Meet Jackie

Welcome to the Ardensea Blog! I’m Jackie Watson, owner and wedding photographer of my south Florida based studio. I hope you find this space a great resource to explore my work, find inspiration, and see if we’re the perfect fit for your own special day.

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Wedding Day Tips for Florida Brides

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Planning Your Wedding Day Photography Timeline

Here’s a sample of our wedding photography timeline we suggest to all our Ardensea brides and grooms!

Making Bride & Groom Portraits a Priority on Your Wedding Day

Running out of time is the biggest reason why couples skip over the bride and groom portraits, so it’s important to plan for at least 30-minutes to an hour for newlyweds to step away and capture wedding day pictures.

Best Detail Shots for Your Wedding Day

When it comes to planning out your wedding photography, consider the little details that have a surprisingly big impact. See which shots are absolute must-haves on your wedding day.

An Elevated White & Blue Christmas Wedding

at Magnolia Manor


Finally, a Christmas-themed wedding is done right! Mallorie & Dan’s wedding vibe – elegance and class with a splash of Christmas. I am so glad to see more and more orchids in florals these days – such a classic and timeless look.

I have to shout out the amazing Lara’s Theme for doing killer florals and design on this wedding. Magnolia Manor is a gorgeous outdoor and slightly rustic venue on it’s own, but this wedding setup was straight up over the top with white orchids, ranunculus, Delft Blue pottery, garden roses, gold chargers, and just every single part of it was picture-perfect.

I also can’t get over that bubble ceremony exit. I think this was the first time I saw a couple use a bubble machine instead of just individual bubbles, and if I can convince you, it’s so much better! Go for the bubble machine all the way.

And I have to be honest, this wedding was one of my favorites of the year. When I say this crew got DOWN on the dance floor – I mean I was sweating just dropping it low with them to keep up! Those reception photos – EPIC.

January 1, 2023
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Hello, from the Ardensea Blog! I'm Jackie Watson, owner and wedding photographer based in beautiful South Florida. I hope you find this space a great resource to find all the resources you need to plan the perfect wedding, view my work, and see if we're the perfect fit for your own special day.

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