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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 Downtown Mobile AL Spring Engagement I first met Ann and Joseph at a wedding that I photographed a couple years ago. Among the hustle and bustle of the wedding day, it’s sometimes hard to keep track of all the bridesmaids and groomsmen, but I remembered Ann for her sweet and easy-going nature. Ann is […]

May 6, 2019

A Downtown Mobile AL Spring Engagement

Man and woman standing on the porch of the Ezell House in Mobile, Alabama

I first met Ann and Joseph at a wedding that I photographed a couple years ago. Among the hustle and bustle of the wedding day, it’s sometimes hard to keep track of all the bridesmaids and groomsmen, but I remembered Ann for her sweet and easy-going nature. Ann is also friends with one of my other sweet 2019 brides, Kelly! It is so much fun to work with brides who are part of the same friend group . It’s one reason that I love photographing weddings in my home town. Ann and Joseph are another couple that went to my same high school, McGill-Toolen. Ann’s brother and cousin were both in my class! We could probably talk for hours about all our small world connections. That’s Mobile for ya and I love it!

Ann and Joseph are planning a classic downtown Mobile wedding, so they decided to incorporate both her wedding venues into their engagement session. I absolutely love photographing weddings at The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and it’s so wonderful to be able to walk just a couple blocks away to the Ezell House for a reception after a cathedral ceremony. It was a breezy spring afternoon the day we met up for this shoot. I typically photograph engagement sessions on weekdays since my weekends are spent photographing weddings. This time of year, when the sunset is later, it means that we get a lot of the streets to ourselves, because downtown is quieter after 5 o’clock. It’s awesome! Yes, there is always a lot of activity around Cathedral Square, but the other locations we went to were relatively traffic free!

It had been quite a while since I’d photographed anything at the Ezell House, but I ended up there twice in the same week – once for this engagement session and again for Emily and Patrick’s wedding on Saturday! It’s going to be a busy week on the blog that’s for sure!

Man and woman standing on the porch of the Ezell House in Mobile, Alabama Man and woman standing in front of the Ezell House in Mobile, Alabama Man and woman standing on the porch of the Ezell House in Mobile, Alabama Diamond engagement ring with gold band sitting on marble steps Man and woman walking outside the Cathedral in downtown Mobile, Alabama

I absolutely loved Ann’s earrings by Shop Sorella! They were perfect for pairing with her beautiful engagement ring for some ring shots!

Diamond engagement ring with gold band sitting on top of a pair of gold earrings in the shape of flowers

Three sweet brides! I happened to capture this photo of Kelly, Elyse, and Ann at Kelly and Philip’s wedding reception earlier this year. I’ve absolutely loved working with all three of these lovely ladies as their wedding photographer!

 

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Ann + Joseph | Engaged

2019

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A Spring Mobile Alabama Wedding I always tell my couples that the engagement session is warm up for wedding day and it really is the truth. On wedding days there are so many photos to take. When it comes time for those all important bride and groom photos, knowing what to expect helps us work […]

May 1, 2019

A Spring Mobile Alabama Wedding

I always tell my couples that the engagement session is warm up for wedding day and it really is the truth. On wedding days there are so many photos to take. When it comes time for those all important bride and groom photos, knowing what to expect helps us work faster! I was absolutely dying to shoot in the gorgeous garden behind The Locale, but it was in full sun until after Katlin and Lee’s ceremony.

No bride wants squinty eyes in all her wedding portraits, so we held off using this spot until an hour before sunset. It was SO worth the wait because the light was perfect at that time of day! Katlin and Lee were total pros at posing thanks to their engagement session experience, so we were able to get a lot accomplished in a short period of time! These portraits turned out to be some of my favorites from the whole day. I felt like we had entered a secret garden. It was amazing!

Katlin and Lee are both very close to their families. I love how Katlin and Lee’s moms have a sisterly type of relationship. It was such a joy to get to know them throughout my time working with Katlin and Lee. I love that they both helped out at the engagement session by bringing Katlin and Lee’s puppy to the session. They helped out again at Katlin’s bridal session, making sure her dress stayed in perfect condition and helping me hold the veil for some floating veil portraits. On wedding day, they made sure all the last minute details came together.

When we were about to head out for Katlin and Lee’s First Look, Katlin mentioned her hands were shaking. She was so excited to see her groom! The tears began to flow as soon as she saw Lee and he gently brushed them from her cheeks with his hands. More tears flowed when Katlin’s daddy saw her for the first time. We were definitely in need of handkerchiefs!

I love spring wedding season and this one kicks off quite a marathon for me! I’m so excited for all seven weddings that are coming up this month and next. It might be jam-packed busy, but my brides and grooms make it worth the crazy schedule!

Belle Bouquet did an amazing job on all the florals for this wedding! I just loved the soft color palette!

I loved this photo that my second photographer, Jacob, took!

It’s so fun to see how using a different lens and moving a few feet away creates a different image! The photo below is one I captured from a different perspective shortly after the one Jacob took above! Katlin and Lee were standing in the same spot for both photos.

Making veil toss dreams come true, one bride at a time! Jacob, you outdid yourself with this toss!

I’m still dying over this cake and these florals!

Lee had one of the most amazing groom’s cakes I’ve ever seen! Just look at the detail on the puppy sculpture!

Lee’s dad drove them away in the coolest car!

Congratulations Katlin and Lee! Thank you for having me be part of your special day!

VENDORS

Second Photographer | Jacob Bennett

Photographer’s Assistant | Megan Garofalo

Videographer | Ash Tree Studios

Catering | Tyner’s Catering

Florist | Belle Bouquet

Cakes | Couture Cakes

Makeup + Hair | Joni Thomas and Devin Parker – Hairageous Salon

DJ | Jason Skelton, DJs By the Bay

Venue | The Locale

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Katlin + Lee | Married

2019

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A Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Bridal Session It was supposed to storm the day of Katlin’s bridal session. We debated rescheduling. We looked at other possible dates, but it all put us too close to wedding day. In the end, we decided to stick to our original plan. I checked the hour-by-hour forecast all day long. Yes, […]

April 29, 2019

A Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Bridal Session

Bride wearing a lace gown and cathedral length veil standing on the porch at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion in Mobile Alabama

It was supposed to storm the day of Katlin’s bridal session. We debated rescheduling. We looked at other possible dates, but it all put us too close to wedding day. In the end, we decided to stick to our original plan. I checked the hour-by-hour forecast all day long. Yes, we could take all the portraits indoors if we had to, but I knew Katlin was dreaming of portraits that showcased the beautiful outdoor setting. I prayed that the weather would hold off so her dream could come true!

A few hours before the session, the sun came out and the sky was clear! I could not believe it!!! Katlin arrived with her stunning gown and veil, bringing along both her mom and her now mother-in-law to help us keep the dress pristine. The rain held off for the entire time! Praise the Lord! Katlin was just glowing with happiness the minute she put the dress on. I couldn’t have loved the shoot more and am still in disbelief at how we lucked out with the weather.

One of my favorite things about a bridal session is getting to spend that girls only time with the bride. Most of my brides also bring their mom, or their sister, or future mother-in-law to their session and it’s so much fun to get to know everyone ahead of wedding day. When the big day arrives, it truly feels like you’re one of the family because you’ve spent this extra time together.

I also love that bridal sessions allow us time to take more solo portraits of the bride than we’d have time for on wedding day. Brides spend so much time hunting for THE dress, so it deserves it’s time in the spotlight! Plus, you get to find out if there is anything you need to have on hand on wedding day to make getting into the dress go quickly when time is of the essence (ex: the infamous crochet hook)! Check out this post for tips on preparing for your bridal session!

Now, y’all know the hardest part of a bridal session is the wait to share the photos! Now that Katlin is officially a Mrs., I’m excited to share some of my favorites of her bridal portraits! Enjoy!

Bride wearing a lace gown standing on the porch at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion in Mobile Alabama

If you’re wondering, yes, I was in veil shot heaven!!! Thank you to Cindy and Kathy for making these photos happen!!!

Bride wearing a lace gown and cathedral length veil standing on the porch at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion in Mobile Alabama

I absolutely love a soft color palette in a bride bouquet. This bouquet by Belle Bouquet was perfection!

Bride wearing a lace gown and cathedral length veil, holding a pastel spring bouquet, standing on the porch at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion in Mobile Alabama Bride wearing a lace gown and cathedral length veil standing on the porch at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion in Mobile Alabama A spring bridal bouquet with creamy pink and peach roses, anemones and greenery. Bride wearing a lace gown and cathedral length veil standing on the porch at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion in Mobile Alabama

This is a must-have portrait for a Bragg-Mitchell Mansion bridal portrait session! And I always love it in black and white!

A bride standing in front of the large wood doors at The Bragg-Mitchell Mansion looking out into the front lawn.

VENDORS

Venue | Bragg-Mitchell Mansion

Bride’s Gown | Town and Country Bridal, Martina Liana Bridal

Shoes | Nina Bridal

Bouquet | Belle Bouquet

Makeup & Hair | Joni Thomas, Hairageous

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Katlin | Bridals

Weddings

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A Downtown Fairhope Engagement Brooke, Geoffrey and I all have something in common. All three of us went to McGill-Toolen Catholic High School and Spring Hill College. I just love when I get the opportunity to work with a fellow McT alum and it’s even better when they’re also a fellow Badger! I also love […]

April 24, 2019

A Downtown Fairhope Engagement

Brooke, Geoffrey and I all have something in common. All three of us went to McGill-Toolen Catholic High School and Spring Hill College. I just love when I get the opportunity to work with a fellow McT alum and it’s even better when they’re also a fellow Badger! I also love a good proposal story and these high school sweethearts have a great one!

It all started with a trip to Boston to visit Geoffrey’s sister. The last day of the trip, Brooke and Geoffrey took a drive up to Rhode Island. After a wonderful day spent touring historic mansions and a vineyard, they headed back to Boston. Geoffrey suggested they all take a walk at a park near his sister’s apartment. Then his sister just happened to run into her old roommate, who also happens to be a photographer. While his sister was chatting with her old roommate, Geoffrey led Brooke to a clearing that was surrounded by trees. Before she knew it, Geoffrey was down on one knee, asking her to be his wife! His sister’s former roommate captured the whole thing on camera!

Geoffrey had coordinated the whole plan and it worked out perfectly! How sweet is that?! After the shoot, they got to do an engagement session in Boston. I love that since their Boston session was in the fall that we were able to do this session in the spring! I recommend doing an engagement session with your wedding photographer whether or not you’ve already had engagement photos taken by someone else. It’s so wonderful to get to know the person who will be by your side on one of the most important days of your life. As a photographer, I feel it’s important for me to get to know my couples ahead of the big day because it helps everyone relax. Plus, I just adore my couples so spending time with them at the engagement session is a treat!

Downtown Fairhope is always beautiful, but it is especially gorgeous in the spring. We had the most gorgeous weather the day of this session! We literally couldn’t stop talking about it! The humidity was low and there was a gentle breeze in town. Once we made our way down to the water, the breeze was definitely not gentle, but I love that it made for some dramatic portraits! Oh, and you won’t believe what happened in the middle of this session! We nearly walked right into the middle of a proposal. Scroll down for more on that story!

Brooke and Geoffrey, I can’t wait to work with you again on your wedding day this fall! It’s going to be fabulous!

These two were such naturals in front of the camera and just look at this dreamy light!

A man and woman standing under a tree outside of Villa Decor in downtown Fairhope Alabama at sunset. Close up photo of a diamond ring sitting on a piece of driftwood. A man and woman standing under a tree surrounded by bright spring flowers outside of Old Bay Mercantile in Fairhope Alabama at sunset.

This photo was hard to get because of all the traffic, but it was worth the effort!

A man and woman standing under a tree surrounded by bright spring flowers outside of Old Bay Mercantile in Fairhope Alabama at sunset. A diamond engagement ring sitting on a piece of carved wood

After taking some portraits in downtown, we hurried down to the water for some sunset photos. We were walking up to this spot that I love when I noticed a photographer with a very large lens off to my left. I looked at her for a minute and then followed her gaze. My first thought was that she was photographing wildlife because the lens was so huge. Then, my eyes landed on a young couple standing under the massive oaks that line the sidewalk. “Oh my goodness, they just got engaged,” was all I could think.

Brooke and Geoffrey had also noticed the couple. We all stopped as soon as we realized what was happening. I’ve photographed many engagement sessions in Fairhope, but have never witnessed a proposal while shooting there before. I’m so glad we noticed what was happening before we walked into the path of the camera! I’m sure it took Brooke and Geoffrey right back to their proposal moment in Boston!

A man and woman walking on Fairhope Pier at sunset in Fairhope Alabama. A man and woman kissing on Fairhope Pier at sunset in Fairhope Alabama. A man and woman kissing on Fairhope Pier at sunset in Fairhope Alabama. A man and woman kissing on Fairhope Pier at sunset in Fairhope Alabama.

Brooke and Geoffrey are working with Lydia Noble Events to plan their special day.

Hair | Cameron Bush, Cara & Company

Makeup | Jillian Jenson Holt

Short Dress & Nude Heels | Hemline

Romper | Sadie’s of Fairhope

Earrings | Sadie’s of Fairhope

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Brooke + Geoffrey | Engaged

2019

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The Organized Bride Series I begin every wedding day by photographing bridal details. After I arrive and greet everyone, this is the first thing I ask for. The time dedicated to bridal details is my warm up time. It’s when I’m figuring out what the light is like in the getting ready room. It’s when […]

April 17, 2019

The Organized Bride Series

Two wedding bands and diamond engagement ring on wedding invitation.

I begin every wedding day by photographing bridal details. After I arrive and greet everyone, this is the first thing I ask for. The time dedicated to bridal details is my warm up time. It’s when I’m figuring out what the light is like in the getting ready room. It’s when I’m getting a sense for how things are flowing that day. Is everything running on schedule, or do I sense that there is any stress? This “detail” time may seem insignificant, but it is SO valuable to how I approach the whole rest of the day! Beginning the wedding day without photographing the bridal details would feel like starting a tennis match without warming up. Focusing on the inanimate objects helps me to focus on what lies ahead.

But what am I photographing during this time that’s labeled “Bridal Details” on the timeline? I consider “Bridal Details” to be any small element that the bride will either wear, or carry with her as part of her wedding day. This typically includes the wedding gown, veil/hairpiece, shoes, jewelry, garter, wedding bands, engagement ring, and bouquet, as well as the bride’s something borrowed and/or something blue if it’s not covered by one of those other items. Additional items that I love to photograph along with these details are the invitation suite, wedding program, the bride’s perfume bottle, and custom ring boxes! These additional items help to fully capture the feeling of your wedding day. They also help to tell the story of your day in your wedding album!

The Benefit of Adding Extra Elements

I love when my brides bring extra elements for me to incorporate into their bridal detail photos. This helps make the detail shots even more personal and editorial. Vintage trays, ring boxes, and ring dishes are all wonderful additions. I also love when I have a few extra stems of greenery to work with. Some florists will leave these when they deliver the bouquets. Silk ribbons are a fabulous addition to bridal detail photos. They help connect all the smaller elements to the colors of the wedding. One spool is really all you need!

One tip for extra elements is to make sure they’re relatively small. Larger items will pull attention away from your small details, so select items that will compliment, not distract from your bridal details. If you gather a few items, your photographer can select what will work best for styling the detail shots.

Vintage tray filled with a boutonniere, perfume bottle, ring box, rings and handwritten letter.Blue monogrammed Mrs. Box ring box with vintage gold ring.Maison Louis Marie No 04 perfume bottle

Preparing the Bridal Details

Gather your bridal details together before wedding day. Most items besides the wedding gown and veil will fit into a tote bag or small box. Having everything grouped together (with tags removed from jewelry!) will save a lot of time. It takes quite a bit of time to style and photograph the bridal details. If you have to search for the items when the photographer arrives, you’ll eat into the time for photographing those special items.

Wedding invitation with pearl necklace and wedding rings sitting on top of it. Grey and white wedding invitation suite with white boutonniere and gold shoes.Blue suede shoes

Groom Details

Grooms can have special details too! Groom details typically include: the boutonniere, cuff links (if they are personal or custom), the tie, a watch and sometimes the shoes. If the bride and groom are getting ready at the same location, I will photograph all the details at the same time.

Brackish bowtie in wood box with gold wedding band on the lidMen's watch with letter addressed to my groom and white and blue thistle boutonniereBrown leather shoes and colorful socks with beer theme and pink bowtie Brown leather shoes with blue tie, silver tie clip and blue vow book in flatlay style

The Bridal Details Checklist

Dress + Veil: Sometimes I photograph the dress first and sometimes I do it last. It depends on the getting ready room and if I need to move things in order to get the dress shot. It usually takes me longer to find a great spot to hang the dress than it does to actually photograph it! Wedding day tip: Steam the dress the night before, but don’t stress about a few wrinkles. They rarely show on camera.
White wedding dress and blue wedding shoes in the bridal suite at The Pillars of MobileWhite wedding dress hanging from an iron chandelier in a white chapelWhite wedding dress hanging on gold mirror at The Battle House Hotel
Shoes: I usually pair these with the dress photo and with your smaller details. I love seeing the different choices of footwear on wedding days. I am a girl who loves shoes!
Blue wedding shoes, white bouquet and lace veil sitting on a vintage blue velvet chairLace Toms wedding shoesWhite Badgley Mischka bridal shoes with blush pink ribbon
All Three Rings: I love to photograph the wedding bands and the engagement ring together. The detail that I am most often missing on wedding day is the bride’s wedding band. Keep all three rings (your wedding band + his wedding band + your engagement ring) in the bridal suite with your other details. Your Maid-of-Honor can always be in charge of getting your wedding band to the Best Man when we arrive at the ceremony location.
Set of gold wedding bands and diamond engagement ringSet of gold wedding bands stacked on top of wedding invitation with blue text
Invitations & Programs: The invitation suite sets the tone for your wedding day and usually incorporates your wedding colors. I love styling a flatlay using several of the smaller details. The invitations are a great base element for those types of photos. I especially love photographing the wedding rings on the invitation!
Ivory and black wedding invitation suite with calligraphy
Vow Books: If you’re writing your own vows, there’s a good chance you’ve purchased vow books for your wedding day. These definitely belong in your bridal details box if you’re using them! The groom’s vow book can be delivered to him along with the bride’s wedding band before the ceremony. Just make sure you’ve written those vows down the night before the wedding!
Florals: The bride’s bouquet is something I always photograph, but having additional florals like the groom’s boutonnière, or a flower crown are a wonderful addition to bridal detail photos. If your boutonnières won’t be at the same location where the bride is getting ready, ask your florist if you can have a few extra loose floral, or greenery stems for detail photos!
Extras: Silk ribbons, ring boxes, antique trays and other special heirlooms can really add another personal element to your detail photos. I sometimes bring neutral ribbons with me to add into shots, but I love, love, love personal elements like a monogrammed ring box or a vintage tray.
This is what it looks like to photograph bridal details! Thank you to my friend and some-time second photographer, Debby, for taking this behind-the-scenes photo!
I love sharing tips for getting organized with all things wedding day! If you’re a bride-to-be and enjoyed this post, let me know in the comments!

 

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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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