Amy Smart + Carter Oosterhouse’s Eco-Friendly Wedding

bride and groom

Amy Smart + Carter Oosterhouse just seem like the sweetest couple! I’ve always been a fan of Amy Smart and Carter will always be my favorite carpenter from HGTV. :) I just LOVE that having an eco-friendly wedding was super important to these two cuties (did you know they actually met at an environmental conference?) How perfect!

Amy + Carter were married at their home in Traverse City, Michigan and it was really important for them to try and keep all the vendors local. I just love all the personal touches in their eco-friendly wedding mixed with vintage elements and loads of rustic charm. The most amazing part of their wedding is that they came away with 1/2 bag of trash from the day (and they had 220 guests), pretty awesome, right?! They did that by recycling + composting almost everything from the day. They took five months to plan the event and it sure looked like a dream day. Thanks so much to Ben + Laura Harrison of Harrison Studio for the gorgeous photos!

burgundy heels

wooden wedding signs

cushion cut ring

bride and father

wedding programs

outdoor ceremony

Their self-written vows were officiated by Amy’s yogi, Guru Singh, along with Carter’s family priest.

outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony

bridal party

pink bouquet

navy blue bridesmaids

Amy wore a gorgeous Carolina Herrera dress and her bridesmaids wore Ann Taylor dresses. And yes, that’s gorgeous actress Ali Larter as one of her bridesmaids on the far right. :)

groomsmen in gray

groom in bowtie

bride and groom

drink bar, cheese bar

Since Carter is a carpenter he built their bar out of reclaimed wood – and how amazing is it??!! Their signature drink was a “Topanga Tantric.”

Carter Oosterhouse bar wedding

wooden wedding sings

apple escort cards

apple escort cards

Local farms provided veggies for the heirloom-tomato salad and green beans paired with lamb and short ribs. All the flowers were local and they also used recycled paper products.

tent reception

tent reception

colorful tablescape

colorful wedding cake


soup shooters

Their first dance was to U2’s “All I Want Is You,” played by two fiddlers.

amy smart wedding

Such a perfect rustic + green wedding! Biggest congrats to Amy + Carter and we wish you lots of happiness.

photography: Ben and Laura Harrison of Harrison Studio // wedding coordinator: orchestrated grace // venue: private residence // flowers: amy kate designs // dress: carolina herrera // shoes: prada // jewelry: neil lane // bridesmaids dresses: ann taylor // caterer: trattoria stella // cake: aunt b’s cakes // fiddlers: the dueling fiddlers

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  1. Amazing couple! Really nice wedding concept!

  2. I LOVE the ‘pick your seat’ apple escort cards! What an adorable idea!

    Julia xox

  3. So beautiful! Traverse City is gorgeous and it shows in this wedding!


  4. i really love u

  5. Wow! How cool is the dress. Love everything about this entry!

  6. I am amazed by these photos! First of all – they both look amazing as a couple. I just love how close to nature they made their wedding but at the same time they have managed to create a festive feeling. I wish for my wedding to look like this some day :)

  7. Congratulations to a beautiful couple.


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