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Hiring A Destination Wedding Photographer

It’s hard enough finding a wedding photographer that’s right for you, let alone gambling on a stranger from another country. If your wedding photographer doesn’t speak English well, you could be in serious trouble when problems arise.

Although the memories of your wedding are likely to last a lifetime, how will you be able to reminisce on the most important day of your life if your photographer falls through? For members of the family who can’t make it to the ceremony, what will you show them? Sometimes it pays to play it safe and stick with what you know – that’s where destination photographers come in.

Package Deals

Paying for a photographer from home to follow you across seas can be exceptionally expensive, so see if you can get a package deal out of them, at a fixed price. Get this sum as low as possible because you’ll be paying for a shed load of extras: accommodation, transport, air fare…and that barely scratches the surface. Agree what you’ll pay for beforehand, or you’ll be in for a nasty surprise when the bill comes through.

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Be Kind To Your Photographer

Treat your photographer as a guest. They may be expensive, but they’re carrying out one of the most important jobs of the evening. Encourage them to have the occasional glass of bubbly and relax. When it comes to accommodation, set them up with the rest of the guests, rather than in some nearby dive.

Digital Copies

Ask your photographer if they deal in digital or film photos, as X-Rays from luggage security can damage rolls of film. Not ideal. Also see if you can keep several copies of the day’s photos – obviously you’ll want your photographer to go through every single one and bring them up to scratch, but if you have copies, should the worst happen, the originals are safe.

Get To Know Your Photographer

Have the same photographer take your engagement photographs and build up a relationship with him or her; you’ve got to like this person and their pictures, as he or she will be effectively tailing you for days. Inviting your photographer to spend time with your family will ensure a personal connection – a fast way to get fantastic pictures.

Fly in your photographer with the rest of the party. He or she will need a few days to acclimatize to the country and get inspirational juices flowing. If country house wedding venues are your thing, he or she can visit the ceremony location and start planning photo ops. Use these extra days to take plenty of pre-wedding photos to flesh out your album.

Snap Them Up At The Right Time

Plan to book your photographer on an ‘off season.’ Prices will be cheaper, as it’s likely that your photographer is struggling to get work.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are all prime wedding days, so if you plan to fly on the Monday and get your photographer back for Thursday, you could argue that you’re not impeding on the photographer’s work schedule. Cheaper prices, yay!

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How To Plan a Memorable Event

Most people value memories and experience, which means they will remember events that are unique and impressive. These are things to keep in mind while planning your next event. Whether it is a company picnic or personal celebration, the occasion can be spectacular when you pay attention to details such as remote control paper lantern lights and other particulars that changes the atmosphere from blah to outstanding.

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Plan Ahead

You will need a master plan before you can begin planning a memorable event. The smallest of details get missed when there are a lot of moving parts. Generally, you want a plan that covers all aspects of your event. Create a checklist like the one below to avoid forgetting something.

  • Venue selection (along with contracts, insurance and permits if necessary)
  • Catering management
  • Identifying and confirming speakers
  • Entertainment and activities to engage guests
  • Publicity and promotion tactics (includes online and offline through social media, signage and printed programs)
  • Registration and tracking methods for sign-up and payments
  • Sponsors
  • Volunteer recruitment

This is not an exhaustive list of what you may need for your event. Some items may apply and others may not. Details will change based on the type of event, location and other factors.

Brand an Overall Theme

One way to set your even apart from others is to choose a compelling theme. Come up with something that stands out and gives guests an idea of what they can expect. Consider giving the event an actual name as an attention-getter.

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While brainstorming a dynamic name, think about how your event is different from others. Is there a message you want to convey? Your answer to this could be long, try coming up with a tagline so there is a memorable branding slogan to describe your event.

Use Creative Fixtures and Decor

Another way to ensure your guests have a great time is to use some creativity when decorating. Lighting fixtures and decorations connected to the theme creates the right type of atmosphere. Clever use of special equipment can transform any room into a remarkable place.

Planning an event can become stressful even if you are enjoying the tasks. Make your guests feel welcome by catering to their interests while also accomplishing goals for the event. Food, entertainment and decorations are significant parts. As long as you know your objectives and plan accordingly, your next event will be memorable and the talk of the town for all the right reasons.

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Should your Future Bride be Involved in the Selecting of the Engagement Ring?

So you’ve been taking it slow for a while now. Her toothbrush has moved into the bathroom and you have found yourself surrounded by cute cushions and fancy facial products that leave your skin like a baby’s bottom. The bubble of bliss envelopes you and she really is THE ONE. You spend more time laughing with her than in clubs with your mates, you spend every waking hour thinking about her, she is perfect, you can see everything that is beautiful about her and don’t care that she uses your razor to shave her legs. The question is on the tip of your tongue and you want that special engagement ring to be as flawless as she is. It is a mine field, one that has too many choices. So many different cuts, so many styles, do you go timeless or contemporary? Princess or Round? How big does it need to be? How many carats? What size ring? What colour gold? How much should you spend? The list is endless. Take a look Whiteflash, for diamonds in Houston. They have some great information on diamonds.

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It is no wonder that 61% of would be suitors consult their brides-to-be before buying that special diamond ring. It is something that you want her to be proud to wear, something that she will want to show off, you want her to squeak with pleasure when she sees it, to instantly grab the phone and call her best friend to announce the news. It is something you want her to wear forever.

Gentlemen, you are not alone. Take a deep breath and think about her. You know everything about her, you know she has freckles that glow like a warm fall afternoon on her face, you know she takes sugar in her Frappuccino, you know she always steals the duvet at 2am in the morning and you know she secretly borrows your razors but when it comes to the engagement ring, you are either going to get it so right or so very wrong. For a woman there is nothing that can surpass the ultimate feeling of euphoria as you watch your man get down on one knee, a delicate box pulled out of his pocket and a beautiful ring presented to you. It is like a Disney moment, played over and over to her friends, a story passed down through generations of how Grandpa asked Grandma to marry him, a timeless moment. Wait, what happens if that carefully chosen ring doesn’t fit? The diamond is too big, the colour is wrong. A moment ruined for all to see.

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In this day and age it isn’t an issue to consult with her. There are so many gentleman out there that feel out of their depth with so many styles to choose from that it is no wonder they ask their lady for guidance. After all she is the one that has to wear it year in and year out. It needs to be just like her, as special as her and most important of all she needs to be happy to show it off. Be brave gentlemen, ask her for her help, she’ll thank you for it in the end. A moment to savour, you chose it together, the start of your new life together.

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Your Wedding Jewelry: What Pieces To Pick Out

As your big day is approaching, there are lots of little details that you’re to want to firm up. Although you’ve probably got some of the bigger choices confirmed months ago, there are always lots of little decisions and finer details that you have to put in place in the run-up to your wedding. One of these will be your jewelry. You may have had some ideas in mind when you first imagined yourself as a bride, but you still have to pick out the final pieces. So, if you want to make sure that you cover off all areas of your jewelry decisions, here are five key areas you won’t want to forget.

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The Wedding Bands

The first piece of jewelry that you’re going to want to pick out will be your wedding rings. This may be something that you decide on when you chose your engagement ring or even earlier on during your planning, but if not, now’s the time to decide on a style. Whether you want to look at some classic designs such as the Tacori wedding rings here, or even get something custom made, now’s the time to decide. Just make sure that your final choice is something you love, as it’s a ring you’ll wear for the rest of your life.

Earrings

With the wedding bands chosen, you’re then going to want to think about your personal jewelry for the big day itself. This could be something that you already own or even jewelry that you want to pick out especially for your wedding. Your style of earring choice may be based on two things; your dress and your hair. You may want simple studs or something bigger and dropped so that it’s more noticeable. Either way, you need to make sure your choice works with your final look for the day.

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A Necklace

Then, you may also want to think about styling a necklace with your dress. Again, this will depend on both your hairstyle for the day and the design of your dress. If you have something high neck, you may not even want to wear a necklace at all. But if you’re working with a strapless dress, then you may want a necklace to break up the space and add a nice sparkle.

A Bracelet

After a necklace, you could also think about wrist jewelry. Bracelets look beautiful on your wedding day. However, the style that you choose will be based on your dress. Again, if you have something strapless, a bracelet may be able to break everything up and add some sparkle to your arms. But if you’re working with a long sleeve, you may not want something that prominent.

Something For Your Hair

Finally, you may also want to think about the ways in which you can dress your hair with jewelry. Regardless of the hairstyle, you’re working with; wedding hair accessories can always set it off perfectly. Whether you go for a clip or tiara, or even pins, you can add some bling to your locks to make your look complete.

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Alternative Ways to Capture Moments That Last Forever

Of course, a wedding is very important, and at times it gets very serious; you are pledging yourself to another human being for the rest of your life after all. However, the moment that you want to capture forever should have more smiling faces than stern faces in it. It’s a celebration, and thus, it should show up as such when you look back in 20 or 30 years from now. Sometimes it can be an afterthought, because hiring a photographer to captivate your special day, isn’t as important as all the other things that actually, make the day possible. On the other hand, it could be something fun, interactive and very personal. It isn’t just about capturing the dress, the moment the bride and groom meet at the altar, it’s about the friends and family, the joyous occasions with the children and making the best out of looking your best, that matters.

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Video vlogging

You could give the responsibility of capturing the day to a few of your closest friends and family. Modern retail video cameras are very high quality and have the ability to store a ton of footage onto their SD cards. You can easily switch out a card, and put another in, and within seconds, resume filming. Vlogging the entire day from multiple angles is a very, very personal approach. It’s the inside view of the entire wedding. You’ll get to see what your friends and family were doing when you were getting your hair ready. Instruct the wedding vloggers to go around and do interviews with the guests, and ask them what they think about the lucky couple, the party they put on and reminisce about old times. Even though you as the bride will technically be, behind the scenes, while the guests are the audience coming to see you, the truth behind the scenes is all the cogs and gears in the form of organizers, who should be filmed too.

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Fun photography

A wedding is essentially a big party and the celebration of love. After you take your vows, the serious part is over, and now it’s time to have fun. You may never look this good again, with a lavish white dress and perfect hair and makeup, so strike the poses you want with Booth Boy. A booth-style photography is a great way to get that fun mood and vibe going. It captures all the friends and family while they let their hair down. There are props you can use and much around with a bit of role play. There are many different backgrounds, colors and lighting styles you can choose from to suit the current party mood. It’s a much more informal way of capturing the day, and not as serious as professional wedding photographers.

Capturing the moment can sometimes be a bit fake when you’re doing so with a traditional wedding photographer. It’s a lot of forced smiles and standing up straight and being perfectly still. There are alternative and more personal ways to capture your happy day, which show the true atmosphere and love you share with family and friends. You’ll look back on that day of fun and flair, while also reminiscing about the different personalities that were on show at your wedding.

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The Wedding Photos You’ll Want in Your Album

Your wedding album is supposed to be a beautiful reminder of your big day, and that’s exactly what it should be, but so many brides and grooms neglect to have shots taken of some of their most special moment, perhaps because they’re not considered that important at the time, or simply because they don’t think to do so. This is something you should avoid if you want to be able to look back on cherished memories from every part of your wedding day.

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With that in mind, here are some wedding photos you might not have thought of, but which you will definitely want in your album:

The Getting Ready

Getting ready for the big day is one of the most exciting moments of your wedding. The anticipation is mounting, you’re surrounded by your nearest and dearest and it’s your last few moments as an unmarried bride or groom, so document it! Get pictures of you having your hair done or the groom and his guys doing their ties up – trust me you’ll treasure them just as much as that picture of you kissing at the bottom of the aisle.

Your Wedding Dress

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Before you put it on, get the photographer to take a picture of your wedding dress in all its glory. Sure, you’re going to have hundreds of photos of you wearing it, but if you have one of just the dress, when you look back at it in years to come, you’ll remember how you felt seeing it in the shop for the first time.

The Groom’s Accessories

Artfully arranging the groom’s accessories (tie, button, etc.) and taking a few shots of them will do the same for him as seeing a picture of your wedding dress will do for you and it also makes a great arty shot to put up on the wall too.

Your Wedding Rings

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Having the photographer take a nice close-up shot of your wedding rings is a must for any happy couple. Have him, or her take one photo of your rings separately where you can see the detail and one of you holding hands with both rings visible as a symbol of your love.

The Bouquet

The bridal bouquet is such a traditional, not to mention beautiful, part of the wedding that it would be a shame not to get a few artistic shots of it both with and without you holding it. You might also want to have your bouquet pressed and framed, so you can keep it as a memento forever if you aren’t fussed about throwing it to your single friends.

Pre-Ceremony Shots

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Most brides and grooms have their photographer concentrate on capturing the wedding ceremony as it’s in progress and the reception as the day goes on, but very little time is given to the pre-ceremony proceedings. Traveling to the venue, walking to the church, crowds of loving family gathering for the big event – these are all things that deserve to be captured as extensively as the actual wedding itself.

Which less common wedding shots did you have taken? Which are your favorites?

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How To Plan For Unforeseeable Events On Your Wedding Day

On the day of your wedding, you’ll have butterflies in your stomach, you’ll be short of breath at times, and there’ll be a million worries whizzing around your mind. It’s important to let go and focus on yourself and your responsibilities; it is, after all, a life changing day. There will be many many things, which are out of your control, and one way you can react to uncertainty is to plan for it. However, you’ll need some help in the form of one of your most trusted friends or family. You’ll also need to be one step ahead of the world so that your day isn’t ruined by things that you could have foreseen happening.

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Don’t rely on the outside world

Your cars should arrive early in the morning and be waiting to take you to the venue to intend to tie the knot. In conjunction with your booked time, your route must be planned thoroughly. Take into account the road, streets and highways you will take to the venue, and the amount of time it takes at an average speed to get there. If you’ve got limousine hire, you may have to take the long way around by mainly using long straight routes such as highways because such vehicles are a nightmare to navigate on tight roads like in the city and rural roads.

Additionally, traffic jams can be unpredictable but will be the difference between a slow, calm roll up to the front of the venue, or a panting, sweating dash up to the altar to take your vows. Therefore avoid congested roads, even if it’s a quicker route. Allow for extra time, therefore, leave your prepping location early enough to cushion unexpected bites into time. It’s crazy to think, but your car could get a puncture, you might forget something and have to go back, or perhaps even get lost. It sounds bizarre, but it does happen.

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Have a personal time manager

It is indeed your wedding, but while you’re having a shower, putting on your makeup, having your hair done, having on all the right jewelry and fitting into the dress, you simply can’t manage everyone and everything around you. So, don’t be a control freak and pick out someone who you trust to be your manager that will keep everything in a smooth working order. They will report directly to you should anything change that will affect the time schedule as well as keeping all those who are vital to the ceremony like family, in line with the correct dress sense. Fix a communication system between yourselves well in advance of the wedding, so there’s no chance of a game of Chinese whisper breaking out; on the day speak face to face with each other continuously.

Adapt to the weather

Coming up to within a week of the wedding, search online for the weather forecast on your wedding day. Normally, couples pick their wedding when there’s a decent chance of sunshine, i.e. the spring and summer months of May through August. Nevertheless, whatever the intended weather, always have some form of a backup plan such as continuously updating the guests you have invited on how you intend to enact any last minute changes such as a one day postponing for decent weather.

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Achieving The Image Of Perfection On Your Big Day Made Easy

If there’s ever been a day when you want everything to look perfect, it’s your wedding day. Appearances are pivotal as you bid to create those magical memories that will be treasured for a lifetime. Knowing this can pile on the pressure, but there’s nothing to stop you achieving those goals.

The key is to make everything feel manageable. Here are five killer points to focus on. Get them right, and your big day will be even more spectacular than you imagined.

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#1. The Look

The big day is all about the happy couple, which is why you both need to look your best. The wedding dress and suit are the most important outfits that and bride or groom will wear. Knowing that they are perfect will give any couple a boost in self-confidence.

Makeup and grooming rituals are important too. Meanwhile, the special guests including best men and bridesmaids should also look the part.

#2. The Venue

When picturing the big day, most girls picture their dream building or backdrop. Whether it’s a church, a temple, or a beach doesn’t matter. This one element sets the tone for everything ahead. Visit https://www.weddingwire.com/c/fl-florida/fort-lauderdale/wedding-planners/15-vendors.html to find more about planning this aspect early on. Let’s face it; the longer you leave it, the harder it’ll become.

In addition to the esthetic, you need to think about the location. If it isn’t accessible for the guests, you should probably consider an alternative solution.

#3. The Décor

The venue itself provides solid foundations. However, it’s still important for the loving couple to stamp their authority on the big day. Finding a theme for your wedding brings everything to life. Moreover, it aids with the color schemes and additional decisions.

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Combining traditional elements with modern twists is often preferred. Meanwhile, you can use things like previous holiday destinations to guide things forward. As long as it provides a winning result in the eyes of the happy couple, that’s all that matters.

#4. The Arrival

 When the big day arrives, you realize that months of preparation have been leading up to that one moment where the bride arrives to meet her new husband. This is one of the most important parts of a woman’s life, let alone the day itself. Getting it right is key.

Choosing the right transportation ensures that she can make the grand entrance without having a single hair out of place. Find limo hires at http://www.fl-limousine.com/limo-service-fort-lauderdale for a great solution. Not only will the bride have plenty of space for herself, but she’ll have the support of her bridesmaids too.

#5. The Photos

 The memories created on this magical day will last a lifetime. Nonetheless, the photographs offer wonderful mementos of the special event. Knowing how to pose before the big day is key. Meanwhile, you should probably arrange to meet the photographer to avoid any awkwardness.

A modern approach also involves getting guests to take snaps on disposable cameras for a more natural representation of the big day. With the right combination of the two, those iconic images will be everything you hoped for and more.

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How to Pose for Wedding Photos

A wedding is a joyous occasion. You’re surrounded by family and friends, and all eyes are on you. But, sometimes that’s the problem! If you’re nervous around crowds and you hate having your photograph taken, your wedding day can be just one big ball of anxiety. To prepare yourself for what’s to come, you may want to take a look at some tips for posing for wedding for photographs when you’d rather not.

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Rely on Your Partner

You’ve just tied the knot and you no longer have to deal with life’s struggles alone. By looking at your partner through some of your wedding photos, you can achieve some romantic shots. If you both feel awkward, you may end up laughing when you look at each other which can create some natural and beautiful photographs. If you’re nervous about getting good shots, find a photographer that’s good at getting natural pictures.

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The Kiss

A wedding photography session can go on for a long time. If you’re tired of posing and your jaw hurts from smiling, try switching to ‘the kiss’. Kissing your partner is not only an easy photograph to take, it gives you a break from doing the things that feel awkward. You can almost guarantee that a picture of the married couple kissing will make the wedding album. You can’t go wrong with ‘the kiss’. You may want to have some chap stick handy though!

‘Smizing’

It’s a term used by Tyra Banks on America’s Next Top Model. It means, to smile with your eyes. Sometimes smiling can be painful after a while on your wedding day. Use your eyes to show how happy you are and you’re sure to get some glistening pictures for your photo frames.

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Look Away

You don’t have to look directly at the camera to get a good shot. Whether you’re posing on your own or with your partner, gazing away can create a wonderful photo. The aim is to look into the future and dream about the life you’re about to start. What do you wish for? What will make you both happy? It’s sure to come across on the picture.

Use Props

Shakespeare had some of his characters where disguises because he knew a mask would create more confidence. You can use props in the same way. Suddenly, the attention isn’t all on you. Whether you choose to use something as simple as your bouquet of flowers or you use something quirky, like oversized sunglasses, they’ll give you the confidence you need to pose. Get some ideas here.

Relax

Sometimes, it’s easier said than done, but relaxing is the key to getting great photographs. Perhaps you could have a glass of champagne to calm your nerves before the session. If you can let go of your insecurities and have fun with your partner, the rest will be easy.

Look to your photographer for guidance during a wedding photo shoot. Photographers have done it many more times than you, so you should get some good advice.

 

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Find Your Perfect Paradise For A Stunning Wedding

The proposal finally arrived and you have been busy showing off the most incredible finger candy.  It’s real.  You are going to marry the person of your dreams and they are as in love as you are!

Different people have varying ideas on the ideal wedding.  For some, nipping off to Las Vegas or Gretna Green to make their vows away from any family politics, is an absolute dream.  Then heading home to spend all the wedding budget on the ultimate party.  For others you may be bound by a military wedding, although uber glamourous there are so many etiquettes to adhere too.  Perhaps you imagine yourself on the beach of a desert island with just a couple of your nearest and dearest.

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Firstly you both need to establish what your vision is.  If one of you doesn’t have a strong view then it could be easier.  You will need to take into consideration family, some members won’t be able to take long journeys or travel on a plane, which could mean missing out on your special day.  However with new technology there are loads of ways to live stream a wedding abroad, back to the ones who couldn’t make it.

If you decide on a wedding in a different country, make sure you understand any laws around the ceremony.  Some countries will grant you a licence but your wedding has no legality back in the UK or USA, so get a real understanding of what you need to do, to ensure your vows are legal! Or you could get a bit of a shock in a few years.  It’s also important to get to know the city or surrounding areas so you understand what is available for your guests.  

It will save you money if you are using wedding photographers who are in the country already, in fact you will get far more local knowledge meaning some really special images which will make the most out of the surrounding scenery and light balance.  You also need to get to know your caterers so it is ideal, depending on the kind of wedding you are looking for, to travel well ahead of your event, sit down and talk in person to anyone supplying a service to your wedding.

The most important piece of advice you can take is to remember that this day is about you and your beloved.  Of course family matter and friends will all really want to support you, witnessing you make your vows, but today is a day you are going to remember for the rest of your lives.  Don’t make it about others, impressing your guests or keeping a difficult aunty entertained.  Once all the planning is over it should just be two people, sharing their love and having fun.  So forget the crazy table plans, ditch the last minute problems and take control of your ceremony!

Then, the only thing you have to worry about is the weather.  We are afraid there isn’t much you can do about that, just make sure you are prepared for anything, which is a wonderful rule to run through married life!

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