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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 Jill’s family and my family go way back…our grandparents were friends before we were born. My dad and Jill’s dad are near the same age and I’ve heard stories my whole life about the good times the Gelineaus and the Woods had together back in the day. Jill, her oldest […]

June 10, 2020

A Sacred Heart Chapel Wedding

Jill’s family and my family go way back…our grandparents were friends before we were born. My dad and Jill’s dad are near the same age and I’ve heard stories my whole life about the good times the Gelineaus and the Woods had together back in the day. Jill, her oldest brother, and I were all in high school at the same time and that was when I got to know them beyond the “back in the day” stories.

Fast forward several years down the road and I got to work with Jill’s cousin on her wedding day and her younger sister was a bridesmaid in one of my other 2019 weddings! To say this family is one of the sweetest there is would be a major understatement. So, when I got an email from Jill’s mom asking me to photograph her wedding, I was so sad to have to tell them that I was already booked on her date. Then the whole coronavirus pandemic happened and changed everything.

Jill and John decided to scale down their large wedding celebration because of all the uncertainty with the virus. In addition to changing venues, they also changed their wedding date, so Jill’s mom reached out to me again to see if I was available. Due to one of my previously booked brides rescheduling her wedding, I was unexpectedly open on June 6th and was able to photograph Jill’s day after all! I told Jill and her parents that God was trying to work out a way to keep the Gelineaus and the Woods together.

There is always something special about photographing a wedding for a family that you know personally. I’m so glad I got to work with Jill and John. Congratulations to the newly Mr. & Mrs. Busbee!

VENDORS

Church | Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Reception Venue | Little Point Clear

Cake | Flour Girls Bakery

Flowers | Belle Bouquet Florist Gifts

Makeup & Hair | The Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection

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Jill + John | Married

2020

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A Bayside Spring Wedding Thirty days before Sally and Travis’s wedding we weren’t sure what life was going to look like come Memorial Day weekend. Would we still be under a Stay at Home order? Would Sally and Travis be able to have their family and friends join them for their celebration? All the unknown […]

May 27, 2020

A Bayside Spring Wedding

Thirty days before Sally and Travis’s wedding we weren’t sure what life was going to look like come Memorial Day weekend. Would we still be under a Stay at Home order? Would Sally and Travis be able to have their family and friends join them for their celebration? All the unknown can be stressful, but Sally told me that she knew for certain that on May 23rd, no matter what, she was going to marry Travis. Yes, she was going to be sad if all their family and friends couldn’t join in for the celebration, but the marriage was the most important thing to her. If there is one thing I feel the time in quarantine has done, it’s that it has made us all see even more clearly what is truly important.

When the Stay at Home order was lifted, we all started to get a little hopeful that Sally and Travis would be able to have the wedding they’d long dreamed of. These two have been together since Sally asked Travis to be her knight during Mobile’s Mardi Gras season in 2016, but their families knew each other long before then. They’d planned this day for nearly a year. I prayed they’d get the beautiful celebration they’d imagined and I’m so happy to say that they did!

Sally’s favorite color is blue, which also happens to be my favorite color, so of course I was in love with her color palette! After exchanging vows in the little white chapel that is next door to Sally’s family home, she and Travis celebrated with friends at an outdoor reception at her parents’ house. It was such a beautiful setting! Who doesn’t want to be near the water on Memorial Day weekend?! Speaking of the water, be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to see their grand exit!

I have so many favorite memories from this day! There was just so much love and joy for this sweet couple. Everything was perfectly coordinated by Brooke and Jeanne, the amazingly talented ladies behind Events Detailed. After so much uncertainty about whether this celebration would be able to happen, I was so happy that these two got both their dream wedding celebration and perfect weather to dance the night away under the stars. Congratulations to the newly Dr. and Mrs. Goodloe and cheers to many years of happiness!

Sally’s father planted this row of blue hydrangeas last year in anticipation of this day. They made the perfect background for portraits! Blue hydrangeas also happen to be one of my favorite blooms!

I love seeing past clients at weddings! How has it almost been a year since Ann and Joseph’s wedding?!

Loving this shot by my second photographer, Toni!

Second Photographer | Toni Goodie

Photographer’s Assistant | Alexis Williams

VENDORS

Planning + Design | Events Detailed, Brooke Guesnard + Jeanne Hunt

Videography | John Lestrade, Take Two Video Pro

Ceremony | Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Catering | Rob and Brady Berglin

Florist | Jubilee Flowers

Invitations + Calligraphy | Soiree Signatures

Graphic Design | Sally i Creations

Cake | Pollman’s

Hair Stylist | Adelaide Styling

Makeup Artist | You Need Blush, Courtney Matthews

Rentals | Port City Rentals

Band | Compozitionz

Second Line | Excelsior Band

Lighting | Willow Bridge Inc.

Bride’s Gown | Wedding Belles New Orleans, Amy Kueschel

Bridesmaid Dresses | Bella Bridesmaids, Amsale

Groom + Groomsmen Attire | Francia’s Formal Affair

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Sally + Travis | Married

2020

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A Bella Sera Gardens Spring Wedding Cassidy and Noah weren’t able to have their large wedding celebration as they planned on their wedding day. Due to the uncertainty with the coronavirus and the limit on gatherings being lifted so close to their wedding day, they decided to go ahead with a small ceremony and reschedule […]

May 20, 2020

A Bella Sera Gardens Spring Wedding

Cassidy and Noah weren’t able to have their large wedding celebration as they planned on their wedding day. Due to the uncertainty with the coronavirus and the limit on gatherings being lifted so close to their wedding day, they decided to go ahead with a small ceremony and reschedule the big celebration for another date. This would give guests time to make travel plans and, hopefully, time for the virus to get more under control. This has been the decision many spring 2020 brides have had to make.

I was so happy to be able to document this beautiful wedding ceremony for this sweet couple and their families. I arrived at Bella Sera Gardens an hour before the ceremony to take a few getting ready photos beforehand. Cassidy and Noah had planned to share a First Look initially, but when the celebration was shortened to an intimate ceremony with only their immediate families present, they decided to save the big reveal for the aisle. When Cassidy and her dad arrived at the outdoor chapel, the sun burst through the clouds and filled the space with warm rays. It was gorgeous!

After the ceremony, I had the luxury of taking couple portraits without having to race to get to a reception. We also got to use spots we likely wouldn’t have used had guests been present on the grounds. I’m definitely spoiled after having the entire space to ourselves! We were also fortunate to have everything timed perfectly with Golden Hour. The light at Bella Sera Gardens is BEYOND DREAMY during the hour or so before sunset. I’m still pinching myself over how gorgeous the golden glow was that night!

Cassidy and Noah are planning a big celebration with family and friends for later in the summer. I look forward to celebrating with them again on their second wedding date! I know it will be so much fun!

Cassidy and Noah shared a first dance after the ceremony. It was such a sweet moment!

Just look at this dreamy light! Yes, I was doing a happy dance in my mind!

VENDORS

Venue | Bella Sera Gardens

Videography | Rovy Lopez – RL Films

Bride’s Gown | Bliss Bridal – Fairhope, AL

Groom’s Suit | Dillard’s

Bridesmaid Gown | Azazie

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Cassidy + Noah | Married

2020

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A Fairhope Inn Editorial Feature This past month and a half has felt a bit like a rollercoaster ride that got stuck mid loop. There is no exit path. You just have to wait it out. It’s more uncomfortable for some than for others. When it seems things will finally get going again, we hold […]

May 11, 2020

A Fairhope Inn Editorial Feature

This past month and a half has felt a bit like a rollercoaster ride that got stuck mid loop. There is no exit path. You just have to wait it out. It’s more uncomfortable for some than for others. When it seems things will finally get going again, we hold our breaths, not knowing what is to come. We wonder if we will find ourselves unexpectedly in pause mode once again. This was not how any of us envisioned spring 2020.

I had this post planned for last week, but it honestly felt hard to write about the fun of this day during the weeks where so much was unknown and so many of my brides were having to postpone their weddings to later in the year. As we start to slowly ease back into some normalcy around here, it seems the perfect time to share the images from this editorial feature I photographed for Mobile Bay Magazine. Like my brides and fellow wedding vendors, I am looking forward to getting back to celebrating wedding days! I have missed them so much!

The day of this shoot we weren’t even thinking about the prospect of the coronavirus derailing the spring wedding season. In fact, this issue of the magazine was already off at the printer before we were under any stay at home, or safer at home orders. Looking back on this day, it truly was one of those days where everything lined up perfectly and went so smoothly. From the beautiful floral arrangements by Wildflowers, to the perfectly selected rentals from Soho, and the amazing bridal gown provided by Bliss bridal, I was in photographer heaven! We also had a stunning invitation suite from Soiree Signatures, which I loved getting to style and photograph while everything else was being set up.

On top of all that, we were also lucky to work with a delightful team of models. Tiara, Forrest and Carlie made this day so much fun! They had such a chill vibe, which is so important when it comes to shoots that last nearly a whole day. Finally, the courtyard at the Fairhope Inn was the perfect setting for this gorgeous shoot. I’ve always loved this little restaurant in downtown Fairhope, but it’s such a sweet spot for a wedding also!

I take many images on shoots like this, but only a handful make it into the published spreads. Of course I have a ton of favorites that don’t get selected! Keep scrolling for all the amazing details provided by a dream team of wedding vendors!

Photographed for Mobile Bay Magazine

Editorial Direction by Maggie Lacey

VENDORS

Planning | Blair Gewin, Blair Weddings + Events

Models | Tiara Baker, Forrest Funk, Carlie Shively

Location | The Fairhope Inn

Florals | Wildflowers Floral Design

Makeup + Hair | Hope Owensby and Anna Vial, CK Collection

Attire | Bliss Bridal + Francia’s Formal Affair

Cake | Pollman’s Bake Shop

Rentals | SOHO Events & Rentals

Invitations | Soiree Signatures

Jewelry | Sway + Zundel’s Jewelry

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Mobile Bay Bride

2020

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A Point Clear Wedding Ceremony I first met Anna over a year ago and I remember that meeting like it was yesterday. We hit it off immediately. When it came to wedding planning, I could tell she’d done her homework. I just love an organized bride! This wedding has been on my calendar for a […]

April 29, 2020

A Point Clear Wedding Ceremony

I first met Anna over a year ago and I remember that meeting like it was yesterday. We hit it off immediately. When it came to wedding planning, I could tell she’d done her homework. I just love an organized bride! This wedding has been on my calendar for a whole year. I took Anna’s bridal portraits right before the whole coronavirus pandemic hit the United States. Even that day, I didn’t anticipate how much was going to change in the coming weeks.

When Anna contacted me about moving forward with getting married on her original date, but with only immediate family in attendance, I assured her I’d be there to capture the memories for her and Michael. Since wedding venues are currently closed, the ceremony location moved to Michael’s parents’ backyard. I photographed a rehearsal dinner in this neighborhood last year, so I knew it would be a beautiful setting for a wedding ceremony. Thankfully, the weather was gorgeous! We all agreed it was a blessing from above.

Yes, things were a bit different from a usual wedding day (hello social distancing!), but Anna and Michael didn’t let the coronavirus steal their joy! I hope that you can get a glimpse of their happiness in these photos. It was radiating from these two the entire hour I was with them. I just adored that their dog, Tank, was their “ring bearer” – seriously, the cutest thing ever! Tears were flowing as these two exchanged vows under the floral covered arbor. While it was a very small gathering in person, many family and friends watched live via Facebook.

After a lovely ceremony, we spent a short time taking portraits. In addition to celebrating their wedding day, Anna and Michael are both celebrating their graduation from Medical School! Their commencement ceremony was canceled due to the virus, so we wrapped up portrait time with some special photos in honor of that major accomplishment!

Congratulations Dr. and Dr. Ulmer! I look forward to celebrating with you once again on the day of your big celebration with family and friends!

VENDORS

Makeup & Hair | Jillian Jenson Holt

Florist | Glen Jenkins – The Shade Tree Floral Design

Catering | Tamara’s Downtown

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Anna + Michael | Married

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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