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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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Hannah & Reed


Rainy Beginnings, Sparkling Forever: Hannah and Reed's Unforgettable Wedding Day

Title: Rainy Beginnings, Sparkling Forever: Hannah and Reed’s Unforgettable Wedding Day

Hannah & Reed’s Story

Get ready to embark on a love story that started with a campfire in the woods and led to a lifetime of adventure. Meet Hannah, a sales and marketing associate, and Reed, a daring heavy equipment operator. Their journey began through social media, sparked by mutual friends and a serendipitous meeting. Today, we’ll take you on a whirlwind ride through their captivating wedding day, filled with love, laughter, and a touch of unexpected rain. Let’s dive in!

As fate would have it, Hannah and Reed’s paths crossed at a campfire deep in the woods. From the moment they laid eyes on each other, Hannah knew he was the one. Reed’s mix of bad-boy charm, quirkiness, and undeniable cuteness had her smitten. But life had different plans, and Hannah headed off to college while Reed embraced his wild side. However, distance couldn’t dampen their connection, as Reed started visiting her every weekend, making it clear that he was head over heels in love. With a playful remark about their relationship, they sealed the deal, and Hannah became “his girl” in the most heartwarming way.

Hannah and Reed share a deep love for the great outdoors. They spend their days fishing, hunting, and exploring the wild beauty of Florida. Fitness and cooking also bring them together, while cheering for their favorite football team, the mighty Dolphins, ignites their competitive spirit. Beyond their shared hobbies, Hannah unveils a hidden side of Reed, an introverted tough guy who transforms into the goofiest of goofballs. She even keeps a list of his hilarious one-liners, like the infamous elf water temperature control conspiracy. Their love is built on laughter and endless surprises.

Home is where their hearts lie, and Hannah and Reed dream of building a forever home on a vast piece of land, creating a sanctuary for their future children and a menagerie of animals. As they embark on this journey, their thirst for exploration and adventure calls to them, igniting a desire to travel and experience the wonders of the world together.

The Wedding Day (That Went Viral!)

@ardensea I just want to know how many Uber drivers had wet passengers that night. #weddingvibes #blowthisup #viralwedding #weddinghack ♬ original sound – ALTÉGO

Their wedding day unfolded at Las Palmas Events in Vero Beach, Florida, on a rainy summer afternoon. Mother Nature decided to join the festivities, causing a slight delay in the ceremony. But when the sun finally broke through the clouds, Hannah and Reed exchanged heartfelt vows under a canopy of tropical palm trees. Surrounded by their nearest and dearest, they sealed their love with golden rays dancing around them.

With the ceremony behind them, the reception kicked off with grand introductions, heartfelt speeches, and joyous toasts. The dance floor came alive with vibrant LED glow sticks, illuminating the night with electrifying energy. As the celebration reached its peak, Hannah and Reed embarked on their forever together, bidding farewell to their loved ones with a grand exit under a sparkling sky of sparklers.

Hannah and Reed’s wedding day proved that even rainy beginnings can lead to sparkling forever. Through laughter, raindrops, and shared dreams, they embarked on a lifelong adventure, united by their love and the promise of a beautiful future together. As they build their dream home and explore the world hand in hand, we raise a glass to Hannah and Reed, a couple whose love shines brighter than any storm. May their journey be filled with endless joy, laughter, and millions more unforgettable moments. Cheers to a lifetime of love and adventure!

June 5, 2023

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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.