elizabeth gelineau



Mobile bay area wedding photographer

Ginny + Michael | Engaged


May 13, 2019

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A Magnolia Springs Engagement

On their first date, Ginny and Michael talked for hours. He knew she was special. She didn’t want the date to end. There was just one problem. They were living in different states. Date two seemed like a long-shot. After Michael returned home to Mobile, he sent Ginny a text and, before they knew it, they were navigating the world of long-distance dating. It turns out that first date was just the beginning of their love story. After months of long-distance dating, Ginny found herself applying for and accepting a job in Mobile.

Not long after Ginny settled into her new life in Mobile, Michael surprised her with a super romantic proposal at one of their favorite places. With the help of their friends, he set up a path of rose petals, leading Ginny to the spot where he asked her to be his wife. Afterwards, they celebrated with their friends at one of their favorite restaurants in Fairhope. How sweet is that?!

The first time I met Ginny she told me that she wanted to do her engagement session in Magnolia Springs. I am familiar with this small town, but hadn’t actually done a session there before. This location was such a dream that I know this shoot definitely won’t be my last in this sweet town.

I love that Ginny and Michael selected a place that is special to them. One of their friends has a summer home on the street where we did most of the session. Ginny said she and Michael love visiting the area, especially during the warmer months when they can swim in the spring that is right down the street from their friend’s house.

Towards the end of the session, we were all getting hungry and our conversation soon turned to food. Jesse’s Restaurant in Magnolia Springs is one of my favorite restaurants and I’d planned to stop by for takeout after the shoot. It turned out that Ginny and Michael were planning to eat there as well. When they found out I was planning to order a meal to-go, they kindly invited me to join them for dinner. I agreed, but only after making double sure they truly didn’t mind me tagging along on their post-engagement session dinner. I had such a great time visiting with them and getting to know them better!

During dinner, Michael shared with me that his late grandfather used to make wedding cakes. I asked if he had been a baker and Michael said no. It turns out that his grandfather just liked to decorate cakes and did so well into his older years. I love when my clients share stories like that with me! I don’t know that I would have ever heard this one if we hadn’t all gone to dinner together. Getting to know my clients is one of my favorite parts of the pre-wedding day experience. I already feel like these two are old friends!

The gorgeous oak trees and golden light just make this place feel MAGICAL!

Ginny and Michael’s sweet puppy joined us for some photos! Ginny found this little guy stranded on the side of the street during Mardi Gras. He quickly stole their hearts and I can totally see why!

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  1. Karen Thistle says:

    Wow! What a beautiful set of photos of my sweet daughter and her handsome fella! It does my heart good to see them radiating love and joy from their faces. While life has many twists and unexpected turns, a strong love will help them soar through it all. Thank you, Elizabeth, for capturing all that on film.

  2. Diana Williams says:

    Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos. May you love continue to grow as you learn to walk daily together and with the Lord.

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