meet cristina

Cristina Ilao London & Destination Wedding Photographer Profile Photo

hi, i'm cristina.

uk-based Destination wedding photographer,

art lover & world traveler and possibly the most cheerful person you'll ever meet. promise!

Your wedding marks an important milestone in your life. You’ll definitely need someone to capture it beautifully so you can relive all those wonderful moments once your special day is over.

That’s where I step in.

I know you've put your heart into planning the most important day of your lives. And I'd be so honoured to capture it in my relaxed and thoughtful way - from those candid fleeting moments to your naturally posed portraits and all the little details you so carefully curated.

Receiving exquisite and timeless photos after your wedding is great. But having the right photographer on your actual wedding day will guarantee you an extraordinary experience.

My clients can tell you all about it here.

From the moment you choose me, I'll be with you every step of the way. I'll scout the best locations for your portraits, connect you with the best wedding suppliers, and share with you my top wedding planning tips.

And on your wedding day? You'll feel just like you're spending time with an old friend. With my heartfelt smile and calming presence, I’ll be gently guiding you, always ensuring that you feel comfortable in front of my camera and making you look your absolute best - while having fun too!




as seen in



Belle Lumière

You & Your Wedding

Belle Bridal

Living North

Country Wedding

Ox Weddings

The Filipino Expat

Digital Photographer

Wedding Style


Wedding Sparrow

Amber & Muse


Vogue Italia

Adoré Blog Mariage

Nikon Europe

Yahoo Style UK


Hey Wedding Lady


Pop Sugar

Tacari Weddings

let's get to know each other more

Hedsor House Front facade, entrance and driveway on a hot summer day (In photo: Georgian Manor stately home with large light-filled floor to ceiling bay windows, beautiful stately home British architecture, white concrete aged vintage pillars) - Buckinghamshire Wedding Venue near London - Photo by Cristina Ilao (London Wedding Photographer)

Cristina Ilao London & Destination Wedding Photographer Profile Photo

light and airy portrait of multi-cultural bride and groom; black groom and men's fashion; plaid grey wedding groom suit, lace and tulle wedding dress with flower details; best bridal hairstyle with updo and curly loose hair; bride and grooming walking in crathorne hall garden| Photo by UK light and airy wedding and personal branding photographer Cristina Ilao Photography. More at www.cristinailao.com

i'm an art & design lover

i'm from the city of smiles

i've lived in 5 countries

I’m drawn to beautiful art & design, particularly impressive architecture. Covering weddings around Europe is like living in a dream. I’ve shot weddings in stunning stately homes, country farmhouses, French chateaus, restored glass houses and even neo-futuristic skyscrapers.

Some of my career favourites? Capturing a wedding at the Gherkin and being chosen as a preferred wedding photographer at the prestigious Blenheim Palace.

I was born in a friendly city called Bacolod, also popularly nicknamed the “City of Smiles”. And true to my roots, I’m a big smiler (and hugger).

You’ll struggle to find another wedding photographer who’ll smile tirelessly, cheer you up, make you feel comfortable and keep you relaxed as much as I will. And that’s exactly what you need on your wedding day, especially when the nerves start to kick in just before you walk down the aisle.

The Philippines (my home), the Cayman Islands (where I met my better half), the US, the Channel Islands and the UK (my current base).

I love how both traveling and living in different countries allowed me to integrate into various cultures and interact with people of different nationalities. It’s also one of the main reasons why I love capturing multi-cultural weddings and meeting couples from different backgrounds.

bride and groom's first dance, Asian wedding in London Waldorf Hilton shot by Cristina Ilao

"It wasn’t just the photography, it was the warmth, the love, the kindness. It felt like I was having my photography done by someone I had been friends with for years. I was not expecting to have that kind of bond with a photographer. - Anthiya & Stephen


Cristina Ilao London & Destination Wedding Photographer Profile Photo

shall we meet?

I'm travelling to these beautiful destinations in the coming months. Do you want to get in front of my camera while I'm there? Send me a message and let's make it happen!

June 2022

The Cotswolds, UK

July & August 2022

Paris, France

October 2022

Somerset, UK

June 2023

Normandy, France

August 2023

Grenoble & Provence, France