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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 Village of Springhill Engagement Session There are certain people that you meet who make you feel like you’ve known them forever. Grace and Connor are one-hundred percent those types of people. From the first time I met Grace, I felt like we were old friends who just hadn’t seen each other in a while. […]

September 11, 2020

A Village of Springhill Engagement Session

There are certain people that you meet who make you feel like you’ve known them forever. Grace and Connor are one-hundred percent those types of people. From the first time I met Grace, I felt like we were old friends who just hadn’t seen each other in a while. Then she, Connor and I bonded over our love of all things Harry Potter and Disney during their consultation, which we held via FaceTime because of the pandemic. I knew I was going to love getting to spend more time with them at their engagement session. I was right!

Grace and Connor have the sweetest love story. They met in a church parking lot when they both were surprising a mutual friend with baked goodies for her birthday. Grace had made a cake and Connor showed up with Princess cupcakes. Grace said she knew he was special right from that moment. After a long chat in the parking lot, Connor got Grace’s number from their friend. Their first date was a trip to Harry Potter World…Grace is a Hufflepuff and Connor a Ravenclaw if you’re wondering.

Nearly four years after that first parking lot meeting, Connor proposed to Grace at the Cathedral where they first met. I’m pretty sure I sighed out loud when Grace told me the story. So romantic, right?!

Grace and Connor live in Orlando, where they both work for competing theme parks. I told them that if it wasn’t for Covid, I would have hopped on a plane to do this session in Harry Potter World, or Disney OR both! But I love that Grace wanted to do this session in her hometown. She grew up in the Spring Hill area so we decided to meet up at Carpe Diem and shoot wherever the light was good that day. As it turned out, dreamy golden light followed us around for this entire shoot. I was in heaven!

A Special Heirloom

Just when I thought this shoot couldn’t get any better, Grace pulled out an antique quilt and asked if we could incorporate it into some of their photos. I almost lost my mind with excitement. I am obsessed with all things antique, but especially antique quilts! Quilting has been a hobby of mine for years, but it wasn’t until the pandemic shut things down earlier this year that I picked it back up. It literally kept me from stressing out about all the cancellations and postponements due to Covid. As soon as I saw Grace’s quilt, my mind went into overdrive.

We spread the quilt on the ground and after taking a few photos, I knew these were going to be some of my favorites from the shoot. When I asked them to lie down on the quilt and gaze up at the sky, Grace responded, “Like Carl and Ellie in Up!” I was like, YES!!! Clearly we are kindred spirits! Side note, Grace had me take the Sorting Hat Quiz on Pottermore and I’m also officially a Hufflepuff.

Grace and Connor, thank you for such a fun shoot! I can’t wait to photograph your wedding day in the spring! You two are just magical!

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Grace + Connor | Engaged

2020

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A Grand Hotel Point Clear Engagement Sherish and Taylor were in town to celebrate her parents 50th wedding anniversary! That is such a special milestone. I love that it worked out that these two were doing their engagement session the same weekend! Since Sherish and Taylor live in Dallas, I hadn’t met them prior to […]

July 16, 2020

A Grand Hotel Point Clear Engagement

Sherish and Taylor were in town to celebrate her parents 50th wedding anniversary! That is such a special milestone. I love that it worked out that these two were doing their engagement session the same weekend!

Since Sherish and Taylor live in Dallas, I hadn’t met them prior to this photoshoot. We chose the Grand Hotel in Point Clear for their session because it’s where these two will exchange vows later this year in an intimate ceremony with their closest family and friends.

I always love taking portraits on this beautiful property, but this time I found a spot I’d never used before and it was beyond dreamy! Fun fact, it was also basically in the parking lot. As soon as I saw the light coming through the moss-covered trees, I knew it was going to be a gorgeous portrait spot. I couldn’t wait to get Sherish and Taylor in front of my lens with this beautiful background. Just as we started taking photos, Sherish told me that she loves Spanish moss. I was like, how perfect is this?!

Sherish and Taylor are both so easy-going. I loved meandering around the Grand Hotel property with them. Even though they are getting married here, I know that there’s no way we can use all these locations on wedding day, so it’s fun to get to do some portraits in some areas we likely won’t have time to get to on wedding day.

One spot we will definitely aim to return to on their wedding day is the beach area. All my Grand Hotel brides love the rocks in this location and I have to say it’s one of my favorite spots as well. The photos we took there during this session are some of my absolute favorites from the shoot!

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Sherish + Taylor | Engaged

2020

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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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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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