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.

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.

Long Island College Campus Engagement

Stony Brook University

Long Islanders Kelsey and Mike are planning a destination South Florida wedding in September of 2021! We decided that since life is so crazy right now with everything else going on, instead of having them make an extra trip down to the sunshine state to do their engagement photos, I would just come to them! New York is basically like a foreign place to me, but I always imagined as a kid I would be spending some time in the big city.

We ended up deciding on their college campus, Stony Brook University, as the perfect spot. One, because it was pretty flipping cold outside and we wanted a place where we could tuck inside somewhere to get a break from freezing our butts off. Second, it’s a special place to them because even though they didn’t MEET at college, they both spent years there together and had similar hangout spots but never crossed paths until later in life, which is so funny now! But honestly, SBU’s campus is gorgeous and it was the PERFECT time for the fall colors with the trees and leaves all starting to hit the end of their peak. And you just know a Florida girl like me is crazy in love with any photoshoot that involves fall colors. It may be the only thing that takes me away from being a Florida wedding photographer. That and mountains!

Working with Kelsey and Mike was honestly such a breeze because as you’ll see, they are perfectly in tune with each other and have the most genuine personalities. Their smiles and laughter are literally contagious! I honestly felt like I spent the day with two friends at the end, it was so amazing. Now I am even more looking forward to their wedding next year!

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Long Island College Campus Engagement

Long Island College Campus Engagement

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Rustic Farm Engagement Session in Vero Beach

South Beach Engagement Session

South Beach Engagement Session

Chic Worth Avenue Engagement Session

Chic Worth Avenue Engagement Session

Providence Canyon Engagement Session

Providence Canyon Engagement Session

Riverbend Park Engagement

Riverbend Park Engagement

Vero Beach Art Museum Engagement Session

Vero Beach Art Museum Engagement Session

Riverside Park Engagement Session

Riverside Park Engagement Session

Intimate & Playful Beach Engagement Inspo

Intimate & Playful Beach Engagement Inspo

Natural Salt Marsh Engagement

Natural Salt Marsh Engagement

Ali & David

Ali & David

Downtown Atlanta Engagement at Millennium Gate

Downtown Atlanta Engagement at Millennium Gate

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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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