LIMA — Brittany Martz wanted a vintage wedding. So when Brad Brenneman asked her five months ago to marry him, her friends and family became an army of vintage shoppers to make certain Friday's wedding is Brittany’s dream come true.
“It’s vintage, or antiques. I think it’s called shabby chic, but my husband calls it junk,” said Paula Martz, mother of the bride.
The wedding party found the perfect spot to show off their finds, at the Johnny Appleseed Farm Park, where the outdoor ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. Friday. The barn there will house the reception, with a tent for the overflow of 350 guests.
Inside that barn, the Martz brigade placed dressers with mirrors, two buffets, a washing machine, mattress springs with photos hanging from them, lighted trees, various pieces of furniture, suitcases and a china cabinet, filled with china.
“My daughter’s house is decorated like this. It’s a look she likes. And for this wedding, she’s been on Pinterest for more ideas. We finally told her to stop looking at that,” Paula Martz said.
Helping to get the perfect look is The Village Green in Wapakoneta, with Master Gardener Kay Studer bringing the natural flowers front and center.
But it’s Brittany Martz’s family and friends who have helped her gather the items deemed necessary to supplement her own stuff and fill a barn with the vintage look.
“I’ve been up and down I-75 daily, shopping Goodwills and Salvation Armys,” Paula Martz said. “Also glass bells for the tables, we were searching for those too. I checked garage sales everywhere. My main thing I was looking for was china. She wanted various pieces to have a hodgepodge of china for the table service. I have really good friends who have also been helping me hunt. The one told me that this was like an adventure.
"We wonder what we’re going to do after the wedding,” she said, laughing.
All the finds have been stored in the Elida garage of Paula Martz and her husband, Mickey.
“He’s happy that after the wedding, he gets his garage back,” Paula Martz said.
Brittany Martz and her friends staged the entire reception in the Martz garage. Once that was deemed suitable, photos were taken of everything, and friends got their marching orders.
“We moved everything out of the garage and spent this last week moving it to the Farm Park barn. Then we gave the photos out to those helping us decorate, so we could hurry to get just the look we wanted in the barn,” Paula Martz said.
The vintage theme will carry over into the ceremony, with Brittany’s new cafe-colored dress having a vintage look. She’s also wearing a 100-year-old necklace a friend loaned her.
Bridesmaids are wearing ivory lace dresses with burlap belts, while the groomsmen have tan suits with burlap in the pocket. Paula Martz made a burlap runner with lace for the bride to walk down.
“I wanted to ask the guests to wear something vintage, or to have fun and not be afraid to wear a hat, but I got vetoed on that. Everyone thought that was over the top,” Paula Martz said.
When the ceremony is over, Brittany Martz found a barn to store her treasures in, with hopes of renting them to other brides interested in decorating with that style for their own weddings.
“The main thing is, we’ve had fun doing this, and Brittany loves it. We’ve worked hard, and we know everything will be fine for the big day. Of course, something will go wrong because nothing is ever perfect,” Paula said.
And that’s wedding vintage.