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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 Alabama Engagement Session My brides often ask me if there’s ever a time that’s too late to do an engagement session. My answer is always, the same. As long as it’s before the wedding day, it’s not too late to squeeze one in! The engagement session does not have to be held close […]

August 10, 2021

A Mobile Alabama Engagement Session

My brides often ask me if there’s ever a time that’s too late to do an engagement session. My answer is always, the same. As long as it’s before the wedding day, it’s not too late to squeeze one in! The engagement session does not have to be held close in proximity to the proposal unless you want to use those pictures on “Save the Date” cards. I often photograph engagement sessions within a few months (or sometimes weeks!) of a couple’s wedding day. It’s all about what works for each couple!

I met up with Lindsey and Joey just a little over a month from their wedding date. As owner of Soiree Signatures, Lindsey has quite a busy schedule. Since she’s also in the wedding industry, it meant that picking a time that worked with both of our schedules, plus Joey’s schedule, was going to be tricky. It felt like a miracle that we were able to find a date that worked for all three of us! Once we penciled the date in, I started praying we wouldn’t get rained out because I knew finding a backup date would have been nearly impossible.

Thankfully, we had a rare rain-free afternoon the day of this session. After starting the session at Memorial Park, we headed to a second location that I’d never been to before. Joey had suggested it as a possible idea and I am so glad that he did! I love when my clients introduce me to new locations I’ve never been to before. Best of all, the two locations were just a few minutes apart! I loved the combo so much because it gave us a ton of variety for backgrounds.

We’re in the thick of summer here on Mobile Bay and I’ve been enjoying a brief break from weddings for a few weeks ahead of the fall season starting in September. Lindsey and Joey’s wedding is actually the very next one on my calendar and their big day will be here before we know it!

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Lindsey + Joey | Engaged

2021

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A Grand Hotel Engagement Lily knew there was no way Chad was going to propose to her at Christmas. It seemed too obvious and Chad was not one to be predictable. As it turned out, that was the perfect way to surprise Lily with a romantic proposal! When she least expected it, Chad set his […]

July 1, 2021

A Grand Hotel Engagement

Lily knew there was no way Chad was going to propose to her at Christmas. It seemed too obvious and Chad was not one to be predictable. As it turned out, that was the perfect way to surprise Lily with a romantic proposal! When she least expected it, Chad set his plan in motion.

It was Christmas morning and Chad told Lily that he needed to wrap a few gifts. Thinking he was running last minute as usual, Lily didn’t even rush out of the room when Chad told her the coast was clear. The whole time she was taking her sweet time, he was waiting to propose!!!

When Lily opened the door, she found a path of fake snow, lined with Christmas lights, which led straight to Chad. The moment she saw the path of snow and Chad standing by the Christmas tree, she knew what he was going to ask her, but she was in disbelief the entire time. I LOVE a good surprise proposal story, don’t you?!

Summer on Mobile Bay

I was so excited to meet up with Lily and Chad for their engagement session at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Alabama. Lily was the Maid of Honor in Jill and Cooper’s wedding last fall. It’s always such a treat to work with the same circle of friends on multiple weddings. I told Lily that she reminded me a lot of Jill and she said that is something they hear a lot. Each are the sister the other never had!

Summer evenings on Mobile Bay can be unpredictable as far as the weather goes. It was storming when I left Mobile, but by the time I got to the other side of the bay, the sky was clear. The clouds seemed to hover over the bay, which gave us a nice breeze for the majority of this session – a real treat for a summer evening down here where it’s often blazing hot and humid.

Chad said he came to the Grand Hotel with his family many times during his childhood years, but when Lily said she wanted photos with the rocks, he wasn’t quite sure what she meant. This spot is a prime portrait spot at the hotel and often quite crowded, but on this day it was quiet and we practically had the area to ourselves for 10 solid minutes. It was amazing!

Chad and Lily brought along a bottle of champagne and ended the shoot with a sunset toast! Mobile Bay truly gets some spectacular sunsets. Just when I was thinking the clouds had swallowed the sun for the day, it reappeared, bathing the scene in the most amazing Golden Hour glow. It was a DREAM!

 

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Lily + Chad | Engaged

2021

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A Spring Hill College Engagement Session As a Spring Hill College alum, I love a good Spring Hill love story! Amber and Christian met their first week on the Hill their freshman year. Three short years later they are planning their wedding day, which will be one week after graduation next spring! When it came […]

June 22, 2021

A Spring Hill College Engagement Session

As a Spring Hill College alum, I love a good Spring Hill love story! Amber and Christian met their first week on the Hill their freshman year. Three short years later they are planning their wedding day, which will be one week after graduation next spring!

When it came time to choose a location for their engagement session, Amber and Christian immediately knew they wanted to take portraits at Spring Hill. I love photographing couples who love the Spring Hill campus as much as I do. The Avenue of the Oaks is more than just a pretty location. It holds such special meaning for all who go to Spring Hill.

I was so excited that we got some beautiful golden light the day of this shoot because that type of light really makes the Avenue of the Oaks shine! We started our session there and I kept marveling at how nice and quiet it was – such a different level of activity in the summer versus during the school year! In addition to the Avenue of the Oaks, we took photos at some of the iconic Spring Hill spots, including St. Joseph’s Chapel. At the end, we headed up to Viragh Hall, where these two first met, for a few final shots. I love that this location is so sentimental for Amber and Christian! It definitely adds a layer of personality to their portraits!

Even though I was meeting Amber and Christian for the first time on this shoot, they have those types of personalities that make you feel as if you’ve already known them. I loved getting to chat with them as we walked around campus and hearing about their proposal story. Christian proposed while they were on vacation in Disney World with both of their families – talk about a magical moment!

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Amber + Christian | Engaged

2021

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A St. Paul’s Episcopal Engagement Session Maggie and Edward love going for a daily walk in the Village of Springhill. The little chapel at St. Paul’s Episcopal is their turn around spot. In fact, they were on their daily walk when Edward proposed! Maggie says it was a normal day, but that when they got […]

June 21, 2021

A St. Paul’s Episcopal Engagement Session

Maggie and Edward love going for a daily walk in the Village of Springhill. The little chapel at St. Paul’s Episcopal is their turn around spot. In fact, they were on their daily walk when Edward proposed! Maggie says it was a normal day, but that when they got to the chapel, she noticed the doors were open. They stepped inside to look around and when Maggie turned to look back at Edward, he was down on one knee and holding a ring box!

When it came to choosing a location for their engagement session, St. Paul’s was the perfect choice. In addition to this location being part of their proposal story, they will be married in the big church later this year. It’s been a while since I last took portraits at St. Paul’s and I loved returning to the location. The prayer garden has been fully renovated since my last shoot there and it was such a pretty spot for portraits!

We had to reschedule this session once due to weather. I was worried that afternoon thunderstorms were going to force another postponement, but the rain stopped just in time! In fact, after the storms passed there was a coolness to the air and a breeze. It didn’t feel like a typical June evening in Mobile.

Maggie and Edward are so laid back and easy going. I just loved getting to know them a bit during the shoot. I also loved shooting in various spots at St. Paul’s. I had been eyeing the beautiful swath of limelight hydrangeas that lines the sidewalk in front of the church since they first started to bloom. I was hoping they would still be blooming for this session and they were! My vision was fulfilled!

Maggie’s beautiful dress is from Rent the Runway

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Maggie + Edward | Engaged

2021

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A Langan Park Engagement Session I was fresh out of college when I signed up to teach Children’s Liturgy at church. I met Zelda the first Sunday it was my turn to teach. She was in the class with her younger brother. I had to hold back a giggle when she raised her hand and […]

June 18, 2021

A Langan Park Engagement Session

I was fresh out of college when I signed up to teach Children’s Liturgy at church. I met Zelda the first Sunday it was my turn to teach. She was in the class with her younger brother. I had to hold back a giggle when she raised her hand and let me know that she was “technically too old to be in the class” but that her brother wouldn’t go without her. It was the sweetest thing and I knew from that moment that Zelda was a special girl.

Years later, when Zelda was old enough to volunteer herself, she, her brother, and the rest of her family started helping me serve the coffee and doughnuts after the 9 o’clock Mass. I soon became friends with the whole family. To say that it blows my mind that sweet Zelda is old enough to be engaged is a major understatement! I look at her and I see both that little girl who was in the Children’s Liturgy class and the sweet young lady that I count as a friend.

When Zelda was 14 years old she met Graham. Even before I’d met him, I could tell he was equally as sweet and kind as Zelda. I met Graham briefly at Zelda’s Confirmation (I was her sponsor!), but that was a few years back. It was wonderful getting the chance to spend time with just the two of them at their engagement session.

Both Zelda and Graham have been involved in theater for several years, so of course they were totally at ease in front of the camera. I love that their session incorporated a location that is sentimental to them. I also love that we were able to incorporate three spots that were all in proximity to one another. This gave us a ton of variety for backgrounds!

For the Love of Gardens

Zelda and Graham have a love of gardening and gardens. They frequently visit the Birmingham Botanical Gardens together. In fact, that’s the location Graham chose when he asked Zelda to be his wife! Since these two are both from Mobile and we were doing their session here, I suggested we stop by the Japanese Gardens on the way to Langan Park – my session with Linda and Ralph a few days prior had given me the idea!

To my surprise, Zelda and Graham had never been to the Japanese Gardens before. It turned out to be so perfect that they got to explore a new garden together for their engagement session! After spending some time at the Japanese Gardens, we headed to the Mobile Museum of Art at Langan Park. Zelda and Graham took photos at the park before the first dance they went to together in middle school. I love that we returned to this place that holds special memories for them!

Finally, to wrap things up and squeeze every ounce of light out of the day, we headed for the Longleaf Pine Forest at the Mobile Botanical Gardens. On the way, Zelda asked, “Is it weird to take photos in front of the mural at the recycle center?” My response was, “not weird at all!” I love that Zelda suggested this because I have always loved this mural. The photos we took in this spot turned out to be some of my favorites from the whole shoot!

Zelda and Graham, I am so excited to work with the two of you as your wedding photographer! Cheers to the season of being engaged!

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Zelda + Graham | Engaged

2021

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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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