Sami & Chris
Sami & Chris met four years ago and in that time have travelled to over 40 countries together. So, when Chris asked that all important question it was obvious to them how they were going to style and theme their wedding at the stunning Hodsock Priory. This wedding has a vintage travel theme with a natural, rustic, boho chic style. The travel theme follows through into so many finer details, the table plans, the place cards, the signage, to the guest book!
Over to Sami to tell you her story;
“We chose Hodsock Priory as we feel it has that perfect magical, fairytale, country feel, the tranquil setting, the fact that it looks like a castle with its Tudor gatehouse as a welcoming entrance, grounds with woodland offering romantic walks, a quirky summerhouse and an Italian terrace, creating endless opportunities for amazing photographs. The interior of Hodsock Priory was just as perfect! What also attracted us to Hodsock Priory was its exclusivity, so we wouldn’t have to worry about sharing our wedding with another wedding party! The moment we stepped into Hodsock Priory, we immediately fell in love with it, nothing we had seen could compare with this stunning and oh so special place!
It was a no-brainer to pick the theme as we had travelled around the world and visited 20 countries together in our four-year relationship. So we had a vintage travel theme with a natural, rustic boho chic style. We collected lots of glass jars with the help of both sets of parents for the tables. Chris, my mum and I decorated these jars alternately with ribbon; jute string, raffia and wicker hearts then Kay added the flowers. I also collected large glass coffee jars from work, filled them with pebbles collected from a beach near Chris’s family’s regular seaside place; they were perfect for the table names!
We had each table named after some of our favourite countries and instead of just writing them out, I made a country outline template then Chris cut it out in plywood using a jigsaw. For each table, we sourced wooden candle lanterns and photo frames from different places. We love candle lanterns as they evoke warm memories of our travels we felt they gave an enchantingly calm atmosphere.
For the ladies, we presented them with stainless steel heart spoons and for the men, antique key bottle openers. We wanted to make most props to give our day more of a personal touch. Chris made the illuminated LOVE marquee letters, a wooden wedding postbox, wooden hanging hearts for the aisle which we alternated with bunches of gypsophila and a rustic wooden signpost which depicts some of the countries we had visited was placed on the lawn, giving photo opportunities for guests.
We added family wedding photographs of our parents and dear departed grandparents and had decorations to tie in with the vintage travel theme such as a magnetic world map used for our table plan, wooden world map lined suitcase, a world map photo frame with our engagement photo in it and C & S letters covered with world map paper. We also had two wooden step ladders – the large one which we painted made a lovely decoration at the entrance, with flowers cascading down the steps, with a bicycle on the top one to represent us (we got engaged whilst out cycling) and a rustic handwritten painted welcome sign. We even borrowed a vintage globe from Hodsock Priory for our ceremony table.
We wanted to arrive at Hodsock Priory in style with the continuing travel theme in mind, so we hired Harry, a beautifully restored VW campervan from Vintage Volks Weddings. It was reminiscent of our road trips in Australia and New Zealand! Jo and Simon at Shoot Lifestyle were our photographers on the day. We discovered them on Google and admired their blog which showed photographs of a couple whose wedding also took place at Hodsock Priory. We loved their natural and candid style and felt the photographs oozed freshness of colour, with lots of close up shots, which were also so important to us!
Although the day flies by so quickly, make sure you have time for each other and if you are not having a receiving line, circulate between your guests between meals like we did, it makes them feel appreciated. If you want a creative first wedding dance, it’s worth investing in a few dance lessons to build up your confidence and learn your moves, like we did. We wrote our own promises for the ceremony as we wanted our wedding to be more personal, meaningful and unique. If you wish to do the same, make sure you leave plenty of time to think and write.”
We hope you enjoyed the wedding story of Sami & Chris and it has given you lots of inspiration on how to style and bring your own personalities into your wedding day.