Love Heart Feature // The White Bulb

Image: Holly Booth Photography

Today on the Lace & Love Hearts blog I am featuring one of my newest obsessions – light up letters, numbers and shapes by The White Bulb!

I first came across this gorgeous company via Twitter and I knew instantly that my brides would love their lights! After a few tweets back and forth about their gorgeous and very reasonably priced creations, we soon struck up a friendship, and a little while later I received the most beautiful floral ’L’ through the post. I was smitten and quickly contacted The White Bulb’s owner Vikki for a floral ‘&’ and a floral ‘A’ to create a light up monograph just in time for my first wedding anniversary...

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The White Bulb create awesome, unique, shabby chic floral or solid mini monogram signs for your wedding, party or home which light up using an integral battery pack. These papier mâche letters, numbers and shapes are beautiful and would look perfect as part of your centrepieces, decor for your top table, table numbers, or simply as a gift for the home. Each light is made bespoke to order so they are completely unique to you; no two are ever the same!

Images: Holly Booth Photography

The White Bulb’s letters, numbers and shapes are often freestanding (although some letters require a stand to balance them) and stand at approx. 20cm tall and 10cm wide. The warm white fairy lights are powered by 2 AA batteries and the pack is just around the back of the light for easy access. Batteries are included so you can try them out straight away!

The White Bulb’s creations are available in a variety of colours - just choose your base colour selection from the drop downs and they will source flowers to suit. To make sure that you're 100% happy with the design, The White Bulb will send you a picture of the arrangement before any gluing begins. If you’re looking for a specific colour combination, then please contact Vikki to discuss before ordering.

Images: Holly Booth Photography

If you do not want to buy the letters, The White Bulb will also hire some of their creations to your for your event. Contact Vikki for more information. They also offer gift vouchers from £5 to £50 denominations which make the ideal wedding or hen party gift!


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Love Heart Feature // Wedding Letter Hire

If you are looking for gorgeous light up letters, vintage letter lights or personalised initials for your big day, then you are in the right place!  Wedding Letter Hire provide exactly that. Our stunning light up letters are perfect for weddings, parties, and other special occasion. Our light up letters are particularly popular with brides and grooms who want to add a bit of drama to their wedding day décor, without dedicating a large percentage of their budget to flowers!

Just in case you have never come across light up letters before, they are metal letters with rows of light bulbs which you can use to spell out any word you choose. They are freestanding and an impressive five feet tall, so they make a grand visual statement. 

Light up letters are popular particularly for receptions and evening parties in marquees, which sometimes need brightening up with extra décor, and for indoor function rooms which need a central focal point. They are pretty big and bright so not much else is needed to transform a blank room into party central. 

Our light up letters are great for:

• Providing a wonderful talking point

• Wowing your guests as they arrive!

• Providing a fantastic backdrop for fabulous photos

• Adding that little bit of showbiz glamour to your event

• Personalising your special occassion

…..and at the same time, they provide light and brighten up your venue, which is perfect for a winter wedding!

From a practical point of view, the letters need somewhere to stand and an electric socket. Each letter comes with its own lead and plug, but we can provide extension leads to plug in up to four letters at once. The letters look best against a wall or a backdrop as the lights are only on one side of the letter. We can also provide letters for outdoor use, please ask on making your booking. We can arrange delivery and collection, and we provide our letters on a four-day hire period so you have plenty of time to put them up and take them down without needing to rush. 

We love hiring our letters to weddings in particular as they are such special, personal events and it’s wonderful to see what people do with them. We have seen them take pride of place in lots of different themes, from ‘Hollywood’ to ‘English garden party’. 

So if you need something bright and fun for your wedding or special event, please come and take a look at our website and be inspired. 


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Love Heart Feature // Homemade Events

Today on the Lace & Love Hearts blog I am featuring Somerset and Devon-based wedding and events company, Homemade Events!

Homemade Events is owned and run by two sisters, Ellouise and Flo, from the gorgeous rural setting of Somerset. It was created in order to take the stress away from planning a wedding, while also maintaining a strong sense of being handmade and completely centred around the happy couple.

This is wedding planning which is totally guided by the client and which places a great deal of importance on being highly personal and unique. Ellouise and Flo are there to make your dream of the perfect wedding come true through close attention to detail and tried and tested organisation skills.

The Lace & Love Hearts blog: Ellouise and Flo, welcome to the featured suppliers section of the Lace & Love Hearts blog. Creating a Love Heart Feature dedicated to Homemade Events has been absolutely delightful! How did Homemade Events begin?

Homemade Events: Well we both love any excuse for a party and we’re super organised so as soon as Ellouise got engaged we couldn’t wait to start the planning! Everything was homemade from scratch and every detail was thought about, from the glitter covered tumblers to the bunting and pom poms. We got complimented continuously throughout the day and for months afterwards. So, along with the compliments and the end of wedding high, we didn’t want it to end! So we decided to put our skills into an events company, Homemade Events.

L&LH: It is so wonderful that two sisters share such a passion for wedding and event planning. Do you think that being sisters means you work better together than most wedding planning partnerships?

HE: Absolutely! Like most sisters we have a very tight bond and come from a close family which means everything to us. We work really well together and bounce our ideas off of each other. We know each other so well, and our brainstorming sessions can sometimes be hilarious, finishing each other’s sentences, and guessing what the other is going to say before they even say it! We’re extremely passionate about what we do and we want this to reflect in our work.  After all we are family and you can’t change that!

L&LH: Why should brides and grooms consider hiring Homemade Events above competing wedding planning companies?

HE: Homemade Events is about creating lasting memories and giving each individual that chooses to use us the celebration they deserve without putting in the unnecessary hard work. We go the extra mile and add a personal homemade touch that will set your event above the rest. We offer different packages for different events and for different budgets. We both know that costs can spiral and they can add unnecessary stress to your event: we want to help you avoid the stress and worry!

L&LH: You are so lucky to be based in such a beautiful part of the UK! How far are you willing to travel for a client?

HE: As far as it takes us. We are more than happy to travel for our clients and if it means a trip away we aren’t complaining!

L&LH: Can you tell me a little about the different packages you have on offer for brides and grooms?

HE: We have three packages, the first is our Pom Pom wedding package aimed at Brides and Grooms wanting a stress free planning process from start to finish, as an added extra we will supply homemade pom poms to brighten up the décor. Secondly our Glitter Party package is aimed at clients who have something to celebrate. We put together a personalised proposal based on their requirements and go from there; they can also use our fantastic sequin table cloth for their special event. And lastly our Pick ‘n’ Mix package offers a complete bespoke planning service which can cater for as little or as much as you need.

L&LH: How far ahead of their wedding day should a couple approach you?

HE:  Ideally within months after the engagement but everyone is different. It is hard to know what route to go down and some couples take a lot longer to get started than others. We can plan a wedding years in advance or months and will be there for the couple as little or as much as is needed.

L&LH: How can my brides and grooms find out more about Homemade Events and your services?

HE: We have Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pintrest so there are plenty of ways to get in touch! Our website should have all the information that they need but they can use the old fashioned way and pick up the phone as well.


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Love Heart Feature // Sound Generation

Today’s Love Heart Feature is dedicated to Sound Generation, a company which provides artists for weddings and events throughout the UK. Below you will find information on what Sound Generation can offer you in terms of musical accompaniments to your big day, including details of the wide range of artists they currently work with. 

The team at Sound Generation have also been kind enough to provide insider tips for couples who are a little unsure as to the specifics of booking an artist for their wedding, including advice on placing music correctly into your running order, current trends, and important issues to be aware of…

So, over to the Sound Generation team!


Music is hugely important on your wedding day. It’s proven (by scientists, no less) to be one of the most powerful ways of evoking emotions and memories, reminding you of all the wonderful moments you’ve shared with your partner. 

Music is also a fantastic way of setting the mood. Try to encourage a range of emotions on your wedding day. Guests should feel moved, happy, and of course - it goes without saying - so ecstatic that they’ll lose all inhibitions and bust their best moves on the dance floor!

Most couples will refer to ‘their song’, which will almost certainly feature on their big day, but there may also be a song that you first danced to together, a song that was a big hit the year you met, a song you both find hilariously funny etc. It’s a good idea to write a list of all those songs you want to feature, well ahead of your wedding day.

Where music can feature:

Marriage ceremony - this is one of the most emotional parts of the days. Whilst traditionally couples would opt for classical music, couples are now often choosing more contemporary songs to accompany the procession and recessional. Artists such as Adele and John Legend are popular.

Drinks reception - post-ceremony everyone will be socialising and no doubt talking about the bride’s dress, so you should select an act that’s just going to create a bit of ambience. Guests won’t really want to be entertained yet as they’ll be too distracted.

Wedding breakfast again, this is a time when guests will be chatting and later, listening to those all-important speeches, so as with the drinks reception you want to choose something that’s not too intrusive.

Evening celebration - this is when the party really gets going so you want a band or a great DJ that’s going to get everyone up on their feet and that can really work the room. For bands, a five-piece is generally recommended, although if budget is an issue, a four-piece works well, or even a three-piece if the vocalist also plays an instrument. Bear in mind, the more musicians you have, the bigger the impact.


Current trends:

Music to fit your theme – most weddings have a theme and couples increasingly want their music selection to fit that theme. For example you might decide on a vintage-style wedding, in which case a jazz trio or a vintage vocal group would work very well.  

Mini music festival – creating a festival vibe is very popular at the moment. Book a selection of varied acts for a real festival experience. Go for independent artists as opposed to ‘wedding bands’ for an authentic feel.

Element of surprise  a lot of couples want to book an act that puts a twist on instantly recognisable songs. For example a blues band performing a Rihanna track, or a classical string quartet performing a Jay Z tune. It’s totally unexpected and creates that ‘wow’ factor.  

Top tips:

Consider your guests (I know, it should be all about you!) – generally wedding guests will cross several generations so bear that in mind when you’re selecting what songs you want the band to perform. Try to choose a range of music that spans several eras so that you can be sure everyone has a great time.

If you’re on a tight budget – if you’re working to a budget then prioritise the evening band/DJ and see what’s left for anything else. The evening music should be the highlight, as it’s most often what guests remember most (providing they don’t knock back too many glasses of bubbly!) A lot of acts can also provide a laptop DJ set as well as a live band set, so you might not need to book both. You can also look at cutting back on the number of musicians to rein in costs e.g. a harpist or classical duo instead of a string quartet.

CD’s as favours – often acts have released albums & CD’s. Why not give your guests a copy as a unique wedding favour.

Things to be aware of:

Power supply – usually acts will have their own PA equipment, so all they will need is somewhere to plug in.

Catering for the musicians - musicians will often be on site for several hours so will need a hot meal and soft drinks to ensure they have the energy to get your party started!

Set up/set down - musicians will need time to set up and set down, typically around 60 minutes. This will be included in your fees, but if the time onsite runs over a surcharge will sometimes be applied.

Special requests - if you have any special requests for the band, make sure you provide them in plenty of time. Also bear in mind some of your requests might not work given the band you choose.


Who we are:

Sound Generation provide outstanding musicians, bands and DJ’s for weddings, events and venues across London and the UK. We offer wedding couples a bespoke and friendly service with an emphasis on stylish, professional and contemporary acts. Our musicians have performed alongside the likes of Beyonce, Tony Bennett, Ed Sheeran, and Rihanna so you can be sure you’re getting the best in the business. 


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Love Heart Feature // Phillipa Lepley Partners with Fashion Illustrator Jane Hartley

A marriage of British artisans sees couture wedding dress designer Phillipa Lepley partner with esteemed fashion illustrator Jane Hartley giving brides an exclusive gift of a personalised sketch drawn during their final fitting.

Throughout the month of November bride who order a couture Phillipa Lepley dress are able to book Jane Hartley on a complimentary basis to attend their final fitting to capture them in their completed gown before the big day.

These sketches can be kept as a one-of-a-kind keepsake, gifted to family and friends or used for thank you cards. Brides are also able to discuss further ideas with Jane, who also attends weddings capturing the day through her sketches.

Celebrating her 25th anniversary this year, Phillipa Lepley is recognised globally for creating bespoke dresses of distinction with uncompromising quality. Phillipa uses the most luxurious fabrics, exquisite embellishments and outstanding body minimising corsetry that has been finessed to leading levels over the years. Her artisanal talent and bespoke creations are mirrored by the delicate illustrations of Jane Hartley who is known for her fluid drawings that reflect a fresh view of the fashion world both past and present.

With a realm of experience between the two artists and a shared passion for detailed embroidery, Phillipa Lepley and Jane Hartley together capture the individual beauty of each bride. Each work of art, be it a couture wedding dress or a unique depiction of the bride, shares a timeless quality which will be treasured as an exclusive gift to Phillipa Lepley couture brides.


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Love Heart Feature // The Charlotte Mills Look Book

Take a look at this stunning new series of images from Charlotte Mills’ debut look book. The pretty images show off the beautiful, elegant, fun and romantic designs Charlotte is fast becoming known for. Each style featuring the signature love heart design which Charlotte works in to each of her shoe creations.

All styles are also hand finished with a silver sixpence in the left shoe and the leather sole is embossed with the phrase “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue and a Silver Sixpence in her Shoe.” 

Charlotte has incorporated each of these traditions in to every pair of her shoes. The Sixpence is also the Something Old, the Something New is the shoe, the Something Blue is detailed on the insock and beautiful packaging. Not forgetting the Something Borrowed of course, which is inside the shoebox. Brides love this old tradition and this detailing is unique to Charlotte Mills Bridal shoes.

Since launching in April 2014 the brand has gone from strength to strength. Charlotte now has sixteen stockists all over the UK, and from January 2015 her shoes will also be available in the US. To top off a fantastic first season Charlotte is delighted to have been shortlisted as Best Bridal Newcomer in the 2014 Perfect Wedding Awards.

Charlotte says about her new look book images - ‘Hopefully these images give a real feel of what the Charlotte Mills Brand is all about, I hope brides will fall in love with the designs and want to wear them again and again after their wedding day.’


// Contributors //

Photography // Jonny Draper + Sarah Sadler

Shoes // Charlotte Mills

Dresses // Love Bridal Boutique

Accessories // Pompadour Couture Lingerie + Tulle and Candy Floss

Makeup // Sonara Parker

Love Heart Feature // M By Minihaha

As you will no doubt be aware, I adore featuring new and fledgling businesses, creative individuals and wedding suppliers who have a true passion for what they do. Today’s Love Heart Feature is dedicated to an extremely talented and experienced wedding planner who is has just about to launch her first line of bridal jewellery.

Minihaha Garande from Brachetto Weddings and I have been Twitter friends for a while and her Leeds based wedding planning company is listed within the Lottie Loves Directory, so when she contacted me regarding her new line of jewellery I jumped at the chance to be one of the first to feature it!

The M By Minihaha collection features bridal headpieces, earrings and necklaces with an elegant Asian-inspired feel. If you are looking for a beautiful alternative to a veil or tiara, then I urge you to take a look at Minihaha’s exquisite creations.

The Lace & Love Hearts blog: Minihaha, welcome to the featured suppliers section of the Lace & Love Hearts blog. Please could you introduce my brides to your new jewellery collection?

Minihaha: Hello Lottie, thanks for having me. M by Minihaha is a new bridal jewellery line for the modern and luxurious bride. The line consists of Asian inspired headpieces, earrings and necklaces.

L&LH: What motivated you to expand from the busy world of wedding planning into the world of gorgeous bridal jewellery?

M: The world of wedding planning is absolutely exhilarating and fulfilling. I enjoy meeting new people and working with many talented suppliers to make a couple's dream wedding come to life. Quite often, many brides would ask me to find them a supplier for a Kim Kardashian inspired headpiece that she wore at her 2011 wedding. This look has and will quite possibly be in trend for many years to come.

It was always difficult to find them a similar headpiece as most bridal accessories are traditional tiaras and hair combs. I really wanted to provide something my brides wanted. That is when the idea came to mind and I immediately pursued it.

L&LH: Where do you find inspiration for your pieces and what kind of materials do you use in their creation?

M: I love the lavishness and exoticness of Asian brides. Most of my pieces, especially the signature pieces which will launch end of next year, are definitely inspired by them. You will find loads of stunning pearls, highest quality of cubic zirconia, gold and silver plated finishes on our gorgeous launch collection. I wanted to launch with a small exclusive collection to introduce M by Minihaha to the industry. I really felt that my vision for M by Minihaha will be represented better this way.

L&LH: Do you offer a fully bespoke service to brides who would like something totally unique?

M: In the future, I would love to create something unique for each bride but I won't be able to offer that right away. As it stands, custom designs will typically take between ten and fifteen weeks to create and there will be a minimum order quantity of three thunred pieces per style from our manufacturer. It wouldn't make business sense to do this, so I can only hope and pray that my creativity will attract a momentum of brides. As a matter of fact, I have no doubt that it will. We have had a great reaction from our sneak peeks already. This has definitely inspired and humbled me.

L&LH: Would you say that your pieces are appropriate for bridesmaids and other members of the bridal party as well as the bride herself?

M: All our pieces are absolutely perfect for bridesmaids as well as the bride herself. Within the launch collection, the 'Bejewelled Heiress' is a dramatic piece only suitable for brides. You wouldn't want your bridesmaids to out do you would you? But yes absolutely, I even wanted the simpler headpieces to be suitable for other events such as a birthday do or a bridal shower. Whatever occasion, you can still wear M by Minihaha and look beautiful.

L&LH: How can my brides find out more about your collection, and who will be stocking your pieces?

M: M by Minihaha will launch on 1st November 2014 and will be available to purchase online from our website. In due course, brides will be able to locate the collection within bridal boutiques in the U.K, as we are currently in discussion with suitable stockists to represent our brand.


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Love Heart Feature // Lorie x

Image: Lucy Edwards 

Lorie x have recently launched a brand new collection of bespoke bridalwear featuring hand inked and photographic digital prints. Lorie x place a great deal of importance on encouraging brides to have input into the process of creating their dream wedding dress. Brides can choose fabrics and style, using the pieces featured in the capsule range to inspire them and lead to the creations of a utterly bespoke dress, with the addition of having a print developed (if they wish) based on whatever they desire. This ensures garments have their own personality which is truly tied to each bride individually. No two Lorie x dresses will ever be the same, just as no two brides are ever the same…

Image: Lucy Edwards 

The collection is inspired by the past, romanticism, great love stories and the beauty around us; it is made from the finest silks, laces and jacquards; and is designed and created in East London. The collection is feminine and fluid, and the pieces are unique and romantic.

Image: Lucy Edwards 

The designer, Laura Hall, graduated from the London College of Fashion with a final collection of bespoke bridal gowns; believing that there was a gap in the bridal market for garments which were alternative, yet not in the stereotypical way. She wanted them to have traditional references such as laces and covered buttons, to be feminine and romantic, but to add a modern twist and introduce a little colour in a delicate way. So the idea of incorporating print came into place and this grew with the notion that each bride could incorporate their own bespoke print to express their personalities further.

Image: Lucy Edwards 

Print is not overly used in bridalwear currently, and it is something which Laura uses in a subtle and romantic way, through either hand drawings or photographs to add texture and colour to garments. Digital print translates beautifully to silk fabrics and gives brides the opportunity to develop and explore their own ideas further than perhaps they would with other bespoke designers.

Image: Lucy Edwards 

After working in the fashion industry for the past few years, and making a few bespoke wedding dresses along the way, the idea never truly left Laura’s mind. Recently she revisited this idea and grew the collection to include more gowns and also separates. The Lorie x collection launch took place in autumn 2014 with a brand new website, and at the London Chosen Boutique & Vintage Wedding Fair in October. The collection has been very well received by brides, wedding professionals and others within the wedding industry, being described as both ‘beautiful’ and ‘refreshing’.


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Love Heart Feature // Aurus London

Image: The Love Hunters

A couple of weeks ago I was delighted to visit Aurus London’s Farringdon showroom to view their beautiful collection of engagement, wedding and eternity rings for the very first time. I was welcomed to their showroom by Kerri and Jake before Kerri took me through some of their vast collection of gorgeous sparkly creations.

Aurus London are dedicated to making the process of buying wedding rings as easy and affordable as possible, even if you are looking for something completely bespoke or unusual. This approach to wedding rings is so refreshing, especially when most central London jewellers are inflating their prices way beyond the budgets of the average couple.

I must say that I was very impressed with the sheer number of ring styles available within this specialist collection, and the level of beautiful craftsmanship shown in every single ring is clear to see. The Aurus London collection includes over fifteen hundred styles, making it the largest in the UK, and every single rings is fully customisable.

I simply had to draw your attention to this amazing jeweller and their new concept of providing brides and grooms with high quality wedding rings that will fit easily within their budgets.

Image: The Love Hunters

The Lace & Love Hearts blog: Kerri, I would like to welcome Aurus London to the Featured Suppliers section of the Lace & Love Hearts blog. This is well overdue! Could you provide my readers with an introduction to the company?

AL: Aurus London has had a showroom in London for about two years now, and we have a close relationship with the most prestigious manufacturers in the world who have worked within the wedding ring industry for decades.  We are London's only specialist diamond, wedding, and eternity ring showroom and we are home to over 1,500 different ring styles.  We offer our range in the most precious metals and individuals can alter styles and designs to make a one of a kind bespoke ring. Anything you can imagine we will be able to create!

L&LH: Where do you source your rings and how do you ensure quality?

AL: We source our rings from manufacturers worldwide and each ring is made to measure, ensuring a perfect fit.  As each ring is made to order, all of our rings are individually handcrafted and inspected once we receive them at our showroom ensuring the highest quality service for our brides and grooms to be.

Image: The Love Hunters

L&LH: Alongside your lovely collection of rings, do you offer a bespoke service?

AL: Couples can take any of the model rings from our collection and tweak it to make the ring unique whether by changing the finish, adding a groove to a plain band or altering the ring's setting. We encourage couples to use their creativity to select a ring which matches their tastes and personality, creating a truly one of a kind ring. There is also a growing trend for shaped wedding bands, and as we make our rings from scratch we ensure for the wedding ring to sit flush against the engagement ring. Additionally, all of our wedding rings can be engraved both inside and outside, we offer a unique engraving service whereby couples can choose different fonts. We have engraved everything from dragons, to the words "The dream team" and half hearts on the outside edges of rings.

L&LH: If a bride and groom visit the Aurus London showroom with no idea of what they want, how do you go about inspiring and assisting them?

AL:  We try to make all of our couples feel welcome within our showroom and start off by offering coffee, wine or water just to make them feel relaxed.  Selecting rings is a very special moment for couples, but it can also be a very daunting process, especially when they have no idea what they want. To help narrow the search, I try to get a sense of their personalities and what type of lifestyles they have. For women, I tend to encourage matching the engagement ring in both style and metal.  These are just recommendations which provides a solid starting point which I can then narrow done with the bride. It is fascinating to see how engaging men are becoming with the ring selection process and are moving away from traditional plain bands and towards customised rings.

Image: The Love Hunters

L&LH: How far in advance of their wedding should a bride and groom approach you for their rings?

AL: Couples should start thinking about wedding rings as soon as they start to think about budgets, which is why we recommend browsing online not only for styles but to get an idea of prices. All of our rings take around 4 - 5 weeks to make from scratch.  However, as we have such a big range, we encourage couples to come to us within 6 months to a year beforehand and tick wedding rings off the to do list as soon as possible.

L&LH: Are you happy to conduct consultations with customers who pop into the showroom, or would you prefer to book appointments beforehand?

AL: We welcome all customers to our showroom with or without an appointment though we recommend booking a slot as we like to get to know the couples and their individual personalities which can be brought out within their wedding ring styles. We are constantly busy with bookings and brides dropping off their engagement rings to have it polished and cleaned free of charge so it will look dazzling on their wedding photos; hence why booking an appointment will mean we can focus all our energy on the couple and answer any questions they may have.

Image: The Love Hunters

L&LH: How can my readers find out more about Aurus London and your collection before visiting the showroom?

AL: Majority of the collection is on our Aurus London website. I usually ask couples who book an appointment to have a browse on our website before their appointment to identify specific styles they like and let me know beforehand so I can have those styles ready for when they come into the showroom.


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