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.

Is having a Second Wedding Photographer Worth It?

Why having a second photographer on your big day can make all the difference.

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.

Modern & Intimate Beach Wedding

Costa d'Este Resort & Spa


Kaitlynn and Wes celebrated an amazingly intimate beach wedding at Costa d’Este Resort on a beautiful windy day in sunny Vero Beach. They decided the destination wedding route was the way to go for them, as Kaitlynn is originally from Vero Beach but now lives in Virginia with her new hubby and their darling daughter.

The Proposal

I was totally surprised! Wes’ sister asked his family to come to her house because she had big news (I thought this was her way of telling all of us that she was pregnant). When we got there she asked everyone to close their eyes and open on the count of three. When I opened my eyes Wes was on one knee and my family came out of another room that they were hiding in! I, of course, said yes.
Almost 2 months later I found out that I was pregnant, SURPRISE! We decided to postpone the wedding planning and put all of our focus on preparing for our little girl’s arrival. Now that she’s here we could not be any more excited to have her be a part of our big day!

Why Costa d’Este

We went to a destination wedding together and loved it! We knew we wanted to get away but wanted to make it easy for our guests. We visited Costa last summer while visiting my family in Vero and FELL IN LOVE!

February 25, 2020

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Hello, from the Ardensea Blog! I'm Jackie Watson, owner and luxury fine-art 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.