How Grooms can Infuse Personal Style into their Wedding Day

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Let’s hear it for the boys! There are a million and one “bridal guides” out there, and we thought we would create something a little special for all of the grooms out there! These are five easy ways that grooms can infuse their own personal style into their wedding day, and be involved in all that goes into planning your big day!

1. Choose a fun groom’s cake!
Whether you showcase your favorite sports team or your favorite activity, a groom’s cake is a perfect way to show your guests a little about you! Not to mention, guests LOVE cake no matter what 😉

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2. Stay Organized
While choosing between roses or peonies may not be your favorite past time, you can still help your fiancee stay organized by attending the meetings to take notes, make suggestions, and get a glimpse into what your wedding day will look like.

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3. Choose a unique tuxedo or suit
While a traditional black tuxedo will always give a classic look, we absolutely love grooms who will wear something unique! You can always get creative with accessories such as cufflinks, fun ties or even socks!

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4. Choose fun gifts for your groomsmen
Do you love golfing? Take your groomsmen out for a round of gold on the morning of your wedding. Love hunting? Surprise your guys with something camouflage!

5. Support your fiancee
There are some tricky parts of wedding planning, typically the budget and the guest list. Its important to support your fiancee through the engagement and become united. After all, this planning is to create the perfect event to begin your new life together as a married couple!

Southern Traditions at Southern Oaks Plantation

Southern Traditions at Southern Oaks Plantation

This southern infused wedding was the perfect match for Southern Oaks Plantation, from their carriage ride to dancing – every moment of this wedding shined!

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– Tell us about your engagement.
My husband had one of my best friends call me and ask if we wanted to go to the Kemah Boardwalk. It’s a boardwalk with tons of restaurants, rides and all kinds of shops and booths. I really didn’t want to go because it was June and hot! But she talked me into it because we had a lot of our friends coming and we were going to let all the kids play. Once we got there everyone was already there and they told me we were going to do a group caricature drawing. I thought to myself…do they do group caricature drawings? Well, I went along with it and we all sat in the small both, about 20 of us, and we waited for the artist to finish our drawing. As people were passing by I could see the big smiles on their faces and I thought to myself…“man this must be a really funny drawing!” Just before the artist was finished, I noticed there was a huge crowd of people watching us and then he slowing revealed the drawing. It felt like I sat there in awe forever because it took me some time to process what was going on. Then I turned to look at my husband and he got down on bended knee and popped out a ring. I was so surprised and couldn’t even speak.

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In your opinion, what is the best characteristic of Southern Oaks Plantation?
I don’t know if I could pick just one best characteristic but for me it was the ambiance. It is so romantic and beautiful. For my guests, it was the food – they still can’t stop talking about how much they loved the food at our wedding.

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How did you and your partner meet?
Our company was hiring Operational Managers and Supervisors and I was the one who was doing the recruiting at the time. My husband asked me out weeks after that interview and I kept saying no and even after he was hired. He told me the very first time he met me, he knew he was going to marry me.

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What made you select Southern Oaks Plantation as your wedding venue?
My husband’s family is from Louisiana and we wanted to have a wedding close to them. They have a large and very close family. We looked around everywhere and I found Southern Oaks online. The pricing was very reasonable, but when we made our visit I knew this was the place!

– What was your favorite moment of the night? The dinner we had together was my favorite. I loved that we could slow things down and talk about the wedding and our excitement.
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– Are there any other vendors you’d like to mention in this feature?
Hair/Makeup – Flawless Bride – https://www.flawless-bride.com/ – flawlessbridellc
Accommodations – Astor Crowne Plaza – https://www.ihg.com/crowneplaza/hotels/us/en/new-orleans/msyla/hoteldetail?cm_mmc=GoogleMaps-_-CP-_-US-_-MSYLA – crownepliaza

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What would you say to other brides considering Southern Oaks Plantation as their venue?
We live in Texas and all my friends who are getting married I tell them it’s worth having a destination wedding. As a matter of fact, we talked one of our friends into making the trip and they fell in love with the place and had their wedding there last September!

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Photographer: Michael Caswell – https://www.michaelcaswell.com/
Dress Salon: Impression Bridal – http://impressionbridalstore.com/
Tuxedo/Suit Shop: Jos. A. Bank – https://www.josbank.com/tuxedo
Bakery: Haydel’s Bakery – https://www.haydelbakery.com/site.php

The Brilliance of Southern Oaks Plantation

The brilliance of Southern Oaks Plantation knows no bounds!

The majestic quality of our expansive property is evident whether day or night.

From the moss covered oaks, to the dancing foundation, to the grand columns – we have carefully curated the perfect backdrop for your wedding. The royal treatment of you and your guests begins the moment they step into our impeccable grounds!

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Our elite events team works diligently to enhance your experience to ensure you have the best day of your live, however the service expands to each of your guests to create a memorable event they won’t soon forget!

The all inclusive packages creates effortless planning for you and your fiancee, and our team will help you cover all aspects of your event. On your wedding day you will be showered with a level of service you can rarely find elsewhere – this is our promise to you!

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Timeless Glam Wedding at Southern Oaks Plantation

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Lisette shared her wedding details that began with a true New Orleans style engagement – right before a Mardi Gras Ball! We can’t think of a more enchanting way to begin their love story! Their destination wedding was filled with gorgeous details, from the sparkling bridesmaid dresses to the dapper groomsmen in suspenders! The bride was absolutely stunning in a timeless wedding dress and birdcage veil! This timeless glam wedding will never go out of stye!

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Tell us about your engagement.

My Husband and I traveled to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras with our family, it was my first time ever attending Mardi Gras. The night of The Zulu Ball, waiting for family to leave, my now Husband proposed to me with a gold coconut that said “Liz, I Love You! Will You Marry Me?” Of course I said, “yes!” After the proposal we went to the Zulu ball and had a blast enjoying our engagement!

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

One of my family memebers that live in New Orleans recommended Southern Oaks Plantation to my husband and I after we got engaged. They told us the venue was a great place and we would love it, so I made an appointment and we ended up loving it!

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What was your favorite moment of the night?
I have TWO favorite moments! My first favorite moment was when I rode in the 1954 Rolls Royce as my entrance into the ceremony – I felt like a true princess once I came out of the car and walked down to my Prince! The second moment was the Traditional New Orleans Second Line, it was amazing, and my guests raved about how much fun they had.

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

Ringletts Salon (Hair Stylist) & GlamByAmandalee (Make-Up Artist). Ringletts Salon did an awesome job with my hair and bridesmaids’ hair. I showed them a picture of what I wanted my hair to look like and they made me look like a princess. Glam By Amanda Lee made me and my bridesmaids look flawless and I would recommend them both to future brides.

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

Lauren, the wedding coordinator at Southern Oaks Plantation, stood out to me because she answered all my question from the beginning process of my wedding until the end. I felt comfortable and secure that my special day would be great and it was! Lauren made sure I was stress free on my wedding day!!!

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

SOP is a great place to have your wedding, especially if it’s a destination wedding and your guests have never been to New Orleans. Every aspect of the venue is breathtaking, from the moment you enter the property to the inside of the venue. I recommend brides visit and then you’ll immediately see what we have seen and loved about Southern Oaks Plantation.

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Photographer: Scott Myers Photography
Florist: Rouses Market Florist
Dress Salon: Wedding Atelier NYC \ Designer – Martina Liana Dress
Tuxedo/Suit Shop: Menswear House
Bakery: La Louisiane Bakery

A Disney Inspired Fairytale Wedding!

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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!
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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!
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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

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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Romantic + Fun Wedding at Southern Oaks Plantation!

Molly and Brandon’s March wedding was filled with so much love, gorgeous details, and a ton of fun! They danced the night away, and all we ever want is for our couples to have the best night of their lives. I think its safe to say these two absolutely did!

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– In your opinion, what is the best characteristic of Southern Oaks Plantation?
I can’t pick just one! I can’t say enough how amazing the staff is! They truly want your day to be perfect and for you and your partner to have the time of your lives. And of course, the grounds are just breathtaking! It rained about an hour before our ceremony and the entire team at Southern Oaks was drying all the chairs and ground off. It made us feel so special that they wanted everything to be perfect!

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Tell us about your engagement.
Brandon proposed during a private dinner on the beach while we were on vacation in Grenada!

– What made you select Southern Oaks Plantation as your wedding venue?
After we visited Southern Oaks, Brandon and I didn’t even want to look at other venues. We were so impressed that they had thought of everything to take care of that we said yes right away!

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– Was there a particular staff member at SOP that really stood out to you?
Again, I can’t just pick one! Lauren answered all of my emails so quickly and really made us feel at ease. Megan and Lauren also helped me bustle my dress and made sure I looked perfect. Jeremy also made me feel at ease in the drive up to the aisle (I took the rolls Royce) when my nerves were getting the best of me. He also made sure Brandon and I were taken care of the entire night. The staff is truly spectacular!

What would you say to other brides considering Southern Oaks Plantation as their venue?
DONT GO ANYWHERE ELSE! This truly is the best place to have your wedding. You won’t be disappointed!

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Photographer: Jen Menard
Florist: Thibodeaux’s Floral Studio
Dress Salon: Town and Country Bridal
Tuxedo/Suit Shop: New Orlean’s Tuxedos
Videographer: Filmbalaya Films
Bakery: La Louisiane Bakery

New Orleans Destination Wedding with Texan Flair!

The best part about the couple that choose Southern Oaks Plantation is that each one has their own personal style they infuse into their wedding! Our neutral decor allows you to come right in and make the setting your own, through family photos, favorite colors, and more!

This wedding was filled with personal details! Both the bride and groom were in the military, and their reception showcased this through their adorable coozies and fun music! Not to mention, each table was not only filled with our beautiful centerpieces, but accented with years of family photos for their guests to enjoy! We love a couple who really has fun with the decor of their wedding, it definitely makes for a memorable event!

Take a look at the beautiful images captured by Diaz Nola! Its no secret this wedding was a fun one!

Venue – The Southern Oaks Plantation
Hair – Glam Nola
Flowers – Carrollton Flower Market
Tux – Men’s Warehouse
Videographer – Mary M Cinema

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Masters of the Grand Entrance

At Southern Oaks Plantation, we know the importance of a grand entrance! From fireworks to a surprise confetti show – the beginning of your wedding is sure to be a memorable moment!

We believe you should star in your very own fairytale the day of your wedding, and our elite events team will ensure you feel like royalty.

In addition to your guests being greeted with the impressive white columns and grand facade of this Southern Oaks Plantation, we provide a spectacular show unlike any other!

As the guests await the bride’s arrival, the audience quiets as they hear the telling pitter patter of our very own horse drawn carriage. Is there anything more fitting for a bride on her wedding day than greeting her guests in this way?!

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The magic doesn’t stop there, as we invite our brand new married couples back into the carriage to circle the entire property before ending right at our front step. You never know – we think you’ll have the perfect views for what comes next!

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What else is perfectly paired with a fireworks show other than a traditional New Orleans jazz band to lead your guests into your reception?! There is no better way to begin a party than with a classic creole tune!

Can you imagine that these extraordinary sites are just the beginning of your magical evening at Southern Oaks Plantation? You can guarantee that no detail will be left undone, and our team is dedicated to creating the perfect event for your wedding!

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Planning Your Southern Oaks Plantation Wedding

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Southern Oaks Plantation, we specialize in creating magical celebrations. Our doors are open for tours Monday – Friday with no appointment needed, because we want to be as accommodating to our clients as possible, even before the moment they step foot on to our venue!Our sprawling grounds feature a variety of amenities, including customizable LED lighting, luxurious linens in neutral colors, modern centerpieces, plus over 80 food items! However, we are most well known for our elite team of event professionals. Our staff strives for perfection, and will go above and beyond for every one of our clients, and their guests! We want you to feel like every moment of the evening is straight from the wedding of your dreams!

Named as the TOP wedding venue in New Orleans, we have spent the last 30 years perfecting the details to create an unforgettable experience your guests won’t soon forget! From the most sought after decor items, to an enchanting landscape, to your own personal parade, we consider every detail. Our team will work closely with each one of our couples to produce a stress free engagement by providing a list of New Orleans’ top event professionals, design assistance, and the ease of an inclusive wedding. When you arrive to on your wedding day, our goal is to make you feel completely blown away!

If you still aren’t sure of what to expect by planning your wedding on the beautiful grounds of Southern Oaks Plantation, take a look at some of our most recent testimonials!

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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!
– Ashley

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!!
– Allie

Is there any other feedback you’d like to include?
Southern Oaks is by far the BEST venue and has the BEST staff!! Everyone in the bridal party kept saying “We had our own attendants and it was awesome! We never went without a drink!” Also, since we live in Shreveport, most of our family and friends didn’t understand why we were getting married in NOLA…. They FINALLY understood when they saw the venue. They said it was a magical night!!!
– Ellie