Emma and David Celebrated a Rustic Spring Wedding at Chateau du Bijou in Provence

Emma and David celebrated a romantic, rustic, relaxed wedding at Chateau du Bijou in Provence with 75 guests at the end of April 2016.

Emma and David celebrated their wedding in Provence at Chateau du Bijou

About the Couple

Emma and David were introduced during their high school years by a mutual friend and the couple spent the next 11 years, side by side. After buying a house, and a dog together, Emma and David were very happy – but David felt that something was missing in their relationship. 

The couple were in the middle of throwing a New Year’s Eve party and David had arranged a reel of photographs to play on their TV. The last image to appear was the couple’s dog, Sammy, along with a proposal, to which Emma of course, very excitedly, accepted. The couple spent the next 16 months planning all of the details, in preparation for their romantic wedding which started out in the UK, but ended up in the South of France. 

Getting Married in France 

Emma and David looked at several wedding venues in the UK and had even put their deposit down on one, before deciding to pop down to Provence to check out Chateau du Bijou. After seeing the beautiful Chateau and its stunning grounds, Emma had a change of heart and decided that Chateau du Bijou was where she wanted to start her married life with David. “It’s just the most beautiful place and when you visit, you are immediately calm. It’s so peaceful” said Emma.

Once the couple had booked Chateau du Bijou, they started to fill in their online planner, a clever tool, created by Bijou Weddings, in order to help make the journey to the altar stress-free.

The couple shopped around and took advice from Bijou when it came to local suppliers such as their chosen florist, Anais Flowers based in Chomerac – not too far from Chateau du Bijou. Emma based their spring wedding around her favourite flowers, peonies, and roses. The couple also ordered a stunning floral arch for them to stand under during their pre-planned, outdoor wedding ceremony. 
 

Emma and David's creative wedding table plan for their wedding in France
The bride with her bridesmaids outside the French wedding venue, Chateau du Bijou

French Wedding Style 

Emma was a little bit picky when it came to finding a wedding dress suitable for her wedding in France. She tried on no less than 30 wedding dresses before falling in love with a luxurious lace, strapless, fishtail design by Lillian West. 

Emma teamed her spring wedding dress up with a pair of comfortable wedges from Carvela and her stunning side-bun and bridal beauty were done on the day by Make up by Jodie. 

The bride to be chose her best friends from school to be her bridesmaids in France, along with David’s sister. All eight bridesmaids wore pastel gowns, purchased from ASOS, chosen by themselves to suit their individual shapes and styles. The variety of pastel green, peach, lilac and blue tones looked simply stunning on the spring wedding day in Provence and the eight girls all wore rustic gypsophilia floral crowns in their hair to complete their look. 

The groom and his party wore dark blue suits hired from Debenhams that they teamed up with smart brown shoes.

The Big Day: 30th April, 2016    

Due to the legal requirements of getting married in France, most couples find it easier to have their official ceremony at a registry office in the UK and have a celebrant ceremony at their chosen French wedding venue. Once their wedding venue in France was booked, the couple spoke to a local registry office back in the UK in order to arrange their official ceremony which took place privately in the early spring. Knowing that the 'official' part of their wedding and requirements for their wedding in France was complete, the couple could then focus on preparing everything that they would need in order to enjoy their wedding weekend at Chateau du Bijou. 

The couple and their families headed down to the South of France a couple of days before the wedding - so that they could set up and make sure that everything was ready and in place for what was going to be a weekend to remember - for everyone. Emma and David both got ready for their wedding in different parts of Chateau du Bijou; with plenty of bedrooms and space to get ready, they were able to relax and fully soak up the French atmosphere. Guest arrived and were greeted by rustic welcome signs, lanterns on logs and beautiful personal touches that Emma and David had thought about in order to make their guests feel happy and excited at their destination wedding venue. The couple had originally booked their wedding photographer, Frances Sales, thinking that they were going to get married in the UK, but when they realised they wanted to get married in France, Frances agreed to travel down and capture their celebrations at the rustic French Chateau.

The couple had planned to have an outdoor wedding ceremony, but due to the weather, the ceremony needed to be brought inside at the very last minute. Emma and David still got to say their vows under the rustic floral arch that they’d ordered, albeit, 45 minutes after their ceremony was due to start. Emma eventually walked down the aisle on the arm of her father, behind her lovely bridesmaids, to ‘I Wasn’t Expecting That’ by Jamie Lawson and her mother read an extract from Captain Correli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres. 

Laura, one of Emma’s bridesmaids read the following poem, by an unknown author: 

Marriage
by Anon 

Marriage is about giving and taking
And forging and forsaking
Kissing and loving and pushing and shoving
 Caring and Sharing and screaming and swearing

About being together whatever the weather
About being driven to the end of your tether
About Sweetness and kindness
And wisdom and blindness 

It's about being strong when you're feeling quite weak
 It's about saying nothing when you're dying to speak
 It's about being wrong when you know you are right
 It's about giving in, before there's a fight
 
It's about you two living as cheaply as one
(you can give us a call if you know how that's done!) 
Never heeding advice that was always well meant
 Never counting the cost until it's all spent

And for you two today it's about to begin
And for all that the two of you had to put in
Some days filled with joy, and some days with sadness
Too late you'll discover that marriage is madness 
 

The couple said their vows in front of 75 wedding guests at Chateau du Bijou and celebrated their first kiss as husband and wife before heading outside in to the sunshine to celebrate their marriage with Prosecco and canapés. The newlyweds had decorated the glorious grounds of the garden at the Chateau with rustic wedding accessories such as a post box, lanterns, floral decor and a hanging Polaroid style photo booth which was enjoyed by Emma and her besties. There was also a ‘Pimp Your Prosecco’ stand and an amazing heart-drop guest book for guests get involved with, made by Emma’s father. 

After a short while, guests were invited back inside the cool Chateau to enjoy a main course choice of either guinea fowl or lamb shank, followed by a summer berry and meringue dessert. David’s mother had made a selection of single tier, fruit, lemon drizzle and angel cake wedding cakes which were displayed on various cake stands and decorated with raffia, bunting, fresh flowers and iced figurines to look like Emma, David and their dog Sammy. 

Guests were able to find their seat by looking at a truly original wedding table plan; a wooden board painted white, featuring frames, bunting, hearts and flowers. Their table names were all ‘ages’ of when Emma and David were little and featured corresponding images of the newlyweds as children. The couple had pre-asked their guests to send them a funny selfie before their wedding so that they could print Polaroid style place cards for each guest. Each table was also given a selfie stick and funny-mouth coasters with French translation to hold up so that they could create images for the bride and groom to hold in a very memorable photo album in the future. 

Instead of wedding favours, the couple made two donations; one to the Dogs Trust, where they found their beloved dog Sammy, and the other to Friends of the Elderly. Each guest was given a keyring to represent the donation that Emma and David had made. 

After dinner, Kanye West Sunglasses were distributed to guests as the evening party began – which ended up going on until 3am. The nelwyweds danced their first dance to ‘Thinking Out Loud’ by Ed Sheeran and they couldn’t have had a better experience at their dream wedding venue in France. 

The Honeymoon 

The couple spent their honeymoon travelling around Thailand for a month. They booked the location together and loved the culture, the food and everything about the Far East. Emma and David are now the proud parents to baby boy Luca and they both have very fond memories of their wonderful wedding weekend at Chateau du Bijou. 

Emma and David’s Wedding Suppliers 

Wedding Venue: Chateau du Bijou 
Wedding Photographer: Frances Sales
Wedding Dress Designer: Lillian West 
Wedding Hair and Beauty: Make up by Jodie
Bridesmaids Dresses: ASOS
Groomswear: Debenhams
Wedding Flowers: Anais Flowers, Chomerac 
DJ and Photobooth: Phunky Disco

 

Chateau du Bijou is a luxury, exclusive use wedding venue in France
A rustic wedding sign to direct people to Chateau du Bijou in Provence
A rustic wedding sign to show guests the way to Chateau du Bijou
An outdoor wedding at Chateau du Bijou in Provence
The groom arriving at his wedding venue in France, Chateau du Bijou
Emma getting ready for her wedding in France
The groom getting ready for his French wedding ceremony
Emma getting her hair styled for her wedding at Chateau du Bijou
The bridal bouquet and floral crowns for the spring wedding at Chateau du Bijou
The groom putting the final touches to his look
Chateau du Bijou is a grand, exclusive use wedding venue in Provence
A rustic floral arch displayed for the outdoor wedding ceremony at Chateau du Bijou in Provence
A floral arch in the glorious gardens at Chateau du Bijou in Provence
The beautiful swimming pool at the exclusive use wedding venue in Provence, Chateau du Bijou
Pick a seat, not a side - wedding ceremony sign, hired for a wedding ceremony at Chateau du Bijou in Provence
The bride getting ready to walk down the aisle at Chateau du Bijou
Emma wore a designer wedding dress by Lillian West to her wedding in Provence, France
The bride revealing her dress to her bridesmaids
The bridesmaids reacting to Emma as she walks out in her dress, ready for her wedding to David
Emma and David created a very rustic order of the day sign for their wedding in Provence
Floral decor displayed around the grounds at Chateau du Bijou
The groom putting on his cufflinks, ready for the wedding ceremony at Chateau du Bijou
The couple displayed a collection of rustic accessories which kept in perfect theme with their rustic wedding in France
A beautiful arrangement of flowers, sat at the bottom of the wooden, rustic table plan
The groom, waiting for his bride Emma, at the altar inside Chateau du Bijou
Bridesmaids wearing pastel dresses, walking up the aisle inside Chateau du Bijou
Emma walking up the aisle with her father inside Chateau du Bijou
Emma and David saying their wedding vows to one another, inside Chateau du Bijou
The first kiss as husband and wife, at Chateau du Bijou
The newlywed couple signing the register at their wedding in Provence
The newlywed departing the aisle as husband and wife
Celebrations begin on the patio outside Chateau du Bijou
The bride and groom being showered with confetti outside their wedding venue in Provence
The bride, celebrating her wedding with a glass of fizz
Chateau du Bijou is a beautiful wedding venue in Provence, offering exclusive use
The couple thought it would be fun for guests to add fruit to their glasses of Prosecco
The couple asked guests to hashtag their wedding throughout the day and night
The groom with his best man and ushers, within the glorious grounds of Chateau du Bijou
The groom's party lifting the bride in a traditional wedding shot
Chateau du Bijou has wonderful grounds to explore throughout your wedding weekend
Emma and David, after getting married at Chateau du Bijou in Provence
The bride with her bridesmaids posing for a photograph at the Polaroid photo booth
The groom with his best man and ushers, posing for a photograph
All of emma's bridesmaids wore a shade of pastel on their dress
The newlywed couple enjoying the luxurious grounds at Chateau du Bijou
A wooden heart guest book created by Emma's father
The wedding reception was decorated with pastel colours to match the rest of the rustic wedding theme
David's mother made 5 single tier wedding cakes for the rustic wedding in France
A pretty wedding cake featuring iced figurines made to look like the bride, groom and their dog
An emotional Father of the Bride speech
The bride and groom cutting through their wedding cake
A personalised wedding guest book, displayed for guests to sign throughout the night
The bride with her spring bridal bouquet
A rustic wedding cake of cheese, displayed for the evening reception
The first dance as husband and wife
The bride and groom posed with a Thank You sign to later use on their wedding thank you cards