wynyard hall gardens spring motherhood session

Have you been to Wynyard Hall gardens? If you love being around nature and lots of English roses, then it’s certainly worth visiting. Read on to know the backstory to this beautiful motherhood photo session.

My friend Katie (of Tabitha Kate Paper) and I have talked about how much lockdown restrictions made us realise the things we take for granted. Time spent with family and loved ones, among other things. At the end of the day, it’s the simple moments spent with the people dearest to you that really matter.

Wynyard Hall Gardens

We brainstormed for potential places to have the shoot. Their own home was being renovated so we couldn’t use it. Our options? A beautiful stately home, a local park, or a flower-filled garden? Katie and her children love being around nature so the answer was quite clear. Wynyard Hall Gardens is also near their village. That made our decision an easy one. Its arboretum and gardens will provide a perfect backdrop for photos. Three thousand variants of David Austin roses, a scenic private estate, and a cosy cafe all in one place. Anyone who goes to Wynyard Hall gardens is surely going to have a good time. And that’s exactly what we I did one spring weekend.


“My favorite part about working with Cristina was how she made us feel. I spent the afternoon having fun, playing, and laughing with my children. She made us feel at ease while capturing the photographs. When I received the photos I felt overwhelmed. They were more beautiful than I could ever have imagined. Each photo captures a moment in time with my beautiful children. I would recommend Cristina because she is incredibly talented and such a lovely lady. I couldn’t choose a favourite photo. Each and everyone is perfect. These photographs tell our story beautifully. Thank you, Cristina.” – Katie

There’s this famous quote from Andy Warhol that I really like. “The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.” This quote stays with me whenever I capture a wedding, a family, or special moments between people. I know Katie will treasure these photos more as her children grow. I can’t wait to look back and remember these memories with her many years from now.

Travel Information

Wynyard Hall gardens is located inside the Wynyard Hall private estate in Stockton-on-Tees, Billingham TS22 5NF. To get into the gardens, you must buy an annual pass either online or at the farmshop.

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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