A cause for celebration- as featured in House Beautiful



HB FC 2  We were thrilled to be asked by House Beautiful to feature in their popular August 2013 issue. They loved our style and our dedication to creating, recording, sharing and celebrating memories.

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.






Celebration Ceremonies & Weddings gets all Tipi at Green Directions



Pop in to our "pop up" event. Book your table today to experience the wow factor THIS WEEKEND ONLY. Make's a unique venue to Pop the question! We'll be there on Sunday for the wedding showcase.

Pop in to our “pop up” event. Book your table today to experience the wow factor THIS WEEKEND ONLY. Make’s a unique venue to Pop the question!
We’ll be there on Sunday for the wedding showcase.


This Sunday 30th June we are heading over to the fabulous Green Directions in Sheffield, an inspiring “green” boutique venue that we think is just perfect for a memorable wedding whatever the  season. It’s a ten acre farm with spectacular views of the peak district with top facilities powered by green technologies. They have teamed up with Totally Tipi and their wow factor teepees to creates a contemporary “pop up” wedding venue that is sure to make an impact on your guests. By nature this kind of wedding is for those couples who are looking for a stylish but less formal, more comfortable feel to it which makes it a perfect fit with our personal ceremonies.

For us it’s about each couple feeling that “this is us”, we start with a blank sheet and create the words, feelings and music that reflect who you are, what you’re about and what matters to you. We then turn this into your personal style and tone that can then be applied to the rest of your day. We know no two couples are the same so none of our ceremonies are either.

We were delighted to be invited to join in the fun and create a wedding ceremony style for you to see on the day. Our Summertime Memories inspiration above will give you a feel for what we have in store for you on Sunday. So excitied!


BarbecueCome and have a very civilised day,  enjoy the barbecue and meet our other fabulous wedding partners to discuss your plans. Sounds like a perfect Sunday outing!

If you want to experience what it feels like to dine in one these amazing Teepees or even “pop the question” in a unique place then you can book a table at the “Pop up” Restaurant on Friday 28th June evening, Saturday lunchtime, Saturday evening, Sunday lunch or Sunday evening barbecue. Menu’s and  food created by Barretts one of the top ten restaurants in Sheffield. Call 07456 555 240 or email enq.barrettsgotipi@mail.com

Look forward to meeting you.





Summertime images credit & thanks to :

Choose Cake

Wedding dresses on pinterest

Little Dreamer on Etsy

Beach huts on pinterest

Umbrella on Etsy

10th May summer wedding songs Victoriana


Today, close your eyes and think Victoriana, a steampunk wedding or historical wedding. Now here’s a beautiful song to walk down the aisle to – “Opus 23′ by Dustin O’Halloran that was one of the soundtracks for Sofia Coppola’s highly stylised and modern interpretation of  the life of historical figure Marie Antoinette leading up to the French Revolution. She married Louis Auguste at just 14 years old with the purpose of cementing various complex alliances. She became a symbol of the monarchy’s decadence, underwent a show trial, and was executed in 1793. Have listen.

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This song fits perfectly with the location and period style and costumes which actually won an Academy Award for best Costume design. This alone is inspiration enough for you own wedding!

The photo above is an amazing wedding dress by Elizabeth Armstrong, a fabulous British fashion designer with a heritage in theatre and film, drawing inspiration from Victoriana, Gothic and Steampunk subcultures, historic period styles and has a love of Avant Garde.

What we love about the 2006 film is the way Coppola provokes and  facinates through her music choices and  eclectic acting styles to create a world to get lost in.


We also like to bring together the old and new in stunning locations whether that be in private gardens, stately homes and estates, private halls or secret millionaire’s castles. If you love this kind of style then we can help you bring this through in your ceremony to set the style for the rest of your wedding.


However, if this particular wedding song doesn’t fill you emotion, come back tomorrow to hear a different one! If you missed yesterday’s wedding song 9th May summer songs 1950smusic and vintage have a listen, you never know it might be the one for you!

If you would like to discuss how we could help you and your requirements for your big day then just drop Jan a line: ceremonies@janshillito.co.uk

Happy Summer everyone!