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.

Is Documentary Style Wedding Photography For You?

Thinking About Going Documentary? Here’s What to Consider.

Is having a Second Wedding Photographer Worth It?

Why having a second photographer on your big day can make all the difference.

Sparkler Exit Alternative Ideas

Photo-friendly ways to have a wedding send off without sparklers.

Common Regrets After Choosing The Wrong Wedding Photographer

Real couples share their post-wedding photography regrets.

5 Reasons To Do A First Look

Should you have a first look on your wedding day? Disclaimer: YES you should, but let me tell you why.

Wedding Day Tips for Florida Brides

It’s become an essential part of my client experience to educate my brides on what works and what does not work for beach weddings in Florida. And now, I am sharing the knowledge!

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.

Sunset Kauai Intimate Wedding

Waimea Plantation Cottages


A dreamy destination wedding in Kauai, Hawaii.

Eloping in Hawaii? Waimea Plantation Cottages is your perfect intimate wedding location.

When planning a destination Hawaii elopement, you’re probably looking for a spot that will allow you to stay AND host your event, but maybe the large resort vibe isn’t for you. Waimea Plantation Cottages is the best of both worlds with resort-style amenities but in a homey, Airbnb feel. The cottages will host you and your guests while 43 acres of tropical paradise have endless photo-taking opportunities.

This gorgeous wedding brings together everything that I love about being a wedding photographer – pristine beaches, gorgeous sunny glow, and tropical vibes. If you’ve been dreaming about eloping in Hawaii – let me tell you I am 100% in support of that decision! I’ve truly never seen a place so lush, beautiful, and romantic. If you haven’t ever heard of the island of Kauai, you’re missing out on something amazing!

Take a trip down this romantic and tropical-inspired wedding editorial shoot on the gorgeous south side of the island of Kauai.

These amazing people helped me make these wonderful photos happen:

Wedding Venue: @waimeaplantationcottages HMUA: @kauaiweddinghair Coordination & Design: @aloha_elopements Luxe Rentals: @alohafridayskauai Jewelry: @whitesandjewelry Shaved Ice: @thefreshshave Dining Rentals: @kawaiidesgnshawaii

Planning a Destination Hawaii Wedding? Let’s talk!¬† I travel all over the country for my couples as a destination wedding photographer, and I want to hear all about your vision.
April 11, 2020

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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.