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I'm Elizabeth Gelineau, a photographer, dreamer, and accidental entrepreneur. Based in my hometown of Mobile, Ala., I photograph portraits, weddings and events on both sides of Mobile Bay. Grab a cup of coffee (or other beverage of your choice) and enjoy browsing around. I'm so glad you stopped by!

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A Spring Hill College Autumn Engagement The time of year has finally arrived when I don’t have to pack an ice chest of water before heading out to photograph an engagement session! Yay for cooler temperatures! I’m also saying a prayer that we’re finished with hurricanes for the year. I think 2020 has already been […]

October 16, 2020

A Spring Hill College Autumn Engagement

The time of year has finally arrived when I don’t have to pack an ice chest of water before heading out to photograph an engagement session! Yay for cooler temperatures! I’m also saying a prayer that we’re finished with hurricanes for the year. I think 2020 has already been crazy enough, right?!

Katie and Casey drove over from Louisiana to do their engagement portraits at Spring Hill College. We started their session at St. Joseph’s Chapel, which is where these two will become husband and wife in the spring. Both Katie’s parents and grandparents were married at this chapel on the Spring Hill College campus. I love that Katie and Casey are continuing the tradition for another generation. Talk about a legacy for their family!

I could tell right off the bat that Katie and Casey are sentimental people. Then I found out that they had not one, but two heirlooms with them on their shoot. Katie’s engagement ring was designed by Casey and incorporates a diamond from a set of his mother’s earrings. I love unique stories like this!

I also love that Casey chose to wear a blazer that once belonged to Katie’s grandfather (the same one who was also married at St. Joseph’s) for some of the portraits. Little details like these are what I love about engagement sessions! They make the portraits even more personalized and special for both the couple and their families. I can’t wait to see what sentimental elements they incorporate into their wedding day!

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Katie + Casey | Engaged

2020

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A Downtown Fairhope Engagement Session What do we do if it rains? This is the most common question I get ahead of a wedding day. I also have couples ask this when we schedule an engagement session. My answer for wedding days is obviously different for engagement sessions. We can’t reschedule a wedding day due […]

October 13, 2020

A Downtown Fairhope Engagement Session

What do we do if it rains? This is the most common question I get ahead of a wedding day. I also have couples ask this when we schedule an engagement session. My answer for wedding days is obviously different for engagement sessions. We can’t reschedule a wedding day due to rain and on the Alabama Gulf Coast we are no strangers to rainy days. For engagement sessions, the decision on whether or not to reschedule due to weather is a tricky one. Sometimes it’s tricky to get three schedules to align in the first place. Other times, my couples are coming in from out of town for their session, as was the case with Hannah and Austin.

The day of this engagement session there really wasn’t much rain in the forecast. In fact, I later found out that it never rained in Mobile on this same afternoon. I was already in Fairhope for a shoot at The Fairhope Inn earlier in the afternoon. I saw the rain coming down outside and said a prayer it would clear up before my session with Hannah and Austin was supposed to start. Just in case it didn’t clear out, I decided to come up with a backup plan to keep us dry. Since The Fairhope Inn wasn’t open on this particular day, I asked if we could use their porch for this session and it literally saved the shoot!

The great thing about a deep front porch is that you still have access to natural light, while also being able to stay dry. It was a bonus that this porch is painted white with blue accents. Talk about the perfect compliment for Hannah’s and Austin’s outfits! We spent half of their session time at this one location, which isn’t something I’d normally do. However, it was a fun challenge to get variety in such a small space!

A Blessing in Disguise

I love that these two were so chill about the rain. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Even though I love this porch, I probably would not have asked to use this spot if it had been a sunny day! I am so thankful that Hannah and Austin trusted me with this location choice. The images we took in this spot are some of my favorites from the whole shoot!

When the rain cleared out we were able to head to two of my other favorite Fairhope locations. Because the weather had been dreary, we practically had the Fairhope Pier to ourselves, which is definitely not the norm. The water was so calm and still and we got to see the most beautiful October sunset. This is why I encourage couples to stay calm even if it rains on their wedding day. Backup portrait locations can turn out to be a dream!

Hannah and Austin are high school sweethearts. I found out after the shoot that they took Homecoming pictures here back in their high school days. I love that we returned for their engagement photos!

I’m not sure what got these two laughing, but I love this moment!

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Hannah + Austin | Engaged

2020

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A Point Clear Alabama Engagement Katie and Dylan are getting married two weeks from tomorrow! We attempted scheduling their engagement session twice before it actually worked out. Their original session date was scheduled for the spring, so of course we had to postpone due to the pandemic. The second session date was scheduled for the […]

October 9, 2020

A Point Clear Alabama Engagement

Katie and Dylan are getting married two weeks from tomorrow! We attempted scheduling their engagement session twice before it actually worked out. Their original session date was scheduled for the spring, so of course we had to postpone due to the pandemic. The second session date was scheduled for the week after Hurricane Sally hit the Gulf Coast. Once again we had to postpone. It was looking like we were never going to get this session in, but it turns out the third time was a charm! I met up with Katie and Dylan last Sunday at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear Alabama. After months of knowing these two only by their voices, it was so nice to finally meet them in person!

I love getting to know my couples ahead of their big day, but the engagement session is also a great opportunity for my couples to get comfortable with being photographed. Let’s be honest, most of us don’t get photographed on a regular basis. On top of that, being in front of the camera can be a bit nerve-wrecking. The engagement session is the warm up for wedding day and, best of all, I’ve found that doing an engagement session makes things flow smoother on wedding day because my couples know exactly what to expect. It also makes us all feel like we’re old friends when wedding day rolls around.

I almost always photograph engagement sessions two hours before sunset because I love that Golden Hour glow. However, Katie and Dylan were in town for only two days. On one of those days I had a wedding. In the end, we decided that Sunday morning was our only option to squeeze this shoot in ahead of the big day and it worked out perfectly!

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Katie + Dylan | Engaged

2020

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A Kalioka Stables Wedding I can hardly believe it’s been over a year since my last wedding at Kalioka Stables! The family that owns this property is so sweet and it was such a pleasure to get to see them again for Katie and Kendrick’s wedding on Saturday. I also enjoyed getting to work with […]

October 7, 2020

A Kalioka Stables Wedding

I can hardly believe it’s been over a year since my last wedding at Kalioka Stables! The family that owns this property is so sweet and it was such a pleasure to get to see them again for Katie and Kendrick’s wedding on Saturday. I also enjoyed getting to work with Kendra Lee on another wedding this year. She kept the day running smoothly despite having injured her knee the morning of the wedding. Wedding days are long and I seriously don’t know how she was on her feet all day while dealing with knee pain. On top of working with great people, we also had beautiful weather on Saturday. I was so excited because it felt like fall was in the air!

Katie looked like a princess in her gorgeous wedding gown. She also chose the most perfect veil for veil toss photos! It was lightweight and easily caught in the breeze. I love that Katie was just as excited about the veil shots as I was. They are so often my favorites from a wedding day! Side note, if you want a veil that really flies in the wind, steer clear of heavy beading and lace on the edges. It will make it harder to get that veil to gently float for portraits. Lighter veils also save you from a veil induced headache!

One of my favorite parts about shooting at Kalioka Stables is the dreamy golden hour light that the property gets right before sunset! On the day of Katie and Kendrick’s wedding it was extra amazing and I’m so glad these two decided to take the time to do a few “Just Married” portraits before heading to their reception.

Speaking of the reception, Katie and Kendrick brought the house down with their choreographed first dance. They took us all by surprise by starting out with a slower paced song before breaking out into an energetic dance that had everyone cheering! It was the highlight of the night for sure!

Congratulations Katie and Kendrick! Thank you so much for having me be part of your special day! May you have many happy years of dancing together!

There was barely any light left when I noticed the three flower girls playing near the pond. I asked them to pose for this photo and it turned out to be one of my favorite shots from the day!

Vendors

Second Photographer | Alexis Williams

Photographer’s Assistant | Regina Gomez-Guillen

Planning | Kendra Lee

Venue | Kalioka Stables

Caterer | Southern Hospitality

Florist | Rosebud

Cake Artist | Cakes by Judi

Hair Stylist | Emily Salata

Makeup Artist | Chaney Smith

Bride’s Gown | Bliss Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses | David’s Bridal

Groom + Groomsmen Attire | Men’s Wearhouse

Ceremony Musicians | Excelsior Band

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Katie + Kendrick | Married

2020

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A Downtown Mobile Wedding I have known David since he was born, so to see him all grown up and married seems surreal! His parents and mine have been friends my entire life. They’re the kind of friends that have always felt like extended family. I was looking forward to working with him and Michelle […]

September 30, 2020

A Downtown Mobile Wedding

I have known David since he was born, so to see him all grown up and married seems surreal! His parents and mine have been friends my entire life. They’re the kind of friends that have always felt like extended family. I was looking forward to working with him and Michelle at their May wedding. The day we did their engagement session, a pandemic was no where on the horizon. I could hear the disappointment in their voices the day they called to tell me they had made the decision to postpone their spring wedding. It was a sad time for so many couples, especially those who had to postpone when they were already so close to their wedding dates!

Thankfully, David and Michelle were able to find a new date that worked for most of their vendors. I knew these two had hoped for a spring wedding largely due to the weather being not so hot that time of year. When Hurricane Sally rolled through our area just two weeks before their wedding day, I started saying extra prayers for a beautiful wedding day for these two. The original forecast for this day was full of rain, but that’s Mobile for ya!

When the day finally arrived, we had absolutely gorgeous weather and skies were rain free. On top of that, I was so happy to see that Spanish Plaza, one of our beautiful squares in downtown Mobile, did not suffer the same level of destruction as Bienville Square. Most of the trees in this park were spared. David almost proposed to Michelle in this park because they both love it so much. It was a big part of our portrait plan for wedding day. I’m so glad most of its oaks were still standing tall!

A Malaga Inn Reception

From the beginning of planning their day, David and Michelle chose to not have a traditional bridal party. Their best friends were still part of their day though, with Michelle’s friends helping her get ready and David’s friends hanging out with him until it was time for his First Look with his bride. When I went to get David for the First Look, he was already on the verge of tears. It was the sweetest!

After an intimate wedding ceremony with just their families and closest friends present, everyone enjoyed a delicious dinner by Naman’s Catering under the city lights at the Malaga Inn Courtyard. While it was a bit warmer than it likely would have been in early May, it was still a much cooler evening than we’ve had in a long time. When I first walked into the courtyard, I immediately knew I wanted to take a portrait of Michelle and David in that setting. I love that they were just as excited about the idea as I was! I don’t often get to incorporate nighttime portraits into wedding days, but I love doing them when I have the opportunity. They’re like the icing on top of the cake!

I wear my mask all day on wedding days, but took it off briefly for a picture with the bride and groom, as well as David’s parents (who I adore!).

VENDORS

Second Photographer | Alexis Williams

Getting Ready + Reception Venue | Malaga Inn – Mobile, AL

Ceremony | Little Flower Catholic Church

Florist | Dennis Harris, Zimlich the Florist

Catering | Naman’s Catering

Cake | Simply Sweet

Makeup + Hair | Tara McAdams-May, TMAC

Rentals | Port City Rentals

Bride’s Gown | I Do Bridal – Allure

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Michelle + David | Married

2020

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I'm Elizabeth Gelineau, a photographer, dreamer, and accidental entrepreneur. Based in my hometown of Mobile, Ala., I photograph portraits, weddings and events on both sides of Mobile Bay. Grab a cup of coffee (or other beverage of your choice) and enjoy browsing around. I'm so glad you stopped by!

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