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halloween is here.

October 31st, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Is it just me, or did things suddenly get a little freaky around here?

I can’t resist a bit of Halloween mischief, especially when it’s executed as stylishly (and as eerily) as this gothic bridal shoot by Abi of Wooden Hill Images and her clever team.

Look out, she’s behind you…

Halloween Bride from Sarah MacVean on Vimeo.

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Be honest, who checked?

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Abi says: With a background in theatre and a passion for literature and transforming it into the visual, I wanted to be able to celebrate the change of season and create a Halloween ‘bride’.

My team researched the idea of a gothic bride and took influences from novels, listened to music and found a great location next to Lake Gormire at the bottom of Sutton Bank near Thirsk.

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Brides and Belles supplied a wonderful dress from Victoria Kay Gowns which suited the brief and then we found the black velvet coat we wanted from gothic clothes supplier The Dark Angel.

We met on a day in October and our model Simona was transformed by Deborah from Love Hair and Beauty, who never fails but to understand what we ty to achieve and knows exactly how to create it.

Jane from Wedding and Events Floral Design had created wonderful bouquets and a head dress, collected fabrics and rabbit skulls, skilfully made a bustle for the back of the coat and finished off the detailing to the top hat.

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It was a walk into the woods, with bags, boxes, a dog, wellies, umbrellas, smoke bombs and some cameras… and in a race against weather, we created!

It has to be noted that Bill the greyhound, despite shaking with nerves was a total professional.

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When There’s Somethin’ Strange, In Your Neighbourhood…

October 31st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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This is definitely one for the ghostbusters.

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I’ve seen the piles of pumpkins outside the supermarket.  Read the tabloid spoofs.  Spooked myself silly reading “The Orphan Choir” by Sophie Hannah (just don’t). Bought my baby a pumpkin outfit.  Dressed as a skeleton for #weddinghourlive…

There was no way I wasn’t going to share something frightful to celebrate the spirit of the season (see what I did there?) Ladies and gents, beware the Bridezillas this Halloween night…

Styled by Donna Hartley Redfern of North East Wedding Planner and images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Jamie Penfold Photography, let me make this clear:  I do not suggest that you use this shoot as wedding inspiration!

Just horrible.  But so very Halloween

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Donna says:  This week the wedding industry decided to take advantage of old hallows eve and show the fun side of those who work within the wedding industry.  The new folly at Woodhill Hall in Otterburn gave Jamie and I a wacky idea. So after a few phones calls lots of industry specialists offered their services to help us get spooky!

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Corrinne, the quirky owner of Woodhill Hall loves seeing the hall re-created with each wedding, so leapt at the opportunity to show the dark side of the stunning wedding venue to show future grooms what happens if you don’t give your bride what she wants on her wedding day!

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The team transformed models into bride zombies. The brides all received a make under by the unbelievably talented team including KF Make up and Amanda Williamson hair stylist, complete with wedding dresses by House of Mooshki.

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I’m off to hide under my duvet till morning!

 

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Georgina’s Gift List

July 22nd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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A quick update concerning Britain’s worst bride’s registry.

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To see more of Anna Morris Comedy’s fabulous spoof films click here, here, here and here

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To read an exclusive interview with Georgina, click here. 

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  – Video ©  2012 Anna Morris Comedy

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Wedding Blog Exclusive! An Interview With Britain’s Worst Bride: We Chat To Georgina

July 19th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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“My biggest wish for married life is to never have to work again – it’s ghastly!”

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I have a treat for you today!  Today we chat to the lady behind the wedding video blog that went viral, Anna Morris.  Anna’s creation Georgina has been dubbed Britain’s Worst Bride by the World’s media, including the Huffington Post. 

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I’ve been featuring “Georgina’s Wedding Blogs” on these pages every Friday – a hilariously tongue in cheek look at what happens when wedding planning power is placed in the wrong hands.    

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In this exclusive interview, granted only to Brides Up North, let’s chat to Georgina about her wedding plans…

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Where and when did you get engaged?  Was it a surprise?

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Well it wasn’t a surprise because it would have been foolish of Simon not to at some point so it was just a matter of where and when really.

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Simon proposed to me while we were at the bedside of his dying great grandmother, Dorothea. It was terribly romantic – I’d had my eye on her family heirloom of a ring from the first moment I’d laid eyes on it! It was far too big of course because she’d withered away quite a lot. It was her dying wish to see Simon engaged, although she wasn’t conscious when he did it. It was so thoughtful of him – but that’s my Simon – terribly thoughtful! The whole family ran in and the children jumped on the 17th century four poster! It was a wonderful moment, even the doctor was in tears!

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When and where are you planning to get married?

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I’m planning on getting married at a secret location over the summer (although due to some recent unfortunate errors with various suppliers, this may be pushed back). I don’t want to tell you the location in case generic members of the public try and come in or take pictures. I am also negotiating a deal with Hello and Hiyah! Magazines so the details remain a great secret!

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All I can tell you is that the venue is very grand and historical, although I was disappointed it didn’t have a moat, so I’m having one built.

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Where and when did you first meet?

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Simon and I met at work in the city many years ago. We bonded at a work away day when we went clay pigeon shooting and our team won. Simon had a great aim, and he when it rained he leant me his Barbour jacket which I thought was very sweet.

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Where did you go on your first date? Was it true love right from the start?

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Our first date was very normal I suppose. We went to Prince Harry’s birthday party, after dining at Annabels. Yes I think I realised it was something like love or relief when his driver picked us up at the end of the night.

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When did you know that he was the one?

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When I first visited his family estate and his Mother gave us our own set of keys to the Barbados house.

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What do you love most about each other?

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I’d say Simon loves my hair the most – no extensions, it’s all real and very thick. My family have a history of very thick, solid hair and Simon loves it when I wear it down. He also often tells me he loves my ‘english rose’ skin, and my taste in soft furnishings.

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What do love most about Simon? I love how passive he is.

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What are his/ hers most annoying little habits?

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Simon is often late or forgets things! Like looking at wedding venues – I had 6 booked in per week through the spring and he forgot almost every single one!

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I don’t have any annoying habits.

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What is your biggest wish for married life?

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To never have to work again – it’s ghastly.

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Tell us more about your wedding plans?

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The colour scheme is ‘insipid gold’ – I don’t think you can go wrong with that. The staff will be spray painted gold, as well as 100 doves which we’ll release after dinner.

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What about your wedding dress and accessories? What have you chosen? What will your bridesmaids wear?

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Well originally the wedding dress was supposed to be layered with gold leaf with a corset made out of gold, but we realised it as too heavy and may have caused my ribs to break, so I’m still looking! I have a shortlist of 23 now.

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I’m still auditioning for bridesmaids, but I’ll probably make them wear grey or beige – something weak and insignificant.

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What about the details?

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We’re going for a giant ice sculpture of me as the centre-piece of the foyer, Katherine Jenkins will be singing ‘You’re Beautiful’ by James Blunt as I walk down the aisle, favours will be a framed photo of Simon and I, and an iPad.

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Where are you planning on going on honeymoon?

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Simon and I will be going on separate honeymoons due to his work and my charity commitments. He’ll be going to Thailand, and I’ll be going to the Po Po Luxury Spa resort in the Maldives.

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Why did you start your wedding blog? Are you enjoying making your films?

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I started the wedding blogs because I thought other Brides could perhaps benefit from my tips, and ideas. I also thought it would be a bit of escapism for generic members of the public who seem to enjoy ‘reality shows’. I also think I’m very photogenic and although I could have been a very successful model or actress, I chose to concentrate of more serious pursuits, so this is a bit of fun!

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What has the public response been like?

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Wonderful, apart from a few jealous people who have accused me of being self-obsessed or spoilt. It’s not my fault they can’t afford a half a million pound wedding!

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Now, let’s meet the lady behind Britain’s Worst Bride, comedian Anna Morris. 

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Anna says: I had wanted to create a universally recognisable character for a long time. Most of my previous characters had been a bit surreal. Last year, I overheard a conversation in a café of someone very posh having a go at the waiter, in a very passive aggressive way.  The character of Georgina just popped into my head, and she wouldn’t leave me alone. I wanted to see how she’d react at a wedding, if she had a speech to make and if everything had gone wrong… and it just fell out onto the page! Then I started performing it at gigs and it god a good reaction, and I really enjoyed it. I refer to the audience members individually and thank them for their ‘help’ as if they are guests at a wedding.

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I then decided to put together a 1 hour show featuring Georgina, and 5 other brand new characters. The rest of them are quite different to her, and all compliment each other very well. It’s a very fun, varied show.

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Anna’s show, Dolly Mixture, is previewing in London on 30th/31st July, 8pm at the Camden Fringe, and then it will be on at the Edinburgh Festival, 4-25th August at the Voodoo Rooms, West Register Street at 3.55pm. 

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Camden tickets can be brought here, and Edinburgh is free – just turn up!

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  – Images of Georgina “wedding planning” by © 2012 Awet Woldermariam supplied by Anna Morris Comedy 

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How’s The Moat Coming Along?

July 13th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Let’s catch up how our most notorious reader’s wedding plans are progressing. 

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Today Georgina talks time pressures and venues.  Both concerns for the modern bride, wouldn’t you agree?

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To view Georgina’s other updates click here, here, and here

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An Apology From Georgina

July 6th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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My favourite Brides Up North reader, and “Britain’s Worst Bride”, has something to say to you all. 

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Watch out for more from Georgina in an exclusive interview here on the wedding blog: something tells me she’ll have a few things to say then too. 

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  – Video © Anna Morris Comedy

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In The Limelight: All The Pics From The Brides Up North Tweet Up Yorkshire Booth!

July 2nd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Well, I thought I might as well get it over with, so we are kicking off the week with an embarrassing recap of all the photos from the Limelight Photobooth at the Brides Up North Tweet Up Yorkshire. 

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Ladies and gentlemen, this motley crew are the people into whose care you are entrusting your dream wedding!  But brides of Yorkshire, don’t fear, I can reassure you that these wedding industry professionals are the best in the business. 

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It’s just that everyone needs a night off once in a while, don’t they?

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Huge thanks once again to Sarah and Sarah at Limelight Photobooth Hire for giving up their time on the night.  A photobooth is a fun and fabulous alternative to favours and/or a guestbook – and you can bet that your guests will be talking about it for weeks afterwards!  Give the girls a call to see how they can add some photo fun to your special celebration.

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Click here to see the official photos from the event and read my recap. 

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Lady Britannia! A Fun Olympics Bridal Fashion Shoot

July 1st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Olympics Brides by K&I Imaging

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So we crashed out of the footy, but Andy Murray is doing pretty well at Wimbledon, right?  Now I like a bit of national pride, but my husband has pretty much been glued to the box for weeks on end.  Are your partners the same, or are you right there with them?

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Sneaky strawberry and cream opportunities aside, the peace and quiet is rather nice, but I was looking forward to seeing some more of him shortly.  But, alas, it’s not to be.  I’d forgotten about the big one

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Because Euro 2012 is small fry compared to what’s right around the corner: the Olympics! 

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It’s been a big year for Britain already what with the Diamond Jubilee celebrations (you can catch up on some of the fabulous styled shoots I featured that weekend here, here, here, here, here, here and here), and I’ve decided that if I can’t beat him, I may as well join him!

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We don’t have tickets for any events, so I’ll be grabbing the popcorn, breaking out the bunting and singing for Team GB.  You know what?  I can’t wait. 

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Olympics Brides by K&I Imaging

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Today, in this fun shoot sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Fable & Promise and Kerry Baker Make Up Artist, the wedding industry get in on the action too.  What do you think girls?  Should brides stick to dashing up the aisle? Would you rock a patriotic wedding look?  Or is that best left to Sporty Spice?  

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Let’s fly the flag!

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Olympics Brides by K&I Imaging

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Kerry Baker, the make up artist on the shoot and coordinator says: I wanted to do a red, white and blue themed shoot but wanted to steer away from the sugar coated Jubilee style. So, with the Olympics and Team GB in mind, I decided on a very strong, gritty Lady Britannia style sports shoot and set about putting together my own elite team of professionals to help me do it. As a make-up artist specialising in weddings, I love to experiment and do something outside of the box occasionally so have started styling shoots to allow me to indulge in my creativity! I started with Union Jack lip tattoos and it grew from there. I kept the make up minimal using, just simple strokes of eye-liner and false lashes completed the look to keep the focus on the dramatic lips.

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Having met the lovely Charlotte from Fable & Promise, I knew with her talent for designing unique creations she would be the perfect partner on the project. Together we chose the dresses to feature in the shoot, and after chatting over ideas Charlotte "picked up the baton" (sorry, couldn’t resist) and came up with some wonderful designs which were matched exactly with the look I was going for. In fact, when she unveiled them on the day of the shoot I think I may have squealed I was so happy with them! Oh and the clever lady also made the headpieces too!

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So after sorting out the dresses and venue (UCLAN Sports arena, Preston) I asked a friend and fantastic hair stylist Carly Ryan to do the models hair. I asked Carly for a sporty but edgy fashion look, and she did a really fantastic job.

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Lastly I invited K&I Imaging duo Karen and Ian to take the photographs for the shoot. I had a lot of ideas on poses for the models (including replication of the infamous tennis girl black and white image from the 80s) which they took on board and really made the whole project come alive, despite the rain and the cold conditions!

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Olympics Brides by K&I Imaging

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Olympics Brides by K&I Imaging

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And of course I have to mention the models, Stacey, Su, Lynn and Lauren. All friends of mine who have modelling experience who, along with Carly, Charlotte Karen and Ian all gave up their time to be involved in the project.

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Don’t miss Fable & Promise’s one day sample sale this coming weekend!  Charlotte says: Starting with a catwalk show to see the dresses in all their glory, brides are then able to try the dresses on and meet other wedding industry specialists to help plan other aspects of their day. 

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Appointments are advised – just click the image below to go to the website.

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Fable Sample Sale July 2012

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Little Black Book

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Custom dresses: Charlotte Yates of Fable & Promise

Photographer: K&I Imaging

Make-up artist and stylist: Kerry Baker

Hair: Carly’s Creations

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Friday Fabulous! Georgina’s Back.

June 29th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Britain’s Worst Bride, and Brides Up North’s latest “celebrity” fan (I think she would agree, wouldn’t she?) is back with some choice hair and make up tips.  Listen up!

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Still the most fabulous thing on the web all week.

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Watch out for an exclusive interview with Georgina and some never seen before pictures… coming up soon on Brides Up North.  Is anyone else a little bit scared?

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Click here to see Georgina’s first two video blogs.  Comedy gold. 

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Friday Fabulous (Jubilee Style!)

June 1st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Crazy Crown Glasses

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Perfect for a proper princess on the occasion of her hen party, but I also know what I’ll be rocking during the Jubilee celebrations this weekend…

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Hell yeah! Pass the Pimms…

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Crazy Crown Glasses, £6, by Accessorize 

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