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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 Downtown Fairhope Engagement Session I love living on the Gulf Coast! However, part of summer living in our area means that you’re going to have to deal with rain. Lots of it too. Our summers are full of afternoon thunderstorms and high chances of rain every day. It makes it tricky scheduling engagement sessions […]

July 8, 2020

A Downtown Fairhope Engagement Session

I love living on the Gulf Coast! However, part of summer living in our area means that you’re going to have to deal with rain. Lots of it too. Our summers are full of afternoon thunderstorms and high chances of rain every day. It makes it tricky scheduling engagement sessions for this time of year, especially when many of my couples are no longer local to our area.

Mary Catherine and Michael were only here for the holiday week. I was worried we wouldn’t get this session in because our original date was rained out. On top of that, the chance of rain was 80 percent for our backup date. I asked Mary Catherine if she wanted to chance it and see what happened. This was the only time they’d be in town ahead of their wedding day next month. As it turned out, it did not rain on this day as was predicted! Even better, the heavy cloud cover cooled things off a bit!

Even though I am not a hot weather person, I love the colorful crepe myrtle blooms that are so plentiful this time of year! I spotted two gorgeous trees right when I arrived in downtown Fairhope and knew I was going to utilize both of them during this session. These trees are often planted as “parking lot” trees because they are so hardy, so yes we were shooting on the edge of a parking lot for some of these photos, but you totally can’t tell from the camera perspective. I am obsessed with the color they brought to these portraits!

Mary Catherine and Michael have just a little over a month to go before their wedding day! I’m super excited because they’re getting married at one of my favorite places, Bellingrath Gardens! As many times as I’ve been to Bellingrath, I didn’t even realize there was a chapel on property until Mary Catherine told me. While I’ve done engagement portraits at Bellingrath before, theirs will be my first wedding to photograph at the gardens. I know it’s going to be beautiful!

After spending time with these two at their engagement session, I felt like I’d known Mary Catherine and Michael for years. They’re just the sweetest couple and so excited for their wedding day. During the session, Mary Catherine told me she never knew taking pictures could be so much fun. That comment just made my day because I strive to make every session both relaxed and fun for my clients! Thank you Mary Catherine and Michael for an amazing session. I can’t wait to see you two again next month!

 

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Mary Catherine + Michael

2020

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A Spring Hill College Engagement Eden and Hunter’s wedding will be my first of 2021! I LOVE January weddings more than most people around here because I am a cool-weather person. Cozy sweaters and winter coats are my thing! When it’s hot and humid outside with a 100 degree heat index, January sounds like a […]

June 30, 2020

A Spring Hill College Engagement

Eden and Hunter’s wedding will be my first of 2021! I LOVE January weddings more than most people around here because I am a cool-weather person. Cozy sweaters and winter coats are my thing! When it’s hot and humid outside with a 100 degree heat index, January sounds like a far off dream, but I know it will be here before we know it!

I first got to meet Eden via phone call during the quarantine. My chat with her was one of the few normal working things I was able to do from home. I always prefer to meet with brides in person because I feel that part of a great wedding photography experience is the bride and groom finding the photographer whose style they love and whose personality they connect with. I’m a people person and I always find it easier to get to know someone face to face. But I felt like Eden and I were old friends the second I got on the phone with her. It turns out she knows so many of my past brides and friends! That’s how the Mobile and Spring Hill community is and I just LOVE it!

Eden was a senior this past spring semester and did not have her senior year end as she anticipated it would due to the pandemic. Despite the disappointment of missing so many senior year milestones, Eden is still full of joy and enthusiasm for her new career as a nurse. I also loved hearing Hunter tell the story of how he proposed to Eden. She unknowingly almost derailed his plan to get her perfectly positioned in front of St. Joseph’s Chapel for the big moment, but thankfully he pulled off the surprise just as he envisioned it!

The Spring Hill College campus was the perfect choice for this engagement session. We had the place largely to ourselves since students aren’t on campus right now and most employees are still working from home. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the Avenue of the Oaks so deserted. It was actually quite a treat to be able to shoot there without having to work around the traffic. Hunter commented that it felt like we’d walked on a movie set and I totally agreed! On top of that, these two lit up the camera like stars. I just know I’m going to love working with them on their wedding day next year. Enjoy some of my favorites from their session!

 

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Eden + Hunter | Engaged

2020

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A Fairhope, Alabama Engagement Session When Tyler suggested Mexican for dinner the night he proposed to Stephanie, she was slightly suspicious. He is never the one to suggest Mexican food, she tells me. Despite his dinner suggestion being out of the norm, Stephanie didn’t think a proposal was in the works! It was a few […]

June 27, 2020

A Fairhope, Alabama Engagement Session

When Tyler suggested Mexican for dinner the night he proposed to Stephanie, she was slightly suspicious. He is never the one to suggest Mexican food, she tells me. Despite his dinner suggestion being out of the norm, Stephanie didn’t think a proposal was in the works!

It was a few days before Christmas. Tyler suggested they open one present each before heading to dinner. Stephanie happily agreed. When she opened her gift, it was a beautiful ornament that said “Will You Marry Me?” on the front. When she turned to look at Tyler, he was holding a beautiful ring in his hands. Stephanie told me the first time we talked on the phone that it was the most perfect moment and I loved hearing the excitement in her voice as she relayed the story.

They FaceTimed their families to share the exciting news and then headed to dinner. Tyler wasn’t done with the surprise though! When they walked into the restaurant, Stephanie’s best friends and her dad were waiting to celebrate with them! How sweet is that?!

Stephanie fell in love with the Fairhope area when she was a student at the University of South Alabama. So when it came time to plan their wedding, she and Tyler quickly settled on a destination wedding in Point Clear and the area was also where we decided to meet up for their engagement session.

This was my first time shooting at Jubilee Suites. This new boutique hotel is perched right on the bluffs over-looking Mobile bay and it was a nice quiet spot for the first half of this portrait session. For the second half of the session, we headed down to the Orange Street Pier area for some sunset portraits on the bay. It was the perfect location combination!

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Stephanie + Tyler | Engaged

2020

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A Bayfront Park Engagement McKenzie and Will are one of my 2021 couples! I usually meet with brides in person before they book, but have been holding consultations via phone call or FaceTime these past few months. I was excited to meet McKenzie and Will in person at their engagement session! Since we’d only spoken […]

June 9, 2020

A Bayfront Park Engagement

McKenzie and Will are one of my 2021 couples! I usually meet with brides in person before they book, but have been holding consultations via phone call or FaceTime these past few months. I was excited to meet McKenzie and Will in person at their engagement session! Since we’d only spoken on the phone, I didn’t have faces to go with their names. It didn’t occur to me until I was getting out of my car in the parking lot that I had no idea what these two looked like! Ironically, we happened to park right next to each other.

Before our parking lot meeting, I was on the way to our shoot location when McKenzie called with the news that they were closed. I had to think of a backup location ASAP! McKenzie and Will love the water and spending time outdoors. We needed a location close to our original meeting spot because I didn’t want us to lose out on the beautiful light.

Suddenly, Bayfront Park popped into my mind! McKenzie isn’t from the Mobile area so she wasn’t familiar with the park, but thankfully I have several sessions here on my blog that were done at the park. After a quick look at some of those posts, McKenzie and Will said it sounded like a good option to them.

The Best Laid Plans

While I was pretty excited to shoot at a new location, I have to say that this backup plan couldn’t have worked out better. The light was absolutely beautiful and we had just the right amount of light peeking through the clouds for some photos down by the water. Sometimes the best laid plans don’t work out, but what you get is better than what you initially imagined.

The beach at Bayfront Park in Daphne, Alabama is a hidden gem. It doesn’t have the white sandy beaches of Orange Beach, but it’s a generally quiet spot with a lot of variety. The day of this shoot the pier was actually busier than normal. Fortunately, a sweet couple let us use their private pier for some portraits at the end of the shoot!

When I asked permission to shoot on their pier, I was hoping to take one or two photos and then move on, but the couple offered for us to walk out to the end of the pier, which was amazing!!! We got some of my favorite shots from the session in this spot and on top of that we had a gorgeous view of the sunset!

McKenzie and Will, thank you for trusting me and going with the flow on switching plans last minute for this shoot! I know you are both going to be such a joy to work with on wedding day!

My first time seeing an alligator at this park! I’ve always known they were there, but they’ve always stayed hidden on past visits!

McKenzie has a background in Marine Sciences so when she spotted this crab and picked it up, she gave me an idea for a very unique ring shot!

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McKenzie + Will | Engaged

2020

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A Fairhope Alabama Engagement Mary Emma is such a sweet bride-to-be! I knew she would be a joy to work with after five minutes of chatting with her at her consultation. It turns out that she is also the cousin of one of my 2018 brides! I love when I have the opportunity to photograph […]

June 9, 2020

A Fairhope Alabama Engagement

Mary Emma is such a sweet bride-to-be! I knew she would be a joy to work with after five minutes of chatting with her at her consultation. It turns out that she is also the cousin of one of my 2018 brides! I love when I have the opportunity to photograph multiple weddings within the same family. It is such a treat!

We originally planned this session for early spring, but when the Stay at Home orders came in, we were forced to reschedule. On top of that, Mary Emma works in healthcare, so while most of us were hunkered down at home, she was working a very busy schedule! Clay was also working overtime, as his job in construction is also essential work. I am so thankful that we were able to find a new date on the calendar for this session!

Mary Emma suggested we do their session in her neighborhood and I loved the idea! I was slightly familiar with the area, but had never been on this particular street before. I was so blown away by the beautiful spots we had to shoot in! This is exactly why I love shooting on private property! I would have never known about this hidden gem of a location if it weren’t for Mary Emma suggesting it as an option.

On top of having a beautiful location to shoot in, we also had the dreamiest golden hour! I was doing a happy dance in my mind the whole time I was taking these photos. After we finished up in the neighborhood, we hopped in the car and took a short drive to Mary Emma’s friend’s bay house for our second location and ended up getting to see a beautiful sunset. It was the perfect engagement session combination!

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Mary Emma + Clay | Engaged

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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