A Wedding at the Bijou Boathouse with a Bohemian Twist for Anna and David

Anna and David celebrated their marriage by hosting their bohemian themed wedding reception at the Bijou Boathouse. 

Anna and David celebrated their wedding reception at the Bijou Boathouse in Chiswick

The Proposal 

Anna and David met in a London bar and knew as soon as they met that they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. 

David planned a romantic proposal whilst the couple were away on a short break. He wrote ‘Will You Marry Me’ in the sand on the beach on the southern coast. As the couple like the same thing in every which way, David was confident that he’d chosen the perfect engagement ring for Anna; he was right! 

The Dress 

When it came to buying her wedding dress, Anna did a lot of research before actually going to a bridalwear shop to try on different designs. Her heart was set on a certain style, but after trying on only three different wedding dresses, the bride-to-be found the dress of her dreams. The gown, designed by Rembo Styling, had a bohemian look and was covered in luxurious lace all over. It truly was the wedding dress of Anna’s dreams and she wouldn’t have wanted anything different. 

The bride teamed her luxurious wedding Gown up with a pair of gorgeous Jimmy Choo wedding shoes; her hair was styled by Eni from Imenio and Jade from Gemma Sutton did her bridal makeup. To complete her bridal style, Anna wore a floral crown in her hair; it looked sensational and was the perfect accessory for this fun loving lady.

The newlywed couple at the Bijou Boathouse in Chiswick
The bride Anna on her way to the Bijou Boathouse for her wedding reception

The Bridal Party 

Anna chose just one Maid of Honour and didn’t have any bridesmaids. The Maid of Honour wore beautiful red gown by BCBG Max Azria that she bought in Barcelona where she resides. Shopping online together was the only option seeing as Anna and her Maid of Honour couldn't go shopping in real life. 

David had three best men; they wore their own suits, but complemented the groom in his attire by wearing matching ties and handkerchiefs.

The Wedding Venue 

Much like searching for her wedding dress, Anna did a lot of online research before physically going to visit wedding venues in order to find ‘the one’. In the end, Anna and David ended up looking at three wedding venues, but fell in love with the location, size, set-up, design and direct access on to the beach that the Bijou Boathouse provided. They also found the Bijou online planner extremely useful and don’t know how they would have planned their wedding if they didn’t have it. 

The Day 

60 wedding guests witnessed Anna and David tie the knot at Asia House Registry Office before heading over to the Bijou Boathouse for the wedding reception. They were greeted with a glass of bubbly on the terrace before sitting down to a delicious wedding banquet prepared by the Bijou in-house team of chefs. 

Anna chose a wild and rustic floral theme for her wedding day. All of the arrangements and bouquets had been created by Georgia from Westwood Design and they incorporated lilacs to remind Anna of her childhood, and daisies, which tied in beautifully to the bohemian wedding theme. The couple had ordered a personalised macaroon tower wedding cake designed by Laduree featuring rose and vanilla macaroons to share with all of their guests. The Bijou DJ played music for the guests to dance to throughout the night, and the newlyweds danced their first dance to ‘Let’s Stay Together’ by Al Green.  

Anna is from Russia, so to include a little bit of Russian culture in to their special day, the bride and groom were presented with a loaf of bread and some salt. Firstly, they each pinched a bit of the loaf and fed it to each other, and secondly they had to tear the loaf apart. It is thought that whoever ends up with the bigger half of the loaf ends up being the head of the family. This Russian tradition was followed up by a shot of vodka for the whole wedding party.  

The Honeymoon 

Instead of opening a traditional wedding gift list, Anna and David opted for a honeymoon fund. They chose to travel to Madagascar on their honeymoon; they wanted a destination where they could combine their passion for kite surfing with an amazing, unique adventure. 

Advice for Future Bijou Couples 

When asked if they wanted to share any of their own wedding planning advice with future Bijou couples, Anna and David said: “One year to plan your wedding is just the right amount of time. Start by choosing and booking the wedding venue first - this will enable you to send out the guest invites and for people to block that date off in their calendars. Then allocate 2 weeks to a month for each task - and keep a diary!”

Who Did What? 

Wedding Venue: The Bijou Boathouse, Chiswick 
Wedding Photographer: Matilda Temperley
Wedding Cake Designer: Laduree
Wedding Makeup: Gemma Sutton 
Wedding Hair Stylist: Imenio
​Wedding Flowers: Westwood Design

The bride Anna with her Maid of Honour who wore a beautiful red dress
The bride and groom saying their vows at Asia House prior to their Bijou Boathouse wedding reception
The first kiss as husband and wife before their wedding reception at the Bijou Boathouse
The Bijou Boathouse is full of boating memorabilia
Wedding reception decor at the Bijou Boathouse
Rustic wedding flowers displayed at Anna and David's Bijou Boathouse wedding celebration
Wedding table reception decor at the Bijou Boathouse in Chiswick
The grooms party lifting up the bride outside the Bijou Boathouse
The first dance for Anna and David at the Bijou Boathouse
The bride and groom following a Russian tradition at their wedding reception
The bride and groom outside the Bijou Boathouse
A wonderful Laduree wedding cake designed with personalised macaroons
Standing on the balcony at the Bijou Boathouse