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.

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.

Ali & David

Riverwalk | Downtown Stuart

A romantic, spring engagement session in Downtown Stuart

Ali and David decided Downtown Stuart would be the perfect location for their engagement session because it’s an area that they often visit. And it was an absolutely perfect choice because the flowers were in full bloom all over the area. We strolled through downtown and made our way up to Riverwalk to take photos by the water.

You’ll see from the photos that these two are just so in love. Ali has the most infectious smile – and they worked together flawlessly in front of the camera, which makes my job just so easy! (Ha!)

I can’t wait to work with them on Wedding Day! I know they are going to be the most adorable bride and groom, and I am so honored to be their wedding photographer.

How they met

David and I both worked together at PetSmart about 9 years ago (he hired me lol). We worked together for about 2 years before dating.

We hung out at Busch Gardens together (we lived in Tampa at the time). We had been texting and talking a lot the weeks before, but I didn’t know it was actually a date until he worked up the courage to hold my hand! We had a blast just walking around, enjoying the first time we were really spending time together without other people!

David told me he loved me before we even started “dating”! We both knew, for a long time, and when we made it official we never looked back! He wanted to get married right away (lol) but I told him I wanted to wait a little while.

Ali

And to make their story even better, David proposed to Ali at DISNEY! Is he a keeper or what? They are both huge Disney fans, and love hiking, traveling, going out to eat together, and trying new restaurants. They even have a goal to see every National Park in the US together. (#Goals)

More Engagement Sessions
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

Downtown Atlanta Engagement at Millennium Gate

Downtown Atlanta Engagement at Millennium Gate

Musical In-Home Couple’s Session

Musical In-Home Couple’s Session

Kauai Mountain Engagement

Kauai Mountain Engagement

Noor & Fadi

Noor & Fadi

Disney Boardwalk Engagement

Disney Boardwalk Engagement

Words from Ali

Omg Jackie, these are INCREDIBLE!! We are so lucky to be working with you. Thank you for such a fun afternoon and for making us feel comfortable.

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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.

More Engagement Photography
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

Downtown Atlanta Engagement at Millennium Gate

Downtown Atlanta Engagement at Millennium Gate

Musical In-Home Couple’s Session

Musical In-Home Couple’s Session

Kauai Mountain Engagement

Kauai Mountain Engagement

Noor & Fadi

Noor & Fadi

Disney Boardwalk Engagement

Disney Boardwalk Engagement