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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 Mobile, AL Mini Engagement Session The beginning of the year is usually a quieter time for weddings. After the flurry of the holidays and fall wedding season, things slow down a bit after the first of the year. On the Gulf Coast we don’t truly have an off-season. Our mild weather means we can […]

February 1, 2019

A Mobile, AL Mini Engagement Session

The beginning of the year is usually a quieter time for weddings. After the flurry of the holidays and fall wedding season, things slow down a bit after the first of the year. On the Gulf Coast we don’t truly have an off-season. Our mild weather means we can do engagement sessions outside for most of these months. This time of year is also proposal season! My Inbox is full of emails from newly engaged brides, my calendar full of consultation meetings. I love this time of year and the anticipation it brings for the coming spring season!

 

A SPECIAL PHONE CALL

A few weeks into the new year I received a phone call from Aunt Robin (who is actually my cousin’s wife, but we don’t go into particulars about those things down South). Aunt Robin shared the exciting news that my sweet cousin Mila is engaged!  For the fifth year in a row we have a wedding to celebrate in my family. How fun is that?! I loved weddings before I was a wedding photographer, but I think I love them even more now. Maybe it’s because I enjoy being on the other side of things once in a while. đŸ™‚

Mila and her equally sweet fiance, Tyler, are planning on a summer wedding. A week after they became engaged, we met up for a mini engagement session so that these two would have some photos to display at their engagement party. Y’all, I remember when Mila was born, so it is blowing my mind that she is old enough to get married!!! It was such a treat to do this session while the newness of their engagement was still fresh.

I’m so happy that Mila and Tyler found each other. They are so clearly meant to be together! This session was full of joy and giggles. An early morning session was the only thing that fit all our schedules. I loved shooting at one of my favorite locations in Mobile, Ala. at a completely different time of day than I usually do!

I am so thankful for a full 2019 wedding calendar! A few wedding dates remain available. If you’re planning a late summer, or fall/winter wedding and want to chat about wedding photography, contact me today for packages and availability!

 

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Mila + Tyler | Engaged

2019

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A Downtown Fairhope AL Engagement My friends and family know that I have a lot of love for my high school alma mater, McGill-Toolen Catholic High School. I learned what school spirit was when I went to McT. It’s something that has stayed with me ever since my high school years and is plentiful amongst […]

January 17, 2019

A Downtown Fairhope AL Engagement

My friends and family know that I have a lot of love for my high school alma mater, McGill-Toolen Catholic High School. I learned what school spirit was when I went to McT. It’s something that has stayed with me ever since my high school years and is plentiful amongst McT alumni.

A few years ago, when the McT football team made it to the state championship game for the first time in school history, bus loads of students, parents, and alumni made the drive up to Tuscaloosa from Mobile for the big game. Sharon and Brandon were two of those alumni who made the trip. And that is where their love story begins.

Sharon and Brandon had been friends in high school and both attended the University of South Alabama for college. But, it wasn’t until they both found themselves celebrating the McGill-Toolen State Championship win that they really spent time one-on-one. After the game, their friend group dispersed and went their separate ways. Sharon and Brandon decided to grab a bite to eat together and suddenly they started to realize they liked each other more than friends. Isn’t that the sweetest story ever?!

Prior to meeting Sharon, I had a phone call from her uncle, who also happens to be the priest who is officiating her wedding! Fr. Steve was the chaplain at McGill-Toolen when I was in high school and I frequently photograph weddings that he officiates. I remember the day he called and asked me if I had any dates open in September. He wanted to give Sharon, his only niece, my contact information so that we could talk about wedding photography. I could immediately tell what a special place this sweet lady holds in her uncle’s heart. As soon as I met her, I could see exactly why.

If I could use a song to communicate just how joyful this session was it would be “This Little Light of Mine.” These two were just shining with joy, love and happiness! Sharon and Brandon were full of smiles throughout the session, despite the weather being far chillier than expected. I kept asking Sharon if she was okay (because she was sporting a sleeveless dress in the cold!), but they never once complained about the temperatures. They even braved the brisk wind coming off the bay for part of the session!

I have so many favorites from this downtown Fairhope engagement shoot, so prepare yourself for another huge engagement session preview! I seem to be getting worse and worse at narrowing these posts down! Enjoy!

I can never pass up a camellia bush that is in full bloom!

I love how these blooms make winter sessions look a bit like spring!

Sharon’s ring once belonged to her grandmother. I love when I find out special stories like that during an engagement session!

Y’all, this wind was FIERCE! Like, I’m-yelling-and-they-can’t-even-hear-me level of fierce.

But it was SO worth it to get these photos for these two!

You know it’s cold when there are zero fishermen on the Fairhope Pier at sunset. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen the pier this deserted. It meant that we could get some fun night portraits right at dusk without having to dodge fishing lines being cast out in the bay.

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Sharon + Brandon | Engaged

2019

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A Downtown Mobile AL Engagement It’s the first blog post 0f 2019 and today I’m thinking back to the start of last year when blogging once a week seemed like such a daunting task. I have always loved writing. When I was in school, I was the one kid who was excited about a book […]

January 9, 2019

A Downtown Mobile AL Engagement

It’s the first blog post 0f 2019 and today I’m thinking back to the start of last year when blogging once a week seemed like such a daunting task. I have always loved writing. When I was in school, I was the one kid who was excited about a book report, or creative writing assignment. Crazy. I know. Why did blogging seem so hard? Anyone who likes writing should find it easy, right?

Last year I decided I was going to write a new blog post once a week. For the most part I kept up with that goal. What started out as daunting, soon became something I looked forward to! Yes, sometimes I scrambled to get the post out each week. Yes, I missed a week here and there. There were some weeks where I had two posts instead of one. In total, I shared 63 posts on the blog last year, which seems like a huge number when I look back on the year! I have truly enjoyed telling the stories of my sweet clients via their photos. Plus, it has been so rewarding to read all your comments!

This year I’m going to continue with the goal of bringing you new weddings, portrait sessions and inspiration posts each week on my blog. If there is something you’d like to see included on the blog, feel free to drop me a note in the comments. I have some fun ideas for future inspiration posts, but would also love to hear your thoughts!

Today I’m excited to introduce you to one of my 2019 couples, Elizabeth and Jeff! When I met with Elizabeth and her mom for her consultation, I was so excited to learn that her aunt is one of my former teachers from high school! I have always had a love of history and Mrs. McEnery was one of my favorite history teachers. I still remember sitting in her class like it was yesterday. I also remember she gave us a creative writing project the year I had her class. Of course I loved it!

Last weekend I met up with Elizabeth and Jeff in downtown Mobile for their engagement session. These two live in Atlanta, but Elizabeth definitely has a love of her hometown. She wanted their engagement session to highlight all the best of our southern city. We strolled through Mardi Gras Park, Spanish Plaza, Cooper-Riverside Park and Cathedral Square during our time together. I love getting to know my clients through their engagement sessions so that we’re already comfortable with each other on wedding days. I also love when clients share things with me that I would never know otherwise if we hadn’t done an engagement session!

Midway through the shoot, Jeff casually mentioned that he’d been in a magazine before as a model. “Wait, what?!” Elizabeth and I both responded with surprise! It turns out that Jeff has a family member who works for Vineyard Vines. He was pulled onto one of the shoots and a photo that he was in made it into an ad! I told him now that he revealed that detail, we were going to move onto advanced posing since he was already a pro! But seriously, these two were both so photogenic that I could believe they’d both had past modeling experience! Talk about a great way to start off the new year!

One of my favorites!!!

I’ve always had a thing for reflections! When I find a good reflection spot, I just can’t pass it up!

We finished up this session with a nod to where Elizabeth and Jeff will say their “I Dos” this summer! And, yes, we used up every ounce of light that we had on this gorgeous day!

Are you newly engaged? If so, I’d love to be your Mobile Alabama Wedding Photographer!

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Elizabeth + Jeff | Engaged

2019

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A Silverhill Alabama Engagement I’ve been sick for the last week. But even a sinus infection couldn’t put a damper on my excitement about this fall engagement session! When I woke up last Tuesday morning, I realized I needed to go straight to the urgent care clinic. I had Kate and Patrick’s engagement session scheduled […]

November 26, 2018

A Silverhill Alabama Engagement

I’ve been sick for the last week. But even a sinus infection couldn’t put a damper on my excitement about this fall engagement session! When I woke up last Tuesday morning, I realized I needed to go straight to the urgent care clinic. I had Kate and Patrick’s engagement session scheduled for that afternoon. As I sat waiting for the doctor, I worried I might have to reschedule. I can’t ever recall having to reschedule a session due to being sick. I’ve done several shoots while sick, but always made it through. I guess I’ve just been lucky all these years, or maybe it’s the antioxidants in the herbal tea I’m so fond of drinking. To say I felt miserable on Tuesday is an major understatement. If you’ve never had a sinus infection, consider yourself lucky. They are the WORST.

I broke down and sent Kate a message asking if we could reschedule. She and Patrick were in town for the Thanksgiving holidays, but I didn’t realize beforehand that they were leaving on Wednesday morning to drive to Huntsville to be with Patrick’s family. I told the doctor I needed something to make me feel better as soon as possible! Enter the steroid shot and instructions to hydrate and rest.

When I found out Kate and Patrick wouldn’t be back in town until February, I told them we’d still try to get the session in as planned. I laid on the couch the entire day until it was time to leave for the session. My sweet mom offered to drive me to the session and I took her up on the offer. Kate promised that she and Patrick would say prayers for me. I didn’t have much of a voice, but I was determined to make sure this sweet couple had a great engagement session experience!

The steroid shot started taking effect about the time I arrived at Kate’s family property. The light was so golden and perfect! This was not my first time to visit this gorgeous property in the tiny town of Silverhill. I photographed Kate’s sister’s wedding at the family’s farm last year, as well as her engagement and bridal sessions. It’s one of my favorite private properties I’ve ever had the privilege to visit. Despite being feeling awful, I was so excited to get to do photos at this beautiful place again! Kate and Patrick even made me a get well basket, full of satsumas, natural cough drops and herbal tea. I truly have the kindest and most thoughtful clients in the world! Then Kate surprised me with the news that the cotton on their property had not yet been harvested and we could do part of the session in that field!!!

Kate and Patrick are truly such a joyful couple. They met at Auburn University, where they’re both studying Civil Engineering. Kate says she was lucky to end up in a group with Patrick because that was where their friendship began. During the time they’ve been dating, Kate and Patrick have made many trips to Birmingham and Huntsville. On the path they take back to Auburn, there is a patch of trees that marks the final leg of the ride home. Kate says she has always loved those trees. The day Patrick asked her to be his wife, he drove her out to that special spot. Unbeknownst to Kate, he’d gotten permission from the property owners to string twinkle lights amongst the trees. He’d also filled the spot with pictures and snacks. How romantic is that?!

Kate says her mind is a blur over what happened as soon as they got out of the car. Patrick walked her out to the trees and asked her to marry him. She said yes right away. “Easiest yes of my life,” she said when we talked. She also said she hasn’t stopped smiling since the proposal and I’m happy to say that those smiles were still present throughout their entire engagement session. I just love this sweet family so much and it is such an honor to work with them again. If you love dreamy light, cotton fields and romantic portraits, this post is for you!

Kate loves oysters shells and driftwood. She brought both to her engagement session so I could use them for ring shots! I love a girl who loves tiny details like that as much as me and I can’t wait to see her incorporate elements like this into her wedding day!

This property is quite large! We couldn’t have made it to all these awesome spots without the help of Kate’s sister, Lizy. She drove us around for the whole shoot so that we could fit in as much as possible. If I hadn’t been sick, I probably would have remembered to snap a behind-the-scenes photo of our sweet chauffeur! It seems like yesterday that she was the one in front of my camera for her engagement session!

Dreamy light, romantic portraits and Southern snow. What could be better?!

Are you recently engaged? Let’s chat about wedding photography!

 

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Kate + Patrick | Engaged

2018

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A Spring Hill College Engagement I love asking my clients to share their proposal story. Hearing how he asked is fun and it lets me get to know their personalities. When I met with Hannah and Ryan I was treated to the most adorable and suspenseful proposal story I’d heard in a while. Hannah and […]

November 16, 2018

A Spring Hill College Engagement

I love asking my clients to share their proposal story. Hearing how he asked is fun and it lets me get to know their personalities. When I met with Hannah and Ryan I was treated to the most adorable and suspenseful proposal story I’d heard in a while. Hannah and Ryan set out on a day trip to Cheaha State Park. They left in the wee hours of the morning, Hannah sleeping most of the way and Ryan thinking about the ring that felt like it was burning a hole in his pocket. For a couple who love hiking and the outdoors, this wasn’t an unusual date. Hannah didn’t suspect a thing.

Ryan had the proposal perfectly planned out. He’d take Hannah up to the highest point in Alabama and ask her to be his wife. In order to distract her from his real plan, he promised her they’d go for burgers after their hike. Hannah happily went along with the plans. Ryan is not only a thoughtful guy, he is also well prepared. He’d packed his GoPro for the day and made sure to stop and take pictures at multiple places along the hike. He planned to capture the moment on the camera. The scenery was amazing and Ryan knew that capturing the proposal on camera was something Hannah would treasure. He just needed to find the perfect rock.

At one point, he thought he’d found the spot. But, before either of them could blink, the GoPro sailed over the side of a cliff. They had no choice but to go off-path to retrieve the camera. Hannah was determined to find a waterfall, completely unaware that Ryan was worried his whole plan was falling apart. They’d passed a rock earlier on that seemed like a good spot, but Ryan wanted to explore other options. They ended up finding Hannah’s waterfall, but the spot wasn’t the scenic view that Ryan had envisioned for his proposal.

Ryan convinced Hannah they should revisit an area they’d seen at the beginning of the hike. There was one problem. They had to exit and re-enter the park due to the road being one-way. By this time, Hannah was thinking about that burger and Ryan was worried he was never going to get to ask the question he’d been dying to ask all day long. Then they got into a wreck (not their fault).

It took over an hour for the state trooper to arrive and file the report. By that time, Hannah was hungry and not interested in going back to the spot Ryan wanted to revisit. She never suspected he had a ring in his pocket all this time! But Ryan convinced her it was worth it to see that view. They made it to the rock. Ryan set up his GoPro, switching it to video this time. It wasn’t until he started reading Hannah a note he’d written that she realized what was happening! He got down on one knee and asked her to be his wife. She said yes immediately! Nearby hikers realized what had just happened and began cheering. Ryan checked his GoPro to show Hannah the video and discovered that the battery was dead. Noooooooo.

After all that planning, Ryan was determined to have his video. He went back to the car, found another battery and then re-enacted the moment for the camera. So, technically, Ryan proposed twice. How adorable is that?! Hannah said yes both times! They finally made it to the burger shop for their first lunch as an engaged couple. Later that night, Ryan surprised Hannah with an engagement party at Moka’s Coffe House, where the two first met. All their closest friends and family were there to celebrate the happy news.

Hannah and Ryan are such a joyful couple! Listening to their story, I felt like I was actually there. I am so honored when my couples will share stories like this with me. Hannah says that she loves that the perfect moments didn’t happen exactly as planned. She says the surprises “are what’s beautiful.” Don’t you love that?! We all need a little imperfectness in our lives, don’t you think?

Sometimes the best things are the unexpected. I thought Hannah put it into the best perspective, “We aim for perfection, but the centrality of it all is two imperfect people chasing the One who is perfect, Christ, together in the midst of the organized AND the messy.” I was BLOWN away by the beauty of that statement. It also shows just how special these two are. Hannah and Ryan, I hope you enjoy my favorites from your engagement session! Thank you for choosing me to be your wedding photographer!

I asked them to imagine they were on a dance floor. How adorable are they?!

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Hannah + Ryan | Engaged

2018

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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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