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.

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.

Natural Salt Marsh Engagement

Vero Beach, FL

Welcome to Salt Marsh Territory

I am so incredibly excited to feature Camila and JD’s impromptu engagement session on the blog today! What a backstory these two have.

So for starters, these two were supposed to be MARRIED already. But unfortunately, due to our current global situation, they had to postpone their beach wedding plans until later in the year. So many of my brides have been faced with similar circumstances.

But you know what? Life works in mysterious ways. And as devastating as it was to have to push back wedding plans, sometimes – it’s just about shifting the perspective. Because on their supposed-to-be wedding day, it was literally pouring! I mean coming down like cats and dogs, guys. We were hit with the craziest thunderstorm I’ve seen in a while. So, can you imagine us all standing on the beach watching poor Camila and JD get pounded by heavy rain? No way.

We decided that since we had so much time to kill before the big day, an engagement photo shoot was in order! Because of JD’s job, we were able to have access to an exclusive privately owned salt marsh, full of NATIVE Vero Beach wildlife! Did you know that succulents grow wild right here in Vero? Because I’ll tell you… I did not!

So for a few hours, we got to hike all through the salt marsh and I got a full education on native plants that I actually pay money to buy from Home Depot. Isn’t that crazy?

Narrowing down my favorite images for the blog was near impossible! There were so many images I loved. These two were just so natural and easy to work with for the camera. Honestly, I’d say like 60% of our time was just laughing at how crazy it was that we were hiking through the tall grass. But how epic are these images?!

On to the engagement photos!

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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.

More Engagement Photography
Natural Salt Marsh Engagement

Natural Salt Marsh Engagement

Ali & David

Ali & David

Downtown Atlanta Engagement at Millennium Gate

Downtown Atlanta Engagement at Millennium Gate

Musical In-Home Couple’s Session

Musical In-Home Couple’s Session

Kauai Mountain Engagement

Kauai Mountain Engagement

Noor & Fadi

Noor & Fadi

Tena & Niko

Tena & Niko

Danielle & Chris

Danielle & Chris

Indian River Plantation Engagement

Indian River Plantation Engagement

Freemason Harbor Engagement Session

Freemason Harbor Engagement Session

Hipster Picnic in Susan, VA

Hipster Picnic in Susan, VA