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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 Historic Malbis Nursery Wedding Spring wedding season is in full swing! I am just loving each of these couples I’m getting to work with! Kaileigh and Zack are two of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet. I wasn’t surprised one bit that their day was full of joy. Kaileigh was such an organized bride! […]

May 22, 2019

A Historic Malbis Nursery Wedding

Spring wedding season is in full swing! I am just loving each of these couples I’m getting to work with! Kaileigh and Zack are two of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet. I wasn’t surprised one bit that their day was full of joy. Kaileigh was such an organized bride! When I walked into the getting ready room, I found all Kaileigh’s details waiting for me in a box. Kaileigh and her girls were all finished with hair and makeup, so they had some time to just relax and enjoy spending some time together. It was fabulous!

The first time I met Kaileigh, she shared with me that she and Zack had both lost their fathers. I can’t help but think that the glorious weather we had on Saturday was somehow their wedding gift to their children. The day couldn’t have been more perfect! I love shooting at the Historic Malbis Nursery because there are such beautiful spots for portraits, even on a sunny day! Plus, there is a beautiful lawn in front of the venue that is perfect for Golden Hour portraits!

Last year I photographed a wedding for a dear friend of mine who also lost her father far too young. I know it was so important to her to incorporate her dad into her wedding day and to have reminders that he was close in spirit. The same was true for Kaileigh and Zack. I love that Kaileigh carried her father’s portrait in a locket sized pendant on her bride bouquet and that Zack wore special cuff links with his father’s initials, etched from his handwriting.

One of my favorite parts of the day was the First Look that Kaileigh and Zack shared ahead of the ceremony. Zack was so excited to see Kaileigh! After soaking in the moment, they exchanged the vows they’d written to each other. That’s when the tears started flowing! It was such a sweet moment!

Kaileigh and Zack, thank you so much for choosing me to be your wedding photographer! Enjoy these highlights from your special day!

I love the bride’s room at Historic Malbis Nursery! The windows allow for plenty of natural light and the walls are a nice neutral color. Plus, it has plenty of air conditioning!

I love these monogrammed hangers that Kaileigh gave to her bridesmaids!

When the wind picks up at just the right time!!!

A seat was saved for each of their fathers, with items made from their father’s shirts.

Kaileigh asked one of her father’s best friends to officiate the wedding and another to share a dance with her at the reception. Mr. Mike gave Kaileigh this sweet gift, which he designed for her. The quote is from the song they danced to, which is the last song Kaileigh and her father danced to at her senior prom. There wasn’t a dry eye around during this moment.

Y’all I love bubble exits! This one was extra good because it wasn’t super windy, meaning the bubbles hovered for a bit!

VENDORS

Second Photographer | Jacob Bennett

Photographer’s Assistant | Megan Garofalo

Coordinator | Lori Hammonds

Venue | Historic Malbis Nursery, Spanish Fort, AL

Flowers | Wildflowers

Cake | Couture Cakes

Catering | LA BBQ

Rentals | Gulf Coast Events & Rentals

DJ + Photo Booth | Extravagant Productions

Bride’s Gown | The Bridal Loft

Bridesmaids Dresses | Bridesmaids Galore and More

Musicians | Zach Adamson

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Kaileigh + Zack | Married

2019

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A Spring Farm Wedding in Silverhill, AL For a moment I thought we’d stepped through the wardrobe and stumbled into Narnia. The pine trees surrounded us like columns in a cathedral. The sunlight streamed into the woods, right onto the spot where Kate and Patrick were standing. It was magical. The Chronicles of Narnia by […]

May 15, 2019

A Spring Farm Wedding in Silverhill, AL

For a moment I thought we’d stepped through the wardrobe and stumbled into Narnia. The pine trees surrounded us like columns in a cathedral. The sunlight streamed into the woods, right onto the spot where Kate and Patrick were standing. It was magical. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis is a long-time favorite of mine. So when I picked up the ceremony program a few minutes before Kate walked down the aisle and saw a quote from the Narnia series inside, I smiled at how perfectly wonderful everything had turned out.

If you had told me the Monday before this wedding that we’d be seeing any sunlight at all, I wouldn’t have believed you. The forecast called for a 100 percent chance of rain. Seriously, two weeks in a row?! When we arrived at Kate’s family’s farm and saw only clouds, I did an internal happy dance. I’m pretty sure I was also holding my breath for most of the morning as I said prayers that the rain would stay away.

While Kate was getting ready, she told me she’d accepted the fact that it was likely to rain on her wedding day. I love that her attitude was one of total trust. It turned out that God answered all our prayers. The skies stayed rain free until the reception was over!

This was my fifth time shooting at Kate’s family’s farm – I photographed her sister’s wedding a couple years ago! This beautiful property has become dear to my heart and I just adore this sweet family. Every single time I work with them it’s so special. They are such joyful people and it is just a treat to spend time with them. On top of that, the farm is a photographers dream portrait location, with many beautiful spots to choose from!

Clear skies meant we were able to drive around the property as planned for bride and groom portraits. With Kate’s dad as our chauffeur, we were able to move between locations quickly. To say I have a lot of favorites from this wedding is a massive understatement! And, yes, this is my attempt at narrowing it down to my favorites! Enjoy!

This sweet mother-daughter moment nearly brought tears to my eyes!

The breeze picked up at just the right time for some floaty veil shots and I was in photographer heaven!!!

Such. A. Dream.

This GORGEOUS shot was taken by my second photographer, Jacob, while I was shooting from a different angle. I literally gasped when I saw it come up on my computer!

Kate’s mom and bridesmaids praying over her just before the ceremony was such a beautiful moment!

I’m so glad we drove out to this spot! This photo is definitely going on my list of all-time favorites!

VENDORS

Second Photographer | Jacob Bennett

Photographer’s Assistant | Zelda Peach

Planning | Jenna Laine Weddings

Venue | Private Property

Catering | Naman’s Catering

Florist | Belle Bouquet

Cakes | Cakes by Judi

Makeup + Hair | Makeup and Hair by Chaney

Band | Powerhouse

Rentals | SOHO Events and Rentals

Bride’s Gown | Bliss Bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses | Bella Bridesmaids

Groom + Groomsmen Attire | ASOS

Ceremony Strings | Jim Lichtenberger Duo

 

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Kate + Patrick | Married

2019

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A Downtown Mobile St. Joan of Arc Wedding I arrived at The Ezell House about fifteen minutes before the tornado sirens started going off in downtown. My phone lit up with a warning message…both from my weather app and from my mom (who is practically like my personal meteorologist…she’s always in tune with what the […]

May 8, 2019

A Downtown Mobile St. Joan of Arc Wedding

I arrived at The Ezell House about fifteen minutes before the tornado sirens started going off in downtown. My phone lit up with a warning message…both from my weather app and from my mom (who is practically like my personal meteorologist…she’s always in tune with what the weather is doing, especially on wedding days!). It was seriously scary for a few minutes with the dark skies, wind and sirens. It was looking like it was going to rain the whole day.

A few minutes after the sirens began sounding, Emily arrived on site. Weather is the one thing that can really cause stress on a wedding day, but Emily didn’t let it phase her one second. Her bubbly and outgoing personality had everyone’s spirits up. Amazingly, the skies cleared up just about the time Emily stepped into her dress. Our original plan had been to do all portraits at Washington Square park, but with the heavy rains we decided to change plans and stay at Ezell for all pre-ceremony portraits. Thankfully, the porches at The Ezell House provided a dry area for us to do outdoor portraits, which meant Emily’s beautiful gown stayed nice and clean before the ceremony.

Emily is another one of my fellow McGill-Toolen alum brides! Although we went to the same high school and were only one grad apart, Emily and I really didn’t know each other until I photographed her sister’s wedding a couple years ago. I absolutely adore this family and it was such a treat to work with them again! It was also fun to see how Emily’s sister’s family has grown over the past two years. Trust me, you don’t want to miss the photos of her sweet baby girl!

This spring wedding season I am crossing paths with so many of my past brides! It is so much fun to work with couples who are friends with my other brides and grooms. I also love when I get to work with the same family multiple times! You know you’ve been doing weddings for a while when you start doing weddings for siblings of your past brides and grooms!

How fun are these shoes?! I told Emily they match her personality and she agreed! I’m also obsessed with the gold edging on her wedding invitations!

I remember capturing Emily helping Katie get ready the day of her wedding. It was so special to get to photograph them with their mom once again for Emily’s wedding!

Bride and groom standing on the porch at the Ezell HouseBride and groom standing on the porch at the Ezell House Bride holding a white bridal bouquet with roses, ranunculus and blue flowers.

I photographed Katie and Steven’s wedding in January 2017. How precious is their baby girl?! Emily certainly knows how to make her niece smile!

Patrick’s precious niece was their flower girl! I adored her French heirloom dress!

View more recent weddings here!

VENDORS

Second Photographer | Evan Davis

Ceremony Venue | St. Joan of Arc

Reception Venue | The Ezell House

Catering | Naman’s Catering

Florist | Cleveland the Florist

Cake Artist | EllenJay

Band | Emerge

Makeup & Hair | Ashley West, Brushed and Blushed

Bride’s Gown | The White Room

Bridesmaids Dresses | Bella Bridesmaids

Invitations | Alan’s Invitations

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Emily + Patrick | Married

2019

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A Spring Mobile Alabama Wedding I always tell my couples that the engagement session is warm up for wedding day and it really is the truth. On wedding days there are so many photos to take. When it comes time for those all important bride and groom photos, knowing what to expect helps us work […]

May 1, 2019

A Spring Mobile Alabama Wedding

I always tell my couples that the engagement session is warm up for wedding day and it really is the truth. On wedding days there are so many photos to take. When it comes time for those all important bride and groom photos, knowing what to expect helps us work faster! I was absolutely dying to shoot in the gorgeous garden behind The Locale, but it was in full sun until after Katlin and Lee’s ceremony.

No bride wants squinty eyes in all her wedding portraits, so we held off using this spot until an hour before sunset. It was SO worth the wait because the light was perfect at that time of day! Katlin and Lee were total pros at posing thanks to their engagement session experience, so we were able to get a lot accomplished in a short period of time! These portraits turned out to be some of my favorites from the whole day. I felt like we had entered a secret garden. It was amazing!

Katlin and Lee are both very close to their families. I love how Katlin and Lee’s moms have a sisterly type of relationship. It was such a joy to get to know them throughout my time working with Katlin and Lee. I love that they both helped out at the engagement session by bringing Katlin and Lee’s puppy to the session. They helped out again at Katlin’s bridal session, making sure her dress stayed in perfect condition and helping me hold the veil for some floating veil portraits. On wedding day, they made sure all the last minute details came together.

When we were about to head out for Katlin and Lee’s First Look, Katlin mentioned her hands were shaking. She was so excited to see her groom! The tears began to flow as soon as she saw Lee and he gently brushed them from her cheeks with his hands. More tears flowed when Katlin’s daddy saw her for the first time. We were definitely in need of handkerchiefs!

I love spring wedding season and this one kicks off quite a marathon for me! I’m so excited for all seven weddings that are coming up this month and next. It might be jam-packed busy, but my brides and grooms make it worth the crazy schedule!

Belle Bouquet did an amazing job on all the florals for this wedding! I just loved the soft color palette!

I loved this photo that my second photographer, Jacob, took!

It’s so fun to see how using a different lens and moving a few feet away creates a different image! The photo below is one I captured from a different perspective shortly after the one Jacob took above! Katlin and Lee were standing in the same spot for both photos.

Making veil toss dreams come true, one bride at a time! Jacob, you outdid yourself with this toss!

I’m still dying over this cake and these florals!

Lee had one of the most amazing groom’s cakes I’ve ever seen! Just look at the detail on the puppy sculpture!

Lee’s dad drove them away in the coolest car!

Congratulations Katlin and Lee! Thank you for having me be part of your special day!

VENDORS

Second Photographer | Jacob Bennett

Photographer’s Assistant | Megan Garofalo

Videographer | Ash Tree Studios

Catering | Tyner’s Catering

Florist | Belle Bouquet

Cakes | Couture Cakes

Makeup + Hair | Joni Thomas and Devin Parker – Hairageous Salon

DJ | Jason Skelton, DJs By the Bay

Venue | The Locale

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Katlin + Lee | Married

2019

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A Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Bridal Session It was supposed to storm the day of Katlin’s bridal session. We debated rescheduling. We looked at other possible dates, but it all put us too close to wedding day. In the end, we decided to stick to our original plan. I checked the hour-by-hour forecast all day long. Yes, […]

April 29, 2019

A Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Bridal Session

Bride wearing a lace gown and cathedral length veil standing on the porch at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion in Mobile Alabama

It was supposed to storm the day of Katlin’s bridal session. We debated rescheduling. We looked at other possible dates, but it all put us too close to wedding day. In the end, we decided to stick to our original plan. I checked the hour-by-hour forecast all day long. Yes, we could take all the portraits indoors if we had to, but I knew Katlin was dreaming of portraits that showcased the beautiful outdoor setting. I prayed that the weather would hold off so her dream could come true!

A few hours before the session, the sun came out and the sky was clear! I could not believe it!!! Katlin arrived with her stunning gown and veil, bringing along both her mom and her now mother-in-law to help us keep the dress pristine. The rain held off for the entire time! Praise the Lord! Katlin was just glowing with happiness the minute she put the dress on. I couldn’t have loved the shoot more and am still in disbelief at how we lucked out with the weather.

One of my favorite things about a bridal session is getting to spend that girls only time with the bride. Most of my brides also bring their mom, or their sister, or future mother-in-law to their session and it’s so much fun to get to know everyone ahead of wedding day. When the big day arrives, it truly feels like you’re one of the family because you’ve spent this extra time together.

I also love that bridal sessions allow us time to take more solo portraits of the bride than we’d have time for on wedding day. Brides spend so much time hunting for THE dress, so it deserves it’s time in the spotlight! Plus, you get to find out if there is anything you need to have on hand on wedding day to make getting into the dress go quickly when time is of the essence (ex: the infamous crochet hook)! Check out this post for tips on preparing for your bridal session!

Now, y’all know the hardest part of a bridal session is the wait to share the photos! Now that Katlin is officially a Mrs., I’m excited to share some of my favorites of her bridal portraits! Enjoy!

Bride wearing a lace gown standing on the porch at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion in Mobile Alabama

If you’re wondering, yes, I was in veil shot heaven!!! Thank you to Cindy and Kathy for making these photos happen!!!

Bride wearing a lace gown and cathedral length veil standing on the porch at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion in Mobile Alabama

I absolutely love a soft color palette in a bride bouquet. This bouquet by Belle Bouquet was perfection!

Bride wearing a lace gown and cathedral length veil, holding a pastel spring bouquet, standing on the porch at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion in Mobile Alabama Bride wearing a lace gown and cathedral length veil standing on the porch at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion in Mobile Alabama A spring bridal bouquet with creamy pink and peach roses, anemones and greenery. Bride wearing a lace gown and cathedral length veil standing on the porch at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion in Mobile Alabama

This is a must-have portrait for a Bragg-Mitchell Mansion bridal portrait session! And I always love it in black and white!

A bride standing in front of the large wood doors at The Bragg-Mitchell Mansion looking out into the front lawn.

VENDORS

Venue | Bragg-Mitchell Mansion

Bride’s Gown | Town and Country Bridal, Martina Liana Bridal

Shoes | Nina Bridal

Bouquet | Belle Bouquet

Makeup & Hair | Joni Thomas, Hairageous

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Katlin | Bridals

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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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