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dream venue: yorebridge house

May 2nd, 2018 | Julia Braime

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If your venue search tick list includes a country retreat, that’s grand as it is intimate, offering exclusive use, stunning accommodation and fabulous food then stop what you’re doing and take note as we introduce our new venue Sponsor, the beautiful Yorebridge House.

Nestled in the idyllic surrounding of the North Yorkshire Dales, Yorebridge House is a real home from home that encourages brides, grooms and their guests to fully relax and indulge during their stay.

There is a choice of elegant ceremony and reception settings, plus five churches nearby for those wanting to include a religious element. Celebrations can take place both inside and out, giving parties the opportunity to make the most of the Yorebridge’s glorious assets.

Furthermore, an attentive team of experienced wedding co-ordinator’s and a superb 3 AA Rosette menu will ensure that all elements of the planning and the big day itself come together perfectly.

Keen to find out more? Then let’s hand over to the Yorebridge House team to explain more about its offering, and also to share details of their upcoming Wedding & Events Open Weekend on 19th and 20th May.

Images as credited or provided by Yorebridge House.

Helen Lishman Photography

Helen Lishman Photography

Where is Yorebridge House located?

yorebridge house say: The venue is set in two acres of land, on the banks of the River Ure in Bainbridge. The absolute heart of the Yorkshire Dales with stunning backdrop of dramatic hillsides and rivers – four miles from Hawes.

Can you tell us a little about the history of the venue?

The House is a Victorian Grade II listed building and former headmaster’s house and school, renovated ten years ago by owners Dave and Charlotte Reill. The boutique bedrooms are inspired by their travels around the world together.

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How would you describe the look and feel of the venue?

Yorebridge House has an elegant and expensive feel, surrounded by nature and countryside. The interiors are beautiful with opulent chandeliers, oak floors and elegant furnishings, giving a modern and stylish feel. The open fire and candlelit rooms create a perfect atmosphere whatever the season. The stylish bar area and cosy snugs have recently undergone a refurbishment. Overall, the venue has an intimate feel and offers exclusive-use, so it can be just you along with your family and friends.

Can you tell us about the ceremony and reception areas and how many guests the venue can cater for? 

We have two beautiful rooms licenced for civil marriages and civil partnerships. The Orangery, a beautiful room with panoramic views of the Dale, is perfect for up to 75 guests seated, more with standing. The Masters Room, with its large bay window overlooking the lawn, creates an elegant setting ideal for an intimate ceremony for up to 25 guests. With five beautiful churches nearby, Askrigg, Hawes, Hardraw, Stalling Busk and Aysgarth, there is also the option for a church ceremony followed by reception at Yorebridge House. Your wedding breakfast can be enjoyed in the House for up to 75 guests or in a marquee or tipi on the lawn for up to 120 guests.

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What makes Yorebridge House a special wedding venue and sets it apart from others?

We promise luxury, relaxation and beautiful interiors, as well as a superb 3 AA Rosette menu, a bespoke wine and bar list and a personal and professional service from the moment you book. We offer a very relaxed home from home feel which makes it feel like you are moving in for the weekend of your wedding – offering exclusive weddings only there is no limit to your wedding day – bring as much or as little as you like to dress the place. Take advantage of our fantastic suppliers list to find great photographers, bands and florists to give your day the wow-factor.

What sort of bride would be a Yorebridge House bride?

Style conscious, low-key brides with high standards and those who love attention to detail. Plus, brides who want their friends and family to feel pampered for the weekend of their wedding.

Joel Skingle Photography

Joel Skingle Photography

How can your staff help to make the planning process easier and the big day amazing?

Your wedding co-ordinator is on hand from the initial show around through to your first dance and after! We love wedding planning with you as much as you love visiting us and imagining your wedding day here – we can guide as much or as little as you need and have plenty of experience with all types of weddings. We have three wedding co-ordinators – two of which are getting married here themselves and one who is also the owner of the business! We all have a passion for customer service, organisation and will help out wherever we can.

Can you tell us about the accommodation at the venue?

We have 12 boutique bedrooms and great links with other local accommodation in the area as well as a local taxi man who is on hand at the end of the night! All of our bedrooms are individually designed offering the ultimate in luxury, style and relaxation. Sumptuous furnishings, up to date technology, stunning scenery and with the utmost attention to detail, you and your guests will feel spoilt and pampered throughout your stay. Many of the bedrooms boast private terraces with hot tubs for you to relax in the bubbles whenever you wish.

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it’s tonight! a pop up evening wedding festival fair at hornington manor, york

April 19th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

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For those on the hunt for a blank canvas style venue with a hint of rustic charm, we’d highly recommended putting our stunning Sponsor venue Hornington Manor, on your must-visit list. Set within rural Yorkshire, this homely venue invites brides, grooms and their guests to enjoy a full weekend of celebrations with fabulous accommodation, ceremony and reception spaces, all on site.

We know just how special this place is and are so excited invite brides to be to our epic evening event at this stunning venue!  THIS EVENING, Thursday 19th April 2018, 6pm till 9pm, FREE ENTRY, we’re transforming the already gorgeous Hornington Manor Wedding Barn into a twinkling wedding inspiration paradise! And you are all invited…

Joe Stenson Photography

Joe Stenson Photography

bride to be?

Even if you’re venue is already sorted, the inspo at this event is out of this world!  We’d love to see you and your bridal party there!

We’re giving away up to 150 free Bride To Be Media Packs, filled with glossy magazines and treats from Brides Up North and UNVEILED Magazine. As demand is high, to pick up your VIP pack all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.

While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

wedding industry pro?

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT ON EXHIBITOR SPACE.

We would love to welcome new exhibitors and old friends to the Brides Up North family in 2018. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our award winning luxury wedding exhibitions across three regions. Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Discounts are available for block bookings. Get in touch for pricing, exhibitor info and to guarantee your place.

Email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk listing the events or area that you are interested in.

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We’ve invited the lovely Hannah from Hornington Manor to get the party started and tell us more…!

Where is Hornington Manor located?

hornington manor say: Our venue located in the picturesque village of Bolton Percy, nestled into the rolling North Yorkshire countryside. It is approximately ten miles from the historic city of York, and less than 20 miles from the bustling city of Leeds. With easy access from the A1 and M1 motorways – great for travelling guests.

Tell Brides Up North about the venue, what is its history?

Hornington Manor was built in 1770 and is set on a beautiful 300-acre working farm. The Grade II listed farm house was lovingly restored when farm was brought back to life in 2009 by local bed-makers Harrison Spinks, with the aim of growing some of its own natural mattress fillings. The 18th century Hornington Manor wedding barn was, until very recently, nothing more than a lambing barn.

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Mark J Hillyer

Is Hornington Manor licensed for civil ceremonies and, if so, what areas of the venue are available for weddings and what capacity can they cater for?

Hornington Manor is fully licensed to hold civil ceremonies at a number of remarkable locations around its grounds to suit couples’ individual preference. Hornington Gallery has huge floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the sheep grazing in the fields outside and is wonderfully bright and airy, holding 120 guests.

Our most popular place to hold wedding ceremonies is in the infamous Hornington Wedding Barn. The original 18th Century rustic barn can comfortably house up to 150 guests and is beautifully decorated with huge external doors opening onto the Manor courtyard.

For more intimate ceremonies, the lavish ballroom in the West Wing of the Manor could be perfect. Alternatively, couples may wish to take advantage of the stunning surroundings and hold their ceremony outside. Saying their vows under the charming Lych Gate in the Manor Courtyard, or facing the gentle fields on the Manor Lawn.

And what areas are available for the reception?

The beautiful wedding barn is available for wedding receptions, and can seat 150 guests comfortably. Other than boasting a stunning bar and relaxing snug areas, the wood panelled walls and exposed brick is a blank canvas for brides and grooms to style as they wish.

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Kate Cooper

How would you describe the look and feel of Hornington Manor?

The Manor has a rustic feel to it whilst also being the perfect untouched setting. Brides and grooms can choose to draw on the organic features of the venue, or alternatively use the blank backdrop for a more glamorous theme – anything goes! We’ve seen some amazing ideas; some of which can be seen on the blog section of our website.

What makes Hornington Manor a special wedding venue?

Hornington Manor is so special due to its unique surroundings and its magical element of exclusivity. Not many people can say they’ve married with a flock of sheep as members of the audience! If you’re lucky enough to wed during lambing season, some guests have the extra bonus of feeding pet lambs before the wedding begins! Our team endeavour to do all they can to make each wedding day special, unique and seamless.

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What sort of bride would be a Hornington Manor bride?

A Hornington Manor bride is excited by the chance to create their very own dream wedding – brides can be as creative as they wish. A Hornington Manor bride also appreciates the time before and after their wedding – being able to spend the whole weekend with their family in the house and grounds of the Manor.

How can your staff help to make the planning process easier and the big day amazing?

Our wedding co-ordinator Jo and her assistant Hayley will be on hand from the moment you have your first viewing, to the moment you leave Hornington Manor as a married couple. Their nothing-is-too-much attitude means our brides and grooms can plan their wedding with peace of mind that everything will run smoothly. On call throughout the big day and in the lead up to a wedding, they will go the extra mile to make sure every couple has the wedding day of their dreams. We also have a number of trusted and recommended suppliers, many of which are regulars at Hornington weddings; and are featured on our website under Recommended Suppliers.

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where the heart is. a decadent wedding at denton hall, yorkshire – emily & tim

February 28th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

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Today’s wedding is something of a dreamy countryside affair, close to the historic spa town of Ilkley in Yorkshire. And the location plays another key role for our bride and groom, Emily and Tim, as it’s also the overarching theme for their special day – giving the bride’s Canadian family a little taster of her hubby-to-be’s local heritage!

The couple chose their venue, Denton Hall – a Brides Up North Sponsor and Luxury Wedding Fair venue, no less (in fact, this feature is full of our lovely suppliers *waves*) – for both their ceremony and reception, and is often the case – the venue not only looked the part, but it was also conveniently placed for their guests. A little reminder that practicalities also beckon when it comes to those all-important big decisions!

But, getting back to the breathtakingly beautiful backdrop – there’s 2,500 acres of stunning parkland and gorgeous country views to fall head over in heels in love with; all exquisitely captured in the couple’s stunning wedding photography.

Stepping inside the 18th century stately home – crystal chandeliers, ornate fireplaces and a spiral staircase are just a few of the standout features delivering elegant Georgian vibes by the bucket-load.

And we simply must mention the couple’s colour palette – navy blue and pink, two of the bride’s favourite colours. Just look at the oh-so-pretty bouquets, floral arrangements and cheese tower, and you’ll see why this combination works together so beautifully.

There’s lots of other special moments to pore over today, so we’ll hand over the reins to Emily and let her talk us through all the splendorous highlights.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Laura Calderwood Photography.

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emily says: We got engaged on 13th February 2016, while in Miami, Florida.

It was in our hotel room after a romantic dinner. Tim had hurt his back the day before so was struggling to get down on one knee. I couldn’t figure out what he was doing and kept on telling him, not to move but he was so determined! I was too focused on getting him to stop moving that I didn’t listen to what he was saying. When he took out the ring I was so surprised and had to ask him to repeat his proposal.

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We got married on 6th May 2017. We chose this date as it was one of the few available at our venue that year.

We held our ceremony and reception at Denton Hall in Ilkley. We loved the house and wanted the venue to be close by for Tim’s parents, who live in Ilkley. We also wanted my family and friends to be able to stay at the venue as they were all travelling to the wedding from Vancouver, Canada.

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Our wedding had a Yorkshire theme because Tim wanted the Canadians to experience his culture! We teamed this with a navy blue and pink colour scheme – two of my favourite colours.

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I wore a vintage dress which I fell in love with as soon as I tried it on.

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rhythm of love: maggie sottero for a wedding at the mansion, leeds – charlotte & amarvir

February 19th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson

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When choosing a venue for the big day there is much more to think about than the room where your ceremony will take place; what about standout areas for your wedding photography, first-class catering and exclusivity to ensure you have the whole place to yourselves during your celebrations? Today’s featured wedding took place at a stunning venue that offers all that (and more!) – The Mansion, in Leeds.

We’re giving you the fabulous opportunity to view this spectacular venue for yourselves when we host our Luxury Wedding Fair at The Mansion on Sunday 25th February, 11am to 2pm, FREE ENTRY. You can find out more and pre-register for the event here.

As so many couples do, today’s brides and groom, Charlotte and Amarvir, fell in love with The Mansion’s idyllic position, nestled within the beautiful Roundhay Park – and its faultless service and elegant style ticked all other boxes!

Picking a theme that would complement both the setting and season, Charlotte chose a pretty pink and cream colour scheme with opulent pops of gold.

We adore her diamanté-embellishment Maggie Sottero gown, which twinkled perfectly on the dancefloor as she and Amarvir enjoyed their first dance, which they had specially choreographed and took professional lessons for, no less!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Bethany Clarke Photography.

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charlotte says: We got engaged on holiday in Mauritius in August 2016. Amarvir’s proposal was very romantic. He had planned a special dinner at a beautiful restaurant – champagne, rose petals on the table, etc. After our romantic dinner, we went for a walk along the beach and sat on a jetty, dipping our feet into the Indian Ocean under the moon and stars and that is when Amarvir asked me to marry him! It was the most perfect evening.

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We got married on 19th August 2017, as we wanted a summer wedding on a Saturday. We chose The Mansion in Roundhay Park, Leeds, as our venue due to the beautiful park surroundings and because we would have exclusive use of the venue on our big day, which was important to us.

We chose a summer theme – lots of pink, gold, rose gold and cream to create a lovely summery floral atmosphere, which fitted the time of year and location of the venue in the park.

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For my wedding dress, I wore a full-length Maggie Sottero gown with diamanté-embellishment on the top half from Abigail’s Bridal Boutique in Leeds. I love sparkles, so it was the perfect gown for me.

Amarvir hired his morning suit from Moss Bros. He wore a black tail coat with grey striped suit trousers, a light pink cravat and a dove grey double-breasted waistcoat and held a grey top hat for our photos. For the evening reception, Amarvir changed into a white tux jacket, black tux trousers, black bow tie and his black and white dancing shoes!

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My bridesmaids wore a full-length, light pink dress with lace detail on the top half, which I bought online from Stacees and which complemented my wedding dress and the overall theme.

The groomsmen wore morning suits like Amarvir, also hired from Moss Bros, and they had gold cravats.

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effortlessly elegant. an intimate & stylish wedding at bowcliffe hall – michelle & steve

January 25th, 2018 | Laura McDonagh

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Michelle and Steve’s small but perfectly formed celebration has us all a-quiver here at Brides Up North. They were determined to keep things intimate, elegant and classic and, looking at these stunning images, we’re sure you’ll agree that they achieved their goals.

Brides Up North Sponsor, the stunning Bowcliffe Hall hosted their ceremony and reception and this classy couple opted make to use of the entire venue. Steve was already a Bowcliffe fan, but for Michelle it was love at first viewing – the different rooms and idiosyncratic layout provided endless potential for wedding day planning. They were even lucky enough to have a private blessing in the tiny garden Chapel – a beautiful moment of still and calm reflection before the partying began.

Over to the lovely Michelle to spill the gorgeous details…

Michelle & Steve's Elegant Bowcliffe Hall Wedding & Blackburn Wi

With images by Catherine Kerr at Boho Chic Weddings.

michelle says: Steve and I met through work and had been together for four years. Steve proposed whilst on holiday in the Maldives and we were married exactly a year later.

Steve hadn’t really planned the actual proposal in advance; he just felt the time was right and that it would be good to have some time alone whilst we were on holiday. The biggest challenge, apparently, was keeping the ring hidden and safe until he actually proposed. He was paranoid I’d find it, or he’d lose it before he actually popped the question! Luckily, though, he kept it safe and decided to ask me mid-way through our holiday one morning after breakfast. He’d written the big question in the sand before we went to breakfast and thankfully it was still there when we headed to the beach!

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We live locally to Bowcliffe Hall and Steve is also a member of the Drivers Club, so he knew the venue well. He thought from the beginning that it might fit the bill but hadn’t mentioned it to me. When I saw the Hall for the first time, however, I knew instantly that it was going to be the place where we would get married.  It was fantastic – it made the decision so easy, we didn’t even visit anywhere else. It was the perfect choice.

From the start we were both focused on ensuring that the wedding would be intimate and tailored to the things we love the most. We had a vision of a small family wedding with approximately 50 guests at the ceremony and wedding breakfast and an additional 20 joining us for the evening celebrations. The Hall is so unique with the various rooms that we decided to use the entire venue including the wing and the chapel – after the main ceremony we had a wedding blessing with only our parents present, which was incredibly special. It was a moment of calm and reflection which gave us all time to truly appreciate our wedding and the day.

Michelle & Steve's Elegant Bowcliffe Hall Wedding & Blackburn Wi

In terms of a colour scheme, we went for cream with a touch of pink – very subtle and classic. The venue accommodated our every wish and the rooms looked amazing, utilising the lighting with hints of pink throughout.

Michelle & Steve's Elegant Bowcliffe Hall Wedding & Blackburn Wi

I went with my mum to choose my wedding dress from Abigail’s Brides and I was more than delighted with the end result. It was by British designer Nicola Anne from her Vintage collection. I’ve never felt so amazing in a dress and I absolutely loved the lace detail and the fish tail. I got my shoes from Nine West.

Steve had always wanted bespoke tailored suit, so he treated himself to one for our special day. He tracked down a tailor, James Shipton, he’d met at a dinner a few years earlier as he’d promised him that if he ever was going to have a suit tailored then he’d ask him.  He did a fantastic job. Steve completed the outfit with a pair of navy Jeffery West navy.

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dream venue: bowcliffe hall

January 17th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

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Following the festive period, we’re seeing a surge of newly-engaged readers to the blog (including myself – eep – !) and we’re super keen to help you with the first, and possibly most challenging part, of your planning journey – picking a venue.

We’re very fortunate in the North to have such a diverse range of amazing settings for big day celebrations; from cool urban structures, to grand countryside retreats, modern new-builds and fascinating historic venues. But it’s a case of finding the one that’s a reflection of you as a couple and the special day you dream of.

For those on the hunt in the Yorkshire area, we highly recommend adding our Sponsor venue, the stunning Bowcliffe Hall to your ‘to explore’ list. Exclusive and individual, the venue located in Bramham, near Wetherby, only holds a limited number of weddings a year, ensuring those that it does host are totally tailored to the couple exchanging their vows.

With a choice of magnificent spaces and wow-factor-worthy food as standard brides and grooms can have an influence on everything from how the rooms are used on their day to the menu that is served to their guests.

So prepare to take note as we hand over to Bowcliffe Hall’s team now to tell us more about their bespoke approach and personal service…

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Can you tell us a little about the history of the venue?

bowcliffe hall say: At the heart of the Bowcliffe Estate is Grade II listed Bowcliffe Hall, built between 1805 and 1825. Once home to the Lane Fox family and subsequently aviation pioneer, Robert Blackburn, Bowcliffe Hall hosted many guests including Winston Churchill and Amy Johnson. In 2013, the current owner and custodian, Jonathan Turner, began an extensive restoration and development programme, sympathetically restoring many rooms to their former glory and creating a diverse collection of spectacular event spaces.

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How would you describe the look and feel of the venue?

Set in 38 acres of spectacularly landscaped grounds, Bowcliffe is no ordinary country estate. From the Georgian splendour of Grade II listed Bowcliffe Hall with its glamorous Ballroom and sumptuous Bowcliffe Drivers Club, to the multi-award-winning Blackburn Wing, a copper and glass masterpiece which took more than 50 weeks and 30,000 man hours to build, Bowcliffe is a personal and unique venue offering an unparalleled choice of venue space and flexibility for any wedding.

Can you tell us about the ceremony and reception areas and how many guests the venue can cater for? 

Bowcliffe offers total flexibility for weddings of all sizes, with a choice of event space available across the estate. The seriously stylish, multi-award winning, Blackburn Wing is a modern-day treehouse shaped like an airplane wing. The fairytale Ballroom has a romantic and glamorous feel harking back to a bygone era with its elegant sparkling chandelier and art deco bar. The Bowcliffe Room is a splendid drawing room with beautiful Georgian period features and double doors leading to spectacularly maintained gardens. The Bowcliffe Drivers Club is the estate’s private members club. Dark mahogany panelled walls, 1920’s inspired décor and the largest collection of motoring art and artefacts outside London create an opulent, sumptuous and intimate atmosphere. For a larger wedding, Bowcliffe’s 38 acres of beautifully maintained grounds offer a perfect location for a marquee wedding.

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What makes Bowcliffe a special wedding venue and sets it apart from others?

An unrivalled choice of spectacular venue space allows the flexibility to create the perfect day that truly reflects your personal taste and style. With fully exclusive use for every wedding, Bowcliffe offers a truly bespoke approach where exceptional service is a given and the belief is that the food should be as much of a wow factor as the dress or the venue.

What sort of bride would be a Bowcliffe bride?

A Bowcliffe bride appreciates exclusivity, exceptional standards and meticulous attention to detail, whether in the presentation of the venue, food or the service, as well as the opportunity of creating a truly bespoke wedding day based on the flexibility that Bowcliffe can provide.

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How can your staff help to make the planning process easier and the big day amazing?

We believe that offering outstanding service should be the norm. Because we only host a limited number of weddings each year, the highly-experienced events team have the opportunity of delivering a very personal service. A dedicated member of the events team will be the single point of contact throughout the whole planning process, taking the time to work with each couple to create their perfect wedding day.

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