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.

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Danielle & Chris

Mounts Botanical Garden & Worth Avenue

Danielle and Chris announces their engagement with a gorgeous, sun-shine filled session in Palm Beach at Mounts Botanical Garden, finished by a stroll down Worth Avenue. They are such a lovely couple who share not only their love of god, but an absolutely adorable proposal story as well!

The Proposal:

We’d been talking for weeks about doing Legends of Xscape in West Palm Beach Chris’s brother and sister-in-law. Chris’ parents bought it as a gift for his nephew for Christmas so that I’d have no clue what was up. We met his brother, sister-in-law, and nephew at the escape room and went in. The entire staff knew what was happening, they had been in contact with Chris for a few weeks, setting everything up and working out the logistics. So, on the final clue, you had to use the combination of numbers to open a safe in the wall, which I did (how ironic!) and in the safe was the clue to get out of the room AND an empty ring box. I read the clue aloud, still facing the wall, and turned around to try to decipher what it meant with the group (because the empty ring box wasn’t a sign to me, it kind of went along with the storyline of the escape room!). When I turned around, Chris was on his knee asking me to marry him!

First Stop: Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm

Not only did I get to spend the afternoon with this amazing couple, but I was also able to explore West Palm Beach, which is an area I don’t often venture (until now). We started Danielle and Chris’s engagement session with some photos at Mount’s Botanical Garden. With spring being right around the corner, the plants were in full bloom and it was an incredibly beautiful place to capture love.

Next Stop: Worth Avenue in Downtown Palm Beach

After fumbling around with a few other location ideas and a quick outfit change, we made our way down to explore Worth Avenue, an upscale shopping district in downtown Palm Beach. This may be my new favorite spot ever, guys! It’s so beautifully kept and the natural architecture is so perfect for really stunning engagement photography.       

More Engagement Sessions
Summer Sunrise Beach Engagement

Summer Sunrise Beach Engagement

Classy Worth Avenue Engagement

Classy Worth Avenue Engagement

Whimsical Koreshan State Park Engagement

Whimsical Koreshan State Park Engagement

Classy Downtown Winter Park Engagement

Classy Downtown Winter Park Engagement

Vero Beach Garden Engagement

Vero Beach Garden Engagement

Boathouse Engagement

Boathouse Engagement

Botanical Garden Engagement

Botanical Garden Engagement

Casual Engagement in Riomar

Casual Engagement in Riomar

Romantic Florida Farm Engagement Session

Romantic Florida Farm Engagement Session

Chic Palm Beach Engagement

Chic Palm Beach Engagement

Chic Country Club Engagement

Chic Country Club Engagement

Engagement at Covington Farms

Engagement at Covington Farms

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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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