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Live, Laugh, Love. A 1950’s Vintage Real Wedding In Lancashire – Adele & Donna

March 17th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Catharine Noble Photography

BIG LOVE to our brilliant and talented exhibitors, fabulous brides and goody bag touting grooms who supported our event in Leeds yesterday. The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at The Mansion was glorious! Thank you to everyone involved for your support and attendance, our team loved every minute of it. Roll on our next show at this favourite venue of mine… in the diary for 19th October!  More on that later.

Meanwhile, it’s still a March Monday on these pretty pages, and I’ve got something rather lovely in store for you this morning.  Today we are celebrating with not one stylish Bride Up North but two, as we join Adele and Donna for their bright, balmy and beautiful Real Wedding celebration in Lancashire.

With images by Catharine Noble Photography

Catharine Noble Photography

Donna says:  We got engaged in May 2010. One Saturday morning there was a knock on the door. I was faced with a big bunch of flowers and a card saying ‘Will you marry me?’ and as I was reading this Adele produced a lovely white gold diamond ring in the shape of a flower.

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We were married on 3rd August 2013 at Heskin Hall Tudor manor house in Chorley, Lancashire.  We had looked at an array of venues in the area and didn’t come across any that understood us as a couple and understood what we wanted our wedding day to be like. The venue was perfect and just what we had in mind.

Catharine Noble Photography

Catharine Noble Photography

From the onset we had a 1950’s vintage theme. This included a VW Camper Van from Cheshire Campervan Hire as our transport, dapper floral shirts and dickie bows for the men and boys, vintage ice cream van from Every Day Is Like Sundae, high tea with vintage mismatched china, bunting, birdcages and heart shaped table confetti made from old sonnets. We collected jam jars, tied lace around these and added meadow flowers to them. We also had lawn games for our guests including croquet. Our motto – Live, Laugh, Love – was also featured throughout our ceremony and celebrations. 

Catharine Noble Photography

Catharine Noble Photography

Catharine Noble Photography

Catharine Noble Photography

Catharine Noble Photography

We visited our local mill and our bridesmaids selected the same print in a different colour each to be made into the same dresses. Our little flower girl Elise wore a simple flower girl dress from BHS, which matched perfectly with the theme. The page boys wore matching floral shirts from Debenhams and waist coat and trousers from BHS. My father also wore a matching suit and shirt from Debenhams. All the boys wore dickie bows and 50’s style shoes.

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We both chose a similar style of dress even though we hadn’t consulted each other. Our local bridal shop and dress maker Something Special based in Horwich made both our dresses and bridesmaid dresses simply from a couple of pictures and ideas.

Catharine Noble Photography

Catharine Noble Photography

We carried simple but elegant meadow flowers and tea roses by Fleur De Lyn Cooper.  I had a Scottish thistle within my bouquet in memory of my grandma who was from Scotland.

Catharine Noble Photography

Catharine Noble Photography

We had a male soloist on a guitar who learned all our favourite songs and sang these straight after the ceremony on the lawn and also while we were having high tea.

Catharine Noble Photography

Catharine Noble Photography

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Catharine Noble Photography

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Got Chemistry! A Real Wedding In Nottingham – Jo & Rachel

November 12th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon we are visiting Nottingham Trent’s Old Chemistry Theatre with newlyweds Jo and Rachel, and Brides Up North Featured Supplier Images By Gabrielle for a sleek and stylish civil partnership ceremony that packs a purple punch.

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The girls say:  We got engaged on 2nd March 2012.  Jo asked Rachel on Brighton Beach.

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We were married on 20th October 2012 at The Arkwright Building at Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham.  Rachel went to university at Nottingham Trent and she’s got this old graduation photo with all her uni mates.  When we spotted the venue online, it was the only venue we went to look at and we booked it straight away – because it felt just right.  We’re not really country-house girls, so we wanted to be in the heart of Nottingham, where we first met.

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Our colour scheme was purple.  We were inspired by the venue’s purple chairs and wanted to pick that out in our details.  We even ended up with purple shoes!

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We both knew that we wanted short dresses – not traditional long dresses.  Initially, we even looked at bridesmaid ranges – because we liked the simple cuts and nothing too fancy.  In the end, we both chose vintage-cut dresses from The Wedding Club in Birmingham.  Jo’s was ivory, heavy lace and Rachel’s was a netted number with a bit of a 50s flick.

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We didn’t have any bridesmaids – there were enough dresses on the aisle!

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We had a pianist during the ceremony – he played Moon River on the way in, and Angry Anderson’s “Suddenly” on the way out.  He also played during dinner.  During the drinks reception we played 1930s big band tunes and in the evening we had a DJ (MC Productions), and an Elvis tribute act (booked through Alive Network) who was amazing.

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Rachel’s bouquet was made up of ivory roses and purple lissianthus.  Jo’s bouquet was hand made (by Jo) with vintage brooches.  Flowers were by Zinc Floral Design, and Annette’s flower stall in Nottingham. 

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We added lots of personal touches to the day;  One of the readings was a poem written for Rachel by Jo and we had photos of our parents’ weddings on display; the men had waistcoats made from family tartans; we took care of two bay trees and two olive trees for six months – so that they could be draped with fairy lights and the university girls recreated their graduation photo – 15 years’ later!

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We used a sketch of the venue on our invitations and that carried through all the stationery.   Our ceremony was held in the Old Chemistry Theatre, and the reception was in the Old Library so we tried to pick up on these details.  Everyone’s place card was a bookmark with a personalised quote chosen just for them. It took ages to do this, but it was worth it on the day – everyone took them home as a memento of the day.

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Favours for the girls were hand made using Liberty fabric and the boys were given Cancer Research pins with a personalised message.  All the children had their own party bag – with a retro kid’s story book and some sort of age-appropriate activity.  There was also a big top Wendy house in the corner!

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Jo’s mum and dad made a homemade fruit cake, decorated with tiny birds, flowers and pearls.  Plus cupcakes for the little ones and big kids…

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It’s really hard to choose a favourite part of the day -  we both sprang out of bed at 5am and went for a run!

Other than that, the ceremony was beautiful and our readings were perfect.  Our ‘exit’ song: “Suddenly” was fab – especially when our friends started singing along.  The speeches were amazing and there was something for everyone.  And then when Elvis and the DJ started – everyone came alive!

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Miami and Mexico.

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Our top tip for other Brides Up North would be to embrace the nerves!  It’s normal to have a meltdown at some point! 

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HEARTCongratulations Jo & Rachel!HEART

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Get in touch to see your own real wedding featured on Brides Up North. Click here to find out how.

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She Loves Her! A Styled Civil Partnership Shoot In The North West

October 11th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I recently put out a press request for images for my latest column… and I’m thinking along the lines of something blue.  Each month, I forage my way around the internet, old blog posts and new submissions until I curate a beautiful inspiration spread for my favourite National glossy (I still have to pinch myself that they invited me to be a columnist for them!). 

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{Incidentally, if you would like to submit some images for consideration please email me julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk, I’d love to hear from you!}

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These styled civil partnership images were sent to me by friend of the wedding blog Rebecca of Pretty Little Trio – who so kindly lent her gorgeous vintage cake stands for the last Brides Up North Tweet Up North West – and I just had to share the shoot with you in it’s entirety. 

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Rebecca says:  We wanted to style a civil partnership vintage tea party shoot – with hints of Old Hollywood Glamour & delicate burlesque. We drew inspirations from old Hollywood glamour, soft burlesque, striking floral designs, pale blue, deep blue, white and red, vintage crockery, silver teapots & cake stands, vintage books, strawberries, balloons, red hearts, bluebells, two bluebirds, show stopping birdcage veils, apple orchards, red roses, white orchids, red lips, white apple blossom, birdcage wedding cake, little birds and frilly lace knicker cakes!  

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The shoot’s inspiration evolved over time and adapted to what the British weather threw at us on the day!  Heather (florist & fascinators) and I had an idea about using a bluebell woods for a soft burlesque /old vintage Hollywood inspired shoot. Burlesque is often in a Boudoir setting and so to put in a more natural one was a really exciting concept.  

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Adam (our photographer) and I wanted to work on a shoot together at Combermere Abbey, and as luck would have it the venue has a bluebell woods. Combermere loved the idea of something a bit different so plans were pulled together to organise everything to catch the bluebells in bloom.   

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Heather and I worked on pulling the concept and team together and asked Naomi and Nicky if they would like to be involved.  I met the girls at one of my Secret Vintage Tea Party events, they are engaged to be married next year and knowing that Naomi loves burlesque, we managed to persuade them to get involved. .

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Taking the blue of the bluebells as the colour scheme Heather and I wanted a real shot of a different colour as an accent to contrast with the natural blues.  A pair of blue Vivienne Westwood shoes called ‘Lady Dragon’  gave us the inspiration we needed (good old Viv!) with their red hearts, it fitted the whole burlesque/ vintage tea/ light hint at Alice’s red queen of hearts (the tattoo on Naomi’s feet by the way is a quotation from Joan of Arc!) 

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Of course looking at the photos you’ll be wondering … where are the bluebells? Well unfortunately the day of the shoot arrived and there had been so much rain in the run up to it and so much rain on the day that ‘Mav’ the gorgeous white horse (yep we had a horse lined up) was the only creature with appropriate footwear to get to the bluebell wood: it was completely impassable in wellies/waders and we’d have had a glasto style shoot not a burlesque one!  So we had to settle with the gorgeous glass house and orchard instead, which turned out beautifully and still gave us the natural look we were after.  As for the bluebells… there is always next year!

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Adam Capper Photography is a talented and experienced photographer, down to earth and skilled at getting ‘that shot’.  He has a true natural talent for capturing the beautiful, unique and the real. Always off shooting a rock star or recording a happening, he has a passion for nostalgic photographic techniques but with the know how and kit of the modern too. He has captured the contrast between the vintage feel and the contemporary elements of this shoot.

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Rebecca of  Pretty Little Trio Vintage China Hire has a true passion for vintage crockery and styling and loves to use it in both traditional and contemporary ways.  Her beautiful and extensive vintage china collection (of over 600 teacups and saucers!) can tie in to most themes and the red and blue vintage colours show how versatile vintage styling and china can be and can be incorporated into many different styles of  weddings (and always so much better than a boring plain white cup!). Tea (or gin or champagne!) always tastes better out of bone china!

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Setting the scene, the delicate vintage china tea cups and teapots, all pale blues, deep blues, red polka dots and red roses to suit the burlesque tea party theme, sit with the glamorous decadent silver tea pots and silver cake stands with juicy red strawberries and flowers. Little finishing touches draw on the vintage elements of the shoot such as red and blue leather bound vintage books and a deep blue vintage leather suitcase.  

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Living Colour Design source their diverse selection of flowers and foliage from countries such as Costa Rica, Malaysia and Holland; not forgetting the beautiful British variety! Leading florist and proprietor Heather has a wealth of experience and ability with a natural flair for creativity. She thinks of floristry as an art form using textures, shape and colours to create striking designs.

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The beautiful handmade birdcage fascinator by Hummingbird is a "Hollywood show-stopper" creation with stunning white detailing and draped white veiling. Each piece is unique and made to order and for each individual.  

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Heather and I were delighted when the lovely Kirsten, manageress of Amy Louise Bridal gave up her Sunday to come down to the shoot with a selection of her fabulous dresses. We had given her a brief and she had found the perfect gown for Naomi, which really pulled together the feel of the shoot. The bodice extenuated Naomi’s curves, the detailing was stunning and the tea length tulle dress was exactly the look and feel we were after, that of a Hollywood starlet.

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At Amy Louise they love to be part of the wonderful experience of helping each bride to choose their perfect wedding gown. After opening in 2000 the boutique has been nominated for awards from the British Bridal Association and was voted ‘Best Bridal Retailer of the Year 2008. They have established themselves as one of the premier bridal wear stores in the North West and are delighted that many of their new brides come from recommendations from their past brides.

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Emma at Hattie Boo Designs is incredibly creative, has an amazing attention to detail and quality and can take your ideas and add hers to create something special. The ‘two birds’ stationery tied in with lots of symbolism in the shoot. The two birds – our couple, the little red hearts and blue feathers drawing influence from burlesque and the little birds of Naomi’s tattoo.

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Jane of Teatime Treats created the birdcage wedding cake and the cupcakes which were made to tie in with the little red hearts on the shoes and in the bouquet, with cheeky burlesque inspired icing like little frilly knickers and lovely little bird and birdcage detailing. Not only do Jane’s cake look exquisite they taste divine too.

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Sister’s Eve and Sal Yarwood are Pouting In Peep-Toes, a freelance hair, make up & rockabilly and vintage inspired clothing company.  Their combined passion for everything hair and make up and their love of iconic pin ups and vintage fashion made them the perfect choice to help us create the right look for the day. Nicky and Naomi’s make up has a soft, elegant 1940’s feel with perfect red pouts and eyeliner!

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Your journey of discovery begins at the gates of Combermere Abbey, a hidden gem in the rural borderlands of Cheshire/Shropshire in Northwest England. This magical place blends centuries of history, breathtaking landscape and compelling architecture with privacy and luxury. A stunning and unique wedding venue.

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Models – Real life engaged couple – Naomi Bolton (modelling bridal gown) &  Nicky Jones

Photographer – Adam Capper   Adam Capper Photography   (Nantwich) 

Vintage China Hire & Events  – Rebecca Jenkinson   Pretty Little Trio  (Stockton Heath, Warrington) 

Floristry – Heather Ryder  Living Colour Design  (Stockton Heath, Warrington)

Bridalwear – Amy Louise Bridal Gowns (Nantwich)

Hair and Make up (sisters) Sal & Eve Yarwood Pouting In Peep-Toes  (Warrington)

Venue – Combermere Abbey  (Nantwich)

Fascinators – Heather Ryder Hummingbird (Stockton Heath)

Stationery  – Emma Bryan Hattie Boo Designs (Hatton, Warrington)

Cakes – Jane Constantinou Teatime Treats (Warrington)

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Our Big Fat Gay Wedding, A Real Wedding – Shelly & Jemma

April 21st, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Featured Supplier and fabulous photographer Damian Hall Photography sent Brides Up North this zesty gay wedding.  I think the girls look gorgeous, and I love how they are rocking their individual styles.

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For ladies want to channel a touch of “Jerry Hall” with a chic trouser suit on their big day…be inspired!

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Damian explains: Civil Partnership or Gay Wedding? Shelly and Jemma decided that Big Fat Gay Wedding was the right title.  The girls live in Ormskirk but the wedding was in Norfolk (where Jemma’s family lives).

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This was a truly gorgeous wedding with wonderful weather and a properly excitable couple in a lovely venue.

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Watch out for an exclusive interview with Damian – coming soon to Brides up North.

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The Great Outdoors

April 7th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North supports your right to choose.   To marry who you want, how you want and where you want.

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That’s why I am over the moon to be sharing this beautiful outdoor wedding photo shoot at Goldsborough Hall near Harrogate from One Life Ceremonies with you this afternoon.  One Life Ceremonies is a Yorkshire based business specialising in personal wedding ceremonies that can be held absolutely anywhere.

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Laurra from One Life Ceremonies says:  As our summers seem to be getting warmer outdoor weddings are finding their way onto the list of ‘must-haves’ for many UK brides and grooms; though the laws are still outdated and you can’t legally sign the register outside it doesn’t stop you from holding your wedding ceremony wherever you want it, indoors or out!

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I organised this photo shoot as I wanted to show that you can hold your wedding ceremony wherever you like, it doesn’t have to be in the room of a hotel or a stuffy Register Office, couples are only limited by their imagination and we have conducted weddings in woodlands, fields, by rivers and in Papakata tents. I chose Goldsborough Hall as it is a pretty amazing wedding venue and it has the most beautiful grounds and landscaped gardens so I knew would provide a stunning backdrop to the shoot.

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I asked Laura from Little White Book to get involved and was lucky enough to get Mark Tierney to be out photographer as I really love his style, we also had the fantastic Amanda Mason to make our model Shireen look like the perfect bride and she wore a Marylise Sofia dress from a great place called Love Me Again Boutique in Hope Valley which sells pre-loved wedding dresses.

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We also included a Handfasting which is an ancient tradition seen in many different cultures and religions where the couple’s hands are bound together, literally ‘tying the knot’, the couple attribute their own meanings to each of the cords such as happiness, health and fertility and tradition says that the marriage will last as long as the cords are tied. Many couples choose to do it after they have exchanged rings.

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Photographer – Mark Tierney

Stylist – Little White Book

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony – Maria, One Life Ceremonies

Venue – Goldsborough Hall

Dress – Love Me Again Boutique

Hair & Make up – Amanda Mason
Female model (Bride) – Shireen
Male model (Groom) – Zabiar
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Button Up! Brides Up North Supports Civil Partnerships (and hopes that you do too!)

March 9th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North wants to set something straight (no pun intended!). Brides Up North supports all Brides (and Grooms!) in the North of the UK and further afield – whether you are thin, fat, tall, short, blonde, brunette, straight, lesbian or gay.

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I am proud to feature fabulous real weddings and wonderful civil partnerships.

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Brides Up North actively supports freedom of choice – the choice to love who you want, your way.  I often get asked if I would feature gay or lesbian weddings on the blog.  My answer? Of course!  In fact, I already have!  Yes, its a bit girly here at Brides Up North, but that’s because it’s MY blog, and if you knew me in non-virtual time, you would expect nothing less.

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Fact: Brides Up North features gorgeous real weddings, whoever is saying I do.  I decided to make it official by having this lovely button made in two web friendly sizes…

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 Brides Up North supports Civil Partnerships

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Isn’t it FAB?!

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Show your support and spread the love…

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I actively encourage you to steal it and display it on your blog or website (and if you run a professional website all the better!), just make sure you link it back to http://www.bridesupnorth.co.uk, that is all I ask! 

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If you want an HTML coded version, contact me and I will send you one by email, no worries.

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While you are at it, contact me to feature your Real Wedding or Civil Partnership on Brides Up North.

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