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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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Didi & Danny

at Paradise Beach Park


How gorgeous is this Melbourne Beach Mermaid Wedding ceremony & first look?

Didi and Danny shared an incredibly gorgeous mermaid wedding ceremony and first look right on the beach. Their Melbourne Beach mermaid wedding ceremony was small and intimate, only including immediate family members; and just everything about this day was just perfect. These too share an incredibly beautiful love story – and are one adorable family with their three children.

Getting Hitched: The Proposal

“Being the Rock star that he is, he decided to do it on stage while we were listening to our favorite local band playing our song “Melt with You”. Not only did he plan that, but he also made these cute cards that he passed out to everyone, while I wasn’t looking, that asked people to take photos and videos of the proposal and send them to our hashtag #DannyandDidi on Instagram and social media. I couldn’t of dreamt it any better.”

— Didi

Their Mermaid Wedding Day: The First Look & Details

We started out with GORGEOUS bridal portraits with Didi. To me, Bridal Portraits are so important to capture during a wedding. We had the best window light and it was such a privilege to capture Didi in her glowing state. Her red hair was so vibrant against her cream, beaded dress. She looked like a living version of Ariel the Little Mermaid!

Being a very small, intimate family ceremony, it was incredibly touching to watch these two have their first look! Danny faced the water as Didi approached him from behind, and neither could keep a dry eye when they finally embraced. Those types of moment are the SWEETEST to photograph, so emotional!

It was a gorgeous day for a Melbourne Beach mermaid wedding, and the emotional moments captured between Danny and Didi are too precious to describe. See for yourself!

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