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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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Luxurious Ballroom Wedding at Crane Club Tesoro

Chloe & Adam


A stunning country club wedding at the Tesoro Club.

Get ready for a whirlwind love story that started with a hilarious introduction and blossomed across continents! Chloe and Adam’s journey from mutual friends to international romance is a rollercoaster of unexpected encounters, long-distance connections, and epic adventures. Join us as we dive into the captivating details of their absolutely stunning wedding day at the Crane Club at Tesoro.

Chloe & Adam’s Story

Picture this: Chloe, Adam, and a mutual friend who had the perfect plan to introduce them. Little did they know that this introduction would be filled with a dose of playful banter. Adam, slightly tipsy, mistook Chloe for Nicole and made a funny comment about teaching. Chloe’s witty response redirected him to the actual Nicole, leaving Adam both confused and intrigued. It was the beginning of a unique connection that would unfold in the most unexpected ways.

Love knows no bounds, not even thousands of miles. After their initial encounter, Adam bravely messaged Chloe on Facebook while he was in Abu Dhabi for work. Little did they know that what was supposed to be a short trip turned into a much longer stay. Despite the distance, their connection continued to grow, paving the way for a first date months later when Adam returned to America. Their relationship kicked off with excitement and nerves, but they were ready to take on the challenge of long-distance love with hearts filled with hope and determination.

Chloe and Adam’s love story intertwines with their love for travel. From exploring exotic destinations to immersing themselves in different cultures, they have embarked on countless international adventures. While it’s tough to pick just one standout date, their experiences abroad have become the backdrop for unforgettable moments and memories that will last a lifetime. Together, they have proven that love can conquer any distance and create a bond stronger than miles could ever measure.

Their Wedding Day at Crane Club at Tesoro

Now, let’s fast forward to the day they tied the knot—a day that will forever be etched in their hearts. The Crane Club at Tesoro served as the perfect setting for their dream wedding. With an outdoor ceremony on the terrace, they exchanged vows surrounded by the beauty of nature. The luxurious indoor ballroom then became the stage for their reception, where laughter, love, and dancing filled the air.

Their family’s stunning classic cars made Chloe and Adam’s wedding day even more memorable. Against the backdrop of a soon-to-be-stormy sunset, they captured timeless portraits with a vintage 1960s Franklin and a cherry red vintage Pontiac Lemans. These picturesque moments became a beautiful symbol of their journey together, blending the elegance of the past with the promise of a bright future.

Prepare to have your mind blown! As the night unfolded, a ridiculously talented live painter worked their magic, capturing every precious moment of Chloe and Adam’s big day on canvas. Strokes of color, swirls of emotion, and an awe-inspiring masterpiece in the making. When the final masterpiece was unveiled, jaws dropped and everyone’s hearts skipped a beat. It was pure magic!

As the clock ticked towards midnight, signaling the end of their epic wedding day, Chloe and Adam bid adieu to their loved ones. But the memories they made? Those will last a lifetime! The dance floor shenanigans, the laughter, the love shared with family and friends—those precious moments will forever live in their hearts. Their wedding celebration was a true testament to the power of love and the magic of togetherness.

Also called the Tesoro Club, this stunning venue in Port Saint Lucie makes your jaw drop when you arrive up the mile-long driveway. It’s giving modern castle vibes

Move over, flower girls—there’s a new trend in town! Introducing the rise of “flower bros.” Gone are the days when little girls were the sole participants in scattering petals down the aisle. Now, it’s time to let the little gentlemen shine and add a touch of charm to your wedding ceremony.

A quick fit change for the bride

Chloe wanted to have a more low-maintenance dress for her reception and did a change to an updo and fitted gown for part two of her wedding day! I love when brides to a look change!


📸 Photography by Ardensea | Jackie & Michael

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June 4, 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.