Love Heart Feature // The National Wedding Show Spring Press Event

Image by Catherine Pound Photography

The National Wedding Show Press Event took place on the 15th January 2015 in the spectacular setting of the Ballroom and Long Gallery of The Lansdowne Club in Mayfair. Everything from exquisite cakes, dazzling accessories and show stopping wedding dresses were on show, giving press a preview of what to expect at The National Wedding Show this season.

Images by Catherine Pound Photography

The Long Gallery housed an array of beautiful designer dresses by Qiana Bridal, Silk+Satin, Katya Katya Shehurina, Berketex and Beyond Burlesque, showcasing a stunning selection of their latest collections. Pretty bridesmaid dresses and charming page boy outfits were presented by Little Bevan while Debenhams displayed their sophisticated occasionwear collection along with complementing shoes, bags and accessories.

Images by Catherine Pound Photography

Finishing touches were provided by Alba Rose, who showcased a sparkling collection of engagement and wedding rings and Crystal Heirlooms who showed off a selection of new vintage inspired handcrafted tiaras and accessories. Rachel Simpson’s art deco inspired shoes were beautifully presented, with a mix of stunning platforms, elegant peep-toes and cute ballet flats to suit all styles, while Daphne Rosa displayed their fabulous fabric bouquets and buttonholes.

Images by Catherine Pound Photography

The National Wedding Show’s official make up sponsor bareMinerals provided professional makeunders for the press throughout the evening, demonstrating their impressive range of award winning mineral make up including their new bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum and Foundation.

Cake exhibitors including Ann’s Designer Cakes, Jessica Lauren Cakes, Faith Jones and Genuine Cakes provided sweet treats for the press as they showcased their stunning on-trend selections of elaborate wedding cakes.

Images by Catherine Pound Photography

Confetti presented their beautiful collection of wedding décor, gifts and favours alongside Treasure on the Wall who displayed their unique personalised picture art.

Florists and stationers together created mesmerizing table displays, with themes including Sweet Treats, Boho Charm and Winter Wonderland.

Images by Catherine Pound Photography

Flowers by Roxanne and Kathryn Deeley Wedding Stationery worked together using pretty pastel colours to create a Sweet Treats table. Baby pink roses and pale blue hydrangeas complemented the candy striped stationery, providing the perfect theme for a summer wedding.

Amie Bone Flowers created a spectacular centrepiece featuring a towering bare tree draped with crystal garlands, hanging tea lights and surrounded by white roses and pillar candles. Whimsical snowfall stationery from Appleberry Press completed the magical Winter Wonderland themed table.

Encapsulating the Boho Charm vintage theme, The Wedding Lounge used an elaborate ivy leaf tree candle holder along with a birdcage, tea lights, a scattering of rose petals and flowers in soft hues to complement the botanical inspired stationery provided by Appleberry Press.

Images by Catherine Pound Photography

Mouth-watering canapés provided by The Lansdowne Club complemented refreshing and delicious cocktails mixed up by Barz8, offering press a selection of wedding themed cocktails. The event was captured by the incredible Catherine Pound Photography.

Brides can see these exhibitors together with over 250 wedding suppliers at The National Wedding Show this spring. From designer dresses and dazzling venue décor to fabulous floristry and honeymoon hideaways, The National Wedding Show is the ultimate destination for brides, grooms and their wedding party to try, buy, book and hire everything they need for their big day.

Spring 2015 Diary Dates:

Manchester Central – 7-8 February

London Olympia 20-22 February

Birmingham NEC – 27 February – 1 March

 

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Love Heart Feature // The Seven Decadent Sins Showcase, By Jemma-Jade Events

Image by Kate Nielen

Last week I was lucky enough to attend a very special event, organised and styled by one of my favourite luxury party planners, Jemma-Jade Events!

I knew that I (alongside everyone else included on the very exclusive list) would be in for a fantastic evening, indulging in the creations of some of the most in-demand event professionals in the UK. I just had to go along and see what inspiration and ideas I could absorb and share with my brides and grooms. And of course, I was not to be disappointed…

Take a look below at what the event professionals involved had to say about this incredible showcase, and be inspired…

Images by Kate Nielen

Covent Garden’s Royal Opera House played host to an array of British talent on January 14th, as a team of the event industry’s finest brought together key event-industry players for a showcase evening, inspired by the Seven Deadly Sins, named ‘Seven Decadent Sins’.

The evening was styled and co-ordinated by Jemma-Jade William of Jemma-Jade Events, ‘I wanted a theme that could be split into different categories that could work with the key strengths of all the suppliers involved. A take on Seven Deadly Sins has never been done before and I wanted the theme to be fresh and unique as well as dramatic and in keeping with the venue’s aesthetics. ‘

Each section of the event space represented a different ‘decadent sin’…

Lust was apparent in the sumptuous crimson set-up.  The idea behind the decor was to recreate a luscious boudoir feel, which was highlighted by the incredible props from Farley such as the dressing table on which we placed one of Elizabeth Cake Emporium’s gorgeous baroque cakes alongside some beautiful accessories of mirrors, hairbrushes and perfume bottles from Farley.  Wildabout created a bespoke table of over 1,000 red grandprix roses, red klooni ranuncuklas and red anemone, contrasted with black ivy berries. We added red votive’s to give a warm sultry glow to the table. Over the top rentals provided their divide red damask linen to place the florals on top.

Images by Kate Nielen

Pride was portrayed to perfection by the use of mirrored accessories from Intricate Creations, including a mirrored menu.  Intricate Creations built a custom made silver mirror tabletop covering the whole table. In the middle was a silver mirror box. On one of the sides they engraved the famous lines that the Queen from Snow White chants to her mirror. Wildabout then created White lilac, white hydrangea, white akito roses and masses of white dendrobium orchids, which adorned the setting. The four-tier pride cake was displayed on a stunning crystal chandelier cake stand by Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium.

Images by Kate Nielen

Envy could be found on the opposite side of the room, the setting of trailing green amaranths cascading off twisted willow branches, green cymbidium orchids, green hydrangea, green dianthus, green viburnum opulus, green Anastasia, succulents, hebes and masses of green carpet moss made for an envious exhibit. The wood effect envy cake had 7DS (seven decadent sins) initials carved on it and was decorated with the most realistic green sugar cymbidium orchids that perfectly matched those on the floral tablescape.

Images by Kate Nielen

Gluttony was next, and what better sin to match with the decedent creations by Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium! Elizabeth Solaru had this to say about the gluttony setting - ‘Historically, Marie Antoinette, the naive queen of France epitomised excess and her over the top decadence was the perfect inspiration when it came to designing the cakes for the showcase’. The centerpiece of the collection made up of a dozen colourful cakes. The collection featured an extremely tall 24 carat gold rococo style cake on a specially constructed pedestal base, two 3 tier masquerade cakes, complete with sugar masks, sugar flowers, butterflies and fans.  Hundreds of cupcakes, cookies and cake pops decorated with edible jewelry and sugar roses completed the lavish cakescape with Intricate Creations providing beautiful gold laser cut signs inviting guests to help themselves to the sweet delights.

Images by Kate Nielen

Sloth was represented by the soft and inviting appearance of the theatre seating to one side of the showcase room. This area was perfect for summoning a feeling of laziness and to provide the guests with the opportunity to relax after savouring the gorgeous canapés, cakes and drinks on offer. We decorated the seats in baroque pillows provided by Farley.

Wrath was beautifully captured by Hire The Barman’s cocktails. Guests were treated to ‘smokin wrath’, ‘passion fruit with pride martini’, ‘gingerlicious gluttony, ‘envious of your Shirley temple’ and lusting for tropical spoons’. These were all made in Wise Productions bespoke red bar with our custom-made ‘7DS’ sign by intricate Creations.

Greed was encouraged by Company of Cooks who provided delicious canapés that were based on the sins. 

Images by Kate Nielen

Guests were entertained by pianist and singer, Stephen Riley, who created a special medley just for the event, adding to the decadent and dramatic setting. Photographer Kate Nielen was on hand to capture the evening from set up to completion, alongside videographer’s Urban Cinematography.  

Images by Kate Nielen

Seven Decadent Sins Showcase // Royal Opera House from Urban Cinematography on Vimeo.

 

// Contributors //

Venue: The Royal Opera House

Styling & Co-ordination: Jemma-Jade Events

Flowers: Wildabout

Stationery: Intricate Creations

Cakes & Dessert table: Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium

Furniture & Crockery: Farley

Photography: Kate Nielen

Videography: Urban Cinematography 

Linen: Over The Top Rentals 

Production: Wise Productions

Catering: Company of Cooks

Cocktails: Hire the Barman 

Music: I can create… anything - Stephen Riley 

Love Heart Feature // The 2014/15 Collection From Nicki Macfarlane

Nicki Macfarlane is one of the UK’s leading designers of beautiful bridesmaid, flower girl, pageboy, Christening and First Holy Communion outfits. In April 2011, Nicki won international acclaim when she was given the honour of creating the young bridesmaids’ dresses for HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.

Designing the dresses for The Royal Wedding was the culmination of 30 years’ experience for Nicki, who started making bespoke creations on a freelance basis. Nicki now has stockists as far afield as Australia, America, Brazil and the Middle East, as well as top stores Harrods and Bergdorf Goodman. 

It’s all about the detail in her latest collection for 2014/15. With lace trims, ruffle sleeves, peplums and cut-out hearts, Nicki’s design expertise is evident in this collection, making it her most imaginative and original yet.

Back to Front:

Many of this season’s wedding dresses feature gorgeous, dramatic low backs, sometimes finished with a bow or flower detail. So to carry this look through Nicki has created Juliet, a silk dress with a heart cut out detail and Sarah, with a V neck back and stunning cluster of blousy organic flowers on the back of the waist.

And of course, Nicki’s signature fabulous generous sash and bows continue but this season with embellished beading.

Sparkle and Shine:

To add a bit of sparkle to any occasion, the latest collection also features the stunning Titania and Tinkerbell.  These dresses are created using the most beautiful white or ivory tulle, embellished with delicate floral sparkles.  Titania has delicate organza puff sleeves and a silk bodice while Tinkerbell has ruffle sleeve details and features sequinned tulle all over the dress.

Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeves:

We are all in love with the gorgeous Martha!  The lovely ruffled sleeves give this empire line dress a feeling of the romance and drama of a Jane Austin novel.  This truly original dress also features a removable beaded brooch and a velvet ribbon that ties at the back and is perfect for slightly older girls.

Lovely Lace:

The popularity of lace continues and Nicki has introduced accents of lace, ideal for Bride’s with lace gowns or for those wanting just a hint of lace.  The Flora silk organza dress comes in a beautiful array of sorbet shades and features a shoulder frills and a stunning peplum of delicate Nottingham Lace.  Similarly, Millicent has the shoulder frills but has a matching hem of the lace and organza sash and bow

 

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Welcome To The #WEDDINGREVOLUTION

Image: Caroline Hancox Photography

I am thrilled to be introducing my brides, grooms and suppliers to the Chosen Wedding Fair’s new campaign - the #weddingrevolution!

Planning your wedding should be an exciting and enjoyable process where having fun is as important as being organised! The #wedding revolution is all about raising industry standards in order to give brides and grooms everything they’ve ever dreamed of.

Now, over to the Chosen Wedding Fair for more information on this incredible campaign…

Image: Caroline Hancox Photography

We’re On A Mission To Update The Wedding World & Ye Boring Olde Wedding Fayre!

We know there is a great amount of creative, innovative vendors out there and we have made it our mission to bring that talent together and help drive the industry forward by promoting contemporary makers, ideas and vision.

We don’t mind the traditional, but what we do love to see are variations, new ideas and imagination running wild whether that be in bridalwear, in floristry, accessories, in photography or any other area.

We believe in promoting fresh thinking.

We believe in the sheer unbridled talent the UK has to offer.

We believe that Brides and Grooms deserve to know what options they have for their contemporary weddings and for those options to be freely available and easy to find.

Image: Caroline Hancox Photography

A word from our founder:

'After my Beau proposed to me I hunted high and low to find things that would fill my planning experience with fun, excitement and joy. I went to various fairs, looked around online, bought too many magazines and ended up feeling rather flat and confused. There wasn’t much that really grabbed me or screamed ‘yes, this is what you want!’ as I was told there would be. People were asking me if I was enjoying the planning experience and the truth was, as ashamed as I was to admit it, I really wasn’t.

The result? It gave me drive to push forward with Chosen Wedding.

Having trained and worked in the designer maker community for the past 10 years – and always having a rather large penchant for having creatively messy fingers – I know so well that there is an abundance of creative talent in the Uk. Not only that, already within or looking to break into the wedding industry...

Image: Caroline Hancox Photography

The idea of uncovering this talent and bringing together a collective of creative minds who are in agreement with our manifesto fills me with absolute sheer invigorating excitement.

Over the past three years I have been lucky enough to discover and meet some really incredible talent within the wedding industry. Yet, as was the case for me, I believe that it is still difficult for Brides and Grooms to know which way to turn to find options and uncover the creativity that they may crave to help them express their own personalities for their big day.

So, I have taken it upon myself to turn that around because I believe whole heartedly in two things:

  1. in the talent that is out there that deserves to be seen
  2. that I don’t want anyone to experience the disappointment that I did myself when I started planning our wedding'

Image: Caroline Hancox Photography

If you are in agreement and would like to see this turn around, making creativity and fresh thinking a mainstream in the wedding industry I ask you to simply, sign up.

We will be publishing a list of names – supporters, makers, creators, service providers, fresh thinkers, vintage aficionado’s and all of those who rock and fully intend on growing and rocking it further, on our website.

The list of exhibitors will remain on our site for brides and grooms to discover to help them with their planning experience. Knowing that there is an abundance of people out there who support helping them uncover alternative and contemporary options, or their own wedding style or personality, we think, is pretty darn special.

Image: Caroline Hancox Photography

Brides and Grooms to be – its so important that people in the industry know how you feel too – after all, this is all for you! So please do take a moment to sign the list too.

You can find our sign up forms here.

 

// Get in touch with the Chosen Wedding Fair //

            

Expert Advice From The UK’s No1 Bridal Coach At The London ExCeL Wedding Show

The London ExCeL Wedding Show welcomes back Michele Paradise, the UK’s No1 bridal coach this spring.

Taking centre stage at The Experts Theatre three times a day, Michele will share her invaluable advice to help brides feel calm, confident and beautiful on their wedding day. Michele will advise brides on everything from how to walk in fabulous shoes to perfecting your pose for photographs as well as choosing the best dress for your body shape and improving your posture with her revolutionary Posture Wand.

Commenting on the importance of brides feeling fabulous on their big day, Michele said:

“Being a bride is like being a supermodel for the day. The big difference is supermodels have guidance and years of experience. Brides don’t – and they only get one shot at it.” 

With over 20 years’ experience in the modelling industry, Michele has trained models, actors and presenters in posture and movement as well as appearing on several TV programmes such as Britain’s Next Top Model as an expert and judge.

After working in the fashion industry Michele trained to be a therapist and is now a clinical and professional hypnotherapist on Harley Street in London.  These skills enable Michele to show brides how to stay calm and make better decisions in the lead up to their wedding and on their special day.

As well as sharing her wealth of knowledge on stage at The Experts Theatre, Michele will also have her range of bridal coach products and workshops available to buy at the show, including her fantastic hen party package and ultimate bridal package.

Brides looking for one to one advice can visit Michele on her stand where she will be available for personal consultations.

Brides can find everything they need for their big day at the region’s favourite wedding show as The London ExCeL Wedding Show returns from the 31st January -1st February 2015.

 

// Get in touch with The UK Wedding Shows //

               

The North East Wedding Show Welcomes The UK’s No1 Bridal Coach

The North East wedding show welcomes back Michele Paradise, the UK’s No1 bridal coach to Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena this spring.

Taking centre stage at The Experts Theatre three times a day, Michele will share her invaluable advice to help brides feel calm, confident and beautiful on their wedding day. Michele will advise brides on everything from how to walk in fabulous shoes to perfecting your pose for photographs as well as choosing the best dress for your body shape and improving your posture with her revolutionary Posture Wand.

Commenting on the importance of brides feeling fabulous on their big day, Michele said:

“Being a bride is like being a supermodel for the day. The big difference is supermodels have guidance and years of experience. Brides don’t – and they only get one shot at it.” 

With over 20 years’ experience in the modelling industry, Michele has trained models, actors and presenters in posture and movement as well as appearing on several TV programmes such as Britain’s Next Top Model as an expert and judge.

After working in the fashion industry Michele trained to be a therapist and is now a clinical and professional hypnotherapist on Harley Street in London.  These skills enable Michele to show brides how to stay calm and make better decisions in the lead up to their wedding and on their special day.

As well as sharing her wealth of knowledge on stage at The Experts Theatre, Michele will also have her range of bridal coach products and workshops available to buy at the show, including her fantastic hen party package and ultimate bridal package.

Brides looking for one to one advice can visit Michelle on her stand where she will be available for personal consultations.

Brides can find everything they need for their big day at the regions favourite wedding show as The North East Wedding Show returns from the 24th - 25th January 2015 to Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena.

 

// Get in touch with The UK Wedding Shows //

           

Love Heart Feature // Rosadior

Image: Janeyanna Photography

As a boho wedding and floral crown obsessive, I am so excited to be featuring handmade floral hair accessory creators, Rosadior, in the featured suppliers section of the Lace & Love Hearts blog!

Rosadior is owned and run by Sam Freeman who has worked in the wedding and event styling industry for many years, and has a real passion for the design and creation of whimsical flower crowns and accessories for boho and alternative brides. She even creates doggie corsages for stylish pooches!

Boho brides, faerie queens and festival belles take note! This feature is for you…

Images: Janeyanna Photography

The Lace & Love Hearts blog: Welcome to the Featured Suppliers section of the Lace & Love Hearts blog, Rosadior. Tell me, what inspires the creation of your beautiful flower crowns and accessories?

Rosadior: I grew up in a home filled with old books, art and furniture from the arts and crafts and Art Nouveaux period. I was given children's books filled with illustrations by the likes of Arthur Rackham, Mabel Lucie Attwell, Kate Greenaway and Walter Crane and spent hours in dusty old book shops, antique fairs and junk shops with my parents. My parents took me to art galleries and introduced me to the immensely beautiful works by the Pre Raphaelites and as I grew up, I began to discover and fall in love with the art and images of the 1920's right through to the 60's.

I also have a fascination with the glorious floral images on old Victorian greetings cards and by the language and sentiment behind each flower and base a lot of my creations on these.  My adoration for flowers is not limited to fresh, I also love silk! It is true that you can’t beat fresh flowers in all their glory, they do not last. Working with silk flowers is so satisfying because your creations last forever.

Images: Janeyanna Photography

L&LH: With a history in wedding and event styling, do you find that this has given you some insight into what brides are after in terms of floral accessories?

R: It certainly has. Brides will always be inspired by current trends, but essentially every bride wants something different, something special, something that is personal to them and their journey so far with their hubby to be. They may want to include aspects of people in their lives who have meant a lot to them, people they have lost and who won’t be there on their special day.

It could be that they want to include a specific flower their grandmother loved, or pearls to reflect their late mother or a blue feather to remember their granddad. Whatever it may be, she will want to create something unique to her and something that reflects her personality. 

The wedding market is saturated with choices for brides and it can be quite daunting, so I always try and make sure I listen to my clients, try and learn what they are about and make the design process a fun and happy experience for them.

L&LH: Do you create crowns and other accessories for the maid of honour, bridesmaids and flower girl as well as for the bride?

R: I have made lots of accessories for many people, for all manner of events! Be it brides hair accessories and wrist corsages, mother of the bride corsages, hair accessories, flower and feather button holes, matching bridesmaids floral hair clips, little flower girl posies and hair garlands and even Doggy Corsages, for a bride who had her pooch as her ring bearer!

One thing I would love to create would be a huge neck garland for a horse at a gyspy/boho styled wedding! How swoon-worthy would that be?!

Images: Janeyanna Photography

L&LH: How long does it usually take you to create one of your stunning crowns, and how far ahead of a wedding should the bride contact you?

R: It really will depend on the complexity of the design. But I would say on average a day.

The real issue is ordering the stock in. I will often order from the US as they have more unusual and exotic flowers to choose from, but delivery times can be very lengthy. Up to three weeks in some cases. 

I would always advise a bride to really have her wedding ideas pretty much sorted, her colours chosen and most definitely her dress purchased before ordering her hair accessory or commissioning a custom piece. It’s always better to see the whole picture to ensure the hair accessory reflects all aspects of her dress and her wedding…dare I say it, “theme”.

So I would suggest a time frame of about 2/3 months prior to the wedding would be a safe bet.

L&LH: Where are you based and how do you ensure that your creations reach their destination looking perfect?

I am based in an old and very pretty little town called Haslemere. It’s located right on the border of three counties, Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire.

I package all my items in tissue paper, sealed with a Rosadior label and posted in a padded envelope or small cardboard box dependant ion the item. Larger pieces are placed in clear plastic boxes and posted out inside a cardboard box with yet more tissue paper.

Every item is either hand delivered or sent via Royal Mail and must be signed for, so great care goes into ensuring each items reaches its destination safely.

Images: Janeyanna Photography

L&LH: Do you offer a fully bespoke service alongside a range of ready-made accessories?

R: Absolutely. I would say 60% of my orders are bespoke orders. I am constantly receiving emails from clients with pictures of beautiful dresses, outfits and shoes that they would like me to design something to match the colour or style.

I would always advise customers to take pictures outside on a fine day where possible. This enables me to see the true colours and textures of the fabric.  

L&LH: How can my brides find out more about Rosadior and see some examples of your previous work?

R: First port of call would be the website. On the homepage is a link to Flickr where they will find lots of images of products, past and present.  On the SHOP page they will also find a link to a gallery of some sold orders too. I have some fabulous inspirational images on Pinterest too. 

 

// Get in touch with Rosadior // 

            

Guest Feature // Wedding Ring Trends for 2015, by Aurus

Today on the Lace & Love Hearts blog I have a real treat for my wonderful brides and grooms in the form of a guest feature by wedding, engagement and eternity ring specialists, Aurus! Regular readers of my blog will know that I recently ran a Christmas competition with Aurus to win a gorgeous Swarovski Elements pendant, and we plan to run a brand new completion in the New Year. Keep your eyes on my blog for that one!

Today’s feature is dedicated to looking back at the most popular ring trends of 2014, as well as having a peek into the future at possible ring trends for 2015’s brides and grooms.

So, over to the Aurus for their expert advice…

This year has seen a variety of wedding ring styles take the spotlight with Aurus narrowing down the top styles for 2014. Meanwhile, the New Year will bring a new array of classic and modern styles to the forefront and we aim to predict what will be the hottest trend.

Of course the classic plain band for the classic gentleman has been a popular choice for 2014 and will more than likely stay that way into 2015. However, the shift towards a subtle touch of design is gently increasing as the choice of men’s ring style’s increases.

Take for example, a plain band, with two grooves near the edges and a brushed (matt look) finish in the centre. Subtle changes to already popular styles are increasing and as men are growing in confidence to be as picky as their significant others, the opportunity to go for something more personal to their taste makes the plain bands with a twist that little bit more appealing.

What do we predict will be the growing trend for men in 2015? Two tone rings. We won’t jump to conclusions and say they will leapfrog plain bands, but we do expect an increase in demand for them. Quite simply, two tone bands look fantastic on men and is a statement of intent for their loved one. Aurus London have the largest collection of two tone bands in London so we imagine more men will find a right style with a mix of two gold colours that suits them.

For the ladies, the most sought after 2014 style would be the twist shaped diamond wedding bands. Whether it being a plain band, a few spaced out diamonds or a half row of diamonds, twisted shaped bands have been the ring of choice for brides to be and we don’t see the trend slowing down for 2015. Ultimately, most women want a stunning wedding band that matches their engagement ring and accentuates it. The awkwardness of having a straight wedding ring not being able to sit flush against an engagement ring means more brides to be look for something shaped to sit right up next to the engagement ring without compromising the shape of the ring making it a lovely feature on its own as well.

Price and quality has always been the main concern for brides and grooms, however, with so much choice now people are looking for a specialist to guide them in choosing the perfect pair of wedding rings. Aurus London are the leading specialists for diamond engagement, wedding and anniversary rings and aim to provide a high quality bespoke service to all customers. A specialist can incorporate a person's personality and lifestyle into the wedding ring, making it a one of kind ring which is perfectly suited for that particular individual.  

 

// Get in touch with Aurus //

               

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