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A new Insta-ppropriate addition to your big day
Three tips for nabbing the dream dress
Mugs and kisses A mobile coffee bar keeps the perks coming
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On their favorite day, four couples lead with romance
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In this issue...
Month by month, we help you plan your special day.
86 Making Marry A picture perfect start.
19 All shook up: A new big-day Insta opportunity 21 Donâ€™t forget! Rentals you might overlook 23 Coffee break: A java bar for hire 24 Local love: Why you should buy rings locally 28 On a mission: Making your marriage a partnership 29 Made in-house: When a pastry chef bakes her own cake 30 Great gown hunt: The One salon owner gives tips 33 Boom! A colorful idea for your wedding pictures 35 Pretty petals: A new way to use flowers (post-wedding) 37 Practice, practice: Making the most of a hair trial 39 To do: Your planning checklist
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If you’ve just started planning your wedding, you’ve likely noticed one thing: There’s a lot to think about (the venue, the photographer, the food, the place settings...) and maybe you’re wondering if you can do it alone. We’ll fill you in on a little secret: You can’t, which is why we’re providing you with a month-by-month checklist of tasks to help you stay organized, plus lots of tips and ideas from real couples who’ve already said, “I do.” Happy planning! MICHAEL & CARINA
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By Caite Hamilton
fter 15 years in the business and more than 1,000 weddings under their belts, Charlottesville makeup artist Anne Kibler and her husband, Nate, who owns Photo Booth of Charlottesville, were looking to add even more to the local wedding scene. “We wanted something that utilized our artistic and photographic experience,” Anne says. “Something unique.” What they came up with was an idea that they’d never seen before—luxury bounce houses—and soon White Wedding Bounce House was born. Don’t be mistaken: These
bounce houses aren’t the brightly colored kind you find at kids’ birthday parties. The Kiblers’ versions are classy, magical structures, with drapery, lighting, and even the ability to hang florals. In other words, “An Instagrammer’s dream,” Anne says. With a specific vision in mind, they tried sourcing the houses in the United States, but eventually had to make a connection with a manufacturer overseas to execute their idea. They currently have three units, which allows them to do up to three weddings in a day, and Anne says that eventually they’d like to license the houses to other entrepreneurs wanting to emulate their success.
The cost of the bounce house rental is customized per couple, depending on insurance rates, location, setup time, and date, and availability of attendants. But the house might save some costs in the long run, she notes. “It’ll be a built-in nanny service for children of all ages invited to weddings,” she says. “The kids will stay in the bounce for hours.” (Each setup includes ground anchors for safety and an attendant on site.) “We are so excited to roll out something that has never been done in Virginia before, let alone Charlottesville,” Anne says. “This will add even more unique memories, and something fun for a couple’s special day.”
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Off the radar Don’t forget these five wedding rentals
By Erika Howsare
enting items for your wedding? You’ve probably already researched and budgeted for the obvious things—chairs, glassware—but there are other items that a lot of couples tend to forget. Meredith Jackson, from Charlottesville’s rental company Festive Fare, clued us in about some of those lesser-known rental needs. You know about the linens, but don’t forget the table pads. “Rental tables or venue tables may have warped over time,” Jackson says. “Putting a pad over it makes the edges of your linens fall nicely to the floor and gives you a nice flat surface for the table.” Certain kinds of chairs—Chiavari or crossback chairs—should be finished off with a chair cushion. At Festive Fare, cushions are included with chair rental, but you’ll need to think ahead about the style of the cushion (tie-on, or not?) and its color. Especially for outdoor weddings in barns or tents, check in with your caterer to find out what equipment they provide. A four- or six-burner stove may be necessary for last-minute cooking on site. Transit cabinets are those metal racks on wheels that keep food hot, cold or just safe; smaller catering companies may not own these, meaning you may have to rent them. Of course you need glassware, but did you realize you’ll need more than one glass per
As far as rentals go, there's a lot more to think about when it comes to your table settings than just plates and napkins.
guest? Extra glasses are a must since folks tend to sample different types of drinks and also to set down a glass and forget about it. “You need about one and a half glasses per person, depending on the duration of the event,” says Jackson.
Whatever you’re serving your guests for dinner, you’re also expected to serve to your vendors, so you should figure on extra china as well. Jackson’s rule of thumb: “If you have 100 people, you need 125 plates.”
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Not your average joe
Mobile cart raises the bar for wedding coffee By Erika Howsare
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ne of Ashley Dodson’s first paying jobs was in a coffeeshop in Culpeper, where she learned two big lessons. Number one, “The process of producing coffee is amazing. We did a lot of courses on how to make good coffee and where coffee comes from.” Number two, “I love serving people and bringing them fun experiences.” Years later, when Dodson started pondering a food truck, her coffee experience came back to her. As it happened, a friend who was planning a wedding in 2018 asked her to serve up quality coffee drinks, and Brick Wall Coffee Bar was born. “Weddings are our passion,” says Dodson, who noticed that the coffee at many weddings isn’t quite on par with the cuisine. “We wanted to do more than just a percolator in the corner.” From behind a diminutive cart faced in white brick (a nod to the exposed-brick look of many independent coffeeshops), Dodson serves up coffee made to order: espressobased drinks, mostly, but also teas, Italian sodas, pourover coffee, and cold brew. “We try to do a tasting with all our couples so we can get a feel for their perfect cup,” she says. “A lot of people choose to make different flavors to fit their theme.” For one breakfastthemed wedding, she served up sprinkleddonut cappuccinos, blueberry muffin Italian sodas, and cinnamon roll lattes. Based in Culpeper, Dodson—who’s also a homeschooling mom—uses organic fairtrade coffee beans roasted at Red Rooster Coffee Company in Floyd, as well as recycled and plant-based products. Wedding packages are priced starting at $500 for two hours of coffee service, and vary based on guest count, travel time, and service time. “Coffee is part of so many people’s daily life and even love story, so we wanted to continue that good coffee into the next part of your life,” Dodson says.
Brick Wall, a mobile coffee bar, serves up a customizable made-to-order coffee experience for your big day.
Better bling Local jewelers craft meaningful rings By Erika Howsare
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edding rings might not be the first thing your guests will notice, but they’re still important—after all, they’re going to ride around on your hand for a long time. Lots of couples head to a big chain jeweler to pick out rings, but is there a better route? Locally owned jewelry stores and artisan jewelers can offer a level of personal service more apt for such a significant purchase. Andy Minton, owner of longtime Charlottesville store Andrew Minton Jewelers, says that his business model allows for a custom approach to designing bands. “We have much greater flexibility because we sell all our diamonds loose,” he says. “I can get something in any price range a customer likes. We’ll educate them and get the stones they’re most interested in.” Tavia Brown, whose artisan jewelry business is taviametal, leads couples through a collaborative design process. “We talk about their lifestyle, materials, and textures they like, and personal nuances,” she says. “You want the rings to be as comfortable and fluid in their lives as possible.” Connecting with a local entrepreneur, rather than a big chain, is like going straight to the source. At a bigger company, Minton says, “You’re dealing with someone with no autonomy; they’re a store manager. Here, I make the decisions.” He adds, “We’re very competitive. We’re operating closer to the margins, and we’re trying to develop a customer for the long haul.” Indeed, both Minton and Brown say that happy wedding ring customers frequently return for other occasions throughout their lives. Brown—whose wedding bands range in price from $300 to $2,500 depending on materials— has remade wedding rings for anniversaries, or crafted additional pieces that complement the originals. “It’s pretty gratifying when you start having children and children’s children come in,” says Minton. “It’s what makes it fun.”
Buying your wedding rings from a local store, like Andrew Minton Jewelers, means establishing a relationship for life (read: more bling!).
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This year, wedding band trends have it both ways. Some couples are opting for narrow, minimalist bands, while others say, “Bring on the big diamonds!” Rose gold continues to be popular, but yellow gold may be making a comeback. Consider bands that incorporate colored gemstones. Another innovation: double wedding bands that can flank your engagement ring for a symmetrical suite. Tavia Brown notices couples opting for mixed metals and eco-consciousness in the form of recycled family diamonds and gems. One final idea: Stackable wedding bands make room for future additions when anniversaries or other milestones arrive.—EH
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On a mission Planning a wedding is only the first step to your future together
By Caite Hamilton
ith so many decisions to make before your wedding comes together, where do you begin? For Hope and Mark McCutcheon, it was simple: They started with their vision.
“Our wedding was our biggest opportunity to let the people closest to us know that our marriage is more than a romantic relationship,” Hope says. “It’s more like a partnership to take on the world.” As a starting exercise, they wrote down two things they hoped their October 13 wedding would accomplish: First, it would demonstrate that patience in waiting for the right person will result in a stronger marriage. In turn, they hoped this would inspire their guests “by modeling a healthy, communication-based, no back door, faith-centered relationship,” Hope says. And second, they wanted it to be the most fun wedding their guests had ever attended.
“The nice thing about having a vision/mission is that every decision could be run through that mission when we were thinking of little personal touches (or even big ones!),” Hope says. To the McCutcheons, that meant writing their own vows to communicate to each other and their guests how they met, fell in love, and what they were committing to each other as well as their larger community. At their reception, they had a kind of “open mic” policy, allowing anyone who felt moved to speak to do so. This resulted in a few poetry and rap performances, including from the couple themselves. “We wanted this element because these are art forms that are a part of both
Cake imitating art
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A Chagall-inspired dessert shows off the bride’s pastry chops
Jenny Peterson married Rob Baker (“Baker, LOL,” she says. “Go ahead and laugh!”) on June 15, 2019.
By Caite Hamilton
hat would a pastry chef create if there were no rules or boundaries? That was the question facing Paradox Pastry owner Jenny Peterson ahead of her wedding to Rob Baker last spring. “I had the basic theme in my head and then pretty much just made it up as I went,” she says. She took inspiration from a few of her favorite things—the backyard in the home the couple had built together, where the wedding would be held, and two artists she loved, Gustav Klimt and Marc Chagall. The Paradox “sugaristas” baked the three-layer cake, then Peterson went to town. “I painted the base of the cake in that ethereal Chagall way—dreamy and whimsical— to reflect the tree branches and sky,” she says. “Then I made ‘tiles’ out of gum paste and painted them in bright colors to represent the leaves and the flowers of the yard (à la Klimt’s ‘The Kiss’).” The final touch was flowers from the couple’s garden. “The theme really was the backyard,” she says. “I love looking at the sky through the trees’ branches and being surrounded by all of the flowers, bushes, and trees we’ve planted since moving in.” The resulting dessert was a beautiful departure from Charlottesville’s all-white cake trend—and that was part of the point. “We wanted a cake that was truly original and pushed the boundaries of wedding cake design,” Peterson says. Job well done.
of our pasts. Through our art, people saw our hearts for God and for each other.” Planning a wedding is truly an exciting time, but as Hope and Mark were aware, after the wedding comes the harder part—building a life together. They committed to a romantic relationship, but also to a partnership. “With a partnership, you are in pursuit of a mission bigger than yourselves, bigger than your relationship,” Hope says. “The best part is that, while that was the best day to date, we know how many more days in the future will top it because of the life and lifestyle that we’re building as a team.”
Hope and Mark McCutcheon were married October 13, 2019, at The Haven.
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Don’t bring your whole entourage. Donowitz recommends including two or three key friends or family members in your shopping session—people whose opinion you trust, but who you feel comfortable contradicting (if need be). “Some brides are better at listening to the opinions of others but knowing their own mind while others are more easily swayed by the opinions of the crowd,” Donowitz says. For her part, the salon owner always confirms, once she’s alone with the bride in the dressing room, what she really thinks of the dress. Just remember: Communicate, communicate, communicate. Says Donowitz, “Consultants really want to help a bride find their dream dress, but we can’t read minds.”
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here’s no end to the ways you can distinguish your wedding from your cousin’s or your neighbor’s or your best friend from the office who, at her big day last year, hired a live petting zoo for the reception. For Matt Jernigan and Ben Hoelscher, the answer was simple: They’d release a color explosion just as they had their first kiss. “We saw the colored smoke used for weddings, engagements, and several gender reveals while surfing Pinterest,” Jernigan says. “We ordered a total of 14 cans: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and two pink.” The pink
ones were used in a practice round at their wedding rehearsal, to ensure the surprise went off without a hitch on the big day. And it did. Says Jernigan, “Our officiant hid the smoke cans behind the arbor and distributed them to the wedding party just before the final vows,” and a beautiful cloud of smoke billowed behind them as they walked back up the aisle as husbands. They produced the same effect with the other round of cans during afternoon pics with their wedding party. “We loved the smoke,” Jernigan says. “It was a relatively low-cost option with a high impact. I imagine it’s one of the many reasons our guests will remember the wedding.”
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t’s the day after the wedding. You wake up next to your betrothed and your eyes wander over to your bouquet, a mess of beautiful petals you painstakingly chose with your florist only months earlier. What a shame to throw it in the trash, you think. Enter Sera Petras. About four years ago, the Charlottesville photographer was shooting a wedding in
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“They become fine art pieces that you can have printed and framed.” She takes the time to arrange multiple versions and sometimes even photographs just a single bloom or a grouping of the same type of flower. Couples then order prints to hang in their first home. Says Petras, “It’s a creative way to have more wedding photos hung in your home that don’t scream wedding.”
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hair trial appointment in advance of your wedding day can ease your mind and assure that your look will be lovely and cohesive. You don’t have to know a bun from a chignon or a weave from a braid to make your trial a success—just follow these tips from the pros. Choose a stylist who has experience. Inquire about specialists at salons and look at stylists’ websites to assess their technique. “Not every stylist can do wedding hair,” says Nicky Stewart, former stylist at Innovations for Hair on the Corner and a 25-year veteran of preparing brides to look their best. “It takes a lot of patience and creativity. It’s not just a matter of skills but also
personality—you have to be able to handle the extra stress that comes with doing a wedding.” Ask if the stylist offers a free consultation to see how you mesh and to discuss pricing before the trial. On the trial day, allow a couple of hours for the appointment and arrive with natural, un-styled hair.
art. Bring any flower, barrette, clip, or veil you wish to use to help the stylist work those accessories into the design, as well as your bridal gown—or a photo of it—to complete the picture. “Oftentimes the trial will run on the day you’re getting your dress fitted, so you can come to me first to do hair then go to your fitting.”
Bring photos and accessories. Photos from Pinterest, Instagram, and bridal magazines will illustrate your hair vision for your stylist. “With photos, we can get an idea of who you are, your vibe, and what you’re looking for,” says Erica Haskins of Top Knot Studio. “A particular style usually will work but not always the way it looks in the picture, so I try to be really honest.” “If a bride is undecided, we can start with a down style first and then pull it up,” says Stew-
Know what you need. Decide in advance if the bridal party and mothers will be having their hair done as well, and whether you want your stylist on hand for hair and makeup touch-ups during the big day, both of which will increase the cost. Be flexible during the trial, but don’t hesitate to redirect if you’re not comfortable with a particular style. Once you’re satisfied, relax. “On the wedding day, my brides are calm and happy,” says Haskins. “They know they’ll look great.”
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before considering much else. Set a tentative date for your wedding. Decide on your wedding style and formality. This may be determined, in part, by how many guests you want to invite, so think about the guest list now, too. Settle on a ceremony location. Put down a deposit for the reception location. Begin the search for other wedding vendors (transportation, flowers, invitations, music, makeup artist), starting with photographers and videographers. Once you’ve chosen your wedding photographer, schedule an engagement photo session. Start shopping for wedding rings. Reserve your officiant. If your reception venue doesn’t have a caterer, decide who’ll provide the food and book a tasting. Choose a rehearsal dinner location. Shop for a dress. It may seem too soon, but it can take several months for your dress to arrive, and it may require alterations. After you’ve found the perfect gown, schedule fittings and a delivery date. Choose your bridal party and invite them to be part of your special day.
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Start finalizing the guest list and gathering addresses. Register for gifts. If there is a groom, decide to rent or purchase attire for him and the groomsmen. Once that’s decided, place your order. Finalize all the vendors and secure your wedding date by putting down deposits. Select the bridesmaids’ gowns. These’ll take a few months to come in, too. Send out save the dates.
ceremony and reception. Meet with your florist and choose arrangements for the ceremony and reception, as well as bouquets. If your caterer doesn’t provide one, order your wedding cake. Begin doing research for your marriage license. Meet with both sets of parents to coordinate their day-of attire. Reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests. (Consider doing this even earlier if you’re planning a wedding on busy in-town weekends like homecoming or during other local events that draw a crowd.) Order invitations. Start thinking about honeymoon destinations.
Three weeks before Pick up wedding rings.
Confirm all arrival times with vendors. Confirm hotel arrangements for out-oftown guests. Have your final dress fitting. Finalize the seating arrangement for the reception. Attend your bachelor/bachelorette party.
One week before
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Four months before
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announcements. Include information regarding the accommodations. (Also consider creating a website with all of the accommodation information. Guests might like to get a head start on making those arrangements and most hotels close your block four weeks out.) Arrange for final dress fittings. Purchase wedding guest book. Order your wedding favors, bridal party gifts and other wedding accessories (Champagne glasses, ring bearer pillow, cake knife, etc.).
Two days before Get a mani/pedi.
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One month before
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PRECIOUS MOMENT “Growing up, my mom always had a fire going in the backyard and my family spent a lot of time sitting around it together. Having the fire pit at the wedding meant bringing a bit of home with me on that day,” Mechelle says.
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ur first priority was to throw a party,” says Mechelle. “Our second priority was to plan a wedding.” Mechelle and her fiancé, Julia, knew they’d have guests flying in from all over the United States, plus the U.K., Switzerland, and Kenya.
They wanted the wedding to serve as a thank you to their friends and family for traveling and supporting them. “It was so important to us that our guests enjoy themselves and have time to catch up with each other throughout the weekend,” Mechelle says. And speaking of time, the brides were able to catch a few minutes to themselves post-nuptials, as well. One of their favorite moments from the day came after they cut the cake and before the dance party began inside. “Somehow we were able to slip back inside the empty Granary unnoticed and found the DJ had started up the music,” says Mechelle. “We got to dance by ourselves in the middle of the dance floor and really take in the beauty of the room that we’d helped to create.”
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SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY The artwork on the couple’s invitation suite incorporated landmarks from their journey as a couple—meeting in Austin, Texas, spending a year in Oslo, Norway, and getting married at Pippin Hill. The custom design from Rock Paper Scissors even made its way onto coffee mug favors at the wedding.
SCHOOL DAZE The couple met while in graduate school in Austin, Texas, and dated four years before getting married.
SWEET DETAIL Mechelle’s grandmother passed away five months before the wedding. To honor her, Mechelle made her grandmother’s fudge to give as favors. “Our guests couldn’t get enough of the fudge,” Mechelle says. “There wasn’t even any left over for us!”
IN BLOOM The soft palette of blush, ivory, peach, coral, and cream played up the romance in everything from the altar to the table arrangements.
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here are so many wedding-day moments to anticipate before the big day approaches: saying “I do,” the first kiss, feeding each other a slice of cake. For Jamie, that moment was the first look. “That morning I was feeling so anxious and just wanted to be with Charles and have everything get started,” she says. “When the time came, Charles turned around and looked at me, with the happiest expression, and shouted, ‘We’re getting married today!’ After that, all my anxiety was replaced with excitement.” And the excitement continued throughout the evening, from the vows to Charles’ mostanticipated moment, dancing the Hora. “Being surrounded by so many of our friends and family joining hands and dancing around us was an incredible experience and moment I’ll always remember fondly,” he says. He adds, “While Jamie won’t admit it, I know that secretly her favorite moment was at the end of the dance party when I did the worm down the Soul Train line.”
LOVE STORIES SET THE SCENE Jamie says the venue helped guide their vision for the wedding. Since Farmington makes such a statement on its own, they felt more compelled to play up their wedding season, rather than location. Navy blue accents complemented the country club’s timelessness—and the bride’s dress, which had gold accents. “I didn’t want to do anything else too bold that could clash with it,” Jamie says.
YOU’RE INVITED The invitations ended up being a special element for Jamie. Simple and classic, with navy blue letterpress and reflective of Farmington’s traditional vibes, “They were the first tangible piece of the wedding,” she says. “In the weeks leading up to the wedding, I left an invitation out so I could see it and smile.”
PETAL CONTROL The couple left a lot of the decisions about flowers up to their florist, with one exception: the boutonnières. “I asked for the florist to incorporate greenery and seasonal flowers to give it more of a fall twist,” Jamie says.
MEET CUTE Jamie and Charles met at a bar in Washington, D.C. Jamie was celebrating her best friend’s birthday and Charles had come out to cheer up a friend going through a break-up. After seeing his friend start talking to “the only cute girl in the bar” (who happened to be Jamie), he decided to leave. “Wait!” Jamie said to him. “You can’t leave; you haven’t even told me your name yet.” Suffice it to say, Charles ended up staying out a bit longer than intended.
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multicultural wedding presents its own set of challenges—incorporating all the customs into one day means both parties end up making a few compromises. But for AJ, who is from Ethiopia, and Shante, representing both cultures made their special day even more special. Table numbers were written in English and Amharic, a chair was draped with a traditional Ethiopian scarf to represent AJ’s mother and sister, who were unable to attend the wedding, and they served Ethiopian coffee—a staple at traditional Ethiopian weddings—to their guests. Plus, the couple donned Kabas, Ethiopian robes worn at weddings, to their reception. “Our guests loved that we honored Ethiopia in such a way,” Shante says. The couple went minimalist on the rest of the décor, with muted tones of plum, blush, and burgundy, simple floral arrangements, and fabric draped at the altar.
ON THE VINEYARD With just 85 people on their guest list, Shante and AJ were looking for a venue that would be beautiful, but intimate. Early Mountain fit the bill.
NATURAL ACCENTS Urban Flora helped achieve the whimsical, romantic arrangements Shante was hoping for. “Each bouquet was uniquely arranged and no two were the same but still had continuity.”
IN THE FAMILY Shante’s grandmother was the couple’s officiant and her cousin, a professional singer, performed a solo during the ceremony.
PHOTO FINISH The couple met after Shante posted a photo on Facebook and AJ, a photographer, commented and got her attention. After AJ moved to Virginia from New Jersey, the pair started dating and were married five years later.
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