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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 Sacred Heart Chapel Fairhope Alabama Wedding Who gets married on Iron Bowl Saturday? That was the question I heard from EVERYONE the week before Blanche and Ethan’s wedding. But Blanche and Ethan are from Louisiana, so their football loyalties lie with the LSU Tigers. This means that the Saturday after Thanksgiving is the perfect […]

November 28, 2018

A Sacred Heart Chapel Fairhope Alabama Wedding

Who gets married on Iron Bowl Saturday? That was the question I heard from EVERYONE the week before Blanche and Ethan’s wedding. But Blanche and Ethan are from Louisiana, so their football loyalties lie with the LSU Tigers. This means that the Saturday after Thanksgiving is the perfect time for a destination wedding! Blanche fell in love with The Grand Hotel in Point Clear the first time she visited the property with her mom several years ago. She knew it was the only venue she wanted to look at when Ethan proposed last Christmas Eve. Last Saturday, her dream came true!

I love when I get to work with one of my brides multiple times ahead of wedding day. Since Blanche did a bridal session (which I will be sharing on the blog soon!), I got to spend some extra time with her ahead of wedding day. I also got to meet her parents, one of her sisters and her sister-in-law beforehand. When wedding day rolled around, I felt like I was meeting up with old friends. Blanche and her mom felt like kindred spirits from the first moment I met them. I remember sitting in Bucky’s at The Grand Hotel following Blanche and Ethan’s engagement shoot and thinking that I must have known this family forever.

I was so looking forward to photographing Blanche and Ethan’s wedding. When I ended up in the urgent care clinic the Tuesday prior to the wedding with major sinus trouble, all I could think was, please, Lord, let me get well in time for Saturday. I rested as much as possible all week. I barely talked to anyone to preserve my voice. Herbal tea and chicken soup were part of my daily diet. When Saturday arrived, I felt a lot better than I sounded, but I wasn’t one hundred percent. Thank goodness for adrenaline!

When I arrived at the bridal suite, all thoughts of being sick left my mind. Blanche was such a calm and happy bride. Her bridesmaids were so relaxed and easy going. Blanche is one of the most organized people I’ve ever worked with. She had all her details neatly gathered in a bag when I arrived so I could get started on them right away. Her “something blue” is definitely one of my all-time favorite details I’ve ever photographed. Just wait until you see this beautiful ring that belonged to her grandmother! One of my favorite moments of the day was when Blanche’s mom slid that special ring onto her daughter’s finger.

While I was with Blanche and the girls, my second photographer, Jacob, was hanging with the guys. I love getting to do portraits at The Grand Hotel. There are so many beautiful spots! Plus, the property is large enough for the guys and the girls to not run into each other. Blanche and Ethan did not see each other prior to the ceremony, but thankfully their ceremony time was early enough to allow us to get some dreamy sunset portraits! The first time Blanche and I spoke on the phone, she told me she wanted Golden Hour bride and groom photos and at least a few photos showing the bay. I’m happy to say that the weather was PERFECT and we were able to get both! I am still heart-eyed over the bride and groom portraits we took under the mossy-oaks outside Sacred Heart Chapel!

After sunset portrait time, the bridal party headed back to The Grand Hotel for the reception. Blanche and Ethan danced the night away with their friends and family. Good food, glowing tambourines and great music were in plentiful supply. After their grand exit, the party wasn’t over. As they pulled away in the golf cart, Blanche and Ethan held up a message for their guests, “Meet Us at Bucky’s.” They just didn’t want the day to end!

Jacob and I have been working together for a while now and I was so very excited that his wife, Aubrey, was able to be my assistant for this wedding. I definitely needed both of them to help me out with vocal directions throughout the day since my voice was barely useful! By the end of the reception, the tiny bit of a voice I had was gone. Thank goodness there isn’t much talking involved with taking reception photos!

Are you planning a Fairhope Alabama destination wedding? Lets chat about wedding photography!

Now booking for Summer & Fall 2019!

 

VENDORS

Second Photographer | Jacob Bennett

Photographer’s Assistant | Aubrey Bennett

Planner | Jenna Laine Weddings

Ceremony | Sacred Heart Chapel

Reception Venue & Catering | The Grand Hotel, Point Clear

Flowers | Wildflowers

Cake | Couture Cakes

Band | Even Odds

Hair Stylist | Leigh Ann Town, Salon Dolce Vita, Baton Rouge

Makeup Artist | Ashley West

Bride’s Gown | Theia

Bridesmaids Dresses | Bella Bridesmaid, Baton Rouge

Groom & Groomsmen Attire | Squires, Baton Rouge

Invitations | The Queen Bee

 

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Blanche + Ethan | Married

2018

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A Silverhill Alabama Engagement I’ve been sick for the last week. But even a sinus infection couldn’t put a damper on my excitement about this fall engagement session! When I woke up last Tuesday morning, I realized I needed to go straight to the urgent care clinic. I had Kate and Patrick’s engagement session scheduled […]

November 26, 2018

A Silverhill Alabama Engagement

I’ve been sick for the last week. But even a sinus infection couldn’t put a damper on my excitement about this fall engagement session! When I woke up last Tuesday morning, I realized I needed to go straight to the urgent care clinic. I had Kate and Patrick’s engagement session scheduled for that afternoon. As I sat waiting for the doctor, I worried I might have to reschedule. I can’t ever recall having to reschedule a session due to being sick. I’ve done several shoots while sick, but always made it through. I guess I’ve just been lucky all these years, or maybe it’s the antioxidants in the herbal tea I’m so fond of drinking. To say I felt miserable on Tuesday is an major understatement. If you’ve never had a sinus infection, consider yourself lucky. They are the WORST.

I broke down and sent Kate a message asking if we could reschedule. She and Patrick were in town for the Thanksgiving holidays, but I didn’t realize beforehand that they were leaving on Wednesday morning to drive to Huntsville to be with Patrick’s family. I told the doctor I needed something to make me feel better as soon as possible! Enter the steroid shot and instructions to hydrate and rest.

When I found out Kate and Patrick wouldn’t be back in town until February, I told them we’d still try to get the session in as planned. I laid on the couch the entire day until it was time to leave for the session. My sweet mom offered to drive me to the session and I took her up on the offer. Kate promised that she and Patrick would say prayers for me. I didn’t have much of a voice, but I was determined to make sure this sweet couple had a great engagement session experience!

The steroid shot started taking effect about the time I arrived at Kate’s family property. The light was so golden and perfect! This was not my first time to visit this gorgeous property in the tiny town of Silverhill. I photographed Kate’s sister’s wedding at the family’s farm last year, as well as her engagement and bridal sessions. It’s one of my favorite private properties I’ve ever had the privilege to visit. Despite being feeling awful, I was so excited to get to do photos at this beautiful place again! Kate and Patrick even made me a get well basket, full of satsumas, natural cough drops and herbal tea. I truly have the kindest and most thoughtful clients in the world! Then Kate surprised me with the news that the cotton on their property had not yet been harvested and we could do part of the session in that field!!!

Kate and Patrick are truly such a joyful couple. They met at Auburn University, where they’re both studying Civil Engineering. Kate says she was lucky to end up in a group with Patrick because that was where their friendship began. During the time they’ve been dating, Kate and Patrick have made many trips to Birmingham and Huntsville. On the path they take back to Auburn, there is a patch of trees that marks the final leg of the ride home. Kate says she has always loved those trees. The day Patrick asked her to be his wife, he drove her out to that special spot. Unbeknownst to Kate, he’d gotten permission from the property owners to string twinkle lights amongst the trees. He’d also filled the spot with pictures and snacks. How romantic is that?!

Kate says her mind is a blur over what happened as soon as they got out of the car. Patrick walked her out to the trees and asked her to marry him. She said yes right away. “Easiest yes of my life,” she said when we talked. She also said she hasn’t stopped smiling since the proposal and I’m happy to say that those smiles were still present throughout their entire engagement session. I just love this sweet family so much and it is such an honor to work with them again. If you love dreamy light, cotton fields and romantic portraits, this post is for you!

Kate loves oysters shells and driftwood. She brought both to her engagement session so I could use them for ring shots! I love a girl who loves tiny details like that as much as me and I can’t wait to see her incorporate elements like this into her wedding day!

This property is quite large! We couldn’t have made it to all these awesome spots without the help of Kate’s sister, Lizy. She drove us around for the whole shoot so that we could fit in as much as possible. If I hadn’t been sick, I probably would have remembered to snap a behind-the-scenes photo of our sweet chauffeur! It seems like yesterday that she was the one in front of my camera for her engagement session!

Dreamy light, romantic portraits and Southern snow. What could be better?!

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Kate + Patrick | Engaged

2018

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A St. Mary’s Catholic Church Wedding I typically sleep in on Saturday mornings. I start my day by watching Food Network and reviewing my wedding day info sheet while I drink coffee. It’s pretty routine for me to wrap up work at 10pm on Saturday nights. When I first met with Katie and her mom […]

November 22, 2018

A St. Mary’s Catholic Church Wedding

I typically sleep in on Saturday mornings. I start my day by watching Food Network and reviewing my wedding day info sheet while I drink coffee. It’s pretty routine for me to wrap up work at 10pm on Saturday nights. When I first met with Katie and her mom to chat about her wedding day, I realized that her wedding would be my first 11 o’clock ceremony wedding. I thought hard and couldn’t think of another morning wedding I’d photographed. The early ceremony time meant photography coverage would begin at 8 o’clock. I set two alarms for Saturday morning because I was worried I’d oversleep! I’m not a natural early riser, probably because I’m used to working so many late nights.

As much as I love sleeping in on most Saturdays, getting an early start has it’s advantages! Because the wedding reception was scheduled to end in the afternoon, it meant we could take some Golden Hour bride and groom portraits after the reception. I loved that Katie was game for this idea when I first presented it to her. Since she and J.R. decided to not share a First Look, having the extra time at the end of the day allowed them to get some extra bride and groom portraits! We were also able to go to some downtown Mobile locations we didn’t have time for earlier in the day.

I always love documenting sweet moments between parents and their children on wedding days. Katie told me before wedding day that she really wanted to share a First Look with her dad. But this First Look was unique. As usual, Katie’s dad was seeing her in her dress for the first time. But, he had a reveal of his own, a brand new military dress uniform. How sweet is that?!

I also loved photographing J.R. with his parents before the ceremony. J.R. is an only child and I could tell that he has a strong bond with his sweet parents. His dad was beaming with pride as he helped J.R. into his jacket and adjusted his tie. I was holding back tears as his mom pinned his boutonniere to his lapel. Their joy was contagious!

I’ve said before that I love a church wedding and Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Mobile, Alabama is one of my favorites! After a beautiful Nuptial Mass, everyone headed back downtown for lunch and dancing at the Athlestan Club. It was my first time to visit this beautiful club, but I certainly hope it’s not the last! I loved that this space had a classic ballroom vibe, while also having access to a view of Bienville Square. It was the best of both worlds! Enjoy my favorites from this lovely fall wedding and Happy Thanksgiving!

I was a second photographer at Erin and Christopher’s wedding a few years ago. If you’ve visited the home page of my website, they are the ones in the center photo with St. Joseph’s Chapel in the background. Even after a few years, this remains one of my all-time favorite bride and groom portraits! It was such fun running into them again at this wedding! I love how so many Spring Hill College alumni stay close long after graduation! Go Badgers!

Thanks to Mobile Pedicab, Katie and J.R. were able to meet me in Cathedral Square for some Golden Hour portraits. Afterwards, they continued their ride through downtown Mobile to their hotel.

Now booking for Fall 2019!

If you’re recently engaged, lets chat about wedding photography!

 

VENDORS

Photographer’s Assistant | Allyson DeMouy

Second Photographer {Ceremony} | Chad Pugh

Ceremony | St. Mary’s Catholic Church

Reception Venue & Catering | Athelstan Club

Cake | Courtney Turan

Flowers | Wildflowers

Band | Starz Live!

Makeup | Courtney Matthews

Hair Stylist | Cliff Porter, Depono Salon

Transportation | Old Shell Trolley Club & Mobile Pedicab

Bride’s Gown | David’s Bridal

Groom’s Suit | Men’s Wearehouse

 

 

 

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Katie + J.R. | Married

2018

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A Spring Hill College Engagement I love asking my clients to share their proposal story. Hearing how he asked is fun and it lets me get to know their personalities. When I met with Hannah and Ryan I was treated to the most adorable and suspenseful proposal story I’d heard in a while. Hannah and […]

November 16, 2018

A Spring Hill College Engagement

I love asking my clients to share their proposal story. Hearing how he asked is fun and it lets me get to know their personalities. When I met with Hannah and Ryan I was treated to the most adorable and suspenseful proposal story I’d heard in a while. Hannah and Ryan set out on a day trip to Cheaha State Park. They left in the wee hours of the morning, Hannah sleeping most of the way and Ryan thinking about the ring that felt like it was burning a hole in his pocket. For a couple who love hiking and the outdoors, this wasn’t an unusual date. Hannah didn’t suspect a thing.

Ryan had the proposal perfectly planned out. He’d take Hannah up to the highest point in Alabama and ask her to be his wife. In order to distract her from his real plan, he promised her they’d go for burgers after their hike. Hannah happily went along with the plans. Ryan is not only a thoughtful guy, he is also well prepared. He’d packed his GoPro for the day and made sure to stop and take pictures at multiple places along the hike. He planned to capture the moment on the camera. The scenery was amazing and Ryan knew that capturing the proposal on camera was something Hannah would treasure. He just needed to find the perfect rock.

At one point, he thought he’d found the spot. But, before either of them could blink, the GoPro sailed over the side of a cliff. They had no choice but to go off-path to retrieve the camera. Hannah was determined to find a waterfall, completely unaware that Ryan was worried his whole plan was falling apart. They’d passed a rock earlier on that seemed like a good spot, but Ryan wanted to explore other options. They ended up finding Hannah’s waterfall, but the spot wasn’t the scenic view that Ryan had envisioned for his proposal.

Ryan convinced Hannah they should revisit an area they’d seen at the beginning of the hike. There was one problem. They had to exit and re-enter the park due to the road being one-way. By this time, Hannah was thinking about that burger and Ryan was worried he was never going to get to ask the question he’d been dying to ask all day long. Then they got into a wreck (not their fault).

It took over an hour for the state trooper to arrive and file the report. By that time, Hannah was hungry and not interested in going back to the spot Ryan wanted to revisit. She never suspected he had a ring in his pocket all this time! But Ryan convinced her it was worth it to see that view. They made it to the rock. Ryan set up his GoPro, switching it to video this time. It wasn’t until he started reading Hannah a note he’d written that she realized what was happening! He got down on one knee and asked her to be his wife. She said yes immediately! Nearby hikers realized what had just happened and began cheering. Ryan checked his GoPro to show Hannah the video and discovered that the battery was dead. Noooooooo.

After all that planning, Ryan was determined to have his video. He went back to the car, found another battery and then re-enacted the moment for the camera. So, technically, Ryan proposed twice. How adorable is that?! Hannah said yes both times! They finally made it to the burger shop for their first lunch as an engaged couple. Later that night, Ryan surprised Hannah with an engagement party at Moka’s Coffe House, where the two first met. All their closest friends and family were there to celebrate the happy news.

Hannah and Ryan are such a joyful couple! Listening to their story, I felt like I was actually there. I am so honored when my couples will share stories like this with me. Hannah says that she loves that the perfect moments didn’t happen exactly as planned. She says the surprises “are what’s beautiful.” Don’t you love that?! We all need a little imperfectness in our lives, don’t you think?

Sometimes the best things are the unexpected. I thought Hannah put it into the best perspective, “We aim for perfection, but the centrality of it all is two imperfect people chasing the One who is perfect, Christ, together in the midst of the organized AND the messy.” I was BLOWN away by the beauty of that statement. It also shows just how special these two are. Hannah and Ryan, I hope you enjoy my favorites from your engagement session! Thank you for choosing me to be your wedding photographer!

I asked them to imagine they were on a dance floor. How adorable are they?!

Do you have a romantic proposal story? I’m a Mobile Alabama Wedding Photographer who loves photographing Gulf Coast weddings!

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Hannah + Ryan | Engaged

2018

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A Mobile Botanical Gardens Engagement Natalie and Wilson met at a wedding. She was a bridesmaid and he was a groomsman. They kept getting paired up for so many wedding events and have been together ever since. Of course I loved that their love story started with a wedding. It reminded me of my sweet […]

November 13, 2018

A Mobile Botanical Gardens Engagement

Natalie and Wilson met at a wedding. She was a bridesmaid and he was a groomsman. They kept getting paired up for so many wedding events and have been together ever since. Of course I loved that their love story started with a wedding. It reminded me of my sweet friends Debby and Richard. Natalie graduated from Auburn and Wilson from Alabama (I guess they’ll be a house divided!), but both settled in Birmingham after graduation. When it came time to plan their wedding, they decided Wilson’s hometown, Fairhope, would be the perfect location. I love that when we sat down for their consultation that these two were all about nailing down their timeline. Talk about being prepared! I love when my couples are so organized!

When Natalie contacted me to schedule her engagement session, I’d already planned a day of family sessions at the Mobile Botanical Gardens. It worked out perfectly for doing their session at the end of that same day. During the shoot I found out that Natalie and Wilson enjoy hiking. I always love doing sessions at the gardens because it is beautiful year-round, but it was extra perfect for two people who love the outdoors. It also meant that these two were totally game for walking to some of my favorite spots that are further inside the gardens!

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that I LOVE golden light. Well, autumn golden light just might be my favorite. There is something about the sunsets this time of year that are extra magical, extra dreamy and extra romantic. We had the most perfect golden light the afternoon of this session. I was in heaven! Enjoy my favorites!

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Natalie + Wilson | Engaged

2018

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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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