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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Mariah & Richard

at Historic Oakland Manor


Cultural Historic Oakland Wedding in Columbia, Maryland!

This was one of my most anticipated weddings because it was my first out of state wedding. Mariah loved my work so much when she found me online that she booked me all the way in Florida to photograph her Maryland wedding. So, I happily hopped on the plane into Baltimore City to meet her!  Plus, it’s not like I need an excuse to take a trip to Baltimore anyway – it’s one of my favorite cities. Pickle’s Pub, anyone?!

A Trinidad Wedding

Mariah and Richard celebrated their union with a Caribbean fusion wedding – Mariah incorporated her Trinidad heritage with gorgeous henna tattoos and an absolutely stunning princess ball gown. Let’s get her words:

Richard and I met in high school back in 2007. Following that year, he went to a different school but kept in touch. We starting talking a little more frequently in 2011 when I moved to New York for college and we started dating in October of that year. He proposed right after my graduation in Madison Square Garden on 5/17/15.

Mariah chose Historic Oakland Manor as her wedding venue because she was looking for a place that would allow her to include traditional Trinidadian food to her family and guests.  She also wanted to be able to host the ceremony and reception in the same location, so Historic Oakland Manor was the absolute perfect fit for them!

Why I love Historic Oakland Manor

The venue is grand, romantic, and vintage. As soon as you walk up to the doors, you feel as if you’re taken back in time to an old English estate The bridal room inside is huge, with gorgeous natural light flowing in from massive windows. It’s truly a wedding venue to be rivaled.

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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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