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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 Gulf Shores Alabama Wedding I don’t often photograph weddings at the beach, but when I first received an inquiry from Julie I was intrigued. She wrote that she wanted a stress free, relaxed and fun wedding day. When we talked on the phone I could tell that she and TJ were a very easy-going […]

November 13, 2019

A Gulf Shores Alabama Wedding

I don’t often photograph weddings at the beach, but when I first received an inquiry from Julie I was intrigued. She wrote that she wanted a stress free, relaxed and fun wedding day. When we talked on the phone I could tell that she and TJ were a very easy-going couple. Their day felt like a vacation that happened to have a wedding be part of it. I love that their dog, Campbell, was part of every single moment. He was the sweetest dog ever and posed on cue!

Since everyone who was part of this day traveled from out of town to celebrate with Julie and TJ, it truly was a vacation atmosphere at the beach house where they said their “I Dos”. This was my first beach wedding where the reception was at a house that was at the same site as the ceremony. This meant we could use the house and beach are for both pre and post ceremony portraits!

When the ceremony ended the sun was getting close to setting. This whole day was planned around a golden hour ceremony, which would leave us just enough light afterwards for sunset “Just Married” portraits. After a gloomy and blustery Friday, the skies cleared up and the sun was out all day Saturday. This meant that when the sun set we had the most beautiful tones in the sky. It looked like a watercolor painting! Talk about a photographer’s DREAM!

Congratulations Julie and TJ! I hope you enjoyed your time at the beach. Thank you for having me be part of your special day!

I love this photo captured by my assistant Alexis!

My first garter toss where the couple’s dog was a participant in removing the garter!

 

VENDORS

Photographer’s Assistant | Alexis Williams

Planning | Kendra Lee Events

Venue | The Veranda

Catering | Creative Catering

Florals | Coastal Flowers and Design

Cake | A Specialty Bakery

Hair Stylist | Brittany, Bride Guide Pros

Makeup Artist | Lo, Bride Guide Pros

DJ | Drew, Touch of Class Entertainment

Rentals | Gulf Coast Events & Rentals

Bride’s Gown | Impression Bridal – Houston, TX by Azazie

Groom + Groomsmen Attire | Jos. A. Bank

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Julie + TJ | Married

2019

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A Spring Hill College Wedding Brooke and Geoffrey have been together for nine years! They met in high school at McGill-Toolen Catholic and have been together ever since. When I met up with these two for their engagement session earlier this year, they immediately felt like old friends – the kind you haven’t seen in […]

November 5, 2019

A Spring Hill College Wedding

Brooke and Geoffrey have been together for nine years! They met in high school at McGill-Toolen Catholic and have been together ever since. When I met up with these two for their engagement session earlier this year, they immediately felt like old friends – the kind you haven’t seen in years, but can easily pick up where you left off. They’re just such warm and joyful people. And, as it turns out, we have many mutual friends!

Geoffrey told me the hardest part of the wedding day was not getting to see Brooke that morning. “I didn’t realize it would be so hard not being able to see her,” he said to me as we headed outside for the First Look. How sweet is that?! When he was finally able to see his bride the tears were definitely flowing. Brooke literally took his breath away. Geoffrey gasped as soon as he saw her, which didn’t surprise me one bit because Brooke was radiant in her amazing gown!

Both Brooke and Geoffrey are graduates of Spring Hill College (also my alma mater!), so when it came time to choose a church for their ceremony, they looked no further than St. Joseph’s Chapel. I just love photographing weddings at this church and I especially love taking portraits on campus during Golden Hour! We planned the timeline carefully so that we could fit in portraits in downtown Mobile and on campus. With the help of the team at Lydia Noble Events and thanks to amazing weather, everything stayed on schedule perfectly.

A History Museum of Mobile Reception

After the ceremony at Spring Hill College, we headed back downtown for the reception at the History Museum of Mobile. I love shooting at this downtown Mobile venue, but it’s been over a year since my last wedding there. One of my favorite aspects about this venue is the fact that we can use it for portraits during the day. The courtyard is one of my favorite portrait spots. I was so glad that we were able to stop by there for bride and groom portraits before heading to Spring Hill for the ceremony. I am also OBSESSED with the grand staircase that is in the main lobby. Brooke asked if we could do some portraits there and of course I happily said yes!

Since we’re into the fall season and the sun sets so much earlier we didn’t have daylight left for “Just Married” portraits after the ceremony. But we were able to take a few portraits of the newlyweds at the museum just after Brooke and Geoffrey made their grand exit. I knew Brooke wanted a photo showcasing the History Museum and I’m so thankful that we were able to make it happen. Thanks to videographer, Robbie Reynolds, for suggesting the night-time portraits idea. They were such a fun way to end the day!

I love the shot below that my second photographer, Ellen, took of Brooke wiping away a tear from Geoffrey’s face.

This is one of the most gorgeous bouquets I’ve ever photographed. The color palette was so timeless and classic!

Y’all is this baby stealing the show, or what?! Just look at that big smile.

Eloise certainly loves her godparents and they certainly love their flower girl!

Brooke had the most perfect veil for portraits like this! The light weight and long veils float perfectly in the air!

Brooke walked down the aisle to Jeremiah Clarke’s “Trumpet Voluntary” played on the organ. I don’t think there is a better way for a bride to make her grand entrance at a wedding. I had goosebumps when those doors opened. Then I looked up to see Geoffrey in tears and nearly got misty-eyed myself. Yes, I’ve always been a cryer. You should see me after watching Hallmark commercials!

These two certainly know how to open up the dance floor in style!

These ladies are ROCK STARS when it comes to keeping things running smoothly! It’s always a pleasure to work with planners and Lydia Noble Events did an amazing job on this wedding!

VENDORS

Second Photographer | Ellen Talbot

Photographer’s Assistant | Katy Rasp

Planning | Noble Events

Videography | RHR Media, Robbie Reynolds

Getting Ready | The Admiral

Ceremony | Spring Hill College, St. Joseph’s Chapel

Reception | History Museum of Mobile

Catering | Georgia Roussos

Florals | Rosebuds

Invitations | Rose and Cotton Lettering

Cake | Pollman’s

Hair Stylist | Cameron Thomas, Cara & Co.

Makeup Artist | Alexandra West

Entertainment | Party People Entertainment

Rentals | Mobile Popcorn

Bride’s Gown | Bliss Bridal

Bridesmaids | Bella Bridesmaids

Groom + Groomsmen | Men’s Wearhouse

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Brooke + Geoffrey | Married

2019

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A St. Mary’s Catholic Church Wedding I knew Lauren and Vincent were going to be a laid back bride and groom. These two were so chill at their engagement session! Seriously, if there’s one bit of advice I’d give to every couple, it would be don’t sweat the small stuff…especially on wedding day. Lauren and […]

October 23, 2019

A St. Mary’s Catholic Church Wedding

I knew Lauren and Vincent were going to be a laid back bride and groom. These two were so chill at their engagement session! Seriously, if there’s one bit of advice I’d give to every couple, it would be don’t sweat the small stuff…especially on wedding day. Lauren and Vincent are the perfect example of going with the flow and just enjoying the time spent with family and friends.

I love that they took time to write letters to each other to read ahead of their First Look. A wedding day is by nature a busy day because there is a lot going on. I think it’s so nice to take a pause and just soak in the moment. Lauren was reading her letter when I arrived at the getting ready location. Vincent had advised her to read it before she had her makeup done. And that proved to be good advice!

Vincent read his letter right before Lauren came out for their First Look. It was such a sweet moment! While I love fine papers and stationery, it made me smile seeing the letters Lauren and Vincent exchanged written on simple paper. It reminded me of the letters that my grandfather wrote to my grandmother back in the 1950s. It’s what the letter says that matters, not the paper it’s written on.

An Azalea Manor Reception

Speaking of grandparents, Vincent’s grandparents have been married for 60 years! They are an amazing example of marriage standing the test of time. One of my favorite moments from the wedding day happened at the reception when Vincent and Lauren were dancing alongside his grandparents. I just imagined Lauren and Vincent doing the same 50 or so years down the road!

This was my first wedding that felt like fall. I was LOVING the cooler temperatures and being outside for the reception at Azalea Manor. I love that this venue has both an indoor and outdoor space. It was such a beautiful night for dancing under the stars!

This wedding also marked my first time back at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in over a year! This beautiful church is one of my favorites in Mobile, so it’s crazy to realize how long it’s been since my last wedding there. It was the perfect setting for Lauren and Vincent’s ceremony. Enjoy my favorites from their special day!

I don’t always edit sibling portraits for the blog, but I definitely take them during a typical wedding day. Family portraits are an important part of every wedding day and I love when we’re able to take them pre-ceremony so that family can enjoy going straight to the reception after the wedding.

I love these secondary angle shots that my assistant, Megan, took during the ceremony. She was able to take photos from the side aisle during the vows, while I stayed at the center.

Lauren and Vincent dancing alongside Vincent’s grandparents – one of my favorite moments from the day!

VENDORS

Second Photographer | Megan Garofalo

Getting Ready Location | Cornerstone Gardens

Ceremony | St. Mary’s Catholic Church

Reception | Azalea Manor

Florist | Ron Barrett

Cake | The Pastry Shop

Catering | Georgia Rousso’s Catering

Makeup + Hair | Becca Townley

DJ | Russell Combs

Bride’s Gown | Essense of Australia

Bridesmaid Dresses | Morilee

Groom + Groomsmen Attire | Jos. A. Bank

Desserts | Lickin Good Donuts

 

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Lauren + Vincent | Married

2019

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A Spring Hill College Wedding When I first met Mackenzie and Christopher, we found ourselves talking about our grandparents. I met up with them for a consultation right before my Granny passed away last year. Mackenzie happened to work at the same hospital and on one of the specialty floors where my grandmother stayed for […]

October 9, 2019

A Spring Hill College Wedding

Spring Hill College St. Joseph's Chapel in Mobile Alabama

When I first met Mackenzie and Christopher, we found ourselves talking about our grandparents. I met up with them for a consultation right before my Granny passed away last year. Mackenzie happened to work at the same hospital and on one of the specialty floors where my grandmother stayed for part of the time she was in the hospital. I felt certain their paths had to have crossed at some point. Mackenzie has such a caring heart and I could tell how much she loves caring for her patients.

As we chatted about our grandparents, Mackenzie shared that she and Christopher were both close to their grandparents. So when I heard that Christopher’s beloved grandfather passed away a few days prior to their wedding, my heart ached for them. On the day of the wedding, Mackenzie spotted several butterflies throughout the day. She said she felt it was a sign that Christopher’s grandfather was smiling down on them and sharing in their joy. I was wishing I’d caught one on camera, but knowing they were there is what matters.

Mackenzie and Christopher chose Spring Hill College for their ceremony and reception. As a Spring Hill College alum myself, it is one of my favorite places to photograph a wedding! There are so many beautiful portrait spots to choose from. The only problem we had the whole day was dodging traffic in order to get photos on the Avenue of the Oaks. This avenue is known to many as a great portrait location in our area, but it is extra special to all who attended the Jesuit College of the South.

When you’re a student at Spring Hill, you start and end your college journey with the Avenue of the Oaks. It is a sentimental location for all Spring Hill grads. I’m so glad we were able to get in a few photos in this spot, even though it was challenging. Two weddings were happening on campus at the same time so there was quite a bit of traffic!

Mackenzie and Christopher, it was such a joy photographing your wedding! Enjoy this preview of your day and happy honeymooning!

Christopher wore this family heirloom in memory of his beloved grandfather.

Mackenzie shared a First Look with her dad and it was the sweetest moment!!!

We were finishing up bridal party portraits when Christopher’s grandmother arrived. Her reaction to seeing Mackenzie in her gown was one of my favorite moments of the day!

This is why you want to save time for Golden Hour portraits! We could not have taken this portrait any earlier in the day than we did because this spot would have been in full sun. I’m so glad these two took a few minutes post ceremony for some bonus bride and groom portraits! These were some of my favorites of the day!

VENDORS

Second Photographer | Evan Davis

Photographer’s Assistant | Alexis Williams

Venue | Spring Hill College

Planning | Bella Victoria

Catering | Sharr Jones, Aramark – Spring Hill College

Cake | Cakes by Judi

Florals | Beth Pederson

Hair Stylist | Marissa, Identity Salon

Makeup | Olivia Fryfogle

DJ | Ed Oetken, Mobtown DJ

Rentals | Port City Rentals

Bride’s Gown | I Do Formal

Bridesmaid Dresses | David’s Bridal

Groom & Groomsmen Attire | Jos A Bank

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Mackenzie + Christopher | Married

2019

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An Izenstone Wedding Frankie was so excited that his parents were getting married! They were equally excited to have their fur-baby be part of their special day! It’s always a bit tricky to incorporate pets into a wedding day because you never know what their reaction will be. Fortunately, I got to meet Frankie at […]

October 2, 2019

An Izenstone Wedding

Frankie was so excited that his parents were getting married! They were equally excited to have their fur-baby be part of their special day! It’s always a bit tricky to incorporate pets into a wedding day because you never know what their reaction will be. Fortunately, I got to meet Frankie at Ginny and Michael’s engagement session and I knew he would do just fine.

Ginny and Michael are such a sweet couple. I remember the first time I met Ginny and hearing her talk about Michael. I love that she didn’t let the distance of living in different states deter her from following her heart. I also love that Michael’s main concern was all about Ginny enjoying their wedding day. Whatever made Ginny happy would make him happy. How sweet is that?!

After months of knowing these two and hearing them talk about their families, it was so wonderful to meet everyone on wedding day! Many of their friends and family traveled down to the Alabama Gulf Coast from different states to celebrate with them. Thankfully, we had the most picturesque day for the wedding. Yes, it was still a bit hot, but no where near as humid as July and August were! I’m sure all their guests from out of town thought I was crazy talking about how it wasn’t that hot, but it was seriously a HUGE difference from the summer months.

This wedding marked my first time to shoot at Izenstone in Spanish Fort. This property is so beautiful and the barn is the perfect mix of rustic and polished. I love that the interior is all light toned! It photographs beautifully and is large enough to host a large reception. Michael’s extended family alone could fill up the huge dance-floor space!

A St. Francis at the Point Ceremony

I was also excited to return to St. Francis at the Point for the wedding ceremony! The first wedding I ever second shot was at this church and I’ve loved it ever since that day. When Ginny first told me she’d selected it for the ceremony, I could barely contain my excitement. Because of all the large windows, this church has an abundance of natural light. My photographer friends and I talk all the time about how it’s a photographer’s dream ceremony location!

I love that after the ceremony, the bridal party gathered outside the church to cheer for Ginny and Michael as they made their way down the front steps. It was such a joyful moment! I also love that since we had a 3 o’clock ceremony that we still had time for Golden Hour portraits once we returned to Izenstone. Definitely scroll down to see those because they were some of my favorites of the whole day!

Frankie was definitely ready for picture time!

I have a feeling this one is going to go in a frame!

Moments like this are what memories are made of! I don’t even know if Ginny and Michael were aware of the cuteness happening behind them in this moment.

I absolutely LOVE this shot that my second photographer, Alexis, took during the exit from the church! I asked her to shoot from behind hoping that she’d get an opportunity for a shot like this and she absolutely nailed it!

Ginny and her brothers planned a special dance and, oh my word, it was AMAZING! They brought the house down with laughter and cheers!

Then, Michael’s dance with his sweet mom had everyone in tears again!

I walked outside to check the light for Golden Hour portraits and it was absolutely PERFECT!

It was such a treat to run into one of my 2017 couples, Rachel and Alex, at the reception! These two recently celebrated their second wedding anniversary and are expecting TWINS next year!

I glanced across the dance floor and the sweetest moment was happening between Ginny and her grandmother. Cue the tears once again!

VENDORS

Second Photographer / Assistant | Alexis Williams

Getting Ready + Reception Venue | Izenstone

Ceremony | St. Francis at the Point

Catering | Jonathan Kastner, Anchor Bar & GrillĀ 

Florist | Belle Bouquet

Cake Artist | Pollman’s

Hair Stylist | Jessica Price

DJ | Southern Aire DJs

Bride’s Gown | Bridal Suite Pensacola

Bridesmaid Dresses | Azazie

Groom & Groomsmen Attire | Men’s Warehouse

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Ginny + Michael | Married

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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