El Cortez Wedding : Rachele+Will


The number 13 is considered unlucky in some instances, but for Rachele and Will it’s the perfect number. It took that many years for them to walk down the aisle together–surrounded by their friends and family–in San Diego, and when they did, the room collectively held their breath as they said I Do. She’s seen him through his long-hair phase, and he’s seen her through I-just-got-my-licence phase (memories their friends didn’t allow them to forget), but after drinking shakes at Carl’s Jr late one night in high school, their paths were fated to coalesce through life’s biggest moments.

While she worked at a Congresswomen’s office, Will made himself known as a constant source of support…and while he attended law school, Rachele became a pillar of strength and encouragement. Their friends and family promised to stay by their sides through the thick and thin, but after 13 years of goodness, everyone in the room knew luck was on their side. And just like the best man, Jeff, said, it took less than 13 years to build the Hoover Dam, Mount Rushmore, and the Brooklyn Bridge…so their love was destined to be stronger than some of the nation’s beautiful wonders.

Rachele and Will…words can’t express how much I appreciate the honor of capturing your love and the long awaited kiss at the altar. Your friends and families are amazing and made us feel like an extension of your love. The day was perfect and we managed to get everything to fall into place, regardless of what was thrown our way…which is a true sign of your positive outlook on life and love. It was an honor documenting your wedding. Much Love and Appreciation… j*

The day started in beautiful San Diego with perfect wedding details…

The day started later than expected, but Rachele’s bridesmaids went into overdrive and ensured the wedding day was perfect and the champagne flowed!

And this? This right here? This is why I adore First Looks…when the bride and groom see each other before the wedding ceremony, the moment is beautiful, special, and belongs just to them…I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure Will is more than excited to see his bride…

With a few minutes in Downtown San Diego before heading to El Cortez for their wedding, we roamed the streets and captured their love…

We arrived to El Cortez for the wedding and the lighting was just perfect…

I was told Will was a pretty chill guy, but the sight of his bride walking down the aisle brought out his best emotions…

Rachele and Will incorporated personal details into their wedding ceremony, including a family chalice in which both the bride and groom can simultaneously drink…I’m not gonna lie, I wanted one, too…

Just moments after the ceremony, we snuck outside of El Cortez and JD captured this photo…

Many thanks to Rhapsody in Bloom and Busy Bride Consulting for quickly transforming the Don Room at El Cortez for a lovely reception…

Lovely and heartfelt toasts were delivered…

…and I’ll end on this note…their First Dance was special and left the room thrilled for what the evening had in store…

To see more of Rachele and Will’s San Diego wedding at El Cortez, feel free to CLICK HERE with music provided by Hannah Miller from The Music Bed.

Happy Friday!

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  1. Gabby / En Route Photography

    March 30th, 2012 at 12:54 pm


  2. Life with Kaishon

    March 30th, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    She is too pretty for words. WOW! Wishing them many years of happiness. May their love continue to grow.

  3. Carrie K

    March 30th, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    For the image of the ceremony from the end of the aisle, did you close those red curtains yourself after scoping out the room or had that been done for you? Good trick for helping that shot come out nicely! Beautiful images as always. 🙂

  4. molly stillman

    March 30th, 2012 at 2:53 pm


  5. Claudia

    March 30th, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Another fabulous blog post… loving all the photos J* 🙂


    March 30th, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    WOW!!! These are stunning Jasmine & JD!!! Stunning!! Rachelle looks GORGEOUS!! Ok I’m out of words. =)

  7. jessica vidmar photography

    March 30th, 2012 at 3:53 pm


  8. Tami Inoue

    March 30th, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Beautiful! I love her flowers…really classy.

  9. Portrait Photographer Berskhire

    March 30th, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Lovely images Jasmine! love the colour, the emotion captured and how you documented their special day!

  10. Abby Grace

    March 30th, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    That image from JD is beautiful. And I just love how true and smoothe all of your colors are. Beautiful!

  11. Ben White

    March 30th, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Your photos are always so beautiful and so natural! Every time I look at them they give me inspiration! This wedding is no exception… Great job!!!

  12. Gail

    March 30th, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    BEAUTIFUL work, Jasmine and JD! That best man’s toast sounds so perfect. What an eloquent best friend to come up with such a great comparison for their love! And that B&W of them after their individual portraits? STUNNING.

  13. Chicks that Klick Photography

    March 30th, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Ohhh!!! Am I really the first to comment!! PRESSURE

    Absolutely Stunning…

  14. Kevin Obosi

    March 30th, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    You’re simply awesome, Jasmine, you’re a STAR..fantastic photos. I love this!!!

  15. Rachele Scaringelli Watkins

    March 30th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Oh my gosh Jasmine, I DIE!!! Thank you. Truly.

  16. a little bit of whimsy photography

    March 30th, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    as per you usual perfect’o.. I second Carrie K’s question. did you ask them close the curtains?

  17. Busy Bride Consulting-Kimy

    March 30th, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Beautiful photos, Jasmine. You guys did a great job capturing the day! It was so fun & easy to work with you!

  18. Jasmine*

    March 30th, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    @CarrieV: The curtains were closed when I arrived, so it worked well for photography purposes! 🙂

  19. mella

    March 30th, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    jazzie! the overhead shot in b&w! so. so. gorge.

  20. j* auto correct

    March 30th, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    I think you meant @CarrieK….what would you do without me?!?!

  21. Amy

    March 30th, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    I just love your photos…so smooth and clean. I just started photographing weddings, and you are such an inspiration!

  22. B

    March 30th, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    I love makeup! But of course I would love any woman in 10 pounds of makeup 😉 Kudos to you and the bridal couple!

  23. Stephanie Stewart

    March 30th, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Jasmine + JD! So beautiful! Totally LOVE that black and white after their paired images…Perfection!!!

  24. brianna

    March 30th, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    my old stomping grounds…i know those downtown streets!!! such a priceless first look…i love it, you can just feel the love.

  25. Lauren Kim Photography

    March 30th, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Love the first look – havent done a wedding with one of those. Would love to!! As always love your work

  26. Sam Anise

    March 30th, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    I always get inspired by your work!

  27. Stephanie Manderville

    March 31st, 2012 at 12:54 am

    Thank you so much for making my cousin’s big day such a wonderful experience. I am so excited that we get to enjoy your beautiful pictures for years to come. 🙂

  28. Petsy Fink

    March 31st, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Natural and beautiful. Great inspiration. Thank you!

  29. Mirko Herzner

    March 31st, 2012 at 9:33 am

    This time it’s JD’s portrait that I like the most. Strong images as usual…

  30. denise karis

    March 31st, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    the bride is beyond beautiful! they look perfect! Great images, J!

  31. Bowerbird Photography

    March 31st, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Great job capturing the EMOTION of the day. Beautiful!

  32. Emi @ 1314 STUDIO Photography

    April 2nd, 2012 at 2:06 am

    Great work as usual 🙂

  33. vasia

    April 2nd, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    LOVE the centrepieces! Wowsers. And your reception photos always blow me away- the light looks so lovely 🙂

  34. Rayk

    April 2nd, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    I love this authentic moments in your pictures! Greets RAyk

  35. Rebecca

    April 3rd, 2012 at 12:24 am

    Looks fab! love the pic that JD captured, and love the feel of this wedding, very classic and chic!

  36. Maria

    April 3rd, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    I love the succulents and anemonies in the bouquet!

  37. cassandra-m

    April 4th, 2012 at 4:58 am

    Gorgeous! Those images inside the church with the natural light are Simply beautiful!!!

  38. Robin Harbison

    April 5th, 2012 at 12:20 am

    Beautiful work!

  39. Moving Picture Weddings

    April 5th, 2012 at 3:22 am

    I always loved the 13th in fact I got married on the 13th. Best day ever! Love these photos!

  40. Fotograf Gda?sk

    April 6th, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Jasmine I love your photograph, the colors and the shots … perfect and inspiring …

  41. Ariana Watts

    April 7th, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Gorgeous images J*.i love love love your detail shots!

  42. Fotograf Gorzow

    April 7th, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Great work! As allways!

  43. Katherine

    April 8th, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Gorgeous!! I spent a lot of time looking through your beautiful blog. I would love to feature one of your weddings on my new blog. Please let me know if you are interested. Hugs, Katherine

  44. Gavin Smith

    April 9th, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Jasmine just like to say that all those shots look great. I especially liked how you captures the toasts shot with the bride (Quality). Keep up the great work.

  45. Ashley Bee

    April 14th, 2012 at 12:48 am

    Awwww, Jay and I were married at the El Cortez 🙂 Brings back wonderful memories, and what a beautiful wedding!!

  46. Ashvin Ghisyawan

    April 18th, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Nice pictures! I like the clarity. My favorite picture is the details of the chairs!

    Ashvin Ghisyawan (from holland)

  47. Luke Stanton

    April 23rd, 2012 at 11:13 am

    This is one of the greatest set of wedding pictures I’ve seen for a while. you clearly had great rapport with the bride and groom. you can feel the chemistry through the photograph.

  48. Michelle Fry

    May 14th, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Lovely photos but I do like the shoe shot I’ve not thought of that before!

  49. James L Dekker

    July 27th, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    A truly beautiful couple, beautiful detail and very well captured.