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the whole experience: perfect daze bridal

March 13th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

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As quite possibly the most exciting aspect of the wedding planning, we here at Brides Up North are firm believers that brides should remember their boutique visits for all the right reasons and have an experience that is professional, yet personal and fun, as they search for that one special dress.

And we’re not alone in our mantra, for the new Sponsor that we’re introducing on the blog today was built upon these very beliefs – the fabulous Perfect Daze Bridal.

In opening her gorgeous Yorkshire boutique, Perfect Daze owner Emma Roberts, wanted to offer ladies the full bridal shopping package; from a chic and relaxing setting to stunning designers, excellent customer service and faultless attention to detail – and she continuously strives to give her brides the very best experience.

Whether buying a designer gown or investing in a bespoke dress, all brides are seen by Emma as she gets to know them over a cuppa or glass of fizz, and she sees them through to their big day with assistance from her highly-experienced team in ensuring absolute perfection.

Here to tell us more about the boutique’s ethos and offering is the leading lady herself. Take it away Emma…

Images by Glix Photography.

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Where is your boutique located and how would you describe the look and feel of it?

emma says: Perfect Daze is nestled in the rural village of Scissett in the heart of Yorkshire. A stone’s throw from Holmfirth, we are sat right on the boundaries of Wakefield, Huddersfield and Barnsley and only ten minutes from the M1 making Leeds and Sheffield quite close by.

The emphasis is on the whole experience and the boutique is spacious and luxurious. Large changing rooms and comfortable seating, plush fabrics and an industrial edge. Copper, steel and woods are the perfect backdrop to the chic gowns.

We stock the best of British bridal with our signature look being couture.

What designers do you stock and can you tell us a little about each one?

Enzoani Blue is at the cutting edge of bridal fashion. Designed by Kang Chun “KC” Lin, the gowns incorporate intricate lace, beautiful fabrics and the Enzoani signature cut out trains. Enzoani Blue is perfect for the style savvy bride, their gowns are anything but ordinary.

Enzoani Beautiful sits alongside Enzoani Blue with the same attention to detail, but with a slightly more traditional look. If Blue is a little too edgy for your bridal style, but you still appreciate the signature cut out trains and attention to detail then Enzoani Beautiful is perfect for you.

As for Badgley Mischka – think red carpet, think glamour, think the Oscars. This designer supplies high-octane styling for a bride who desires the wow factor. Their designs are a little more couture, sometimes quite edgy, but always focusing on fit and shape.

Suzanne Neville is a designer adored by celebrities such as Holly Willoughby, Tess Daly and Katherine Jenkins. Her gowns exude class, sophistication and elegance. Using the most opulent fabrics, every single dress is handmade in the UK and as beautiful on the inside as the outside.

Her ‘less is more’ approach to bridal is breath-taking and her famous corset shape creates the most fantastic curves.

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How do you pick the right designers for the boutique and what do you think makes a good bridal collection?

I believe our designers have to work well together and their collections must complement each other.

We have a wide range of styles which are all focussed on fit, quality and elegance. When I invest in a label, I am looking for design which works well within the ethos of Perfect Daze Bridal. I firmly believe that shape and good fabrics are key, and when it comes to detail, just the right amount.

Furthermore, fantastic customer care, is essential. I need to know my designers can deliver 100% every time, I can then pass this onto my brides.

What current trends are you seeing in bridal wear and can you forecast any future trends that will be coming through?

It is all about the back in bridal at the moment. We are seeing some stunning designs and Enzoani are right at the forefront of this. We love it when a dress looks demure from the front but has a wonderful surprise in the back. Vision backs with floating lace and cut out trains give the wow factor.

I don’t think this current trend will be going anywhere for some time.

I think we might start to see a return to more structured fabrics like satin and Mikado. A sophisticated look which focuses on curves and structure. Seams and panels will replace lace, and sparkle will be there, but as a statement rather than all over. Badgley Mischka introduced these types of dresses in 2017, and my brides are loving the opulence.

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What research/preparation would you advise brides to do before visiting the boutique?

It doesn’t matter whether you bring a full board on Pinterest to show me or arrive with nothing but your wedding date – every bride is individual and the fun is to find what works for each person.

If you have firm ideas about the type of look we are going for, then I need to know so I can work with your wedding day ideas. If your wedding has a rustic theme, you would probably not want to go for a sexy, glamourous gown. Likewise, you wouldn’t want to turn up to a black tie themed wedding in a crochet dress. Brides often allow their choice of dress to determine the theme of the wedding.

Prepare to be honest – this is what I ask of all my brides. I always start by saying “Be honest with me, you will not offend me, if one gown was right for everybody then I would need just one in every size. The more feedback you give me, the more chance I have of finding you ‘the one’.”

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expertly styled: harriet wilde designer day & accessory styling event at love bridal boutique

March 13th, 2018 | Julia Braime

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Keen to see ladies making the most out of their bride-to-be-limelight, we highly encourage enjoying all elements of the planning, especially those that relate to piecing together the big day look.

Thankfully the shopping doesn’t end at picking a dress; for there are the all-important finishing touches to consider too, which ultimately complete the attire and help to reflect a bride’s individual style.

This includes everything from the veil, hair accessories and jewellery through to the shoes, giving ladies quite a lot to think about. Though the task may seem a little overwhelming there are experts on hand to assist, with many boutiques offering dedicated styling appointments to help bring a bride’s final look together. One such boutique, is our fabulous Sponsor, LOVE Bridal, located in the gorgeous market town of Altrincham.

Owner Emma Draper and her team love nothing more than assisting brides in finding their dream dress and then adding the perfect accessories to complete a bride’s big day vision. As such, they’re holding a fabulous accessories styling event alongside a Harriet Wilde Designer Day that will see brides professionally styled by the LOVE team, as well as designer behind the gorgeous Harriet Wilde brand, Ruth Shaw.

Taking place on Sunday 18th March, 11.30am to 3pm, those who attend can view and try on an extended range of beautiful Harriet Wilde shoes and accessories, as well as veils, jewellery, garters and more from LOVE’s other accessory designers. Spots are expected to be snapped up fast ladies, so if this sounds like a dream day to you, be sure to email to reserve your place on the guest list.

In the meantime, we’ve invited the lovely Emma to the blog today to tell us more about this wonderful event and to swoon some more over those stunning Harriet Wilde designs!

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What can brides-to-be expect from the Harriet Wilde Designer Day and Accessory Styling Event?

emma says: Shoes, shoes, oh and some added bubbly and treats! We will be presenting the full range of beautiful Harriet Wilde shoes, plus a selection of hair accessories, veils, jewellery, garters and more from designers including Hermione Harbutt, Donna Crain, Halo & Co, Pompadour Lingerie, White Willow Bridal, Sassi Holford and Stewart Parvin. Alongside Harriet Wilde designer Ruth Shaw, LOVE’s very own stylists will be on hand to offer expert guidance and advice. And, if you purchase anything at the event, you’ll receive 10% off!

What do you love about Harriet Wilde designs and what type of bride do they appeal to?

Harriet Wilde is synonymous with unique design, luxurious embellishments, comfort and a high level of craftsmanship. Perfect for the bride who is looking to stand out from the crowd, with styles ranging from classic Italian ivory silk satin shoes to statement embellished heels and intricate gold floral laser cut peep toe lace up sandals!

The range includes the luxurious ready to wear bridal shoe collection with personal customisation, bespoke shoe atelier and coordinating hair accessories and handbags.

They’re not just shoes for brides either! If a mother-of-the-bride or -groom are looking for that special pair of shoes there are plenty of options. Harriet Wilde’s shoes are so versatile they can even be dyed to match a specific outfit.

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Do you have a personal favourite from the Harriet Wilde collection and is there a particular design that proves poplar with your brides?

There are so many refreshing, stunning shoe options to choose from in Harriet Wilde’s collection. Of course, we love the embellished heels, which are available on a number of her shoe styles. The gold Peony low is certainly one of our favourites with her laser cut floral leather detailing and pretty bow ties, but an absolute classic favourite with us and our brides has to be the Joanie style, with her clever added platform. Such an elegant shoe, which moulds the foot beautifully with a delicate pointed toe, and is now available in two heel heights, depending on a bride’s preference. You can also add an embellished heel to this shoe style too! This shoe looks amazing with all sorts of dress skirt shapes, but a personal favourite is when they’re worn with a slinky silk crepe gown, such as the Sarah Seven ‘Belmont’ style, and you can just see a peek of shoe when the bride walks.

What advice would you give to brides when picking their accessories and in particular their shoes?

I would usually recommend choosing your accessories once you have chosen your dress, so you can then try different options, and make sure that they complement your dress style perfectly. For example, if you have chosen a heavily beaded gown then you may want to let the dress do the talking and opt for very delicate hair accessories rather than anything too elaborate – perhaps a diamanté comb or hair pins at the back of the head, or just a simple earring.  For a more romantic, relaxed style gown or an elegant plain fitted gown with simpler fabrics and less detailing on the dress, then you might want to make more of a statement with your accessories, such as the Hermione Harbutt Floriana or Violette hair vines.

You might have thought that a veil isn’t quite ‘you’ or is ’too much’ but don’t rule it out straight away until you’ve tried one.  There’s so many beautiful, simple veil options including soft silk tulle veils, draped back veils and more which complement softer dress styles and shapes. Alternatively, you may know you definitely want a veil and you want to tie it in closely with your dress style and fabric so there are many options for bespoke veils to complement your dress. Veils can come in any length you like too.

When considering shoe styles, consider the movement of your dress and how much of your shoe will be seen as you walk. A lot of our brides opt for a closed toe with a more fitted dress style rather than peep toe, so that the shoe will be seen instead of your toes (obviously when fitted correctly your dress should just tickle the floor and you shouldn’t see any shoe as you stand still, but it can then glide slightly over your shoe as you walk). Perhaps you’ve got a front or back slit on your dress, or a high-low hem so shoe choice will be even more important to you – those Harriet Wilde embellished heels would certainly be the perfect shoe choice for this!

Contrary to what a lot of people think, shoes certainly don’t go unnoticed – your photographer will be keen to capture them, you also might be required to lift your dress to walk up steps or get out of a car or lift your dress hem in case of inclement weather – so those shoes will definitely grab attention!

Overall with hair and accessory styling our one piece of advice would be to stay true to your style. Don’t go for something because somebody else thinks it goes with your dress – after all we firmly believe accessories usually divide people more than the actual dress choice; in one bridal party there’s usually more than a couple of magpies, and that might not be you! Tell your stylist exactly what you are looking for and they will go above and beyond to tailor your accessories to your dress and most of all your style.

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laidback love. sassi holford for a picturesque village hall wedding in the north west – amy & simon

March 13th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson

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There are village halls, and there are village halls. Today’s real wedding couple Amy and Simon picked a cracker in picturesque Slaidburn, with its high ceilings and blank canvas ready to be transformed by the theme and colour scheme of their choice – which they did with gusto, hand-making some fabulous floral wreaths to hang from the ceiling and rather professional signs to help the day run smoothly.

We also love the couple’s idea of having a 16-piece band as entertainment (imagine the impact of all those instruments in a village hall!) – and the VW campervan that invites each guest to ‘pimp’ their drinks with fruit and flavoured cordials.

Amy looks fabulous in her lacy Sassi Holford gown, rocking the 2018 trend for sleeves. And we’ve fallen just a little bit in love with the canine guest in attendance – that face!

With images by Rachel Joyce Photography.

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amy says: We got engaged on 24th April. We’d decided to walk to the top of Longridge Fell. Simon had packed a picnic and unknown to me something else very special. When we reached the top, we stood near the white trigpoint and looked at the view over the beautiful Ribble Valley. No one else was around and Simon started to unpack the picnic and pulled out a small wooden box. He then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I couldn’t believe it; I had no idea. I couldn’t stop smiling. I said “Yes!” It was quite emotional and so gleeful. We celebrated together with our picnic before heading back.

We wanted a memorable date for our wedding, so we picked 17th June 2017. I had always wanted a June wedding because they say that, when you marry in June, you’re a bride all your life.

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We got married at Slaidburn Village Hall, Clitheroe. We wanted a relaxed and informal wedding and had been looking at venues for a while but when we visited Slaidburn we knew it was perfect for us. Slaidburn is such a picturesque village; is has an old-world charm and we had a great feeling about it. The village hall next to the village green and River Hodder was just the perfect setting for our wedding. We’d definitely recommend the venue if you’re looking for something simple and laid back from which you can personally create the setting and tone for your wedding. There are no package deals here, so some hard work and organisation from you will ensure the wedding you always wanted. The hall is a beautiful combination of simple clean lines, modern and some rustic old-world charm.

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The style of our wedding was a woodland garden feel with natural tones. We decorated the hall ourselves and wanted a very natural theme, with lots of greenery and elements of wood, brown string and hessian. There was also a bit of vintage glamour, with the addition of gold, blush and burgundy to the colour scheme. We loved the idea of being married underneath trees and had two birch trees at the altar.

The general wedding colours we chose were green and white with splashes of gold. I wanted us both to stand out and so my flowers and Simon’s buttonhole and tie had a slightly different colour theme, including blush and burgundy.

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My dress was the Eleanor by designer Sassi Holford, from Kimberley Ann Bridal, in Clitheroe. I wanted something simple and floaty with sleeves and a V-neck, as I thought this would flatter me the most. When I put it on, I knew it was the dress for me; it was everything I wanted.

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fairytales & feathers. essense of australia for a lavish winter wedding at carlton towers – chloe & lee

March 12th, 2018 | Laura McDonagh

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Opulence is the hallmark of this stunning real wedding, which took place in the magnificent Gothic surroundings of Carlton Towers in North Yorkshire. Chloe and Lee were craving drama and decadence, and – with their Gatsby theme, gold and silver accents, pearls, candelabras, feathers and troupe of dancing girls – we think they just about pulled it off.

Chloe confesses to dreaming of a winter wedding since she was a little girl, and the Christmas season gave her plenty of opportunities to create the fairytale day she’d always wanted. Her bridesmaids wore floor-length gold sequin dresses, she treated herself to a pair of Jimmy Choo stilettos and her own gown was an absolute showstopper. We’re unashamedly in love with its epic train and lace detailing, and her feathered cape and scarlet lips are the perfect partners for a celebration of such ultra-glam proportions.

Get ready for some fireworks, literal and metaphorical!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Valentina Weddings.

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chloe says: We got engaged on 12th October 2015, at Daytona Beach in Florida. We were on holiday in Orlando and had decided to take a road trip over to the coast for the night. We’d booked into the Hilton and when we arrived at our room I thought we’d been upgraded – little did I know that Lee had told the hotel of his plans to propose! We had the penthouse suite with a wraparound balcony overlooking the ocean all the way to the city. As we were checking everywhere out, I ran out onto the balcony to find Lee down on one knee. I couldn’t believe it was true and neither of us remember exactly what was said, other than Lee’s “Will you marry me?” Of course I said yes, and the rest is history!

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We got married on 15th December 2017. I’d wanted a winter wedding since I was a little girl and this particular date just happened to fall well. We chose Carlton Towers for our full day of celebrations from the night before, to the ceremony and the day and evening receptions. We only looked at a couple of venues and fell in love with Carlton Towers’ Gothic and opulent charm. As well as offering us exclusive use, we knew it was a place people wouldn’t ordinarily go to and probably wouldn’t ever go again, making it that extra bit special.

Our wedding had a loose Great Gatsby theme. We incorporated lots of gold sequins, white feathers and our stationery was in a 1920s style, too. Our colour palette was blush pink, silver and gold – they’re my favourite colours and we felt that they went with the opulent and elegant theme we wanted to convey.

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My wedding dress was Aurora from Essense of Australia. I tried on lots of different styles of wedding dresses; I wanted to make the most of the experience, plus you never know what you’ll love until you’re wearing it. I fell in love with my dress; it showed off my figure in such a beautiful way, as well as having a stunningly long train which I was desperate for. I bought my dress from Ava Rose Hamilton in Silsden, who were amazing and made my whole experience a dream.

For accessories I picked out a couple of pieces from the bridal shop, as well as Jimmy Choo sparkly shoes and a Swarovski necklace and bracelet.

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Lee wore a slate blue tail suit from Joshua Adams in Cleckheaton. He and his best man wore a grey fleece waistcoat, while the other groomsmen wore a blue dogtooth print waistcoat. They all finished off their outfits with matching tan shoes and blush pink cravats and handkerchiefs. Lee also gave the men a hare pin to wear on their jackets and matching socks with their role, e.g. best man, usher etc. Lee also accessorised with a new Hugo Boss watch in a deep blue colour from a limited-edition range.

Our four adult bridesmaids wore gold sequin Sorella Vita dresses from Limelight Occasions in Lepton. We picked two different styles to suit everyone’s figures and style. Our junior bridesmaid and flower girl wore matching blush pink dresses from Monsoon. They also wore white fluffy capes and sparkly rose gold shoes. I bought all of the girls their jewellery as gifts.

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style sheet. pantone 2018: ultra violet

March 12th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

Ultra Violet

image source, photography by Jenna Bechtholt Photography

While some predicted Pantone to return to a more muted tone for its colour of 2018 following a year of bold greenery, the tonal experts threw something even louder our way in the form of Ultra Violet.

Described as “a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade” the deep hue gives a fashion forward alternative to traditional Cadbury tones that we’ve seen numerous times before. Related to “mysteries of the cosmos” the blue-based purple of Ultra Violet is said to light the way for what is to come whilst also having connections to the spiritual world.

So, who’s it for? Well as Pantone see it, the vivid colour will spur on individuals to make their own mark on the world and push boundaries. In which case, confident wedding couples looking for options beyond ivory, creams and gold for their celebrations, and those that love to use colour in both an impactful and beautiful way.

With this in mind, we’re taking a look at how to incorporate Ultra Violet into varying elements of a wedding day; from subtle suggestions for the décor and details, right through to strong styling in accessories – and possibly even the dress!

Prepare to get starry-eyed…


UV Decor

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Though admittedly a dark shade of purple, we find that Ultra Violet lends itself beautifully to all seasons: mix with light, soft and creamy shades of purples and creams for spring/summer and vibrant, deeper tones of purples and blues for autumn/winter.

As the shade itself is rather opulent, it instantly works well in regal centrepieces with plentiful arrangements placed in urn style vessels and mercury glass vases.

In a nod to its spiritual relations, romantic ribbons and flowing fabrics are captivating when trailed down table centres, or draped from decorative structures, such as aisle arches or top table backdrops.

For full on luxury bring in cut glassware, metallic crockery, decorative charger plates and elegant tapered candles. Meanwhile, those wanting to keep the mood lighter, could introduce pretty pompoms, paper fans and large helium balloons.


UV Dress

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Certainly not for the colour-shy, injecting Ultra Violet into the attire makes a bold statement.

There are options for those more coy though, such as jewellery featuring pretty purple gems, or a pop of colour in the shoes that are largely concealed beneath the dress. Alternatively, you could always divert the Ultra Violet spotlight onto your bridesmaids dressing them all in the bold hue or mixing up the tones for added interest and depth.

As for your own dress, it takes one brave bride to wear purple, but it can be done in a stylish fashion for those who want to tip the traditional bridalwear box on its head. The Ultra Violet tone is very deep to be worn from head-to-toe so consider a bespoke ombre design with the colour just washing up a fraction of the dress, or chose a softer shade of purple that will complement Pantone’s reining hue. To keep any harshness at bay, look for designs in romantic fabrics, such as delicate lace and tulle.

And grooms too can get in on the cosmos action; whether it be a flash of Ultra Violet in the socks and tie, or a full on violet velvet tux for next-level dapper.


UV Details

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There are so many pretty purple blooms out there that putting together a Pantone posy should be a joy for you and your florist. We adore full bouquets of varying shades of lilac, lavender, violet and indigo, but also those that bring in powder and fuchsia pinks. Greenery also works beautifully with the bewitching charm of Ultra Violet, and when combined with soft blousy petals, can create a more rustic/country garden style vibe.

Its Parma Violet-like appearance also links the shade perfectly to all things sweet; from on-trend marble and geometric cakes to elegant macaroons, enchanting cocktails and a Brides Up North confectionery favourite, doughnuts.

The colour also makes for bright and bold invites, a fabulous way to heighten the anticipation amongst guests for the big day to come. Its jewel type properties have seen Ultra Violet weddings featuring gorgeous geodes too in areas such as the paper goods, place names and show-stopping cake designs.

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urban luxe. a stylish wedding show at holmes mill

March 11th, 2018 | Julia Braime


We are so excited here at Brides Up North HQ to be returning this spring to what we think might just be the coolest wedding venue ever.

We’re back for 2018 and presenting the most lovely, hand-picked selection of talented wedding suppliers in the North West.  We’ll be filling this place with fabulous and showing off the awesome party space at Holmes Mill, Clitheroe on Sunday 8th April 2018, 11am till 2pm, FREE ENTRY!

Ready yourself for a style overload.

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A working brewery with immense artisan food hall, pump room, boutique hotel and (most importantly!) a stunning urban-luxe party room which makes the perfect blank canvas for a wedding celebration, Holmes Mill puts Clitheroe firmly on the map.  If you’re a super cool couple who love their food, drink and are looking for something stylish for your special day – look. no. further.

We fell in love the first time we visited, and it wasn’t the beer talking. Following a really sensational Brides Up North wedding show last autumn, we’re ready to do it all over again!

How awesome is this place? Click here to view Holmes Mill’s gorgeous ‘Dream Wedding’ brochure online.

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bride to be?

We’re giving away up to 150 free Bride To Be media packs, filled with glossy magazines and little treats from Brides Up North, as well as the brand new issue of UNVEILED Magazine. As demand is high, to pick up your VIP media pack all you need to do is pre-register using the form below. While stocks last.


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fancy exhibiting with us?

Please click here to view our schedule for 2018.

Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. We expect demand to be very high.

Discounts are available for block bookings.

Email us at for details. Places are limited and subject to availability.

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Images by Hannah Joy Photography for UNVEILED, Issue 08, AW17.

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