Styled Shoot: Boho/Country Styled Wedding Shoot in Monmouthshire by Hepburn Photography

Today we have a gorgeous boho/country styled wedding shoot submitted to us by Hepburn Photography to show off all that Monmouthshire has to offer in terms of wedding suppliers. Nanette from Hepburn Photography tells us all about it here.


The Inspiration

These are the photographs from a recent styled photo shoot that I photographed at Kate Humble’s farm ‘Humble by Nature’ in Monmouthshire, South Wales. The idea for the photo shoot came about whilst talking to my friend and fellow wedding supplier Kelly of WhiteCrafts (wedding stationery) one day at the school gates. HepburnPhotography-28
It was suggested that we get together wedding suppliers from all over Monmouthshire to showcase their skills in a photo shoot. We never set out with a theme in mind we just wanted to show off individual talents. However once I sourced the venue ‘Humble by Nature’ the story for the wedding shoot became clear.HepburnPhotography-41
The open farm landscape of the venue suited a relaxed country feel and the trees and plants called for a floaty Boho style bride with flowers in her hair. The groom needed to be comfortable too, no stiff suits or hard lines. Tweed & braces were the starting point and it went from there. HepburnPhotography-26
My goal as photographer was to make the wedding shoot believable. My style is real, natural and relaxed and I didn’t want it to look staged and false. Luckily the models were an actual couple so I could show the real affection and tenderness between them. HepburnPhotgraphy-6
Humble’s Hideaway is a secluded area in the woods with shepherd’s huts and trees. It is a magical place to visit and I wanted this to be the main focus of the shoot. I am a massive lover and owner of ducks, so had to get some of the local runner ducks in the shot. Thanks to all involved!

The Styled Shoot

The Suppliers

If you are looking for a wedding supplier in Monmouthshire hopefully you will have been inspired by the suppliers in this shoot, here are all of the details of the suppliers involved.

Venue: Humble by Nature
Rachael Geddes
T: 01600 714595

Photography: Hepburn Photography – Nanette Hepburn
Based: Monmouthshire, South Wales
T: 07977 097 934

Professional Make-up Artist: Alex Gallop
Based: Abergavenny South Wales
Alex said – The lace dress was really reminiscent of an Edwardian day gown so I wanted the make-up to look capture a little of this era. Also, the bridal bouquet included some really pretty coral peonies so that gave me a strong colour to incorporate into the design.
I kept the model’s skin as natural as possible, using an illuminating moisturiser and dewy foundation. The eyes were defined with warm, nude colours which were softly blended to look pretty rather than striking. I used pencil to define the brows but brushed this through really thoroughly for a more natural look.
I wanted the cheeks and lips to mimic the pretty shade of the peonies so used cream blusher and two shades of lipstick blotted to give the appearance of a stain.

Designer Bridal Boutique: Victoria Valentine
Based: Abergavenny South Wales
T: 01873 852866
‘Lucy-Lou’ by Charlotte Balbier.
‘Lucy-Lou’ is a full lace Romantic Gown with delicate lace sleeves and stunning pearl and crystal embellishment. A vintage boho gown with a modern twist. Styled with a gorgeous Charlotte Balbier Pearl & Crystal Belt. £1,725.00

Jewellery: Gus Jones Jewellers – Danielle Booth
Based: Abergavenny
T: 01495 223338
We are an Independent family run Jewellers established since 1903. Based in the heart of Wales, selling a large range of Gold and Welsh Gold Wedding rings and beautiful bridal jewellery as well as Gents accessories and Giftware.

Models: Laura Chesters (Friend) & Simon Pengelly (Actor)
Simon is an actor and stuntman , Laura is a wedding co-ordinator at Buckland Hall in Brecon.

Flowers: Catherine Gray
Based: Chepstow
T: 01291639172
British grown seasonal flowers, rustic style. Bouquet Flowers included Peonies, Alstromeria, Forget-me-knots, daisies, alchemilla mollis. Vase arrangement also included Sweet Williams, Viburnum, Alliums, Pinks and Solomon’s Seal.

Awesome handmade wedding stationery: White Crafts –  Kelly White
Based: Monmouthshire, South Wales
T: 07841623403
Paper flowers/fans, ribbons, table decorations

Hair: Lisa Logan Bridal Hair Design – Lisa Bidwell
Based: Monmouthshire
T: 07807 881233
Lisa said: The rustic, natural setting at Humble by Nature and the bohemian style of the dress inspired the hair design. I used a bun ring and soft curls to create volume and height, and give the illusion of long, thick hair pinned up. The hair style was structured but romantic, with braids to create texture and small wild flowers for a pretty but relaxed look. I particularly liked the fresh flowers as they added a lovely country feel to the style. Often, brides think their hair needs to be long to create this kind of look but the model’s hair was shoulder-length. It’s surprising what you can do with mid-length hair.

Cake: Little Black Cat Wedding Cakes – Kathleen Butler-Donnelly
Based: Monmouthshire, South Wales 01291 691234
Rustic ‘Naked’ Cake – Three tier Victoria sponge cake with all edible flowers.

Menswear: Extons
Based: Raglan, Monmouthshire
T: 01291690486
Extons has been established since the 1960s with 3 stores, Raglan, Usk and Abergavenny. Stocking ladies and gents clothing and accessories as well as gents formal hire wear. A growing trend in wedding attire this season is tweed which Extons has a large selection of, pop in to see our full ranges or visit extonsonline.​

Behind the Scenes

Here is a sneak peek of the fun that was had by all on the day!


Cwtch the Bride – The Cwtchmas Party!

Here it is, in all its glory, Our amazing Cwtchmas Party!

We have so many people to thank for what was an incredible evening on the 11th December. Firstly, the incredible National Museum Cardiff for hosting our event and to Elior for providing all the amazing food! They were a dream to work with and if you are yet to book your wedding venue, may we strongly suggest you take a look at what they can offer. We were blown away :)

We were also thrilled to have the fabulous Ben Walton on hand during the evening to capture the night on film – take a look below. If you were there on the night, let us know if you spot yourself! :) and if you have already booked Ben to film your wedding, you’ve made a great choice! Also, a big thanks to Tim Bishop who photographed the entire event and who’s images are featured in this post!

The team and I had a fabulous evening and were truly overwhelmed at how many of our readers, leading wedding professionals and press came along to celebrate with us. Hey, even Santa paid us a visit:) Cwtchmas Party 205748

Having never organised an event on this scale before, I was incredibly nervous and my stress levels quickly peaked when I realised the amount of work involved. That’s when I knew having professional planners would be key to it success. A HUGE thanks goes to Deeanne & Ruth from Finesse Planning

Finesse Planning

These ladies are worth their weight in gold. As a wedding photographer I have seen many brides over the years convinced they don’t need help planning their wedding and afterwards wishing they had. Hindsight is a wonderful thing. This event wouldn’t have been as great as it was if it wasn’t for the organisational skills of these two ladies. They took control of the planning, communicating with everyone involved, setting up (we only had an hour!), managing the event itself and then when we all left to carry on the party, they stayed to clear up. Amazing!

The Boutique Disco

We were also thrilled to have The Boutique Disco involved. Initially I thought, like most DJs, they’ll just provide music. OH NO… not Grant. Not only did he provide background music but he created the lighting, provided the LED furniture AND an amazing screen which stood at one end of the Museum. It looked awesome. All of these are available to hire for your own wedding too :)

Heavenly Exquisite Desserts

Check out our ‘Cwtch the Bride’ cake provided by Heavenly Exquisite Desserts They are based in Llandeilo and if you’ve not yet tasted their cake, you really need too! Mmm!

Our live entertainment for the evening was provided by some very talented Welsh musicians. The amazing Sion Russell Jones, Coverland & our regular blog sponsor Brother Ray. Do check out their music, we’re big fans of them all :)

Sion Russel Jones

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Another big supporter of our blog, Hannah Emily Bridalwear gave our guests a lovely treat throughout the evening by showcasing some of the wedding gowns available in her boutique… Hannah Emily Bridalwear

…As well as Amy Mair Couture, who travelled from Pembrokeshire to share a selection of beautiful gowns from her Freda May collection.Amy Mair Couture

Big thanks to Yume for doing all the model’s hair (and mine!) and to Glamour Fix for the make up.



Malc the Magician worked the room with his close up magic and was a big hit…

Malcolm Healy - Close Up Magician

Finesse Planning also wowed our guests with some beautifully styled tables. This gave our readers some wonderful inspiration, with thanks to Kelly at White Crafts, By Jo, Snow White Laundries, and a special thanks to Hilary’s Floral Design who were already super busy doing flowers for Prince Charles yet still made time for us :)

Hilary's Floral Design

The sequined tablecloths attracted a lot of interest on the evening. I loved the way they shimmered! All thanks to Gilded Linens.

Gilded LinensWho got to try out WOW Event Hire‘s inflatable Chesterfields? We did, super comfy!  :) These super stylish sofas are great for any event and ridiculously quick to inflate and deflate :) If you are having a marquee wedding, how cool would these look in the chill out area?
WOW Event Hire

All our guests received a goody bag filled with lots of treats, one of which was a delicious cupcake by Love, Peace & Cupcake.

Love, Peace & Cupcake

Queen Of Cakes also supplied us with branded biscuits too! how lucky were we :)

Queen Of Cakes

Oh my, how could we forget the amazing  Pick ‘N’ Mix Circus who entertained our guests with a host of things ranging from ringmaster, compere, toastmaster extraordinaire to juggling, balloon modelling, a giant snowman and much more. It astounded me how much this company can offer in terms of entertainment.

Peter Gamble - Pick 'N' Mix Circus

Peter Gamble - Pick 'N' Mix Circus

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If you have a sweet tooth, you will love  The Good Ship Lollipop They offer all your old favourites in a super cool pop-up sweet shop :) How cool would this be at your wedding? Our guests certainly enjoyed it :)

The Good Ship Lollipop

There are loads more photographs to look though. We had a brilliant grotto/photobooth. Thanks to Celtic Prop Hire for providing a sleigh, christmas trees and lots of other cool props for Santa and our guests to be photographed amongst.

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Also a big thanks to Aquila from Love & Lovelier for making us these beautiful, custom badges! :)

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Designed by Shell at Something Kinda Cute

& of course huge thanks to Shell (the lovely lady on the right) at Something Kinda Cute for designing our fabulous invitation for us! :)

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Wow! I think we covered everyone. The evening was a great success. If you weren’t able to attend, we hope we have inspired you with this post. There are some truly talented wedding suppliers on your doorstep, each offering you something different from the ordinary. Not only are each of these suppliers great at what they do on a day-to-day basis but they are genuinely lovely people who go that extra mile for you. And lets face it, when you are planning your wedding, isn’t that what you want?

Finally, from me, personally, I was really touched by how many of my favourite wedding professionals each gave up their time and talents to help us on the evening. It really means a lot to me that you all came out to support Cwtch the Bride. You were all a dream to work with :) And to all the readers that continually visit the site for inspiration. THANK YOU!




Cwtch the Bride would like to thank the wonderful suppliers who have all
contributed to our wonderful party!

Venue and Catering
Cardiff National Museum – – 029 2057 3387/3129

Event Production and Management
Finesse Planning – – 07580 075558

Disco, LED furniture, Projections
Boutique Disco – – 07988 684728

Chesterfield Sofas and coffee tables
WOW Event Hire – – 029 2061 8052

Photobooth props and displays
Celtic Prop Hire – – 029 2068 9686

Floral displays
Hilarys Floral Design – – 01873 858636

White Crafts – – 07841 623403
By Jo – – 029 20813329
Something Kinda Cute – –

Table Linens
Gilded Linens – – 07565 294290
Snow White Laundries – – 029 20233550

Hannah Emily – – 02921 152357
Amy Mair Couture – – 07531 520158

YUME – – 029 20233271

Make Up
Glamourfix – –

Vintage Pop Up Sweet Shop
The Good Ship Lollipop – – 07586 528544

Cakes & Desserts
Heavenly Desserts – – 01558 822800
Love, Peace & Cupcake – – 07401 841739
Queen of Cakes – – 07815 018570

Maria Farrelly – – 07814 574 462
Tim Bishop – – 07793 733699

Ben Walton – – 07772 482691

Brother Ray – Acoustic Duo – – 07731 357952
Sion Russell Jones – – Morgan Bell Management
Coverland band – – 07738 858048
Malcolm Haley Magician – – 07510 282321
Peter Gamble Circus Skills – – 07875 826773

Click any photo to see a larger version :)

All photos taken by the lovely Tim Bishop. Thanks Tim! :)


How To Plan Your Table Plan by White Crafts

It’s time for Kelly’s newest post – hurrah! (Missed her other posts? You can find them all here.) She’s been here every fortnight, talking about all things wedding stationery related – this week she’s giving us the low down on table plans, escort cards and top tables! :)

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The plan for planning your table plan!

Every bride LOVES to plan but when it comes to the Table Plan panic sets in!!

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“I can’t sit Jane & Pete on the same table as they ‘cuddled’ once in the first year at uni and now he’s married Jane’s cousin and Jane is dating Pete’s best friend, neither of whom know about the ‘cuddle’ because I’m the ONLY person who knows and I’ve been sworn to take this secret to my grave!

So if I don’t sit them together am I making a point (and increasing everyone’s interest in Jane & Pete) or do I just sit them together and hope no-one gets too drunk to and ruins MY wedding.”

PS Jane & Pete are fictional characters and are definitely NOT based on anyone I know ;)

brown table planphoto credit Nigel Bloomer Photography

So you see the dilemma of the table plan!! Well don’t worry I’m here help :)

Just say ‘balls to it’! No really, it’s your blinking wedding and if two fully grown adults can’t be polite to one another for 2 hours while they sit and eat their food then none of them should be at your wedding! They should be there solely to support you and enjoy spending this VERY special day with you and if you feel anyone can’t do that without having a screaming match then they really shouldn’t’ t be there :(

Now we’ve dealt with those who can ‘do one’ we can get on to the good stuff!!

wicker heart table plan bunting Photo credit Maria Farrelly

Do I really need to tell a room of adults where to sit?

Yes, yes you do!

Or actually no you don’t as long as you don’t mind your Grandma having to sit with all your old school pals at the back of the room where she can’t hear the speeches!

Or you don’t mind all your work mates are sat next to the top table and your brother who was meant to be saying a few words can’t get to the mic during speeches or your sister with the new born has to sit in the bar because she can’t get the pram in due to the musical chairs game that went on when the doors were opened. :)

You get my point! Don’t go all ‘we’re having an informal do’ here ok just tell people where to plant their bums for a couple hours!

birdcage table plan photo credit ALS Photography

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Our venue is taking care of our table plan for us

Some hotels ‘include’ a table plan with your wedding package. Please please please look at one of these BEFORE your wedding day! I’ve had so many desperate calls at the last minute to create table plans because the one that the venue provide is unreadable, wrong, or just darn right ugly and it’s the first thing all our guests are going to see and the one thing every single guest is going to HAVE to look at to find their seat.

(I’m sure some venues do a really good job, but just check it out before hand so you’re not stressing out on the day)!

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mirror table plan  Photo credit Maria Farrelly

How many per table?

For a traditional 5 ft circular table please don’t try and squeeze any more than 10 per table and if all your friends are part of the rugby team or the ladies sumo-wrestling club then 8 per table max (stereotypes I know (don’t bother complaining) but use your common sense people)!! Check with your venue or your wedding planner on their recommendations for your particular reception. Also make sure that your brother in law (who broke his ankle last week and is now in wheel chair) is able to get to his seat without having to rearrange the room whilst on route! People with kids either have space so they can get down from the table without disturbing everyone and can slip anyway to the loos or remove a screaming child throughout the speeches!

tree table planphoto credit ALS Photography

Top table formal stuff!

This is the traditional top table layout, but you darling bride can do whatever the hell you want to do! It’s your wedding after all!

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Escort Cards…what the hell are these?!

escort cardsCommonly used in America, they’re little cards or envelopes sporting your guests names and what table they’ll be sat on. Usually displayed on a table in alphabetical order but you can have some darn right gorgeous things just check out this awesome tree from Essential Event Hire!

essential escort tree

Best thing about escort cards are that you can literally change them right up to the second before your wedding, where as table plans need to be printed way before the wedding.

The entire ‘look’ (darling)

Whether you decide if escort cards or a traditional table plan is best for you just consider the entire ‘look’ of your seating chart and make it a feature (all be it a practical, readable feature). Think about the frame, colours, what font you want to use, and the easel you’ll use to hold your table plan (we have some to hire if your venues’ one is gross!).

Here at White Crafts I do traditional framed, mirrored table plans, wicker heart rustic look, sparkly trees, birdcage, escort cards and pretty much anything else you can think of. Get in touch with me (Kelly) to chat about your seating chart :)
I’m nice honest!
07841 623403

mint green table plan

black table planphoto credit ALS Photography

Let me know you’re a real person and ask a question or leave me a comment below :)

Signing off for now


How to Write an Order of Service – by White Crafts

It’s time for Kelly’s latest post – yay! (Missed her other posts? You can find them here!) She’ll be here every fortnight, talking about all things wedding stationery related – this week she’s giving us tips on how to write an order of service :)

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Order of Service: What the heck are they and what the hell goes in them?!

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 The Order of Service is a step by step account on what your guests can expect throughout your ceremony.

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It’s always best to check with the person conducting the ceremony to make sure that everything is covered, but today we’re just giving you some rough guidelines on things to look out for when sorting your Order of Service.

Church Weddings

Photo credit Ellis Photography

Photo credit Ellis Photography

If you’re having a church wedding, here at White Crafts we always ask you to start getting the wording for your Order of Service sorted sooner rather than later!


You might find you have your friends and family volunteer to perform a reading then bicker over which reading they want to do then drop out and have to replace them at the last minute.

Readings should be stated in the order of service and who is reading them, but please try and refrain from putting the whole reading in there. It can put off the person doing the reading as everyone is looking down and following the words and they feel like no-one is listening (plus if they have a little slip up EVERYONE knows)!

Popular church readings are:

  • Corinthians Chapter 13 (verses 1-7)
  • Colossians 3 (verses 12-17)

Just on a side note PLEASE consider what your friend or family member is going to read from to recite their reading. It’s quite unsightly to see them approaching the front of your meticulously designed and beautifully decorated church with a piece of screwed up paper and with what looks like tea stains on the reverse (exactly to section the whole congregation can see while they’re performing their reading) We want them to be listening and enjoying your reading dedicated to you on your wedding day, not playing guess that stain!

Other Messages

Some couples like to leave a little message of thanks to their friends and family for taking time out to share their special day with them. Others like to introduce the bridal party (although if you’re a White Crafts bride you can do this before hand on your web page)

Try and keep your order of service down to 4 pages. This doesn’t over whelm your guests and yet holds all the information they need, remember they don’t have to follow the service word for word they just need a basic guideline of what’s going on and the words to your hymns.

rustic Collage order of serviceAbove all make sure you use a font that your guests can actually read! It’s all very well it being pretty but if they can’t read it then it’s totally useless!

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Include your hymns in your order of service to save fussing about with hymn books as well as your order of services. Your hymns might change daily as certain songs start to whiz you back in time and force you to recall that frightful time when you were 8 and standing in church at the Harvest Festival when you accidently knocked over the whole display of collected fruit and veg (who’s stupid idea was it to tower them anyway)!! OK – Maybe that one is only me :)

You find out that your Aunt (who you don’t talk to anymore & is now divorced) had that hymn at her wedding, and you’ll be darned if you’ll be having it at yours. Or your sister made that passing comment of ‘isn’t that a funeral song’ Anyhow I think you get the idea, everyone starts having an opinion of what hymns you should or shouldn’t have so just pick the hymns YOU like and feel are fitting for you as a couple. Good sing along hymns (which most of us were forced to sing in school, so we all know them) tend to go down well, such as

  • ‘Give me Joy in my Heart’
  • ‘Guide me O Thou Great Redeemer’
  • ‘Amazing Grace’
  • (you just sang a little bit of these –didn’t you :))

These are all common wedding hymns, the typical number of hymns for a church service is between 2-3.

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Procession & Recessional music

If you want to keep this a surprise for your wedding guests then you might not want to include it in your order of service however if you going with one of the traditional one’s then it’s a good idea to pop it in there. If you have a choir, string quartet, organist or harpist playing throughout the ceremony it is also nice to give them a mention in your order of service.

Typical Procession music is:

  • ‘Te Deum Prelude’
  • ‘Conon in D’ Pachelbel
  • ‘Bridal Chorus’ Wagner

Typical Recessional music is:

  • ‘Wedding March’ Mendelssohn
  • ‘Trumpet Tune’ Purcell

Order more than you think you’ll need

Now I know this is coming from a stationer but it’s true! You’ll always use more than you think. Remember churches are open to the public so anyone is within their right to come and see you wed (and they do)! Your Vicar will have one (and the Vicar’s helper, there is always at least one), you and your partner will have one each, your bridesmaids, and ushers are likely to not be sitting with their partners so they’ll take one each (instead of usually sharing).

If you have a choir, string quartet, harpist or organist they will have at least one, and if you have bell ringers they will want one too to know where in the service you are! Ordering half the number to you have guests just doesn’t work with Orders of Service.

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Civil Ceremonies

We are seeing HUGE increase in couples planning a civil ceremony still having an order of service, as it helps to bring some more formality to the proceedings. Obviously these needn’t include so much information but just give guests a more basic outline.

For example:

  • procession music
  • readings (which can be funny poems or stories, such as ‘Yes I’ll marry you’ by Pam Ayres)
  • declaratory words
  • contracting words
  • signing of the register
  • and recessional music (which needn’t be the traditional type but can just be one of your favourite songs)

Again if you have anyone performing any music then it’s good to include in this as well.

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Brides and grooms have also used these to include a run down of the rest of the day as well, letting guests know when and where drinks and canapés & the wedding breakfast will be served, where and when throwing of confetti will take place, when & where a group photo is going to be taken etc. This allows any guests who need to nip off to get cash out or get changed from any wardrobe malfunction to do so without missing all the best bits!

photo credit ALS Photography

photo credit ALS Photography

Are you having a church wedding? What hymns have you chosen? What readings are you having? Have you got any more tips? Join the discussion below!

If you have more questions or need to order your order of services then just drop us an email on :)

Signing off for now

Kelly :)

A Guide To Wedding Invitation Styles by Kelly from White Crafts

It’s time for Kelly’s third post – yay! (Missed her other post? You can find them here!) She’ll be here every fortnight, talking about all things wedding stationery related – this week she’s talking us through the many (many!) different wedding invitation styles you can get from White Crafts :)

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Good day lovely cwtch readers!
I started writing a blog post about all the different types of wedding invitations you can have and that we offer at White Crafts, but I started sounding like a crazy person trying to write down where certain folds were and how they looked. So I decided to make a video showing you all a few different types of wedding invitations that you can have instead! :) You lucky things ;)

So here it is my first ever video on wedding invitation ideas (you can all have a good laugh at my expense)! :)

Can’t see the video? If you’re reading via email click the title of the post to view it on the web.

I hope you liked it and got some inspiration for your own wedding invitations :) I’d love it if you could like the video on YouTube or leave (nice) comments (simply to help boost my ego) :)

If you have any questions just leave them in the comments below. (or if you’re a little shy email me on :) )

Signing off for now



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