet mix or coffee grounds. The possibilities are endless!

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