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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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Behind the Scenes Fun We kicked off 2020 not knowing what was in store for the rest of the year. The first three weddings on my calendar went off without any concerns of a pandemic entering our minds. Those were the good ‘ole days, right?! Seriously, they were carefree times. The world changed the week […]

December 31, 2020

Behind the Scenes Fun

We kicked off 2020 not knowing what was in store for the rest of the year. The first three weddings on my calendar went off without any concerns of a pandemic entering our minds. Those were the good ‘ole days, right?! Seriously, they were carefree times.

The world changed the week after Resi and Jacob’s wedding. It’s so crazy to look back on those photos now that we’ve made it to the end of 2020. I know I wasn’t anticipating things going the way they did for the rest of the year on that day. Fast forward to post-lockdown weddings – I added a mask to my wedding day packing checklist. My number one goal was to keep myself healthy so that I didn’t have to miss a wedding due to getting Covid.

With a summer-fall schedule that was stacked with back-to-back weekends of weddings, plus a double header weekend, I knew that if I caught the virus it would likely mean missing at least two weddings and possibly more. Yes, I still could have gotten sick even by taking these measures, but I could only have peace of mind knowing I’d taken all precautions possible.

I am so incredibly thankful to my friends who work as part of my team on wedding days! They helped me make it through this year without a panic attack by shifting their schedules to work on new dates. They put up with my OCD nature, my constant need for a cold Perrier, and my lack of selfie skills. I love that they serve my clients joyfully and with a smile…even when that smile is covered with a mask!

Enjoy this behind the scenes look at this year’s weddings! Cheers to 2021!

We started out the year carefree and excited for an awesome 2020…

Then this became our new normal…

But we carried on doing what we love…

Fluffing dresses…

Photographing pretty details…

Testing locations for good light is so important and my assistants are pros at this…

They are also the secret to a killer veil toss photo…

We are trained to make the most of a location, even when space is tight…

Even concerns about snakes won’t stop me from finding that perfect angle for a shot…

Don’t mind me, I’m just creeping in the bushes for the best shot of the bride and groom during toasts…

Sometimes my lack of height is a challenge…thank goodness for live view on my camera!

We loved working with so many videographers this year!

Storylive Productions filmed weddings for two of my 2020 couples!

This year was my first year to work with RL Films and Mondaini Films.

It was also my first time working with JD Cobb Productions and Milestones Studios.

And I was so EXCITED to work with my sweet friends Cheree and Bryan with The Wild Soul Films at Jill and Cooper’s wedding!

Seriously, I love these two!

We also worked with so many wonderful wedding planners! I wish I had photos of all of them, but they are always working so hard that we don’t always get them in a photo! Thank you to Events Detailed, Jenna Laine Weddings, Wed With Style, Bella Victoria Events, Ginny McElhaney- Simmons, Kendra Lee Events and All Affairs by Kayla for all you do to make wedding days run smoothly!

2020 was a bit stressful at times, but we still had a lot of fun…

Alexis and Regina worked more weddings with me than anyone else…they are a dynamic duo! I love wedding days with them!

They go the extra mile, including wiping humidity off windows so I could safely hang the dress for a detail photo…

They always know when I’m in need of an ice-cold Perrier…

And they are always so positive!

My dear friend Debby traveled down from Birmingham a few times to shoot with me this year! She definitely brings the humor to a wedding day…

She and Regina are also an awesome team! And, yes, with our masks on we are all often mistaken for each other!

She is one of the most dedicated and dependable people I know, even shooting with me on a weekend when her pup Elliot was in his final days of life. Thankfully, she made it home in time to be with him when he passed.

Like all of us, Debby is ready to say “peace out” to 2020!

My sweet friend Toni also helped me with several weddings this year! I couldn’t have survived my double header weekend without her and Alexis!

Toni is a ray of sunshine and so good at reading my mind! She knows what I’m going to say before the words leave my mouth most of the time!

Evan shot with me on a few weddings this year as well. She always brings so much energy to a wedding day!

That’s a wrap on the year here at Elizabeth Gelineau Photography! If you made it to the end of this crazy long post, thank you! Most importantly, thank you to my clients, my friends who worked all these weddings with me, and to the amazing vendors who brought these beautiful weddings to life! We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful community of wedding vendors here in the Mobile Bay Area. I can’t wait to see what 2021 has in store for us all! Here’s lookin’ at you 2020.

 

 

 

 

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That’s a Wrap 2020!

2020

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She Said Yes! I LOVE taking engagement portraits for my couples! It’s often the first time that I’m meeting them in person and I love getting to know them ahead of the wedding day. I take a limited number of wedding bookings each year so that I can make sure each couple gets a personalized […]

December 30, 2020

She Said Yes!

I LOVE taking engagement portraits for my couples! It’s often the first time that I’m meeting them in person and I love getting to know them ahead of the wedding day. I take a limited number of wedding bookings each year so that I can make sure each couple gets a personalized experience. Come wedding day, I want us to feel like old friends. After all, I’m with my couples more on the wedding day than almost anyone else! Crazy, but true!

While March, April and May are typically the most popular months for engagement sessions, the spring shut down meant that most of my couples who planned on spring sessions had to shift plans from spring to summer or fall. I did the majority of these sessions within the second half of the year, dodging two hurricanes in the midst of the pandemic. Whew!

Looking back on these sessions makes me so excited for upcoming engagement sessions with more of my 2021 couples, as well as wedding days! Enjoy my favorite engagement portraits from 2020! It was so very hard to stick to just one portrait per couple! These are my true favorites, the portraits that make me squeal with excitement. If you’d like to see more from each session, click the names below the photo for their full engagement session preview post! Enjoy!

Jessica + Quentin

Mary Catherine + Michael

Sarah + Wes

Katie + Kendrick

Bailey + Dave

Mary Catherine + Russell

Mary Emma + Clay

Grace + Connor

Eden + Hunter

Katie + Dylan

Sherish + Taylor

Katie + Casey

Mary Cameron + Eric

Bailey + Tony

Abby + Aaron

Ashley + Ryan

Lane + Jake

Hannah + Austin 

Stephanie + Tyler

Caitlin + Ryan

Rachel + William

Mackenzie + Will

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Best of Engagements 2020

2020

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My Favorite Bride + Groom Portraits We made it to the end of 2020! Reaching the end of this year feels like a major accomplishment, more so than any other year. Yes, 2020 has been a roller-coaster ride, but, in the end, all of my couples made it down the aisle. There aren’t enough words […]

December 29, 2020

My Favorite Bride + Groom Portraits

We made it to the end of 2020! Reaching the end of this year feels like a major accomplishment, more so than any other year. Yes, 2020 has been a roller-coaster ride, but, in the end, all of my couples made it down the aisle. There aren’t enough words for me to express how thankful I am for each of them for their loyalty and support during such a tough year! I know it wasn’t easy to be a 2020 bride!

While almost all of my 2020 couples had to alter plans in one way or another, it was still an amazing year of weddings! If anything, the pandemic made us all realize even more how special it is to get to celebrate these moments. It’s certainly made me realize even more how special it is to have the privilege of preserving these memories for my sweet clients and their families.

Cheers to all of my brides and grooms who officially became Mr. and Mrs. in 2020! It was an unforgettable year that we’ll always remember! Enjoy this look back at my favorite bride and groom portraits from this year!

Catherine + Thomas

Bailey + Tony

Resi + Jacob

Anna + Michael

Cassidy + Noah

Sally + Travis

Jill + John

Marlye + Peyton

Bailey + Dave

Sarah + Wes

Mary Catherine + Russell

Mary Catherine + Michael

Libby + Hunter

Michelle + David

Katie + Kendrick

Sherish + Taylor

Katie + Dylan

Jill + Cooper

Mary Emma + Clay

Ashley + Ryan

Stephanie + Tyler

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Best of Weddings 2020

2020

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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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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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