I've taken countless photographs under this tree behind Walt Disney Concert Hall but I don't think I've ever created a better first look photograph in this location.
Unlike many of my weddings, I took this couple to Disney Hall without their wedding party and photograph them there separately. We later returned to Union Station for those wedding party photographs, but these were just for the couple.
Many folks will wonder if a first look is a believable or a real moment. I can attest that for this couple, that was the case. Moments after the groom turned around, the bride started crying. In fact, I have a series of photos from this wedding that show her wiping her tears from her eyes. Over the next two hours that I spent photographing this bridegroom and their wedding party, we took hundreds of photographs and the couple was never more than a few feet apart from each other.
However, when the wedding ceremony began, even though the groom had spent all of that time before the ceremony with his bride, he began crying as she reached the end of the aisle. It's perhaps ironic that the bride didn't cry at that time, but instead laughed and grinned the entire time she walked down the aisle with her parents. Just because a couple sees each other before their ceremony doesn't lessen the impact of that first look nor does it eliminate the emotions of walking down the aisle for the first time.
Location: 111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012.