WEDDINGS

ENGAGEMENTS

for brides

editorial

PORTRAITS

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!

Welcome! I'm Elizabeth.

Read More

browse by category

Stay In Touch!

sign up for the newsletter

Open Post

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.

View more weddings here!

CREATIVE TEAM

Planning | Wed With Style

Second Photographer | Jacob Bennett

Photographer’s Assistant | Allyson DeMouy

Category:

Samantha + Robby | Married

2019

Open Post

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

Category:

Ann + Joseph | Married

2019

Open Post

A Black and Gold Inspiration Wedding I absolutely love editorial shoots and I especially love when they are wedding themed! Earlier this year I photographed this inspiration wedding for Mobile Bay Magazine’s annual bridal issue. This day was so much fun. We had an amazing team of contributors, led by the editorial staff at Mobile […]

June 19, 2019

A Black and Gold Inspiration Wedding

I absolutely love editorial shoots and I especially love when they are wedding themed! Earlier this year I photographed this inspiration wedding for Mobile Bay Magazine’s annual bridal issue. This day was so much fun. We had an amazing team of contributors, led by the editorial staff at Mobile Bay Magazine. Publication space is limited in the magazine, so there are many shots that I loved that didn’t make it into the issue. I’m excited to finally share all my favorites here on the blog!

The theme for this shoot was a bit modern. Black and gold accents carried throughout all the details. It created a very sleek feel for the shoot. Some of my favorite details were the florals by Julia Greer Fobes, the beautiful invitation suite by Soiree Signatures, and the AMAZING bridal gown worn by our sweet model, Masha. Seriously, I squealed when they showed me the dress and we were all obsessed with the bow in the back!

This shoot was such a dream thanks to an awesome creative team! Even though we were tired at the end of the day, I was sad to say it’s a wrap on this one. It was just that much fun! A massive thank you to the team at Mobile Bay for asking me to be part of this shoot and to our models – Carley, Tyler and Masha – for being such a JOY to photograph.

We were finished with our shot list when I asked Masha for one more portrait. So often those ending shots turn out to be my favorites!

Isn’t this set of rings stunning?!

THE CREATIVE TEAM

Styling | Maggie Lacey & Abby Parrott, Mobile Bay Magazine Staff

Location | Alabama Contemporary Art Center

Models | Carley Hooks, Tyler McIlwain, Masha Poling – Barefoot Modeling

Makeup | Olivia Fryfogle

Hair | Adelaide McAleer

Florals | Julia Greer Fobes

Invitations | Soiree Signatures

Bridesmaid Dress | Bella Bridesmaids

Bride’s Gown | Monique Lhuillier, Ivory & White Bridal Boutique

Wedding Bands & Engagement Ring | Zundel’s Jewelry

Rentals | Port City Rentals

Cake | Pollman’s Bake Shop

Groom’s Suit | Metzger’s Clothing

Table Setting | The Ivy Cottage , Living Well

Category:

Mobile Bay Bride Feature

Weddings

Open Post

A Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Spring Wedding What do we do if it rains? I hear this question often, usually when we’re starting to work on a bride’s wedding day timeline. My answer is always the same – it’s always a good idea to have a Plan B just in case. After all, Mobile has been named […]

June 12, 2019

A Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Spring Wedding

What do we do if it rains? I hear this question often, usually when we’re starting to work on a bride’s wedding day timeline. My answer is always the same – it’s always a good idea to have a Plan B just in case. After all, Mobile has been named the rainiest city in America. When the weather forecast showed 90 percent chance of rain a few days ahead of Marlee and Ben’s wedding, I knew that we’d likely have to be flexible with our portrait plans. I also knew that we were going to be at one of the best places in Mobile if you have to deal with rain on a wedding day.

The Bragg-Mitchell Mansion has been a favorite Mobile landmark of mine since I was a kid. I have always loved history and historic fiction. Naturally, the first time I visited the Bragg, I halfway expected Scarlett O’Hara to walk out the front door. The house is framed by a driveway lined with large oak trees and azalea bushes. It screams Southern hospitality like nothing else. I knew that if we had to deal with rain we’d have plenty of space inside and a large porch to work with. I knew Marlee’s dream was to have her ceremony outside, so I prayed the rain would hold off. Forecasts aren’t always correct.

Marlee and Ben are two of the most joyful people I’ve ever met. You can’t be around them and not feel happy. I loved getting to know them at their engagement session and I knew that they wouldn’t let a little rain dampen their wedding day spirits. The morning of the wedding arrived and the skies were clear. It looked like we weren’t going to have to deal with rain at all. I was cautiously optimistic.

Rain in the Rainiest City

It started to storm right when we were headed downstairs to get set for Marlee and Ben’s First Look. Thankfully, Marlee and Ben are both easy-going and trusting. We quickly changed our plan and moved the First Look indoors. The bride’s room at the Bragg is painted all white and has floor to ceiling windows, which provide plenty of natural light. It’s literally a photographer’s dream! The light was so soft and beautiful in this space that we used it for the First Look and some bride and groom portraits. Some of the shots we took in this room turned out to be some of my favorites from the day.

The sun started to peek out behind the clouds right as we were finishing up bridal party portraits. Ben’s groomsmen jumped into action and quickly moved all the chairs for the ceremony to the outside lawn. I was so happy for Marlee and Ben that they were getting the outdoor ceremony they envisioned! I always say that some of the most beautiful golden light follows a rainstorm and that was definitely true of this day! I’m so thankful to Marlee and Ben for trusting me through the crazy weather and letting their joy shine through no matter what! Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Murphree!

Don’t Marlee and her mom look like they could be sisters?!

Marlee kept two special family heirlooms close to her on wedding day – the gold band that belonged to her late father was tied to her bouquet and she wore her grandmother’s ruby ring. I love photographing details that have such a special meaning to the bride and her family.

Marlee’s girls were so excited to see her in her dress for the first time!

Moments like this one make my heart happy. How sweet is this First Look?!

These bridesmaids were seriously the best! I didn’t think we could fit the whole group on the porch, but we had to try because it was still raining. We literally filled the porch, edge to edge. Thank you girls for making this photo happen!

A Special Tribute

Marlee and Ben have each lost a parent. A remembrance arrangement honored the memory of Marlee’s dad and Ben’s mom at the reception. When the sunshine broke through just in time for the ceremony, I couldn’t help but think that it was a wedding gift from heaven.

VENDORS

Second Photographer | Jacob Bennett

Photographer’s Assistant | Megan Garofalo

Venue | The Bragg-Mitchell Mansion

Videography | Salt & Light Visuals

Caterer | Tyners Catering

Cake Artist | Rhonda Cockrell

Florist | Blooming Fabulous

Makeup Artist | Becca Townley, Allure Studio

Hair Stylist | Britney Hadley, Beauty Bar

Band | Black Jacket, Music Garden

Rentals | Port City Rentals

Bride’s Gown | I Do Bridal, Essence of Australia

Bridesmaid Dresses | Bella Bridesmaids, Joanna August

Groom & Groomsmen Attire | Men’s Wearhouse

Wedding Coozies | Sally i Creations

Custom Art Map | Melissa Smith

Category:

Marlee + Ben | Married

2019

Open Post

A St. James Episcopal Fairhope, AL Wedding Can you believe it’s already June?! This wedding marks the halfway point in my 2019 calendar, which absolutely blows my mind! How has this time flown by so fast?! I was so excited for this first of three June weddings on my calendar because I got to shoot […]

June 5, 2019

A St. James Episcopal Fairhope, AL Wedding

Can you believe it’s already June?! This wedding marks the halfway point in my 2019 calendar, which absolutely blows my mind! How has this time flown by so fast?! I was so excited for this first of three June weddings on my calendar because I got to shoot at two venues I’d never been to before. Natalie and Wilson chose to get married at St. James Episcopal Church, where Wilson’s family have been members for years. I absolutely loved visiting this church. It the perfect setting for a wedding and the music that filled the church for the ceremony was equally as beautiful. I could have listened to those musicians all day!

Before the ceremony, Natalie and her girls spent the morning getting ready at Emma’s Bay House. I’d also never been to this venue before, despite passing it nearly every time I shoot in Fairhope. This house was the perfect getting ready and portrait location! When rain started to fall right in the middle of bride and groom portrait time, I wasn’t worried because I knew that the deep porch was going to allow us to still take natural light portraits outside. You can’t even tell it was raining in most of the photos!

Natalie chose my favorite shade of blue for the bridesmaid dresses! It perfectly complimented the gorgeous bouquets that her girls carried. I loved the pops of color from the coral and peach colored blooms! I’m a girl who loves flowers (even though I’m also allergic to many of them), so I always get giddy about photographing beautiful bouquets. I was also obsessed with the floral display that accented the cake table at the reception! It’s a new favorite for sure!

Natalie and Wilson met each other at a wedding. She was a bridesmaid and he was a groomsman. Wilson’s mom told me that Natalie and Wilson danced the night away with one another the night that they met. It was a love at first sight moment. All their friends knew they were witnessing something magical. I smiled as I watched Wilson twirl Natalie around the dance floor at their own wedding reception on Saturday night. These two are now dance partners for life. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Smith!

This next photo reminds me of a portrait that was taken of my parents on their wedding day. It has always been my mom’s favorite photo from their wedding and still sits in a frame on their dresser. When Wilson’s mom asked me if I could take a portrait like this to match photos she has framed from her other two children’s weddings, I couldn’t help but think of my parents and the “doorway photo” from their wedding day.

They say rain on a wedding day is a sign of a blessing from above. We had jus the lightest drizzle after the ceremony, which cooled things off a bit.

I am obsessed with this cake table display!

VENDORS

Second Photographer | Jacob Bennett

Photographer’s Assistant | Allyson DeMouy

Getting Ready Venue | Emma’s Bay House

Ceremony | St. James Episcopal

Reception Venue & Catering | The Venue – Fairhope, Ala.

Florals | Dennis Harris, Zimlich the Florist

Cake | Cakes by Judi

Makeup & Hair | Ashley West

Band | New Orleans Players

Ceremony Organist | Helen Rodgers

Category:

Natalie + Wilson | Married

2019

Welcome! I'm Elizabeth.

Read More

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!

Stay In Touch!

sign up for the newsletter

timeless - authentic - heartfelt

Join our newsletter community

for exclusive content delivered to your Inbox!