Meet Jackie

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

Sparkler Exit Alternative Ideas

Photo-friendly ways to have a wedding send off without sparklers.

Common Regrets After Choosing The Wrong Wedding Photographer

Real couples share their post-wedding photography regrets.

5 Reasons To Do A First Look

Should you have a first look on your wedding day? Disclaimer: YES you should, but let me tell you why.

Wedding Day Tips for Florida Brides

It’s become an essential part of my client experience to educate my brides on what works and what does not work for beach weddings in Florida. And now, I am sharing the knowledge!

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.

Christmas Themed Engagement Photos

An engagement session for Christmas lovers!

‘Tis the season for love and weddings! Ilse and John chose the perfect theme for their engagement session as they will be celebrating a winter fairytale wedding at Bellewood Plantation next year!

How They Met

We met at our place of work 6 years ago, I was starting out as a cashier and he was a supervisor, we didn’t talk much for months but eventually he found out I had a crush on him and asked me out on a date, and after that we hit it off and it’s been great since!

How He Proposed

John proposed on May 26 2017. He totally surprised me which is very hard to do since I always want to know plans and have everything organized. So I’ve always been very much involved at my church growing up it’s been like my second home. So he made me believe that my youth group had a day where we were going to talk about how the church has had an impact in our lives and so it was like an Interview type of thing with camera recording and all, so It was my turn to go and I was answering questions and next thing I know our song starts playing and all my family and friends start walking in with bouquets of roses, John walks in last gives a speech and proposes! He gave me 1,095 roses for every day we had been together, it was the sweaters most perfect day ever and he totally blew me away, we actually have the proposal video up on YouTube!

Having a long engagement has really tested our patience but has made us stronger as a couple, it’s been hard seeing a lot of our friends get engaged and married before us but we both decided to have a long engagement was good for us to save for our future and really plan the wedding of our dreams. We’ve grown so much as a couple and I think it was the best decision we have made, we realize how beautiful it is to really enjoy every bit of our engagement and not rush to get married, but we are so excited to start our forever!

Ilse
More Engagement Sessions
Engagement at Covington Farms

Engagement at Covington Farms

Long Island College Campus Engagement

Long Island College Campus Engagement

Rustic Farm Engagement Session in Vero Beach

Rustic Farm Engagement Session in Vero Beach

South Beach Engagement Session

South Beach Engagement Session

Chic Worth Avenue Engagement Session

Chic Worth Avenue Engagement Session

Providence Canyon Engagement Session

Providence Canyon Engagement Session

Riverbend Park Engagement

Riverbend Park Engagement

Vero Beach Art Museum Engagement Session

Vero Beach Art Museum Engagement Session

Riverside Park Engagement Session

Riverside Park Engagement Session

Intimate & Playful Beach Engagement Inspo

Intimate & Playful Beach Engagement Inspo

Natural Salt Marsh Engagement

Natural Salt Marsh Engagement

Ali & David

Ali & David

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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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