Meet the Team - Distressed Rentals

On this week's "Meet the Team" we're introducing you to Audra O'Dom of Distressed |Rentals & Revival.

Meet Stella Preferred Vendor: Audra O'Dom

of Distressed | Rentals & Revival

Stella Plantation preferred vendor Audra O'Dom

Audra founded Distressed|Rentals & Revival, a vintage furniture rental company in New Orleans that focuses on vintage and handmade lounges, bars, and tables. She started years ago in home design and fell in love with the way vintage pieces can bring authenticity and warmth to a space. She has worked over 250 events with her furniture collection in NOLA and loves the process of selecting fabrics and textiles. Her furniture and design has been featured in Brides, Martha Stewart, Southern Weddings, and Vogue this year.

What is your favorite thing about events at Stella Plantation: "So many venues in New Orleans can feel like you have to choose between intimacy and space. Since my thing is nooks and creating these inviting spaces that each feel special, I love that Stella lets you flow from an intimate ceremony right into a dynamic reception that doesn’t have to be one big, flat space— it can have a seated dinner, a lounge area, a bar set-up that feels complete, a special area like a man lounge or cigar bar— and it can all flowing together to really create an experience. It’s just such a beautiful backdrop that has space but doesn’t sacrifice the intimacy!"

Vintage tables and chairs at Stella Plantation wedding

(The Josephine Sofa, Charleston Chairs, & Moroccan Coffee Table - photo by Aperture Photos)

What piece of advice do you give to couples getting married at Stella: "Use that space, and make it your own! You don’t have to do what everyone else does!"

Lauren Hutch at Stella Plantation wedding

(The Lauren Hutch seen here for a Champagne Toast - photo by Erika Parker)

Tell us something you enjoy about events/weddings in general: "I love seeing it all come together. We aren’t a production company like some event businesses. We create these areas that are made to feel special and evoke all the feels, and I love how on event days, when we see pics of the bride cutting her cake on our furniture or we come in at the end of the night and see crowds gathered around our lounges laughing hysterically or connecting after years apart, we can feel that it worked!"

Bride and groom all smiles at Stella Plantation wedding
Wedding cake at Stella Plantation

(The Gold Bar Cart seen here as the Cake Table - Photo by Desiree Watkins)

Tell us something you don't like: "I don’t like comparison! I like for people to go with what feels right to you as you are creating spaces for the experience you want to feel. You would be surprised that it can often create some of the most magazine-worthy results just as a byproduct. And often, the things you think are beautiful were created this way as well. :)"

Rose buffet as cake table

(The Rose Buffet seen here as the Cake Display - Photo by Sison Photo)

From a Stella Bride: "Distressed Rentals has great vintage pieces and were very reliable and very responsive and easy to work with. We were able to get some great stand out pieces for various details of our wedding, plus our sweet heart table and some farm tables for various uses. Overall extremely satisfied - highly recommend if you're going for the vintage/rustic look!" - Myra

Reception at Stella Plantation

(The French Farm Table seen here as the Sweet Heart Table - photo by Erika Parker)

From Stella's Event Manager - Caroline says: "I have never seen anything but a smile on Audra's face. She must be one of the most positive people I have ever met. Her sweet attitude relaxes you and lets you know she'll be taking care of you! I love that she offers 'White Glove Service' so each piece is placed with care by her team. I watch as they clean each piece once it's in place and are open to last minute changes based on the overall look. Plus, I'm amazed by her upper body strength... girl can lift a table (and then some)! I just love working with Audra, seeing the unique pieces she adds to her collection, and knowing that my clients will be thrilled with their result."

Bourbon bar at Stella Plantation

(The Bourbon Bar - Photo by Desiree Watkins)

From a Friendor (Vendor Friend) - Sara from Antigua Floral says: "Distressed Rentals is overall an incredible company and will bring your wedding to a next level. When I come on-site and I see their team setting up, oh I know that it's going to be a beautiful wedding! I have known Audra for a few years now and have seen her company flourish here in the New Orleans area. Whenever we set up, she is focused and a problem solver, yet she still has this southern charm about herself. Distressed Rentals have a refined collection that will brings any space so beautifully well put together."

Preferred Stella Plantation vendor Audra O'dom

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