You guys, I’m so excited about sharing Angela and Russell’s wedding with you, because it marks the beginning of extended real wedding features here on Snippet & Ink – couples who have gone above and beyond in sharing their weddings, in order to provide even more insight and inspiration for those of you in the midst of planning! We even have some budget breakdowns and ceremony content coming soon! And as always, we’ll be featuring beautiful photos and sweet details to go along with these great stories.

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Take it away Angela and Russell!

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The Ceremony

“It was always really hard for me to imagine what kind of wedding ceremony I’d want,” says Angela. “Even when we were creating ours, it was hard. Luckily, we were able to pull together our love of classic taste, history, family, and fun! We had gelato for our guests directly after the ceremony. What’s better than eating an ice cream cone in fancy clothes with good friends?! It was the best.”

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Your ceremony in three words:  Classic, Thoughtful, Fun!

Why did you choose this location for your ceremony?  My grandparents immigrated from Poland after World War II. After a long journey and lots of stops, they ended up in Lincoln, Nebraska. They became U.S. citizens in the courtroom where we got married. It’s no longer a courtroom, but we wanted to choose something that had a strong sense of history.

How did you go about planning your wedding ceremony?  Planning our ceremony was actually really simple! We wanted to have Judge Urbom marry us, as the last sitting judge in that courtroom, so we were open to his ideas. He maintained an amazing reputation throughout his career as a federal judge, and we went into the whole deal with a lot of respect for him. The first time we all met, he handed us a printed copy of what he had already written! It was absolutely perfect – I think we only changed a word or two. It was a perfect mix of simple, true poetry and a realistic view on marriage and life together. Russell and I aren’t too sappy or emotional, so this was perfect for us.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  The location of our ceremony was probably my favorite part. Besides being a super beautiful space, the feeling was really overwhelming of being in the same place where my grandparents became citizens of this country. The historical significance of it all was really special. Oh, and we had a gold glitter aisle runner that was AMAZING!

Anything else?  I play French horn and really wanted that to be a part of our day. Steven Cohen is an amazing French horn player and he worked to create custom arrangements for our ceremony, along with the pianist, Jennifer Novak Haar. The best part? He made an arrangement of Edelweiss for the processional. My maternal grandmother had a marble lipstick holder that played that song and rotated around so you could pick your shade for the day. That was a nod to her.

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The Reception

“We wanted to keep everything very relaxed for our guests, with outstanding food and a comfortable atmosphere. At the beginning of the planning process, Russell and I both said that it would be great to have the whole evening feel like a big dinner party. We totally succeeded with that!”

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First dance:  “This Magic Moment” by The Drifters. Does it get any better?! Not too slow, not too fast, old school, and awesome. We had a great DJ, Rik Minnick. He played all records and a great mix of everything we love from Johnny Cash to Bjork to Beyonce. People danced the night away!

Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  Our food was definitely the most special part of our celebration. Russell and I met through friends, but didn’t really get to know each other well until we made cheese together at Branched Oak Farm, a small organic dairy outside Lincoln. We had a huge spread of their cheeses, and served pork that they raised. Another farm provided the veggies for dinner and an artisan bakery where I worked baked lots of special bread and demi-baguettes for dinner.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Russell and I arrived at the cocktail hour about 20 minutes after it started. The entire venue was completely packed. You never really know how things are going to work out when you plan any event, but to see so many people smiling, eating, and drinking – that was awesome. We had a huge selection of cheese and bread and the guests loved it. Our amazing event designer suggested we put our jazz band kind of at the back of the venue, and around a corner. This kept people moving through, but also had an awesome effect on the sound – we had the buzz of laughter and conversation, mixed with upbeat jazz. It was perfect!

 

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Photography: The Mullers, Karen Obrist / Event Planning & Design: Lovestru.ck Weddings + Events / Ceremony Venue: The Grand Hall at The Grand Manse in Lincoln, Nebraska / Reception Venue, Catering: Nebraska Club in Lincoln, Nebraska / Officiant: Judge Warren Urbom / Dress, Earrings: Watters, via Rhylan Lang / Shoes: Kate Spade / Veil: Sara Gabriel, via Ready or Knot / Lace Top, Gold Belt, Reception Dress by: Alexandra King / Suit: John Varvatos via Post & Nickel / Shirt: Post & Nickel / Shoes: Johnston & Murphy / Bridesmaid Dresses: AsosNordstrom / Stationery: Inclosed / Floral Designer: Hillis and Co. / Rentals: AAA Rentals / Music:  Rik Minnick / Cake: Donna Roehrs / Hair, Makeup: Rebecca Forsyth of Bungalow/8

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  • Nebraska Wedding from The Mullers

    6 August 2014
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    A romantic garden wedding isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when I imagine a wedding in Arizona, but that’s exactly the kind of wedding Ashley and David had at the Whispering Tree Ranch. Here, the beautiful images by Brushfire Photography and Ashley’s thoughtful write-up about the day.

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    Shares the bride: “On the day of the wedding I hadn’t seen the elements of planning come together until I was walking down the aisle. I remember walking out with my dad to my favorite folk hymn, rounding the corner to the aisle and almost doubling over in joy – I think I actually let out a small laugh! Seeing the flower petals and plants adorning the way for such a symbolic walk to a new life was so beautiful to me. Family and friends bathed in an afternoon glow, seeing the sun gently peeking through the trees, my groom and our bridal party was standing under the chandelier hanging from the large green tree – it was an image I will remember for the rest of my life. All of it would have been meaningless without my now husband and our loved ones there, but those simple natural elements echoed joy to my heart as if the earth was celebrating with us in this holy experience. To me, it was a glimpse of heaven.”

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    Ashley’s advice for other brides? “Keep things simple, delegate and don’t get so preoccupied in planning that you don’t make time to prepare for love and life together after the wedding. Your wedding day is only one day and it’s a far more beautiful day if you prepare your heart for marriage and not just a wedding.”

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    Ashley and David stayed on budget by choosing their venue wisely, and by taking on lots of DIY projects: “We included DIY elements to complement our budget and to add personal touches throughout our ceremony and reception (but we also wanted to keep it minimal since such a beautiful natural, outdoor environment needs very little embellishment). We made place cards by tearing squares of heavy weighted paper, watercoloring them and hand writing the names in as fancy of a script as we could muster. I made floral crowns for the flower girls using simple materials from Michael’s (it was too hot in Phoenix for me to make live ones in advance and I didn’t want to be making anything on the day of). Our venue provided beautiful vintage china and I collaborated with the venue owner on simple flower choices and candles to adorn them. The goal was always fresh, natural, and simple with a touch of whimsy. My husband painted our chalk boards for the drink menus and Words of Wisdom table (we provided slips of paper and tiny stamped envelopes for people to write words of encouragement or wisdom on love, marriage and life together).”

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    Signature Drinks:  Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka, Lemonade, Fresh Lemons, Muddled Mint
    Dessert:  Gluten-Free Dark Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Hazelnut Filling and Whipped Cocoa Buttercream, made by the groom’s mother // Assortment of 15 Seasonal Pies, by Lux Bakery
    Favors:  Rose Petal Jam Favors by Boho Farm & Home

     

    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We chose Whispering Tree Ranch because it was a gorgeous, intimate setting that fit our dreams of getting married outdoors surrounded by trees and open air (both rarities when living in a desert city). We fell further in love with the place after meeting the venue owner. She was so easy to work with and worked so hard to help create our perfect wedding within our budget.

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Our taste is natural with a bit of rustic, vintage influence. We wanted the palette to be soft and simple, and allow natural elements to provide color and texture.

    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  There were a lot of personal touches in our wedding, from the invitation hand painted by my husband to the beautiful cake my mom made for us. Our pastor also provided us with a special gift during the ceremony. He gave us a vintage camera (I’m a photographer) that was mounted on a wooden box he made. Inside a the box was a collection of letters written by our parents and everyone in our bridal party. The idea was that on every anniversary we could pull ONE letter out to read – it will take us at least 13 years to read all of them!

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  First, to delegate so that you can truly savor the day. This inspired me to do a little bit of planning and DIY-ing each week during our 5 month engagement, and then as the day drew closer I delegated tasks, allowing me to do nothing but relax on my wedding day – our family and friends were the only reason this was possible. Second, to remember that it is merely one day in the rest of your life together. This meant that we really made time for serious premarital counseling, reading books on marriage, talking about expectations for our life together.

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Our budget was very strict. At the beginning of our engagement, my parents helped me by giving me a number of what they could afford and made it lovingly and abundantly clear that that was all they could do. Having those clear expectations in the beginning helped so much. I used a white Moleskine journal for my wedding planning and kept a running budget. We budgeted for the “Must Haves” first and then used what was left over for the smaller, more fun things like decor. If we couldn’t afford something that we loved, we simply made it ourselves or agreed that it wasn’t a necessity. We also really lucked out because our venue offered a variety of upgrades and vendors that were not only optional, but extremely affordable. // A big way to save money is to find one place where you can hold both your wedding and reception, and where you can reuse things like chairs and decorations. We really lucked out because our venue included a bunch of the materials (tables, chairs, place settings, flatware, drinkware) and offered a variety of upgrades and special pricing through preferred vendors.

    Photography: Brushfire Photography / Venue, Rentals, Floral Design: Whispering Tree Ranch in Laveen, Arizona / Dress: Kenneth Winston / Shoes: Modcloth / Suit: Zara / Shirt: Banana Republic / Tie: Ben Sherman / Suspenders: H&M / Watch: Skaagen / Bridal Bouquet: Anna Starkey / Catering: BBQ Phx / Pies: Lux Bakery
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  • Garden Wedding by Brushfire Photography

    4 August 2014
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    I love it when couples go outside the box when planning their weddings – who says the only way to do it is with a dinner-and-dancing reception? Not Megan and Andrew! From the early morning ceremony, to the afternoon filled with bicycling and wine tasting, I’d say it was less traditional and more inventive,” says the bride.The core traditional values and practices were there (vows, rings, family, friends, food, etc.), but our day was certainly unique.”

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    After saying their vows in Sonoma’s historic plaza, guests enjoyed bag lunches while the bridal party took photos, followed by a wine tasting bike tour. The day ended with dinner at El Dorado Kitchen. What a fun way to celebrate! Our friend Silvana di Franco was there to capture these sweet photos of the day. (As Megan said, “A picture is worth a thousand words…Silvana captured each and every moment perfectly.”)

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    Megan’s favorite part of the day? “Walking down the aisle – there is no better feeling.”

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    After the ceremony, Megan changed into a short dress from ASOS for the winery bike tour.

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    After wine tastings at two favorite Sonoma spots, Bartholomew Park Winery and Sebastiani, everyone came together at El Dorado Kitchen for dinner.

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    Says the bride, “We saved a lot of money by creating our own bouquets, centerpieces, and aisle decor. We ordered flowers in bulk, and with the help of our bridal party, we assembled all of the arrangements the evening before the wedding. With borrowed wooden boxes and tin buckets, we only spent $400 on an enormous amount of flowers.”

    Before dinner, Megan surprised her groom with a heartfelt letter.

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    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We took our very first vacation together to Northern California, and our favorite day of the trip was spent in Sonoma. We rented bicycles for the afternoon and rode from winery to winery enjoying wine tastings. We fell in love with the quaint little town of Sonoma and vowed that if we ever got married, we would do it here.

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We wanted to recreate our first trip out to Sonoma, but this time with our family and friends. A day filled with bicycles, wine, and loved ones.

    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  One of our favorite details was the brown bag lunches we provided for our guests. After the ceremony, our guests enjoyed a little picnic on the city square before hopping on their bicycles.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  I read an article right before our wedding about how every wedding is perfect in its own way. It’s so true. Every wedding is perfect – it’s perfect because it’s yours. Remember this before, during, and after your day. It will be perfect.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Wake up early and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea by yourself. It’s a great time for a little self reflection, meditation, or just peace and quiet before the BIG day begins.

    Photography: Silvana di Franco / Ceremony: Sonoma City Hall / Reception Venue, Catering: El Dorado Kitchen in Sonoma, California / Officiant: Margaret Stimmler / Long Dress: Allure Bridals / Short Dress: ASOS / Shoes: Alfani / Hair, Makeup: Cheveux Salon / Bike Tour Wineries: Sebastiani, Bartholomew Park Winery
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  • Playful Sonoma Wedding by Silvana di Franco

    29 July 2014
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    There’s something so classic and glamorous about a ballroom wedding – especially preceded by a rooftop ceremony…

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    Says the bride of the venue choice: “The Peninsula Chicago is a very memorable place for both of us. Before Jonathan moved to Chicago, he stayed here during every trip. Eventually, the staff recognized him and always went above and beyond to ensure that his visit was nothing short of spectacular. Naturally, we had our few first dates here, and the staff and bartenders made our dates very special and lighthearted. On one occasion the bartender jokingly sent Jonathan a glass of wine so full he couldn’t even lift it!”

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    “My favorite part of the day was walking down the aisle and seeing Jonathan for the first time. It was surreal. He literally was the only person I saw. As a young girl, I’d imagine walking down the aisle, but I never quite imagined who would be at the end. Jonathan was a picture perfect groom, better than anything my imagination could have conjured up!”

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    The escort card display was modern and understated, with cards standing in beds of moss.

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    “It has been two months and guests are still raving about the wedding. So while it was certainly a great wedding, it was an absolutely incredible party! From our guests, to the atmosphere, décor, and all the small details, it reflected our personalities and our style. It embodied all the things that we’ve come to share with those closest to us. Even if I hadn’t worn a wedding dress and Jonathan hadn’t worn a tux, it would have been an unforgettable night!”

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Our biggest inspiration came from one of our favorite restaurants, Fig and Olive in Beverly Hills. While all of their locations serve the same great menu, the decor at the Beverly Hills location is by far the most stunning. It is beautiful without feeling overdone. It is simple, romantic, and inviting. We also both really wanted to have an outdoor ceremony that still felt intimate and personal.

    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  During the planning process, Jonathan constantly said that it was “my” day, and I’d always answer by saying it was his day too. To help make it his day as much as it was mine and ours, I planned a few surprises. The first was the sign the flower girls carried in place of flower baskets. It said, “Uncle Johnny, Here Comes Your Bride.” It was a great way to start the ceremony. The second surprise was an homage to his favorite band, Green Day. In lieu of a traditional wedding cake, we had a cake parade. The cake that lead the parade had a cake topper in the shape of the iconic Green Day heart grenade. The third surprise was an a cappella song performed by my very talented and musically inclined family (including my mom and dad!). The song was “Time of Your Life” by Green Day.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The best advice was to make sure we enjoyed the night because it really does end so quickly! I know so many couples who didn’t eat at their own wedding. We actually ate our dinner while it was warm!

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Hire or designate a planner. Even if it’s just for the month of the wedding, it’s totally worth it. It’s great to have a non-biased third party you can rely on!

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Choose the things you’d like to splurge on and make sure you take care of those first – it will make your other decisions easier as long as you’re sticking to a budget. This is another thing that your planner can help you with. We hired Estera Events and they were amazing! On several occasions they provided us with alternatives that were not only less expensive, they were better options than what we originally had in mind. Finally, be honest with yourself and your partner about the budget during the entire planning process. There are so many details that can fall through the cracks, only to add up at the end.

    Photography: HUSAR Photography / Event Planning & Design: Estera Events / Venue, Catering: Peninsula Chicago in Chicago, Illinois / Dress: Vera Wang / Suit: Tom Ford / Bridesmaid Dresses: All Saints / Stationery: Sarah Drake Design / Floral Design: Kehoe Designs / Champagne Tower: Nimblewell / Music: Style Matters DJ’s
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  • Glam Chicago Wedding by Chad Husan

    28 July 2014
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    We have another stunning venue today, with photos from the exceptional Ed Peers (do not miss the gallery on this one – so many more incredible photos from Leandra and David’s wedding!).

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    “I would have had my Dad walk me down the aisle but sadly he passed away in 2009. I didn’t want to replace him for the role, so Dave met me part way and we walked in together,” shares Leandra. “Overall, we weren’t going for a traditional wedding but I like to think we may have started some traditions of our own. Instead of a traditional ring pillow or box, Dave found a beautiful piece of driftwood on the shore of the lake and cleaned it up to present our rings at the ceremony.”

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    Why this beautiful location? “Shuswap Lake in British Columbia has always been a special place for my family and me. Despite growing up in Winnipeg, I spent every summer of my childhood on the edge of this lake surrounded by mountains and fresh air. My ancestors on my father’s side moved from England and settled in this area in 1893, so there is a strong family tie. Even though Dave is from Perth, Australia, he was the first one to suggest the lake (having visited and loved it as much as me) for our location. I’d never thought of it beforehand but it was such a natural fit.”

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    We asked the bride what her favorite part of the day was: “Can I have more than one favorite?” she says. “Getting a surprise serenade by my new husband on his ukulele in front of everyone at the reception – he sang Soul Sister by Train. I didn’t even know he could play the ukulele! Sneaking in a practice wedding dance outside in the gazebo during dinner. Running down to the dock and jumping in the lake just as all the guests’ sparklers went out – this was THE perfect end to our day, it was freezing but amazing!”

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Both Dave and I are avid travelers and coming from different countries (Canada and Australia) we knew most of our guests would be making a long journey to attend our marriage. Instead of traveling all that way just for a wedding, we were inspired to get our guests into ‘lake mode’ for the entire weekend, starting with a welcome bag of sunscreen and snacks in their rooms. We hosted a Meet & Greet Bonfire the night before with s’mores and Jiffy Pop and continued the gathering with a post-wedding brunch at the Lodge. Naturally, we were also inspired by the location on the lake, and by the native heritage of the area. Quaaout Lodge is situated on a First Nations reserve and run by the Little Shuswap Indian Band.

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  In Australia many brides carry a white satin or lace horseshoe with their bouquet for good luck and I was given a beautiful one to carry by a friend of Dave’s family. I then subsequently forgot both my wreath and the horseshoe when I walked out. I think that was the only bad luck of the day!

    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  My engagement ring was hand carved from Jarrah (an Australian hardwood) by Dave after he heard the story of my Dad carving a cherry wood engagement ring for my Mom, and my brother having done the same for his engagement. // We collected rocks from the lake to use as place cards and several people took theirs home as a souvenir. // As a small tribute to my Dad, we used beeswax candles on the tables at the reception that I made from his beekeeping days. // We planted organic herbs in second-hand teacups as part of our centerpieces. After the wedding we planted all the herbs in our garden and used the cups as decorations along the border. // In order to get us to kiss, guests had to write a poem using the words from a page of a romance novel, which had some very amusing results!

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Some really good advice I got was actually right here on this site – basically, decide on your own theme, priorities, preferences, then stop looking at wedding blogs and Pinterest at least two months before your wedding. There are so many cool ideas out there (and more still tomorrow), but you can’t possibly do them all. Take a break and cut yourself off from outside influence once you know what you both want.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Keep it in perspective. Making it a memorable day doesn’t have to cost an entire year’s salary. While the number of guests can bump your spending up, try to keep the focus on what’s important. Personally, we didn’t bother with things like chair covers (who really looks at the back of their chair once they sit down?) or rental cars (no one saw us arrive or leave), or a DJ (get your playlists out!). Instead we kept things interesting with good food, an amusing MC (my brother), a few dance lessons and some sparklers.

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  If you have the time, do it yourself (or ask a friend). We had a long engagement so our planning was quite stretched out, but that didn’t mean we had everything done in time! We did save a lot of money by keeping things simple but unique. Initially we wanted printed canvas tote bags to use as welcome bags but this ended up being way out of our budget. We settled for brown paper bags with just a few well-selected items and personalized them with a note. We put them in everyone’s room before they arrived and that was all it needed to be – a warm welcome and a token of thanks.

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  We had guests from Australia, France, Ireland, Poland, the UK, United States and Canada!

    Photography: Ed Peers / Second Shooter: Sachin Khona /  Venue, Catering: Quaaout Lodge on Little Shuwap Lake, British Columbia, Canada / Marriage Commissioner: Jeannette Cromartie / Dress: BHLDN / Trabzon Silver Necklace, Bracelet, Cufflinks: Hanem Art Center /  Earrings, Rings: Fin Mahon / Suit: Oxford / Vest: Politix via Myer / Shirt: Jack London via Myer / Bow Tie: Tomas Tutu and Things / Fedora: Calibre / Bridesmaid Dresses: ModCloth / Hair: Tarnow’s Hair / Stationery: Leandra Fallis and Mindy Lee / Flowers: Sorrento Farmer’s Market / Bride’s Wreath: Munro’s Flowers, 1(888) 675-4411 / Pies: Shuswap Pie Company / Wine: Pazzo Wine
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  • British Columbia Wedding by Ed Peers

    23 July 2014
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