A Downtown Mobile Cathedral Wedding Happy New Year friends! I’m so excited to celebrate this first day of 2020 with a preview of Annie and Chris’ beautiful December wedding! While I didn’t meet Annie until she contacted me about photographing her wedding, I knew her sister and eldest brother in high school. We weren’t in […]
Happy New Year friends! I’m so excited to celebrate this first day of 2020 with a preview of Annie and Chris’ beautiful December wedding! While I didn’t meet Annie until she contacted me about photographing her wedding, I knew her sister and eldest brother in high school. We weren’t in the same grade, but Mobile is one big small town, especially if you attended Catholic school here. Going back to my high school years, if there was one thing I knew about the Annie’s family, it was that they are strong in their Catholic faith and fiercely loyal University of Notre Dame fans. I realize that’s technically two things, but I think they sort of blend into one for the Duffey family.
Annie and Chris both attended Notre Dame, as did all of Annie’s siblings and her brother-in-law. Talk about an amazing accomplishment! I love that their love of the Irish was infused into several details of the day. They began dinner with an Irish blessing and even invited a bagpiper to come to the reception to play the Notre Dame alma mater! It was amazing!
Heading into wedding day I knew that Annie was very detail-oriented. We had many conversations beforehand about the timing of everything, which was extra important since she and Chris were not seeing each other before the ceremony. I love that Annie thought this through in advance, leaving us some daylight post ceremony for the portraits that included both the bride and the groom. We did have a little rain towards the end of portrait time, but Annie and Chris didn’t let that dampen their joy one bit. Thankfully, the porch at the Cathedral provided us the right amount of protection from the rain.
Each moment of this day was full of intentionality. From the beautiful music that filled the Cathedral, to the custom artwork Annie created for the day, to the toasts shared over dinner – every element truly captured this sweet couple and their love for one another, their faith, their families and, of course, the University of Notre Dame.
I’d been shooting for 14 hours when the clock struck midnight, but the dance floor was still full. No one wanted this party to end! When the last song was announced, everyone formed a circle around the dance floor. With their arms linked, they sang along to “Piano Man” at the top of their lungs. Chris led Annie to the center of the circle, spinning her around the floor for one last dance. It was a moment I don’t think I’ll forget. To bear witness to such joy is a privilege. I loved capturing every minute of this day. I cannot think of a better way to close out my 2019 wedding season! Congratulations Annie and Chris!
I love this moment between Annie, her sister and her two nieces!
Annie did all the artwork for her wedding! I am blown away by her talent!
I love this capture by my second photographer, Toni, just minutes before Annie walked down the aisle.
The sweetest flower girl moment EVER! Just look at how excited these two are!
Another one of my favorite moments of the day and definitely one of my favorite photos from the ceremony.
Y’all, this ballroom looked like something straight out of a winter fairytale! I was in photographer heaven photographing all these beautiful details!
This officially marked my first wedding with a bagpiper!
I loved seeing so many friends and past clients at this wedding!
Chris dancing with his sister at the reception was the sweetest moment!
Annie and Chris shared one final dance together after the guests headed outside for the exit. Best idea ever!
Second Photographer | Toni Goodie
Photographer’s Assistant | Katy Rasp
Videographer | Robbie Reynolds
Reception Venue & Catering | Renaissance Riverview Hotel, Mobile
Florals | Lenae Denson, Cleveland the Florist
Cake | Couture Cakes
Hair Stylist | Becca Townley
Makeup Artist | Elisabeth Wells, Studio 33
Band | Emerald Empire Band
Lighting | Willow Bridge
Groomsmen Attire | The Black Tux
Calligraphy | Mike Macaluso and Kirby Anne Plessala
Artwork | Annie Duffey Ruflin
My Favorite Bride + Groom Portraits Happy New Year’s Eve! It has truly been a wonderful and busy year here at Elizabeth Gelineau Photography! I’m so thankful for every single client I’ve had the opportunity to work with over these past twelve months. As I reflect on the year, I can’t help but think of […]
Happy New Year’s Eve! It has truly been a wonderful and busy year here at Elizabeth Gelineau Photography! I’m so thankful for every single client I’ve had the opportunity to work with over these past twelve months. As I reflect on the year, I can’t help but think of all my brides and grooms and their wedding days. As you can imagine, so much work goes into planning a wedding! I work with my couples before, during and after the big day. Capturing the memories of their special day brings me such joy! When I receive a handwritten thank you note, or a call from their mom saying she cried happy tears looking at the gallery, or a Christmas card in the mail featuring one of their portraits, I am reminded of how special it is to get to do this thing that I love called photography.
To recap another wonderful year of weddings, I’m sharing one favorite portrait of each couple from my 2019 season. As with the engagement recap post, sticking to just one portrait from each wedding was nearly impossible!!! To see more from each couple’s day, click on their names below their portrait! To all my 2019 brides and grooms, thank you for trusting me with your memories! Cheers to 2020 and all those wedding days to come in the new year!
Annie + Chris – Blog Post Coming Soon!
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She Said Yes! I’m celebrating the end of the year with a look back on some of my favorite engagement portraits from 2019! It’s so hard to believe how fast this year flew by. When I look back on these sessions I feel like we were just doing most of these photos last week! Some […]
I’m celebrating the end of the year with a look back on some of my favorite engagement portraits from 2019! It’s so hard to believe how fast this year flew by. When I look back on these sessions I feel like we were just doing most of these photos last week! Some of these couples were married this year and some are 2020 couples! They are all so special to me and I am so thankful to have worked with each of them this year!
When I leave a shoot, I always have a ton of favorite images I’m excited to share. But, over time, there are often certain images that stand out in my mind when I think about a couple and their session. I can usually remember these without even having to look back through the pictures. These are the photos that are often sneak peeks, blog post header images, or those that I just can’t hold myself back from sharing multiple times in my Instagram feed. These are the portraits that make my heart sing!
If I wasn’t careful, this post could be massive! To keep myself from going overboard, I restricted myself to choosing just one portrait per session. Talk about the hardest task ever!!! A massive thank you to all these couples for such a fun and JOYFUL year! To see more from each couple’s session, click on their names under their portrait!
A Gulf Shores Engagement When I first started photographing weddings I did not realize what an important role engagement sessions play in the wedding day experience. I photographed several weddings where I met the groom for the first time on the wedding day. While we still got great portraits on those wedding days, I slowly […]
When I first started photographing weddings I did not realize what an important role engagement sessions play in the wedding day experience. I photographed several weddings where I met the groom for the first time on the wedding day. While we still got great portraits on those wedding days, I slowly started to realize that the engagement session actually plays a vital role and needed to be part of every couple’s wedding experience. This is why I now gift an engagement session to every single couple who books their wedding with me!
How can the engagement session affect wedding day? It’s the warm-up, the practice round, the time where you can get used to being in front of the camera. Come wedding day you’ll be all warmed up and will know what to expect. Muscle memory is not just a thing with sports. It works with portrait posing too! Photography is a creative endeavor, so there is definitely a minimum amount of time needed to create amazing bride and groom portraits, but the engagement session means we can work at a slightly quicker pace because the poses come more naturally. On a day where every single second counts, that is definitely a bonus!
Julie and TJ live in Texas, so we had a bit of trouble aligning our schedules for their engagement session. In the end, we decided that it made the most sense to do them during wedding week. Two days before the wedding I met up with these two at the beach for this session. We were able to shoot at the same house where the wedding was held, which was amazing! I loved getting to meet their families and some of their friends ahead of the big day too! Enjoy some of my favorites from their session!
A Downtown Mobile Engagement I stepped out of the car and into the fierce wind that was whipping through downtown Mobile. My hair immediately swirled in front of my face and I struggled to contain it into a neat ponytail. The chill in the air seemed to have arrived so suddenly. Wasn’t it in the […]
I stepped out of the car and into the fierce wind that was whipping through downtown Mobile. My hair immediately swirled in front of my face and I struggled to contain it into a neat ponytail. The chill in the air seemed to have arrived so suddenly. Wasn’t it in the 70s just the day or so before? I always say that our weather can turn on a dime and it’s so true!
Doing a portrait session on a windy day reminds me of what it’s like to play a windy tennis match. It’s definitely trickier than an average shoot because you have to figure out how to work with the wind. If you try to fight it, you’ll lose every single time. Normally I select a spot first for lighting and second for location. On windy days, I select for lighting, wind and then location. It’s all about figuring out which way blows the hair away from the face!
So there I was standing in Bienville Square waiting for Resi and Jacob to arrive and trying to think about what spots would be buffered on such a blustery day. I had a few in mind and, thankfully, Resi and Jacob are the most laid back couple so they were game for following me to spots that I knew would give us a reprieve from the wind gusts. To get to those spots we had to walk through several windy areas though! These two were total troopers the whole time! I was so glad that they agreed with me that a cool wind was better than a hot, humid day!
This session marks my last engagement shoot of 2019 and it was a great one to end on! Resi and Jacob, thank you so much for choosing me to be your wedding photographer! I know we’re going to have so much fun on wedding day this spring!
Kelly + philip: a downtown mobile, al ceremony + bayside reception
A few weeks before Kelly + Philip's wedding, their planner told me that there was going to be a surprise fireworks show during the reception! It was the highlight of the night! Click to see this timeless spring wedding!
carolyn + neal: a sacred heart chapel ceremony + grand hotel reception
Carolyn + Neal invited both of their families to join them for a destination wedding on Mobile Bay. Sacred Heart Chapel captured Carolyn's heart when she first visited the area. Click to see this classic summer wedding!
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