the hague summer garden wedding editorial

I relish looking back on the day I captured this summer wedding inspiration in the historic city of Hague. My friend José and I decided to create a fine art editorial and capture it using traditional analog film. With help from some of our industry colleagues, several rolls of Fuji Pro 400H, and our trusty medium format cameras, we spent a few hours having fun at Park Clingendael. I’m so glad it turned out to be a success.

What I love most about this wedding editorial wasn’t just what we achieved in the final images. We intentionally built a wedding team with a nod of respect to our Asian heritage and enjoyed a fine summer day with wonderful and talented friends. Brigitta, our hair and make-up artist is Indonesian and is a well-respected figure in the Dutch fashion industry. Juliet, our model has Japanese roots and also happens to be a painter/artist. José is a film photographer like me. Her parents are from Hong Kong. And of course, I’m from the sunny islands of the Philippines. While our florist is Dutch and non-Asian, we considered her a symbol of the connection between Asians and non-Asians alike. I couldn’t be happier with the results of this summer wedding inspiration. A creative melting pot of talents and cultures into one beautiful work of art.

Read more about the details of our editorial concept and the different elements behind this wedding inspiration here.

Editorial Concept: Summer wedding in the Dutch countryside | Film Photography: Cristina Ilao | Floral Design: Marte of Bloom Your Life | Hair & Makeup: Brigitta Danastri | Dresses: Duc Design | Location: Clingendael Park at the Hague, Netherlands | Film Lab: Carmencita Film Lab, Spain

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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