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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5 Reasons To Do A First Look

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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.

Palm Bay Summer Barn Wedding

at Dragonfly Farms


What better way to ring in the summer than with a huge celebration with one of my favorite wedding venues? This Dragonfly Farms wedding has all the classics, shades of dusty blue, southern charm, and an epic party to end the night. Carrigan, who is the event coordinator at Dragonfly, had a classic and sweet theme in mind and executed it amazingly with a group of amazing vendors.

Their Story

The First Date

“He picked me up and took me to mini golf! We did two rounds because we couldn’t stop talking/giggling and drinking, of course! Then we didn’t want the date to end so we went to dinner for some food and drinks. It was all exciting and new! The conversation kept flowing all night and we didn’t want it to end.”

When Did You Know He Was “The One”

I knew that he was the one when we were driving back from my aunts house and I didn’t feel good. He drove and let me sleep in the car, stopped at the gas station to get me water and then was so content and loving. It wasn’t a big gesture but it was those details that made me feel so secure and I knew that was someone I wanted to spend my forever with.

He knew I was the one when he left to go home to WA and being apart for 3 weeks was just not going to work for him. Once I arrived in WA and was around his big family and nieces/nephews he knew I was the one instantly.


Photography: Ardensea
Venue: Dragonfly Farms
Planning: Grand Events by Lori
Florist: Buds ETC
Catering: East Coast Shuckers
Cake: Love Bugs Bakery
Hair: Salon St. John – Ali
Makeup: Makeup by Darcy
Dress: Aurora Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: Azazie
Tuxedos: Aurora Bridal
DJ: Waylon with Blue Skies Entertainment 

August 10, 2021
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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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