- Jan Shillito /
- Celebration Ceremonies, Naming & Welcoming, Wedding styles, Weddings /
- 04 July, 2013 /
- No comments
Our own personal style is very much an eclectic mix of old and new, mixing contemporary modern pieces with other statement pieces that have special meaning to us whether that be family items, things collected on our travels, things designed by ourselves or my brother Matthew Lyndon Harrison an international ceramic designer or just beautiful objects.
Our first celebration and memory at the house, now also our HQ, was when my husband and I married there nine years ago. Getting married at home, and outdoors was pretty unheard of back then but we were adamant that we didn’t want a production line registrar led ceremony. I remember quite distinctly when we went to the Register office to complete the legal paperwork before our ceremony, dressed in jeans, the Registrar saying to us ” this is a solemn occasion”, I couldn’t help but think we had gone into the wrong room by mistake!
We wanted personal and unique. And it was. I wrote and styled our ceremony and marquee and added lots of little personal touches. We had a fabulous meal by Berties, a free bar and duke boxes. We didn’t even go for a first dance together, it wasn’t us, so instead I did a Greek dance while everyone clapped in circle- we would have smashed a few plates but European health & safety regulations have put an end to that! A few years later following the pitter patter of tiny feet we also held naming ceremonies for both our children again at home with family and friends to mark and celebrate their arrival.
This was my inspiration for helping others to have a personal ceremony and experience.
Our ceremonies & wedding business is soon to be complemented by our new social media platform www.thememorybox.com- go and have a peep of what’s to come very soon, it is our newest passion(and labour of love!).
Behind the scenes on the day of the photoshoot was such fun, I was joined by my friend and ex-colleague, make up artist Shelly Dawson who kept me and the team entertained most of the day! Anyway, I hope you enjoy this little insight into where and how Celebration Ceremonies & Weddings and thememorybox.com came about.
If you’d like us to make your day extra special, drop me a line. Would love to help.