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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 Grand Hotel Spring Engagement Carrie and Adam were one of the first couples I met with via FaceTime chat last spring. At the time, we were all still getting used to pandemic life. I remember being worried about being able to connect with potential clients via phone call because I was so used to […]

April 2, 2021

A Grand Hotel Spring Engagement

Carrie and Adam were one of the first couples I met with via FaceTime chat last spring. At the time, we were all still getting used to pandemic life. I remember being worried about being able to connect with potential clients via phone call because I was so used to meeting with people in person. It turns out that if your personalities mesh, you can definitely find that out via the phone too!

I knew two minutes into our FaceTime chat that Carrie, Adam and I were going to get along great! These two are just so darn sweet! I loved hearing them both tell the story of how Adam proposed, especially because these two are both great storytellers! And the proposal sounded like it was straight out of a movie.

Carrie and Adam love the zoo and so she wasn’t suspicious at all when he suggested going there for a Sunday afternoon. It was the beginning of March, which happens to be Carrie’s birthday month and the month that kicks off spring, her favorite season. This would also be their first trip to the Birmingham Zoo after it had undergone a renovation. Carrie was excited about the zoo trip and not suspicious at all! She had no idea that massive planning had gone into this very special day!

Upon arrival at the zoo, Adam asked an employee if there was anything they shouldn’t miss with the new renovation. Carrie had no idea that this employee had been in on the proposal from the beginning. In fact, Adam had met with him multiple times to plan his perfect proposal!

A Special Exhibit

Carrie was excited when the employee told them they could see the Lorakeet exhibit that was slated to open the next day. Leading them to believe they were having a “soft opening” of the exhibit, the employee also added that only two people at a time were allowed inside. Carrie was so pumped for the exhibit that even that didn’t strike her as odd.

The moment they stepped inside, Carrie saw a table set with flowers and full of picture frames. She walked over to it thinking it was part of the exhibit. It wasn’t until she saw the photos were of her and Adam that she realized what was happening!!! The next thing she knew, Adam was down on one knee asking her to be his wife! Carrie was stunned! And of course she said YES!

Y’all, I sat and listened to Carrie and Adam tell this story on that initial FaceTime call and I just felt like we were old friends by the time it ended. We planned their engagement session for March 2021 because Carrie just loves both the month and the spring season. She was really hoping for the azaleas to be in bloom when we did their photos. I was delighted when I saw there were still several blooming at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear.

The day of this shoot also happened to be Carrie’s birthday. I love that we got to do these photos on her special day! I also love that Adam wore some sloth socks as a nod to their proposal story for these pictures! Y’all it couldn’t have been more perfect!

Y’all these two are so adorable that people who saw us taking these portraits started applauding!!!

Makeup Artist | Courtney Matthews

Hair Stylist | Becca Townley

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Carrie + Adam | Engaged

2021

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A Perone Creek Farm Spring Session If I had to pick one word to describe this session, it would be MAGICAL! And it all started when Savannah asked me for location ideas for this session. Savannah told me that she and Michael would like a rustic location for their portraits. Then she mentioned that Michael, […]

March 25, 2021

A Perone Creek Farm Spring Session

If I had to pick one word to describe this session, it would be MAGICAL! And it all started when Savannah asked me for location ideas for this session.

Savannah told me that she and Michael would like a rustic location for their portraits. Then she mentioned that Michael, who is a musician, would like to incorporate his guitar into some of the images. That’s when I had the idea to reach out to Brenda, who owns Perone Creek Farm along with her husband, Jeff. I was fortunate to shoot at the farm last fall, for a story that ran in Mobile Bay Magazine. Brenda is a member of GypsySpark band and the magazine shoot involved music and food. The minute I arrived on the farm for that shoot, I knew it would be a beautiful portrait location. The fact that Michael is also a musician is what made this farm jump first and foremost into my mind for this session!

Thankfully, when I mentioned the idea of going to the farm to Savannah, she was totally game and so were Brenda and Jeff. As I pulled into the oak tree lined driveway on this gorgeous spring day, I nearly gasped out loud. The scene was like something out of a movie. The light was streaming through the trees and the azaleas were sparkling with their gorgeous blooms. I could barely contain my excitement! Then Savannah arrived in the most perfect creamy white dress and I knew we had all the ingredients for some dreamy portraits!

Savannah and Michael are such a sweet couple. From the first minute of meeting them, I could tell that we were in for a fun shoot. I love that they one hundred percent trusted me with this location recommendation, but also that they trusted my vision for the shoot once we were there. There is something about being in such a peaceful environment that is so inspiring! I loved every minute of taking these portraits. I was almost sad to see the sun set because that meant we were finished for the day!

 

 

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Savannah + Michael

2021

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A Grand Hotel Engagement Cara and Austin make being in front of the camera look effortless. From the first shot to the last, these two were a dream to photograph! I always love meeting my couples for the first time at their engagement session. It’s an opportunity for us to get to know one another […]

March 19, 2021

A Grand Hotel Engagement

Cara and Austin make being in front of the camera look effortless. From the first shot to the last, these two were a dream to photograph! I always love meeting my couples for the first time at their engagement session. It’s an opportunity for us to get to know one another and for me to get a feel for their personality as a couple. After the first five minutes of this session, I knew that we were in for a fun shoot!

Instead of driving to Point Clear just for an afternoon of pictures, Cara and Austin decided to turn their engagement session into a weekend getaway at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear. I love that they made the whole weekend a special time for just the two of them. We had the best time roaming the grounds at the hotel, beginning under the majestic oaks and ending the shoot down by the water.

The property was pretty crowded on this day, but somehow we had the rocks area on the beach to ourselves. It was amazing! I love that Cara saved her long, flowy dress for her second outfit. It was the perfect dress for those beachside portraits!

Cara’s engagement ring was actually designed by her friend’s company, with Austin’s input. I love that she also wore her grandmother’s wedding band for the session and that I was able to include it in some of the ring shots. The stories behind the jewelry we choose to wear are the things that make portraits even more unique and personalized. I love when my couples share little details like this with me!

Cara and Austin have selected two of my favorite venues for their fall wedding – St. Mary’s Catholic Church and The Bragg-Mitchell Mansion. I can already imagine these two dancing the night away under the massive oaks on the front lawn and I can’t wait to capture all those fun memories!

Y’all, in an impromptu moment, Austin picked this camellia bloom and put it in Cara’s hair. I loved these portraits with her wearing the flower so much!

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Cara + Austin | Engaged

2021

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A Downtown Mobile Engagement In Mobile, Alabama we typically roll right from the Christmas season into Mardi Gras. This year things are a little different. With no parades filling the downtown streets this year, it makes it possible to shoot in the middle of the city during the months that our downtown is usually overflowing […]

January 27, 2021

A Downtown Mobile Engagement

In Mobile, Alabama we typically roll right from the Christmas season into Mardi Gras. This year things are a little different. With no parades filling the downtown streets this year, it makes it possible to shoot in the middle of the city during the months that our downtown is usually overflowing with everyone enjoying all the festivities. Even though Mardi Gras can’t be celebrated in the traditional ways this year, the spirit of Mardi Gras is alive! Just do a quick search of “Mobile porch parade” and you’ll see what I mean!

Mardi Gras Park is one of my favorite spots in downtown Mobile. It’s hard to believe this place didn’t exist a few years ago! Ashley and Tyler were only in town for a short time and this was the only date we could align our schedules. I suggested shooting in downtown and Ashley was totally on board. It wasn’t until I arrived at the session that it occurred to me that it was nearly a year ago that I last shot an engagement session in downtown Mobile. How crazy is that?!

Ashley and Tyler are high school sweethearts. Even though they’d been together for seven years when Tyler proposed, he still managed to completely surprise Ashley and sweep her off her feet! He asked Ashley to be his wife in front of the fountain at Forsyth Park in Savannah. If you’ve ever been to Savannah, you know this park is a magical location for a proposal! Fortunately, Tyler also planned to have a photographer capture the moment!

These two now live in Savannah, but when it came time to plan their wedding day, Ashley knew she wanted to get married in the Mobile area. When she and Tyler toured Little Point Clear, they immediately knew it was the perfect spot for their special day! Ashley is so bubbly and cheerful. I just knew after the first few minutes we were on the phone together for her consultation that she was going to be fun to work with.

January Weather

On the Alabama Gulf Coast, you never know what the weather will be in January. Seriously, it could be freezing cold, or slightly warm and anywhere in between. We had the most perfect mild weather the day of this session. When we first arrived at the park, I noticed some golden glow streaming through the trees. I had noticed the clouds rolling in earlier in the afternoon, so I wasn’t sure we would even get any of that dreamy glow, but I’m so glad we did!

After spending some time soaking up that golden glow in Mardi Gras Park, we headed down to Cooper-Riverside Park. If there is one positive thing the pandemic is doing, it’s that it’s getting more people outside to enjoy our local parks. The park was a bit more crowded than usual, so I searched out a few spots I hadn’t used before. Thank goodness for the crowds, because I love these new spots that I used for some of these portraits!

Ashley and Tyler, thank you for such a fun session! I can’t wait to see you two in April for your wedding day!

Makeup Artist | Mackenzie Harrison

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Ashley + Tyler | Engaged

2021

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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 + AustinĀ 

Stephanie + Tyler

Caitlin + Ryan

Rachel + William

Mackenzie + Will

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Best of Engagements 2020

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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