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Thomas + Joanna

Bride: Joanna Biasini

Groom: Thomas Crawford

Date of Wedding: 3/7/15

The Proposal : Joanna and Thomas love to be active and go on runs together at a trail in Nashville so it was no surprise when they decided to go on a run on a Friday evening. Thomas had a different idea for a run on this night though. Thomas had set up 3 different signs along the way about a mile into their run earlier that day. As Joanna was coming around the corner (in the zone) she completely missed the first sign but turned around to look to see the last part of the sign that said "keep running." Joanna didn't think anything of it, assuming it was motivation for other runners on the trail (que Thomas' panic of Joanna missing everything). Joanna then comes around to the next sign and this time paying more attention reading "someone wants to meet you," which left Joanna intrigued and wondering who these signs could be for. When she came to the last sign that said "Jo, my name is Huck, can we be a family" and saw her new little pup sitting there she knew it was for her but thought it was the sweetest way of giving someone a new puppy. As she was loving on little Huck she saw a little tag attached to his collar and when she opened it, she read "will you marry my daddy." Joanna turned around to see Thomas on his knee popping the question....and of course, she said yes! On a day that was forcasted to be 85% rain at the time they were headed to go on the run, the sun came out with no rain in sight.  Could not have been more perfect of a proposal!

The Details:

Wedding Planner

  • Nashville Event Planning

Caterer    ­­­­­

  • Crystal Elegance

Cake & Grooms cake

  • The Flour Shoppe in Brentwood

Ceremony location

  • Scarritt Bennett Chapel

Reception location

  • Belle Meade Plantation

Dance Instructor 

  • Anna at Ballroom Bug

Decorations

  • Nashville Event Planning

Disc Jockey 

  • HighTone Entertainment

Music at ceremony 

  • Jessica Bristow

Music at reception

  • DJ, HighTone Entertainment

Wedding Favors

  • Candy Bar-Nashville Event Planning
  • Matches- TheKnot.com

Flowers

  • Nashville Event Planning

Hair and Make-Up

  • Raquel Christie from Element Salon in Nashville

Locations of honeymoon

  • Antigua

Invitations

  • Wedding Paper Diva

Jewelry 

  • Etsy.com

Transportation

  • Reggie Slaughter with Nashville Wedding Cars

Tux 

  • Mens Wearhouse

Wedding Dress

  • The Whiteroom

Bridesmaid dresses

  • Southern Belle Rose

Photographer

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As the Editor & Event Stylist, I have been to several weddings and seen couples that love each other and enjoy each other’s time. Every once in a while, I will meet a couple that really inspires me. Tom + Jo have a deep passion with a mutually respect & care about each other in a way that is hard to describe. It is something that I think every couple should strive to have connection Jo + Tom do. I think is perfectly expressed in these pictures and will be featured in our Issue out this end of this Summer.
— Allison Brigance @financefashions

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Vendor Spotlight: Beth Hunt Calligraphy

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Sometimes you meet a fellow wedding professional and you both "just get it." You have that moment where you know where each other is coming from and you share a passion for the hospitality industry and in Beth Hunt's case; she is making everything more fancy one cursive curly letter at a time. This business owner and I share so much in common and I enjoy every chance I get to speak with such powerful women entrepreneurs like her and share encouragement and ideas.

MEET Beth Hunt  

What made you start your business?

When I was 10 years old, I asked for a calligraphy set for Christmas and I guess it was then that I first started writing some form of calligraphy.  I always enjoyed art classes in school and, ever since I can remember, loved writing names and words different ways for fun. 

Many years later, I began addressing wedding invitations for close friends who liked my handwriting.  After doing it for several friends, I realized that calligraphy was something I could do for other people as well, so I started Beth Hunt Calligraphy about seven years ago.  

 

What is the best advice given to you yet?

That it's better to be over-prepared than under-prepared. A little bit of extra effort tends to pay off in most situations. It's similar to the adage that it's better to be over-dressed than under-dressed. 

 

 

What wedding trends do you see coming for Fall?

Gray ink is a fresh neutral and fun option in leu of traditional black ink that will be big this fall for calligraphy as well as invitations and other printed materials.  Gold ink is still very popular and isn't going anywhere anytime soon. The sparkle it gives is just so festive!

 

For wedding day signage, mirrors are an elegant choice that I predict more brides will start incorporating into their big days.  Pretty mirrors with calligraphy written on them add ambiance and can really tie together your reception's theme...plus they're stunning after dark when you can see candles flickering in the reflection.

 

More and more brides are also choosing to put a personalized stamp on their wedding festivities with hand-lettered monograms. For example, a couple's initials inside a hand-drawn wreath or crest can create a motif you can use on save the dates, invitations, programs and beyond: cocktail napkins, tote bags, stickers, ribbons, cups, and stationery are just a few examples.

 

 

What are your favorite accounts to follow on social media right now?

I've long been obsessed with @thisisglamorous; her images are simply breathtaking and a source of inspiration for me. I'm French at heart, so I love @parisinfourmonths. Some of my other faves are @beautifulpaper, @pizzazzerie, @snippetandink, and as a mom of little ones I can't get enough of @thebeaufortbonnetcompany.

 

 

What is the coolest thing you have done so far as a business owner?

 

I love when clients challenge me with new ideas and how to incorporate my calligraphy into their special events, homes, or whatever it may be, and a recent project inspired me to start thinking of unconventional ways to use calligraphy. Calligraphy is an ancient art, so it's fun to modernize it by writing on different things beyond just paper.  Writing on hydrangea leaves as place cards, or writing  a pretty message on kraft paper to turn it into personalized wrapping paper, or even writing a monogram on cookies for a party are just a few examples. My intern went to a building supply store last week to get pieces of wood for me to write on - I don't think she would've ever expected to visit a building supply store when she agreed to work for a calligrapher, but she swears it was fun!

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Woman Crush Wednesday: Shop Local in Germantown

Why You'll Love It

Violet Flower carries an assortment of up-and-coming designers with a bit of edge.  Be prepared to find clothing that is considered chic contemporary, classic staples to party ready eveningwear. Inventory features affordable on trend pieces to enhance your wardrobe.

Violet Flower ambience will make you enjoy shopping again with personal care & service.  Violet Flower quality brands as well intimates, bath goods, for shoppers to feel glorious inside and out. 

In a city filled with boutiques, Violet Flower will combine trendy and timeless fashions —perfect for the fashionista who doesn’t want to break the bank.

Shopping is personal here. The boutique prides itself on establishing relationships with its customers.

MEET  Yolanda Ogle 

Violet Flower Boutique, Owner

What made you start your business?

-As an individual who moved to Nashville 10 years ago from a major city. I did not see a small business owner focusing on the thousands of transplanters transitioning fashion style.  I wanted to combine the urban contemporary style of clothing with the southern chic flare. "I am so proud that we were able to bring new styles from contemporary designers along with moderate prices to Nashville."

What is the best advice given to you yet?

Don't waist your time in the race looking back to what the other guy is doing. It's not about the other guy; it's about what you can do.  Just run the race as hard as you can; give all you got every time. 

 

What wedding trends do you see coming for the Fall?

I see people are playing with color more (not pastels, such as Navy, Grey, Burgundy and Green (hunter/everest)  

 


What are your favorite accounts to follow on social media right now?

Vogue, Glamour, Instyle, Fashion Bomb Daily, Sarah Jessica Parker, Beyonce, Anne Wintrop, Tom Ford, Dior...etc  I could on and on...lol



What is the coolest thing you have done so far as a business owner?

Travel out of the country to review personal and street style of that country/culture.

 

 


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Florist Friday: Memory of Elegance

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Florist Friday: Memory of Elegance

MEET Natasha Larson
Memory of Elegance, Owner 

What made you start your business?

In 2009 I got asked to fill in for a floral lead that was on maternity leave when I worked for a large retailer.  I jump on the opportunity and loved it from the beginning. After I got my own shop 3 months later my passion for flowers grew. I spent hours watching videos on YouTube on how to do this and that and learn as much as I could. In 2011 my retailer sent us to a certification class and that is when I fully committed that I wanted to do this full time. I loved it. I wanted more than just my normal 40 hours in the flower shop. So, Memory of Elegance was born!

What is the best advice given to you yet?

This is a hard one because I love all advice that is given to me by brides or other professional vendors! But my favorite is from my mom – be confident and love what you do!

What wedding trends do you see coming for the Fall?

One of my favorites is the floral crown. We have had lots of requests for this for our fall weddings and I am so excited to see brides add this to their weddings! Also, the deep oranges, purples and reds are always a huge hit but adding them into a flowing cascading bouquet is a trend that is picking up quickly!

What are your favorite accounts to follow on social media right now?

Karen Tran Events - she's just amazing overall!

Frozen Exposure Photography – they are the most amazing power couple photographers I've had the pleasure to work with

Denver Broncos – I love me some football J              

What is the coolest thing you have done so far as a business owner?

Destination weddings are so cool and I have enjoyed having the opportunity to be a part of one last year. Also, designing for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for their benefit dinner and Top 30 Under 30 here in Nashville. 

Photo credit - Ashley Miller Photography, Jackie of Cheval Manor, Victor's Videos Saaverda, Jenna Henderson Photography, Andrew Allen Morton Photography, Andrew Allen Morton Photography, Please and Thank you Motion Pictures, Jessica Cherry Photography, Frozen Exposure Photography

Photo credit - Ashley Miller Photography, Jackie of Cheval Manor, Victor's Videos Saaverda, Jenna Henderson Photography, Andrew Allen Morton Photography, Andrew Allen Morton Photography, Please and Thank you Motion Pictures, Jessica Cherry Photography, Frozen Exposure Photography

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THE LODGE: Southern Cotton and Berries

Special Thanks 

The Leadership Lodge - Venue

Modern Trousseau- Bridal Gowns

Bella Bridesmaid- Bridesmaid Gowns

Katie Russo Beauty- Hair and Make-Up 

Memory of Elegance-Florist 

Liberty Party Rentals- Rentals

Platinum Jewelers- Jewelry

Models:

Abbye- Bride

Cline- Groom

Savannah- Bride

Josh- Groom 

Chase: Groomsman 

Allison: Bridesmaid

Morgan: Bridesmaid 

Collin:Groomsman 

Photography courtesy of Frozen Exposure Photography + Cinematography.

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Long Live Good Razors and Good Men #MCM

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MEET James O'Brien

James O’Brien is a sweater enthusiast. He shaves three times a week and prefers the Gillette Fusion razor with Baxter’s shaving cream.
— http://www.shaveface.com/about-us/


What made you start your business?


I moved to Nashville with a band and, while traveling for shows, our drummer told me about the concept of sharpening disposable razor blades on denim. As you can imagine, I was super skeptical, but, after a few weeks of trying it out, I was blown away. My blades were as sharp as new about a month later.  I used my own jeans for about a year or so and, after ruining a few pairs of jeans, I decided that it was time to make a product out of the concept. So, with Casey's help, we tested a bunch of denims and looked into the best ways to effectively strop disposable razors on denim.  Honestly, we were sick of paying outrageous premiums for razors and even sicker of throwing them out after too few uses. So the Strop was born, and so was ShaveFace.


What is the best advice given to you yet?


Never deep fat fry in the nude.


What wedding trends do you see coming for the Fall?


Let's see... I'm calling community tables, bare industrial bulbs, live music, gluten free wedding cakes, whiskey cocktails, and succulent boutonnieres.


What are you favorite accounts to follow on social media right now?


Uncrate, This Wild Idea and National Geographic.


What is the coolest thing you have done so far as a business owner?


We're about to head out on our Shaving The States road trip. We're going to visit all of our sources and manufacturers and show our supporters what it means to be "Made In America". We're hitting 7 cities in 10 days. And Cadillac has been kind enough to lend us a car for the trip... so there's no doubt that it'll be a great ride.  We can't wait.

More info on this product and to PRE-ORDER.  http://www.shaveface.com/the-strop/buy-the-strop 

More info on this product and to PRE-ORDER. http://www.shaveface.com/the-strop/buy-the-strop 

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THE STROP

(n.) 1. Made of denim and leather, it keeps your disposable razor cartridges sharp for 3-5x longer. Space saving and travels easily. 2. A tool originally used for straight razors only. Now works on all disposable razor blade cartridges. 3. The manliest thing you will ever own.
— shaveface.com

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Sip and Savor Under the Stars at Fork & Vine

JUNE 12, 2015 @ 6-9PM

at Gratidude Ranch

7515 Pewitt Rd. Franklin, TN 37064

  • With a special guest appearance and performance by Chris Carmack who plays the character 'Will' from the TV show "Nashville" and former co-star of The O.C. 

  • Guests are invited to join us for evening of simple elegance and delectable sensations on a beautiful summers eve under the country stars at Gratidude Ranch in Leiper's Fork. Featuring delectable dishes from some of the best Nashville caterers and restaurants and pair them with premium wines.  We will also have Live Music and a Silent Auction to benefit S.A.F.E. (www.safehouseforall.org) *This is a 21 and up only event.

  • GENERAL ADDMISSION TICKET includes delectable dishes from Nashville's finest restaurants and caterers, premium wines to savor, Live Music and Silent Auction.

    VIP PASS  (requires a General Admission ticket) gain entrance to a private reception with Chris Carmack during the event featuring champaign and chocolate covered strawberries, a meet and greet, autograph and photo-op with Chris. 

For Tickets and more information.

http://form.jotform.us/form/51193976256162

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Get Hitched at Hangout

If you want to get hitch at the Hangout Fest here is everything you need to know according to http://hangoutmusicfest.com/wedding/

1. We’ll supply the wedding chapel and ordained minister, but if you want to make things official, there are a few things other things you’ll need to do first

2. First off notify the Hangout Fest that you would like to be married during the festival no later than MAY 1 by sending an email with the subject line “Getting Hitched At Hangout” to our Master of Ceremonies, at weddings@hangoutmusicfest.com.

3. Arrive in Gulf Shores a day early so you have a chance to go to the central county office in Bay Minette to obtain a marriage license.
They’re open Monday-Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
The address is 220 Courthouse Square, Bay Minette, AL 36507.

4. Bring a valid form of ID and $40 for your marriage license.
The prospective bride and groom must both be present. And, there is a $40 fee for marriage licenses, payable by cash or credit card. Acceptable forms of ID for those age 19 and older include a valid driver’s license, a copy of your birth certificate certified by the State or County, a military ID, a certified school record, or other Foreign issued forms of identification.

5. Bring the marriage license to the Hangout’s wedding chapel during Hangout Music Festival and our ordained minister will marry you and your beloved on our beautiful beaches.

6. If you want to obtain a certified copy of your marriage license, you’ll need to send a $3.00 fee to the Probate Office, Marriage License Section at PO Box 459, Bay Minette, AL 36507 along with the following information:

  • The month, day, and year of the marriage
  • Names of the bride and groom
  • *Payments should be in the form of a money order to cashiers check.

 Some things to consider:

  • You must be 18 years old to marry in Alabama.
  • If you are 19 or older, you must bring one of the following forms of ID: a valid driver’s license, a copy of your birth certificate, military identification, a certified school record, or other Foreign issued forms of ID.
  • If you are divorced or getting divorced, you may not apply for a marriage license within 60 days after your divorce was granted.
  • You must get married within 30 days of purchasing your marriage license.

We strongly advise that you arrive a couple of days early to sort our your marriage license. 

For more information on obtaining a marriage license in Baldwin County click here. We also recommend that you call them with any questions.

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Brides Against Breast Cancer: Real Estate for a Cause

Join BABC for a fun night of NETWORKING and giving HOPE to those that have been impacted by cancer. Local successful well-connected real estate professionals will be serving up drinks and working for tips! Proceeds help fund FREE support programs for cancer patients and their family members. Tickets are $35 in advance/$45 at the door and include 3 adult beverages and light bites.


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Tempur Chocolate Shoppe

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Tempur Chocolate Shoppe

The minute you walk into Tempur, the hot, new chocolate shop in Germantown, you are transported into a different world. According to Staci Bockman, the marketing director, that’s the point: “We want you to feel as though you’ve left Nashville and hopped a plane to a small shoppe in Europe when you walk into Tempur. Every detail has French or Belgian influences.” This is what sets Tempur apart from other chocolate shops around Nashville- you won’t find Tempur’s quality of product anywhere but in their store!  

Tempur Chocolate Shop began with a passion for chocolate, wine, and Europe, everyone’s three favorite things. The owners both spent a considerable amount of time in France, Belgium, and Switzerland, and they wanted to bring authentic European chocolate back home to Nashville. One even holds a culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, so you can be assured that this chocolate is legit.

The environment of Tempur is very laid back and relaxing, making it a perfect place for meetings with your wedding planner. They also offer a 12-seat community table for consultations and tastings, where they can help brides create their dream weddings with the help of their delicious chocolates. “We love sitting with brides and their wedding planners to come up with unique ideas that no one else has,” says Bockman. Tempur specializes in custom “show piece” sculptures that can include your and your groom’s monogram to make your day even more special and delicious!

If you want something other than chocolate, Tempur has you covered. They often pair chocolate with their special wines and cheeses, and they are there to help you learn the proper way to enjoy these three products in conjunction. They also offer coffee and a traditional French breakfast, so you can come to Tempur at any time of the day. However, their handmade truffles are by far their most popular item, especially the white chocolate cinnamon hibiscus flavor.

Since Tempur is so new, consider utilizing them as a vendor for your wedding- they still have a lot of open dates for the coming year. Tempur truffles will certainly set your wedding apart and make it the most delicious one your guests will ever get the pleasure of attending! If you have already selected your vendors, still plan to stop by Tempur for a chocolate truffle board and some wine. You won’t regret it!

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Frozen Exposure Photography

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Frozen Exposure Photography

Tanya Wright Macks didn’t plan on becoming a wedding photographer. When she was still a photography student at MTSU in 2002, she got bullied into shooting her first wedding by a couple at school. After that first one, she realized that she had found her calling, and before long, she had created a successful wedding photography business. In 2010, her husband Bobby joined the team full-time, and Frozen Exposure Photography, as it is known today, was born.

Frozen Exposure is known for the passion they put into their work, which immediately becomes clear when you look at their portfolio. They recognize the importance of capturing absolutely perfect pictures on your wedding day, as you’ll be looking at them for the rest of your life. They also just really love what they do. Tanya says, “Our favorite part of being wedding photographers is having the honor of being chosen in a crowded field as the ones who get to capture and preserve one of the most important days in two peoples’ lives- the day that they make the commitment to each other to become one.” Choosing your photographer can be an extremely difficult decision, but Tanya’s obvious passion and talent makes it seem much easier. 

Tanya loves how shooting weddings gives her the chance to “cover a wide variety of weddings styles, culture, and locations, but also to be where the family begins as well.” She truly values the connections she makes with the couples she photographs, and she is often hired to do family portraits for those same couples once they’ve had kids. The relationships she creates with her customers set her apart from other photographers who might not value their customers in a similar way.

With Frozen Exposure, you truly get what you pay for, which is why Tanya advises against hiring a photographer just because they’re inexpensive. She says: “The lower the price, the lower the quality of the product delivered. Your wedding day is one of the most important days in your life- please do not choose a photographer based on price!” She also says to be wary of “associate or partner photographers” of well-known photographers, who lack the education and experience to take quality shots on your wedding day.

If you’re a little torn about where to take photos for either your engagement or your wedding, Tanya recommends downtown spots like Rocketown, Union Station, the Shermerhorn Symphony Center, and the Pedestrian Bridge. She also loves some of the farms that surround Nashville like Birdsong Events, Front Porch Farms, and Cactus Creek Barn.

Tanya has also noticed some upcoming trends in wedding photography, such as the “first look,” where you take pictures of the bride and groom before their ceremony. It gives you as a bride enough time to get quality portraits done without having to miss a big chunk of your reception. After all, your wedding is supposed to be a party for you- it’s not as special if you aren’t there for an hour of it! Tanya has also seen a greater call for “organics and naturals, greenery, and fun quirks like having berries or cotton incorporated into the bride's bouquet.” These kinds of shots can really set your wedding apart, and if you like being outdoors or eating healthy, this style might be for you!

As you can see, Frozen Exposure Photography is one of the best in the business, and you can rest assured that you’re selecting an amazing photographer if you choose them for your own wedding. They also did the photography currently showcased on our website's homepage and in the upcoming issue of Mid South Wedding Guide. 

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Street Tuxedo

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Street Tuxedo

As a bride, selecting your perfect wedding dress might be one of the most important decisions you make in regards to your big day. However, your groom has a pretty important decision to make as well- what tuxedo to wear on the most important day of his life.  If he feels at all tempted to go to the classic big-name tux stores, make his life easier (and better) by telling him about Street Tuxedo, a shop located exclusively in Middle Tennessee locations offering quality products and superior customer service. 

Street Tuxedo began over 30 years ago, when Mark Street purchased Kornman’s Department Store in Madison, TN. Mark soon discovered that his real passion existed in the back corner of the store, where tuxedos were being rented. Not long after, he sold all of the other merchandise, purchased more tuxedos, and changed the name of the store to Street’s Formal Shoppe, now Street Tuxedo. It has since expanded to four different locations within Middle Tennessee- Cool Springs, Green Hills, Berry Hill, and Murfreesboro.

At Street Tuxedo, you won’t find any employee who doesn’t truly love the work they do each day. Dick Thompson, the Director of Operations for Street Tuxedo, says, “I love the relationships I form with the customers. From the prom kid who has no idea what a cummerbund is, to the blissfully excited bride and groom, and my favorite, the older gentleman that frequents the black-tie events- he’s been there, done that, and has the best life advice.” Employees like Dick set Street Tuxedo apart from bigger stores that aren’t able to create such a personal approach to customer service.

Did you know that most big-name stores don’t even allow you to try on a tux before purchasing or renting it? At Street Tuxedo, they don’t believe in picking out your wedding attire from a catalogue or off a mannequin. They recognize the importance of picking the perfect tux, and they urge grooms to try on several styles and take plenty of time to think before making a decision.

If your groom isn’t all that interested in fashion, you can tell him yourself about the hottest new trends in tuxedos. Navy is a new wedding trend, and many beautiful navy tuxes will be arriving at Street Tuxedo throughout the year. Other colored suits, such as light grey, tan, and slate, are also becoming popular for weddings. If your groom wants to keep things more traditional, recommend a classic black suit with a slim fit- Dick says that it's best selling style. But if your groom wants to make things a little more interesting, he has a lot more options than he probably thinks. Grooms often provide their own shirts, ties and shoes to add more personality to their wedding ensemble; Dick has seen everything from Converse Chuck Taylors to spiked Christian Louboutins from his customers. Grooms can also customize their own ties with their name and wedding date or even wear a fun patterned shirt underneath their fancy tux. The options are truly endless!

While you might feel overwhelmed with wedding dress shopping, make sure to tell your groom about Street Tuxedo and help him make the right choice for his big day! 

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