At the end of July I looked at this venue for the reception. It's called Grand Oaks Mansion and it's at Blaine Kern Studios at Mardi Gras World (where they make Mardi Gras floats--this is next to where they make the floats). It is kind of complicated to explain, but I will try and hopefully the pictures will help. It is basically this huge room that looks like the outside grounds of a plantation. There is the facade of the plantation, trees, little ponds of water...it's really neat. You feel like you are outside, but you are inside. You basically walk into this entryway that looks like a normal venue, then you walk through a door and it feels like you are outside and then you turn around and it's the "front" of the plantation. There are also two smaller rooms that are "inside" the plantation that we are going to use for extra seating/possibly where the buffet will go. They overlook everything else. I'm posting pictures. It's really neat and unique!