Fairhope Wedding Photographer & Educator | Ellison Smith Creative- Formerly Goodie & Smith Weddings

A Romantic Grand Hotel Engagement Session | Erin & Luke

Erin and Luke are just the sweetest! Ashton (a former associate photographer) met up with Erin and Luke at one of the Eastern Shores most beautiful and popular venues, The Grand Hotel. The Grand Hotel is an iconic southern hotel located on Mobile Bay in Point Clear, Alabama just south of Fairhope. We are excited to be back at The Grand for the second time this month for an engagement session (Check out Ashlie & James’ engagement session HERE). At Ellison Smith Creative, we love spending time getting to know our clients! And of course, it was so sweet to watch them just ENJOY some time together and put aside the stress of wedding planning for a bit!

A Romantic Grand Hotel Engagement Session

Ashton started their session by the pond. The grounds of the Grand Hotel are just stunning!! Around the pond, the walk way is adorned with perfectly landscaped flower beds that include live oaks that are centuries old! The light was seriously gorgeous – SO glowy! A photographer’s dream… and Erin and Luke just made the spot look even more beautiful. 

The boardwalk and pier by the water is another favorite location of ours at The Grand Hotel. There, Erin and Luke grabbed drinks. I love when our couples add something personal to their session. One of Erin and Luke’s favorite date nights is dinner and drinks at the hotel restaurant. Erin and Luke had the BEST time at their engagement session. I am obsessed when our couples show their personality at their session. As you can see, they definitely added their personalities into the session. 

Erin & Luke chose two outfits for their session. I always love when our couples plan two different looks. It gives such a great variety to their final gallery. Erin looked stunning in her long floral dress, which was perfectly flowy in the wind. I am excited for their December wedding at the bluff in Fairhope, AL and The Balcony on Church Street. They are fun and energetic and their wedding will be a blast.

Congratulations again Erin & Luke! Your romantic Grand Hotel engagement session was just beautiful!!

Check our more engagement sessions on the blog HERE.

You can also find wedding and session planning tips HERE.


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Hi! I’m Jessica, owner and lead photographer at Ellison Smith Creative- the Gulf Coast’s only full service wedding photography studio. I am so glad you’re here! Please show yourself around and you’ll soon see that I believe that my clients DESERVE IT ALL! 

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