http://vesic.com Vesic Photography Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:57:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Vivek & Vasu: Engagement Photography in Raleigh, NC http://vesic.com/2014/07/vivek-vasu-engagement-photography-raleigh-nc/ http://vesic.com/2014/07/vivek-vasu-engagement-photography-raleigh-nc/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:15:25 +0000 http://vesic.com/?p=14251 It was great hooking back up with Vasu & Vivek on a recent Sunday morning to get some photos of just the two of them. Plus even better to see immediate family again for a family shoot the second half. This is at JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, NC. Their…

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It was great hooking back up with Vasu & Vivek on a recent Sunday morning to get some photos of just the two of them. Plus even better to see immediate family again for a family shoot the second half. This is at JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, NC. Their wedding was earlier this year in Cary, NC and you can see it by clicking here.

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John & Audrey: North Carolina Beach Wedding Photography at Emerald Isle and Newport, NC http://vesic.com/2014/07/john-audrey-north-carolina-beach-wedding-photography-emerald-isle-newport-nc/ http://vesic.com/2014/07/john-audrey-north-carolina-beach-wedding-photography-emerald-isle-newport-nc/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:28:16 +0000 http://vesic.com/?p=13885 Last week I was on the Pacific Ocean, and this week I’m on the Atlantic Ocean with John & Audrey for an awesome coastal wedding. And you know, it’s not just that Audrey and John are just laid back California cool (since, well, they live in California), but can I…

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Last week I was on the Pacific Ocean, and this week I’m on the Atlantic Ocean with John & Audrey for an awesome coastal wedding. And you know, it’s not just that Audrey and John are just laid back California cool (since, well, they live in California), but can I say, Audrey gave me a Google shirt! I mean, come on, seriously. When was the last time I went to a wedding and the bride gave me a gift?! And a cool tech-based gift at that! Maybe she’s trying to convert me from iOS to Android? No…..no…. haha! :) Really though, she’s just thinking about everyone else, even on her wedding day. So let’s talk about John and Audrey – as I wear my “straight from Palo Alto” Google shirt :)

The first half of the day was spent at the beach house with the bridal party getting ready. Perfect day – low 80s, partly cloudy, light breeze. Everyone had been here for about a week, so things were laid back, and all set, as almost all of this wedding was a DIY from Audrey, John and their friends. They even made their bouquets about an hour before heading to the beach for the first look and photos with the bridal party. What I liked was that we had such a cool mix. Audrey’s twin brother Josh was the man of honor, her other brother Tommy was a bridesman and Tina was a bridesmaid, while John had his brother Teddy as a best man, and his sister Lissy as a groomswoman.

It really was a destination wedding, like last weekend. About 50 people, at John’s parent’s home, overlooking the inner coastal waterway of North Carolina. Past the water which overlooked the ceremony and reception site was a nature preserve. No condos, no buildings – just the perfect North Carolina coast, thanks to President Roosevelt, who used to own it and ensured it would remain a nature preserve.

The ceremony had some really cool long benches and for the reception, we had a small tent, decorated with lanterns while the tables had handmade napkins with anchors and lights that Audrey and friends had put together that week. It set the scene for a great local dinner and some dancing well into the night.

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Fred & Liz: Engagement Photography in Wilmington, NC http://vesic.com/2014/07/fred-liz-engagement-photograph-wilmington-nc/ http://vesic.com/2014/07/fred-liz-engagement-photograph-wilmington-nc/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:45:36 +0000 http://vesic.com/?p=14169 Late afternoon engagement shoot with Liz & Fred in Wilmington, NC. We got lucky, the gators were lurking.   Engagement Photography in Wilmington, NC

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Late afternoon engagement shoot with Liz & Fred in Wilmington, NC. We got lucky, the gators were lurking.

 

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Josh & Amelia: Destination Wedding at San Juan Island Washington State http://vesic.com/2014/07/josh-amelia-destination-wedding-san-juan-island-washington-state/ http://vesic.com/2014/07/josh-amelia-destination-wedding-san-juan-island-washington-state/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:47:47 +0000 http://vesic.com/?p=13876 It’s the hour long ferry ride which starts about 2 hours north of Seattle that really makes the impact on where you’re going. After you navigate the amazing islands in the Puget Sound bordering the Pacific Ocean, a clearing gives way to Friday Harbor. It’s the actual name of the…

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It’s the hour long ferry ride which starts about 2 hours north of Seattle that really makes the impact on where you’re going. After you navigate the amazing islands in the Puget Sound bordering the Pacific Ocean, a clearing gives way to Friday Harbor. It’s the actual name of the main town on San Juan Island, with a population of around 2,200 and a harbor dotted with fishing boats, small sailboats, and sea planes docked from time to time.

It’s also where I spent the next 3 days with Josh, Amelia, her daughter Azalynn, and 14 of their very close friends and family. About the only definitive plan was that at some point there would be a ceremony conducted by Amelia’s cousin Sarah. The rest, as Josh put it, would be an adventure.

And the adventure couldn’t have been better. From a late night closing down of Coho, to spending all day touring the island on Susie’s mopeds, the pre-wedding was just as impressive as the wedding day itself. We stopped by San Juan Vineyards where the ceremony would take place. Verified it was there, confirmed we had the little church for a couple of hours, and took off to the sculpture garden. After a lunch at the 2nd harbor on the island, we learned Azalynn has a way with Alpacas. We rode our way to the small lighthouse and did a little whale watching. While we didn’t see any whales, I couldn’t help but wonder if the USS Enterprise was cloaked and floating around off the shore looking to save the future planet.

The wedding day started with a trip into the local farmers market. Amelia picked out her bouquet from a local vendor under the tent and we explored the boutiques in town. Somewhere along the way someone figured around 3pm would be a good time to get married so we headed back to the room to get ready and then drove up to the chapel. Earlier when we were in town Josh had spotted Guthrie,  a young local bagpiper player who was playing for donations by the harbor. As a surprise, he hired him to play for Amelia for both the precessional and the recessional. Such a cool move.

After the ceremony we did a few photos back at the lighthouse and followed up with a waterfront dinner overlooking Roche Harbor. After dinner, a special private tour of the gin and cider distillery closed out the night and most of the weekend.

When you spend 3 days so close to such an amazing group of people, you learn and see things. You see Ashley and Amelia have a tight and special friendship. Isaac is the only person I know who gets a birthday call from the space (as in outer space, from the International Space Station). Don’t play Ashley in some dumb touch screen game at the airport because you’ll lose (like I did). Doris loves to take photos and is really good at it. Then again, so is Isaac. You learn about flavor testing pizza for Pizza Hut and about making your wine. The list goes on. But most of all, you learn that Josh and Amelia are crazy in love for each other. Look at the photos, and see the touch. It’s all in touch.

 

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John & Negin: Engagement shoot in Chapel Hill, NC http://vesic.com/2014/07/john-negin-engagement-shoot-chapel-hill-nc/ http://vesic.com/2014/07/john-negin-engagement-shoot-chapel-hill-nc/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:52:24 +0000 http://vesic.com/?p=14081 Sexy playfulness took place in Chapel Hill, as the Round of 16 was going on this late June afternoon.

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Josh & Maddy: Wedding Photography at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, NC http://vesic.com/2014/07/josh-maddy-wedding-photography-prestonwood-country-club-cary-nc/ http://vesic.com/2014/07/josh-maddy-wedding-photography-prestonwood-country-club-cary-nc/#comments Sun, 06 Jul 2014 21:56:48 +0000 http://vesic.com/?p=13874 So what happens after you spend the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend with a wild and crazy crowd for a wedding in Asheville, NC? You do it again and see if Cary, NC can do it even better – if that’s even possible.  And when you realize that it is…

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So what happens after you spend the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend with a wild and crazy crowd for a wedding in Asheville, NC? You do it again and see if Cary, NC can do it even better – if that’s even possible.  And when you realize that it is possible, it becomes one of the greatest back to back Memorial Day wedding weekends ever. And that’s what happened when I spent Sunday with Maddy, Josh, an incredible bridal party and their closest friends and family.

So here’s a tip – when you start the morning with the bridesmaids and they’re quiet, or the groomsmen are quietly spending time trying to land an RC Blackhawk on a rafter in the house- don’t mistake it for an indication of a quiet group. Instead take it as the rehearsal party was intense enough that they’re just in recovery mode.

And it didn’t take long to get out of recovery. Maddy told me her friends were very fun, but somehow I didn’t expect to end up in the the master bath before the ceremony  with Maddy & the bridesmaids getting their inner Tyra on with cigars, Dom P. and beer foreshadowing the revelry that would go on that night. Was I was witnessing Maddy leading perhaps the greatest group of bridesmaids ever assembled?

But before we go there, we have to see how much obvious love there is between Maddy and Josh, as they saw each other before the ceremony – poolside under the pergola. Lyn Graves and his team from Fresh Affairs had spent the past year working with Maddy’s mom Pete to design the most amazing display of floral awesomeness – and it framed the first look perfectly.

After some photos in the yard we were treated to a heartfelt but hilarious ceremony conducted by a recent officiant “graduate” of the online University of Phoenix (go fighting Phoenix), aka Maddy’s brother Nathan. Can I say again this new trend of having family conduct your ceremony is awesome. Almost all the wedding so far this year have been like this. But none have matched the entertaining value Nathan provided.

I should take this time to give special thanks to Chris Wheaton of the awesome Heartstone Films who, along with his wife Toni, filmed the wedding. Before the ceremony started he magically showed up with a bottled water and said “you look like you could use this”. BAM! I was dying. I REALLY needed it and appreciated it (and totally unexpected!). A true pro, Chris shows that by concern and thinking of others, Maddy & Josh got 100% performance from me for photos. It’s all about the couple, and working with professionals and friends.

As I mentioned in the last blog there are so many connections from Saturdays wedding to today’s wedding – a friend or relative married both couples, they both included Jewish traditions, and also the West Point connection. Josh and many of the groomsmen and guests are West Point grads. And yesterday’s brother of the bride, Shor,  just accepted a position to teach math and physics at West Point.

Speaking of West Point, what could be more fitting that to spend Memorial Day with the men and women who dedicate their lives to serving the United States. You can see and feel the pride and honor. And when we got to Prestonwood for the reception, it really came together. Josh and Maddy had set up a single table for the Fallen Soldier. The chair is propped up against the table, the glass is upside down, and a single rose sits in front of a folded framed American flag. No doubt everyone saw it and was moved while they took the time to consider and remember what the weekend was all about. 

Prestonwood itself was set up gorgeously and was the perfect backdrop for the first dance, parent dances and toasts. And the uplighting gave the perfect flare for DJ Joe Bunn to throw down the tracks which lit this reception up. With everyone in sunglasses, and the bridal party in special American Flag sunglasses, the dance floor was packed all night, and the bridal party was the center of the action. Watch for the bridesmaid wedges in the air and groomsmen shoes head high in the air (I’m still not sure exactly what is happening or how, but it’s awesome). And perhaps the final and most awesome connection between the two Memorial Day weekend weddings – the brothers leading a sing off. In yesterday’s wedding, you’ll recall there was a mind blowing karaoke of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody started by the groom and finished by the bride’s brother. I didn’t think I would see something like that again. But tonight, Nathan, Maddy’s brother, got a mic from Joe Bunn and led the party into an amazing sing off of Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire”. It was intense. It was amazing. It simply couldn’t be any better. Even the send off was awesome, with ever appropriate American Flags being waved as Maddy & Josh left the reception.

Cheers to Erin McLean and her team who coordinated and planned this wedding over the past year. They did an amazing job and planned for every detail and worked hard to make the wedding run so smoothly and flawlessly. Thanks to Traci who joined me to help take photos and most of all, cheers to Maddy & Josh, as we check out their Memorial Day wedding on this July 4 weekend.

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Zac & Grayden: Asheville, NC Wedding Photography at Yesterday Spaces http://vesic.com/2014/06/zac-grayden-asheville-nc-wedding-photography-yesterday-spaces/ http://vesic.com/2014/06/zac-grayden-asheville-nc-wedding-photography-yesterday-spaces/#comments Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:33:34 +0000 http://vesic.com/?p=13866 Memorial Day Weekend is always special both for the reason we have the weekend to honor service men and women; and for the couples that choose this long weekend to get married on. On Saturday I was in Asheville, NC and on Sunday I was in Cary, NC. Opposite sides…

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Memorial Day Weekend is always special both for the reason we have the weekend to honor service men and women; and for the couples that choose this long weekend to get married on. On Saturday I was in Asheville, NC and on Sunday I was in Cary, NC. Opposite sides of the state, but, two weddings which complimented each other and ended up being connected in a small way we couldn’t have guessed.

Grayden and Zac set themselves up in the backdrop of Asheville, NC at the amazingly beautiful Yesterday Spaces, with the Smoky Mountains looking down on them.  Perfectly blue North Carolina sky, a slight breeze and a day in the mid 80s gave everyone just what they wanted – and in no small part thanks to a bottle of Maker’s Mark which was buried in the ground. Wait – what?

Grayden told me last year to be prepared for a good time – that their friends and family liked to have fun. I didn’t know it involved some mystery tradition of burying a liter of Maker’s in the ground to ward off rain on the wedding day. Or that tradition involved the groomsmen digging it up, popping open the cap of the dirt and mud covered bottle and taking shots from it until the wedding started. I didn’t know tradition dictated I become a defacto groomsman and do bottle shots with them. Or that it involved family polishing the bottle off with Grayden, the moms, and various guests at the end of the recessional in lieu of a receiving line. Oh, yeah – we’re in for a real good time!

This is not to say that the ceremony, under the Ketubah, to represent Zac’s Jewish heritage, wasn’t really beautiful against the backdrop of the  mountains. Or that it wasn’t super cool that the friend who introduced them also performed the wedding ceremony (a theme which has been popping up a lot for me lately, where friends and family are marrying the couple. It happened in the last two weddings I blogged and will happen again on Sunday’s wedding – one of a few small similar connections this weekend). Or that this exceptionally musically talented family had Grayden’s brother Shor play guitar and sing them a song for the ceremony. (It would be good to note here that Shor, a newly minted PhD in Mathematics/Physics is heading to teach at West Point. It just so happens that Josh, the groom in Sunday’s wedding (and the next blog post) went to West Point. Of course, being a physics major myself, I have to give props to Shor as the coolest brother of a bride this year).

But that bit of Maker’s Mark set the pace for what this was. A no holds barred, let it all out celebration of love and family which went deep into the night. Wandering through the cocktail hour on the front porch, people picked up their seat holders with, yes – mini bottles of Maker’s Mark – which took us into the reception.

And after the dinner we had a heartfelt toast from Grayden’s sister Anne, endless but loving ribbing from Zac’s brothers Dan and Josh, and DJ Joey took us into one of the funnest parties of the year. As shirts started to get unbuttoned, somehow Zac got the wireless mic, the crowd gathered and a small silence fell, and then the familiar melody and singing started with Zac at the mic: “Is this the real life….Is this just fantasy….Caught in a landslide….No escape from reality….” Visions of Wayne and Garth pops in your mind, the crowd gets closer surrounding Zac as he serenades Grayden, playing to the crowd – as this became the greatest most intense group singing of Queen’s anthem ever to have been reproduced. Air guitars wailed, heads banged and everyone, literally everyone, joined into this explosion of musical genius. As the first half of the song ended, the torch was passed to Shor, as he showed his range by taking the 2nd half of the song home.

And if that wasn’t enough, Dirty Dancing’s “Time of My Life” played out next. And nobody puts Grayden in the corner. The dance circle widened, Zac prepared himself and Grayden ran and jumped into his lifting arms, recreating the iconic scene which was filmed only 30 minutes from where we were.

And there you have it. Day One of Memorial Day weekend. An uber cool bridal party, a very fun group of friends and family, and an exceptionally cool bride and groom. Special thanks to Pat, both usher and videographer, and Amy Wood of Shay Brown Events who helped pull this awesome wedding together.

Cheers to Grayden & Zach as they move into year one of their married life together. Let’s check out some photos :)

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Chris & Janine: Raleigh, NC Wedding Photography at 1705 Prime http://vesic.com/2014/06/chris-janine-raleigh-wedding-photography-1705-prime/ http://vesic.com/2014/06/chris-janine-raleigh-wedding-photography-1705-prime/#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:19:11 +0000 http://vesic.com/?p=13820 Dinner at Dame’s Chicken & Waffles and a very cool E shoot (both in Durham) last year got me ready for Chris & Janine’s wedding on a perfect late spring afternoon in May at Prime 1705 in Raleigh, NC. A mix of friends and family from the local area and…

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Dinner at Dame’s Chicken & Waffles and a very cool E shoot (both in Durham) last year got me ready for Chris & Janine’s wedding on a perfect late spring afternoon in May at Prime 1705 in Raleigh, NC. A mix of friends and family from the local area and from New York set the scene for what was a great bit of 80′s party and bar scene socializing.

Before the party, Robin Renteria officiated a beautiful ceremony shaded by the large oak in the front of 1705. One thing which did stand out for everyone was the unexplained sirens which started before Janine entered the ceremony. As they got closer and Raleigh Fire Truck and EMS pulled into the parking lot of 1705 right at the ceremony site. Once they pulled in, they cut their sirens off, did a three point turn, waved at everyone, gave the Fire Truck a few honks, and pulled out and left. For the casual observer, like myself, this was just a random occurrence. But for Janine’s family, this became an unexplained – or a clearly obvious sign – that Janine’s uncle, who was a firefighter in NY and had passed at an early age, just wanted to let everyone know he was there.

And that really set the pace for what this wedding was all about. Lots of love set to the backdrop of classic songs from the 80s. From a really nice first dance to some great toasts to the bang out dance party which included an endless supply of color, lights and bubbles, Chris & Janine brought out the best and most entertaining sides of their friends and family. It couldn’t have been any better and I was jazzed to be part of the day. Click through the photos to see, and cheers to Janine and Chris on finding each other :)

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Mike & Carolyn: Wedding Photography in Greensboro, NC at Revolution Mills http://vesic.com/2014/05/mike-carolyn-wedding-photography-greensboro-nc-revolution-mills/ http://vesic.com/2014/05/mike-carolyn-wedding-photography-greensboro-nc-revolution-mills/#comments Fri, 23 May 2014 21:19:43 +0000 http://vesic.com/?p=13764 When you spend a day with someone in NYC you really get to know them. After spending the better part of the day into the night with Mike & Carolyn last year in NYC for their engagement shoot, I couldn’t wait for their wedding at Revolution Mills in Greensboro, NC.…

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When you spend a day with someone in NYC you really get to know them. After spending the better part of the day into the night with Mike & Carolyn last year in NYC for their engagement shoot, I couldn’t wait for their wedding at Revolution Mills in Greensboro, NC.

Considering all the places we went in NYC, it seemed only fitting to do the first look in the construction improvement portion of Revolution Mills in Greensboro, NC. Wide open archways, uneven wood plank floors, and sunlight streaming in gave the perfect backdrop. With the bridal party and family looking on, Mike and Carolyn had an amazing first look, which led us right into bridal party and family photos.

Mike’s brother in law officiated and intimate ceremony  under a perfect mid-spring sun. The celebration continued outside as everyone enjoyed an outdoor cocktail hour before coming back inside for the reception.

1618 provided some amazingly delicious food stations and Crystal Clear Band from Atlanta started early and went strong the whole night. It all came together with a great group of friends and family, which at it’s core was an amazing bridal party. MOH Meredith was amazing helping with little things throughout the day and had a heartfelt toast. V was there as the best man and his toast gave us great “insight” into his younger days with Mike. We partied hard and danced well into the night with Molly, Joshua, Katie, John, Jeff and I had a good time swapping stories about Tangier Island and listening to a nice Eastern Shore / Chesapeake accent.

Thanks to all the vendors who put this all together and especially to the fantastic Leigh Pearce and her team, which coordinated this wedding and had it run so smoothly :)

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Tyler & Lindsay: Destination Wedding in the North Carolina Mountains at Hawkesdene House http://vesic.com/2014/05/tyler-lindsay-destination-wedding-north-carolina-mountains-hawkesdene-house/ http://vesic.com/2014/05/tyler-lindsay-destination-wedding-north-carolina-mountains-hawkesdene-house/#comments Thu, 15 May 2014 01:29:45 +0000 http://vesic.com/?p=13695 You’re not going to find two people more focused and more laid back on being in love and wanting to get married than Tyler & Lindsay. And that’s just what happened deep in in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina at Hawkesdene House. Around 90 of their closest friends and…

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You’re not going to find two people more focused and more laid back on being in love and wanting to get married than Tyler & Lindsay. And that’s just what happened deep in in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina at Hawkesdene House.

Around 90 of their closest friends and family came in for the weekend for this destination wedding that included amazing hikes, skeet shooting, great food and lots of fun. The wedding day itself was enhanced with all detailed pieces made by Lindsay, Tyler, and their mom’s. Everything from the centerpieces to special succulents which came in from San Diego and were put into flower beds Tyler made by hand from old pallets. Friends were all around to make sure everything was put in place, helping out with the Rob and his crew from Hawkesdene. What really makes these kind of weddings so special is that you’re not “attending” a wedding, but you’re part of the wedding. You never arrive, you never leave,  you’re there. And that’s different. That’s awesome.

Everyone at the wedding was super cool too. Talking Elvis with Lindsay’s mom, footall with her dad, home brew beer with Tyler’s dad, Jenna telling me about her friend who’s boyfriend’s name is Hooman – wait, what? It’s not normal to go meet a bunch of people and someone says “yeah, I know a Hooman” – ha! Throwing down with all the cool bridal party like Lauren, Amanda, Ryan, Caitlin, Perrin, everyone – and watching Lindsay’s long time school friend Jonathan marry them was awesome.

It all comes down to what Tyler said as he passed me on the dance floor around 10pm – “This is the about best night ever!”. It was one of those spur of the moment, outward expressions of joy you just can’t keep in. I just happened to be there to hear him say it. And really that’s all you need to know.

Special thanks to Rob at Hawkesdene for being awesome and keeping the goldfish and M&M jar always full and cousin Marci and bridesmaid Jenna who snagged me a big piece of cake. YUM. In fairness, Jenna did pick up the entire cake and offer it to me. And not just any cake, but the famous Daisy Cake! mmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Cheers to Lindsay & Tyler – let’s check out some photos :)

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Destination Wedding in the North Carolina Mountains at Hawkesdene House

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