Newlywed Wisdom: 30th Edition

The publisher is proud to feature Brittney Feiza and Jeff Gasner in the 30th issue of The Bridal Guide. Married on October 4, 2008 in Maple Park, Brittney and Jeff met when they attended Northern Illinois University. Brittney’s parents are John and Carol Feiza of Maple Park. Jeff and his family were originally from Palatine and his mother, Ilene Gasner, now resides in Huntley.

The wedding ceremony and reception were both located at Brittney’s parents’ home in Maple Park. The Feiza family has a home surrounded by a beautifully landscaped acreage which was the perfect setting for an outdoor ceremony and reception.

Brittney explained the thoughts behind her decorating theme, “My favorite time of year is Fall when the colors are so rich and warm. It was an easy choice to utilize the colors and materials that are so plentiful in fall. We used mini pumpkins as place cards, placed flower arrangements inside hollowed-out pumpkins and gourds; corn stalks were stacked around the poles of the tent along with hay bales, and many types of dried and silk leaves were strategically placed. Tulle was draped from the ceiling of the tent with leaves placed inside the tulle. Strings of lights warmed the outer edges of the tent. It made it a very cozy atmosphere.”

Brittney was stunning in her ivory floor-length bridal gown. The modified sweetheart strapless bodice with lace-up back was accented with lace appliqués above a dropped waistline. Brittney custom-ordered the dress to specifically obtain the lace-up back that she wanted. A pannier skirt with ruched layers lifted at the front left to reveal the tulle underlayment.

Along with the gown, Brittney wore a finger-tip length veil held in place by a crystal tiara. The veil had tiny beaded flower detailing along the edge.

The bridesmaids all wore Merlot colored strapless dresses that echoed the fall colors and corresponded with the fall theme. Each had a pleated bodice, a flower accenting the empire waist, and was made of chiffon.

The groom was handsomely dressed in a black tuxedo with an ivory vest, tie and shirt. The groomsmen also had black tuxedos, but with olive green vests.

The bride’s bouquet was designed with mango-colored mini Calla lilies, black Baccara roses, seeded eucalyptus, orange Hypericum berries, and brown cymbidium and dendrobium orchids. The bridesmaid bouquets were arranged with mini sunflowers, rust-colored mums, black dahlias and Hypericum berries. The colors of the flowers repeated the fall foliage surrounding them on the family estate. Brittney raved over the floral designs that her cousin created, “My cousin (Lisa Hansen) really put her heart into it for me and I don’t think I could have found flowers like these from anyone else!”

The family added loving and personal touches to the entire wedding ceremony and reception. One item that was particularly meaningful was an arbor. “My dad built a beautiful arbor for us to stand beneath using branches from trees on their land. With the arbor in mind, he collected the wood piece by piece. It turned out perfect! For now the arbor will stay on my parents’ property, but we plan to place it in our yard eventually to reinforce the memories from our wedding day,” Brittney proudly explained.

A major contribution to the beauty of the wedding was the setting itself. “My mom pays very close attention to her yard and gardening; she worked tirelessly to ensure that all of her flowers were beautifully arranged around the tent and ceremony area in the yard,” commented Brittney.

Brittney’s and Jeff’s wedding day tips are listed:

  • Plan your budget first before you start talking to different vendors. Everything adds up quickly, so it is important to have price limits predetermined. If after comparing prices from several vendors, an item ends up costing more than anticipated, the budget can be consulted to see if something else can be eliminated or reduced in scale to keep in balance.
  • Prioritize which aspects of the wedding are the most important and which are less. If a spectacular cake means ‘the perfect wedding’ to you while flowers are less critical, then you know where to focus your spending.
  • Even though planning a wedding is a lot of work and overwhelming at times, its important not to allow stress to take over. If you approach the planning with calm and organization, the result will be a beautiful wedding with a serene bride.
  • Taking on too many tasks can be stressful. If you have friends and family that have offered to help, let them.
    Determine where their talents may lie, and then ask them to help with those things that suit their skills. When it comes down to the last couple of weeks, choose a few dedicated people to help you. “I could not have accomplished all of the little details and personal touches without a few wonderful friends to help me out,” said the bride.

Originality and relying on local vendors contributed to the uniqueness of their wedding day. Brittney explains, “Pretty much our entire wedding was original! We had many comments in the days following the wedding that ours was very unique and was the greatest wedding those friends and family had attended because it was so different. We aimed for a relaxed environment so everyone could ‘cut loose’ and enjoy themselves. We had a charter bus transport our guests to and from the hotel in St. Charles to avert the possibility of our guests getting lost or driving after imbibing. For the place cards, I used mini pumpkins and attached a cut-out of a leaf inscribed with each guest’s name. The table numbers were written on the bottoms of the pumpkins,” described the bride.
The party favors given to the guests were delicious caramel apples from Jonamac Orchard in Malta. Brittney supplied the orchard with decorative cellophane bags with which the orchard packaged the caramel apples.
Brittney put her talents to work designing the wedding invitations. “I made them (the invitations) myself and it was TONS of work! Way more work than I had originally imagined, but they turned out beautifully and I really enjoyed it! I also made our save-the-date cards. It was rewarding to hear all of the compliments people gave me on my work.” she enthused.

When the newlywed bride was asked what events or items made their wedding day a success, her response was, “Everything! Each little detail came together perfectly. I especially loved how the decorations for the tent created the perfect atmosphere; it was just how I had imagined it to be. Creating that atmosphere was the most important thing to me.”

Brittney and Jeff were so pleased with their wedding suppliers that they wanted to share those in close proximity with us. Kyler Photography of Malta photographed Brittney’s and Jeff’s wedding day events. The videographer was Bruce Wilkinson of WilksVision Video Productions in DeKalb.

Sweet Dream Desserts in Sycamore supplied the catering, the cake and sweets. The tiered-wedding cake and sweets were a focal point, with the cupcakes strategically placed surrounding the cake. According to Brittney, “It looked tremendous! The food was amazing and they did a great job of keeping the buffet stocked while our guests served themselves.”

Both Brittney and Jeff are the owners of CPR, a Cell Phone Repair franchise. They own stores in Chicago and Skokie and also are involved with franchise sales throughout the country. | p. 815-739-9937 | f. 815-754-5261