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Many of our clients become cherished friends!  Scroll down to view a few of their comments:


Alyssa Says:  Photography and venue for ceremony and reception.   Michael was great, and he offered great package deals including the venue and the photography. I definitely recommend him! He and Melinda were extremely helpful and great to work with!


Jason and Pamela Commented: Avalon Keep Botanical Gardens is a magical place to have your wedding or simply take pictures for a special occasion.  Michael Cate and his wife keep the place clean, organized and prepared for the next event!  Michael did an excellent job with our wedding pictures.  The tables and chairs are white and well-kept.


Callahan Wedding Comments: Michael was fantastic to work with! Quick to respond to all our questions and worked around our crazy schedule. He took our engagement, bridal, and wedding photos! They turned out beautiful! The venue is gorgeous and we have had so many compliments on how wonderful it was!



B. Chadwick says: Great! Very lovely place.  Everything was very nice! Super nice people!


Victoria Castleberry Says: Wonderful!  Michael and his wife are fabulous. He went above and beyond on our wedding day, captured the shots that were most important to us, and had our hundreds of photos ready for viewing in less than one week! We would absolutely recommend them to any couple or family needing professional, timeless photos taken!


Emily Says:  Absolutely WONDERFUL venue and people! I highly recommend them to anyone wedding planning.

Alicia Says:  Micheal and Melinda were great to work with. They made my daughters day amazing!!
Lauren Says: We had a small event for my mom’s 60th Birthday at Avalon Keep. Michael custom built cocktail tables just to suit the event and had everything set perfectly. My mom was so surprised and we had a great time! Michael even took pictures for us on the fly, so sweet of him! Thank you so much for everything!
Amber Says:  The perfect location with the Ouachita Mountains in the background! Michael has several spots to choose from as well as a large tent for the reception or ceremony! He keeps his gardens very well manicured and is flexible to what you want! He already has chairs and tables so no need to rent those either! Michael also did my engagement, bridal, and of course the wedding photography! He did an outstanding job! He also designed our guestbook and invitations from our engagement photos and they turned out wonderful! I had several guests tell me that our invitations were some of the most beautiful ones they've ever received. I highly recommend Michael and his wife Melinda and their Avalon Keep wedding venue!
Stefanie Commented:  Michael Cate made us feel very welcome. He was very accommodating. It ended up being a rainy day and he had it all taken care of before we got there and it turned out beautiful. He was very open with suggestions for the best time for pictures and poses. Gave us an amazing deal and provided everything from the venue, to the photography, a place to get dressed, the tables, chairs and the kitchen for food. Very blessed to have been able to deal with Michael Cate.
Marcie Says:  Michael and Melinda brought my dream wedding to life and made it even more beautiful than I ever imagined. My husband and I were the first couple married beneath the beautiful pergola that Michael hand crafted. They considered the smallest detail of our event down to growing the right color of flowers. All the landscape at Avalon Keep is thoughtfully designed to make wonderfully romantic wedding portraits. Six years later, I still have people tell me how beautiful my wedding was and I couldn’t agree more!
Jessica Says:  We loved Michael's beautiful photography so much that we had him do our wedding photography and engagement photo shoot, even though both took place in New York City. Everyone is astounded by our wedding album -- including the individual photographs and the artistic way it is put together. In addition to being an extremely talented photographer, Michael relates so well to people and puts them at ease rendering him able to capture real smiles in posed pictures. He also managed to be everywhere at once, grabbing all of the most special candid moments. He was an absolute dream to work with -- courteous, responsible, responsive, reliable, just amazing.
Lena Simpson Says:  Michael and Melinda are phenomenal to work with. Had my sons wedding at our family farm. We rented everything we needed from them and hired them for our photography. Paid great attention to detail. Was very professional. He took all engagement, bridal and wedding day photos. Would definitely recommend them for your event.
Heather Says:  Let us rent only what we needed along with officiating the wedding and doing some awesome engagement photos. Michael made sure the vows were personal and exactly what we wanted.