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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Italian-Inspired Elegance with a Citrus Twist

Bonita Ranch


A Dreamy Editorial Wedding at Bonita Ranch

When it comes to envisioning the perfect wedding venue, one can’t help but be drawn to the charm and allure of Bonita Ranch in Melbourne, Florida. This hidden gem has quickly become a sought-after location for couples seeking a luxurious and picturesque setting for their big day. Recently, we had the pleasure of conducting an editorial photoshoot at this stunning venue, and we’re thrilled to share the magical experience with you.

A Palette of Soft Blues, Blush Pinks, and Luminous Yellows

Our vision for this editorial photoshoot revolved around a color palette that spoke of romance, elegance, and a touch of Mediterranean charm. Soft blues, tones of blush pink, and luminous yellows became the guiding hues, weaving their way through every aspect of our design. These colors, reminiscent of the Italian coastline, set the stage for a day filled with beauty and sophistication.

Italian-Inspired Details: A Taste of the Mediterranean

To infuse our photoshoot with an authentic Italian ambiance, we incorporated details reminiscent of the country’s rich culture. From the custom cake adorned with delicate lemon accents to the tantalizing lemon bars that whispered of sun-drenched afternoons on the Amalfi Coast, every element was carefully curated to transport our couples to a world of Italian-inspired delight.

Antique Dessert Bar and Signature Drinks: A Journey Through Time

One of the standout features of this photoshoot was the antique dessert bar, a nod to the timeless elegance of bygone eras. Lined with an array of delectable treats, it was the perfect setting for guests to indulge in the sweetest of pleasures. Signature drinks featuring limoncello, Italy’s famed lemon liqueur, added a zesty twist to the celebration, infusing the atmosphere with the flavors of the Mediterranean.

Modern Lounge Set: Where Comfort Meets Luxury

Amidst the classic charm of Bonita Ranch, we introduced a modern lounge set that seamlessly blended comfort and luxury. It provided an inviting space for guests to relax and revel in the festivities while adding a contemporary flair to the overall design.

Floral Blue Decorative Tablecloth and High Luxury Floral Design

The tablescape was adorned with a captivating floral blue decorative tablecloth that echoed the serene hues of the sea. Towering floral arrangements, evoking opulence and grandeur, graced the table, creating an atmosphere of sheer extravagance. These arrangements incorporated soft blues, blush pinks, and vivid yellows, harmonizing with our color palette and elevating the overall aesthetic.

Pops of Lemon: A Citrusy Delight

Throughout the photoshoot, pops of lemon added a refreshing and vibrant touch. Whether in the floral arrangements, decor, or even the signature drinks, the zesty citrus notes punctuated the design with a burst of energy, reminding us of the sun-drenched beauty of the Italian countryside.

Our editorial photoshoot at Bonita Ranch was a testament to the venue’s versatility and timeless appeal. With its rustic charm and natural beauty, it provided the perfect canvas for our vision of Italian-inspired elegance. The harmonious blend of soft blues, blush pinks, and yellows, coupled with the Mediterranean details and the citrusy freshness of lemon, created an atmosphere that was nothing short of enchanting. We hope this photoshoot inspires couples to explore the endless possibilities that await them at Bonita Ranch, where dreams are turned into reality in the most beautiful of settings.

Featured Vendors

Photo/Video: @ardensea
Coordination: @grandeventsbylori
Floral Designer: @budsetc
Makeup: @makeupbydarcymm
Hair: @salon_stjohn_melbourne
Wedding Gown & Jewlery: @aurorabridal
Bar: @forever_franks
Rentals: @ecpeventrentals
Linen: @bbjlatavola
Catering: @renaissancecateringofcfl
Cake/Desserts: @cynfulsnacks
Custom Cookies: @thesweetheartist

October 6, 2023

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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.