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. I feel so behind the times: I didn’t even know Amy was engaged!

    What a lovely bride she made and her wedding looked great

  2. What a dashing couple! Love those last two shots.

  3. Amazing details and she looked gorgeous!

  4. Amy Smart is so gorgeous! Love all the decor, especially the ring bearer pillow!

  5. Wow, this is one beautiful wedding! Really nice, and wow, that ring!!

  6. love her shoes and his bow tie!

  7. LOVE this!! I am wondering where he got that perfect chevron bowtie from though????

    (seriously… does anyone know?)

  8. She looks amazing! All the details look gorgeous. I love celebrity weddings :)

  9. What a lovely wedding! It is truly refreshing to see a celebrity couple have a normal and beautiful wedding day. Kudos to them, I hope they share a long, wonderful life together!

  10. Beautiful! I love the bright colors in the bouquets against the navy…oh and alo the lemon bars at the reception. Nice!

  11. I love the relaxed feel of this wedding! And that bar is just perfect!:)

  12. We love this eco-friendly wedding! Thanks for sharing this beautiful example!

  13. This wedding is UHMAZING!!!! I’ve always been a fan of Amy Smart. And to know that this is the type of wedding she went for makes me love her even more :)

  14. Love those red shoes!

  15. Love the apple escort cards! What a super cute wedding!

  16. Love this wedding! Looks so happy and comfy! Wish I were there!

  17. What a beautiful location to have a wedding and I love that they support their local economy and farmers. Such a refreshing wedding for two stars. They both look so wonderful and happy. Love this post!

    Also love the yoga master officiant. Very unique and spiritual.

  18. Although industry experts have touted vintage weddings a thing of the past, eco-friendly weddings will always be “in style”. This rustic wedding is lovely and elegant. Simple, too. I think the simplicity makes this wedding modern. And who doesn’t love a good lookin’ groom in a great suit and Converse shoes? Great post.

  19. Those are the best shots I’ve seen of a celebrity wedding … beautiful!!

  20. i remember amy smart on the felicity days! gorgeous gown and love all the fun details!

  21. I love this wedding! So beautifully simplistic and elegant!

  22. Wow, that is one gorgeous couple! I love the bright coloured florals too.

  23. I love the apple buckets. How original!

  24. WOW! There are so many amazing details to this wedding I couldn’t possibly pick a favorite!!

  25. At first glace the couple looked so timeless and adorable until second glace I realized why they looked so familiar :) Such a real, refreshing and personal wedding! Appreciate whole hardheartedly the down to earth (no pun intended) this wedding and also their love for looks! Best of wishes to the lucky couple!

  26. I loved seeing this! I was actually celebrating my 2nd anniversary with my hubs at the Ojai Valley Inn when Amy and her bridesmaids were there for her bachelorette party (we kept running into them: at the spa, at the pool, at dinner) so it is fun to see how her wedding turned out :) Love the eco-friendly thought and all the fun details. And her gown was amazing. What a handsome couple! Congrats.

  27. The backdrop to there wedding looks amazing, it all just looks fantastic!

  28. Those flowers against the navy of the bridesmaids dresses – stunning – and the bride’s tiered dress, oh so elegant….

  29. The flowers are so vibrant and pretty x

  30. All of these images are breathtaking! Gorgeous wedding.

  31. Gorgeous! I love all of the unique touches to their wedding! And the fact that they supported local vendors is wonderful!!

  32. I had the pleasure of planning this wedding for Amy and Carter and it really was such a fun wedding to be a part of. It is great seeing all the photos on your site so glad that everyone loves all the little touches that we helped add to make it so special for them! Truly a fun weekend!

  33. She is such a stunning bride! And that bouquet.. SO AMAZING! The colors look so nice together!

  34. This is one of my new favorite wedding sites! First I stumbled upon the post about Glenn Howerton’s wedding, and now Amy Smart’s? Pretty darn cool. What a gorgeous blog! :)

  35. THIS is how a celeb gets married. Yes, I’m looking at you, Kim Kardashian.

  36. I love the idea of an eco friendly wedding!gorgeous!

  37. I love the mismatched cuts of the bridesmaid dresses! It’s hard to pull off… it can have that ‘they were trying too hard’ look… but this wedding pulled it off effortlessly.

  38. I love Carter & Amy! They have to be one of the most beautiful couples out there. And I’m super impressed: only 1/2 bag of trash?!?! Are you kidding? That’s amazing.

    What a fun and inspiring wedding!

  39. I loved the ideas in this wedding. It is so organic and natural. It’s obvious that the couple made their personalities shine through in every detail of their wedding. Thanks for sharing :)

  40. I have never seen a wedding like that, all the details so perfectly manicured, a very original concept art that I have not seen over the entire network. The flowers are not only incredible, vases with flowers were perfectly selected. It is incredible, not a single detail escaped them.


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