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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 St. Dominic’s Catholic Church Wedding My fall wedding season began this past Saturday, but in Mobile it still feels like summer. Sharon and Brandon didn’t let the record-breaking heat dampen their spirits. Their day was so full of JOY! Their happiness was contagious! You can’t be around these two and not smile from ear-to-ear. […]

September 11, 2019

A St. Dominic’s Catholic Church Wedding

My fall wedding season began this past Saturday, but in Mobile it still feels like summer. Sharon and Brandon didn’t let the record-breaking heat dampen their spirits. Their day was so full of JOY! Their happiness was contagious! You can’t be around these two and not smile from ear-to-ear. When I met up with Brandon ahead of the First Look, he was already beaming with pride. When I opened the door to the room where Sharon was waiting and told her it was time to see her groom, she nearly squealed with excitement. I knew we were in for a lot of sweet moments throughout this day and the First Look was only the beginning!

I also love that I got to see two of my other brides at this wedding! Annie, who you’ll meet later this fall, was one of Sharon’s bridesmaids. I’ll be photographing her wedding this December and it was so much fun having her be part of Sharon’s wedding day. I also ran into one of my 2020 couples, Libby and Hunter, at the wedding reception! I loved getting to catch up with them! All three of these ladies have been friends since their days at McGill-Toolen Catholic High school (also my alma mater…although I graduated quite a few years before they did)!

One extra special part of this Catholic wedding was the fact that Sharon’s uncle, who is a priest in the Archdiocese of Mobile, was able to officiate the Nuptial Mass. Sharon is Fr. Steve’s only niece and he certainly had everyone in tears with his sweet stories about Sharon growing up. I can tell just from his homily that Sharon has been a joyful person her entire life. I just love that about her. It turns out that Fr. Steve knew Brandon’s family before Sharon did through his time serving at another parish in town. Then Sharon and Brandon met in high school and the rest is history!

Heirlooms to Treasure

Weddings offer me the opportunity to preserve moments for a couple to treasure for a lifetime. The wedding photographs are the first heirloom of a bride and groom’s new family. When I walked into the reception hall and saw the wedding photos of Sharon’s and Brandon’s parents and grandparents displayed, I smiled at the reminder of just how precious these moments are. It reminded me why I love weddings so much and why it’s a gift to capture these fleeting moments of a wedding day.

Congratulations Sharon and Brandon! Thank you for letting me document all the joy of your special day!

How sweet are these bridesmaids?! Their reaction to seeing Sharon in her dress was the best!

Such a beautiful First Look moment!

I love this shot that my second photographer, Aimee, took during bride and groom portrait time!

Another one of my favorites that Aimee took during the ceremony!

Possibly one of my favorite First Dance photos of all time! They’re just such happy people!

So much fun seeing Libby and Hunter! Of course I had to get a photo with them!

Sharon told me she wanted a McGill-Toolen Class of 2014 photo at the reception. I didn’t realize it would be this big of a group, but I love that it was! Go Jackets!

Second Photographer | Aimee Reynolds

Photographer’s Assistant | Megan Garofalo

VENDORS

Florals | All A Bloom

Hair Stylist | Jan Johnson & Becca Townley

Makeup Artist | Becca Townley

Rentals | Mobile Popcorn

Cake Artist | Eva Burnett

DJ | Gulf Coast Sounds

Bride’s Gown | I Do Bridal and Formal

Bridesmaid Dresses | Morilee

Groom & Groomsmen | Men’s Wearhouse

Ceremony Musician | Jimmy Jones

 

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Sharon + Brandon | Married

2019

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From the Archives | Mobile, AL Wedding As I prep for my first wedding of the fall season, I find myself thinking back on past years weddings. Today I’m opening up my associate archives again to share some of my favorite images from Heather and Andrew’s wedding! Heather and I hit it off from our […]

September 5, 2019

From the Archives | Mobile, AL Wedding

As I prep for my first wedding of the fall season, I find myself thinking back on past years weddings. Today I’m opening up my associate archives again to share some of my favorite images from Heather and Andrew’s wedding! Heather and I hit it off from our first meeting. After chatting over coffee and a snack, Heather and her mom invited me to join them in a bit of dress browsing. What girl doesn’t love looking at gorgeous gowns? I didn’t have any pressing appointments that afternoon, so I tagged along since the dress shop was just across the street from where we were meeting.

I felt like I’d known Heather and her mom for years after about five minutes of meeting them. Would you believe that Heather found her dream dress on that very day that we met for her consultation?! It was such a fun moment to be part of and I think we were all surprised that Heather said yes to the dress after just a few minutes of casual browsing!

Heather is also a professional model, so photographing her on wedding day was like being part of a dream editorial shoot. She selected such a beautiful color palette for her day. Everything was so classy and timeless! I’m still in love with her sweeping bouquet and the pastel print bridesmaids dresses!

My Favorite Moment of the Day

This was a day full of beautiful moments, but my absolute favorite happened at the end of the night. We were all gathered outside of The Battle House hotel for the grand exit. The sparklers were lit. The guests were cheering. But Heather and Andrew were still inside saying a few goodbyes. As the seconds ticked away, we started to worry that the sparklers would burn out before we could get the photo! Thankfully, the amazing Demetrious of Storylive Productions rushed inside and called out to them that time was running out!

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bride and groom jump into action so fast! They started running for the exit, determined to not miss their sparkler moment. Demetrious and I stood shoulder to shoulder as they ran down the steps. I’m pretty sure I was holding my breath the entire time I was taking those exit photos! They made it just in time and it was a MAGICAL moment!

The light in this room was ethereal! I love how it caught every detail in the lace.

Heather and Andrew had the most AMAZING vintage car for wedding day transportation! It was a dream getting to use it during portrait time!

How they didn’t spill that champagne is beyond me! Talk about skills!

These photographs have been shared with the permission of my friend Jennie Tewell with whom I worked as an associate photographer for four years.

View more weddings here!

CREATIVE TEAM

Photographer’s Assistant | Deborah Michelle Photography

Videography | Storylive Productions

 

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Heather + Andrew | Married

2019

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A Downtown Mobile Cathedral Wedding Two words come to mind when I think of Elizabeth’s bridal style – Audrey Hepburn. Everything about this day was classic. When she paused at the window of the bridal suite, on our way to meet Jeff for their first look, I knew that it was going to be a […]

July 24, 2019

A Downtown Mobile Cathedral Wedding

Bride and Groom standing on balcony at the Battle House Hotel in Mobile Alabama.

Two words come to mind when I think of Elizabeth’s bridal style – Audrey Hepburn. Everything about this day was classic. When she paused at the window of the bridal suite, on our way to meet Jeff for their first look, I knew that it was going to be a pretty amazing day portrait-wise. Elizabeth’s dress was STUNNING and she was radiating happiness! When Jeff saw his bride for the first time, the first word out of his mouth was “WOW!” You could tell she totally took his breath away.

July weddings are a bit of a gamble in Mobile. At the start of this day, we were prepared to avoid the heat and stay inside for portraits. Fortunately, the rain showers that passed over downtown the morning of the wedding, made it tolerable to shoot almost all bride and groom portraits outside. Let me tell you, the balcony at The Battle House is a DREAM! I love that it gives us a private spot for portraits and captures the feel of our small city. I also love that the breeze that always seems prevalent in this spot is perfect for lifting a lightweight veil!

The Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception will always be one of my favorite churches. I was smitten from the first wedding I attended at this church as a young girl. Every time I hear the music announcing the bride’s procession and hear the creaking of the massive wood doors opening, I hold my breath because it’s just that beautiful. Watching a bride walk down that long aisle on her father’s arm is so special!

Elizabeth and Jeff were only the second couple to have their wedding reception at Crown Hall. This new event space in Mobile is perfect for a bride who wants to have dinner and dancing all in one big space. I loved the neutral tones of the venue. It has such a sleek look, while still embracing a touch of old. This building was formerly the old Red Cross building. I am amazed with how it has been transformed! Crown Hall’s owner, Sarah Clarke, also owns Bay Gourmet Catering, so they definitely know a thing or two about events!

I had the best time working with Elizabeth in the months leading up to her big day. One of my favorite things about being a wedding photographer is getting to know my brides. They (along with their grooms!) are truly what make my job a JOY! Enjoy my favorites from my last wedding of the summer season. I can’t wait to share more beautiful wedding days with y’all this fall!

VENDORS

Second Photographer | Jacob Bennett

Photographer’s Assistant | Toni Goodie

Planning | Lydia Noble Events, Jenny Klein

Getting Ready Location | The Battle House Hotel – Mobile, AL

Ceremony Location | Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception

Reception Location | Crown Hall

Catering | Bay Gourmet

Florals | Belle Bouquet

Cake | Pollman’s Bake Shop

Band | Shimmer Band

Rentals | Port City Rentals

Hair & Makeup | Jillian Jenson Holt

Transportation | Gulf Coast Tours

Invitations, Save the Dates & Koozies | Soiree Signatures

Bride’s Gown | The White Magnolia – Atlanta, GA

Bridesmaid Dresses | Bridals by Lori – Bill Levkoff, Designer

Groom & Groomsmen Attire | Men’s Wearhouse

 

 

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Elizabeth + Jeff | Married

2019

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From the Archives | Fairhope, AL Wedding I photographed over 30 weddings during my years as an associate wedding photographer. I worked with so many wonderful couples during that time! Since the photos at those weddings were taken while I was working for another company, I wasn’t able to share them for a while. I […]

July 3, 2019

From the Archives | Fairhope, AL Wedding

I photographed over 30 weddings during my years as an associate wedding photographer. I worked with so many wonderful couples during that time! Since the photos at those weddings were taken while I was working for another company, I wasn’t able to share them for a while. I loved the years I spent in this associate role and wouldn’t trade them for anything! The one thing I did miss out on though was being able to share my most favorite images from each wedding day and to share stories about the couples who made my job such a joy!

In 2017 I began photographing weddings under my own business. I always intended to go back and edit some favorites from all my associate weddings, but there never seemed to be enough time. So the files lingered on my many external hard drives. Sure, I edited a few favorites here and there, but I didn’t have time to edit more than a handful. I figured there wasn’t much point in spending time to edit them since I’d agreed to not share the images for two years from the date they were taken. Two years seems like such a short time, but when you’re excited to share something you created, it seems like a million years.

Although I am a photographer, I consider myself to be a storyteller first. That’s probably why I love sharing the stories of wedding days I photograph here on my blog. I am so thankful to finally be able to open up my archives and share some of my favorite images and stories from my associate weddings with y’all!

A St. Francis at the Point Wedding

I remember the day I met with Samantha for her bridal consultation like it was yesterday. I was headed to Birmingham for my cousin’s high school graduation and stopped to meet her at Starbucks on my way out of town. Samantha was planning a June wedding and I was so excited that one of her venues was St. Francis at the Point.

I love church weddings and this Episcopal church in Point Clear is one of the prettiest in our area. I’d been to St. Francis at the Point only once before this wedding – the first time I worked a wedding as a second photographer. Samantha booked me over a year ahead of her wedding date, so by the time the big day arrived I felt like we’d known each other forever.

Samantha and Robby had the most beautiful wedding day! Their Golden Hour “Just Married” portraits remain some of my all-time favorites. Just wait until you see Samantha’s veil! When these two called me earlier this year for a special announcement photoshoot, I was of course delighted to work with them once again! Enjoy these highlights from their wedding day!

Samantha’s wedding gown was A-MAZ-ING! I loved the chiffon skirt!

Their First Look was so emotional!

Samantha’s First Look with her dad remains one of my favorite moments I’ve ever photographed at a wedding.

I gasped when I took this photo because I knew it would be one of my favorites from the day. Two years later and it’s still one of my all-time favorite bride and groom portraits!

These photographs have been shared with the permission of my dear friend Jennie Tewell with whom I worked as an associate photographer for four years.

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CREATIVE TEAM

Planning | Wed With Style

Second Photographer | Jacob Bennett

Photographer’s Assistant | Allyson DeMouy

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Samantha + Robby | Married

2019

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Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Wedding It’s always an honor when a bride refers you to her friends. This is the third wedding that I’ve gotten to photograph within the same circle of friends and each one has been nothing short of fabulous! When I first met with Ann, I knew that she was going […]

June 26, 2019

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Wedding

Bride and groom standing on the steps at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Mobile, Alabama.

It’s always an honor when a bride refers you to her friends. This is the third wedding that I’ve gotten to photograph within the same circle of friends and each one has been nothing short of fabulous! When I first met with Ann, I knew that she was going to be wonderful to work with. She is just the sweetest person! When wedding day arrived, I also learned how organized she is. Whether it was a steamer, bobby pins, or bandaids that were in need, she had it all. I was like, this girl and I are totally kindred spirits!

With two brothers, Ann is the only daughter, so this day was an extra sweet one for her parents. When Ann shared a First Look with her dad, his reaction was, “WOW!” She took his breath away and then tears immediately started to flow. They both agreed that was definitely going to be one of the most emotional moments of the day. I also love that Ann cried when she shared her First Look with her bridesmaids. You can tell how much love there is among this group of girls and it was so special to watch them soak in the moment of seeing Ann in her dress for the first time!

In Mobile, Alabama you never really know just how hot it will be in June. Some years the heat is mild. But not this year! This wedding day was a hot one! I was SO impressed with how Joseph and all his groomsmen were such troopers about wearing their jackets during the heat. Seriously, I know they had to be dying. All I could think was how thankful I was to be a girl wearing a sundress when I saw them arrive at Washington Square Park for portrait time. Despite the heat, everyone was in joyful spirits and I know that is because they love this sweet couple so much.

Once the ceremony was over, Ann and Joseph were ready to head straight to their reception, but I persuaded them to pause for a few “Just Married” portraits while the guests made the short walk from the Cathedral to the Ezell House for the reception. I’m so glad Ann and Joseph were game for doing these bonus portraits, as they’d shared a First Look pre-ceremony. I can’t recommend “Just Married” portraits enough if there is daylight remaining after the ceremony. Some of my favorite portraits from a wedding often come from this part of the day! Plus, it gives guests just enough time to get to the reception AND be excited for your grand entrance!

I think it’s safe to say that this wedding was another dreamy one! Enjoy my favorites from this beautiful downtown Mobile wedding and congratulations to the newly Mr. & Mrs. Cortopassi!

How sweet is this reaction?!

When a flower girl spots her mama at the end of the aisle…y’all this was the most precious moment! Her mom was kneeling right next to me and this sweet girl full on RAN right into her mother’s arms.

I love seeing my past couples at weddings!

I also felt like I was at a high school reunion. Ann’s brother and cousin were in my class at McGill-Toolen. It was fun seeing them and a few other classmates!

Sparklers and confetti for your exit?! It just doesn’t get much more fun than that!

VENDORS

Second Photographer | Jacob Bennett

Photographer’s Assistant | Allyson DeMouy

Getting Ready Venue | Hampton Inn & Suites, Downtown Mobile

Ceremony | Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception

Reception | Ezell House

Coordinator | Joseph Booth

Caterer | Charlie Wilton, Wilton Catering

Florist | Belle Bouquet

Cake | Pollman’s

Hair Stylist | Nicole Moore & Cameron, Torrent Salon

Makeup Artist | Chelsea, Allure Studio

Band | 4 Barrel Funk

Rentals | Port City Rentals

Bride’s Gown | Wedding Belles, New Orleans

Bridesmaid Dresses | Bella Bridesmaids

Groom & Groomsmen Attire | Randalls

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Ann + Joseph | 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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