Oct 072013
 
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For Tricia, a 35-year-old director of a lifestyle concierge company, and Brendan, 38, director of a top group of D.C. summer camps, nothing matched the beauty of a Nantucket sunset. The couple (and their family and friends) vacationed on the preppy, nautical Massachusetts island before, and Tricia and Brendon couldn't think of a more perfect place to celebrate their 10 years together. (After three years as friends, they dated for seven years before Brendan proposed at Rock Creek Park in their native D.C.) On September 21, 2012, the couple wed in front of 200 guests at a quaint local church, followed by a Saturday evening white-tented reception at the Westmoor Club, nestled high in a hill with ocean views. The space was filled with lush flowers and vintage-inspired décor in soft, dusky shades, a nod to Nantucket's laid-back vibe. The next night, guests stuck around for a high-spirited beach party—think bright Mexican blankets, sangria, and lobster quesadillas—at Millie's, a local restaurant owned by a friend of Tricia and Brendan's.

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Celebrity stationer Cheree Berry designed Tricia and Brendon's invitation suite, which featured an ivory and slate grey letterpressed card. Their invitations reflected the couple's color palette: apricot, smoky lavender, slate, sand and sea-mist blue, inspired by colors painted in the unforgettable sunsets the couple remembers from their summers on the island.

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Tricia's sleek chignon held up despite the rain. A fingertip veil and drop pearl earrings fit right in with her classic white ride as she arrived at the ceremony.

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Tricia and Brendan were married in a traditional Friday night Catholic ceremony at St. Mary, Our Lady of the Isle Catholic Church. Along with the church's deacon, a longtime reverend friend and former teacher of Brendan's officiated the service. Having a friendly face marry them, Tricia says, "added a wonderful personal touch" to their traditional ceremony.

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The church's driftwood-grey façade and whitewashed interior gelled perfectly with the couple's natural, elegant aesthetic. The chapel looked even more soft and sophisticated when swirls of grapevine, woven through with smilax greenery and trailing blush roses, were tied into each pew with cream-colored ribbon.

nantucket wedding bride

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The bride wore two dresses. For the ceremony, she chose a Junko Yoshioka organza dress because it felt, she says, "light, breezy, comfortable, and church-appropriate". The dress featured a V-neck, spaghetti straps, a satin belt detail, and a full, feminine skirt. Tricia carried a simple, textural bouquet of grey lavender amnesia roses, tied with accents of Queen Anne's lace. For the reception, she changed into an Elizabeth Fillmore bias-cut satin slip dress, with floral applique detailing on the straps—the better to dance in, of course!

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Tricia's ultra-feminine, gilded pumps—the perfect complement to her traditional ball gown—were designed by Valentino.

Nantucket wedding family

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Tricia and Brendan's families loved the island as much as they did, after summer getaways to the beachy hideaway. Tricia's brother and Brendan's brother and sister served as attendants—Tricia's brother on her side; Brendon's siblings on his. The bride carried a bouquet of grey lavender amnesia roses and Queen Anne's lace, while a purple eggplant calla lily boutonniere added a pop of color to Brendon's blue suit.

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When rain dampened the couple's plan to host the cocktail hour on the Westmoor Club's garden terrace, the couple moved the party inside, filling the club's indoor space with hundreds of pillar and votive candles. "No one knew it was a backup plan!" Tricia says.

nantucket wedding arrival tent

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Tricia and Brendon's reception was held in two weatherproof sailcloth tents (perfect for the rainy night). Guests used one tent for dinner and dancing, and the other for cocktails and hors d'ouvres.

nantucket wedding menu

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During the cocktail hour, the couple serve a delicious raw bar with Nantucket classics, like Duxbury oysters, Blue Point clams, and Madaket clams.

nantucket wedding raw bar

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Tricia and Brendan's raw bar was served out of a wooden boat—could any idea be more island-appropriate? "We placed nautical lanterns, netting, grasses and shells around the boat for a creative display," Tricia says.

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Guests could choose from two signature cocktails: a Dark and Stormy—Brendan's favorite—and a Bellini—Tricia's mom's favorite.

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At the cocktail hour, guests could also grab cashmere pashminas in a range of sunset hues to stay warm.

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The couple hosted 200 guests, a big party for an island destination wedding. Luckily, Tricia says, every detail was made easy with the help of planner Allison Jackson and her team.

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Flowers at the reception ranged from shades of cream to champagne, blush to dusky lavender, with accents of apricot and deeper plum. "We used a mixture of soft, large bloom flowers such as hydrangea, roses, dahlia, lisianthus and stock," Tricia explains.

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Flowers were placed in mercury glass containers, Nantucket baskets, grey weathered stone pots, painted wooden boxes and rustic garden urns—a nod to Nantucket style without any added nautical kitsch.

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Tin lanterns punched with star shapes and filled with votive candles heightened the laid-back, romantic vibe.

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"One of my favorite details from the reception were the wooden trellises suspended in the dinner tent," Tricia says. "Climbing roses indigenous to the area were woven through trellis panels and suspended from the ceiling." Vines and hanging mercury votives completed the romantic enchanted-garden look.

nantucket wedding reception

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The ivory-and-slate striped tablecloths were laden with a delicious meal that incorporated local produce from Bartlett's Farm, Nantucket's oldest and largest family-owned farm. Guests nibbled on heirloom tomatoes served with locally made burrata, and then chose from an entrée of grilled filet or grilled shrimp. Tricia and Brendon eschewed a traditional wedding cake in favor of a make-your-own-shortbread station, where guests piled shortbread biscuits with fruit and whipped cream. Cookie jars and pedestal plates held a variety of homemade cookies, which revelers could take home at the end of the night. To top it all off, French fries and reubens were passed around, to everyone's delight, during the after-party.

nantucket wedding centerpiece

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The next night, the couple hosted a "Day After the Wedding" bash at Millie's, a restaurant on surfing hotspot Madaket Beach. At the waterfront fiesta, Tricia and Brendan went for a casual, colorful vibe with lively flower arrangements of zinnias, roses, coxcomb and small citrus fruits. Bright Mexican blankets, jars filled with beach sand, a signature sangria recipe, and a make-your-own-taco station rounded out the vibrant affair.

nantucket wedding kiss

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For their first dance, Tricia and Brendan swayed to an acoustic version of "You and Me" by the Dave Matthews Band, played by the Red Hook Orchestra. Later, Tricia, says, she danced with her brother Trip to "You Are Always On My Mind" by Willie Nelson as a sweet and subtle tribute to their late father. All in all, it was a magical weekend: looking back, Tricia says, "our indelible memories come from an amazing three days on an island we love with the family and friends most special to us."

Ceremony Venue: St. Mary, Our Lady of the Isle Catholic Church || Reception Venue: The Westmoor Club || Planner: Allison Jackson, Pineapple Productions || Bride's Wedding Dress: Junko Yoshioka and Elizabeth Fillmore via Carine's Bridal Atelier || Makeup: Lora Kelley || Hair: Ismael Tekin || Invitations and Stationery: Cheree Berry Paper || Calligraphy: Arney Walker Calligraphy || Florist: Marcy and Thom Green, Dragonfly || Tents: Nantucket Tents || Rentals: New England Country Rentals || Catering: The Westmoor Club || Music: Red Hook Orchestra || Transportation: Cranberry Transportation || Photography: Kate Headley

—Amanda First

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A Destination Wedding at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

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Aug 022013
 
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Matthew caught Jessica's eye as he zoomed past her at break-neck speed on a Las Vegas race track. The love between the professional race car driver and public relations maven took off just as fast—Matthew proposed two year's later on the couple's couch, presenting Jessica with a bouquet of flowers and a diamond ring "right before he had to leave the next day for a race across the sea," the bride now recalls.

With 70 guests coming from across the world for the couple's March wedding, Hawaii's Maui island "seemed like the perfect place for everyone to meet," Jessica says. "We wanted our guests to feel as though they were on vacation and enjoy themselves—to remember the weekend as fondly as we will."

The couple selected Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea as the venue to host both ceremony and reception. As guests arrived at the waterfront resort, they were greeted with welcome bags filled with pineapple candy, candles, snacks, coconut water, baseball hats, flips flops and more.

Silver Jimmy Choo Bridal Heels

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The bride chose silver peep-toe Jimmy Choo pumps for the big day.

Sweetheart Lace Wedding Dress

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Jessica's lace Monique Lhuillier gown had a delicate, scalloped halter top and ever-so-slight train.

Crystal Belt Lace Wedding Dress

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The bride bedazzled the dress' otherwise understated bodice with a crystal embellished belt. Her aunt gifted her blue earrings, while the bride's "something borrowed" was a diamond cuff bracelet.

Short Orange Bridesmaids Dresses

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Bridesmaids donned three styles of coral knee-length dresses. The dresses' soft silk "blew perfectly in the Hawaiian breeze," the bride recalls. Single stems of protea—a tropical flower native to Hawaii—made up the girls' bouquets.

White Rose and Stock Bouquet

Photo: Ashley Camper

Jessica carried a round, white bouquet of lilies and orchids.

Mismatched Groomsmen Ties

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While the groom donned a deep gray Dolce & Gabbana suit, groomsmen took their look a few shades lighter in complementing J. Crew attire. To their lapels, the men pinned New Zealand-grown silver ferns.

Fans For Ceremony

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Fans in hues of lime, fuchsia and tangerine awaited guests on bamboo Chiavari chairs set up for the the couple's outdoor ceremony in the resort's fragrant plumeria garden.

Mother And Father Walk The Bride Down Aisle

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Escorted by both her parents, the bride descended the aisle on a bed of white lilies and orchids—the same blooms found in her bouquet—as a violinist played the classic Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

Flower Girl Pink Hair Bow

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Moments before, Jessica's three-year-old goddaughter and flower girl wore a soft pink bow and big smile as she dropped the flowers onto the grass aisle. "She melted everyone's heart with her sassy personality and adorable smile," the bride says.

Special Dance Bride and Groom

Photo: Ashley Camper

The couple exchanged their vows beneath a bamboo huppah draped in sheer fabric that swayed with the ocean's gentle breeze.

Blanket Guest Favors

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Pink and blue paisley-patterned pashminas awaited guests on their Chiavari chairs at the couple's reception. While the wedding's color palette was soft—white, cream and coral were the couple's main colors—the pashminas and even the bridesmaids' bouquets brought in pops of color throughout the day.

Sand Dollar Escort Cards

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Guests found their seat assignments on sand dollars stuck into sandboxes. Their names and table numbers were scrolled across the shells in coral-colored calligraphy.

Blanket Wedding Guest Favors

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Florist Bella Bloom Floral Boutique decorated long wooden tabletops with glass vases that held white hydrangea and giant elephant ear leaves. "Common themes and symbols our wedding were the beach, candlelight, stars, energy, love, and friends and family," the bride says. "Our wedding combined the island flare of New Zealand with the chic Upper East Side of New York, creating a romantic, intimate soiree."

Monogrammed Table Runner

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Cream-colored, monogrammed table runners topped the tables. Modern white dishware was placed at each setting.

Leaves Centerpieces

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Though the couple's reception was set up on the resort's ocean-front lawn, when rain threatened the outdoor event, "we had to make a last minute call," Jessica says. "The Four Seasons team had to bring everything inside and re-set up the entire reception." The indoor site provided a more intimate, candlelit setting for the couple's event.

White Orchid Wedding Cake

Photo: Ashley Camper

The couple's decadent, three-tier cake contained layers of hazelnut filling and was adorned with fresh flowers.

Floral Chair Decor

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The bride and groom marked their chairs with traditional Hawaiian leis, For dinner, guests enjoyed a fresh sushi bar, salads made from locally-grown greens and fruits, and short rib and sea bass entrees.

Unique Candy Buffet

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Guests could also indulge in a candy buffet that offered up pink and red sweets in glass apothecary jars and open dishes.

Father and Daughter Dance At Wedding

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When Jessica took to the dance floor with her father, it "was a very special moment in my life," she says. "We're very close, and being able to share that time with him in front of our family and friends meant a lot to me."

Bride and Groom Cut Wedding Cake

Photo: Ashley Camper

As guests danced to popular hits played by world-renowned DJ Lora, the couple sliced into their white wedding cake. "Play a huge part in planning your own wedding," Jessica advises brides-to-be. "It makes it so much more personal and special to see everything that you imagined come together in the end."

Last Dance

Photo: Ashley Camper

The weeks after Jessica and Matt's wedding "have been a bit of a blur," the bride says, " as it's the most exciting time in our lives. Having friends and family from across the globe all seeing you come down from the excitement is a tremendous feeling of happiness and exhaustion all at the same time. We feel so blessed to have such amazing people in our lives."

—Jillian Kramer

Wedding Planner: Ophihi Love || Ceremony Venue: Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea || Reception Venue: Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea || Bride's Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier || Bride's Veil: Panache Bridal || Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Bride's Accessories: XIV Karats Ltd. || Bride's Wedding Ring: XIV Karats Ltd. || Groom's Tux: Dolce & Gabbana || Groom's Wedding Ring: XIV Karats Ltd. || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alvin Valley || Groomsmen Attire: J. Crew || Mother of the Bride's Dress: Donald Deal || Flower Girl Dress: Fleurisse & Leon || Florist: Bella Bloom Floral Boutique || Caterer: Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea || Stationery: Janice's Invites || Cake Baker: Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea || Favors: Zico coconut water, Popchips, Ecoya candles, Bovary & Butterfly baseball hats, Knock Knock sticky notes, Joico shampoo and conditioner, and Laura Mercier lotion || Rentals: Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea || Entertainment: DJ Lora || Photography: Ashley Camper

A Long, Strapless Bridesmaid Dress in Mint by Donna Morgan

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Jul 112013
 
Donna Morgan mint chiffon bridesmaid dress

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Still in search of the perfect summer bridesmaid dress? This breezy mint chiffon Donna Morgan sheath should do the trick. A strapless neckline to beat the heat and a free-flowing fit that's universally flattering will make this dress an instant favorite among your best girlfriends. Plus, it's in mint, one of our favorite, on-trend hues.

Donna Morgan "Emily" silk chiffon strapless, full-length dress in hint of mint, $230, available at Weddington Way

—Lauren Frankfort

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A Long, Chiffon Bridesmaid Dress by Amsale

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Jun 182013
 
Amsale long chiffon bridesmaid dress in guava

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The intricate criss-crossed bodice on this Amsale bridesmaid dress is perfectly paired with its long, flowing chiffon skirt. A natural choice for a dressier beach-side ceremony—the striking straps give the gown a modern feel and set it apart from your average summer wedding frock—this breezy, guava-hued number can easily be worn again and again.

Style G695C, guava criss-cross ruched bodice gown with strap, $310, Amsale

—Lauren Frankfort

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Jun 102013
 

Vanessa and Ariel got engaged on a family vacation in Long Beach, California. As Vanessa waited with family members to board a gondola at the city's quaint canals, Ariel "appeared out of nowhere with a bouquet of flowers and a ring," Vanessa recalls. "Everyone was in on the surprise except for me."

The couple whisked 40 guests away to a different beach for their October wedding more than a year later. "We decided early on that we wanted a destination wedding," Vanessa says of the couple's decision to host their fall fete in Vieques, Puerto Rico, at the posh and popular W Retreat & Spa.

Vanessa and Ariel left their reception through a tunnel of smoke and sparklers. "We felt so lucky and grateful to have our closest family and friends present for such a wonderful occasion," Vanessa says. "It went by so quickly, but it was the most fun we have ever had."

For more photos of Vanessa and Ariel's destination wedding in Puerto Rico, view the entire slideshow.

—Jillian Kramer

Venue: W Retreat & Spa || Reception Venue: W Retreat & Spa || Bride's Wedding Dress: Legends by Romona Keveza || Bride's Veil: BHLDN || Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka || Groom's Tux: Banana Republic || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Odylyne || Groomsmen Attire: Banana Republic || Mother of the Bride's Dress: BHLDN || Florist: Puerto Rico Wedding Flowers || Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas || Cake Baker: W Retreat & Spa || Entertainment: DJs of the Islands || Photography: Kimberly Chau Photography

One-Shoulder Chiffon Bridesmaid Dress by BHLDN

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Jun 062013
 
BHLDN Thalia Maxi Dress

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As far as stunning, beach-ready bridesmaid dresses go, this BLHDN frock might just be our favorite. The gathered empire waist, billowing skirt, and one-shoulder neckline make it fashionable and flattering. And there is no way your girls won't feel like goddesses thanks to the on-trend mint color. We can easily envision this breezy gown at a formal seaside celebration.

"Thalia" maxi silk chiffon, one-shoulder dress with ruched waist and a cascading tie at the shoulder, $320, BHLDN

—Lauren Frankfort

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Jun 032013
 
Watters Spring 2014 Wedding Dress

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This lace and tulle cap-sleeve wedding dress by Watters is as cute as they come. Whether you're eloping on a tropical island at sunset, or want a light-as-air dress for dancing the night away at your twilight reception, the free-flowing fabric and cinched waistline make this short shift ultra romantic. Pair it with sparkly wedding heels and a loosely waved 'do for an ethereal wedding day look.

View the entire Watters Spring 2014 collection and other looks from Bridal Fashion Week.

—Lauren Frankfort

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A Flowing Coral Bridesmaid Dress by Joanna August

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May 282013
 
Joanna August coral maxi bridesmaid dress

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This breezy, coral bridesmaid dress by Joanna August makes us want to bury our toes in the sand. With its lightweight fabric and free-flowing feel, it's the ideal maxi for a colorful seaside ceremony. Just add a pair of sparkly sandals and a voluminous wavy hairstyle, and your 'maids will be the beachiest babes there ever were! Bonus: it'll be hard not to wear this prefect summer dress over and over again post-nuptials.

Joanna August "Dani" floor-length chiffon dress with bodice ruffle in summertime, $250, available at Weddington Way

—Lauren Frankfort

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May 202013
 
Karen Willis Spring 2014 Dress

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If you envision yourself in a ball gown, but worry it'll weigh you down, this organza Karen Willis wedding dress should do the trick. The light-as-air fabric gives it an ethereal feel, while the sharp sweetheart neckline makes for a modern finish. For those set on a full skirt, the layers (and layers) of soft fabric should satisfy your need for volume. Ideal for a romantic twilight summer celebration, this dreamy dress will be dancing around in our dreams for weeks to come.

View the entire Karen Willis and other looks from Bridal Fashion Week.

—Lauren Frankfort

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May 202013
 
Karen Willis Spring 2014 Dress

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If you envision yourself in a ball gown, but worry it'll weigh you down, this organza Karen Willis wedding dress should do the trick. The light-as-air fabric gives it an ethereal feel, while the sharp sweetheart neckline makes for a modern finish. For those set on a full skirt, the layers (and layers) of soft fabric should satisfy your need for volume. Ideal for a romantic twilight summer celebration, this dreamy dress will be dancing around in our dreams for weeks to come.

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—Lauren Frankfort

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