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  • Photos By: Mary Swenson

    Neutral, soft palettes tend to rule the wedding world, but if you want a bolder hue for your day, look no further than lusty, lovely red. We've paired it with white for a clean, crisp look that lets the color of love take center stage, and just a few pops go a long way. Here are some ideas to get your wheels turning for your own event!

    Since flowers are usually a big part of any wedding, they provide the easiest way to incorporate color into your decor.

      Since flowers are usually a big part of any wedding, they provide the easiest way to incorporate color into your decor.     A red galvanized bucket is a sweet way to bring a pop of red to your table; we filled ours with white ranunculus flowers. And instead of the ubiquitous (and expensive!) red rose, we love the look of red tulips. Popped inside a plain white vessel and set on a white tablecloth, their vibrant red color is absolutely cheery.     Set a pair of charming heart-shaped floating candles inside a shallow dish as an accent next to (or instead of) a centerpiece, or on a cocktail table or bar.     Place settings are easy to put together using any red patterned fabric and ribbon. Simply use the fabric as napkins for your table, and roll up and tie with the ribbon.     In-season strawberries are a fantastic way to get some red into your wedding day. We set them on a tray, poked them with bamboo skewers, and added flags with guests' names to the tops.     Keep the color scheme going with your favors - glassine bags or red and white bags filled with matching gumdrops are super budget-friendly and cute, to boot!     For a dramatic and unexpected dessert, finish off your event with a red velvet wedding cake or a table of red velvet cupcakes. Delicious and decadent!

     

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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    Integrate the neon trend into your wedding in a unique way! We combined neon stickers from an office store with kraft paper for a fun take on the trend.

    You Will Need: small chocolate bars waxed kraft paper neon round stickers- you may need to buy several packages to get enough of the colors you need.  double-stick tape twine

    Step One:  Cut a piece of kraft paper to fit the chocolate bar. Cover with stickers in one color. Don't worry about making them even. They look best, just organically placed.     Step Two:  Wrap the chocolate bar in the paper and secure with double-stick tape if needed.     Step Three:  Wrap with twine.     Display Tip:  Place at each table setting or on your sign in table.     Enjoy!         

     

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  • Photo By: Mary Swenson

    The graduated colors of these ombre-style place cards make a dramatic statement, and they're made of wood - making them ultra-unique. Here's how to do it!     First, cut blocks in equal sizes (5 x 1.5 inches) from a piece of primed pine wood. Then, lightly sand the rough edges of each block smooth.     Choose paint in at least three graduating shades of the same color. Spray paint is the easiest to use for this project, since it allows for coverage of multiple blocks at the same time and leaves a smooth finish.     Divide the blocks up evenly among the number of colors you have chosen. In a well-ventilated area, spray paint the blocks and allow to dry overnight.     On the front of each block, use a paint pen or a thin paint brush to write the name on one side, and the table number on the back. Allow to dry completely.     Lay the place cards on a table and arrange them from the lightest shade to the darkest.     The result is a gorgeous display that will be one of the first things your guests see when they arrive!       Photo By: Mary Swenson

     

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  • Project and Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    It's your wedding day, so carry the bouquet you love. This recipe is for a pretty, fragrant garden rose bouquet, that you can make yourself! We've shared some insiders florists's tips to help you along the way. The total cost was around $50!     Flower Recipe: 6 garden roses (ask your florist for David Austin or old garden roses and they can help you) 1 bunch of spray roses 2 stems of rice flower 1 stem of fern clippers scissors twill ribbon twine   Step One: Start by trimming up all of the flowers. Remove most of the leaves and extra branches from the stems. Remember, you can save these and make small flower girl bouquets from them like florists do. Save any stems that are more than 2 inches to do so.     Step Two: De-thorn your roses by taking a towel and running it down the stem of the roses with a little bit of strength. This is a florist's trick!     Step Three: Cut all of the stems at an angle and let them soak in lukewarm water. If you have any roses that are closed, you can put them in a warm place so that they open up, but do keep them away from direct sunlight. Garden roses open up fairly quickly so you'll actually want them just open midway when you start to arrange the bouquet. Once you start working with them, the roses will continue opening because they'll be warm from your hands.     Step Four: Start with a few of the larger garden roses, grouped loosely together. Hold the bouquet in the same hand while making it and add flowers in with your other hand. Turn the bouquet each time you add flowers.     Step Five: Next, add spray roses to fill in between the garden roses. Be sure to keep the garden roses mostly grouped together, eventually you'll fill the other side with spray roses, rice flower and fern.     Step Six: Add in the rice flower between the clusters of spray roses.     Step Seven: Add the fern to that same side of the bouquet to balance the large garden roses.     Step Eight: Secure the bouquet with twine, trim the stems, and cover the twine with twill ribbon.     Store the bouquet in water, in a cool place until ready for use.    
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  • Photo By: Michael Bautista for Kathy Chong

    If you're planning to DIY your candy or dessert table, but you also want it to be aesthetic eye candy, consider a monochromatic display that complements your color palette.     In honor of the lush warm weather, we went with colors that reminded us of sunny spring days – whites, peaches, yellows, and pinks. We wanted to keep the table bright, yet still soft and delicate, so we made sure to maintain that theme in all our choices.     With your visual goals in mind, picking the candy is the fun part! Consider sweets of different shapes and sizes, to vary the display. These sumptuous sweets were made by Fiona's Sweet Shoppe.     Collect cake stands, dishes, and other items- not only to hold the goods- but also to give the table layers, height, and dimension.     Typical candy tables attempt to recreate a chocolatier's counter or the endless rows of jars in a candy shop. These inspirations can help produce some stunning displays.     It takes a lot of candy to fill up an entire table but if you think ahead, you can also avoid waste. Although vast amounts of white gumballs may look impressive, consider how much will actually be eaten. Plan to buy amounts that your guests will actually eat or be happy to take home.     Think outside of the candy box! Thin cookie sticks dipped in white chocolate added a vertical component to our display.     Add a few non-edible embellishments to give the table extra pizazz. Florals by Nancy Liu Chin Designs.     Embrace experimentation and test out various display layouts to play with height and depth. Juxtapose stacked cake stands, medium jars, and trays on top of a flat tablecloth to create very simple and clean lines, as shown here. Or, add height by placing boxes underneath the tablecloth.     Cute little paper goodie bags can be fun for guests to fill up and save for later, while small plates provided by your reception venue may be a more eco-friendly option.     Candy tables can truly be a visual and edible delight, just keep it simple and have fun with it!     Photo By: Michael Bautista for Kathy Chong
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  • Photos By: Mary Swenson

    Simple, rustic pine cones are perfect to use in a fall or winter wedding. These budget-friendly accents are seasonal without being kitschy, and add an element of warmth and charm to your event decor. Here are a few ways to incorporate them into your day!     Pine cones are great additions to any floral arrangement. We kept our flowers light-colored and simple so that the pine cones didn't get lost, but they work with virtually any color scheme!     You can find pine cones attached to a stick at florists and craft stores, which make it easy to pop them into your arrangement. You can also twist floral wire around the base of the pine cone, and then use that to attach the pine cone to the stem of the flower.     Forgo centerpiece flowers altogether by filling up glass containers with pine cones, or use these mock arrangements as inexpensive fillers for other areas of your event: a buffet table, the bar area, the gift table, or any spot that needs something extra!     Use pine cones for super-easy place cards that also double as favors. We jazzed up small pine cones with faux snow spray, and glued a small piece of ribbon to the tops with name tags looped through.     Group the finished pine cones on a tray or a table, or get creative and hang them from a large branch or mini-tree.     If you're passing out glasses of wine or champagne, or setting out stemware en masse for your guests, using tiny pine cones as an accent on each stem of glassware is a sweet detail!     We used a hot glue gun to adhere clear twine to the tops of each pine cone, and let them dry. Then we tied the pine cone around the base of each glass and trimmed off the excess twine.   

     

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    Photos by: Chelsea Fuss     Edible favors are our favorite! First, grab some healthy almonds or any other type of nut!     Cheesecloth is an amazing choice to wrap them in -- cut them into 4 inch by 4 inch squares, then tear the fabric for a rustic look.     Make sure you purchase some Muslin Fabric to wrap your nuts in. Cut them into the same dimensions as the cheesecloths.     Find some sweet tags to address your goodie bags, These are from Martha Stewart Crafts.     Tie together with some simple string!     Voila! You are nearly done!     Label your tags.     Add tags and a sprig of sage (or another herb of your choice.)     Your sweet almond favors are done.
        If planning a green wedding, these are the perfect choice to compliment your day.    (Photos taken at The Ace Hotel Event Space)
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  • Photos By: Jordan Ferney

        It's simple, sweet and eco-friendly. Now we have the step-by-step on this popular DIY from Jordan Ferney! Supplies + Sources: A Tray of Irish Moss, Mini Terra Cotta pots($1/each Home Depot,) Metallic Spray Paint ($5 Home Depot), Ribbon ($3/spool Paper Source)     Paint it Shiny: Lay out some scrap paper outside and spray the Terra Cotta pots following the directions on the can of spray paint. Then turn the pots over and spray the second side until it is all silver.     Did you know? A tray of Irish Moss is just $12 for 25 at Home Depot!     Get your Hands Dirty: Separate a section of the moss and shape the soil with your hands so it fits in the pot.     You want the moss to have a round shape, add or remove soil until it is at the right height.     Clean Up: Tuck the edges of the Moss into the pot so it has the round shape and no soil is showing. Brush any dirt off the top of the moss and wipe off any soil from the pot with a rag.     Make it Pretty: Add a ribbon and if desired attach a little sign or name tag to a toothpick.     These can serve as place settings or cute favors.     We love using moss for lots of reasons, but we love it most because of it's modern shape and feel.    
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  • Project and Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    For the bride who loves the seaside, tradition, and classic, clean lines, this might be just the right bouquet! It's easy to make and costs around $45. Another great thing about this recipe is that the flowers are available year round!     Supplies: flower clippers twine scissors ribbon bucket with water vase full-length mirror   Flower Recipe: 5 open white roses (make sure they aren't all the way open because they will open quickly once the bouquet is made). 8 white hydrangeas     Step One: Remove the leaves from the roses and the lower leaves from the hydrangeas. Keep the leaves at the top of the hydrangea stems as they will help frame the bouquet.     Step Two: Gather three hydrangeas in one hand (tip: in the left hand if you are right-handed or vice versa).     Step Three: Add a group of roses, each stem at varying heights. Fill in the holes with hydrangeas.     Step Four: Hold the bouquet in front of you and look in a full-length mirror to make sure that the shape is how you like it. Make any adjustments and tie with twine.     Step Five: Clip the stems short.     Keep in a vase in a fridge (away from fruit and food) and add the ribbon a few hours before your ceremony!  
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  • Perfect for an informal summer wedding, this DIY uses just two easy-to-find ingredients!   Projec By: Erica OBrien Photos By: Val McCormick      What You'll Need: One package (or more, depending on size of cake) Sunkist Fruit Gems, sharp knife, food-use only paintbrush, corn syrup.     Step One: Open packaging and sort fruit gems.     Step Two: Holding fruit gem on flat side, carefully slice in half horizontally as evenly as possible.      Step Two (cont).  The inside will be very sticky.     Step Three: Arrange fruit gems cut-side up and allow to dry until less sticky and easier to handle.     Step Four: Dip paintbrush in corn syrup and brush on cut side of fruit gem.     Step Five: Press gently onto side of cake. Hold in place for a moment.     Step Six: Arrange fruit gems on cake until desired pattern is achieved.      
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  • Photos By: Mary Swenson

    Neutral, soft palettes tend to rule the wedding world, but if you want a bolder hue for your day, look no further than lusty, lovely red. We've paired it with white for a clean, crisp look that lets the color of love take center stage, and just a few pops go a long way. Here are some ideas to get your wheels turning for your own event!

    Since flowers are usually a big part of any wedding, they provide the easiest way to incorporate color into your decor.

      Since flowers are usually a big part of any wedding, they provide the easiest way to incorporate color into your decor.     A red galvanized bucket is a sweet way to bring a pop of red to your table; we filled ours with white ranunculus flowers. And instead of the ubiquitous (and expensive!) red rose, we love the look of red tulips. Popped inside a plain white vessel and set on a white tablecloth, their vibrant red color is absolutely cheery.     Set a pair of charming heart-shaped floating candles inside a shallow dish as an accent next to (or instead of) a centerpiece, or on a cocktail table or bar.     Place settings are easy to put together using any red patterned fabric and ribbon. Simply use the fabric as napkins for your table, and roll up and tie with the ribbon.     In-season strawberries are a fantastic way to get some red into your wedding day. We set them on a tray, poked them with bamboo skewers, and added flags with guests' names to the tops.     Keep the color scheme going with your favors - glassine bags or red and white bags filled with matching gumdrops are super budget-friendly and cute, to boot!     For a dramatic and unexpected dessert, finish off your event with a red velvet wedding cake or a table of red velvet cupcakes. Delicious and decadent!

     

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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    Integrate the neon trend into your wedding in a unique way! We combined neon stickers from an office store with kraft paper for a fun take on the trend.

    You Will Need: small chocolate bars waxed kraft paper neon round stickers- you may need to buy several packages to get enough of the colors you need.  double-stick tape twine

    Step One:  Cut a piece of kraft paper to fit the chocolate bar. Cover with stickers in one color. Don't worry about making them even. They look best, just organically placed.     Step Two:  Wrap the chocolate bar in the paper and secure with double-stick tape if needed.     Step Three:  Wrap with twine.     Display Tip:  Place at each table setting or on your sign in table.     Enjoy!         

     

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  • Photo By: Mary Swenson

    The graduated colors of these ombre-style place cards make a dramatic statement, and they're made of wood - making them ultra-unique. Here's how to do it!     First, cut blocks in equal sizes (5 x 1.5 inches) from a piece of primed pine wood. Then, lightly sand the rough edges of each block smooth.     Choose paint in at least three graduating shades of the same color. Spray paint is the easiest to use for this project, since it allows for coverage of multiple blocks at the same time and leaves a smooth finish.     Divide the blocks up evenly among the number of colors you have chosen. In a well-ventilated area, spray paint the blocks and allow to dry overnight.     On the front of each block, use a paint pen or a thin paint brush to write the name on one side, and the table number on the back. Allow to dry completely.     Lay the place cards on a table and arrange them from the lightest shade to the darkest.     The result is a gorgeous display that will be one of the first things your guests see when they arrive!       Photo By: Mary Swenson

     

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  • Project and Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    It's your wedding day, so carry the bouquet you love. This recipe is for a pretty, fragrant garden rose bouquet, that you can make yourself! We've shared some insiders florists's tips to help you along the way. The total cost was around $50!     Flower Recipe: 6 garden roses (ask your florist for David Austin or old garden roses and they can help you) 1 bunch of spray roses 2 stems of rice flower 1 stem of fern clippers scissors twill ribbon twine   Step One: Start by trimming up all of the flowers. Remove most of the leaves and extra branches from the stems. Remember, you can save these and make small flower girl bouquets from them like florists do. Save any stems that are more than 2 inches to do so.     Step Two: De-thorn your roses by taking a towel and running it down the stem of the roses with a little bit of strength. This is a florist's trick!     Step Three: Cut all of the stems at an angle and let them soak in lukewarm water. If you have any roses that are closed, you can put them in a warm place so that they open up, but do keep them away from direct sunlight. Garden roses open up fairly quickly so you'll actually want them just open midway when you start to arrange the bouquet. Once you start working with them, the roses will continue opening because they'll be warm from your hands.     Step Four: Start with a few of the larger garden roses, grouped loosely together. Hold the bouquet in the same hand while making it and add flowers in with your other hand. Turn the bouquet each time you add flowers.     Step Five: Next, add spray roses to fill in between the garden roses. Be sure to keep the garden roses mostly grouped together, eventually you'll fill the other side with spray roses, rice flower and fern.     Step Six: Add in the rice flower between the clusters of spray roses.     Step Seven: Add the fern to that same side of the bouquet to balance the large garden roses.     Step Eight: Secure the bouquet with twine, trim the stems, and cover the twine with twill ribbon.     Store the bouquet in water, in a cool place until ready for use.    
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  • Photo By: Michael Bautista for Kathy Chong

    If you're planning to DIY your candy or dessert table, but you also want it to be aesthetic eye candy, consider a monochromatic display that complements your color palette.     In honor of the lush warm weather, we went with colors that reminded us of sunny spring days – whites, peaches, yellows, and pinks. We wanted to keep the table bright, yet still soft and delicate, so we made sure to maintain that theme in all our choices.     With your visual goals in mind, picking the candy is the fun part! Consider sweets of different shapes and sizes, to vary the display. These sumptuous sweets were made by Fiona's Sweet Shoppe.     Collect cake stands, dishes, and other items- not only to hold the goods- but also to give the table layers, height, and dimension.     Typical candy tables attempt to recreate a chocolatier's counter or the endless rows of jars in a candy shop. These inspirations can help produce some stunning displays.     It takes a lot of candy to fill up an entire table but if you think ahead, you can also avoid waste. Although vast amounts of white gumballs may look impressive, consider how much will actually be eaten. Plan to buy amounts that your guests will actually eat or be happy to take home.     Think outside of the candy box! Thin cookie sticks dipped in white chocolate added a vertical component to our display.     Add a few non-edible embellishments to give the table extra pizazz. Florals by Nancy Liu Chin Designs.     Embrace experimentation and test out various display layouts to play with height and depth. Juxtapose stacked cake stands, medium jars, and trays on top of a flat tablecloth to create very simple and clean lines, as shown here. Or, add height by placing boxes underneath the tablecloth.     Cute little paper goodie bags can be fun for guests to fill up and save for later, while small plates provided by your reception venue may be a more eco-friendly option.     Candy tables can truly be a visual and edible delight, just keep it simple and have fun with it!     Photo By: Michael Bautista for Kathy Chong
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  • Photos By: Mary Swenson

    Simple, rustic pine cones are perfect to use in a fall or winter wedding. These budget-friendly accents are seasonal without being kitschy, and add an element of warmth and charm to your event decor. Here are a few ways to incorporate them into your day!     Pine cones are great additions to any floral arrangement. We kept our flowers light-colored and simple so that the pine cones didn't get lost, but they work with virtually any color scheme!     You can find pine cones attached to a stick at florists and craft stores, which make it easy to pop them into your arrangement. You can also twist floral wire around the base of the pine cone, and then use that to attach the pine cone to the stem of the flower.     Forgo centerpiece flowers altogether by filling up glass containers with pine cones, or use these mock arrangements as inexpensive fillers for other areas of your event: a buffet table, the bar area, the gift table, or any spot that needs something extra!     Use pine cones for super-easy place cards that also double as favors. We jazzed up small pine cones with faux snow spray, and glued a small piece of ribbon to the tops with name tags looped through.     Group the finished pine cones on a tray or a table, or get creative and hang them from a large branch or mini-tree.     If you're passing out glasses of wine or champagne, or setting out stemware en masse for your guests, using tiny pine cones as an accent on each stem of glassware is a sweet detail!     We used a hot glue gun to adhere clear twine to the tops of each pine cone, and let them dry. Then we tied the pine cone around the base of each glass and trimmed off the excess twine.   

     

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    Photos by: Chelsea Fuss     Edible favors are our favorite! First, grab some healthy almonds or any other type of nut!     Cheesecloth is an amazing choice to wrap them in -- cut them into 4 inch by 4 inch squares, then tear the fabric for a rustic look.     Make sure you purchase some Muslin Fabric to wrap your nuts in. Cut them into the same dimensions as the cheesecloths.     Find some sweet tags to address your goodie bags, These are from Martha Stewart Crafts.     Tie together with some simple string!     Voila! You are nearly done!     Label your tags.     Add tags and a sprig of sage (or another herb of your choice.)     Your sweet almond favors are done.
        If planning a green wedding, these are the perfect choice to compliment your day.    (Photos taken at The Ace Hotel Event Space)
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  • Photos By: Jordan Ferney

        It's simple, sweet and eco-friendly. Now we have the step-by-step on this popular DIY from Jordan Ferney! Supplies + Sources: A Tray of Irish Moss, Mini Terra Cotta pots($1/each Home Depot,) Metallic Spray Paint ($5 Home Depot), Ribbon ($3/spool Paper Source)     Paint it Shiny: Lay out some scrap paper outside and spray the Terra Cotta pots following the directions on the can of spray paint. Then turn the pots over and spray the second side until it is all silver.     Did you know? A tray of Irish Moss is just $12 for 25 at Home Depot!     Get your Hands Dirty: Separate a section of the moss and shape the soil with your hands so it fits in the pot.     You want the moss to have a round shape, add or remove soil until it is at the right height.     Clean Up: Tuck the edges of the Moss into the pot so it has the round shape and no soil is showing. Brush any dirt off the top of the moss and wipe off any soil from the pot with a rag.     Make it Pretty: Add a ribbon and if desired attach a little sign or name tag to a toothpick.     These can serve as place settings or cute favors.     We love using moss for lots of reasons, but we love it most because of it's modern shape and feel.    
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  • Project and Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    For the bride who loves the seaside, tradition, and classic, clean lines, this might be just the right bouquet! It's easy to make and costs around $45. Another great thing about this recipe is that the flowers are available year round!     Supplies: flower clippers twine scissors ribbon bucket with water vase full-length mirror   Flower Recipe: 5 open white roses (make sure they aren't all the way open because they will open quickly once the bouquet is made). 8 white hydrangeas     Step One: Remove the leaves from the roses and the lower leaves from the hydrangeas. Keep the leaves at the top of the hydrangea stems as they will help frame the bouquet.     Step Two: Gather three hydrangeas in one hand (tip: in the left hand if you are right-handed or vice versa).     Step Three: Add a group of roses, each stem at varying heights. Fill in the holes with hydrangeas.     Step Four: Hold the bouquet in front of you and look in a full-length mirror to make sure that the shape is how you like it. Make any adjustments and tie with twine.     Step Five: Clip the stems short.     Keep in a vase in a fridge (away from fruit and food) and add the ribbon a few hours before your ceremony!  
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  • Perfect for an informal summer wedding, this DIY uses just two easy-to-find ingredients!   Projec By: Erica OBrien Photos By: Val McCormick      What You'll Need: One package (or more, depending on size of cake) Sunkist Fruit Gems, sharp knife, food-use only paintbrush, corn syrup.     Step One: Open packaging and sort fruit gems.     Step Two: Holding fruit gem on flat side, carefully slice in half horizontally as evenly as possible.      Step Two (cont).  The inside will be very sticky.     Step Three: Arrange fruit gems cut-side up and allow to dry until less sticky and easier to handle.     Step Four: Dip paintbrush in corn syrup and brush on cut side of fruit gem.     Step Five: Press gently onto side of cake. Hold in place for a moment.     Step Six: Arrange fruit gems on cake until desired pattern is achieved.      
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