A Romance that Worked Out

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When Brittany Kallman and her sister signed up for personal training sessions at a local gym, her goal was to tone up for an upcoming Las Vegas vacation. As a life-changing bonus, she also met her future husband when Jordan Gyuricza was assigned to be her trainer.

“I had a big crush on him, but he was oblivious,” says Kallman, 30, who works as senior registration coordinator for WJ Weiser & Associates in Schaumburg. “I didn’t think she liked me at all,” says Gyuricza, 32, now head personal trainer at E-Town Fitness in Elmhurst. “We’re trash talkers and very sarcastic. So we built more of a friendship at first.”

After her year of training sessions was up, Gyuricza asked Kallman if she’d like to continue working out together, and they started dating soon after. They clicked over their love for athletics—he played professional soccer in Sweden, and she competed in fitness competitions—and their affinity for citing movie quotes.

During dinner at Chicago steakhouse Mastro’s, Gyuricza popped the question, and they booked their August 2018 wedding at Arranmore Farm + Polo Club in Oswego six days later. Gyuricza’s brother, who works as a pastor, performed the ceremony under a towering weeping willow tree.

“My dad passed away 20 years and three days before our wedding,” Kallman says. “I had a picture of him and me that was able to go around my bouquet, tied to the ribbon, so he was walking me down the aisle.” They celebrated under a tent strung with café lights, dined on freshly baked pies from mobile pizzeria Wooden Paddle (plus late-night tacos from the Tacos Diablos truck), and danced into the night.

They honeymooned in Croatia and Italy, spending time in Dubrovnik, Split, Rome, Naples, and Sorrento. They now live in Elmhurst with Kingston, their albino shiba inu. “He’s actually my dog,” Kallman says, “but he loves Jordan more.”


Venue Arranmore Farm + Polo Club
Wedding planner Jenin Paradise, Planning for Paradise
Photography Sean Cook Weddings
Bride’s attire Magnolia Bridal, Peru
Bride’s accessories Necklace from Na Hoku, Schaumburg; bracelet by Enzee Boutique, Elmhurst; pearl necklace borrowed from the bride’s mother; sandals from Express.com
Hair Onsite Bridal Hair by Tiffany, Schaumburg
Makeup Patty McGuire Hair & Makeup Artists, Naperville
Bridesmaids’ attire forherandforhim.com
Groom’s attire ESQ Clothing, Chicago
Invitations Minted.com
Catering Wooden Paddle, Lemont; Tacos Diablos, Aurora
Dessert Cake by Whole Foods; mini cupcakes by Smallcakes, Naperville; gelato by Wooden Paddle
DJ Toast & Jam, Chicago
Decor Tent, lighting, and chairs by Blue Peak Tents, Batavia; flowers, centerpieces, and candles by Thistle + Plume, Chicago
Rings Hers by James & Williams Jewelers, Berwyn; his by Bellyssa Jewelry on Etsy.com
Transportation Windy City Limousine

Photos by Sean Cook Weddings