SJC Mission Engagement : Rachele + Will


They sat in the same room during their sophomore year of high school. Rachele was the over-achiever in the first row of their History class and Will–and his long, wavy hair–could be found squarely in the back. They talked on their way in and out of class, but Rachele was busy raising her hand, answering questions, and perfecting the art of being perfect to notice Will. During junior year, they paired to be partners in their Chemistry class and though sparks flew over the bunsen burner, they still remained friends.

Then senior year came around and something happened in their English class…and/or over AOL Instant Messenger. Brightly colored text appeared on their computer screens and the overuse of emoticons made their friendship flourish and one night before a holiday break, Will asked Rachele to a movie. They bonded over late-night shakes at Carl’s Jr and soon became best friends.

Thirteen years later, they’re still best friends…and soul mates. They’ll wed in San Diego next spring and stand together in front of their friends and family promising to start their lives the same way they started their friendship: by making history.

We met at the beautiful San Juan Capistrano Mission for their engagement session and I couldn’t have dreamt of a prettier Southern California day!

After a quick outfit change, Rachele donned a special dress given to her by one of her best friends (Hi Robbie! Can’t wait to meet you at the wedding!)…

Oh, Rachele…rawr…

The backdrop of the Mission served so well and created just the perfect setting for the engagement session…

The best thing about Will is his ability to make Rachele laugh without even trying…it’s an amazing gift.

These two make a simple portrait radiate because of their love…

To see more of Rachele and Will’s San Juan Capistrano Mission engagement session, feel free to CLICK HERE for a slideshow!

Happy Tuesday!

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  1. Kathryn Denelle Stevens

    November 29th, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    I am loving the mood of this shoot…it’s the setting, the semi-stormy skies, this couple’s obvious deep connection…it’s all so dramatic!

  2. Kristi Chappell

    November 29th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Beautiful as usual! Your slideshow link in not working… your back girlfriend!


    November 29th, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Love the dress and that shot of them walking toward that structure (sorry Chi-towner here no clue what it’s actually called lol). They favor each other too…very good looking couple. That single shot of her ….smoking!

  4. Kristi Chappell

    November 29th, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Never mind it’s working now!

  5. Gail

    November 29th, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    BEAUTIFUL! And Rachele looks a smidge like Anne Hathaway (meaning, she’s beautiful and is going to look GORGE on her wedding day!)

  6. Cristina Guerrero

    November 29th, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    I love the music you put to the slide show!

  7. steph!

    November 29th, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Rachel, you look BEAUTIFUL! 😀

  8. Jojo Pangilinan

    November 29th, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    great pics!

  9. Jackie

    November 29th, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Aww You captured this couple really well. I love the scene! What is the location?

  10. Jennifer Hudspeth

    November 29th, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Oh.. I love their story. Not to mention, they are a beautiful couple. I love the location. I basically love everything about this session! : D

  11. Yarra Valley Weddings

    November 29th, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Great location – we love the crumbling atmospheric look.

  12. Cord

    November 29th, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Beautiful images! Such a great location. I adore your work!

  13. Alexis

    November 29th, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    I like the story.

    The bride’s behavior as a student reminds me of my school days because I was the same way– too busy with the books and making good grades to notice the adorable guy(s) who liked me more than a friend….clueless! lol

    The bride and groom make a beautiful couple. And they’re already starting to look like each other (you know they say that about older married couples who spend so much time together they start to resemble each other)! 🙂

    Keep up the beautiful work, J*! 🙂

  14. Mike Moore

    November 29th, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Beautiful couple, beautiful location.

  15. Haley Johnston

    November 29th, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    I love the texture of the Mission!

  16. Mat

    November 30th, 2011 at 1:53 am

    Amazing location and beautiful shots!

  17. John

    November 30th, 2011 at 2:34 am

    I really like the way you capture the moment of the couple. So natural and a good sense of using available light to your advantage.

  18. saposki

    November 30th, 2011 at 3:49 am

    i think you should patent the ease with which you spot and apply the beautiful light….luv luv luv this pics

  19. nena

    November 30th, 2011 at 3:51 am

    What a beautiful couple and they look so happy together! =-)

  20. Stephanie M.

    November 30th, 2011 at 4:49 am

    These pictures are as beautiful as they are. I can’t wait to see the wedding pictures. Love <3

  21. Gabby / En Route Photography

    November 30th, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Congrats!!! She will make a beautiful bride! 😉

  22. Sachin Khona

    November 30th, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Mad skillz J boogie .. love the slideshow .. The track you used is awesome 😀

  23. tardy

    November 30th, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    ahh! beautiful.

  24. Terri M.

    November 30th, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    The pictures take my breath away. There are no words that can come close to the amazingly beautiful pictures, and the awesome couple you are.

  25. Phoenix Photographic

    December 3rd, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    The lighting in the last few is fantastic

  26. Wedding photographer in Essex

    December 3rd, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Gorgeous photographs!

  27. Gary

    December 3rd, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    stunning pictures!

  28. Jonni

    December 5th, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Absolutely stunning! 🙂

  29. Brooke Summer Photography

    December 29th, 2011 at 5:39 pm


  30. Evan & Melissa Roth

    January 19th, 2012 at 4:08 am

    Wow! Great set 🙂

  31. Wedding Photographer Colchester

    February 5th, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Beautiful images and such a wonderful story