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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 St. Mary’s Catholic Church Wedding I knew Lauren and Vincent were going to be a laid back bride and groom. These two were so chill at their engagement session! Seriously, if there’s one bit of advice I’d give to every couple, it would be don’t sweat the small stuff…especially on wedding day. Lauren and […]

October 23, 2019

A St. Mary’s Catholic Church Wedding

I knew Lauren and Vincent were going to be a laid back bride and groom. These two were so chill at their engagement session! Seriously, if there’s one bit of advice I’d give to every couple, it would be don’t sweat the small stuff…especially on wedding day. Lauren and Vincent are the perfect example of going with the flow and just enjoying the time spent with family and friends.

I love that they took time to write letters to each other to read ahead of their First Look. A wedding day is by nature a busy day because there is a lot going on. I think it’s so nice to take a pause and just soak in the moment. Lauren was reading her letter when I arrived at the getting ready location. Vincent had advised her to read it before she had her makeup done. And that proved to be good advice!

Vincent read his letter right before Lauren came out for their First Look. It was such a sweet moment! While I love fine papers and stationery, it made me smile seeing the letters Lauren and Vincent exchanged written on simple paper. It reminded me of the letters that my grandfather wrote to my grandmother back in the 1950s. It’s what the letter says that matters, not the paper it’s written on.

An Azalea Manor Reception

Speaking of grandparents, Vincent’s grandparents have been married for 60 years! They are an amazing example of marriage standing the test of time. One of my favorite moments from the wedding day happened at the reception when Vincent and Lauren were dancing alongside his grandparents. I just imagined Lauren and Vincent doing the same 50 or so years down the road!

This was my first wedding that felt like fall. I was LOVING the cooler temperatures and being outside for the reception at Azalea Manor. I love that this venue has both an indoor and outdoor space. It was such a beautiful night for dancing under the stars!

This wedding also marked my first time back at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in over a year! This beautiful church is one of my favorites in Mobile, so it’s crazy to realize how long it’s been since my last wedding there. It was the perfect setting for Lauren and Vincent’s ceremony. Enjoy my favorites from their special day!

I don’t always edit sibling portraits for the blog, but I definitely take them during a typical wedding day. Family portraits are an important part of every wedding day and I love when we’re able to take them pre-ceremony so that family can enjoy going straight to the reception after the wedding.

I love these secondary angle shots that my assistant, Megan, took during the ceremony. She was able to take photos from the side aisle during the vows, while I stayed at the center.

Lauren and Vincent dancing alongside Vincent’s grandparents – one of my favorite moments from the day!

VENDORS

Second Photographer | Megan Garofalo

Getting Ready Location | Cornerstone Gardens

Ceremony | St. Mary’s Catholic Church

Reception | Azalea Manor

Florist | Ron Barrett

Cake | The Pastry Shop

Catering | Georgia Rousso’s Catering

Makeup + Hair | Becca Townley

DJ | Russell Combs

Bride’s Gown | Essense of Australia

Bridesmaid Dresses | Morilee

Groom + Groomsmen Attire | Jos. A. Bank

Desserts | Lickin Good Donuts

 

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Lauren + Vincent | Married

2019

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A Downtown Mobile Engagement David’s parents and my parents have been friends since before we were born. His dad and my mom went through RCIA together at Holy Family Catholic Church. They’re the type of family friends that feel like family. I remember David, who is close to my sister’s age, when he was a […]

October 17, 2019

A Downtown Mobile Engagement

David’s parents and my parents have been friends since before we were born. His dad and my mom went through RCIA together at Holy Family Catholic Church. They’re the type of family friends that feel like family. I remember David, who is close to my sister’s age, when he was a little boy. I remember how proud my Pop was when we found out David had made it into the University of Alabama’s Million Dollar band. The day he visited Pop in the nursing home wearing his uniform is one that my family fondly remembers. My dad still has the photo of that day in his office.

I remember the first time that David’s mom told us about Michelle. I could tell she was overjoyed that David and Michelle had found one another. When I finally met her, I could tell right away that she and David were meant for each other. It is always an honor to photograph a wedding, but there is something extra special about photographing a wedding for those you know well. I was so excited when David and Michelle asked me to be their wedding photographer. It is going to be so much fun celebrating with them on wedding day!

A Surprise Proposal

David has always been a kind-hearted and thoughtful guy, so I knew he would plan a sweet proposal for Michelle. In fact, he let me in on the surprise a bit early one Sunday after Mass! Photographers are good secret keepers in case you’re wondering.

Even though she and David had been ring browsing together, the weekend he proposed, Michelle thought they were just going to the beach to hang out with friends. Before the group headed out to dinner that night, David suggested they take a photo on the balcony. Michelle wasn’t suspicious at all. It wasn’t until she turned around and saw David down on one knee that she realized what was happening. The minute Michelle said yes, their friends popped out the champagne and confetti. Then they all went out to dinner to celebrate!

When David let me know the engagement was official, joy was just radiating from him. I have been so excited to get these two in front of my camera since the day we first sat down for their consult. Enjoy my favorites from their downtown Mobile engagement session!

Michelle and David met for the first time at Alchemy in downtown Mobile, so we stopped to take a few photos outside as we made our way to Cathedral Square. I love that this spot is tied to their love story!

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Michelle + David | Engaged

2019

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A Fairhope Alabama Engagement I brag on my brides all the time because I truly get to work with some of the kindest ladies! They are the type of girls I’d want to be friends with and we usually are by the time wedding day arrives! After this weekend’s three engagement sessions, I was reminded […]

October 16, 2019

A Fairhope Alabama Engagement

I brag on my brides all the time because I truly get to work with some of the kindest ladies! They are the type of girls I’d want to be friends with and we usually are by the time wedding day arrives! After this weekend’s three engagement sessions, I was reminded that I also get to work with some pretty awesome grooms. Guys who are gentlemanly and take great care of their brides-to-be. I just love getting to see how my couples interact with each other during the engagement session and I often pause between shooting spots to see how they naturally interact with each other. It helps me pose them in ways that feel natural and not too forced.

Marlye and Peyton also have a super sweet proposal story. My grooms certainly know how to plan the perfect proposal! Marlye was expecting Peyton to propose the day of her college graduation. It all made sense because their families would be together and they’d all be dressed up. But it didn’t happen. Marlye said she was slightly disappointed, but that Peyton blew her away the very next day with his carefully planned proposal.

A Carefully Planned Proposal

Marlye was at home working on household chores when she heard a knock on her front door. When she opened the door she found her four best friends standing outside. That was when she knew something was going on. Her friends told her to get dressed and come with them. Peyton had planned for Marlye and her friends to visit different places that were special to the two of them. At each stop, Marlye received a handwritten note from Peyton. Finally, they ended up at their friend’s cabin on the Okatoma River and Peyton was waiting for her! Now y’all understand why I say I need to brag on my grooms too!

Marlye and Peyton were up for anything and everything I suggested during their session. I loved that they were both excited and laid back at the same time. I returned to downtown Fairhope for the second day in a row for this engagement session and I knew I wanted to use different spots from the day before, while still capturing the Fairhope feel. It was fun to use some of the same spots in different ways based on the lighting for the day.

It was cloudy for most of the session, so I was beyond excited when the sun peeked out from behind the clouds towards the end of the shoot. Enjoy my favorites from this session and get ready for one more engagement preview tomorrow!

The sky was absolutely gorgeous when the sun went down behind the trees on the bluff. At the last minute, we decided to walk down to the Fairhope pier to watch the sunset and grab a few last portraits!

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Marlye + Peyton | Engaged

2019

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A Downtown Fairhope Autumn Engagement I could tell Sudduth is a thoughtful guy within a few minutes of meeting him. He is a classic Southern gentleman and I could see how much he cares for KayLyn right away. KayLyn is such a cheerful lady. The first thing I remember about her when we met is […]

October 15, 2019

A Downtown Fairhope Autumn Engagement

I could tell Sudduth is a thoughtful guy within a few minutes of meeting him. He is a classic Southern gentleman and I could see how much he cares for KayLyn right away. KayLyn is such a cheerful lady. The first thing I remember about her when we met is her smile. It’s the kind that makes you feel as if you’ve known her forever. Together, they are the sweetest couple!

Sudduth completely surprised KayLyn with his proposal. The fact that she’d been suspicious it might happen sooner made the surprise all the better! KayLyn said that she’d been slightly surprised when Sudduth didn’t get down on one knee during a photoshoot they had in front of the Saenger Theatre. This was where they first met and a photographer was present, so she started thinking something special might be planned.

When Sudduth didn’t propose that night, KayLyn put thoughts of a ring in the back of her mind. A week later they found themselves perusing an exhibit during Art Walk. They made their way through the rooms, looking at paintings along the way. Finally they made it to the main room, where a canvas was waiting behind a covering. Sudduth walked up to the canvas and removed the cloth, which revealed one of the photos they had taken the week before. The words, “Will you marry me?” were printed across the top and at that moment Sudduth was down on one knee asking KayLyn to be his wife! Best of all, their families and friends had been hiding elsewhere in the museum and were there to celebrate with them as soon as KayLyn said yes!

KayLyn and Sudduth are getting married next month! I always say it’s never too late to do an engagement session and that really is the truth! I so enjoy this time I get to spend with my brides and grooms ahead of wedding day. Enjoy this preview of some of my favorites!

KayLyn and Sudduth wanted to finish up their session with some photos down near the water. A front was moving through our area the day of their session, so the wind was FIERCE! KayLyn and Sudduth could barely hear me giving them direction because the wind was that loud. My voice is not one that carries very far, so my words were immediately swallowed in the howling wind. I love the movement of the wind in the photos though. It definitely made for a few dramatic portraits!

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KayLyn + Sudduth | Engaged

2019

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A Spring Hill College Wedding When I first met Mackenzie and Christopher, we found ourselves talking about our grandparents. I met up with them for a consultation right before my Granny passed away last year. Mackenzie happened to work at the same hospital and on one of the specialty floors where my grandmother stayed for […]

October 9, 2019

A Spring Hill College Wedding

Spring Hill College St. Joseph's Chapel in Mobile Alabama

When I first met Mackenzie and Christopher, we found ourselves talking about our grandparents. I met up with them for a consultation right before my Granny passed away last year. Mackenzie happened to work at the same hospital and on one of the specialty floors where my grandmother stayed for part of the time she was in the hospital. I felt certain their paths had to have crossed at some point. Mackenzie has such a caring heart and I could tell how much she loves caring for her patients.

As we chatted about our grandparents, Mackenzie shared that she and Christopher were both close to their grandparents. So when I heard that Christopher’s beloved grandfather passed away a few days prior to their wedding, my heart ached for them. On the day of the wedding, Mackenzie spotted several butterflies throughout the day. She said she felt it was a sign that Christopher’s grandfather was smiling down on them and sharing in their joy. I was wishing I’d caught one on camera, but knowing they were there is what matters.

Mackenzie and Christopher chose Spring Hill College for their ceremony and reception. As a Spring Hill College alum myself, it is one of my favorite places to photograph a wedding! There are so many beautiful portrait spots to choose from. The only problem we had the whole day was dodging traffic in order to get photos on the Avenue of the Oaks. This avenue is known to many as a great portrait location in our area, but it is extra special to all who attended the Jesuit College of the South.

When you’re a student at Spring Hill, you start and end your college journey with the Avenue of the Oaks. It is a sentimental location for all Spring Hill grads. I’m so glad we were able to get in a few photos in this spot, even though it was challenging. Two weddings were happening on campus at the same time so there was quite a bit of traffic!

Mackenzie and Christopher, it was such a joy photographing your wedding! Enjoy this preview of your day and happy honeymooning!

Christopher wore this family heirloom in memory of his beloved grandfather.

Mackenzie shared a First Look with her dad and it was the sweetest moment!!!

We were finishing up bridal party portraits when Christopher’s grandmother arrived. Her reaction to seeing Mackenzie in her gown was one of my favorite moments of the day!

This is why you want to save time for Golden Hour portraits! We could not have taken this portrait any earlier in the day than we did because this spot would have been in full sun. I’m so glad these two took a few minutes post ceremony for some bonus bride and groom portraits! These were some of my favorites of the day!

VENDORS

Second Photographer | Evan Davis

Photographer’s Assistant | Alexis Williams

Venue | Spring Hill College

Planning | Bella Victoria

Catering | Sharr Jones, Aramark – Spring Hill College

Cake | Cakes by Judi

Florals | Beth Pederson

Hair Stylist | Marissa, Identity Salon

Makeup | Olivia Fryfogle

DJ | Ed Oetken, Mobtown DJ

Rentals | Port City Rentals

Bride’s Gown | I Do Formal

Bridesmaid Dresses | David’s Bridal

Groom & Groomsmen Attire | Jos A Bank

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Mackenzie + Christopher | Married

2019

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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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