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.

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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.

Kauai Mountain Engagement

Hanalei Bay

Adventurous, dreamy, and outdoorsy. This adventure engagement session in Halanei Bay is everything we ever wanted! Natalie and Austin reside on the gorgeous island of Kauai – and celebrated their engagement with a super outdoor camp. Styled to the tea by Kawaii Designs Hawaii – you can tell the smores aren’t the only things sweet over here.

About Hanalei Bay

Hanalei Bay is made up of nearly two miles of pristine beaches, surrounded by glorious mountains. If you decide to visit Kauai – you NEED to make Hanalei a stop in your travel plans. To say this area is gorgeous us a complete understatement. My jaw literally dropped when we drove into the area. Being a Florida destination wedding photographer, I don’t get enough opportunities to see gorgeous mountains. But Kauai is a tropical paradise, and you see rolling mountains as far as the eye can see. It’s like stepping into another world.

I was so happy to get this chance to capture such a special and beautiful, serene engagement session in a spot this stunning. Natalie and Austin were super playful and adorable – just a total dream to work with! And you better believe Hanalei Bay will be forever one of my new favorite Hawaii destination wedding locations.

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More Engagement Sessions
Summer Sunrise Beach Engagement

Summer Sunrise Beach Engagement

Classy Worth Avenue Engagement

Classy Worth Avenue Engagement

Whimsical Koreshan State Park Engagement

Whimsical Koreshan State Park Engagement

Classy Downtown Winter Park Engagement

Classy Downtown Winter Park Engagement

Vero Beach Garden Engagement

Vero Beach Garden Engagement

Boathouse Engagement

Boathouse Engagement

Botanical Garden Engagement

Botanical Garden Engagement

Casual Engagement in Riomar

Casual Engagement in Riomar

Romantic Florida Farm Engagement Session

Romantic Florida Farm Engagement Session

Chic Palm Beach Engagement

Chic Palm Beach Engagement

Chic Country Club Engagement

Chic Country Club Engagement

Engagement at Covington Farms

Engagement at Covington Farms

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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.

2 Comments
  1. Elizabeth

    So gorgeous! Beautiful photos and beautiful location!!!

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  2. Winterlyn

    Wow!! What a beautiful session. What an amazing location.

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