Brooke + Nathan | LB Acres Ranch, Agua Dulce, Ca

I’m so excited to be sharing Brooke and Nathan’s wedding day, it was not only a beautiful celebration held at LB Acres Ranch in Agua Dulce – it was fun and full of JOY!! Words from the bride below!

Our inspiration is like a large fun but classy family dinner. Think of it that way. We are both all about our family and friends and we want to remember that. We are having fun with it. We will be having the In-N-Out truck, Lawn Beer Pong, a Cigar Bar, but still all the traditional wedding expectations.

We chose our venue because its beautiful with open space for our guests, a blank slate for creativity, awesome vendor personality, and country enough that the bride feels like she is at home (she grew up on a ranch).

What is your most valuable piece of advice you can share with future couples?

Don’t take things too seriously. Life is too short to argue about the small things. Laugh and enjoy the good times.
Also for wedding planning: spend the money on good vendors. It is worth the investment.

What was your favorite part of the planning process?

Honestly, it sounds cheesy, but working with our vendors. Everyone has been so amazing and sweet, they have bent over backwards to accommodate us, checked on us throughout the process, and so much more. It has helped us not get stressed out and truly enjoy the process.

Congrats Brooke & Nathan, thanks for having us!!

XO,

V

Vendors//

Florals: Vibe Florals Instagram: @vibe_florals | DJ: Jesse Entertainment | Hair & Make Up: Rae, Instagram: @Raethebyrd/@salonkscv | Catering: In-N-Out truck | Wedding Dress: Bella Mucci Bridal Couture Instagram: @bellamuccisbridalcouture | Bridesmaids: Weddington Way  Instagram: @weddingtonway | Venue: LB Acres Ranch

Daisy + Rudy | Tres Lagos, Murrieta, Ca

I love traveling for sessions!!  If we can manage to make a weekend trip out of it – we do!! Earlier this year my hubby and I went to Yosemite, and a few weeks ago, we traveled to Temecula. It was a fantastic weekend full of antique shopping, beer tasting and great meals! (If you are ever in Temecula, try “The Goat & Vine!”) We left Temecula and headed to Murrieta to meet Daisy & Rudy at Tres Lagos. Can’t imagine a better way to end a fantastic weekend!! These two are kind hearted, funny and so in LOVE!

Check out their love story below…

How did you meet?

Rudy and I knew each other since we were kids. We grew up in the same church but we just knew each other by name. So our love story began when Rudy approached me with a rose at In N Out while we were out with the youth group. I had no idea he was crushing on me. He began texting me more often and one day he asked me out to the Getty Villa. I said yes to the date but a week after the date he asked me to give him feedback as to what my thoughts were. I was honest with him and told him I did not see this going anywhere because I was not ready to date. After, I began observing him from afar for six months until I started regretting my decision. He seemed like an amazing guy! We would still go out in a youth group. So one day after hanging out with our youth group I decided to text him to see if he was still crushing on me. He answered me with all honesty. He said he did but he knew nothing was going to happen so he left it at that. I then told him if we could meet up because I wanted to speak with him. We met up at Starbucks the next day and I apologized for my previous behavior. I then told him I was now opened to date and if he still wanted to then we could give it another try. He looked very thoughtful. I thought he was going to turn the second opportunity down but he didn’t. Ever since, we have been falling more and more in love with each other and we are so excited to start out lives together.

What is your proposal story?

Our engagement has been the most amazing day of my life so far. I am a nature lover and Niagara Falls is one of the 7 Natural Wonders. Getting proposed to there was amazing! We explored “Behind the Falls” after he proposed and it was the cherry on top to such a memorable day!

Why did you choose your engagement location and what do you love about it?

Rudy chose the engagement location because he wanted the day to be special. It all started when our group of friends decided to make a trip to Canada so we could explore the country. When he heard about the destination he said he immediately thought Niagara Falls would be the place he would propose to me.

What is your most valuable piece of advice you can share with future couples planning their engagement session?

I would recommend they do a lot of research before choosing their engagement theme/location. We decided to do a canoe theme. We noticed it was unique because there weren’t many canoe engagement sessions. Well we came to find out why there are many of those sessions! Controlling a canoe is harder than we thought! We do not regret the experience, if anything we laugh at it now, but I do recommend to be prepared for a challenge.

What is your favorite thing about being engaged?

My favorite thing about being engaged is that we get to actually plan for out future life together as opposed to just talking about it.

Congrats again Daisy and Rudy!! Can’t wait for your wedding day!!

XO,

Vanessa

His attire: Levi’s (pants), Vans (shirt), Parker & Sky (boots), Her attire: Old Navy (dress & belt)

 

Crystal + Kiet | Greystone Mansion Engagement, Beverly Hills, Ca

Greystone Mansion Engagement

The last time I visited Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, Ca was when I was another photographer’s intern… I mostly carried her equipment bags, fluffed the bride’s wedding dress and delivered much needed water to very thirsty hard working people. I remember registering in my mind all the magic that was there… the luscious gardens, the majestic structures, the feeling like we were in another world… I always hoped to go back to photograph someone’s love story there. Needless to say, what I felt after reading Crystal & Kiet’s email naming this spot as their engagement location is – indescribable.

What’s more, is that these two are not only sweet and kind – they are a powerhouse couple. I love their positive and radiant personalities, I am beyond fortunate to have met them!! (Can I reference the Law of Attraction?? …because it feels like positive energy brought these two into my life!) We started at Greystone Mansion and ended at the Beverly Hills City Hall. Check out their love story below!

A few words from the bride…

How did you meet?

We were colleagues!

What is your proposal story?

April 6, 2018
Crystal’s journal entry

On a trip to Tokyo, Japan.

A year ago, there was a hangry man who walked around a park for 3 hours. I didn’t say a word because I’ve never seen anyone this excited about trees or maybe he was just happy to be at a park. Meanwhile, I thought about the fatty toro sushi we’re going to have that noon. Sure enough, we lost track of time.

This man gave a tour of the entire park, pointing out how none of the trees were pretty enough. I rolled my eyes. He took many photos. I have 200 solo photos under what looked like the same cherry blossom tree. No tree was good enough for this man. We continued walking. He started to get frustrated. I suggested we head to the fish market soon because he looked hangry. We walked around some more until I couldn’t hold my small bladder.

When I came out of the restroom, the hangry man was nowhere in sight. I circled around to the other side of the restroom. And then there he was, looking as proud as a lobster. We were both standing on a little hill with a beautiful bridge, I was facing the restroom and he was looking over a gorgeous forest of cherry blossom trees. The silly man turned me around and got down on one knee.

Why did you choose your engagement location and what do you love about it?

It’s a dream to photoshoot at the Greystone Mansion. From humble beginnings, having a photography session at this venue was always a fairytale we thought would only exist on Instagram posts. It was a place we didn’t even thought we could fathom about. Connecting with Vanessa is the reason why we put the Greystone Mansion on our vision board and engagement shoot goals. She shared the venue with us and reminded us what could be possible if the both of us strive toward a common dream. Being able to do our engagement shoot at Greystone Mansion was beyond our imagination, but meeting an incredible photography like Vanessa, the one who made our vision come true was what made our experience all the more memorable. We’re so grateful to have connected with Vanessa because she’s the reason our engagement shoot dream came to life at the Greystone Mansion.

What is your favorite thing about being engaged?

It feels similar to getting promoted to be CEO at a Fortune 500 company. We guess the feeling is fitting since we were once colleagues!

What is your most valuable piece of advice you can share with future couples planning their engagement session?

When in doubt, do the husky kiss.

Husky Kiss

I am incredibly honored to be your photographer Crystal & Kiet!! Thank you for having me!! Can’t wait for your wedding!! 

XO,

V

 

Vendors //

Crystal’s dress: Etsy, Hair & Make up: Priscilla Woo, Flowers: InStyle Blooms

Fang + Daniel | The Fig House, Los Angeles, Ca

The Fig House is one of the most stylish venue’s in Los Angeles; with it’s vine-covered deep blue walls, colorful stained glass windows, and vibrant art deco furniture… it really doesn’t need much more to make it serious wedding eye-candy.

So, needless to say – I was extremely excited to find out Fang and Daniel were getting married there, and having me as their photographer!

We first met during their engagement session in Pasadena, you might remember it?

They are such a sweet couple and I couldn’t feel more grateful to have documented their love story. For a glimpse into their sweet and colorful wedding day at The Fig House, take a look below!

Wedding Colors//

Dusty Rose, Slate Blue, Gold, and Cream

Words from the bride //

Share your inspiration and the atmosphere you created for your wedding. 

We wanted to create an atmosphere where everyone would be comfortable and have fun. 

Share how (or why) you chose The Fig House.

Daniel and I visited many wedding venues before we found “the one.” From the moment we stepped into The Fig House, we knew this is where we wanted to get married. 

What was your favorite part of the planning process? 

Cake tasting!

Looking back at your day, what did you love the most? 

We loved being able to share this special moment with all our friends and family. We had so much fun with each other and everyone.

What is your most valuable piece of advice you can share with future couples? 

Enjoy every moment with each other and don’t sweat the little things.

Congrats Fang + Daniel! Thanks for having us! <3

 

Vendors // Photography: XO and Fetti Photography, Coordinator: Skybox Event Productions, Venue: The Fig House, Video: Firelight Productions, Florist: Petal Floral, Catering: RoomForty, Cake: King’s Hawaiian Bakery, DJ: On The Go DJ Pro, Lighting: Ambiance Lighting, Hair/Makeup: Beauty by Erick, Gown: Maggie Sottero – Amal, Bride’s shoes: Sam Edelman, Men’s attire: The Black Tux, Save the Dates/Invitations: Paper Sandwhich, Favors: Air Plant Supply, Photobooth: Socialite

Krystle + Alex | Sweet Summer Engagement | Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, Ca

Krystle and Alex arrived to the Griffith Observatory a bit nervous; but as we hiked further down the dirt road that lead to a spectacular view of the city, I could almost feel that nervousness drift away. We got to know one another, and as they shared a bit about themselves and their lives, they smiled with gratitude for what they had.

Love is special like that. Love makes it possible for someone to forget everything else and just be in the moment. Nervous feelings and uncertainty turn into excitement, laugher, fun and magic. Suddenly, everything just feels right…

Congrats Krystle and Alex! It was such a pleasure documenting  your engagement session at the Griffith Observatory!!

“If I had a star for every time you brightened up my life, I’d be holding a galaxy.”

Words from the bride…

How did you meet?

Alex and I have a mutual friend who planned and invited us on a two-week, three country, South American vacation. I met Alex and our friend at LAX and on the long flight to Rio de Janeiro, we hit off! We had our first few dates in some of the most incredible places in the world and by the time we got home we were crazy in love.

What is your proposal story?

Alex proposed a year and a half later after a gorgeous  sunset helicopter ride over LA.

Why did you choose your engagement location and what do you love about it?

For our engagement session we chose the Griffith Observatory. We used to hike here often and always loved the amazing views of LA!

What is your most valuable piece of advice you can share with future couples planning their engagement session?

The most valuable piece of advice I would give to other couples planning their engagement session is don’t sweat the small stuff! I spent so much time worrying about having the perfect dress and the perfect hair and make up. But when it was all said and done, the love you have for one and another and the great time you have in each other’s company is what comes through in the photos! Be yourselves and enjoy the moment. That’s what it’s all about!

What is your favorite thing about being engaged?

My favorite thing about being engaged has been planning a celebration for all of our loved ones to share in our special day. And the excitement of spending forever with my favorite person in the world.
Congrats again Krystle & Alex!!
XO,
V

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Julie + Bruno | Woodland Wonderland Inspired Wedding | Calamigos Ranch, Malibu, Ca

Julie and Bruno’s beautiful wedding was at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, Ca. and if you have been following my work, you know I’m a sucker for “fairytale” type weddings… so, needless to say, their Woodland Wonderland Inspired wedding was right up my alley! I didn’t get a chance to meet the duo before their wedding day; and I’ll admit, I was a mix of nerves and excitement that day. Especially because Julie inspires me daily with her fashion posts on Instagram! Her Instagram account is full of great outfit tips, travel stories and the right amount of Disney in between. I also follow her blog which serves as a great guide for every day living.

Upon arriving to Julie’s AIR BNB, we immediately knew that we would have an amazing day. Their family and friends were fully invested in being helpful and being in the moment!

It was an overcast day, but of course, as photographers – we didn’t mind! We drove over to the venue, Calamigos Ranch in Malibu and followed the “Julie & Bruno” signs all the way to the The Birchwood Room. After a bit of exploring, we met and grabbed Bruno for his and Julie’s first look!

I know I have said this a thousand times, but I LOVE MY JOB!! Take a look at Bruno’s excitement below as Julie walks up to greet him. His smile says it all!! He is full of joy and happiness; of course, I’m sure a lot of that smiling had to do with how stunning Julie looked in her Mon Amie Bridal gown. She’s a picture perfect bride!  This was not my first time photographing a wedding at Calamigos, but IT WAS my first time at The Birchwood Room! I had visited this venue before (when I was searching for my own fairytale wedding!) so I was somewhat familiar with the space. Still, having seen it all again, I realized once again why this venue is so magical. This particular spot reminds me of a tree-house in a secluded forrest.

It’s like having your own – you guessed it – woodland wonderland! This venue is full of dreamy magical landscapes; the overgrown greenery, vines, water elements and colorful hydrangeas create an atmosphere that makes you feel like you’ve walked into a fairytale. What I loved about Julie and Bruno’s wedding is that they did not take anything away from the natural beauty. Their tables were decorated with wooden lanterns and a mix of red, rose and white florals. They really did a great job!! The rest of the evening was full of laughter, sweet smiles, and best of all… love!!

Congrats again to you both!!

XO,

V

Vendors // 1st Dress: @monamiebridalsalon | 1st Shoes: @badgleymischka | 2nd Dress: @bhldn | 2nd Shoes: @plv.shoes | Tux: @theblacktux | Hair: @thedrybar | Makeup: @beglammednow | Hair Piece: @pinkpewter | Veil: @morileeofficial | Cake: @pieceofcakela | DJ: @good_times_entertainment | Photo: @xoandfetti | Video: @milestonesoflove | Robes: @branchebeauty | Venue: @calamigos

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Linette + Viet | Adventurous Engagement | Yosemite, Ca

Tell me we are traveling for your engagement session, and I’m all in! I’m so excited to share this Yosemite engagement session with you all!! Linette and Viet are an amazing adventurous couple – their travel stories are serious #goals!

We really lucked out – a rainbow at the bottom of the first waterfall, blooming dogwood trees and a spectacular pink cloud sunset. Mind you – we thought it was going to rain!

** Thank you Linette and Viet for this opportunity, it was not only wonderful hanging out with you both (and having my husband carry my gear, lol!) but also a ton of fun. **

Congrats on your engagement Linette and Viet! Can’t wait for your wedding day!!

Warmly,

V

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Cece + Dylan | Magical Romantic Wedding | The Houdini Estate, Los Angeles, Ca

There are a million reasons why I’ll never forget Cece and Dylan’s wedding day and why I will always cherish being their wedding photographer. Cece and Dylan are two of the kindest people I have met, but what’s more is that they are also funny, easy-going, sweet and oh-so-loving not just to each other but to every single friend and family member. They chose the jaw-dropping Houdini Estate venue located in Los Angeles, California to celebrate their wedding. Whimsical sculptures and wild foliage decorate almost every inch of this place, which makes it not only interesting but also quite MAGICAL…. it is pretty much perfect for anyone who is a fan of Houdini, magic, old-Hollywood or mysterious gardens.

Cece and Dylan did not want anything to compete with the beautiful landscape, instead, they opted to compliment the space with a minimalistic approach. A family member provided the florals, including the bouquets and table decor. The bridesmaids wore beautiful blush gowns from BHLDN and the groomsmen matched in navy blue suits. Cece wore a BHLDN dress and I’m sure you will agree – she looked STUNNING! Hair and Make up was done by the talented Amber Rose.

Every detail of this day was beautifully executed, BIG THANKS to Christine Garrison from CMG Events for her help and organization. I, and the entire XO and Fetti team LOVED working with her and her team!

Words from the bride…

Wedding Colors | Green, Blue and Blush

Theme or three words to best describe your day | Romantic, loving, whimsical and classic

Share your inspiration and the atmosphere you’re creating for your wedding.

The estate is so beautiful so we want to make that the highlight. We’re keeping the tables simple with ivory linens and green vines going down them with bits of candlelight. We want it to be a fun, romantic, classy night.

Share how (or why) you chose your wedding venue(s).

The history, the lush plant life, the romantic atmosphere.

What was your favorite part of the planning process?

Seeing our families surround us with love and support.

Are there any special songs to be played for the processional, recessional, or first dances that have special meaning?

Our first dance is going to be We Go A Long Way Back by Bloodstone. We heard it a long time ago and it made us laugh and we knew we wanted to dance to it one day.

What is your most valuable piece of advice you can share with future couples?

Communication is key – not only sharing your feelings but truly listening to what your partner is telling you.

Congrats Cece and Dylan!!

xo,

V

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Shirley + Kaya | Romantic Garden Wedding | The Gardens at Los Robles, Thousand Oaks, Ca

This will forever be my favorite St. Patty’s celebration!! I’m so so happy my dear Shirley connected with me for her wedding day. I cannot be more thankful for her and Kaya’s kindness, and trust in us as their photographers.

Their wedding day was full of amazing details – from Kaya’s heirloom cufflinks – to Shirley’s stunning dress – to the amazing ceremony floral work, beautiful gold detailed cake, donuts, lit up “LOVE” sign… GREEN BEER!! I mean the list goes on and on! & What better way to end such a fabulous celebration than with a sparkler exit!! 🙂

Take a look at their day below!

Wedding Colors// White, Green & Gold

Inspiration // Romantic, outdoor garden

 

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Share how (or why) you chose your wedding venue(s).

I love the outdoor greenery and gardens.
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What was your favorite part of the planning process?

Food tasting!

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Wedding day hashtag: #toinfinityandboysan
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What is your most valuable piece of advice you can share with future couples?

Never take each other for granted. Try to find ways to make every day life a little bit special.

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Congrats Mr. & Mrs. Boysan!!

xo,

V

Vendors // Photo – XO and Fetti Photography, Florist – Dia Collins, Cake and other desserts – Sweet Art Bake Shop, DJ – Bouquet Sound, Hair & Make up – Blushing Beauty, Catering – Los Robles Gardens, Gown – Garnet & Grace, Bridesmaids – Lulu’s, Shoes – Badgley Mischka, Jewelery/Rings – Tiffany & Co, Groom’s attire – Friar Tux, Paper good – Save the Dates: Shutterfly Invitations: Zazzle, Video – Ernie Melendrez, Planner – Velvet Alley Events, Officiant – Bilingual Ceremonies

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Jennifer + Andrew | Sunflower Wedding | Camarillo Ranch House, Camarillo, Ca

This Camarillo Ranch House wedding was our first wedding of the year!! I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect day for these two. When we first met, Andrew and Jennifer told me their proposal story, and I could not stop giggling! Let’s just say – she said something that out of context would be scary for any guy to hear… but Andrew knows his Jennifer and they just laughed at the silliness of it all. His joy, her big heart and their adorableness together are some of the reasons I looked forward to their big day since the day we met.   I imagined their wedding day to be as easy going, fun and energetic as they were during their engagement session and it was that and more!

Jennifer loves sunflowers and incorporated them throughout their wedding; from the stationary to the decor. Her bouquet included sunflowers and purple roses; the purple touch is from the roses that Andrew’s mom and family used for their bridal bouquets. (How sweet is that?!) Disney was also a reoccurring theme throughout the day – in fact, Andrew made most of the Disney inspired pieces. Their reception was filled his creations!

Andrew also set up a surprise for Jennifer – he rented a DeLorean (yes – a DeLorean!!) since Jennifers favorite movie is Back to the Future. 🙂 It was the perfect ride into their grand entrance!!

Take a look at their day below!

Venue: Camarillo Ranch House in Camarillo, CA

Wedding Colors: Dusty rose, Sunflower, Gray

Theme or three words to best describe your day: Disney, Rustic, Family

 

Share how (or why) you chose your wedding venue(s).

We couldn’t find a venue in the Los Angeles area that was within our budget and would also fit all of our guests, so Andrew and I were already so overwhelmed with looking at different venues when we stumbled across Camarillo Ranch! It was perfect timing because we were about ready to give up. But this place had everything we were looking for: Size, it’s proximity to LA, and the fact that it was practical (the barn serves as a backup option for if it rains).

Are there any special songs to be played for the processional, recessional, or first dances that have special meaning?

Yes, quite a few actually! Andrew’s processional was chosen by Jennifer because her uncle, who passed away a few years back, would always sing Elvis Presley songs during family gatherings. We have some other Disney songs in the ceremony and processional that will also be playing. Our first dance  is special for the both of us because we love going to music festivals, and this particular song was just perfect.

Share your inspiration and the atmosphere you’re creating for your wedding.

We really want our personalities to show at our wedding, and so two of our main themes are Disney and family.

Family is really important for the both of us. We both have lost family at some point in our lives, whether it was a relative that has passed on or a relative that has parted ways from the family, but each instance has left us feeling very emotional. There are relatives now that do not get a long, and as much as we want for them to get along, we know that they’ll never make amends. With that being said, we really wanted a lot of ‘family style’ elements all around our wedding: from the lawn games to the farm table seating, and from the buffet food to the remembrance table, we want everyone to feel like this wedding is just one big family gathering! We want people to feel right at home, and also enjoy some of what’s most important in both of our lives.

As for Disney, we want our guests to have fun with the different elements of Disney that they find at our wedding, and to just really enjoy themselves and have fun!

What was your favorite part of the planning process?

Our favorite part was creating some of our DIY projects! The bar sign, the seating map, the Disney mailbox… it was all just so much fun.

What is your most valuable piece of advice you can share with future couples?

Planning this wedding felt like a trial run for our marriage. We encountered a lot of different obstacles and problems while we were planning, and so we figured that if we were able to overcome these, we’re able to better tackle problems that would come up in our marriage later on. Keep listening to each other, always keep an open line of communication, and always give support to one another. There were times that we felt so overwhelmed with the planning, that just being there for each other was so comforting.

Congrats Jennifer and Andrew!! Thank you for having us!!

 

XO,

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Vendors // Florist:  Amanda B. Weddings & Events (ajbevents@gmail.com) | Cake and other Desserts: Sugar Lab Bake Shop (http://www.sugarlabbakeshop.com) | DJ/Band: Brian: DJ: DJ Carcano (www.carcanodj.com); Live Band: 23rd Hour (www.23rdhr.com) | Hair/Makeup: Makeup by Naz (www.makeupbynaz.net)| Catering: DJ’s Catering (www.djscatering.com/)| Gown: Fashion Eureka | Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal | Shoes: Bride: Toms; Groom: Friar Tux |Jewelry/Rings: Engagement ring: Robbins Bros.; Wedding rings: Efraim Jewelry Inc. | Men’s Attire: Friar Tux | Transportation: Uber | Save the Dates, Invitations, and/or Programs: Save the Dates: Vista Print; Invitations: Cards & Pockets (http://www.cardsandpockets.com); Envelopes: Minted(www.minted.com) | Videography: Etcetera Productions (https://www.etcprod.com) | Planner: Amanda B. Weddings & Events (ajbevents@gmail.com) | Officiant: Reverend Joe Sloan | Favors and Gifts: Wedding favors: sunflower seeds | Wedding Venue: Camarillo Ranch House | Rentals: DJs Catering, Amanda B. Weddings & Events | Lighting & Drapery: Wendee’s Occasions (www.wendees.net) | Bridal Shop: L.A. Bride Collection in Santee, Downtown LA

 

 

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