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real wedding recap 2017: rosa clara for a pretty blush pink wedding at didsbury house hotel – aimee & oli

June 25th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

A Pretty Wedding in Manchester (c) Mike Plunkett Photography (46)

It’s holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a short break, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely. Usual service will recommence on Monday 3rd July 2017 but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from the first half of the year so far. 

Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your real wedding was one of our top picks.

Today’s couple are one after my own heart making the main focus of the day all about food!

Treating their guests to a six-course tasting menu at their favourite French restaurant, plus maroons as favours and an incredible multi-flavoured wedding cake, there’s no way that anyone went home hungry from this big day.

In addition to the banqueting, there are plenty of other fine elements to feast the eyes on, including Aimee’s elegant Rosa Clara gown, the maids pretty blush multi-ways and is that a sweet table that we spy? Time to indulge…

With images by Mike Plunkett Photography

A Pretty Wedding in Manchester (c) Mike Plunkett Photography (49)

oli says: I proposed to Aimee at The Savoy Hotel in London. I had gone down the day before to drop the ring off with the hotel and asked them to place it in our suite under a silver cloche with flowers and champagne in the room. Aimee thought they had given us someone else’s room by mistake and was reluctant to lift the cloche and find the ring – after some encouragement she did so and was very surprised!

We chose 29th June as the date for the wedding due to a couple of reasons. The first being that the restaurant we wanted for the wedding meant we could only have exclusive use on selected days. The second reason was that one of the groomsmen was playing for Wales in the European Football Championships so the date was supposed to be well planned for when we thought they may get eliminated – unfortunately they got to the semi-finals and he missed the wedding!

A Pretty Wedding in Manchester (c) Mike Plunkett Photography (23)

We held or ceremony at Manchester Town Hall as we met at the Christmas Markets in front of the Town Hall, and in fact, in front of the Lords Mayors Parlour where we got married. Once we had a closer look at the venue we fell in love with it even more. We then went onto The French restaurant at The Midland Hotel, for the wedding breakfast as we love fine dining and this is our favourite restaurant in the city. We chose Didsbury House Hotel for the reception.

We also used Eleven Didsbury Hotel for the night before the wedding and Aimee stayed at King Street Townhouse in the city centre the night before. We love the hotels, the interiors and touches in the rooms are fantastic. The fact we could also take some of them over exclusively for us was great.

A Pretty Wedding in Manchester (c) Mike Plunkett Photography (39)

We didn’t have a theme for the wedding – we just wanted great food and fantastic venues.

The colour scheme was blush pink. We based this decision on what flowers would be in season that we liked at the time of the wedding.

A Pretty Wedding in Manchester (c) Mike Plunkett Photography (43)

Aimee wore a Rosa Clara wedding gown, which she purchased from Knutsford Wedding Gallery.

The bridesmaids’ dresses were multiway designs from In One Clothing.

A Pretty Wedding in Manchester (c) Mike Plunkett Photography (50)

Myself and the groomsmen wore Sandringham morning suits from Debenhams hire department with white shirts from Charles Tyrwhitt. I had a patterned pink Hermes tie, while the groomsmen wore plain pink ties. On the day of the wedding we also had our hair styled by MR.SE who is the owner of a leading men’s hair styling range in the UK.

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Handmade Vintage: A Real Wedding In The North West – Rachel & William

June 12th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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A Vintage Style Real Wedding in the North West by Jon Stanley Austin

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I thought a beautiful vintage style handmade wedding from Manchester, sent to me by Brides Up North reader and real bride Rachel, might just get Tuesday off to a good start.

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As it turns out, I was right.

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Enjoy this perfectly personal, simple yet stunning celebration at one of my favourite North West wedding venues.  I’ll be back with more wedding pretty later on. 

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Rachel says: We got engaged in December 2011, off the cuff in our living room! William had been saving the ring for when the moment felt right, he didn’t plan anything, he just knew when he wanted to do it, he would!

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We tied the knot on Wednesday 11th April 2012 at Didsbury House Hotel for the ceremony and Islington Mill for the reception.  We chose Didsbury House Hotel as it is a period house with a modern edge. Its fairly small too for a hotel, with 20 rooms it meant we could have the entire hotel to ourselves making it really intimate as we didn’t want a huge wedding. There were 40 in total for the ceremony with an extra 40 evening guests.

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Islington Mill in Salford was the perfect place for our handmade relaxed vibe. Having used to be a cotton mill, it is now an artists space with galleries and studios. Authentic and full of character – smack bang in the middle of high rise flats, it doesn’t evoke a typical wedding… that’s why we loved it!

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We had Bacchus String Quartet play at our wedding ceremony.  Clair De Lune played as my Dad walked me down the stairs, passed me to William and we all walked into the ceremony room together.

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We didn’t set out to have a theme as such, all we knew is we wanted everything handmade with a craft feel, so that everyone could relax.  There were no formalities, more a "when it happens, it happens, we are having a good time who cares!" vibe.  Inadvertently, I suppose we had a 40’s style country fete!

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Colour-wise, we opted for greens, blues and creams. We wanted to create a relaxed spring garden, something that would also work well with the exposed brickwork and nature of the mill.

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I wore the ‘Revenant’ dress by Anna Sui from BDLDN. I’d been to bridal shops and found everything a bit too formal for me, so I ordered this on the Internet. I loved it and with a few nips and tucks it fit perfectly. I was comfortable all day and night and could pull off any dance move I wanted! My shoes were by Folk.

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We had three bridesmaids who all wore tea style dresses from Oasis in a rich forest green. Shoes were character shoes from a local dance shop.

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I work for Benefit Cosmetics so did my own make up and got a fellow bene-babe to help out with the bridesmaids. Our vintage hair was coiffed by the fabulous Laura from BlushHair and Make-up Artistry. 

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All flowers were from Northern Flower in Manchester who we asked to create bouquets and buttonholes that looked like they had been picked from a meadow all tied with string. We all had sage, rosemary, thistles, echinops, white roses and wax flower. For the tables we ordered bunches of baby’s breath, rosemary, eucalyptus and peonies and displayed them in glassware found in my nan’s garage!

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We had a 1950’s Guy Arab bus from the Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company transport us from hotel to mill complete with sing song and horn tooting! We also made bags of sweets with bus tickets for the journey.

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Our photographer was our friend Jon who shot on both film and digital.

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Our cakes were made by Anna at Dish Ran Away with the Spoon in Didsbury.  She made a lemon drizzle cake along with tarts and mini Victoria sponges and mini chocolate cakes…delicious.

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Our caterer was the lovely Matt from Go Green Gages – he arrived at the Mill in his refitted American style postal van and served us a country picnic. We had bushel boxes filled with baguettes, soup, cheese and
oatcakes, chutneys, olives and armed with our very own box it was a free for all tuck in!

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To follow we had strawberries, clotted cream and scones. When everyone got hungry later on, there were sausage butties for all!

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Our favours were supplied by The Kernel Brewery in a nod to William being a beer geek. Hanging Ditch in Manchester and Summerwine Brewery in Holmfirth provided dinner drinks.

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We are blessed to have such amazing friends who helped us out massively, Steve designed our invites and John from Savwo Screen printed them. The Volkov Commanders created the perfect scene at the Mill with threads, ribbons, twine sweeping from the beams. Myself and my bridesmaids handmade windmills for the ceremony and favour tags followed by vino of course as a reward for our hard work!

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For the evening entertainment we had Pete Masters play 30’s-60’s music followed by Alex Humphreys
of Pumping Iron who had everyone up to some classic 90’s. We also had the good old iPod playlist so everyone could enjoy the final few hours.

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After the wedding we honeymooned for two weeks in San Francisco and New York.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to not allow yourself to lose focus on what is actually important – two people who love each other – and sharing that with the people who matter most. You do have a life outside of planning a wedding, don’t forget that! Chill out, relax and enjoy it!

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Congratulations Rachel & William!

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Newlyweds – don’t be shy!  Contact me to share your Real Wedding memories with Brides Up North.

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Dream Venue: Didsbury House Hotel

August 8th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Yesterday Didsbury House Hotel hosted the first ever Brides Up North Tweet Up wedding industry networking event with Wedding Ideas Magazine.  What an amazing, chilled and relaxed night it was, and in such beautiful surroundings!  Thank you so much to so many of you for turning out to support the event!  I am blown away. 

I am still coming down from my wedding blogger/sugar high (there were a lot of sweet treats to enjoy!), but will report back shortly with all the fabulous photographs from the evening care of the marvellous Jenny & Keith McAvoy Wedding Photographers and a special little movie from Love Gets Sweeter Wedding Films

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To find out more about my forthcoming Yorkshire and North East Tweet Ups or to pre register for the next set of Brides Up North Tweet Ups in early 2011, click here

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In the meantime, let’s find out a bit more about our gorgeous host venue.  The perfect location for a chic wedding reception.  It’s seriously swanky.  This morning I chat to General Manager Andrew Hughes, from Didsbury House Hotel and Eclectic Hotels

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Tell Brides Up North a bit about the venue?

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The Didsbury House Hotel is a contemporary Victorian Villa built in 1830 and is a statement in individual design, bringing influences from around the world to the fashionable Manchester suburb of Didsbury.

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What facilities does your venue boast?

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Didsbury House features 27 bedrooms, a residents bar / lounge, gym and So Spa, external courtyard all reflecting the hotels sophisticated contemporary design and providing a chic urban retreat for both business and leisure guests wishing to enjoy a relaxed stay in Manchester.

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All or part of Didsbury House can be hired exclusively for your  wedding.  Each wedding is bespoke.  We tailor your requirements to ensure you have the perfect day.

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Can wedding guests stay over at your venue? 

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Yes Didsbury House offers twenty three bedrooms and four suites varying in size and style. Each room offers comfort and style ranging from the bijou snug Classic to the more popular and larger Terrace, Eclectic and Duplex rooms, whilst a more indulgent guests may choose to stay in our Duplex Junior Suite or Loft Suites.

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price for your wedding packages?

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Its very difficult to cost a wedding without going into individual requirements but to hire the hotel exclusively with all 27 bedrooms on a bed and breakfast basis starts from £5000.  We then allow the bride and groom to “sell” these rooms onto their guests for whatever price they choose. This money comes off your £5000 and from then on we tailor the catering requirements around your needs.

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Tell us about your amazing food…

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We have a wide range of menus to suit everybody’s tastes and are happy to adapt them to meet peoples needs.  We offer afternoon teas, canapés, sit down meals, BBQs, Hog roasts, buffets midnight snacks and the bowl food concept.

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Have you got any special wedding events or open days coming up?

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The weekend of October 29th & 30th 2011 we will be exhibiting our 3 hotels Didsbury House Hotel, Eleven Didsbury Park and Great John Street Hotel at Manchester Central (formerly GMex) and the weekend of 10th & 11th March 2012 we will be exhibiting at Event City (next to The Trafford Centre).

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{Watch out for some Complimentary Tickets for these UK Wedding Shows events coming soon on the bridal blog}.

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What sets your venue apart from others?

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The hotels are privately owned with a strong emphasis on customer service and our flexibility to allow people to really pick the way they want their day to run.

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Where can Brides Up North get more information/ read more/ contact the venue?

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www.didsburyhouse.co.uk or 0161 448 2200

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Didsbury House Hotel certainly gets this wedding blogger’s seal of approval.  Get it booked North West Brides To Be!

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A Very Special Super Sunday Bridal Blog Announcement!

August 7th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Happy Sunday Brides Up North!  Today, I am taking a bit of a detour from the usual Super Sunday format, because it’s quite a special day for me. 

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Firstly, I am hard at work preparing for the first ever Brides Up North Tweet Up wedding industry networking event with Wedding Ideas Magazine at Didsbury House this evening.  The event is completely full, so apologies if you didn’t get a ticket.  You will be on the list for next time! 

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The gorgeous host venue doesn’t need much “prettifying”, but I’m still going to have a go!  Huge thanks to my team of helpers including All Wrapped Up Events, The Didsbury Flower Lounge, Gorgeous Cakes, The English Rose Bakery, Love Gets Sweeter Wedding Films, McAvoy Weddings, What A Do Weddings (who created the amazing image above using one of Assassynation’s gorgeous photographs) and (not forgetting) my lovely Mum!

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If you are coming along, see you later for a chilled out evening of chatter, cupcakes and canapés.  The fizz is on ice. 

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But that’s not all folks!

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If you follow me on Twitter @bridesupnorth or you LIKE my Facebook page, you will know – because it seems that I can’t keep a secret! – that this week I took the plunge and handed in my notice at work to become a full time wedding blogger and writer! 

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*Squeal*

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I have to thank each and every one of my amazing readers (that’s YOU!) and wonderful sponsors for making it possible for me to follow my dreams.  I couldn’t do it without you and I want to say a million thank yous for all the support that you have given me.  Keep reading!

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So what’s next for the wedding blog?  Well, I aim to use this opportunity to bring you magazine quality features, more inspirational styled shoots and bridal fashion showcases, lots more gorgeous real weddings, bigger and better competitions, some very special Brides Up North events and a directory packed with the very best bridal talent that the North of the UK has to offer…

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…as well as a few surprises along the way.  A blog isn’t great without a few curve balls, after all. 

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Please contact me to let me know what YOU want to see on the wedding blog. 

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The Northern Revolution rumbles on…

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Party Time!

August 3rd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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It’s a very exciting week in wedding blog land this week! 

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I have just finished stuffing 60 goody bags for the first of the Brides Up North Tweet Up wedding networking events with Wedding Ideas Magazine and hosted by the super duper gorgeous Didsbury House Hotel this Sunday. 

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I can’t wait to schmooze (and booze?!) with the crème de la crème of the North West wedding industry.  See you there everybody!

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And tonight, I am headed back to my roots, as I head up to Gateshead for a very special party hosted by my wedding blogger friend Annabel from Love My Dress, a beautiful blog focusing on vintage weddings.  Annabel has been a great source of support to me since Brides Up North was launched, picking me up when I was feeling down and proving that girls writing in the same industry can be gorgeous friends to each other.  I am looking forward to clinking glasses with her this evening. 

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Annabel, I’m on my way!

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Don’t wait up!

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Yippee! The Date & Venue for the Brides Up North Wedding Blog NORTH WEST Tweet Up is Announced!

July 12th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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This wedding blogger is super duper excited to announce the date and location of the Brides Up North NORTH WEST Tweet Up with Wedding Ideas Magazine this morning on the wedding blog.  Although last to be announced it will actually be the first to take place! 

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It’s less than a month away North West readers!

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All the Brides Up North Tweet Ups 2011 are being held at stunning intimate venues, and the North West is no different.  I searched high and low to find this gorgeous setting – a very special wedding venue and boutique hotel located in the heart of Didsbury.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Didsbury House

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The Brides Up North NORTH WEST Tweet Up 2011 will be held at the beautiful Didsbury House and hosted by the hotel itself…

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On Sunday 7th August 2011

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From 6pm – 9pm

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Our hosts are pulling out all the stops, with an exclusive drinks and canapés reception. There will also be fabulous Brides Up North goody bags and a few surprises! 

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Entry Strictly By Invitation Only

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The first round of invitations will be winging their way to the lucky recipients inboxes shortly.  Watch out for them!

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog Didsbury House

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Due to strict size constraints at this private venue, numbers are very limited, so if you have registered your interest be sure to respond to your exclusive invitation as soon as you can to ensure entry

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You can be sure that the absolute crème de la crème of the North West wedding industry will be in attendance.  Get it in the diaries!

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Based in Yorkshire?  Click here to find out more about my Yorkshire Tweet Up on Tuesday 6th September at The Mansion, Roundhay.

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Based in the North East? Click here to find out more about my North East Tweet Up on Wednesday 7th September at The Black Horse, Beamish.

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Registrations for the Brides Up North Tweet Ups 2011 are officially closed.  However, if you would like to join the waiting list for an invitation to any of the Brides Up North Tweet Ups 2011 (North East, North West or Yorkshire), please register your interest here

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