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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. Francis at the Point Wedding St. Francis at the Point and The Venue in downtown Fairhope are such a great combo for a wedding day. These locations are fairly close together, meaning we don’t waste a ton of time traveling between the two. I also love that the path between the two locations […]

July 21, 2021

 A St. Francis at the Point Wedding

St. Francis at the Point and The Venue in downtown Fairhope are such a great combo for a wedding day. These locations are fairly close together, meaning we don’t waste a ton of time traveling between the two. I also love that the path between the two locations takes us right by the Fairhope Pier, making it the perfect stop for Golden Hour bride and groom portraits!

We actually did several of Lane and Jake’s engagement portraits at the pier, so I loved that she wanted to return to the location on their wedding day. The major difference was that we did their engagement portraits in the fall. The summer is a busy time in Fairhope, with so many tourists in town. The Fairhope Pier is also usually crowded with fishermen, musicians and families enjoying the park. On top of that, you never know if you’re going to have to battle rain on a July wedding day. I told Lane beforehand that we’d have to play things by ear when it came to the portraits on the bay. There were just so many variables that could have prevented this from working into our plan.

As it turned out, we didn’t encounter one drop of rain on this wedding day…even though there were heavy clouds in the sky for most of the day. When the trolley pulled up to the pier, I noticed the smaller pier to the side of the main pier was free of people. Lane, Jake and I hopped off the trolley, dashing to the smaller pier for a few bride and groom portraits. Our goal was to get the photos showcasing the bay, while not taking up too much time. In just under six minutes (I checked the time-stamps on my camera!), I shot as many portraits as possible. The whole time I was thinking how magical it was that it was so quiet. I was in shock that we had the spot to ourselves! These portraits turned out to be some of my favorites of the day!

The Summer Season

This day was the warmest wedding day I’ve had so far this year, but thankfully the sun stayed behind the clouds so it was no where near as bad as it could have been for July. When photographing summer weddings, I always like to build in time for air-conditioning breaks. This works so well when you have a location like St. Francis at the Point. I was able to take photos in groupings, sending the bridal party indoors between sets of photos outside.

It’s hard to believe that this beautiful day wraps up my spring/summer wedding season! It has been such a fun few months and I’m thankful to all the couples who had me and my team be part of their wedding days. I’m looking forward to working on some exciting commercial projects over the next month before the fall/winter season kicks off in September (even though we all know that September still feels like summer in the Mobile Bay area…haha!).

Lane and Jake, thank you for an absolutely fabulous ending to a great season! Cheers to many years of happiness together!

Y’all, this car was so fabulous for a grand exit getaway!

One of my second photographers, Alexis (camera left in the photo below), is leaving us for a bit because she has some new adventures on the horizon. We were so sad that this was our last wedding with her for a while! She has helped me on wedding days and miscellaneous shoots over the past two years. It’s crazy how time flies! I am so thankful for her hard work and dedication, as well as for her friendship. Cheers to you Alexis! We wish you all the best!

Vendors

Photography by Elizabeth Gelineau

Second Photographer | Alexis Williams

Photographer’s Assistants | Regina Gomez-Guillen + Lauren Hodges

Planning | Jenna Laine Weddings

Videography | Stoneybrook Films

Ceremony | St. Francis at the Point

Reception + Catering + Lighting | The Venue

Florist | Belle Bouquet

Cake | Cakes by Tammy Reed

Groom’s Desserts | Something Sweet

Rentals | Port City Rentals

Band | 2nd Groove Show Band

Transportation | Gulf Coast Tours

Makeup + Hair | Becca Townley Snell

Exit Car | A Bride’s Ride

Bride’s Gown | Heidi Elnora

Bridesmaid Dresses | Bella Bridesmaids

Invitations | Jenna Laine Weddings + Weezie B Designs

Calligrapher | Southern Calligraphy

Save the Dates | Minted

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Lane + Jake | Married

2021

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A St. Francis at the Point Wedding Hannah and Austin began dating in high school. When it was time for them to go to college, she chose Auburn and he went to Alabama. They survived long distance dating while attending rivalry colleges, despite the fact that she enthusiastically supports the Auburn Tigers and he is […]

June 29, 2021

A St. Francis at the Point Wedding

Hannah and Austin began dating in high school. When it was time for them to go to college, she chose Auburn and he went to Alabama. They survived long distance dating while attending rivalry colleges, despite the fact that she enthusiastically supports the Auburn Tigers and he is equally passionate about the Alabama Crimson Tide! I told them that if they could survive that, I had no doubt they have a strong relationship. Haha!

While they will forever be a house divided when it comes to football, Hannah always knew that Austin was the man of her dreams. One of their favorite dates during their high school years was going out for a Fairhope Float. Then they’d head to the Fairhope Pier. When it came time to propose to Hannah, Austin knew that was the perfect place.

The two were in town for the weekend and Hannah thought the plan was to meet up with friends for dinner. When Austin suggested taking a walk down the pier beforehand, she wasn’t even suspicious! She was totally surprised when he proposed! After she said yes, their families and friends came running down the pier to congratulate them before they all headed to dinner. How sweet is that?!

Hannah and Austin chose one of my favorite churches, St. Francis at the Point, for their wedding. This church is so beautiful and full of natural light. It’s an ideal location for summer weddings since it provides some indoor options for portraits…a much welcome relief from the summer heat and humidity!

After everyone danced the night away at the reception, it was time for the battle of the pompoms. Guests chose shakers according to their favorite team, while both fight songs were played as the grand finale. It was such a fun ending to a wonderful day! Cheers to the newly Mr. & Mrs. Ryals!

One of my favorite moments of the day was Hannah’s grandmother waving to us as we headed for the church!

I’m completely obsessed with this STUNNING bridal bouquet by Jubilee Flowers!

VENDORS

Photography by Elizabeth Gelineau

Second Photographer | Alexis Williams

Photographer’s Assistant / Third Photographer | Regina Gomez-Guillen

Photographer’s Assistant | Lauren Hodges

Ceremony | St. Francis at the Point

Reception | The Venue Fairhope

Coordinator | Cathy Markert

Catering | Tamara Wintzell – The Venue

Florist | Jubilee Flowers

Cake | Kay Laubenthal – Andre’s

Hair Stylist | Makeup and Hair by Chaney

Makeup Artist | Kendall Connell

DJ | Torrie Smith – Southern Sounds

Bride’s Gown | Carriage House Weddings

Bridesmaid Dresses | Bella Bridesmaids

Groom + Groomsmen Attire | Men’s Wearhouse

Paper Goods | Weezie B. Designs

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Hannah + Austin | Married

2021

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A St. Ignatius Catholic Church Wedding The sanctuary was filled with the smell of incense as William and his groomsmen processed down the aisle along with the priests who were officiating the Nuptial Mass. The thick cloud of smoke slowly rising toward the ceiling immediately reminded me of my childhood, as our pastor at the […]

June 23, 2021

A St. Ignatius Catholic Church Wedding

The sanctuary was filled with the smell of incense as William and his groomsmen processed down the aisle along with the priests who were officiating the Nuptial Mass. The thick cloud of smoke slowly rising toward the ceiling immediately reminded me of my childhood, as our pastor at the parish I grew up in always used incense at the high Mass on Sunday mornings. When the doors opened for the bride’s grand entrance, I turned to take a photo of William seeing his bride for the first time and it looked as if Rachel had quite literally taken his breath away.

As Rachel came down the aisle, I could see her sweet smile from underneath the blusher on her veil. Even though the church was full of their family and friends, it seemed that they only saw each other. I always love capturing ceremony moments – the fleeting nature of them is what got me hooked on wedding photography in the first place. They truly are the heart of the wedding day!

A Tropical Forecast

I always play extra close attention to the weather forecast during a wedding week. Having a backup plan ready for portraits just in case you need it is definitely a must around here. It rains a lot in Mobile, especially in the summer. When I saw a tropical system was headed our way the week of Rachel and William’s wedding, I knew it was time to think about backup location plans for portraits. The chance of rain was 80 percent. Yikes!

Knowing how our Gulf Coast weather can change on a dime, I said extra prayers it wouldn’t be a wash out. I was thankful that both the ceremony and reception would be indoors, but I knew that indoor portraits were likely not what Rachel was envisioning for her wedding day. I was prepared to take photos indoors all day if needed. My team and I toted extra lighting equipment and rain gear with us to each location just in case. I seriously felt like I should have purchased a rolling cart to contain all of our stuff! My thought was that if we were prepared we might not have to use all the rain gear.

While it did rain on Saturday, it did so at all the right times. Each time we were taking a break from portraits to transition from one set of photos to another, it rained. It rained before the ceremony and stopped just in time for all post ceremony portraits to be taken in natural light, outside of the beautiful St. Ignatius Catholic Church. When we slipped out of the reception for Golden Hour portraits, we discovered a rainbow had appeared! I still can’t get over that it was there at the exact time we chose to go outside for sunset photos!

An Evening Reception at the Riverview Plaza Hotel

After a beautiful nuptial Mass at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, everyone headed downtown for an evening reception at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel. I love a ballroom reception in the summer! Everyone stays nice and cool all evening long. When Rachel and William took the dance floor for their first dance, I knew we were going to be in for some photogenic moments and we were! I also loved that during the first half of the reception Rachel and William, along with several of their young friends, were gliding across the dance floor showcasing old-school dancing moves while Frank Sinatra music played over the speakers. This is not something you see often!

At the end of the night, everyone lined up outside for a grand sparkler exit! As the newly Mr. and Mrs. Charnock drove away, I smiled at what a wonderful day this was – rain and all! If it hadn’t been for the clouds and periodic showers, we might have a had a much hotter day. Without the rain, we most definitely wouldn’t have had a rainbow be part of sunset photos. Rain might stress out many a bride on their wedding day, but not Rachel. She was so calm and laid back the entire day, even when the wind got crazy and we thought it was going to pull her veil out of her head (bridesmaids to the rescue!).

Rachel and William, thank you for letting me and my team share in the joy of this day with you and your families! May God bless you with many years of happiness together!

I love these two black and white photos taken by my second photographer, Alexis, shortly before the ceremony. The bride’s room at St. Ignatius is such a pretty space and also lovely for some extra bridal portraits!

I also love this photo that my assistant, Regina, took just before Rachel walked down the aisle!

Vendors

Photography by Elizabeth Gelineau

Second Photographer | Alexis Williams

Photographer Assistants | Regina Gomez-Guillen and Lauren Hodges

Planning | Tori Oetken – Bella Victoria Events

Florist | Belle Bouquet

Cake | Flour Girls Bakery

Ceremony | St. Ignatius Catholic Church

Catering + Reception | Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel

Makeup Artist | Jessica Chavez Price

Hair Stylist | Angela O’Brien

Band | Black Jacket

Bride’s Gown + Bridesmaid Dresses | I Do Bridal and Formal

Calligrapher | Kathy Navia

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Rachel + William | Married

2021

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A Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Wedding I love photographing weddings at the Catholic cathedral in downtown Mobile! Not only is it a beautiful church, it also holds many special personal memories for me. My sister chose this church for her own wedding last year. Before that, I had two cousins choose it for […]

June 9, 2021

A Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Wedding

I love photographing weddings at the Catholic cathedral in downtown Mobile! Not only is it a beautiful church, it also holds many special personal memories for me. My sister chose this church for her own wedding last year. Before that, I had two cousins choose it for their wedding days. I also have fond memories of going to the Cathedral as a young girl. I remember thinking as a child that there couldn’t be a bigger church in the world. It just seemed so massive the first time I went there!

Many Catholic brides choose to get married at the Cathedral because of family history, its ability to accommodate a large guest list, and because of its proximity to downtown. But Jacki and Chase chose the Cathedral for their wedding day because it’s the parish they attend regularly. In fact, Jacki recently joined the Catholic faith this past Easter, having completed RCIA classes at the Cathedral Parish. I know it must have been incredibly special to have this church be part of such another special day in her life!

Jacki and Chase were initially planning a 2022 wedding, but were having trouble planning around Chase’s residency schedule. With no guarantee that they’d have off time approved within the next year, Jacki and Chase started to seriously consider a 2021 wedding. A few weeks after our initial phone consultation, Jacki reached out and asked if I happened to have June 5, 2021 available. Luckily, due to a couple of changes in my schedule, I did have the date open! Jacki told me that it seemed as if everything was falling into place for a 2021 wedding. I’d say it was meant to be!

Planning was a whirlwind, but everything came together beautifully! With just their families and a couple of friends present, these two became husband and wife this past Saturday. Their day was low key and absolutely beautiful! Jacki and Chase love the Hummingbird Way Oyster Bar in the Oakleigh District. This is also one of my favorite restaurants and it was the perfect setting for their reception. Chef Jim Smith made Jacki’s wedding reception dreams come true with a show-stopping champagne tower before everyone sat down to dinner. Seriously, it was so much fun! Congratulations to the newly Dr. and Mrs. Diard!

VENDORS

Photographer’s Assistant | Regina Gomez-Guillen

Ceremony | Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception

Reception | The Hummingbird Way Oyster Bar

Dinner | Chef Jim Smith – The Hummingbird Way Oyster Bar

Florist | Fleur Zoe Floral

Cake | Underground Custom Cakes

Hair Stylist | Courtney Butler – Rachel Rowell Salon

Makeup Artist | Meagan McNair – Makeup by Mea

Reception Music | Teddy Williams

Champagne Bottle | Tessa Glass Art

Cathedral Watercolor Print | Colby Walker

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Jacki + Chase | Married

2021

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 A Spring Wedding at The Hope Farm I first visited The Hope Farm for a photoshoot with Mobile Bay Magazine last year. I knew the minute I arrived that this was a special place. Between the delicious food and the welcoming atmosphere, I also knew this would be a beautiful setting for a wedding or […]

May 25, 2021

 A Spring Wedding at The Hope Farm

I first visited The Hope Farm for a photoshoot with Mobile Bay Magazine last year. I knew the minute I arrived that this was a special place. Between the delicious food and the welcoming atmosphere, I also knew this would be a beautiful setting for a wedding or rehearsal dinner. In fact, the day we were there for the magazine shoot, a bride-to-be stopped by for a tour. It wasn’t long after that day that I first talked to Mary Cameron.

I was so excited for my first wedding at The Hope Farm and it did not disappoint! To say we had the most perfect weather for this day is a major understatement. I wish our summers were like the weather we had on Saturday – warm with low humidity and a gentle breeze. Both the ceremony and reception took place outdoors. I love that Mary Cameron and Eric timed their ceremony with the late afternoon. This meant we were able to take “Just Married” portraits during Golden Hour. I was so excited to take bride and groom portraits at this location. It seriously was a DREAM!

The first time I chatted with Mary Cameron she told me that she and Eric were both pretty laid back. She also mentioned she wasn’t too stressed about many of the details as far as wedding planning. When I took their engagement portraits, I soon discovered that these two were every bit as chill as Mary Cameron said they were. I loved their low-key vibe, which seemed the perfect way to describe their bridal party also. Jubilee Suites played host to Mary Cameron and Eric, as well as some of their family and friends for the wedding weekend. It was awesome having the boutique hotel to ourselves!

The Summer Season Begins

It’s hard to believe that Mary Cameron and Eric’s wedding marks the end of the spring wedding season! My next wedding will kick off the summer season and I’m crossing my fingers that the humidity holds off a bit longer. I’m feeling so spoiled after three wedding weekends in May with perfect weather!!! Seriously, the fact that I made it through every single May wedding without encountering rain is a miracle!

The official kick off to summer is next weekend and I’m looking forward to taking a few days off to rest and refresh ahead of a busy month in June! There are a lot more wedding and engagement posts headed for the blog soon! Enjoy this preview of Mary Cameron and Eric’s beautiful wedding and I hope you all have a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend!

VENDORS

Second Photographer | Alexis Williams

Photographer’s Assistant + Third Photographer | Regina Gomez-Guillen

Planning | Jenna Laine Weddings

Getting Ready Venue | Jubilee Suites

Ceremony + Reception + Catering | The Hope Farm

Florist | Wildflowers

Cake | Couture Cakes

Invitations + Save the Dates | Jenna Laine Weddings + Weezie b Designs

Calligraphy | Southern Calligraphy – Jane Dolan

Makeup + Hair | Salon GLS

Ceremony Music | Laura Morris

DJ | Southern Sounds

Transportation | Gulf Coast Tours and The Grand Hotel

Rentals | Gulf Coast Events + Rentals

Bride’s Gown | Ivory + White

Bridesmaid Dresses | Bella Bridesmaids

Groom + Groomsmen | Mobley and Sons – Tuscaloosa, Ala.

 

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Mary Cameron + Eric | Married

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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