One year ago today was the wedding I planned and coordinated for actress Amy Smart and HGTV’s Carter Oosterhouse (Happy Anniversary you two)!! It seems just like yesterday when we sat down over a glass of wine and I got to hear all about their vision for the day. Wedding season seems to come and go so quickly, and just like that, another year passes by!
I wanted to give you a little recap of that day, and show off Ben and Laura’s images once again (Harrison Studios)! You two have a way with telling a story on film and for capturing the magic of the day. Thanks for helping us remember all the little things that made this event so endearing, and for being the amazing photographers that you are!
I (Chandra, owner of Orchestrated Grace) had about 90 days from start to finish to plan the not so little wedding with Amy and Carter. Yes, that’s right, I did say 90 days. Fast huh? We typically spend about 365 days with our couples, so when Amy and Carter contacted me and told me we had less than three months to pull this off, I knew I had my work cut out for me. It was a crazy whirlwind few months, but with the help of some amazing vendors, wonderful staff and Amy and Carter’s vision, we planned one heck of a party!!
09.10.11 was the perfect fall day (no excuses if you forget a anniversary date like that) The weather was perfect. Not too hot, but not too cool. The ideal temperature for September really. Amy looked beautiful as always and Carter was cool, calm and collected (did I also mention he was voted one of People Magazines, 2003, “Sexiest Man on TV”?) ! So yes, they both looked amazing and happy!!
The setting was the blank slate of their Northern Michigan farm house. They wanted an outdoor, rustic-elegant theme with a focus on it being Eco-friendly. But most of all, they wanted a fun weekend they would remember forever!! I think we accomplished just that!
Here are some of my favorite images from that day…
Handwritten vows, Prada shoes and lavender makes a great start to the day!
Who doesn’t love a man in a bow tie?
Amy was walked down the aisle by her father John Smart (such a charming and sweet man). I really enjoyed getting to know him and Amy’s mother Judy during the process of planning their daughters wedding.
Their self-written vows were officiated by Amy’s yogi, Guru Singh, along with Carter’s family priest from Northern Michigan.
Loved watching this moment….
The stunning Mr. and Mrs take a moment to pose in their front lawn before mingling with their guests at the reception.
Amy holding the beautiful bouquet arranged by Amy Kate Designs. The color palette (mother nature at her finest) was so fitting and really added a nice pop of freshness to the day.
Can you get a glimpse of Carter’s custom Converse’s? All the groomsmen wore a pair (they had “09.10.11″ embroidered into the side). Who says Groomsmen gifts can’t be fun?!?!
Got to love golden hour, this is such a great time of day for photograph.
Amy Kate and I had so much fun coming up with this unique “Escort Card Display”. Thank you also to Krista from De Tree Designs for helping pull together all the paper products that Amy Kate and I tossed at you!
Each table name was a different herb (ie, The Lavender table, The Basil Table, The Thyme Tableoh and local apples from a few towns over.
I just love looking back at the inside of this tent. The long rows, bright colors and the earthy atmosphere made for such a stunning display.
Amy Kate, you still always amaze me and I love seeing your talent shine on the tables (and in the hands of happy brides). You rocked their vision of using herbs, wildflowers, potted plants and locally grown flowers. A job well done!
Sarah (the catering manager from Stella Trattoria) also did an amazing job, and helped make the farm-to-table concept that Amy and Carter wanted, a reality. Sarah and her staff went above and beyond their normal duties and made my job that much easier. You guys know how to make wedding food look and taste delicious. Something that guests will walk away about for years to come.
Here are some more fun details and signage that Krista (De Tree Designs), Amy Kate and myself collaborated on (barn wood menu signs, window pane drink boards, birch bark table name holders, apple escort cards and fun quirky directional signs).
Did you know that there was only less than a 1/2 of bag of garbage left at the end of Amy and Carters wedding? Thanks to Andy at BARC for all the composting and recycling and for helping us make this a “Zero Waste” event!
The Dueling Fiddlers traveled across country and surprised all the guests as they charged in playing U2′s “All I Want Is You” for their first dance
The team at Taylor Rental did such a great job with the tent (and the other rentals like the lights, tables, chairs and dance floors). Thanks again for all your help that day!
Thank you to all the other vendors that were behind the scenes (Brandon at Parking Solutions, John at Celtic Shuttles, Sam at Porterhouse Productions, Michelle at At Your Service, and Trevor at Pro Builders). You all worked so hard and helped pull off an amazing event!
Also a HUGE Thank you to my lovely Orchestrated Grace staff (Shannon, Kara, Stephanie and Jessica) for all the hard work, long long hours (not to mention the countless blisters) and dedication you gave for this wedding!I could not have done it without you!