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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A Grand Affair at Luxmore Grande Estate

Luxmore Grande Estate

In this wedding day inspiration, we wanted to showcase that even the most intimate elopements can still look high-end and high-fashion, regardless of your guest count!

We’re featuring a gorgeous, hand-stitched Ysa Makino gown with delicate lace and a sewn-in cape finished with a stunning beaded cathedral length Toni Federici veil that gives us all the high-fashion bridal vibes! And we finish off our bridal look with satin white Angela Nuran pumps. Our groom is fitted with a fitted all-black tux from Generation Tux because there’s just nothing more classic than a clean, black tux!

The overall wedding theme includes lush floral arrangements with a classic curation of all-white flowers (hydrangeas, ranunculus, sweetheart roses, dahlias, chinamums, & sweet pea), and lush ivy, eucalyptus, parvafolia, and ruscus.

One of the personal details that we love about this shoot is the name card display. We wanted to find a unique and organic way to incorporate our love of white and green and give guests a fun and interactive showcase to find their seats.

Our reception area is clean, bright, and minimal, the florals creating a beautiful alter on top of the fireplace. We love that Luxmore Grand has so many floor to ceiling windows to let the natural light pour in, and the king Louis chairs finish our high-end look with comfort and style. The overall look is clean, bright, lush, and minimalistic.

The reception area also ties in with our ceremony space, one long wood table for the wedding party in front of a beautiful display of bay windows. Piled with tall white floral arrangements, silver tableware, and modern table accents give it just a touch of modern and luxury flair. And the perfect finishing touch to our tables is the custom-designed menus with a hand-painted watercolor of the wedding venue so the couple and guests can take home a favor that doubles as a piece of custom art as well.

But what we really love about our reception display are the beautiful wedding cakes, and this shoot includes not one but three! Talk about having your cake and eating it too! Our cake designer spent hours making the cake flowers by hand with fondant and creating a lace overlay to match our cake on our dress, and we have to say we’re just OBSESSED!

So in all, this inspiration is for the couples who want to enjoy an intimate, small celebration, but still, bring all the bells and whistles of a high-end wedding day. Cheers!

The beautiful video by Mai at Maiography!

Vendors

Venue: Luxmore Grande Estate | @luxmoregrande
Photographer: Ardensea | @ardensea
Videographer: Maiography | @mai.ography
Coordinator: Poise Weddings | @poiseweddings
Hair & Makeup: CORBeauties | @corbeauties
Florist: Julie Miner Events | @juliemevents
Rentals: RW Events | @rentalsbyrwevents
Tableware: Treasury Rentals | @treasuryrentals
Invites & Paper Goods: Boxed Wedding Invitations | @boxedweddinginvitations
Bridal Shop: The Collection Bridal | @thecollectionbridal
Mensware: Generation Tux | @generationtux
Dress Designer: Ysa Makino @ysamakino
Shoes: Angela Nuran @angelanuranshoes
Veil: Toni Federichi @tonifederici
Jewlery: Maria Elana @mariaelenaheadpieces
Cake: Sugar Dreams | @sugar_dreams_by_dessy
Bride: @llp223
Groom: @ryan_mendel

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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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