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.

Sparkler Exit Alternative Ideas

Photo-friendly ways to have a wedding send off without sparklers.

Common Regrets After Choosing The Wrong Wedding Photographer

Real couples share their post-wedding photography regrets.

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.

Intimate Beach Resort Micro-wedding

Who doesn’t like an intimate beach resort wedding? In the celebration of Kayla and Kyle, it was the perfect place to share vows with the most important people in their lives. The Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel is not only a fabulous resort with literally the most amazing spa, but they cater to weddings of all size. It’s almost like a little slice of tropical paradise right here in South Florida! Oh, and did I mention their food is absolutely incredible?

You’ll see that they had the sweetest ceremony and even included their cute little dachshund! I swear, I’ve never seen a cuter little pup than this guy, and so well behaved too. Weddings and dogs just go together for me, it literally makes my day to show up at the wedding venue and be greeted by a little cutie like this!

The Proposal

Kyle had just moved to Lansing, Michigan to start our lives together. I e went to high school back home in Perrysburg Ohio together, but never really talked or knew much about each other. Years after we got together and it was an instant bond.

We had been living together for a month before he proposed. I am an ice cream fanatic, so he knows that is one way to my heart! When I had gotten home from work he told me he bought more ice cream. I went to the freezer to see what kind, it was Ben and Jerry’s Chubby Hubby. Over the word “Chubby”, he had a piece of paper written over, so it said “can I be your hubby?”. And of course, I said YES!

Jan 27, 2021

Venue + Catering: Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel | Website

Photographer: Ardensea | Website

Florals: Lara’s Theme | Website

Officiant: Richard Andrews | Website

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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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