An Urban Rooftop Wedding at Plenty Mercantile in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Marissa Schultz (27 and a retail financial planner) and Scott Rader (31 and an environmental permit and compliance specialist) met at a college party, dated for eight years and got engaged while vacationing in Napa Valley, California. They moved to Texas for work but knew they wanted to host their wedding in Oklahoma, where they both grew up. Selecting the city, though, was more challenging, since Marissa grew up in Enid and Scott grew up in Claremore. “We looked at venues in both areas but didn't find what we were looking for,” Marissa says. In the end, they chose Plenty Mercantile in the heart of Automobile Alley in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma—a venue with a rustic bohemian aesthetic. They liked the raw, industrial feel with exposed brick and a metal staircase, and the 2,000-square-foot rooftop space boasted dramatic views of the downtown skyline and 150-person capacity. “Plenty Mercantile was like no other venue in Oklahoma,” Marissa says. The couple wanted a casual theme, so they blended Marissa’s vintage style with Scott’s more industrial-modern aesthetic. “Trying to define our wedding style, we landed on the theme of romantic industrial,” she says. Plenty Mercantile's existing decor created the vibe they wanted, so for personal touches, Scott and his groomsmen entered the ceremony to an acoustic cello version of Metallica’s “One” played by metal band Apocalyptica; the reception featured a taco bar and DIY signs (including the welcome sign and bar menu). With the help of Marissa’s mom and by hiring a month-of wedding coordinator, Marissa and Scott were able to plan their wedding from more than 400 miles away. Stay true to your vision, Marissa says, and with the help of friends, family and talented professionals, you can bring it to life. —Chrissy Sorenson