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.

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

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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.

Downtown Atlanta Bridals

at Millennium Gate Museum


What could be better than you and your bridesmaids hitting the town dressed to the nines at the gate of an old historic Museum in downtown Atlanta? Well… maybe that, plus cake. (But who’s asking?) Join these three lovely ladies for an afternoon of laughs, poise, and beauty!

Kelly is our stunning bride, surrounded by her beautiful redhead bridesmaids Mallory and Deven. The three together make an unbelievably drop-dead gorgeous combination – wouldn’t you say? I am a sucker for gorgeous red hair, I myself have rocked the color (back in my college days), but the combination of their red locks with Kelly’s olive skin and raven-colored hair… it’s just a dream!

What’s the big deal with bridal portraits, anyway?

Often my brides ask me if it’s important to plan a separate bridal portrait session instead of cramming bridal portraits into the wedding day timeline. With everything else going on, that’s one more thing to plan, schedule, and prepare for. My recommendation is if you’re already going to do hair and makeup trials, why not? You’ll already be all dolled up and ready to go! Often times you’ll be doing hair and makeup trials weeks or even months before the wedding day, so it will be the ultimate test run to make sure you’re one hundred percent ready for how your wedding photos will look.

Bridal Session at the Millennium Gate Museum

February 20, 2020
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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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