chelsea and kensington london engagement session

I smile whenever I remember this morning spent capturing Jenny & Sam’s London engagement session in Chelsea and Kensington. We had three more months to go before their wedding at the Gherkin and spring had just sprung. Undeniably, it was perfect timing to have their engagement portraits taken. The weather coordinated with us and gave us a quiet morning in one of my favorite London neighborhoods.

These two have a fun love story that started with a mobile phone. Sam was calling someone else but Jenny was the one who ended up answering his call. They enjoyed talking to each other on that call. And the rest, as they say, is history. Many years later, here they are celebrating their engagement with a spring session in central London.

Jenny and Sam agreed that Holland Park holds a special place in their hearts. They went there a few times over their years of dating and even had their first date at the same place. So it was on top of our list of places to visit for their London engagement session. While Holland Park has an orangery (used as a wedding venue), the grounds are filled with little pocket gardens and lush greeneries. We ventured into the park and made our way to the mews for a change in scenery.

During the shoot, the couple revealed that Sam enjoys being in front of the camera more than Jenny. So we made sure he had additional photos to use. I rarely meet a groom who loves getting their photos taken. Naturally, I made the most of it!

We had a little detour to have a more minimalist backdrop for their London engagement session. I wanted to ensure they had some neutral background so they can print their photos and display them in any room. Marylebone Hall was a quick cab ride so off we went to take more photos before we ended the session.

London engagement session Credits:
Photography: Cristina Ilao | Location: Holland Park in Chelsea and Kensington, Central London

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Close-up newly married couple portrait at an English garden wedding in Ardington House Oxfordshire England UK; Bride is wearing a white Chantilly lace A line long sleeves Claire Pettibone wedding dress, updo chignon classic hairstyle with half flower crown, groom is wearing a beige suit with a white dress shirt and a nneutral sand straw hat with grosgrain ribbon: Photo by Cristina Ilao

"I just don't have the words to thank you enough for our wedding photos. It goes without saying, but these pictures of us with our loved ones will be cherished forever. You're amazing, Cristina! I'm so happy that we chose you as our photographer, and I'm so happy to have formed a friendship with you." - Ashlyn and Hunter