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.

Is Documentary Style Wedding Photography For You?

Thinking About Going Documentary? Here’s What to Consider.

Is having a Second Wedding Photographer Worth It?

Why having a second photographer on your big day can make all the difference.

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.

Luxury St. Pete Resort Wedding at The Vinoy

Cori Anne & Hank


Luxury garden themed wedding at The Vinoy.

The Vinoy is the wedding venue of my dreams! I love the iconic pink exterior, the luxurious ballroom, and the lush gardens around the landscape. It literally has everything you could want for epic wedding portraits – within walking distance to a marina, gorgeous mossy oaks, a stunning pergola with cascading bougainvillea – the list just goes on.

And on top of that, being able to work with one of my absolute favorite wedding planners as my bride – just a match made in heaven. Cori Anne and Hank celebrated their dream wedding day in downtown St. Pete with their adorable husky boy Diesel and their closest family and friends in a way that I cannot describe as anything less than perfection. Cori Anne’s pink and white butterfly garden theme was executed beautifully from her blooming floral arch all the way down to her multiple shades of pink elegant long stemmed candles surrounding her reception hall and sweetheart table.

And like I mentioned – Cori Anne is not just a gorgeous bride, she’s also a kickass wedding planner with her full-service planning and wedding beauty biz at Corbeauties. Like – can this woman be more talented? She did her OWN bridal makeup on her wedding day and SLAYED.

I am so glad to relive this day over and over with these photos. It was an amazing day and every single guest left with a smile on their face. What a blessing to be a part of it! Even the ice cream man couldn’t resist Cori Anne’s charm – as soon as he saw her swishing that gorgeous dress over his way, he handed over a sweet treat without hesitation!

Venue | The Vinoy Photographer | Ardensea Planning & Beauty | Corbeauties Video | Elmwood Forest Dress | The Bridal Finery  РInes Di Santo Shoes | Bella Belle Shoes Florals | Le Fleur Atelier Rentals | So Staged Tux | Generation Tux Cake | LOVE BY LAUREN DJ | DJ JW Pet Care | Furry Ventures Pet Care
March 11, 2021

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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.