As Sunflowers are popular and readily available in Provence, it made sense to feature them in Rachel’s bouquet, around and about the venue and at the wedding reception. The bride hired a local florist to decorate her home-from-home for the weekend and create her stunning yellow bouquet.
At 6pm, guests were seated and ready to witness a unique celebration, basking under the summer sun. The bride followed her bridesmaids in blue down the aisle and the couple shared vows in front of their 80 international guests. Post-ceremony, the celebrations began. Exquisite canapés were served along with plenty of French fizz. A rustic banquet table had been laid beautifully on the patio; an ideal spot as it offers Chateau du Bijou as the back-drop and incredible views over the gardens and hills in the distance. Lemons and lanterns decorated the table and guests got a glimpse of the feast that was to come, via beautifully printed menu cards.
A fine dining menu was served and Bijou staff ensured that every glass was full to the brim at all times. As the sun set down on the wonderful wedding party, the atmosphere at Chateau du Bijou was sublime; the newlywed couple knew that they’d made a brilliant decision by choosing to host their wedding in France. Their friends and family couldn’t stop complementing the couple about the venue as it was so nice for them to be attending a wedding so different and unique to a traditional British style. It was relaxed, it was fun and most importantly, uber romantic!
After a multi-course meal, the newlyweds danced on the patio with their guests until the early hours of the morning. Chateau du Bijou is large enough to accommodate 40 overnight guests, who gathered together the following morning to enjoy a sumptuous, home-cooked breakfast before heading back to the train station, airport or rest of their holiday in France. Some guests chose to stay in local hotels or Airbnbs which were just a short taxi ride away from Chateau du Bijou.
A quote from the bride and groom: “The Bijou Team did everything to make us, our family and friends feel totally at home throughout the duration of our wedding weekend at Chateau du Bijou. The venue is outstanding, the grounds are incredible and the staff were top-notch. From the moment we arrived for our visit, the staff put our minds at ease. Planning a destination wedding can sound daunting, and with both of us in full time work, we were slightly nervous as to whether we could still have full in-put on every element of the day. Bijou made this easy. They were brilliant to work with in terms of communication and we found their online planner invaluable. We celebrated our dream wedding abroad at Chateau du Bijou – Thank you so much to everyone at Bijou for making this happen.”