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A Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Wedding My brides know to expect a preview of their wedding photographs within a week of their wedding day. So far, I’ve always been able to stick with my usual Wednesday schedule for these wedding day blog posts. I truly look forward to writing them and curating a selection of my favorite […]

September 15, 2020

A Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Wedding

My brides know to expect a preview of their wedding photographs within a week of their wedding day. So far, I’ve always been able to stick with my usual Wednesday schedule for these wedding day blog posts. I truly look forward to writing them and curating a selection of my favorite photographs from the wedding day!

Due to the pandemic, Libby and Hunter had to wait an additional five months before they could celebrate their wedding day. I wasn’t about to make them wait out a hurricane before getting their blog post up! Seriously, 2020, can we get a break?! I’m not sure what this storm will do, or how we’ll be affected, but I pushed up my normal Wednesday blog post by one day just in case we do end up losing power as the storm passes through the Mobile Bay area.

Libby and Hunter chose one of my favorite Mobile Alabama Wedding Venues for their special day! I seriously LOVE shooting at The Bragg-Mitchell Mansion because it is a dream location rain or shine. The day of this wedding there was a sixty percent chance of rain. I was praying so hard for the rain to go around where we were shooting because I feel like these two have been through enough already. Although we kept seeing clouds off in the distance and at one point we did feel what felt like rain drops, it never actually rained. In fact, the sun even came out for a short time during the afternoon. I couldn’t believe it!

Beautiful Wedding Details

This wedding was originally scheduled for April. When Libby and Hunter had to postpone to September, we had to rework a few things in her wedding day timeline. Location logistics are probably the biggest stressor when it comes to planning a wedding. Traveling between locations and making that jive with rental times for each vendor can be a challenge. I knew Libby wanted her details photographed at her wedding venue, but we weren’t going to be there early enough to fit in detail and portrait time before the ceremony. How could we make it all work?

Then it occurred to me that we needed was a separate session just for the details! And that’s just what we did! I loved getting to photograph all these beautiful details ahead of wedding day because it meant I could spend more time styling each shot, which was so much fun! It also meant that Libby didn’t have to worry about packing any extra elements for detail photos for wedding day. When I arrived at the hotel the morning of the wedding, I enjoyed getting to focus on candid photos of Libby with her girls and those fun pajama pictures that we all love! I’m so glad that Libby wanted to schedule this extra session. I told her I might have to add this as an option for wedding packages in the future!

Favorite Moments

I have so many favorite moments from this wedding day, but right at the top would have to be Libby’s first look with her dad, as well as her first look with Hunter! Libby’s dad was smiling ear-to-ear when he opened his eyes and saw his baby girl standing in her gown. Then the room was full of laughter when he opened the watch she gave him. Libby had engraved “Do Not Be Late” on the back, a nod to her dad’s tendency to run behind schedule.

It looked like it was about to rain as we were heading out for Libby’s first look with Hunter. I felt like I was holding my breath the entire time, hoping the rain drops would hold off at least until they shared this moment together. When Hunter turned around, the look of joy on his face was such a sweet thing to witness. I am actually surprised he didn’t pass out! Libby literally took his breath away! This moment is definitely going down as one of my favorite moments of the year.

Libby and Hunter, I know the wait to walk down the aisle was hard, but I think we can agree that it was worth waiting for this perfect day! Congratulations and may you be blessed with many years of happiness together!

I loved these gorgeous bouquets by Sarah Beth’s Florist! Thank you to my friend Debby Cullum for second shooting with me and for this gorgeous photo of the bridesmaid bouquets!

This brother-sister duo was the sweetest! I just had to share this one for their mom, who is Hunter’s aunt.

And this marked the first wedding for Libby’s newest nephew! Just look at his beautiful blue eyes!

I LOVED how this program shared both information about the ceremony and about Libby and Hunter! I love these shots that Debby took of it too!

Best of all, I got to see some of my other couples at this wedding! Katie and Kendrick are one of my 2020 couples and Hannah and Ryan are one of my 2019 couples!

VENDORS

Second Photographer | Debby Cullum

Venue | Bragg-Mitchell Mansion

Wedding Planner | Carrie Pace

Videographer | JD Cobb Productions

Cake | Couture Cakes

Caterer | Georgia Roussos

Bar Service | Bottle’s Up MobileĀ 

Florist | Sarah Beth’s Florist

Hair Stylist | Amy Jones + Emily Salata

Ceremony Musicians | Enen Yu, Mobile Symphony Orchestra

DJ | D’Jones Entertainment

Bride + Bridesmaid Dresses | I Do Bridal and Formal, Morilee

Groom + Groomsmen Attire | Francia’s Formal Affair

Calligraphy | Wonderfully Made

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Libby + Hunter | Married

2020

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A Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Bridal Session A bride spends so much time searching for the perfect gown for her wedding day. It has to match the vision that she has in her mind. It has to make her feel amazing! When she finally finds that perfect dress, wether it’s after trying on two or twenty, she […]

September 14, 2020

A Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Bridal Session

A bride spends so much time searching for the perfect gown for her wedding day. It has to match the vision that she has in her mind. It has to make her feel amazing! When she finally finds that perfect dress, wether it’s after trying on two or twenty, she only gets to wear it a maximum of two times. How crazy is that?!

Bridal sessions are the ultimate definition of girl-time fun. It’s kind of like grown up dress up! What Southern bride doesn’t want an excuse to put on a gorgeous gown and just have fun being in the dress for a few hours?!

Libby was so much fun to work with on this shoot. I knew I was going to love photographing this gown from the minute I saw a picture of it. That skirt was a DREAM on camera! It was also a perfect match for the scenery of old oak trees and grand columns at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion.

Six Months in Waiting

I took these photos exactly one month before Libby and Hunter’s original wedding date. At that time, we had no idea how the world was about to change! A pandemic was definitely not something that was on our minds. I originally prepared this post just a couple days after the portraits were taken. I remember thinking that it was going to be hard to wait thirty days before sharing these images. Never did I imagine for one second that I would be waiting for six months to share them!!!

Even though this afternoon was a rainy one, the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion provided ample options for taking portraits while staying dry. We were lucky that the azaleas had started to bloom earlier in the week. I just love that little pop of color in the background of some of the outdoor photos. Now that Libby is finally Mrs. Callan, I can finally share some of my favorite portraits from her gorgeous bridal session! Yay!

“I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t want to do a bridal session,” Libby exclaimed as we wrapped up the shoot. I have to say that I agree one hundred percent! They’re just that much fun!

Makeup | Becca Townley

Hair | Amy Jones

Flowers | Sarah Beth’s Florist

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Libby | Bridal Portraits

2020

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A Bellingrath Gardens Wedding My two August brides have three things in common. First, both of their names are Mary Catherine. Second, they both have beautiful auburn hair. And, third, both are brides I got to work with because of the pandemic. Crazy coincidence, right?! I was booked on Mary Catherine’s original wedding date, so […]

September 2, 2020

A Bellingrath Gardens Wedding

My two August brides have three things in common. First, both of their names are Mary Catherine. Second, they both have beautiful auburn hair. And, third, both are brides I got to work with because of the pandemic. Crazy coincidence, right?!

I was booked on Mary Catherine’s original wedding date, so when she decided to change her plans due to the situation with Covid, she reached out once again to see if I had availability on her new date. She and Michael decided to scale back their plans for a big celebration. Instead, they would exchange vows in an intimate ceremony with only family in attendance. I have wanted to photograph a wedding at Bellingrath Gardens for years, so when Mary Catherine mentioned this was where their small ceremony would be, I was beyond excited!

My assistant, Alexis, and I arrived at Bellingrath Gardens early in the morning the day of this wedding. I was so thankful for the golf cart that shuttled us to the house because it was a steamy day. As we pulled up, I saw the sunshine streaming through the moss-covered oak trees. I could hardly contain my excitement. Then I saw Mary Catherine’s gorgeous wedding gown and I knew bride and groom portrait time was going to be amazing.

We were heading outside for Mary Catherine’s first look with her dad when the heavens opened and the rain came pouring down. Welcome to south Alabama in August. Our weather can change in the blink of an eye around here this time of year. Thankfully, we had access to a covered porch and were able to keep Mary Catherine out of the downpour. Yay for locations with covered porches and breezeways!

The rain had stopped by the time the ceremony was over and we were able to take advantage of being in the gorgeous garden setting for all their portraits. Let me tell you, Bellingrath is a dreamy location even when there are drops of rain dripping from the trees!

This flower that Mary Catherine pinned to her bouquet is from her grandmother’s wedding gown! I love heirlooms like this, don’t you?!

The rain paused right after Mary Catherine and Michael shared their first look, so we dashed out from under the porch and jumped into portrait time!

This dress in the Bellingrath setting was perfection!!!

And just before the ceremony, the rain returned! Thank goodness the ceremony was indoors!

I love this photo that my assistant, Alexis, took of Mary Catherine and her daddy!

These two are troopers! They did not let the rain spoil their day.

I just love their positivity and their sense of humor!

Also, I LOVE when I have time to grab a portrait of grandparents on a wedding day! These two were so sweet!

Celebrating with a Dance

I love that Mary Catherine and Michael chose to share a first dance, as well as dances with their parents. I always look forward to first dance moments on wedding days. It’s candid moments like these that made me fall in love with photography in the first place. If you’re having a smaller celebration due to the pandemic, I encourage you to still make this tradition part of your day! You will not regret it and your parents will love it too!

Can you believe it started pouring down rain again the minute we got out to the covered pier?! Thank goodness it was only rain and not a thunderstorm because we were pretty much stuck out here!

As Mary Catherine and Michael were dancing, all I could think about was how beautiful the light was on this covered pier. The portraits from this spot are some of my favorites from the day (even though it’s hard to pick favorites at a place like Bellingrath)!

VENDORS

Photographer’s Assistant | Alexis Williams

Venue | Bellingrath Gardens

Flowers | Belle Bouquet

Bride’s Gown | Bliss Bridal

Groom’s Attire | The Black Tux

 

 

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Mary Catherine + Michael | Married

2020

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A St. Dominic’s Catholic Church Wedding One of my favorite things about my job as a wedding photographer is getting to know my brides. I especially love when I get to work with brides that have been bridesmaids at some of my previous weddings! This is my third wedding with the same friend group and […]

August 5, 2020

A St. Dominic’s Catholic Church Wedding

One of my favorite things about my job as a wedding photographer is getting to know my brides. I especially love when I get to work with brides that have been bridesmaids at some of my previous weddings! This is my third wedding with the same friend group and it was finally Mary Catherine’s turn to be the bride! But, if it hadn’t been for the pandemic and postponements, I might not have been the one that had the privilege of capturing this beautiful day.

I first met Mary Catherine at Sharon and Brandon’s wedding last year and a few months later she was a bridesmaid once again in Annie and Christopher’s wedding. At this point, these ladies feel like longtime friends! I was so excited when Mary Catherine emailed me that she was engaged…until I saw the date in her message. I was already booked on her date. Why do conflicts like this always happen with people I know?! I was so sad to have to email Mary Catherine back and tell her I wasn’t available because I just knew it would be so much fun working with her!

Then the pandemic happened and many brides like Mary Catherine found themselves postponing their spring weddings. We were at the beginning of the stay at home order when I received another email from Mary Catherine. She and Russell had decided to postpone their wedding until August and the photographer they had booked for their original spring date wasn’t available on their new date. She wanted to see if I was by chance available and by some miracle I was! After rescheduling almost all my spring weddings, it was amazing she picked one of the few open dates on my calendar!

A Joyful Day

This wedding day was so full of JOY! I cannot imagine two people being more excited to get married and what is so wonderful is how much joy their friends brought to the day as well. The whole day felt so festive and fun. I’m so thankful that I got to document all the moments for these two! After a beautiful nuptial Mass at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church, we all headed downtown for a reception at The Steeple on St. Francis. It’s ironically my third wedding in a row at this venue! It’s crazy how that happens sometimes, but it’s fun to see how each bride chooses to set up the space differently. Another fun fact is that this was my third bride in a row who chose both The Steeple for their reception venue and Belle Bouquet for their flowers. Once again, the florals were gorgeous!

I was super excited that Mary Catherine wanted to slip out of the reception for a few Golden Hour portraits! After checking the timestamp on my camera, we officially knocked these out in seven minutes flat, which is amazing considering we had to wait for traffic to clear the area I wanted to shoot in. Thanks to the security guard at The Steeple for helping with keeping the road clear for a few brief minutes! It was so worth it!

Cheers to the newly Mr. and Mrs. Reilly!

It feels like yesterday that I was photographing Sharon getting ready for her walk down the aisle in this room, but it’s been almost a whole year since her wedding day!

I love this photo that my second photographer, Toni, captured of Russell and his brother just before the ceremony began.

Mary Catherine and Russell had a unique going away vehicle that has been in Russell’s family for years!

 

Second Photographer | Toni Goodie

Photographer’s Assistant | Alexis Williams

VENDORS

Planning | Bella Victoria Event Planning & Design

Ceremony | St. Dominic Catholic Church

Reception | The Steeple

Flowers | Belle Bouquet

Cake | Pollman’s Bake Shop

Catering | Mama’s

Rentals | Mobile Popcorn

Entertainment | Mobtown DJ

Bride’s Gown | I Do Bridal and Formal – Essence of Australia

Bridesmaid Dresses | I Do Bridal and Formal – Morilee

Groom + Groomsmen Attire | Randall’s Formal Wear

Makeup | Amy Jones

Hair Stylist | Leigh and Co. Salon & Spa

 

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Mary Catherine + Russell | Married

2020

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A St. Mary’s Catholic Church Wedding Sarah and Wes were my first engagement session of 2020. It’s crazy for me to realize that we’re already halfway through the year, which might be a good thing since this hasn’t been the greatest year so far. I’m holding onto hope that we’ll see light at the end […]

July 22, 2020

A St. Mary’s Catholic Church Wedding

Sarah and Wes were my first engagement session of 2020. It’s crazy for me to realize that we’re already halfway through the year, which might be a good thing since this hasn’t been the greatest year so far. I’m holding onto hope that we’ll see light at the end of the pandemic tunnel soon!

While the current situation with the coronavirus did necessitate some adjustments for their wedding day, Sarah and Wes didn’t let it steal their joy. When I arrived at the bridal suite, Sarah was sitting in the makeup chair and the vibe in the room was so chill. Her bridesmaids were such a cheerful group, full of happiness for their sweet friend.

I loved that these ladies were so thoughtful about photos too. While Sarah was getting into her dress, they completely cleared the adjoining room of all snacks, makeup and other personal items so that there would be a clean space for the bridesmaids First Look. On top of that, they selected a spot with plenty of window light. These are my kind of girls!

Sarah and Wes didn’t want to see each other prior to the ceremony. While I do love a First Look, I also love photographing the groom’s reaction when he’s seeing his bride for the first time as she comes down the aisle. I turned to take a photo of Wes right when the doors opened and I could tell he had been waiting for this moment all day long! His smile said it all!

The Steeple Take Two

This was my second of two weddings in the same weekend and, ironically, I was at The Steeple for both receptions! This unique reception venue used to be a church and the stained glass windows that are in the main reception space are my favorite feature about this venue. Since this reception began in the afternoon, guests could see these windows in all their glory!

At the end of the night, Sarah’s dad – who also happens to be a photographer, jokingly told me he expected to see photos the next day. When I told him he’d have a sneak peek that night, he told me I should take the rest of the weekend off. He seemed stunned that I’d go home and edit after such a long day. But y’all know I love my sneak peeks, so of course I did edit a couple that night! After making Sunday a true day of rest, I jumped into culling and editing first thing Monday morning so that I could get both of these posts out today!

Congratulations Sarah and Wes! It was such a joy being part of your wedding day and capturing these moments for you! Cheers!

Second Photographer | Alexis Williams

Second Photographer | Evan Davis

VENDORS

Coordinator | Kendra Lee

Ceremony | St. Mary’s Catholic Church

Reception | The Steeple

Catering | Naman’s Catering

Florist | Belle Bouquet

Cake | The Blue Pastry Box

Hair Stylist | Kimberly Swearingen

Makeup Artist | Lakin Andrews

Band | Mr. Big and the Rhythm Sisters

Rentals | Mobile Popcorn

Bride’s Gown | Ivory & White – Birmingham, AL – Monique Lhuillier

Bridesmaid Dresses | Bella Bridesmaids

Groom + Groomsmen Attire | Mr. Burch – Birmingham, AL

Koozies | Sally I Creations

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Sarah + Wes | Married

2020

Welcome! I'm Elizabeth.

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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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