Southern Oaks Plantation Reception First Dance
Michael Caswell Photography

Southern Oaks Plantation Reception First Dance

I photographed this wedding at Southern Oaks Plantation in New Orleans way back in 2007, but this photograph from the reception remains as one of my top ten favorite shots ever... I simply love everything about it. I shot it very tight to capture without distraction the love this groom clearly felt and was not ashamed to show for his beautiful bride as he cried during the first dance.

Southern Oaks is an extremely popular wedding venue for both locals and destination couples. While it's not located in the heart of the French Quarter, this is one of its biggest advantages, as transportation logistics are often simpler than trying to get hundreds of guests from an uptown church through the pedestrian-crammed streets of the Vieux Carré. Or you can do as most couples choose to do do and have your ceremony here as well, on the front steps of the stately home.

Either way, the well-trained, dedicated, and friendly staff at this facility make the job of New Orleans wedding photographers and videographers much easier by taking care of keeping everything on schedule, and by ensuring the couple and their guests have a purely enjoyable event (happy, unstressed people are easier to photograph!).

In addition to being a beautiful and elegant venue, the staff always goes above and beyond to ensure everyone has a wonderful time, and you come away with the impression that every facet of the overall experience has been carefully curated and choreographed by the owners, giving every event a truly fairytale-like feel. I don’t think I’ve ever photographed a wedding here that did not result in the couple, their family, and their guests being completely delighted afterward.

Location: 7816 Hayne Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70126.