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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Wedding Day Tips for Florida Brides

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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.

Orlando Mehndi Ceremony

at Florida Hotel and Conference Center


An Orlando Pakistani Mehndi Celebration!

I’ve been so excited to share this grand celebration. Maliha and Fuad had a beautiful Mehndi pre-wedding ceremony in their traditional Pakistani culture. This was such a special and exciting ceremony for me because I have known Maliha since way back in elementary school! Being able to capture such different wedding customs was truly amazing!

Pre-Wedding Venue & Decor

The ceremony was held at the Florida Hotel and Conference Center in Orlando’s Florida Mall. The decor was absolutely drop-dead gorgeous, with stunning colors, drapes, and accents decorating the entire ballroom and Pakistani Mehndi stage!

The Mehndi & Ubtan

The Mehndi ceremony consisted of Maliha’s grand entrance cloaked under her dupatta. I then observed the family’s Ubtan ceremony and the gift and money exchange. Maliha was decorated in yellow and red flowers as mehndi and oil on leaves was applied to her and groom’s hands, while family members feed them mithai. I was able to steal Maliha and Fuad away for a quick couples session, which was followed by MUCH dancing and celebrating! I was even lucky enough to taste several traditional Pakistani dishes that were of course, delicious.

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January 9, 2017
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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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