LULING — Now open at 737 Paul Maillard Road in Luling, Legacy Venue is fast becoming the gem of the community.
The large, luxurious space is elaborately decorated to enhance the atmosphere of any large-scale event. On-site dining, bar service, an on-site bridal suite, and fresh flowers arranged by owner Andrell Lockett bring the elegance of New Orleans’ renowned venues to the heart of the River Parishes.
“When I think of Legacy, I think of a place where family and friends come together to have fun. I see it as the gem of the community because there’s nothing else like it in the St. Charles Parish,” Lockett said. “There were so many times I was decorating for weddings and parties, and when people wanted something really elaborate, we had to get out of the parish for it. I didn’t just want a room, I wanted something the people of St. Charles Parish could be proud to have in their own backyard.
Lockett, a permanent resident of St. Charles Parish, has been a designer for 37 years. She became interested in the field when she got married and realized she could put together her own wedding bouquet. Soon after, she went to school to become a licensed florist and balloon artist. Lockett then attended event design school, where she learned a great deal about design, scale, and harmony.
Lockett has designed events over the years while working in medical coding. After falling ill in 2015, she realized she wanted to devote herself full-time to event design. Through her business Elegant Events and Design, located in the same mall on Paul Maillard as Legacy Venue, Lockett has provided florist services and event rentals to the community of St. Charles Parish and beyond.
She was inspired to open Legacy Venue after a vision from God came to her through a dream. Lockett remembers it was 3:45 a.m. on September 13 when she woke up and wrote the name “Legacy” in the notebook she keeps next to her bed. That same day, the word “Legacy” came to her three times: once at a reception at her grandchildren’s school, the second time during a consultation for baby shower decorations “Legacy and the third, when she came across a book titled “Legacy” lying on the floor of Hobby Lobby.
Lockett acquired the 737 Paul Maillard Road location in Luling in 2019, but bringing his dream to life was anything but smooth sailing. The COVID-19 pandemic hit during the building code process. Live events came to a halt, and subsequent labor and supply shortages turned the renovation into a two-year process.
Renovations were finally completed in late August 2021…the same week Hurricane Ida tore through southeast Louisiana.
Lockett found herself back at square one after the storm. The walls and ceiling were crumbling, the roof had come off like a can of sardines, and more than 450 gallons of water had to be removed from the sodden event space.
“Everything was destroyed. Devastating is an understatement. It felt like someone was sitting on my chest and I couldn’t breathe,” Lockett said. “Sitting in my prayer garden one day, God said to me, ‘My delay is not your denial.’ That’s what gave me the courage to start over.
Legacy was finally able to hold its first event, the Teacup Auction for the St. Charles Women’s Club, in May 2022.
Today, the venue is ready to host corporate events, weddings, birthday parties, baby showers, bachelorette parties, meetings, luncheons and other celebrations. Legacy Venue can accommodate between 100 and 325 guests.
Lockett was joined by her family for a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the River Region Chamber of Commerce and St. Charles Parish Economic Development Thursday morning.
While Lockett was emotional that her parents and grandparents weren’t there to see the inauguration, she found comfort in the fact that the ribbon cutting was scheduled for July 28 – the day her daughter was born. mother and father of her husband.
The Legacy Venue ribbon-cutting ceremony doubled as a family celebration and included a balloon release honoring the parents of Kentrell and Andrell Lockett.
The public can find more information on the Legacy Venue website, which is expected to go live soon.
Lockett can be reached at 504-382-1405 to schedule site visits.