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

The Meeting of New Orleans Traditions

With over 30 years in business, it is no secret that Southern Oaks Plantation values tradition, a passion for entrepreneurship that lasts through generations, and a love for the city New Orleans. That is why the partnership with Cafe du Monde is the perfect fit for our venue! Dating back to 1862, this French Quarter staple is one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. Locals and tourists alike flock to this historical spot for cafe au laits and beignets!

Now, this famous dessert is available to you and your guests right here at Southern Oaks Plantation! Not only will your guests be amazed with grand columns, the swaying oaks, and the twinkling lights, they can take it all in as they enjoy a delicious treat! This enhancement is available to any package, so contact our events team and find out more!

Whether a brass band, Mardi Gras parade, or Cafe du Monde – if New Orleans is known for it – Southern Oaks Plantation can make it happen!

world famous cafe du monde

World Famous Cafe du Monde

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

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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southern oaks plantation

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Southern Oaks Plantation

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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

Southern Oaks Plantation Wedding

Image by Lance Nicoll

Southern Oaks Plantation Wedding

Image by Jacqueline Dalimore

 

Southern Oaks Plantation Wedding

Image by Diaz Nola

Southern Oaks Plantation Wedding

Image by Diaz Nola

 

 

 

Bridal Spotlight – Hayley + Trace

– Tell us about your engagement.
I was a Sports Medicine student athletic trainer while in college at Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. Trace gave me tickets to go back to a Notre Dame football game the next September for my birthday in April. The night before the game, we went to one of the most special spots on campus to me–the Grotto. Per usual, we lit a candle and said a prayer. Little did I know the candle that we lit had this inscription. He got down on one knee and proposed! Hiding in the bushes was not only the photographer, but our family and dearest friends. We all had a celebratory tailgate the next day and went to the game together (where Notre Dame won!).

– In your opinion, what is the best characteristic of Southern Oaks Plantation?
Mr. Bobby and the staff are hands down the best! We their enthusiasm, experience, and excellent service, we felt completely comfortable letting them plan how the reception was going to go. They allowed the perfect balance between letting us choose what was important to us to have at the reception and planning what they knew best would be the perfect order and organization of the event. They went above and beyond what our expectations were (fireworks, ducks in the pool, food vendors!) and made the night absolutely perfect. It wasn’t my intention to have a fairytale wedding, but they absolutely made it something I could only dream of. Hands down would choose them over and over again!

– How did you and your partner meet?
Each year, the LSU dental students pick an incoming member of the first year class to join their “family”, where they pass down patients as the fourth year student graduates. My sister chose Trace as her “little” and after meeting him thought we would like each other. She smoothly introduced us at the next dental school party and we have been inseparable ever since.

– What made you select Southern Oaks Plantation as your wedding venue?
The beauty, charm, and staff! We felt confident it would be a fun and memorable evening, and it was a HUGE relief to have an experienced staff to take care of all the details and arrangements. As a medical student, I did not want to spend too much time working out the details for the reception, so it was a major advantage to have Mr. Bobby and his staff taking care of everything for us. He did such an incredible job, there was no way I could have pulled it off like he did!

– What was your favorite moment of the night?
Too many to choose from, but the entrance was such a blast! We had fireworks and streamers–it was more than I could have imagined. Trace and I were blown away. All of the small details truly made the evening seem like a fairytale from the ducklings in the pool to the horses in the stables and the twinkle lights covering the gorgeous trees.

Bridal Spotlight – Logan + William

– In your opinion, what is the best characteristic of Southern Oaks Plantation?
Easy: everything! Southern Oaks Plantation seems like something out of a dream! The staff, the entire staff’s attention to detail was unmatched. All my emails were answered before I hit send, on my wedding night diddn’t have to think considering everything was already taken care of! The venue, I fell in love with the neutral color palette. It seemed everything was decorated exactly how I what I have designed it on my own. The ambiance, the lights in the trees from the candlelights throughout the space created the most enchanting aesthetic!

– What made you select Southern Oaks Plantation as your wedding venue?
From the moment I drove up to Southern Oaks, the venue just took my breath away. Once I stepped inside, my decision was made. I loved the decor, but I knew after my initial meeting with Stacey that we were going to be taken care of extremely well. Being in the wedding industry, I knew I had high expectations, but each one was exceeded in every day. She answered all of my millions of questions with patience and understanding, and seemed willing to go above and beyond any detail I requested. I loved that every aspect of my wedding was going to be taken care of, from my linens to my champagne flutes. It seemed all of my wedding stress started to melt away as soon as I booked Southern Oaks!

– What was your favorite moment of the night?
The whole night was perfect, but I have to say the moment the fireworks went off I felt like I was in a dream. I was not expecting all of our guests to be excitedly waiting for us on the steps, and as soon I turned around the most incredible fireworks show began! Fairytale music played, we were surrounded by our closest loved ones, and I was the happiest I had ever been! Our guests still talk about this moment, and how amazing it was!

– Is there a particular staff member that really stood out to you?
The entire staff was more than accommodating, I don’t think I ever took two sips of my drink before it was immediately refreshed. I truly didn’t have to think about ANYTHING the entire night, as the staff ran the event perfectly. However, one memory that really shines is at the end of the evening as I was thanking Mr. Bobby for a perfect evening, I accidentally spilled a little champagne on my hand. He ran off, and came right back with a wet napkin and dry napkin so I wouldn’t be sticky. I can’t imagine being treated more like royalty anywhere else!

– What would you say to other brides considering Southern Oaks Plantation as their venue?
There is no doubt in my mind that I picked the perfect place for our wedding. When it is the most special day of your life you want to be treated as so, and the incredible staff of Southern Oaks Plantation will go beyond your wildest dream in ensuring that happens. I was beyond impressed with every detail, and you will absolutely feel like all of your wedding dreams have come true! I can say without question that Southern Oaks Plantation is the best venue in New Orleans!

Photographer: Sonia Savio Photography
Florist: Poppy + Mint Floral Company
Dress Salon: Town and Country Bridal
Tuxedo/Suit Shop: John’s Tuxedo
Videographer: Bower Productions
Bakery: Frosted Fantasies by Nikki
Makeup: Ashley Sievert Beauty
Hair: Salon Stephano
Band: Dat Band

Passion Makes Perfect


Mr. Bobby, along with his father Mr. Eddie Asaro showcasing the elite fleet of Southern Oaks Plantation!

If you’ve ever been to Southern Oaks Plantation, you know that the brains behind the operation belong to none other than Mr. Bobby Asaro. You may have also recognize the face of a friendly gentlemen, Mr. Eddie, who can frequently be seen helping out in a number of ways, including welcoming each guest into Southern Oaks. Rarely do you find the owner of a wedding venue present at nearly every single event, but Mr. Bobby’s mission is to ensure every detail is up to his standard of perfect. For him, Southern Oaks is less of a business and more of a passion. But this passion of entrepreneurship and desire for the highest of standards has been his destiny dating back to a time before he was even born.

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Vito Asaro, along with his father Giovanni Asaro and another employee at Royal Cedar Works.

Mr. Bobby’s entrepreneurial story began in 1921 with his grandfather, Vito Asaro, and father Eddie Asaro. Vito was a first generation immigrant from Italy, that successfully owned and operated “Royal Cedar Works” from 1921-1954. Royal Cedar Works was a custom cedar chest company that specialized in providing “hope chests” to newly engaged or soon to be engaged women. These chests were a must have for any woman recently betrothed, as the chest represented her new married life. Royal Cedar Works made countless brides’ wishes come true with their handmade, custom designed chests. The chests were made of Tennessee Red Cedar, hand sanded and finished with two coats of shellac, and two coats of varnish for a “high gloss” effect that was highly admired by the customers of their time. Every single chests was always inspected by Vito himself, and hand stamped with his initial, truly giving his seal of approval!


Mr. Eddie and several of his cousins gather for a parade on Mardi Gras Day on Royal Street.

Mr. Eddie has fond memories of how his father’s store shaped the history of the French Quarter. Set among antique stores and jewelry stores, this shop stood out. The dust from the chests would pour out onto the streets, and draw in customers with the fresh wood smell. Back in this time, Mardi Gras floats would roll down Royal Street and Mr. Eddie and his family would have front row seats to the carnival! Their family of seven would sit out to enjoy parades with neighboring businesses owners and customers!

This Royal Street staple became a destination for brides and grooms, as it was nestled right next to a jewelry store. The happy couple would select their jewelry and walk right next door where the bride would select the perfect chest, and the soon to be groom would purchase it. While Vito enjoyed the craftsmanship of the chests, Mr. Eddie truly enjoyed the customer service aspect of the family business. He was quite a skilled salesman, and remembers selling chests to 9 out of 10 customers that visited the shop! At only 14 years old, he was a natural people person and loved interacting with all of his customers. A quality that still shines through today with the couples of Southern Oaks!

Southern Oaks Plantation has been in business for 30 years, and Mr. Eddie is the fabric that has weaved this family business together. He’s never met a client who didn’t become a friend, as building relationships is truly his specialty! This heritage is ever present today as Bobby and Sue work hand in hand in creating that magic of Southern Oaks, along with their daughters.


Bobby and Sue Asaro along with their daughters at Southern Oaks Plantation.

As Vito Asaro was extremely detailed and ran Royal Cedar Works with the highest of standards, its evident why Mr. Bobby shows the same attention to detail. The passion for creating memorable events with first class service for brides and grooms has been prevalent for nearly a century! Since the 1920’s the Asaro Family has impacted the lives of countless couples through their dedication to perfection.

“You will only reach great success with your family by your side, because you can always depend on them . No matter what.” – Mr. Eddie Asaro


Mr. Eddie pictured with an original Royal Cedar Works hope chest. Take notice of the image of Southern Oaks Plantation right above!

Southern Oaks Plantation Gives Back

Southern Oaks Plantation is a proud supporter of Angel Grove Ranch. A non-profit located in Bush, Louisiana that strives to better the lives of children in their community. For seven years now, their team has dedicated themselves to a mission of assisting the less fortunate. The work to ensure the children “enjoy their own rehabilitation alongside the horses.”

Mr. Bobby Asaro, owner of Southern Oaks Plantation recounts how he stumbled upon this incredible organization, “We have been so blessed with a successful business, and I have always wanted to give back to the community. Everyone knows I feel passionate about helping out the “little guys” if you will – and once I heard about what Lisa was doing, I knew it was the perfect fit. I have always had a love for horses, and for helping out children and the Angel Grove Ranch was the absolute best fit. All I know is that something else was going on when her organization was brought into our lives, and I am so thankful. We love any opportunity we have to give back!”

On August 19th, Southern Oaks Plantation hosted hundreds of friends and family of the Angel Grove Ranch, all there to show their support of this amazing organization. Guests were treated to music, delicious food, and amazing evening of giving back. We also witness an incredibly emotional account of several of the ranch’s students, who were able to share just how much their lives have been impacted by Lisa and her team at Angel Grove Ranch.

Thank you to everyone who attended, and donated to this charity on our behalf.This was truly an incredible event, and we can’t wait until 2018!

Bridal Spotlight – Christie + Brandon

How did you and your partner meet?
We met playing pick up soccer through our medical school. I was about to start my first year and Brandon was about to start his second year. He asked for my number “so I could join his intramural league.”

What made you select Southern Oaks Plantation as your wedding venue?
Southern Oaks was gorgeous and I knew we’d be taken care of! I didn’t look anywhere else after touring Southern Oaks. I’m so glad I chose it!

What was your favorite moment of the night?
The whole night was amazing. Our favorite moment was the second line at the end. We had an amazing band and it felt like every single person there was on the dance floor celebrating! We had people from out of town that had never experienced a New Orleans wedding, and we are so happy they got to share this moment with us.

Are there any other vendors you’d like to mention in this feature?
Almost all of my vendors were from the suggested vendors list and they were awesome.
Michael Caswell– Photographer
Katie Malone – Makeup
Karlie Lacoste – Hair
Bella Blooms – Florist
The Royal Cakery – cakes