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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 Little Point Clear Winter Wedding This Sunday will mark one year ago that Tyler proposed to Stephanie! They had decided to open a couple of Christmas presents early. When Stephanie opened the box Tyler handed to her, she found an ornament inside that said, “Will you marry me?” When she looked up from the […]

December 16, 2020

A Little Point Clear Winter Wedding

This Sunday will mark one year ago that Tyler proposed to Stephanie! They had decided to open a couple of Christmas presents early. When Stephanie opened the box Tyler handed to her, she found an ornament inside that said, “Will you marry me?” When she looked up from the package, she saw that Tyler was holding a beautiful engagement ring. Stephanie said it was the most perfect moment and the most beautiful ring she’d ever seen!

After they called their families to share the exciting news, Tyler took Stephanie to her favorite Mexican restaurant for dinner. Unbeknownst to her, he’d arranged for her dad and best friends to meet them there to celebrate. Isn’t that the most perfect December proposal story?! I could totally see why Stephanie described it as one of the best nights of her life.

The first time I talked to Stephanie on the phone, I could tell our personalities were totally going to mesh and she was so fun to work with! I love that she chose a wedding gown that was blush pink and her heels were my favorite shade of blue! The color of her gown was a surprise to everyone – not even her bridesmaids had seen it! I love that as soon as she put it on, her friends were squealing with excitement. “That’s so Stephanie,” one of them exclaimed. Stephanie said when she tried on the dress she immediately knew she loved the pink color. I’m so glad that she went ahead with it because it looked beautiful, especially set against the white backgrounds at Little Point Clear!

While being photographed is not Tyler’s favorite thing to do, he was a total trooper, making sure Stephanie had the portraits she dreamed of at both their engagement session and on wedding day. When it started to rain right after their First Look, they were both so chill and laid back. I was so thankful for the porch at Little Point Clear, as well as the generously sized tent. These two things allowed us to still get soft, natural light portraits even during the downpour!

That’s a Wrap!

This wedding marks my last one for 2020! While I was driving home after Stephanie and Tyler’s reception, I couldn’t help but breathe a sigh of relief. Back in the spring, I found myself wondering if all my 2020 couples would even make it down the aisle, considering all the unknowns with the pandemic. I’m happy to say that all of my brides did just that and each celebration was wonderful!

If there is anything I’ve learned this year, it’s that moments like these should be treasured more than ever! Even those fleeting moments that can easily be forgotten seem to stand out more. Yes, there are challenges we didn’t have in the pre-Covid world, but there is also a greater appreciation for every opportunity we have to celebrate special moments.

I am so thankful to every single one of my clients, but especially to my couples who have been on this 2020 rollercoaster ride with me. To my brides and grooms, y’all are seriously the BEST and I’m so thankful for all of you! I am also thankful to my amazing team who worked these weddings with me. Stay tuned for more on that in my end of the year blog post! In the meantime, enjoy this preview of Stephanie and Tyler’s beautiful December wedding!

VENDORS

Second Photographer | Alexis Williams

Photographer’s Assistant | Regina Gomez-Guillen

Planning | Wed With Style, Vicki Stankoski

Venue | Little Point Clear

Florist | Wildflowers

Catering | Chef Will Hughes

Cake | Underground Custom Cakes

Makeup Artist | Kendall Connell

Hair Stylist | Kim Swearingen

Band | The Riot Band

Rentals | SOHO Events + Rentals

Bride + Bridesmaid Dresses | Diane’s Formal Affair – Jasper, AL

Groom + Groomsmen Attire | The Black Tux

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Stephanie + Tyler | Married

2020

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A Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Winter Wedding I first met Ashley a couple years ago when she was a bridesmaid in Katie and Trent’s wedding. I even took a photo of her and Ryan together at that reception! Last summer I got a sweet note from Ashley telling me that she was engaged and planning a wedding […]

December 9, 2020

A Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Winter Wedding

I first met Ashley a couple years ago when she was a bridesmaid in Katie and Trent’s wedding. I even took a photo of her and Ryan together at that reception! Last summer I got a sweet note from Ashley telling me that she was engaged and planning a wedding for December 2020. I was so excited to work with her because I immediately remembered her from Katie’s wedding day!

After photographing their dreamy engagement session at Bellingrath Gardens, I knew wedding day with these two was going to be a dream! Ashley is so organized and detail-oriented, but she is also incredibly easy-going and so full of joy! Ryan is definitely the quieter of the two, but he’s also that type of person that makes you feel like you’ve known him forever as soon as you meet him. On top of that, these two literally have the sweetest families. Ashley’s family is originally from Canada. I love that her mom taught me the proper pronunciation for my last name, which has clearly been Americanized over the generations. The French-Canadian pronunciation sounds so fabulous!

This day was so much fun from beginning to end. It was my first time photographing a December wedding at The Bragg-Mitchell Mansion. I love this venue in all seasons, but it was fun seeing it all decorated for Christmas! The tree in the double parlor was so festive! Now, if I could just blink my eyes and have my Christmas tree decorated! I’m a little behind on the decorating front this year. But that’s normal for 2020 right?!

Oh the JOY!

I can hardly believe I only have one more wedding to go before the end of the year! This fall season has been full of joyful couples, beautiful moments and lovely details. Now, more than ever, I enjoy putting together these blog posts because I know that so many of my couples have family and friends who are not able to celebrate with them in person because of the pandemic. My hope is that these wedding preview posts help you feel like you were seeing these moments with your own eyes.

Cheers to Ashley and Ryan! May you be blessed with many years of happiness together. Thank you so much for letting me be part of your special day! My team and I loved preserving these memories for you!

This is one of my favorite shots that my second photographer, Debby, took! Ashley’s first look with her step-dad was just the sweetest moment!

The Shade Tree created the most beautiful display for the ceremony arch!

I was in love with these flowers!

Can we talk about this amazing cake?!

Fun fact, if you count Debby, there were three of my brides at this wedding! I feel like I have been doing weddings long enough now that I need to have a reunion party for all my couples! Maybe one day in the post-pandemic world!

I love getting a photo with my couples at the wedding reception! My sweet friend Debby, who second shot this wedding for me, was also the second photographer for Katie and Trent’s wedding! Side note, we took our masks off briefly for these quick photos and it was nice to let everyone see that we are actually smiling behind our face coverings.

VENDORS

Second Photographer | Debby Cullum

Photographer’s Assistant | Regina Gomez-Guillen

Videography | Storylive Productions

Planning | Bella Victoria Events

Venue | Bragg-Mitchell Mansion

Catering | Georgia Roussos Catering 

Florist | Glen Jenkins, The Shade Tree Floral Design 

Cake | Victoria Gaston, Underground Custom Cakes 

Hair + Makeup | Chaney Wedgeworth-Smith + Ashley West, Brushed and Blushed

Band | Four Barrel Funk, Music Garden

Rentals | Port City Rentals

Bride’s Gown | Bliss Bridal, Justin Alexander

Bridesmaid Dresses | Birdy Grey

Groom + Groomsmen Attire | Francia’s Formal Affair

Ceremony Musicians | Daniela Parda, Mobile Symphony Quartet

Lighting | Southern Sounds

Koozie Design | Mackenzie Crutchfield

Jewelry | Bobby Wizig, Robert’s Jewelry

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Ashley + Ryan | Married

2020

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A Spring Hill College Winter Engagement I never would have dreamed when I was a senior at Spring Hill College that I’d one day be returning to campus to photograph engagement sessions. The summer that I took a Photography 101 class set me on an unexpected course. Every time I have a couple choose Spring […]

December 4, 2020

A Spring Hill College Winter Engagement

I never would have dreamed when I was a senior at Spring Hill College that I’d one day be returning to campus to photograph engagement sessions. The summer that I took a Photography 101 class set me on an unexpected course. Every time I have a couple choose Spring Hill for their engagement session location, it makes me smile. Those giant trees lining the Avenue of the Oaks are where a lifelong love of pictures turned into something bigger. I just didn’t know it at the time!

Rachel and William love taking walks around the Spring Hill College campus and visiting St. Joseph’s Chapel, so it was a great choice for their engagement session. It was actually a bit chilly the day of this shoot. I was amazed that Rachel was able to withstand the cool weather in a dress and sandals! She originally planned to change into a second outfit, but loved her dress so much that she decided to wear it the whole shoot. I have to say, I agree with her choice because the dress was fabulous and looked so great against the various backgrounds we used.

I am always asking my brides to share their proposal story with me. Y’all, Rachel and William have such a sweet story! Rachel said William completely surprised her with his proposal. Even though they were going out for what she thought was their two-year anniversary date, she didn’t suspect a thing.

They stopped by the chapel at the Catholic Student Center after having dinner at one of their favorite restaurants. After saying a prayer in front of the statue of Mary, they turned to leave. Rachel said the next thing she knew, William was getting down on one knee and asking her to marry him. How sweet is that?! On top of surprising her with the proposal, William further surprised Rachel by having their families and closest friends waiting for them back at Rachel’s apartment so everyone could celebrate together.

I just loved getting to spend time with these two at their engagement session. They are so full of joy and couldn’t stop laughing throughout the shoot. I truly think I have some of the happiest and sweetest clients a photographer could ask for and for that I am so very thankful!

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Rachel + William | Engaged

2020

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A Dog River Engagement Session Caitlin and Ryan have such a sweet love story. It actually began at one of my weddings! Caitlin and one of my 2019 grooms have been friends for years and it just so happened that both she and Ryan were guests at his wedding. Since the night they first met, […]

November 20, 2020

A Dog River Engagement Session

Caitlin and Ryan have such a sweet love story. It actually began at one of my weddings! Caitlin and one of my 2019 grooms have been friends for years and it just so happened that both she and Ryan were guests at his wedding. Since the night they first met, Caitlin and Ryan have been inseparable. It was love at first sight! Talk about one of the best love stories a wedding photographer could ever hear! Seriously, I was like, “this is a real-life Hallmark movie!”

I had not met these two in person ahead of their engagement session, but I immediately felt like I’d known them forever. I love that they are so joyful! It was also a treat to get to take these photos at Caitlin’s family property, where the two will be married early next year. This waterfront home is literally a photographer’s dream and we had the BEST light you could imagine the day of this session!

Caitlin’s mom is also a photographer, so she totally understood me squealing over the golden glow streaming through the trees. We both kept talking about how perfect the light was! I love that I got to see the property ahead of the wedding day. We even got to chat about where the best spot would be for the ceremony. That’s the bonus of having a mom who is a photographer…she is one hundred percent on board with planning everything around the natural light!

I could have done the entire session with the mossy oak tree background, but the waterfront portion of this property is equally as beautiful! I literally didn’t want the sun to set because I was having so much fun photographing such a happy couple in such a beautiful place.

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Caitlin + Ryan | Engaged

Engagements

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A Sacred Heart Chapel Wedding Clay proposed to Mary Emma under an oak tree on the property they purchased for building their future home. It was just the two of them in this place that will be so special to them over the years to come. Mary Emma’s and Clay’s families were both in on […]

November 18, 2020

A Sacred Heart Chapel Wedding

Clay proposed to Mary Emma under an oak tree on the property they purchased for building their future home. It was just the two of them in this place that will be so special to them over the years to come. Mary Emma’s and Clay’s families were both in on the surprise and were waiting to celebrate these two when they returned to Mary Emma’s house afterwards. To know this sweet couple is to know that family is important to them and I love working with couples who are close to their families.

I first worked with Mary Emma’s family for her cousin’s wedding back in 2018. It was such a treat to get to capture another wedding day for this sweet family! Her grandmother told me at the end of the night that she has two more granddaughters who aren’t yet married. I told her that I hope I can be there to capture their days as well because I just adore this family! On top of them being some of the kindest people you’ll meet, they also know how to have a good time, which is always the best combination for a wedding day!

While I hadn’t met Clay’s family prior to Saturday, I did know that they have had a busy year. Clay’s sister, Jill, got married at this same church just a little over a month ago. I can’t imagine having two weddings so close together in the same family, especially during a year where it has been beyond tricky to plan weddings! Thankfully, both weddings were able to go forward as planned!

After their ceremony at Sacred Heart Chapel in Fairhope, everyone headed to the evening reception, which was mostly outdoors. The location was fantastic and everyone danced the night away under the stars!

It was a treat getting to catch up with one of my 2018 couples, Maggie and Ross! It’s hard to believe they will celebrate their third wedding anniversary in April!

VENDORS

Second Photographer | Alexis Williams

Photographer’s Assistant | Regina Gomez-Guillen

Day of Coordination | Kayla Rigby – All Affairs

Ceremony | Sacred Heart Chapel

Reception | Private Property

Bridal Party & Ceremony Florals | Wildflowers

Additional Florals | Sundai Staggers – Mother of the Bride

Caterer | Naman’s Catering

Cake | Pollman’s Bake Shop

Lighting | Willow Bridge

Band | Fountain City Players – Music Garden

Rentals | Port City Rentals

Ceremony Music | Marian Hall

Makeup Artist | Chason Lipscomb

Hair | Garilynn Smith Gillespie – Salon GLS

Bride’s Gown | Bliss Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses | Bella Bridesmaids – Amsale

Transportation | Beach Bum Trolley

Favors | Sally I Creations

 

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Mary Emma + Clay | 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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