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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 Sacred Heart Chapel Wedding Clay proposed to Mary Emma under an oak tree on the property they purchased for building their future home. It was just the two of them in this place that will be so special to them over the years to come. Mary Emma’s and Clay’s families were both in on […]

November 18, 2020

A Sacred Heart Chapel Wedding

Clay proposed to Mary Emma under an oak tree on the property they purchased for building their future home. It was just the two of them in this place that will be so special to them over the years to come. Mary Emma’s and Clay’s families were both in on the surprise and were waiting to celebrate these two when they returned to Mary Emma’s house afterwards. To know this sweet couple is to know that family is important to them and I love working with couples who are close to their families.

I first worked with Mary Emma’s family for her cousin’s wedding back in 2018. It was such a treat to get to capture another wedding day for this sweet family! Her grandmother told me at the end of the night that she has two more granddaughters who aren’t yet married. I told her that I hope I can be there to capture their days as well because I just adore this family! On top of them being some of the kindest people you’ll meet, they also know how to have a good time, which is always the best combination for a wedding day!

While I hadn’t met Clay’s family prior to Saturday, I did know that they have had a busy year. Clay’s sister, Jill, got married at this same church just a little over a month ago. I can’t imagine having two weddings so close together in the same family, especially during a year where it has been beyond tricky to plan weddings! Thankfully, both weddings were able to go forward as planned!

After their ceremony at Sacred Heart Chapel in Fairhope, everyone headed to the evening reception, which was mostly outdoors. The location was fantastic and everyone danced the night away under the stars!

It was a treat getting to catch up with one of my 2018 couples, Maggie and Ross! It’s hard to believe they will celebrate their third wedding anniversary in April!

VENDORS

Second Photographer | Alexis Williams

Photographer’s Assistant | Regina Gomez-Guillen

Day of Coordination | Kayla Rigby – All Affairs

Ceremony | Sacred Heart Chapel

Reception | Private Property

Bridal Party & Ceremony Florals | Wildflowers

Additional Florals | Sundai Staggers – Mother of the Bride

Caterer | Naman’s Catering

Cake | Pollman’s Bake Shop

Lighting | Willow Bridge

Band | Fountain City Players – Music Garden

Rentals | Port City Rentals

Ceremony Music | Marian Hall

Makeup Artist | Chason Lipscomb

Hair | Garilynn Smith Gillespie – Salon GLS

Bride’s Gown | Bliss Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses | Bella Bridesmaids – Amsale

Transportation | Beach Bum Trolley

Favors | Sally I Creations

 

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Mary Emma + Clay | Married

2020

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A Fairhope Alabama Wedding Celebration I don’t know how to put in words just how happy I am to finally get to share photos from Jill and Cooper’s wedding celebration! They were married in a private ceremony back in April. Like so many couples who planned spring weddings for this year, the pandemic altered their […]

November 4, 2020

A Fairhope Alabama Wedding Celebration

I don’t know how to put in words just how happy I am to finally get to share photos from Jill and Cooper’s wedding celebration! They were married in a private ceremony back in April. Like so many couples who planned spring weddings for this year, the pandemic altered their plans. Since there was a 10 person limit at the church, I was unable to take photographs at their April ceremony. My heart went out to Jill and all the other spring brides who were facing the same tough decisions. I knew photography was so important to Jill and I would have loved to have been able to photograph her wedding ceremony for her.

Jill decided to save wearing her wedding dress for their wedding celebration day. Jill told me she would have been devastated if I hadn’t been available on their new date. I have to say I would have felt the same way! Jill and I hit it off from the first time we met up for her consultation. She’s one of those people that you immediately feel like you’ve known forever. Then I met Cooper at their engagement session (now almost a year ago!) and immediately knew I was going to have so much fun photographing them on their wedding day. Thankfully, I was available on Jill and Cooper’s wedding celebration date and what a wonderful celebration it was!

Jill and Cooper were married at Sacred Heart Chapel in April. Since the church wasn’t available on their wedding celebration date, they decided to have an outdoor ceremony at the bluffs overlooking Fairhope Pier. We had absolutely perfect weather the day of this wedding. I’m still pinching myself over how glorious the light was during both afternoon portraits and at sunset. I’m telling you, it was beyond dreamy!!!

A Reception at The Venue

After their bayside ceremony, guests headed to The Venue in downtown Fairhope for the reception. I love ending a beautiful wedding day with a fun reception! This one was full of great music and lots of dancing. Jill and Cooper finally got to celebrate their marriage with family and friends. It was just a joy to witness how happy everyone was for these two!

I remember talking to Jill on the phone the day they decided to postpone their wedding day celebration. It was a sad day and, at that time, we didn’t even know if this day would happen. I’m so thankful that it did and that I was able to document all the moments for Jill and Cooper. Enjoy this explosion of favorites from their beautiful wedding celebration day!

Jill wore a ring that belonged to her great-great grandmother and tied a locket that belonged to her grandmother to her bouquet. I loved photographing these heirlooms along with her bridal details.

Jill recently lost her grandmother, but I’m sure she was smiling down on her from heaven on this day!

This is one of my favorite shots from the day!

 

VENDORS

Second Photographer | Debby Cullum – Deborah Michelle Photography

Photographer’s Assistant | Regina Gomez-Guillen

Videography | The Wild Soul Films

Planning | Jenna Laine Weddings

Getting Ready Location | Jubilee Suites

Ceremony Location | Henry George Park – Fairhope, Ala.

Reception Venue  + Catering | The Venue

Flowers | Wildflowers

Cake | Couture Cakes

Dessert Table | EllenJay

Ceremony Rentals | SOHO Events & Rentals

Reception Rentals | Port City Rentals

Ceremony Music | Jeanne O’Connell

Transportation | Old Shell Trolley

Band | Five Star Funk Lounge

Makeup + Hair | Makeup and Hair by Chaney

Bridesmaid Dresses | Birdy Grey

Bride’s Gown | Town & Country

Groom + Groomsmen Attire | The Black Tux

Invitations + Save the Dates | Jenna Laine Weddings 

 

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Jill + Cooper | Married

2020

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A St. Francis at the Point Wedding I first talked to Katie and Dylan on the phone over a year ago, way before we knew 2020 was going to be the craziest year ever! During that first call, Katie and Dylan both sounded so excited about planning a bayside wedding. Katie is from Fairhope and […]

October 28, 2020

A St. Francis at the Point Wedding

I first talked to Katie and Dylan on the phone over a year ago, way before we knew 2020 was going to be the craziest year ever! During that first call, Katie and Dylan both sounded so excited about planning a bayside wedding. Katie is from Fairhope and dreamed of a night dancing under the stars at her parents bay house after a ceremony at St. Francis at the Point church. I loved listening to Katie and Dylan share their wedding day vision. I knew I was going to love working with them both!

What I remember most about that first call is listening to Katie and Dylan share their proposal story. I always love these stories, but there is something extra special about a couple telling it together. It’s really fun to hear each side of the story. Dylan was making his first visit to Fairhope and planned to propose to Katie at one of her favorite places. It was July 4th weekend and about 100 degrees outside. Between the heat and his nerves, it was just about unbearable to be outside. Before meeting up with Katie’s parents for drinks at Lakewood, Katie noticed something bulging from Dylan’s pocket.

Katie said she was immediately suspicious that something was going on when Dylan asked her to go for a walk right after they’d just met up with her parents. After carrying around the ring box and waiting for just the right moment, Dylan proposed down by the water. Katie’s dad was able to capture the moment on camera and afterwards her sister surprised them with an engagement party, with all their family present. How special is that?!

We originally planned Katie and Dylan’s engagement session for April 2020, but that obviously did not happen. So we planned a backup date – and Hurricane Sally canceled those plans. Finally, I got to meet these two in person at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear just a few weeks ago! After knowing them so long only from the phone and email, I was so happy to put faces to their names! They are just as genuine in person as they sounded on the phone. I knew I was going to love photographing them as a bride and groom!

A Bayside Wedding Reception

The morning of Katie and Dylan’s wedding, a storm rolled through the Mobile Bay area. I woke up to gray skies and a gloomy, drizzling rain. But the sun was out by the time I arrived at Baytreat for getting ready photos with Katie and her bridesmaids. I was so excited when I saw Katie’s dress because it was the same style my sister chose for her wedding day! I was excited to get to photograph Katie in this gorgeous gown. She got hers from Bliss Bridal just like my sister did! Katie paired her gown with a beautiful cathedral-length veil borrowed from her sister, which I also loved!

Katie is very close with her family and this day was so full of joyful emotion. Tears were flowing throughout the day and I even ran out of the supply of tissues I carry with me on wedding days. One of my favorite memories of the day has to be when Katie presented Dylan with his wedding gift. Throughout their years of dating she journaled about their relationship. When she gave the journal to Dylan, she said, “I wrote about all of it” and I could see on Dylan’s face how special this gift was to him. Then the tears really started flowing! What a privilege it was to document this moment for the two of them! I’m also pretty sure that my team and I were fighting back tears also. We just love these two and their beautiful love story!

At the end of the night, a fireworks show capped off the celebration. I LOVE photographing fireworks and this was my second time to get to do so on a wedding day! Everyone cheered as the first one lit up the night sky over the bay. Katie turned back to look at her dad with a big smile on her face. After all the uncertainty about if this day could happen as they envisioned it, Katie’s wedding day dream came true and it was absolutely magical!

I love the perspective on this shot that my second photographer, Alexis, took just after Katie gave Dylan the journal!

These large floral arrangements by Jubilee Flowers were absolutely stunning! I love that we were able to photograph most of the reception details while we still had ample natural light so these beauties could really shine!

VENDORS

Second Photographer | Alexis Williams

Photographer’s Assistant | Regina Gomez-Guillen

Planning | Wed With Style – Victoria Stankoski

Ceremony | St. Francis at the Point – Point Clear, Ala.

Reception | Private Property

Bridal Party + Ceremony Flowers | Jubilee Flowers

Catering | Bay Gourmet

Cake | Cakes by Vickie

Band | Peek Band

Rentals | Gulf Coast Events and Rentals

Bride’s Gown | Bliss Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses | Birdy Gray

Groom + Groomsmen Attire | Groomsman Suit

 

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Katie + Dylan | Married

2020

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A Grand Hotel Point Clear, AL Wedding “From the first time that I talked to you on the phone, and everyday since then, my heart skips a beat!” These are the words that Sherish wrote for Taylor to read on their wedding day. As she read these words aloud for their wedding videographer to record, […]

October 21, 2020

A Grand Hotel Point Clear, AL Wedding

“From the first time that I talked to you on the phone, and everyday since then, my heart skips a beat!” These are the words that Sherish wrote for Taylor to read on their wedding day. As she read these words aloud for their wedding videographer to record, we all just about melted into tears. Little did we know Taylor also has a way with words. To Sherish he wrote, “From the moment when we told each other that we loved one another, I knew that one day this day would happen.” And these are just two sentences from the beautifully written letters these two shared with one another.

Sherish and Taylor are two of the kindest people you could possibly meet. This day was five years in the making and now they are finally husband and wife! The first time I talked to Sherish she told me that her mom was a florist. She shared that she remembered working a wedding with her mom at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear when she was a teenager. From that time on, she knew it was the place that she wanted to get married some day. When a bride tells me a story like this I feel so honored that they would entrust me with capturing a day that they have envisioned for so long.

I prayed so hard for Sherish and Taylor to have the wedding day of their dreams. Between the pandemic and a rough hurricane season, I was holding onto hope that this day would be everything they imagined. To say I was overjoyed for a rain free wedding day is an understatement. When you’re planning an outdoor ceremony on the grand lawn, rain is a possibility. Thankfully, we had clear skies and the most beautiful sunset for these two on their special day. Sherish got the day of her dreams and it was absolutely beautiful from beginning to end!

Sherish and Taylor, you two are an inspiration! May God bless you with many years of happiness together! Enjoy this preview of your special day!

I love taking photos of a bride and groom right before the first look. You can just see the excitement in their smiles!

I love this sweet moment between Sherish’s parents that my second photographer, Alexis, captured during the ceremony!

Sherish’s parents recently celebrated 50 years of marriage! They couldn’t have the party they planned due to the pandemic, so they shared an anniversary dance at Sherish and Taylor’s reception. There was not a dry eye in the room! Seriously, this family is the sweetest!

VENDORS

Second Photographer | Alexis Williams

Photographer’s Assistant | Regina Gomez-Guillen

Planning | Wed With Style, Victoria Stankoski

Videography | Milestone Studios

Venue + Catering | The Grand Hotel – Point Clear, AL

Florist | Diane Hedden

Cake Artist | Kimberly Lyons – The Grand Hotel

Hair Stylist | Helen Volovecky, Panache

Makeup Artist | Elisabeth Wells

Band | Nola Dukes Band

Rentals | Gulf Coast Events and Rentals

Bride’s Gown | Elizabeth Lee Bridal

Groom’s Tux | Jos A Bank

 

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Sherish + Taylor | Married

2020

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A Point Clear Alabama Engagement Katie and Dylan are getting married two weeks from tomorrow! We attempted scheduling their engagement session twice before it actually worked out. Their original session date was scheduled for the spring, so of course we had to postpone due to the pandemic. The second session date was scheduled for the […]

October 9, 2020

A Point Clear Alabama Engagement

Katie and Dylan are getting married two weeks from tomorrow! We attempted scheduling their engagement session twice before it actually worked out. Their original session date was scheduled for the spring, so of course we had to postpone due to the pandemic. The second session date was scheduled for the week after Hurricane Sally hit the Gulf Coast. Once again we had to postpone. It was looking like we were never going to get this session in, but it turns out the third time was a charm! I met up with Katie and Dylan last Sunday at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear Alabama. After months of knowing these two only by their voices, it was so nice to finally meet them in person!

I love getting to know my couples ahead of their big day, but the engagement session is also a great opportunity for my couples to get comfortable with being photographed. Let’s be honest, most of us don’t get photographed on a regular basis. On top of that, being in front of the camera can be a bit nerve-wrecking. The engagement session is the warm up for wedding day and, best of all, I’ve found that doing an engagement session makes things flow smoother on wedding day because my couples know exactly what to expect. It also makes us all feel like we’re old friends when wedding day rolls around.

I almost always photograph engagement sessions two hours before sunset because I love that Golden Hour glow. However, Katie and Dylan were in town for only two days. On one of those days I had a wedding. In the end, we decided that Sunday morning was our only option to squeeze this shoot in ahead of the big day and it worked out perfectly!

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Katie + Dylan | 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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