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Cotswolds Wedding Photographer Cristina Ilao wearing pink Dolce and Gabbana Coat and gold Tory Burch flats on steps of Wynyard Hall Gardens

hi, i'm cristina.

uk-based Destination wedding photographer,

art lover & world traveler and probably 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!

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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 and Newcastle UK based Filipina light and airy Fine Art Wedding Photographer

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 highlights of my career? 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

Kind Words

"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

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