Alex and Alex Get Married {Asheville Wedding Photographer}

Gah! What an amazing day the Alexes had for their wedding! Excitement and prayers for the rain to be kept at bay (AND we were successful!), a beeeeeeautiful venue at Bell’s Cove in Barnardsville, the funniest and kindest bridal party, loving family and some pretty epic dance moves! We had a wonderful day together and I couldn’t be happier for them both.

Congratulations and Thank You for having me shoot for you. It truly was a terrific wedding!



Wedding Video Montage

Wedding Photography: Cat Ford-Coates Studio 828 Photography

Wedding Venue: Bell’s Cove WNC (Barnardsville NC)

Bridal Hair & Makeup: Salon Intuition

Catering: Mark Sternal and team, Frankie Bones Catering

Wedding DJ: Craig Loveland & Mitch Fortune, Mitch Fortune Productions


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Feirstein Bat Mitzvah, Mazel Tov! {Charlotte Bat Mitzvah Photography}

You might remember the Feirsteins from a couple of months ago. I met them in Charlotte at UNCC for a family session and we tromped around the gardens, laughed…I put them in awkward poses (lemme tell ya HOW much pre-teens love when I pose them with their siblings haha) but we got some great imagery that day and I was more than ready to come to Temple Beth El in Charlotte to document Shelby’s big day.

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I must admit, I have not only never shot a Bat Mitzvah before but have also never been to temple. I was not entirely sure what to expect. I was quite surprised really. The service itself was quite lively, incorporating family in several aspects (I’m a sucker for family stuff), a fair amount of movement…it was quite impressive. The party, later that evening at Carmel Country Club was super fun for the kids AND the adults!

Photographer: Cat Ford-Coates, Studio 828 Photography

Venue:  Carmel Country Club

Entertainment DJ: Eklipse Entertainment

Do you or your family have a monumental occasion on the horizon? A Bat or Bar Mitzvah, a proposal, a wedding? Studio 828 Photography would be excited to come and document that day for you! Email today. Cat Ford-Coates is not your typical events photographer. She takes only great care to photograph your event and her work has been described as creative, sincere and timeless. Get in touch today for your upcoming wedding or event date. Cat will respond to you personally to discuss your vision for your special event and tailor a package specifically for you.

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Franny’s Farm Fest THIS Saturday {Asheville Portrait and Event Photographer}

Remember a couple of weeks ago I had issued a blog post about Franny’s Farm? Let me just tell you, right now, Franny is by far and away one inspirational woman! Not only was she a speaker at the March Against Monsanto rally last weekend, she, her husband Jeff and her son Zack have worked so hard and so diligently getting Franny’s Farm off the ground it is absolutely awe inspiring to see not only how far they’ve come but the plans they have in place for the future.

I was lucky enough to help her document some really fun and great moments out on the farm in Leicester and this coming Saturday she is hosting a benefit for Asheville High School’s 4H program. They’re showing an independent film about AHS’s band trip to Washington DC for the Presidential inauguration, have musical entertainment lined up all day long from: Little Creek, Outside Suburbia, Sherry Lynn and her Bluegrass Band, The River Rats and Pierce Edens and the Dirty Work. There will also be food from Farm 2 Fender Food Trucks and craft sales from local artisans not to mention farm animals too!

This event really is going to be a blast and for a great cause!! Tickets are $5 (Pre-schoolers are free) and proceeds are going to establish Future Farmers of America at Asheville High School!!!

In the meantime, here are some more fun images from Franny’s Farm. And, if you come out on Saturday, I may even take pictures of YOU!

See you there!


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Athena’s Nightclub, Studio 828 Photography and Belvedere Vodka Walked Into A Bar…

On Thursday I was asked to cover a Belvedere vodka sponsored annual bash at Athena’s in downtown Asheville! I have only seen a small handful of parties with such a well dressed guest list. Here are a few highlights! Do you have a photographer for your holiday or New Year’s party? Get in touch, a few dates are still available in December.

Hey, That's ME on the left!
Hey, That’s ME on the left!

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It’s Like She’d Never Been Out on a Weekend Before {Asheville Photography}

We wandered amongst the movers and shakers of Asheville’s social and creative elite as though we were supposed to be there. the turnout for the citizen times scene launch partyThe Asheville Scene launch party. My camera seemed to stay steady and light in my hands (which I was more than thankful for) and B and I moved throughout the rest of the evening enjoying downtown Asheville they way most people do on any given Friday. It was exciting and we enjoyed every minute of it.

Wandering around downtown Asheville felt like I was misbehaving somehow. We left the launch party and found ourselves a few stories above street level enjoying a glass of wine at the Sky Bar. What a GREAT bar. I don’t know why I don’t schedule meetings there more often. Every table is intimate, the views are amazing. It was terrific!young man portrait at sky bar in asheville


Following the Sky Bar we hopped to a couple places before we finally landed at the Emerald Lounge.

E-Lo was like a reunion. A bar I managed had a long running Open Mic night for probably 3 years every Tuesday. It was my favorite night to work. If I could turn back time and only bartend one night a week, I would in a heart beat! The room was always full of friends in music and craft beer and whiskey and…Black Shiny Shoes. E-Lo was full of almost every one of those cats! And most of them were playing the show that night. Pierce Edens and the Dirty Work and Johnson’s Crossroad. I was sad we missed Johnson’s Crossroad but got there just in time to get this image and realize I should put my camera away.

Thank You Asheville. I had a lovely evening!

You can find a gallery for the images from the Asheville Scene Launch Party at Image Asheville’s official website.