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.

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.

Downtown Winter Wedding in Harsh Light

Millenium Gate Museum

Sometimes, as wedding photographers, we don’t always have the ideal photo conditions. Every wedding comes with a unique set of challenges. When it comes to this downtown Atlanta wedding – we’ll be battling middle of the day winter sun and extremely harsh light with little to no shade or cloud cover.

Normally, I love to be open with my couples and discuss how lighting and times of day affect the overall look of their photos, but this venue has strict guidelines on when you can have weddings and events. For me, it’s a welcome challenge to be able to work my technical skills and find ways to compose to minimize the effect of the harsh noon sun as much as possible.

Vendor Love

Venue: Millennium Gate Museum
Makeup: @_savannamakeup
Hair: @megdaniellehair
Venue:  @millenniumgatemuseumevents
Florist: @lunarosefloralstudio
Dress: @iheartazazie
Cake Designer: @vivdlydelicious
French Pastry Chef: @sweet_tiffanys
Bartender: @pourupatlanta
Watercolor Stationery: @villarosapapergoods
Stationery/Acrylic names: @jwpapercreations
Extra Paper Props: @StationeryForLovers
Favors/Gifts: @madianitellc
Tables/Chairs : @luxeeventrentals
Napkins: @blushlula
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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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