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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 Black and Gold Inspiration Wedding I absolutely love editorial shoots and I especially love when they are wedding themed! Earlier this year I photographed this inspiration wedding for Mobile Bay Magazine’s annual bridal issue. This day was so much fun. We had an amazing team of contributors, led by the editorial staff at Mobile […]

June 19, 2019

A Black and Gold Inspiration Wedding

I absolutely love editorial shoots and I especially love when they are wedding themed! Earlier this year I photographed this inspiration wedding for Mobile Bay Magazine’s annual bridal issue. This day was so much fun. We had an amazing team of contributors, led by the editorial staff at Mobile Bay Magazine. Publication space is limited in the magazine, so there are many shots that I loved that didn’t make it into the issue. I’m excited to finally share all my favorites here on the blog!

The theme for this shoot was a bit modern. Black and gold accents carried throughout all the details. It created a very sleek feel for the shoot. Some of my favorite details were the florals by Julia Greer Fobes, the beautiful invitation suite by Soiree Signatures, and the AMAZING bridal gown worn by our sweet model, Masha. Seriously, I squealed when they showed me the dress and we were all obsessed with the bow in the back!

This shoot was such a dream thanks to an awesome creative team! Even though we were tired at the end of the day, I was sad to say it’s a wrap on this one. It was just that much fun! A massive thank you to the team at Mobile Bay for asking me to be part of this shoot and to our models – Carley, Tyler and Masha – for being such a JOY to photograph.

We were finished with our shot list when I asked Masha for one more portrait. So often those ending shots turn out to be my favorites!

Isn’t this set of rings stunning?!

THE CREATIVE TEAM

Styling | Maggie Lacey & Abby Parrott, Mobile Bay Magazine Staff

Location | Alabama Contemporary Art Center

Models | Carley Hooks, Tyler McIlwain, Masha Poling – Barefoot Modeling

Makeup | Olivia Fryfogle

Hair | Adelaide McAleer

Florals | Julia Greer Fobes

Invitations | Soiree Signatures

Bridesmaid Dress | Bella Bridesmaids

Bride’s Gown | Monique Lhuillier, Ivory & White Bridal Boutique

Wedding Bands & Engagement Ring | Zundel’s Jewelry

Rentals | Port City Rentals

Cake | Pollman’s Bake Shop

Groom’s Suit | Metzger’s Clothing

Table Setting | The Ivy Cottage , Living Well

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Mobile Bay Bride Feature

Weddings

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A Gender Reveal Portrait Session One of the things I love most about being a wedding photographer is getting to bear witness to one of the most special days of a couple’s life. I say one of the ‘most special’ because I know that other special days will come after that day. The day a […]

June 15, 2019

A Gender Reveal Portrait Session

One of the things I love most about being a wedding photographer is getting to bear witness to one of the most special days of a couple’s life. I say one of the ‘most special’ because I know that other special days will come after that day. The day a couple finds out they’re expecting their first child is certainly one of those most special days, as is the day they find out if they’re having a boy or a girl.

I first met Samantha in 2016 when she was newly engaged to Robby. It’s hard to believe that’s been three years ago already! Samantha is one of the sweetest brides I’ve ever worked with. When she asked me if I could do a gender reveal portrait session to celebrate their growing family, I said yes faster than buttercream icing will melt on a humid summer wedding day!

It is such a joy to work with clients who love photos as much as I do and Samantha certainly shares my love of pictures! I absolutely loved her idea for this reveal. She incorporated both an exploding golf ball and confetti into the reveal. Only her friend who ordered the reveal items knew the gender prior to this shoot. Samantha and Robby wore the color that matched their guess of the gender. Seriously, it was the cutest!

While they initially intended to surprise everyone with their happy news via the photos, Samantha couldn’t keep the secret from her parents. They ended up coming to the session so that they could see the reveal in person. I love that her dad was able to record the moment as I took these photos!

I know y’all are dying to know if it’s going to be a boy or a girl, so scroll down to see the big reveal! Samantha and Robby, congratulations and thank you for trusting me with your very special memories! This was too much fun!!!

It’s a GIRL!!!

Samantha and her sweet parents right after the reveal! I love how close these three are.

Click to view more gender reveal and maternity sessions!

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Will it Be Pink or Blue?

Portraits

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A Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Spring Wedding What do we do if it rains? I hear this question often, usually when we’re starting to work on a bride’s wedding day timeline. My answer is always the same – it’s always a good idea to have a Plan B just in case. After all, Mobile has been named […]

June 12, 2019

A Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Spring Wedding

What do we do if it rains? I hear this question often, usually when we’re starting to work on a bride’s wedding day timeline. My answer is always the same – it’s always a good idea to have a Plan B just in case. After all, Mobile has been named the rainiest city in America. When the weather forecast showed 90 percent chance of rain a few days ahead of Marlee and Ben’s wedding, I knew that we’d likely have to be flexible with our portrait plans. I also knew that we were going to be at one of the best places in Mobile if you have to deal with rain on a wedding day.

The Bragg-Mitchell Mansion has been a favorite Mobile landmark of mine since I was a kid. I have always loved history and historic fiction. Naturally, the first time I visited the Bragg, I halfway expected Scarlett O’Hara to walk out the front door. The house is framed by a driveway lined with large oak trees and azalea bushes. It screams Southern hospitality like nothing else. I knew that if we had to deal with rain we’d have plenty of space inside and a large porch to work with. I knew Marlee’s dream was to have her ceremony outside, so I prayed the rain would hold off. Forecasts aren’t always correct.

Marlee and Ben are two of the most joyful people I’ve ever met. You can’t be around them and not feel happy. I loved getting to know them at their engagement session and I knew that they wouldn’t let a little rain dampen their wedding day spirits. The morning of the wedding arrived and the skies were clear. It looked like we weren’t going to have to deal with rain at all. I was cautiously optimistic.

Rain in the Rainiest City

It started to storm right when we were headed downstairs to get set for Marlee and Ben’s First Look. Thankfully, Marlee and Ben are both easy-going and trusting. We quickly changed our plan and moved the First Look indoors. The bride’s room at the Bragg is painted all white and has floor to ceiling windows, which provide plenty of natural light. It’s literally a photographer’s dream! The light was so soft and beautiful in this space that we used it for the First Look and some bride and groom portraits. Some of the shots we took in this room turned out to be some of my favorites from the day.

The sun started to peek out behind the clouds right as we were finishing up bridal party portraits. Ben’s groomsmen jumped into action and quickly moved all the chairs for the ceremony to the outside lawn. I was so happy for Marlee and Ben that they were getting the outdoor ceremony they envisioned! I always say that some of the most beautiful golden light follows a rainstorm and that was definitely true of this day! I’m so thankful to Marlee and Ben for trusting me through the crazy weather and letting their joy shine through no matter what! Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Murphree!

Don’t Marlee and her mom look like they could be sisters?!

Marlee kept two special family heirlooms close to her on wedding day – the gold band that belonged to her late father was tied to her bouquet and she wore her grandmother’s ruby ring. I love photographing details that have such a special meaning to the bride and her family.

Marlee’s girls were so excited to see her in her dress for the first time!

Moments like this one make my heart happy. How sweet is this First Look?!

These bridesmaids were seriously the best! I didn’t think we could fit the whole group on the porch, but we had to try because it was still raining. We literally filled the porch, edge to edge. Thank you girls for making this photo happen!

A Special Tribute

Marlee and Ben have each lost a parent. A remembrance arrangement honored the memory of Marlee’s dad and Ben’s mom at the reception. When the sunshine broke through just in time for the ceremony, I couldn’t help but think that it was a wedding gift from heaven.

VENDORS

Second Photographer | Jacob Bennett

Photographer’s Assistant | Megan Garofalo

Venue | The Bragg-Mitchell Mansion

Videography | Salt & Light Visuals

Caterer | Tyners Catering

Cake Artist | Rhonda Cockrell

Florist | Blooming Fabulous

Makeup Artist | Becca Townley, Allure Studio

Hair Stylist | Britney Hadley, Beauty Bar

Band | Black Jacket, Music Garden

Rentals | Port City Rentals

Bride’s Gown | I Do Bridal, Essence of Australia

Bridesmaid Dresses | Bella Bridesmaids, Joanna August

Groom & Groomsmen Attire | Men’s Wearhouse

Wedding Coozies | Sally i Creations

Custom Art Map | Melissa Smith

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Marlee + Ben | Married

2019

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A St. James Episcopal Fairhope, AL Wedding Can you believe it’s already June?! This wedding marks the halfway point in my 2019 calendar, which absolutely blows my mind! How has this time flown by so fast?! I was so excited for this first of three June weddings on my calendar because I got to shoot […]

June 5, 2019

A St. James Episcopal Fairhope, AL Wedding

Can you believe it’s already June?! This wedding marks the halfway point in my 2019 calendar, which absolutely blows my mind! How has this time flown by so fast?! I was so excited for this first of three June weddings on my calendar because I got to shoot at two venues I’d never been to before. Natalie and Wilson chose to get married at St. James Episcopal Church, where Wilson’s family have been members for years. I absolutely loved visiting this church. It the perfect setting for a wedding and the music that filled the church for the ceremony was equally as beautiful. I could have listened to those musicians all day!

Before the ceremony, Natalie and her girls spent the morning getting ready at Emma’s Bay House. I’d also never been to this venue before, despite passing it nearly every time I shoot in Fairhope. This house was the perfect getting ready and portrait location! When rain started to fall right in the middle of bride and groom portrait time, I wasn’t worried because I knew that the deep porch was going to allow us to still take natural light portraits outside. You can’t even tell it was raining in most of the photos!

Natalie chose my favorite shade of blue for the bridesmaid dresses! It perfectly complimented the gorgeous bouquets that her girls carried. I loved the pops of color from the coral and peach colored blooms! I’m a girl who loves flowers (even though I’m also allergic to many of them), so I always get giddy about photographing beautiful bouquets. I was also obsessed with the floral display that accented the cake table at the reception! It’s a new favorite for sure!

Natalie and Wilson met each other at a wedding. She was a bridesmaid and he was a groomsman. Wilson’s mom told me that Natalie and Wilson danced the night away with one another the night that they met. It was a love at first sight moment. All their friends knew they were witnessing something magical. I smiled as I watched Wilson twirl Natalie around the dance floor at their own wedding reception on Saturday night. These two are now dance partners for life. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Smith!

This next photo reminds me of a portrait that was taken of my parents on their wedding day. It has always been my mom’s favorite photo from their wedding and still sits in a frame on their dresser. When Wilson’s mom asked me if I could take a portrait like this to match photos she has framed from her other two children’s weddings, I couldn’t help but think of my parents and the “doorway photo” from their wedding day.

They say rain on a wedding day is a sign of a blessing from above. We had jus the lightest drizzle after the ceremony, which cooled things off a bit.

I am obsessed with this cake table display!

VENDORS

Second Photographer | Jacob Bennett

Photographer’s Assistant | Allyson DeMouy

Getting Ready Venue | Emma’s Bay House

Ceremony | St. James Episcopal

Reception Venue & Catering | The Venue – Fairhope, Ala.

Florals | Dennis Harris, Zimlich the Florist

Cake | Cakes by Judi

Makeup & Hair | Ashley West

Band | New Orleans Players

Ceremony Organist | Helen Rodgers

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Natalie + Wilson | Married

2019

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A Grand Hotel Spring Wedding The golf cart was on the way to pick us up for golden hour portraits, but the sun was setting quickly. We agreed it was better to start walking to our pre-determined portrait spot. Thankfully, Carolyn was wearing her comfy Kate Spade Keds by this time! We quickly started walking […]

May 29, 2019

A Grand Hotel Spring Wedding

The golf cart was on the way to pick us up for golden hour portraits, but the sun was setting quickly. We agreed it was better to start walking to our pre-determined portrait spot. Thankfully, Carolyn was wearing her comfy Kate Spade Keds by this time! We quickly started walking towards the rocks that overlook the bay and the sunset. Just when it looked like we were going to miss the sunset window completely, our chariot pulled up!

Holiday weekends are always crazy crowded at The Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Ala. This Memorial Day weekend was no exception! As soon as the golf cart pulled up, we jumped on board! Our chauffeur, Greg, swiftly navigated us to the other side of the hotel property. We made it to our portrait location just in the nick of time! When we pulled up, I took note of two things – the water looked like a watercolor painting and the beach was full of people. Yikes!

I usually don’t take my clients to portrait locations that are super crowded. It can be a bit intimidating to have a bunch of people watching you be photographed, especially when the spot you’re using is basically like a stage. Carolyn and Neal were total troopers though. Some of my favorite portraits of the day came from this spot on the beach with the rocks! The post sunset glow was just perfect!

Magnolias and Mermaids

Carolyn is truly a Southern bride and her wedding day couldn’t have been more dreamy! I loved that she incorporated her love of magnolias into both her florals and her invitations. We even ended up with a magnolia tree in the background of many of the portraits we took after the ceremony. Carolyn truly looked regal in her amazing wedding gown! It’s design made me think of her love of Disney princesses, which we totally bonded over at her engagement session. Carolyn even added a nod to her favorite Disney princess, Ariel from The Little Mermaid, into some of her wedding details! The two themes were blended together to perfection by the talented team at Jenna Laine Weddings.

Carolyn and Neal are so loved by their family and friends. Both of Carolyn’s parents were misty-eyed the entire day. When the tears started flowing during the daddy-daughter first look, Carolyn passed her handkerchief to her dad so he could wipe away his tears too. It was the sweetest moment! Carolyn and Neal live in Nashville, so all their family and friends traveled to Point Clear to celebrate with them. I loved seeing the custom map each guest received inside their welcome box on display at the reception!

A Year in the Making

I worked with Carolyn for over a year and I knew from every conversation I had with her that this day was going to be beautiful. When I arrived in the bridal suite the day of the wedding, Carolyn had all her bridal details laid out on a table for me. I was instantly smitten with her beautiful invitation suite and her pink Mrs. Box ring box! Since we knew the day was likely going to be a warm one, we made sure to stagger portrait time in order to allow for a few breaks throughout the day and goodness was it needed! Welcome to the humidity capital of the South y’all!

After nearly two years of planning, Carolyn and Neal said their “I Dos” in one of my favorite churches on Mobile Bay. It was so fun for me to see their friends and family take in this sweet setting for the first time. I jokingly say that Fairhope is a utopia of sorts and it truly seemed like it on this day. As Carolyn and Neal exited the church after being pronounced husband and wife, they were greeted with cheers from the boats that were cruising around the bay. It was truly a Fairhope moment. I smiled at how wonderfully perfect it all was.

Did you know that burying a bottle of bourbon is supposed to bring good weather on wedding days? Carolyn and Neal buried one outside the church months before the wedding. Her dad and Neal dug it up after the ceremony. Neal later enjoyed toasting with it at the reception!

I didn’t get the story on Neal’s groom’s cake, but it’s definitely one of the most unique ones I’ve ever seen!

Yes, I squealed when I walked outside to see this gorgeous sunset light! It was MAGICAL!

VENDORS

Second Photographer | Jacob Bennett

Photographer’s Assistant | Allyson DeMouy

Planning & Rentals | Jenna Laine Weddings

Ceremony Venue | Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Reception Venue & Catering | The Grand Hotel, Point Clear, Ala.

Florals | Belle Bouquet

Cake Artist | Couture Cakes

Makeup & Hair | Chelsey, Allure Hair and Makeup Studio

DJ | Southern Sounds DJ

Bride’s Gown | Emily Hart Bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses | Bella Bridesmaids, Jenny Yoo

Groom & Groomsmen Attire | Men’s Wearhouse

Ceremony Musicians | Laura Morris & Jimmy Jones

Calligrapher | Southern Calligraphy

Custom Wedding Map | Melissa Smith

Welcome Box Cookies | Baking Me Happy

 

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Carolyn + Neal | 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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