Photographer Julie Pepin captured this striking "first look" between couple Shanna and Justin at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, "which is the complete opposite feel of the much darker venue they were married at [City Club Los Angeles]," says Pepin. "That's why we decided to do a first look earlier in the day, outside, at a different spot, where it was very big and very bright, and a great location for portraits," she says. To set the scene, Pepin placed the couple on a set of stairs and then walked back "just far enough away to allow for the space to surround them. The texture of the bride's dress, their facial expressions, the little burst of color from her bouquet—you can feel it just a little bit more because of how clean the background is. It really allows for the two of them and their emotion to spark as the focal point, which is what I love the best."
(Captured using a Nikon D810 with a 16-35mm f/4 lens, set at 35mm and taken at 1/400th of a second.)