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.

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Fairytale Wedding at Luxmore Grande Estate

Jamie & NIck


Fairytale vibes with whimsical pink and red tones with Jamie and Nick.

In the heart of Winter Springs lies a venue that seems as though it was plucked straight from the pages of a fairy tale book and placed in the Florida landscape for couples like Jamie Umpleby and Nick Russin to begin their forever. The Luxmore Grand Estate, with its grandiose façade and opulent interiors, served as the perfect backdrop for Jamie and Nick’s wedding, a day that combined elegance, romance, and a touch of enchantment.

How They Met

Jamie, a dedicated Public Health Nurse from Gainesville, FL, and Nick, a meticulous Traffic Engineer from Tampa, FL, found their paths crossing in the most modern of ways—through a dating app. Both attending the University of South Florida and having mutual friends, their connection felt destined. Their first encounter in person was over breakfast at First Watch in May 2018, where nervous chatter and laughter laid the foundation for a relationship that was to grow into something beautiful.

The Proposal

Fast forward to Christmas Day 2022, when Nick decided to turn a festive day into an unforgettable one by asking Jamie to marry him. This moment was a testament to their journey, from nervous first dates to a comfortable, loving partnership ready to take on the world together.

The Venue: Luxmore Grand Estate

Choosing Luxmore Grand Estate for their wedding was a decision that spoke volumes about Jamie and Nick’s vision for their big day. This venue, known for its luxurious spaces and breathtaking aesthetics, perfectly complemented their theme of romance and elegance. With pink and red hues setting a vibrant yet sophisticated tone, every detail was meticulously planned to reflect their personalities and love story.

Their Wedding Day

Their wedding day was nothing short of magical. The forecast had threatened rain, but fate had other plans, blessing Jamie and Nick with a stunning sunny day, perfect for their celebration. The day was filled with memorable moments, from the emotional first look—where Nick couldn’t help but be moved to tears at the sight of his bride—to the epic reception that saw every guest on the dance floor, unwilling to miss a beat.

The floral arrangements by In Bloom were nothing short of spectacular, creating an ambiance that was both enchanting and fairy tale-like. Each bloom seemed to tell a story of love and celebration, contributing to the over-the-top floral vision Jamie had dreamt of.

As a photographer, capturing the essence of Jamie and Nick’s love story in the romantic and enchanting setting of Luxmore Grand Estate was a true honor. Their wedding portraits, set against the estate’s stunning backdrop, were a testament to their model-like appearance and the depth of their connection. Each photo narrates a chapter of their love story, from the sweet moments of anticipation to the joyous celebrations that followed.

The reception was a highlight, with Complete Weddings and Events ensuring that the party was unforgettable. Jamie and Nick, alongside their family and friends, danced the night away, creating memories that would last a lifetime. The joy in the air was palpable, with laughter and music filling the estate, marking the beginning of Jamie and Nick’s journey as husband and wife.

Jamie and Nick’s wedding at Luxmore Grand Estate was more than just a day of celebration; it was a showcase of love, commitment, and the beauty of two people coming together. As a luxury wedding photographer specializing in classic, traditional, and slightly documentary-style wedding photos, this wedding was a perfect match for my photography style. The elegance, romance, and unique personal touches Jamie and Nick incorporated made their wedding not only a joy to photograph but a beautiful story to tell.

For couples looking for a photographer who can capture the essence of their love story in a setting as enchanting as Luxmore Grand Estate, I invite you to reach out. Let’s create a timeless narrative of your special day, filled with love, laughter, and unforgettable memories.

Jamie and Nick, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your fairy tale wedding. Your day was a beautiful reflection of your love, and I wish you all the happiness in the world as you embark on this new chapter together.

March 24, 2024

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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.