We just love stylish brides, and we love them even more when they’re budget-savvy to boot; which is why we absolutely adore today’s bride Jessica. Jessica married her high school sweetheart Isaac in an intimate and casual backyard  ceremony wearing a beautiful lace dress she found for less than $30 at JC Penney (of all places!) and a killer pair of heeled Oxfords. Super cute style for under $100, now that’s our kind of bride!

Kayla Selans at Love Light Lens was there to capture the young lovebirds all aglow and madly in love on their big day.

Florida Backyard Wedding

Jessica, 20 & Isaac, 20

Central Florida

Wedding Date: April 6, 2013

Number of Guests: 30

Wedding Cost: $1,300

Wedding Ceremony Location: My parents’ backyard!

Wedding Reception Location: Also in my parents’ backyard

groom's hand on bride's shoulder

Bride and groom kissing at sunset

Bride and groom kissing

Bride and groom hugging

groom making heart shape with hands

Why did you have an intimate wedding?

I wanted to share the day with people that I care about the most, and who I genuinely believe care about us and our happiness together.

wedding rings on a slice of wood

hand tied wedding bouquet

short wedding dress hanging on a tree

white wedding oxfords

bride doing her hair

bride looking out the window

bride getting ready

What are some the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

Just the wedding planning in general, but I’m pretty sure it’s the same with any wedding, big or small.

bride and groom at dusk

bride and groom under a weeping willow

bride and groom hugging under a tree

Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

No, I already knew I wanted a small guest list from the beginning, and I knew who I wanted to be there–immediate family, close family, and close friends–the people that supported us since we began dating (back in 10th grade!).

black and white bride and groom portrait

bride and groom under a tree

black and white bride and groom portrait

Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?

I don’t think anyone had a problem with the small guest list.

bride and groom portrait at sunset

Brie and father walking down the aisle

What were the highlights of the ceremony?

When we both started crying as we were reading our vows. I remember we both said we weren’t going to cry. And also when I looked around and saw a lot of our friends and family crying too; it was a nice feeling knowing that these people were so happy for us!

bride and groom first kiss

What were the highlights of the reception?

We only had a small dinner, but I enjoyed eating and talking with everyone there and seeing everyone happy and congratulating us.

birch bark vase wedding centerpiece

chalkboard mason jar labels

Mr. and Mrs. Cake topper

What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

Just overall it was the best thing for us; I don’t think I can pinpoint one thing. I guess, for me, I think it was a lot less stressful than having something huge; it was shorter than a big and long wedding would have been, and I recognized and personally knew every person there.

happy bride and groom at reception

cutting of the cake

What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?

Definitely do it!

groom lifting bride in embrace


Photography: The amazing Kayla Selans at Love Light Lens

Dress: it was a surprise find at JCPenney’s! For less than $30, and I love that I can easily re-wear this for an anniversary dinner.

Flowers & Centerpieces: found on Etsy!

Shoes: Modcloth.com