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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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Inspiration for a Bayside Wedding Sacred Heart Chapel is a tiny, white, historic church that sits right on Mobile Bay in Fairhope, Alabama. It is quintessentially Southern and the perfect setting for a wedding! I have photographed many real weddings at this quaint chapel. When Mobile Bay Bride Magazine asked me to photograph this inspiration […]

May 14, 2018

Inspiration for a Bayside Wedding

Sacred Heart Chapel is a tiny, white, historic church that sits right on Mobile Bay in Fairhope, Alabama. It is quintessentially Southern and the perfect setting for a wedding! I have photographed many real weddings at this quaint chapel. When Mobile Bay Bride Magazine asked me to photograph this inspiration wedding for their 2018 issue, I immediately said yes! They were working with some of my favorite vendors in the wedding industry on this shoot and I knew that with the Mobile Bay editorial staff leading the way it would be amazing.

The day of the shoot drew near and of course there was rain in the forecast. I called Maggie, Executive Editor at MBB, and asked her if there was a rain plan. We certainly weren’t going to change plans until the last possible minute because, well, if you’re from around here you know how fickle our weather can be. So we said some prayers and somehow we lucked out with gorgeous weather the day of this shoot! Every detail came together so beautifully and I just kept pinching myself to make sure it was all real. As my friend Laura would say, it was a DREAM!

Because this shoot was a feature story, it incorporated a lot of elements. We had food, fashion, florals, table settings, and amazing jewelry! I was in photographer heaven with so many pretty things to photograph! This story was photographed in the winter, but publication wasn’t until April. It was SO hard to wait to share these images and I have been dying to blog some of my favorites ever since the issue hit newsstands. Since publication coincided with busy wedding season, I am just now getting a chance to put this post together! Only a handful of images fit into the magazine, so I hope you enjoy seeing the extras from this gorgeous styled shoot!

If you’re planning a Southern-style wedding, this post is definitely full of inspiration for you! Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post for the list of contributors.

How amazing are these florals?! Wildflowers truly outdid themselves on these bouquets!

I love the design of this cake by Couture Cakes! It reminded me of ocean waves!

I love a black and white portrait!

The table setting, placecard and the custom linen napkins just happened to fit right in with my brand colors and my name. How perfect is that?! I was obsessed with this look!

John is an intern at Mobile Bay Magazine. I don’t think he had any idea when he took the job that it might include modeling, but he did such a fantastic job as our groom on this shoot!

This food looked SO delicious!

Here’s a little behind the scenes look at the team that helped out on this shoot!

Thank you to Mobile Bay Bride Magazine for this amazing experience!

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For full details on products featured in this shoot, pick up a copy of the 2018 issue of Mobile Bay Bride!

 

CONTRIBUTORS

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

Planning | Jenna Rachal, Jenna Laine Weddings

Hair Stylist | Brady Helton

Makeup Artist | Olivia Fryfogle

Models | Gabi Bradley, Hannah Carroll, Baylee Keefe

Location | Sacred Heart Chapel

Clothing | G. Harvell, Something New, Bliss Bridal

Florals | Wildflowers

Invitations, Menus & Tablescape | Jenna Laine Weddings

Ribbon | Honey Silks & Co.

Rings | Zundel’s

Custom Linen Napkins | Bobbins

Calligraphy | Southern Calligraphy

Rentals | SoHo Events & Rentals

Cake | Couture Cakes

Food | Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina & The Wandering Oyster

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Mobile Bay Bride | Styled Shoot

2018

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Wedding Style Inspiration Who is getting excited for the Royal wedding?! I remember hearing my mom talk about watching Lady Diana marry Prince Charles when I was a kid. Like much of the world, she woke up in the early hours of the morning to watch the wedding on tv. I can’t remember when I […]

April 18, 2018

Wedding Style Inspiration

Who is getting excited for the Royal wedding?! I remember hearing my mom talk about watching Lady Diana marry Prince Charles when I was a kid. Like much of the world, she woke up in the early hours of the morning to watch the wedding on tv. I can’t remember when I first became aware of the massive influence Diana’s gown had on wedding fashion, but I do know that two of my aunts had “Lady Di” inspired gowns for their wedding days, puffed sleeves and all. I was a flower girl in both of their weddings and I remember being in awe of how regal they looked.

So, naturally, in 2011 when Kate Middleton walked down the aisle to marry Prince William, I set my alarm for 4 a.m. and watched every second of the wedding coverage. When the now Duchess of Cambridge stepped out of the car at Westminster Abbey and the world got its first look at that gorgeous Alexander McQueen wedding gown, I was in awe of the exquisite design. It was simply breathtaking. As we approach this year’s Royal wedding, I find myself most interested in what Meghan’s dress will look like. Will she go for a ballgown style, or a sleek silhouette? What impact will her choice have on wedding fashion for the next few years?

Needless to say, I love a beautiful gown, so getting the opportunity to photograph this bridal fashion shoot for Mobile Bay Bride was an absolute dream! I have done shoots that incorporated fashion before, but this was my first fashion focused shoot and it was a TOTAL DREAM! We had the most gorgeous gowns, loveliest models, amazing flowers, a fantastic venue, killer hair and makeup artists and, of course, the phenomenal Mobile Bay Magazine editorial team.

This black and white portrait of Anna is definitely a forever favorite for me!

I love printed bridesmaid dresses! Pick up the latest copy of Mobile Bay Bride for all the style information on these gowns!

Sweet Sofia, your smile is just so much fun to photograph!

Another forever favorite!

THIS. DRESS. Hands down, my favorite gown of the day. So romantic, so timeless, and so delicate.

This portrait of Bayley is also a forever favorite.

ย Can you tell that I love a black and white bridal portrait?

Another favorite! This one made it into the spread in color, but I love the richness of the black and white version too!

This look made me think of Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy, two of my favorite style icons.

These gorgeous bouquets were designed by Julia Greer Fobes, one of the sweetest and most talented floral designers I know.

I hear that this golden yellow is going to be THE color for bridesmaids dresses this year. It’s definitely a bold and fun color.

Planning your dream wedding? I hope this post has given you some inspiration as you head out to find your perfect gown!

Interested in wedding packages and availability? Contact me and we can set up a time to chat!

 

Published In | Mobile Bay Bride

Makeup | Olivia Fryfogle

Hair | Chaney Smith

Flowers | Julia Greer Fobes

Location | The Pillars of Mobile

Models | Bayley Albinger, Sofia Bettin, Anna Ruth of Barefoot Models

Gowns Provided By | Something New Bridal Boutique, Bliss Bridal, Bella Bridesmaids

Additional Details Provided By | Metzger’s & Sway

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Mobile Bay Bride | Fashion Shoot

2018

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I’ve said on this blog before that when I started my photography business, I thought I’d never shoot a wedding. I always LOVED wedding photography and would buy wedding magazines for inspiration, but for some reason I thought I wasn’t meant to photograph weddings. That all seems so silly now that weddings are one of my favorite things to shoot. I LOVE photographing weddings! Even before I was hooked on photographing actual weddings, I always dreamed of doing a styled wedding shoot. It just seemed like it would be the most fun job ever. Thus, when I received an email asking if I wanted to photograph a Kate Spade inspired styled shoot for Mobile Bay Bride Magazine, I immediately said yes and started counting down the days until the shoot.

January 8, 2017

A Mobile Bay Bride Styled Shoot

I’ve said on this blog before that when I started my photography business, I thought I’d never shoot a wedding. I always LOVED wedding photography and would buy wedding magazines for inspiration, but for some reason I thought I wasn’t meant to photograph weddings. That all seems so silly now that weddings are one of my favorite things to shoot. I LOVE photographing weddings! Even before I was hooked on photographing actual weddings, I always dreamed of doing a styled wedding shoot. It just seemed like it would be the most fun job ever. Thus, when I received an email asking if I wanted to photograph a Kate Spade inspired styled shoot for Mobile Bay Bride Magazine, I immediately said yes and started counting down the days until the shoot.

There were SO many amazingly talented people that made this shoot possible. We shot at the History Museum of Mobile and they could not have been more accommodating to us. We seriously took over the place for most of the day. We also had the sweetest models you could ever ask to work with and they totally rocked this shoot. All the vendors that supplied us with gowns, jewelry, china, furniture, flowers, stationary and sweets were a TOTAL DREAM! I kept saying to Lawren, editor of Mobile Bay Bride, “this is the best shoot EVER!” We of course put in a lot of hard work, but we had such an awesome team and were having so much fun that it really didn’t feel like work.

The worst part of the whole assignment was the wait between taking the photographs and publication! We shot this story several months ago, so I have been anxiously waiting to share these images for a while. Now that the magazine is out, I’m excited to share some of my favorites from the shoot on the blog. What a wonderful way to kick off 2017!

A huge thank you to the staff at Mobile Bay Bride for asking me to do this shoot. Below is a look at some behind-the-scenes fun. From left to right: Assistant Editor, Breck Pappas, helps me test my light before the shoot (we clearly have too much fun with that part of the day); Executive Editor, Lawren Largue, makes sure every detail is in place for our table settings; the Mobile Bay team (Chelsea Adams, Lawren Largue and Breck Pappas) with Julia Greer Fobes, the talented florist that designed the bouquets and arrangements for this shoot.

Vendors

Bliss Bridal | Claude Moore Jeweler | Ellen Jay Stylish Events & Sweets | Julia Greer Fobes Fashion * Art * Flowers | History Museum of Mobile | Private Gallery | Port City Rentals | Soiree Signatures

Models: Heather Saad, Kaschia Benjamin, Olivia Ashurst Cockrell and Victoria Nguyen

Looking for more wedding inspiration?

Check out the full 2017 issue of Mobile Bay Bride, on newsstands now!

Planning a 2017 wedding? Contact me today to set up a complimentary consultation!

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Inspired by Kate Spade

2017

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I love everything Christmas so this fun and festive dinner party was definitely a treat to photograph!

December 21, 2016

An Editorial Assignment

It was December 21, 2015, exactly one year ago today. I was dropping off Subie, my trusty Subaru Forester (yes, my car has a name) at the dealership for routine maintenance when I received a phone call from Chelsea at Mobile Bay Magazine. I had not finished my Christmas shopping and had a million things to do before Christmas Day. So when she asked if I was available to photograph a party on suber-duper short notice, as in later that evening, I almost said no. I wasn’t 100 percent sure my car was even going to be ready for pickup that day and I thought to myself, “when in the world will I get my Christmas shopping done?” But the party sounded intriguing and I found myself saying yes and asking her to send me further details.

Later that night, when I pulled up in front of the cutest little cottage on South Georgia Avenue, I knew I’d made the right decision in saying yes to the shoot. I felt like the house was from a movie because it had such personality. You could tell immediately that generous and welcoming people called it home. The front porch was aglow with white Christmas lights and the family’s tree a shining focal point from the front window that looks out onto the street. It was a chilly and damp night, but the house exuded warmth. Inside I met Julia and Gray Fobes and I was not one bit surprised at how welcoming they were.

The first thing I noticed when I walked into the house was how amazing the food smelled. Gray is a chef and perishable specialist at Greer’s (Julia’s family owns and runs the local grocery chain) and so of course the food not only smelled amazing, it also looked fantastic and was presented beautifully! The second thing I immediately noticed was how Julia and Gray have infused their personalities into their home. Julia is an artist and floral designer and her talents are perfectly showcased by the decor in her home. Every room had a focal point, but as I began to take in all the details, these little vignettes would catch my eye–a wooden nativity scene nestled among a stack of books on a dresser, glittering snowflakes hanging from a chandelier, glass ornaments mixed with natural textures–all of this incorporated seamlessly along with the art that hangs in their home year-round and perfectly suited to the character of the house. There were so many fun, funky and beautiful details to capture! In short, it was a photographer’s dream!

My assignment was to photograph the South Georgia Avenue Progressive Dinner, an annual Christmas tradition for the historic street. Each course of the dinner was to be hosted at a different home and guests would walk between the houses for each course. I was scheduled to photograph the dishes and holiday decor at Julia and Gray’s home, where the appetizer course was being hosted. It’s not such a natural thing to be doing a magazine shoot during someone’s private dinner party, but Julia and Gray were so relaxed about the whole thing and all their guests were so accommodating and interested in the shoot. I felt like I was a guest at the party, rather than working!

Since the shoot was held in December, the plan was for the party to be featured in the magazine this December. Unfortunately, as it sometimes happens in the world of publishing, the story ended up not being printed. I did, however, get the go-ahead to share some of my favorite photos from this festive party on my blog. This was one of my favorite shoots from 2015, so after a long, long wait, it’s fun to finally share them and to share them during the Christmas season! Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

I loved experiencing the South Georgia Avenue Progressive Dinner! I think it’s such a fun tradition! What are your favorite Christmas traditions? Tell me in the comments below! ๐Ÿ™‚

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A Charming Christmas Party

2016

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A Mobile Bay Magazine Shoot I was so excited to be asked by Mobile Bay Magazine to do this shoot for the October 2015 Bay Tables story. Great food plus outdoor entertaining on the bay is pretty much a perfect pairing! What could go wrong? Well, let me tell you, this assignment was scheduled for […]

October 28, 2015

A Mobile Bay Magazine Shoot

I was so excited to be asked by Mobile Bay Magazine to do this shoot for the October 2015 Bay Tables story. Great food plus outdoor entertaining on the bay is pretty much a perfect pairing! What could go wrong? Well, let me tell you, this assignment was scheduled for the day that the big wreck happened on the Bayway (remember the overturned camper accident at the end of the summer?).

Even though I had left Mobile with ample time to get to the shoot on time, this was just one of those accidents that you cannot prevent, or get around. Luckily, I was not stuck on the Bayway, but it was pretty much gridlock on the Causeway. The traffic was moving at 15 miles per hour for most of my drive over (which was maddening!).

I ended up arriving late for the shoot and I HATE to be late. I am generally a get there 10 to 15 minutes early type of person, especially when it comes to work! Well, thank goodness we had enough light left in the day because this was one awesome shoot! Sallye Irvine, writer for this story, was super understanding about my delayed arrival and we jumped into getting everything shot as soon as I arrived. I had so many favorites from this story, but the apple tart definitely stole the show! I love how the story turned out in the magazine and will definitely be trying out some of these recipes! Here are the spreads as they appeared in the October issue, as well as some of my favorite shots that weren’t included. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Autumn Over the Bay

2015

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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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