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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 Bayfront Park Engagement I first met Catherine when I photographed her sister’s wedding earlier this year! I remember taking a photo of her and Thomas during family portrait time. A few months later I received an email from her saying she was engaged! I loved working with this family the first time around, so […]

November 1, 2019

A Bayfront Park Engagement

I first met Catherine when I photographed her sister’s wedding earlier this year! I remember taking a photo of her and Thomas during family portrait time. A few months later I received an email from her saying she was engaged! I loved working with this family the first time around, so I felt so lucky to get the opportunity to work with them a second time.

Thomas proposed to Catherine at Bayfront Park in Daphne, Ala. He’d been planning to ask her in front of her family. But, that particular day, they found themselves at one of their favorite places and the timing just felt right. He proposed to Catherine while the ring was back at her parents house in the safe, waiting for the preplanned proposal date. I love that Thomas went with his gut instinct and chose a moment that felt so meant to be. Catherine said yes as they watched the sunset together on the beach.

While they were technically engaged that day, Thomas still kept to his plan of asking Catherine to be his bride with her family present. This was when he finally slipped the gorgeous engagement ring onto her hand. I thought Catherine’s ring looked like a vintage design, but it’s actually a new band that’s designed to look vintage. I thought it was just gorgeous!

These two are planning a winter 2020 wedding and I know it’s going to be such a fun day! When I asked if they’d picked a first dance song yet, Thomas started singing a line from the song. So I told them to dance a little for me while I took photos. Based on that moment alone, I know their wedding dance is going to be a fun one to photograph!

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Catherine + Thomas | Engaged

2019

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My Sister is Getting Married! My parents and I first met my sister’s boyfriend, now fiancĂ©, at a McGill-Toolen football game. It was Homecoming weekend and we were all going to the festivities before the game. We waited on the sidewalk for Katherine and Phillip to arrive. It looked like it was about to storm. […]

October 29, 2019

My Sister is Getting Married!

My parents and I first met my sister’s boyfriend, now fiancĂ©, at a McGill-Toolen football game. It was Homecoming weekend and we were all going to the festivities before the game. We waited on the sidewalk for Katherine and Phillip to arrive. It looked like it was about to storm.

They pulled into the parking lot just as the first rumble of thunder sounded through the sky. As they approached, I suddenly felt indecisive on whether or not I should hold out my hand to shake his, or if I should go in for the hug. I am a hugger by nature, but I didn’t know how he’d feel about that. Phillip walked up and Katherine introduced him to my parents. Mom went in for a hug and so did Phillip. This guy is going to fit in just fine, I thought to myself.

It did rain that night and we soon found ourselves seeking shelter under the tents at the football stadium along with several hundred other McT fans. Dad and Phillip talked the entire time. Another good sign because if you know my dad you know he is a talker. The rain eventually stopped and the game went on as planned. It’s hard to get to know someone sitting in the stands if you’re not sitting right next to them. But even so, by the end of that night I was pretty certain I’d just met my future brother-in-law.

A Bayside Proposal

A little over a month ago Phillip asked my dad’s blessing before proposing to Katherine. He wanted to ask her on a weekend when I wasn’t working a wedding so that we could all be together to celebrate afterwards. Yes, he is super thoughtful and considerate! I found out about the proposal plan less than two weeks from the date, but oh my goodness it was one hard secret to keep. I was about to burst with excitement!

Phillip devised a plan that would involve my parents and I joining him and Katherine for dinner at Sunset Pointe, one of our favorite restaurants in Fairhope, Ala. Katherine would think it was a regular family dinner, except we would never actually be joining them at the restaurant. Phillip hired a photographer (Katherine would have been WAY too suspicious if she saw me there with my camera) and planned the timing out to the minute. They would arrive at the restaurant and then he would propose. After the proposal she would realize we weren’t coming to dinner.

As luck would have it, Katherine and Phillip arrived at the restaurant earlier than planned. Katherine thought we were on the way as well, so of course she sends a text to my mom asking where we are. Then she asks if we’ve made it to Daphne yet. We sensed she was starting to wonder why we were so far behind them. The whole time we are back in Mobile and she has no idea that Phillip is stalling to give the photographer time to arrive! My mom and I definitely had our patience tested during that few minutes of wait time. Of course Dad was cool as a cucumber.

Suddenly the texting stopped. “It’s happening,” we exclaimed. And then we waited for the phone to ring.

Finally, Katherine called with the news! It was such an exciting moment! While Katherine and Phillip enjoyed a dinner together, we headed downtown to Dauphin’s to meet up with Phillip’s family so that we could all congratulate them together. This part was still a surprise to Katherine until they headed back to Mobile. It was such a special night and we of course loved filling Katherine in on the back story of the surprise. She did forgive us for telling a few white lies in order to help Phillip pull off the perfect proposal! And perfect is exactly what it was! Here we all are after dessert and drinks that night.

An Orange Beach Alabama Engagement Session

Katherine and Phillip love the beach, so we headed down to Orange Beach for their engagement session. I was so excited to get to take these portraits for them! If you’re wondering, I’m not their wedding photographer. Katherine is my only sibling, so I want to fully devote myself to the role of bridesmaid, daughter and sister on that day. I also want to enjoy being part of the moment and not worrying about logistics of photography.

Thankfully, Katherine and Phillip chose the talented and sweet Justine & Wayne to photograph their wedding day. I know that it will be captured beautifully! I also made sure to tell Katherine and Phillip to have an engagement session with them too. It is so important to work with your wedding photographer ahead of wedding day, even if you’ve already had an engagement session with someone else.

Katherine and Phillip, it was a joy and an honor to take these portraits for you! I love you both so much and look forward to wedding day next year!

We used up every last ounce of light and this was the view as we headed back to the car! The beach in autumn is definitely my favorite!

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Katherine + Phillip | Engaged

2019

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A Downtown Mobile Engagement David’s parents and my parents have been friends since before we were born. His dad and my mom went through RCIA together at Holy Family Catholic Church. They’re the type of family friends that feel like family. I remember David, who is close to my sister’s age, when he was a […]

October 17, 2019

A Downtown Mobile Engagement

David’s parents and my parents have been friends since before we were born. His dad and my mom went through RCIA together at Holy Family Catholic Church. They’re the type of family friends that feel like family. I remember David, who is close to my sister’s age, when he was a little boy. I remember how proud my Pop was when we found out David had made it into the University of Alabama’s Million Dollar band. The day he visited Pop in the nursing home wearing his uniform is one that my family fondly remembers. My dad still has the photo of that day in his office.

I remember the first time that David’s mom told us about Michelle. I could tell she was overjoyed that David and Michelle had found one another. When I finally met her, I could tell right away that she and David were meant for each other. It is always an honor to photograph a wedding, but there is something extra special about photographing a wedding for those you know well. I was so excited when David and Michelle asked me to be their wedding photographer. It is going to be so much fun celebrating with them on wedding day!

A Surprise Proposal

David has always been a kind-hearted and thoughtful guy, so I knew he would plan a sweet proposal for Michelle. In fact, he let me in on the surprise a bit early one Sunday after Mass! Photographers are good secret keepers in case you’re wondering.

Even though she and David had been ring browsing together, the weekend he proposed, Michelle thought they were just going to the beach to hang out with friends. Before the group headed out to dinner that night, David suggested they take a photo on the balcony. Michelle wasn’t suspicious at all. It wasn’t until she turned around and saw David down on one knee that she realized what was happening. The minute Michelle said yes, their friends popped out the champagne and confetti. Then they all went out to dinner to celebrate!

When David let me know the engagement was official, joy was just radiating from him. I have been so excited to get these two in front of my camera since the day we first sat down for their consult. Enjoy my favorites from their downtown Mobile engagement session!

Michelle and David met for the first time at Alchemy in downtown Mobile, so we stopped to take a few photos outside as we made our way to Cathedral Square. I love that this spot is tied to their love story!

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Michelle + David | Engaged

2019

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A Fairhope Alabama Engagement I brag on my brides all the time because I truly get to work with some of the kindest ladies! They are the type of girls I’d want to be friends with and we usually are by the time wedding day arrives! After this weekend’s three engagement sessions, I was reminded […]

October 16, 2019

A Fairhope Alabama Engagement

I brag on my brides all the time because I truly get to work with some of the kindest ladies! They are the type of girls I’d want to be friends with and we usually are by the time wedding day arrives! After this weekend’s three engagement sessions, I was reminded that I also get to work with some pretty awesome grooms. Guys who are gentlemanly and take great care of their brides-to-be. I just love getting to see how my couples interact with each other during the engagement session and I often pause between shooting spots to see how they naturally interact with each other. It helps me pose them in ways that feel natural and not too forced.

Marlye and Peyton also have a super sweet proposal story. My grooms certainly know how to plan the perfect proposal! Marlye was expecting Peyton to propose the day of her college graduation. It all made sense because their families would be together and they’d all be dressed up. But it didn’t happen. Marlye said she was slightly disappointed, but that Peyton blew her away the very next day with his carefully planned proposal.

A Carefully Planned Proposal

Marlye was at home working on household chores when she heard a knock on her front door. When she opened the door she found her four best friends standing outside. That was when she knew something was going on. Her friends told her to get dressed and come with them. Peyton had planned for Marlye and her friends to visit different places that were special to the two of them. At each stop, Marlye received a handwritten note from Peyton. Finally, they ended up at their friend’s cabin on the Okatoma River and Peyton was waiting for her! Now y’all understand why I say I need to brag on my grooms too!

Marlye and Peyton were up for anything and everything I suggested during their session. I loved that they were both excited and laid back at the same time. I returned to downtown Fairhope for the second day in a row for this engagement session and I knew I wanted to use different spots from the day before, while still capturing the Fairhope feel. It was fun to use some of the same spots in different ways based on the lighting for the day.

It was cloudy for most of the session, so I was beyond excited when the sun peeked out from behind the clouds towards the end of the shoot. Enjoy my favorites from this session and get ready for one more engagement preview tomorrow!

The sky was absolutely gorgeous when the sun went down behind the trees on the bluff. At the last minute, we decided to walk down to the Fairhope pier to watch the sunset and grab a few last portraits!

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Marlye + Peyton | Engaged

2019

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A Downtown Fairhope Autumn Engagement I could tell Sudduth is a thoughtful guy within a few minutes of meeting him. He is a classic Southern gentleman and I could see how much he cares for KayLyn right away. KayLyn is such a cheerful lady. The first thing I remember about her when we met is […]

October 15, 2019

A Downtown Fairhope Autumn Engagement

I could tell Sudduth is a thoughtful guy within a few minutes of meeting him. He is a classic Southern gentleman and I could see how much he cares for KayLyn right away. KayLyn is such a cheerful lady. The first thing I remember about her when we met is her smile. It’s the kind that makes you feel as if you’ve known her forever. Together, they are the sweetest couple!

Sudduth completely surprised KayLyn with his proposal. The fact that she’d been suspicious it might happen sooner made the surprise all the better! KayLyn said that she’d been slightly surprised when Sudduth didn’t get down on one knee during a photoshoot they had in front of the Saenger Theatre. This was where they first met and a photographer was present, so she started thinking something special might be planned.

When Sudduth didn’t propose that night, KayLyn put thoughts of a ring in the back of her mind. A week later they found themselves perusing an exhibit during Art Walk. They made their way through the rooms, looking at paintings along the way. Finally they made it to the main room, where a canvas was waiting behind a covering. Sudduth walked up to the canvas and removed the cloth, which revealed one of the photos they had taken the week before. The words, “Will you marry me?” were printed across the top and at that moment Sudduth was down on one knee asking KayLyn to be his wife! Best of all, their families and friends had been hiding elsewhere in the museum and were there to celebrate with them as soon as KayLyn said yes!

KayLyn and Sudduth are getting married next month! I always say it’s never too late to do an engagement session and that really is the truth! I so enjoy this time I get to spend with my brides and grooms ahead of wedding day. Enjoy this preview of some of my favorites!

KayLyn and Sudduth wanted to finish up their session with some photos down near the water. A front was moving through our area the day of their session, so the wind was FIERCE! KayLyn and Sudduth could barely hear me giving them direction because the wind was that loud. My voice is not one that carries very far, so my words were immediately swallowed in the howling wind. I love the movement of the wind in the photos though. It definitely made for a few dramatic portraits!

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KayLyn + Sudduth | Engaged

2019

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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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