Read how Ashley and Michael planned their destination wedding with ease as they coordinated with our experienced event team to ensure no detail was left undone. We want you to have a stress free and incredible experience whether you are a local or destination client!
What made you select New Orleans as a destination for your wedding?
In July of 2018 we traveled down from Toronto to New Orleans for a weekend trip as it was a long weekend in Canada. Ashley (my wife) wanted to take me down here to see if I loved the city as it is a destination she would like to move to in the future and buy a property soon. Little did she know, I was going to propose to her at Southern Oaks Plantation after our dinner date! I told her I was taking her on a plantation tour. Stacey (the Queen of proposal’s and weddings) had a beautiful setup under the oak tree where I popped the question. Then, after viewing the site of Southern Oaks Plantation, we decided on the spot to get married here! Also Ashley said if we ever got married, it would have to be in New Orleans! It was the best decision of our lives!
-What was one thing about Southern Oaks Plantation that helped you realize it was the right place for your wedding?
After she said yes, we walked around the property and Stacey took us for a tour. It was the most beautiful setting we have ever seen. Like out of a storybook! The trees, the house, the pool in the backyard, the horses and stable, entrance way, the staff’s presence, everything was absolutely fantastic. Immediately we both felt so much comfort in working with Stacey we decided on the spot to have our wedding there.
Thinking back on your wedding day, what are a few details that really stand out?
There’s to much to answer here, I could go on for days! I would say the top 3 things that stood out was the scenery, like I said earlier, it looks like our wedding was out of a Disney movie. The next thing would be the food! We have heard everyone say endlessly how much they LOVED the food. Their chef’s come up with the most creative finger foods that really changed the way we look at weddings here in Toronto. We’re used to the sit down, 7 course meal, taking hours on end. This was just a non-stop party and everyone was up the whole night dancing, eating, drinking and just having such an amazing time. Lastly, I’d honestly just have to say everything. Everything truly stuck out and it’s impossible for us to choose just a few things. Stacey and her team are literally the dream team. I’ve said numerous times I wish we could get married on a yearly basis there!!
-Tell us about your experience planning a wedding from afar with the events team at Southern Oaks Plantation.
Without Stacey, we would have had such a difficult time getting things planned out. Planning a wedding in a totally different country is extremely difficult! Because, we cannot go food tasting, or see the flowers and check out the decorations. Everything had to be done over the phone, email, texts, it really consumed most of my days from engagement to wedding day. But, having Stacey and her team at southern oaks plantation really took the stress away most of the time as they were fantastic when it came to dealing with vendors, who to deal with, the good and the bad. The events team on the day of the wedding were incredible. We had so many people comment to us (still to this day) that the service was off the charts amazing, and we agree! This was a 10/10 experience that I will always remember for the rest of my life as one of the best days of our life!