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February 20, 2017

Jewelry Inspiration for a Spring Bride

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Just like the dress and flowers, the jewelry a bride chooses to wear down the aisle is a reflection of her personal style. Finishing touches such as glittery earrings or a delicate bracelet are all that is needed to compete your wedding look. We love the idea of a bride wearing her great-grandmother’s pearls. But, this is also the perfect occasion for you to treat yourself to some gorgeous new pieces. When it comes to bridal jewelry, there are no rules. Bridal collections for Spring 2017 showed us a variety of new and stunning looks for the season. From understated to bold, there is something for every style and personality.

 

Bridal Look - Diamond Jewelry - via ModWedding

Bridal Look – Diamond Jewelry – via ModWedding

 

Classic

The classic bride considers Jackie Kennedy the ultimate fashion icon and has had her wedding colors of Tiffany blue and silver picked out since she was a little girl. Jewelry should be timeless and understated, yet unique just like the woman wearing it. Pearls are a given and the traditional single strand necklace will always be in fashion. For a personal spin on tradition though, consider wearing a double or triple strand pearl necklace. Make the classic look truly your own with an elegant pair of diamond stud halo earrings and diamond bracelet from Tiffany, of course!

 

 

Romantic

For the bride who has always dreamed of a fairy-tale wedding, accessories are a very important chapter in her story. The key is to not overdo it with sparkle. Rather, focus on one or two statement pieces and build around them. Accentuate the romantic look with radiant dangle earrings encrusted with diamond and pearls or a delicate floral motif headpiece. Like a sophisticated princess crown, a bejeweled headband looks absolutely charming with a topknot hairstyle. For a necklace, a frontal design ornamented with crystals and teardrop pendant will do just lovely.

 

 

Vintage

The vintage bride wants nothing more than to recapture the glitz and glamour of The Roaring Twenties on her wedding day. The jewelry philosophy here is more is more; you can never have too many diamonds and pearls. It’s finally your chance to wear a dazzling headpiece that would have made Daisy Buchanan envious. While choosing a necklace based on your gown, there are many looks and styles to complement different silhouettes. For example, accentuating a plunging V-neck with layers of decadent pearls or a stunning choker or shoulder piece looks divine on a bare neckline. Finish the look with a show-stopping cocktail ring. Again, consider your gown when deciding on a piece – a simple gemstone won’t complete with texture and beaded ornamentation; a luminous cluster looks fabulous with silk.

 

 

Modern

Out of all of this season’s bridal runway looks, you were most excited about the trouser trend. Maybe not for the aisle, but you’ll definitely be wearing a white pantsuit at the reception. You have a minimalist approach to accessorizing and gravitate toward designs that are simple and sleek with a little bit of edge. Bold, unexpected choices include statement hoops, earring jackets, an architectural silver cuff, or silver plate sash – all are pieces that speak to the modern bride’s fashion sensibility. When it comes to adorning the neck, a gold geometric Y necklace is a stunning complement to wedding white.

 

 

We hope this guide provides the inspiration you need to find beautiful jewelry that speaks to your heart in a personal way, as what truly matters is that your wedding jewelry and accessories make you feel beautiful in the moment. Years from now, you want to be able to look at each piece as a treasured token of the love and joy you felt on your wedding day, and always remember that your bridal look was all you had ever dreamed of.

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February 16, 2017

The Sweetheart Table

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Celebrating your big day with family and friends while being close to your newlywed is what makes the day so magical and fires up the romance of it all. As we know, wedding days can get a little hectic amongst the greetings, pictures, dancing and toasts. It can appear to fly by in the blink of an eye! We know how special this day is, how much planning goes into it and, at the end of the day, the bride and groom’s main purpose is to be with one another. At your wedding reception, having a special place for the two of you to catch up and enjoy each other during the excitement is something we find extremely special and essential. Creating a ‘Sweetheart Table’ for two is a great way to find your alone time while still being involved with guests and adored by all. This not only makes the sweetheart table a great concept, but it also adds another decorative feature to your venue. We have a few great tips and tricks on making your sweetheart table one to be admired by all and adding an extra touch of enchantment to your special day.

 

Sweetheart Table - Modern Style - Garden Party via Style Me Pretty

Sweetheart Table – Modern Style – Garden Party via Style Me Pretty

 

The first thing to decipher in the process of building your perfect sweetheart table is its type or shape. This tends to be the focal point of the room, as it is separated from the other guests’ tables. Sometimes, it is positioned across the dance floor, and other times it’s placed at the head of the room. There are many options to choose from and couples mostly lean towards a single round table or a rectangular shape for two. Many couples use their imagination to come up with outside-the-box ideas like a wine barrel or mirrored tables. While this is preference-based, we find that both shapes work well for specific styles and venues. Round silhouette works great in an indoor venue, one that’s romantic, classic and more ornamental. Rectangular tables work beautifully for an outdoor wedding environment due to their symmetry with nature, while also having a rustic or authentic look to them.

After choosing your table structure, the next step is to pick complementary seating. This is where you can really get creative and have some fun! There are many options, whether it’s two single chairs, a bench, a loveseat couch or even floor cushions. Depending on your wedding theme, using a funky seating arrangement can add that innovative feature and be a focal point statement. For example, if you’re having a vintage décor inspired wedding, incorporating two old-fashioned tufted velour chairs is a gorgeous option to play into the style. Yet, for a black tie modern affair, incorporating two straight lined black and white chairs would emphasize the sleekness and the ambiance. It is important to remember that these are your seats for the entire night and even though you want them to stand out as part of the overall design, you need to make sure they are comfortable enough for you and your loved one.

 

 

Since the first steps of choosing the table and chairs are now complete, it’s time to add the décor. The physical table is a design element on its own, yet incorporating details like linens, flowers, signage and candles can really make it pop! Deciding whether you would like to cover the table with linens or simply leave the wood or glass uncovered can create a design detail on its own. Many like to use luscious creams and white linens, while some add glitter, sequins or colorful options to make a statement. Having a wooden table is a beautiful feature for themed weddings and ties in charmingly with an outside setting. While thinking of adding florals to the piece, it is popular to feature one large arrangement at the front of the sweetheart table that sits perfectly between the two place settings. It is also common to use a floral or greenery garland that drapes from one side of the table to the other, often hanging onto the floor for a whimsical touch. If you feel like you would rather keep the table looking a little bit cleaner, adding flower arrangements to the bottom of the table and around the perimeter is another beautiful option. After flowers are all set, candles complete the look! Many don’t realize the vast variety of candles that can be used in wedding design. Including elements such as mercury glass votive, ornate candlesticks, raw candles and crystals always dresses up the table. For most weddings, mood lighting sets the tone, and this is a way to achieve a private romantic ambiance. A few other small touches include signage that reads “Mr. & Mrs.” or possibly a monogram or quotes. It’s a cute touch that makes it fun while adding personal flare.

 

 

Lastly, now that the table and décor have been decided, it is extremely important to choose your sweetheart table’s backdrop. For some venues, this is an easy fix as they have a gorgeous mantle to be decorated behind you or floor-to-ceiling windows with a water view. Sometimes, this is a perfect final touch without taking away from the design of your table. In other cases, if you’re having your wedding in a raw space, there may not be a pretty wall to line up along, so we have a few ideas for creating your own sweetheart table backdrop. One of our favorites here at Bride and Blossom is a flower wall behind the table. You can stick to neutrals or add pops of color for an enchanting scene. If you are looking for a country approach, building a shiplap wood wall with pictures and greenery could be the best route to take. Some more creative ideas include large hanging picture frames, flowered altars and handmade folding doors. Getting creative will ensure a picturesque scene for everyone to remember. Another small trick to finishing your complete look is placing the table on a small lift so that all of your guests can see exactly where you are and you get a better view of your reception.

 

 

Remembering that it is your day and making time for each other is our most important tip! Enjoy the company, laugh together and be swept away with the romantic ambiance of your perfect sweetheart table.

 

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January 11, 2017

Getting Married in a Winter Wonderland

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The holidays have passed, the new year has arrived, and all of our winter brides are wishing for one thing: a snowfall on their wedding day to create a magical scene. We can’t control the weather, but we can control our wedding décor, ideas and accents to produce a perfect winter wedding. Inspiring winter color schemes, décor, flowers, and accents can help bring your theme to life. Using our winter wisdoms will help you and your guests remember why you chose to get married at the most wonderful time of the year.

 

Couple Kissing / Melanie Gotlin / Tribeca Rooftop / Brett Matthews Photography

Reception / Melanie and Graig / Tribeca Rooftop / Brett Matthews Photography

 

While creating a winter wonderland atmosphere, there are two big aspects that can change the entire feel of a room: venue décor and color scheme. Picking a color scheme for linens, displays, lighting and florals is the first step to bringing your vision to life. For winter weddings, it is easy to forget that you can still find vibrant and rich colors in winter-appropriate tones. Using creams and ivories is the perfect way to create a sultry, rich feeling. Adding in other mediums like greens, neutrals and even red and blue accents can create a festive feeling to play up your theme. Adding in small touches of winter theme fabrics can also bring out a very seasonal feel.

 

 

I think a base of neutrals is a great beginning to your décor. Neutral linens, including tablecloths, napkins, curtains and drapery, help to create a warm and rich winter feel without overpowering the room. Next, adding in vibrant and colorful tones to your other décor, accent pieces and florals is a great way to liven up the room. While creating tablescapes, centerpieces and other focal design points, it is important to keep your theme alive with inspired pieces. You can add in classic winter themes like snowflakes, garland and even fake snow effect on rustic branches. My favorite way to accomplish flawless winter wedding décor is using extra greenery like pine and rosemary to give a forest feel to your centerpieces, or pine cones to carry out the theme. I love using excess neutral flowers, including white tibet roses, peonies and hydrangea, to complement the room. A great floral statement for your ceremony is a floral altar. Standing under a natural branch-built altar covered in beautiful flowers that exude winter is a great and simple way of dressing up the room.  Red pops of flowers like garden roses, spray berries and burgundy ranunculus can help bring the room to life.

 

 

For winter weddings, lighting can make a huge difference in the ambiance. Dimmed lights and uplighting create an enchanted feel, and candles can be used to light up the room. Floating candles with winter greens or displays created with ornate candlesticks in colors like gold and silver offer a festive, rich feel to the room. Another fun trick with candles is to create holders out of natural wood in order to achieve a tree-stump effect (as seen below). This allows for a forest feel and brings the theme to life.

 

 

Another creative route to take while completing décor for a winter wedding is to incorporate rustics. Rustic can be achieved in many different ways, but in regards to winter weddings, we are referring to natural accents. These include branches and wooden materials, pine cone and fruit accents like apples and berries. You can even add a bit of nature to the mix by incorporating antlers (fake, of course!) into centerpieces or even your wedding cake for one special wow factor. There are a lot of fun and funky ideas that can create a classic winter vision, and we recommend them all!

 

White Winter Wedding Cakes - via EC Invites

White Winter Wedding Cakes – via EC Invites

 

‘A Winter Wonderland’ can be the wedding of your dreams, the wedding you have always imagined and one that will leave your guests in awe. Using our simple tricks and steps is a perfect way to creating a ceremony and reception space that is vibrant, inviting, magical and inspiring. Winter brides are the new trend, and with these inspiring ideas, they will be forever the new classic.

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December 21, 2016

DIY Holiday Arrangement Gifts

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Looking for the perfect unique and homemade gift to bring to friends and family around the holidays? Look no more! As the holidays come around, our calendars are full of parties and get-togethers. Now, we know what this means. Your houses are full of cookies, candy and treats galore. We tend to always lean towards the same hostess gifts, holiday goodies. I don’t know about you, but I already have over 100 cookies in my home, and it’s not even Christmas yet! I think it’s time to switch it up and become more creative while giving gifts that still feel festive and thoughtful this season. Wouldn’t you love to create something that is natural and homemade but radiates the element of holiday beauty? If so, it’s time you use these easy do it yourself steps and tricks to creating a perfect holiday floral arrangement that everyone will admire in awe.

Vases / Arrangement Containers

The first step to creating a masterpiece that feels really festive is the vase or holder. I personally think, depending on your style, taste and inspiration, there are many options for you. A few of my favorite picks include Clear Vases, Baskets, a Wood Trough or Wooden Box Planters. It is a great idea to look up inspiration first and decide which route you want to take. Maybe it’s a classic red and green Christmas display, maybe you want to recreate the image of a Christmas package, or maybe keeping it simple and rustic is key for you. After picking the type of planting container, dressing it up is the next fun part to completing your perfect holiday gift.

Firstly, you can go with a clear vase. These vases can range from square, cylinder to rectangle, depending on the shape of the arrangement which you desire. When using clear vases (as seen below), there are a myriad of options for adding a bit of holiday cheer. You can add a simple ribbon around the vase, still keeping the florals as the centerpiece and accenting with just a little bit of Christmas. Another really creative trick is to use wrapping paper or a holiday ribbon around the outside, almost creating a present-type feel and masking the stems underneath. Lastly, depending on your bouquet or arrangement, adding a touch of your favorite holiday accessories to the bottom of the vase is a great effect. This can be anything ranging from mini ornaments, cranberries, pinecones / pine and more (see below)! This is a fun and cute way of incorporating your favorite holiday classics into the mix.

 

 

The other type of vessel you can use for your holiday arrangement, and my personal favorite, is wood. This can range from a basket, to a wooden trough and even handcrafted planters. I love a rustic outdoor feeling while creating holiday arrangements. To me, it resembles the original Christmas tree and brings an old classic natural feel to the piece. There are all different types of wood you can use, including wicker baskets, natural birch wood containers, stained wood and more. Using a basket is an easy and classic way to create a holiday display. It allows you to play around with the outside by adding greenery to the wicker, or maybe ribbon to the handle. The natural wood boxes or containers are a great statement on their own. While being a neutral, it doesn’t take away from the beauty of the flowers, but adds a really great accenting touch that balances out the piece as a whole! It goes well with almost every style of Christmas decor and is enjoyed by many.

 

 

Another aspect I love about this gift is that once your bouquet has lived its term, the container, whether wooden or glass, can live on as a token and be used in other ways around the house. I believe choosing the type of container your florals are going to live in really sets the tone for the overall arrangement. No matter the end result, it will be a beautiful piece for everyone to enjoy!

Holiday Flowers

While creating your bouquets, there are a few steps that help with the flower selection process. Red, green and white are the classic colors of Christmas, so you definitely want to play off this inspiration. Firstly, I like to pick a color scheme. Whether it’s sticking to neutrals, bringing in a lot of festive feels with reds or mixing and matching both, it is good to have an idea of how you want your final product to look. I also like to decide if I want to incorporate natural branches and greenery into my piece, and my vote for holiday arrangements is always a “Yes!”  Greenery expresses the feeling of Christmas to me, and I think it’s the perfect place to start. There are a lot of different greens you can add into your piece: Pine, White Pine, Dusty Miller, Rosemary, Holly, Grass, Eucalyptus, Cedar and Juniper. You can stick to one, but I prefer to mix and match, which helps to resemble a wild, rustic and raw feel. Adding greenery as a component brings an organic element and also acts as a great space filler.

Additionally, I like to add in wood-like elements: for example, Natural Branches, Pine Cones and other brown and red features like Brunia Balls, Spray Berries, Hypericum Berries and Cranberries. Another great trick I love to use is gold or silver spray paint. Spraying the pine, branches and other greens creates a fun and cheerful pop. A little fun fact — greenery lasts indoors for about two weeks, so you know you’ll get a good amount of display time out of it!

 

 

After greens, it’s time to add in your choice of flowers. There are so many different options to creating holiday florals, and it’s great to have a strategy in mind. I really like to go neutral with rich whites and creams and add in a few pops of color. Some of my favorite flowers to use in holiday arrangements are White Garden Roses and Ranunculus. Sometimes, adding in Hydrangea to make the piece look super full — acting as neutral focal points. Brasilia is a great add-in for a delicate feel. I also find that, for a pop of color, Red Spray Roses and Red / Burgundy Peonies make for a really beautiful touch. If you are looking for a more unique feel you can try using Red Protea.

Once you have all of your flowers picked out, it’s good to have a shape in mind. Maybe you want a perfectly proportioned round shape, or possibly a more modern feel by creating a heavier affect on one side. This all depends on your personal preference. While creating, don’t be scared to add and remove stems as you go. There is no right or wrong in the process. Achieving the look you want is all that matters. It is your taste, your style, your preference. A great little tip to creating your arrangement is using a foam design piece, and a well known brand is Oasis. This allows you to add in stems and have them sit perfectly in place, all while the piece is hidden in your vase (make sure to soak it in water first!).

 

Finishing Touches

Once your arrangement is complete, I find it super fun to add a few finishing touches to the piece. I like to use some extra holiday inspired accents; these can range from ribbons, ornaments and candy canes to my favorite of all, a holiday tag. This is a gift you are bringing to a loved one, so why not wrap it like one? Adding a sweet holiday tag is the perfect finishing touch. One of my favorite tags (depending on your style of arrangement) is a piece of burlap string and an off-white color tag with a handwritten note. I think it adds the perfect bit of warmth and fashion to the gift, and it’s something that is super easy to make at home!

 

 

Most importantly in this gift creating process, make sure to have fun while fashioning your arrangement! Play around, leave it wild and free. When your arrangement is full of life and fun, you can see it in its display! Follow these quick and easy DIY steps, and I guarantee that your end result will be fabulous arrangements and holiday gifts for all.

Happy Holidays from Bride and Blossom! We look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

 

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December 20, 2016

Bringing Florals to your Classic Holiday Decor

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Another year has come and gone, and we are back at the most wonderful time of the year, the holiday season. Most of us have our traditions and tend to stick to the same ambiance that we’ve been portraying for the last several years. The same old stockings that hang from the fireplace, the tired garlands wrapped around the banister, and passed-down ornaments that are barely hanging on by a thread. Is it that we love these traditions so much that we are too connected to let them go, or maybe that we don’t know the next direction to move to and how to bring new life to our decor? How wonderful would it be for your guests to be wowed walking through your front door, feeling like they stepped into a holiday magazine ad?

Fortunately for us, it’s not as hard as it seems, and I’m going to share with you some great steps and tricks that will bring your holiday decor to life by incorporating flowers. Yes, you read that right — we are bringing florals into Christmas, and all different kinds. Some think flowers may only be appropriate during the spring and summer months, but that’s not the case. If you use the correct type in the most perfect and subtle ways, your holiday furnishings will be bursting with color, harmony and joy.

Holiday Tablescapes

I believe, and I think you would agree, that the best part about the holidays is sitting down all together with family and friends, joining for a wonderful meal. This is the time when memories and stories are shared and new traditions are made. The hectic and exhausting holiday season comes to a halt as you are gathered around the table. Many forget about the importance of a tablescape and get frustrated looking for ideas, but with a few simple steps and a touch of blossom, it can be right at your fingertips.

Holiday Table Centerpiece - via Bless'er House

Holiday Table Centerpiece – via Bless’er House

 

The first step to setting your table with a flare is the place settings. Adding in decorative napkin holders with a touch of greenery, ranging (as seen below) from Holy, Pine to Rosemary, is a simple yet creative way to brighten up a plain white napkin. Next, come the centerpieces. There are many centerpiece styles you can include on your table, ranging from wooden accents and candles to garland and floral displays.  Adding Christmas greens like Pine, Rosemary and Lemon Grass makes for a beautiful look in the center of your table. If you add in Spray Berries and raw candles with oak accents, it creates a simple, clean and rustic cabin feel which pairs really nicely with the holidays. While creating holiday bouquets for the table, I find that using white, gold and red accents such as Red Amaryllis is a great look, while using accenting Brunia Balls. I also find that the shape of your table makes a difference in the decor you choose. For example, if you have a long rectangular or oval table, a garland down the middle with flowers is the perfect way to create an elegant look. For a round table, one main bouquet centerpiece with accented candles around it is a beautiful focal point. There are many ways to design a breathtaking table to sit at, admire and enjoy the company of your surrounding guests.

 

 

Holiday Garland

One of my favorite holiday decorations is the Holiday Garland, as I believe garland can brighten any room. Garland can be used in many different areas of your home. For example, around your doorways, on the staircase banisters and, of course, the fireplace mantle. I know most of you are thinking that garland is a cliché; however, when incorporating the perfect florals and greenery, you can achieve the look of an enchanted holiday forest. The trick to garland is to keep it soft and rustic, bringing nature into the mix, but also using pops of whites, creams and gold to get a rich holiday feel.

Greenery Garland Entryway - Doorway - by Erich McVey Photography - via ProjectWedding

Greenery Garland Entryway – Doorway – by Erich McVey Photography – via ProjectWedding

 

Firstly, using flowers like White Tibet Roses makes a nice statement in the piece — they are the focal point.  Next, you can add some golds to keep it festive. A great trick for this is using greenery such as Grape Seed Eucalyptus and spray painting it gold to add a beautiful classic touch without being too overpowering. Next, I like to add the “enchanted” assets to the garland. I do this with more materials like Pine Cones, White Pine, Rustic Branches and Holly. You can add as much or as little into your garland as you’d like. Lastly, for a classic pop of red, Plum Red Spray Berries are the perfect trick to keep the Christmas spirit alive! Another great little tool to making your own garland is to start from the outside (both left and right) and work your way to the middle. This leaves you with a perfectly proportioned look that will hang beautifully.

 

 

Christmas Tree Trimming

The Christmas Tree is the show stopper; we think of it as the main attraction, and no matter the end result, it never fails to radiate its beauty. As much as we all love the classic tree look with glass ball ornaments and beaded garland, sometimes it’s fun to change it up and play around with new ideas! Well, this year, I say to make your tree the life of the party. It’s time to add flowers galore, because I know you will be in awe of your results.

There are a few different ways to incorporate flowers into your Christmas Tree, but two ways I’ve found to work the best. Firstly, creating almost a flower garland and displaying the flowers in a circular order around the tree. The second strategy to a floral tree is to leave open spaces throughout your trimming that you can later fill with statement flowers. This way gives you a perfect balance of your cherished holiday traditions with a new twist. I think when using flowers on a tree, having a color scheme works really well, and that can be anything that you desire. Some stick to golds and creams, while others go with blush tones. My favorites are the trees that have a blend of traditional Christmas colors. Great flowers to use while trimming your tree are Garden Roses, Classic Red Roses, Ranunculus for a softer cream look, White Lilies, and for the most classic Christmas look of all, Poinsettia.

It’s fun to mix and match to see what looks good together, and when you have so many beautiful flowers, its hard for the tree not to look like a masterpiece. I also enjoy mixing in some extra greenery like Dusty Miller and White Pine, and even adding some Dutch Curly Willow really brings the theme of the tree to life. A great tip while using flowers on your tree (if you want them to live longer) is adding Plastic Water Picks, which are pieces that get attached to each individual flower to supply them water. Play around with it and, most importantly, have fun and enjoy your new tree trimming tradition!

 

Whichever route you take, introducing florals into your holiday decor will bring a new sense of life and a breath of fresh air into your classic holiday traditions. I’m certain if you follow my quick and easy steps, florals for the holiday seasons will become a new tradition and find a place as a family favorite for years to come.

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November 25, 2016

Bouquet Recipe: Whimsical Wildflowers

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Bridal Bouquet Recipe / Anna & Brian / Wave Hill / Chellise Michael Photography

Bridal Bouquet Recipe / Anna & Brian / Wave Hill / Chellise Michael Photography

 

Anna’s magnificent bouquet features an array of beautiful textures and intricate detail, joined together in silvery, matte colors. Flowers include white garden roses, cream O’Hara roses, white and blush Astillbe, and white rice flowers, accented with green thistle, parvifolia eucalyptus, and fresh mini succulent blooms.

Captured beautifully by Chellise Michael at Wave Hill in the Bronx.

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