Lee Lee + Nathaniel : Engagement Session : Orange County

She is my best friend.  Growing up, we would chat on the phone for hours running up our parent’s phone bills ($100/month just for our calls), but we had middle school issues to discuss. It was serious business. Today, she is still that person – the person I would confide in, laugh with, get all excited to see – like we haven’t seen each other in years even though it was just yesterday, someone I could tell all problems to (knowing she would never pass judgement)… she’s my best friend.

The news… my beautiful cousin is getting married and I am ecstatic. I am so happy for her, for the both of them. Darn, my eyes are already getting a bit watery. I know, I’m such a sap!   She is a wonderful and beautiful person inside and out.   And I love seeing how happy and giddy she gets when she is around him.   They really are the perfect duo. They are like icing on cake, like chocolate and peanut butter, like the malt in whoppers. (There was a whole lot of cheese in this sentence.)

How they met…

She had just finished culinary school specializing in pastry and was given the opportunity to pursue her dreams in Vegas. They met at work, working at the Ritz-Calton, both were at the start of their career in pastry. He was the night pastry cook (now a pastry chef) and she was the morning pastry cook, doing half the prep for him (they were each other’s half then).

I believe when she first walked in through the kitchen door, with hair blowing, lights and fog around her, you can almost hear the swoosh (okay so I exaggerated a bit) when he noticed her. It was love at first sight plus their common love for pastries and Star Trek?.. (one day Nathaniel, this trekky fan will make you one too) they could not get enough of each other…

Well, I need to stop writing, I have to save some for my speech. I promise not to embarrass anyone, muahahahaha (that was suppose to an evil cackle.)

And I get to be a huge part of their day…

I am so honored. Truly honored.
Warning: Cookie not so good after waiting a few weeks to eat it.

Warming up in front of the camera. Doing good. baby steps, baby steps.

I had located the perfect spot to photograph Lee Lee’s solo, sat her down, posed her and right when I was about to snap her photo –  Nathaniel received a call from her mechanic and plops down right in front of her.    Now I know why we are not allowed to talk on the cell phone while operating a vehicle. I love it.




This scene reminds me “Pretty Woman” Richard Gere and Julia Roberts.


Nathaniel, I am so glad she found you. I am glad you found her. I love you both very much. oh dear the tears.

Of course we ended our shoot at Watson Drug & Soda Fountain known for their malts and shakes. I also like to thank Orn of Orn Thang Photography for coming out and shooting the last bit of their session.

These photos were taken in Old Towne Orange County.

Just a little side note: Lee Lee came down with one outfit while Nathaniel had 5 different collared shirts to change into along a sport jacket. Divo!

Another side note: Congrats to Nathaniel on your many promotions and winning the The Pastry Competition in New York.

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