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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 Spring Hill College Spring Engagement Libby and Hunter met in the Chick-Fil-A line one day at lunch at the University of South Alabama (USA) Student Center. A chance encounter led to exchanging numbers. These two have been an item pretty much ever since! Ironically, I met Libby’s dad the same day she first contacted […]

May 20, 2019

A Spring Hill College Spring Engagement

Libby and Hunter met in the Chick-Fil-A line one day at lunch at the University of South Alabama (USA) Student Center. A chance encounter led to exchanging numbers. These two have been an item pretty much ever since!

Ironically, I met Libby’s dad the same day she first contacted me about wedding photography while doing a shoot at USA’s Mitchell College of Business. I’ve been working with the college for a few years, but hadn’t previously been introduced to Dr. Turnipseed. Imagine my surprise when I meet up with Libby for a consultation and find out the professor I’d just met was her dad! It was such a funny coincidence!

Libby is also another one of my McGill-Toolen alum brides! I absolutely LOVE that we share a love for our alma mater. I feel like I need a hashtag for my McGill brides. If anyone has any fun suggestions, feel free to drop them in the comments!

Libby and Hunter are getting married next spring at one of my favorite Mobile Alabama venues, the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion! This beautiful, antebellum home has been a favorite of mine since I was a child. It always reminded me of Scarlett O’Hara’s “Tara” in Gone With the Wind. The massive oak trees that surround the house are so beautiful in wedding photos. It’s such a dream location. I get so excited every chance I have to shoot there.

Since Hunter is an avid golfer and Libby loves majestic oaks, she chose Spring Hill College for their engagement session. Now that school is out for summer the campus is relatively quiet, which means we had the place mostly to ourselves, with the exception of the sudden bursts of traffic that seemed to appear every time we tried taking photos on the avenue. It’s always an adventure trying to shoot on that oak-tree lined street, but it’s so worth the patience!!!

Towards the end of the session we made our way to the edge of the golf course and, oh my word, the light was INSANE! It was so perfectly glowy, dreamy and romantic. Talk about a DREAM!

Libby’s engagement ring and the promise ring Hunter gave her a couple years before!

Just look at this dreamy light!!!

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Libby + Hunter | Engaged

2019

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A Magnolia Springs Engagement On their first date, Ginny and Michael talked for hours. He knew she was special. She didn’t want the date to end. There was just one problem. They were living in different states. Date two seemed like a long-shot. After Michael returned home to Mobile, he sent Ginny a text and, […]

May 13, 2019

A Magnolia Springs Engagement

On their first date, Ginny and Michael talked for hours. He knew she was special. She didn’t want the date to end. There was just one problem. They were living in different states. Date two seemed like a long-shot. After Michael returned home to Mobile, he sent Ginny a text and, before they knew it, they were navigating the world of long-distance dating. It turns out that first date was just the beginning of their love story. After months of long-distance dating, Ginny found herself applying for and accepting a job in Mobile.

Not long after Ginny settled into her new life in Mobile, Michael surprised her with a super romantic proposal at one of their favorite places. With the help of their friends, he set up a path of rose petals, leading Ginny to the spot where he asked her to be his wife. Afterwards, they celebrated with their friends at one of their favorite restaurants in Fairhope. How sweet is that?!

The first time I met Ginny she told me that she wanted to do her engagement session in Magnolia Springs. I am familiar with this small town, but hadn’t actually done a session there before. This location was such a dream that I know this shoot definitely won’t be my last in this sweet town.

I love that Ginny and Michael selected a place that is special to them. One of their friends has a summer home on the street where we did most of the session. Ginny said she and Michael love visiting the area, especially during the warmer months when they can swim in the spring that is right down the street from their friend’s house.

Towards the end of the session, we were all getting hungry and our conversation soon turned to food. Jesse’s Restaurant in Magnolia Springs is one of my favorite restaurants and I’d planned to stop by for takeout after the shoot. It turned out that Ginny and Michael were planning to eat there as well. When they found out I was planning to order a meal to-go, they kindly invited me to join them for dinner. I agreed, but only after making double sure they truly didn’t mind me tagging along on their post-engagement session dinner. I had such a great time visiting with them and getting to know them better!

During dinner, Michael shared with me that his late grandfather used to make wedding cakes. I asked if he had been a baker and Michael said no. It turns out that his grandfather just liked to decorate cakes and did so well into his older years. I love when my clients share stories like that with me! I don’t know that I would have ever heard this one if we hadn’t all gone to dinner together. Getting to know my clients is one of my favorite parts of the pre-wedding day experience. I already feel like these two are old friends!

The gorgeous oak trees and golden light just make this place feel MAGICAL!

Ginny and Michael’s sweet puppy joined us for some photos! Ginny found this little guy stranded on the side of the street during Mardi Gras. He quickly stole their hearts and I can totally see why!

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Ginny + Michael | Engaged

2019

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A Downtown Mobile AL Spring Engagement I first met Ann and Joseph at a wedding that I photographed a couple years ago. Among the hustle and bustle of the wedding day, it’s sometimes hard to keep track of all the bridesmaids and groomsmen, but I remembered Ann for her sweet and easy-going nature. Ann is […]

May 6, 2019

A Downtown Mobile AL Spring Engagement

Man and woman standing on the porch of the Ezell House in Mobile, Alabama

I first met Ann and Joseph at a wedding that I photographed a couple years ago. Among the hustle and bustle of the wedding day, it’s sometimes hard to keep track of all the bridesmaids and groomsmen, but I remembered Ann for her sweet and easy-going nature. Ann is also friends with one of my other sweet 2019 brides, Kelly! It is so much fun to work with brides who are part of the same friend group . It’s one reason that I love photographing weddings in my home town. Ann and Joseph are another couple that went to my same high school, McGill-Toolen. Ann’s brother and cousin were both in my class! We could probably talk for hours about all our small world connections. That’s Mobile for ya and I love it!

Ann and Joseph are planning a classic downtown Mobile wedding, so they decided to incorporate both her wedding venues into their engagement session. I absolutely love photographing weddings at The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and it’s so wonderful to be able to walk just a couple blocks away to the Ezell House for a reception after a cathedral ceremony. It was a breezy spring afternoon the day we met up for this shoot. I typically photograph engagement sessions on weekdays since my weekends are spent photographing weddings. This time of year, when the sunset is later, it means that we get a lot of the streets to ourselves, because downtown is quieter after 5 o’clock. It’s awesome! Yes, there is always a lot of activity around Cathedral Square, but the other locations we went to were relatively traffic free!

It had been quite a while since I’d photographed anything at the Ezell House, but I ended up there twice in the same week – once for this engagement session and again for Emily and Patrick’s wedding on Saturday! It’s going to be a busy week on the blog that’s for sure!

Man and woman standing on the porch of the Ezell House in Mobile, Alabama Man and woman standing in front of the Ezell House in Mobile, Alabama Man and woman standing on the porch of the Ezell House in Mobile, Alabama Diamond engagement ring with gold band sitting on marble steps Man and woman walking outside the Cathedral in downtown Mobile, Alabama

I absolutely loved Ann’s earrings by Shop Sorella! They were perfect for pairing with her beautiful engagement ring for some ring shots!

Diamond engagement ring with gold band sitting on top of a pair of gold earrings in the shape of flowers

Three sweet brides! I happened to capture this photo of Kelly, Elyse, and Ann at Kelly and Philip’s wedding reception earlier this year. I’ve absolutely loved working with all three of these lovely ladies as their wedding photographer!

 

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Ann + Joseph | Engaged

2019

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A Downtown Fairhope Engagement Brooke, Geoffrey and I all have something in common. All three of us went to McGill-Toolen Catholic High School and Spring Hill College. I just love when I get the opportunity to work with a fellow McT alum and it’s even better when they’re also a fellow Badger! I also love […]

April 24, 2019

A Downtown Fairhope Engagement

Brooke, Geoffrey and I all have something in common. All three of us went to McGill-Toolen Catholic High School and Spring Hill College. I just love when I get the opportunity to work with a fellow McT alum and it’s even better when they’re also a fellow Badger! I also love a good proposal story and these high school sweethearts have a great one!

It all started with a trip to Boston to visit Geoffrey’s sister. The last day of the trip, Brooke and Geoffrey took a drive up to Rhode Island. After a wonderful day spent touring historic mansions and a vineyard, they headed back to Boston. Geoffrey suggested they all take a walk at a park near his sister’s apartment. Then his sister just happened to run into her old roommate, who also happens to be a photographer. While his sister was chatting with her old roommate, Geoffrey led Brooke to a clearing that was surrounded by trees. Before she knew it, Geoffrey was down on one knee, asking her to be his wife! His sister’s former roommate captured the whole thing on camera!

Geoffrey had coordinated the whole plan and it worked out perfectly! How sweet is that?! After the shoot, they got to do an engagement session in Boston. I love that since their Boston session was in the fall that we were able to do this session in the spring! I recommend doing an engagement session with your wedding photographer whether or not you’ve already had engagement photos taken by someone else. It’s so wonderful to get to know the person who will be by your side on one of the most important days of your life. As a photographer, I feel it’s important for me to get to know my couples ahead of the big day because it helps everyone relax. Plus, I just adore my couples so spending time with them at the engagement session is a treat!

Downtown Fairhope is always beautiful, but it is especially gorgeous in the spring. We had the most gorgeous weather the day of this session! We literally couldn’t stop talking about it! The humidity was low and there was a gentle breeze in town. Once we made our way down to the water, the breeze was definitely not gentle, but I love that it made for some dramatic portraits! Oh, and you won’t believe what happened in the middle of this session! We nearly walked right into the middle of a proposal. Scroll down for more on that story!

Brooke and Geoffrey, I can’t wait to work with you again on your wedding day this fall! It’s going to be fabulous!

These two were such naturals in front of the camera and just look at this dreamy light!

A man and woman standing under a tree outside of Villa Decor in downtown Fairhope Alabama at sunset. Close up photo of a diamond ring sitting on a piece of driftwood. A man and woman standing under a tree surrounded by bright spring flowers outside of Old Bay Mercantile in Fairhope Alabama at sunset.

This photo was hard to get because of all the traffic, but it was worth the effort!

A man and woman standing under a tree surrounded by bright spring flowers outside of Old Bay Mercantile in Fairhope Alabama at sunset. A diamond engagement ring sitting on a piece of carved wood

After taking some portraits in downtown, we hurried down to the water for some sunset photos. We were walking up to this spot that I love when I noticed a photographer with a very large lens off to my left. I looked at her for a minute and then followed her gaze. My first thought was that she was photographing wildlife because the lens was so huge. Then, my eyes landed on a young couple standing under the massive oaks that line the sidewalk. “Oh my goodness, they just got engaged,” was all I could think.

Brooke and Geoffrey had also noticed the couple. We all stopped as soon as we realized what was happening. I’ve photographed many engagement sessions in Fairhope, but have never witnessed a proposal while shooting there before. I’m so glad we noticed what was happening before we walked into the path of the camera! I’m sure it took Brooke and Geoffrey right back to their proposal moment in Boston!

A man and woman walking on Fairhope Pier at sunset in Fairhope Alabama. A man and woman kissing on Fairhope Pier at sunset in Fairhope Alabama. A man and woman kissing on Fairhope Pier at sunset in Fairhope Alabama. A man and woman kissing on Fairhope Pier at sunset in Fairhope Alabama.

Brooke and Geoffrey are working with Lydia Noble Events to plan their special day.

Hair | Cameron Bush, Cara & Company

Makeup | Jillian Jenson Holt

Short Dress & Nude Heels | Hemline

Romper | Sadie’s of Fairhope

Earrings | Sadie’s of Fairhope

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Brooke + Geoffrey | Engaged

2019

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A Bayfront Park Daphne, AL Engagement Meet Lauren and Vincent, one of my sweet 2019 couples! Vincent is the younger brother of one of my sister’s friends. His aunt was my first grade teacher. One of his other sisters is best friends with one of my 2018 brides. Despite all these connections, we didn’t know […]

April 10, 2019

A Bayfront Park Daphne, AL Engagement

Meet Lauren and Vincent, one of my sweet 2019 couples! Vincent is the younger brother of one of my sister’s friends. His aunt was my first grade teacher. One of his other sisters is best friends with one of my 2018 brides. Despite all these connections, we didn’t know each other until the day of this shoot! How crazy is that?!

Lauren and Vincent have known each other since high school. After Lauren’s family bought a property next to Vincent’s family’s bay house, the two became fast friends. Soon after they started dating and have been together ever since. They both have such kind and gentle personalities, the kind that make you feel like you’ve known them forever. I love that they selected Bayfront Park in Daphne, Ala. for their engagement session. The bay is so special to them and they love taking walks together through this park.

If I could give only one piece of advice about engagement sessions, it would be to pick a location that is special to you, or makes you so happy that you’ll love spending the time in that place taking portraits. I loved that Lauren pointed out all their favorite spots as we walked along the paths at this park. I had been to this park many times before, but Lauren and Vincent showed me spots I’d never visited before that I absolutely loved! It was inspiring!

The forecast predicted rain the day of this session, but to my surprise, the sun actually came out for part of the time. We ended up having a bit of light left at the end of the shoot, so I asked Lauren and Vincent if they were game for going to a random spot I’d been wanting to shoot at for a while. I am so thankful for clients that trust me and are game for trying out ideas like this one! We stopped at the location I’d spotted and, oh my stars, it was amazing!!! I was already so pumped about the photos we’d taken at the park, so I was over the top excited that this spot turned out to be just what I envisioned!

Thank you Lauren and Vincent for such an amazing session! I can’t wait to celebrate wedding day with you!

I couldn’t get over how blue Lauren’s eyes are! So gorgeous!

Lauren loves the outdoors and greenery. I really had high hopes for this spot and it exceeded what I envisioned in my mind! Photographers definitely see locations differently than most people. To the average person this definitely does not look like an ideal portrait location, but to me it was amazing!!!

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Lauren + Vincent | 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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