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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Traditional Catholic Wedding at St. Helen’s

at Costa d'Este Resort & Spa


Meet Emily and Campbell, a super sweet couple who resides right here in Vero Beach! Emily is a school teacher at St. Helen’s Catholic Church and Campbell works for FEMA. Do they not sound like they are perfect for each other!

Our Venue will be St. Helen Church and the reception will be Costa de Este. We chose St. Helen Church because I work at the school there and have been apart of the church my whole life and it would mean a lot to my family if we got married there and we just both loved Costa de Este when we went and looked at their banquet hall and bridal suite

– The bride

I absolutely love doing weddings at Costa d’Este – and for a December wedding, both Costa d’Este and St. Helen’s church was decorated to be a winter wonderland.

How He Proposed

We have been dating for three years and he ordered all my favorite food from my favorite restaurant and bought my favorite champagne and put my favorite flowers all over the house and had this all ready for me when I came home from work and after dinner he was so nervous but got down and asked me to marry him. It was low key but very romantic and sweet. He asked my parents for permission prior and wrote a list of all the reasons why he loves me as well.

Getting to know these two throughout the year was such an honor, and watching them tie the knot was the best way to end the year that I could have ever asked for!


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Costa d’Este Resort and Spa

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A special shoutout to the other amazing vendors who were a part of Emily & Campbell’s special day!

Hair – lindsaynaffzigerstylist
Makeup – cindygoetzmakesupartist
Florals – pinkpelicanweddings
Dress – morileeofficial
DJ – Miranda’s Extreme Entertainment
Bridesmaid’s Dresses – Azazie
Tux & Groomsman – Joseph A. Banks
Transportation – Treasure Coast Trolley

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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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