Fairhope Wedding Photographer & Educator | Ellison Smith Creative- Formerly Goodie & Smith Weddings
Bride and Groom dancing in front of their wedding venue Little Point Clear in Fairhope, Alabama
Bride holding bouquet
newlyweds kiss during Little Point Clear wedding ceremony



Welcome to Ellison Smith Creative, where we specialize in turning your cherished moments into timeless memories through our exceptional wedding photography services. With a passion for storytelling and an eye for detail, our team of skilled photographers is committed to capturing the essence of your unique love story. From candid moments to breathtaking portraits, I take pride in providing you with stunning images that will be treasured for generations to come.

I understand that each couple’s journey is one-of-a-kind. Our approach to wedding photography timeline is tailored to reflect your day. We take the time to get to know you, your love story, and your vision for the big day. Our goal is to capture authentic moments to tell the story of your day.

Don’t just take my word for it; hear from the couples whose cherished memories we’ve captured. My clients rave about our attention to detail, professionalism, and ability to capture the essence of their love.  At Ellison Smith Creative, our team strives to build a strong rapport with our couples and their families, allowing me to tell their unique love stories through my lens. 

THE WEDDING experience

Bride with Bridesmaids in New Orleans

Full Day Coverage

Full day continuous coverage – from details to send off! 

On your wedding day, once we arrive we’re all yours! We capture every moment of your day: from details to send off! While no two weddings are the same, there’s one thing we know to be true – we love serving our couples by documenting the full day. For most couples full day means somewhere around 8-11 hours. I’ll create a custom photography timeline for your coverage (more about this below) and you can rest assured that we’ll capture your wedding day with the images your legacy deserves. 

Engagement Session

Engagement sessions are our absolute FAVORITE!

I love when a couple chooses to include an engagement session with their wedding coverage. I believe that they are a VITAL part of the entire process. It is an opportunity for us to get to know each other and for you to experience my posing style. I make posing effortless, capturing an elegant combination of natural and refined portraits.

These are best shot at least 4-6 months before your wedding. We will choose a date first, then location, followed by the time so that we can get the absolute best light. I love it when couples choose a location that is special or sentimental to them. But, if you don’t have a specific place in mind, I can offer a few ideas based on the look you would like to achieve for the session.

The engagement session will make huge impact on how your wedding day flows. I will arrive on your wedding day with a good understanding of how you two interact and how to photograph you in a way that looks genuine and natural. The best part of the engagement session is that you will have had practice with our core poses so that you are a pro on your wedding day.

Wedding Invitatin for a St. Igantius Catholic Church Wedding

Wedding Day Timeline

We craft the perfect timeline for photographing your day!

I am all about processes and efficiency! I craft and use a detailed plan to photograph your day so that you’ll know exactly what to expect for wedding day experience. I work hand-in-hand with your planner. While we aren’t wedding planners ourselves, I am a professional at building timelines for the flow of your day where photos are involved. Efficient family portraits leave plenty of time for gorgeous bride and groom portraits. I know that getting your bridal party on a trolly and traveling to the church takes some time and that’s ok! I plan for that and any other details of your day that make your wedding photography timeline customized to you! 

Design Session

Gallery Viewing & Album Design Celebration at the studio in Daphne, AL 

After the wedding is over, you’re home from your honeymoon and your wedding gallery is finally ready, if you pre-purchased an heirloom album, we schedule your Design Session. I make preserving your beautiful images a fun experience with our Design Sessions – the perfect way to create your custom heirloom wedding album. I know that choosing the best images, how to display them, and where to feature them in your album or home can be an overwhelming task. I have a system to make this process fun for our couples. 

  • I pre-design your album spreads for you!
  • Pop a bottle of Veuve Clicquot and enjoy a charcuterie board!
  • Have a viewing party with your wedding gallery slideshow!
  • I’ll walk you through how to use your online gallery to the fullest!
  • You’ll select your album enhancements!
  • You’ll leave with your custom engraved USB and excited to share your favorite images with your family & friends!

In addition to heirloom albums, I offer classic and modern wall art and other quality print products! Ellison Smith Creative albums are handcrafted in the United States and designed to be timeless! 


we cant wait to serve you

Full day coverage begins at $5000. Every wedding is unique, so we custom tailor our offerings  to suit your needs.


AWARDS & publications

Mobile Bay Magazine

Ashlie & James

The Venue in Fairhope, Alabama

Planner & Florist :: Jubilee Events & Design / Venue :: The Venue / H&MUA :: Chaney Smith Caterer :: Tamara’s  Baker :: Couture CakesCeremony Musician :: Katy Herndon / Band :: Tommy Morse Band / Bride’s Dress :: House of Tux- BiloxiBridemaid’s Dresses ::  Bliss BridalGroom and Groomsmen Attire :: Generation TuxInvitation Suite :: Zola’sRentals :: Gulf Coast Events & RentalsJeweler :: Ware’s

Bonnie & David

Izenstone Wedding

Dress :: David’s BridalHair ::
Kim Swearingen and Amy Maund / Make-up ::
Kendall Connell / Bridesmaids Dresses :: Azazie / Groomsmen and Groom’s attire :: Men’s warehouse / Ceremony Venue :: Izenstone DJ and Entertainment Services for Reception :: Southern soundsCake :: Sugar HouseCatering:
Guido’sInvitations ::
Amazon , party printery /Jewelry :: Target

Jennifer & Grant

A Magnolia Springs, Al New Year’s Eve Wedding

Getting Ready Venue :: The Grand Hotel / Ceremony & Reception Venue :: Home in Magnolia Springs / Photography :: Goodie and Smith Weddings / Groom’s Attire :: Anthony’s Bridal & Tuxedo / H&MU Artist ::  J. Willis Hair + Beauty / Florist :: Wildflowers  / Baker :: Monica Moore / Caterer :: The Ginger Pig / DJ:: Hank Duplesis / Bride’s Dress :: I Do Bridal / Bride’s Shoes :: Betsey Johnson / Invitation Suite :: Nall Printing / Rentals :: SOHO Events Rentals / Decor :: Mother Daughter Market 

Whitney & Luke

Fairhope AL Destination Wedding

Photography :: Goodie and Smith Weddings / Photographer’s Assistant :: J. Goodie / Videographer :: The Raven Studio / Entertainment :: Karl Langley / Getting Ready and Reception Venue :: Little Point Clear Inn & Suites /  Ceremony Venue :: St. Francis at the Point/ Transportation :: Old Shell Trolley Club/ Caterer :: Hot Spot Barbecue / Cake :: Couture Cakes / Paper Goods :: Minted / Florist :: Fusion Floral Design / 

Bailey & John

ST. Ignatius Catholic Church


The Mobile History Museum

Photography :: Goodie and Smith Weddings / Videographer: Cinema Scrapbook / Getting Ready: Renaissance Battle House / Ceremony:  St. Ignatius Catholic Church / Reception: The History Museum of Mobile/ Professional Event Coordinator: Malcom Johnson / H&MU Artists: Katie Eubanks / Florist: The Shade Tree / Reception Entertainment: The Bay Kings Band / Cake: Publix / Caterer: Naman’s Catering / Rentals: Port City Rentals / Guest Accommodations: Battle House / Bride’s Dress: Over The Moon Mobile / Transportation: Gulf Coast Tours /Invitation Suite: The Knot

Kaci & Michael

St. James Episcopal & The Grand Hotel

Ceremony Venue: St. James Episcopal Reception Venue: The Grand Hotel Professional Event Coordinator: Wed with Style Videographer: Cinema Scrapbook Bride’s Dress Boutique: Bliss Bridal Bride’s Dress Designer: Lillian West Jeweler: Bliss Bridal Bridemaid’s Dresses: Bliss Bridal Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Formals by Renee Lynn Florist: Southern Veranda Hair: Lindsey Walters– Marche Hair / MU Artists: Kayla Glosson Beauty / Reception Entertainment: Tip Tops / Cake: Sugarhouse Fairhope / Invitation Suite: Soiree Signature / Rentals: Soho/ Jeweler: Elizabeth Adams / Caterer: Grand Hotel