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Social Media Etiquette: Dos and Don’ts

By | Blog, Ask The Experts, EBE News

Social media has drastically changed the landscape of communication for everyone across the world. The wedding industry is no exception to these changes and, as a result, the way the wedding events are arranged, take place, and announced are different. Wedding traditions and common courtesy should overrule in certain situations, so we have compiled a list of Dos and Don’ts when it comes to wedding etiquette and social media.

Do: Send formal invitations through the postal service.

Weddings are formal events and really should be treated as such. Sending a formal invitation sets the tone to your guests. Evites are okay for the bachelor/bachelorette parties as they are usually informal.

Don’t: Announce on social media right away.

Your parents, close family, and friends should be informed personally before sharing on social media. Those who care for you the most may be offended if you don’t let them know about the exciting news one-on-one.

Do: Use online wedding resources for inspiration.

Pinterest, The Knot, Wedding Wire, and other social sites are fantastic resources for getting ideas and inspiration for your wedding. Take advantage of their availability and use it to the fullest extent.

Don’t: Share your registry on on social media.

Doing so may come across as greedy (and tacky). If friends and family ask to see your registry, send it to them privately. You can also have your registry hosted on your Wedding Website for invited guests to peruse.

Do: Keep your ceremony unplugged.

You hire your wedding photographer and videographer for a reason – to capture beautiful pictures and video. We recommend asking your guests to keep their phones away during the ceremony to avoid having guests’ phones blocking the view of your photographer and/or videographer.

Don’t: Post photos before your ceremony.

This seems obvious, but it isn’t always! Your wedding party is probably just as excited as you are, and there’s always the possibility that someone might post a photo of you before the ceremony – ruining the surprise for your guests.

Do: Set up a custom hashtag for the reception.

Do you already know that your guests post on social media a lot? Take advantage of it! Decide on a custom hashtag so that you can see all of the photos after the party. You can even book InstaPic, which is a product that downloads all of the hashtagged photos and displays them on a monitor for guests to see throughout the night.

Photo by Thomas Stewart Photography

When it comes to social media wedding activity, keep it simple.

Did you find these wedding social media etiquette tips helpful? If so, we would love to hear from you so contact us to let us know!




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Philly’s Top Ice Cream Catering Companies

By | Blog, Ask The Experts, EBE News

If you’re looking to bring the taste of Philly into your wedding reception, consider having an ice cream bar catered by one of the top ice cream spots. There are some fantastic options to choose from when it comes to the local ice cream company to cater your wedding. From new and trendy to historical old Philadelphia, we’ve selected the ice cream companies that we think you would love to be a part of your event.

Bassetts Ice Cream

A staple of Philadelphia, Bassetts has been in business since 1861 providing creamy, sweet treats to the Philadelphia area. Bassetts moved to the Reading Terminal Market in 1892 when it opened and has been there ever since. With over 40 flavors to choose from such as peanut butter swirl, classic vanilla, and chocolate, every guest will find something they like from your ice cream bar. Bassetts brings everything from scoops to servers and all you have to bring is your guests!

 

Weckerly’s Ice Cream

Opened in 2012, Weckerly’s Ice Cream began in West Philadelphia at the Green Line Cafe by pastry chef Jen Satinsky. Made in small batches from locally sourced ingredients and organic cream brought in from Chester County, each ice cream flavor is crafted to make the ingredients shine. Flavors range from classic vanilla to more wild seasonal options. Catering options vary depending on the needs of the event – from full service scooping to plated and delivered desserts, Weckerly’s is happy to meet the needs of their clients.

 

The Franklin Fountain

Although soda fountains seem to be a thing of the past, they are making a come back! The Franklin Fountain offers that old school soda fountain feel to the Philadelphia area. Founded in 2004, The Franklin Fountain “aims to serve an experience steeped in ideals, drizzled with drollery, and sprinkled with the forgotten flavors of the American past.” Their menu is available for delivery from classic sundaes, egg creams, and phosphates, to delicious floats and sodas. The nostalgic flavors include caramel banana, hydrox cookie (think Oreos!), strawberry, peach and peanut butter.

 

 

 

Did you choose one of these yummy ice cream shops to be a part of your event? If so, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us to let us know!





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Unique Philly Wedding Favor Vendors

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As guests leave the reception at the end of the evening, they will take any goodies with them left behind as a token of appreciation from the wedded couple. The go-to for wedding favors are usually bags of candy or a small personalized memento that may end up in the garbage. What if we told you that you can provide your guests with unique favors that they’ll enjoy, won’t throw out, and are locally made? We’ve compiled a list of local artists and artisans that make some awesome favors that we totally recommend!

Insomnia Cookies

Insomnia Cookies was founded in a UPenn dorm room and has grown to over 100 locations. These tasty treats can be individually wrapped, making it ideal for wedding favors. Insomnia also offers 4 different custom made stickers to match your theme. Starting at $80 for 50 cookies, this favor is totally affordable and delicious!

 

Gourmet Candle

Found on Etsy, this local business creates custom candle tins personalized for any event! They can create any type of label and they are made from 100% soy wax. With over 35 choices of scents, Gourmet Candle is a fantastic option for your wedding favors in any season!

 

LeSaint French Chocolate

Looking for something simple, locally-made, and classy? LeSaint French Chocolate makes small batch handcrafted artisan chocolates held in small, personalized packaging to match your wedding theme. With dark, milk, and white chocolate and prices starting at $20 for 4.5 oz of chocolate, these delicious treats will leave your guests with a sweet taste to finish off an amazing wedding celebration!

 

 

 

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Real Weddings: Julie & Justin

By | Blog, Event Highlights, EBE Real Weddings, EBE News

The beauty of weddings is that every event is different. From style preferences and personal touches, to tradition and inspiration – each wedding is a unique product of the couple’s hard work and planning.

Speech-Language Therapist, Julie, and Lawyer, Justin, met when they were both students at Penn State. They immediately hit it off, and have been together ever since! We asked them to take us on a visual tour of their wedding day after hearing just how much fun it was from their band, Milan 77. They celebrated their beautiful Philadelphia Wedding on July 28th, 2018 at Vie by Cescaphe. Their wedding style was city chic and modern, with green and silver touches.Let’s walk through their day to see how they pulled it all together!

8:00 a.m. – Getting Ready

Julie & Justin both got ready at the Westin Philadelphia. Julie’s Stylist Team consisted of Hair by Amanda D’Andrea and Makeup by Jacqueline Cipullo of All Dolled Up.The couple’s Photographer, Svetlana Photography, and Videographer, Innovation Weddings, arrived for some getting ready photos and video at the hotel.  

2:15 p.m. – First Look

The couple party went downstairs for their first look. Julie wore a Francesca Miranda Wedding Gown that she purchased with her veil from The Wedding Shoppe in Wayne, PA. Justin wore a Tuxedo from Enzo Custom in NYC.

Julie, Justin, and their Wedding Party headed over to the Rodin Museum to take some pre-ceremony photos. Julie’s Bridesmaids wore black floor-length dresses of their choosing, and Justin’s Groomsmen wore tuxedos.After taking their Wedding Party portraits, their bus from Philadelphia Trolley Works arrived to bring them to Vie for a few more portraits before the ceremony.

6:30 p.m. – Ceremony

Julie & Justin were married at Vie by two officiants – A Cantor, who is a close friend of Julie’s mother, and A Rabbi, who is a close friend of Justin’s mother. Their ceremony music consisted of EBE’s Milan 77‘s string section and flute. The Groom & full Wedding Party entered to the tune of Sweet Disposition by Temper Trap, and the Bride entered to We Bought A Zoo by Jonsi. After they said their vows, the newly married couple and their Wedding Parties exited to Come and Get Your Love by Redbone.


7:00 p.m. – Cocktail Hour

Cocktail Hour began in the venue’s pre-function space with an endless spread of food by Cescaphe Events, including a Chilled Seafood Bar and passed Hors d’Oeuvres. A duo from EBE’s Milan 77 played live music while the Cescaphe staff flipped the ceremony room for the reception. Nancy Saam Flowers worked alongside the staff to display large elephant ear tropical leaves in tall, glass cylinder vases and draped white orchids throughout the venue.

8:00 p.m. – Reception

The reception doors opened, and the guests were ready to party! Julie & Justin were introduced as Husband and Wife for the first time, they shared their first dance to Sunday Morning by Maroon 5. After that, EBE’s Milan 77 was ready to fill the dance floor.

We were able to ask Julie & Justin a few questions about their wedding day… Check it out!

What was your favorite part of wedding planning?

We had so much fun choosing the songs for the ceremony and the reception. We also loved choosing the menu for the night.

What was your favorite moment from your wedding?

The best part of the wedding was definitely being on the dance floor all night with our closest friends and family during the reception. Towards the end of the ceremony, we got on stage and sang a song with the band.

What was it like working with EBE?

Working with EBE was an amazing! Everyone was incredibly responsive and helpful throughout the entire planning process. Without a doubt, Milan 77 made the party the best night of our lives. The band leader, LaMont, went above and beyond to meet all of our requests and offered suggestions and advice. The entire band kept up the energy from the beginning to the end, dancing and interacting with the guests. Choosing an EBE band was the easiest and the best decision we made.

What made you choose EBE?

Milan 77 played at my sister’s wedding in 2016 and they were amazing! They were the first vendor we booked after we chose our date.

If you could’ve changed something about your wedding, what would it have been?

NOTHING!

What is your advice to future EBE brides and grooms in regards to the stress of wedding planning and the choosing of vendors?

Relax and don’t sweat the small things because you aren’t going to pay any attention to the minor details on the day of!

Vendor List Recap

Getting Ready HotelWestin Philadelphia
Bridal Party Portraits Location: Rodin Museum
Ceremony & Reception VenueVie by Cescaphe
Hair: Amanda D’Andrea
Makeup: Jacqueline Cipullo of All Dolled Up
PhotographerSvetlana Photography
VideographerInnovation Weddings
Wedding GownFrancesca Miranda Gown from The Wedding Shoppe
Groom’s TuxedoEnzo Custom
Transportation: Philadelphia Trolley Works
CatererCescaphe Events
Band
Milan 77, EBE Talent
Florist: Nancy Saam Flowers



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EBE Vendor Feature: Angel Simpkins

By | Blog, Ask The Experts, Spotlights, EBE News, Vendor Features

In our industry, it’s impossible to execute an incredible event without the help of other dynamic vendors. In our Vendor Features, we learn more about the people who we love to work with event after event, and year after year. First up is Angel Simpkins, of Angelic Hair + Makeup Designs.

Angel became a licensed cosmetologist right after she graduated high school, and has been in the event industry for 12 years. After working in a salon for many years, she decided to start her own company to utilize her talents more. Her team of stylists has been fully trained and licensed to do hair & makeup for every skin type, skin color, and hair type.

As a Bar/Bat Mitzvah dancer as well as a stylist, Angel works with a large amount of EBE clients. She even offers a special for EBE brides – if you have 5 additional people who need hair and makeup done for your event, your hair and makeup is free!

Angelic Hair + Makeup Designs offers hair and makeup trials before the date of the event, and is always excited to take on new clients! Her team travels anywhere in the Northeast Region, and is always available for questions and ideas.

We sat down to learn all about her… check it out!

What makes Angelic Hair + Makeup Designs Stand out next to companies like it?

No two people are the same. No two looks are the same. We specialize in creating unique looks that are personalized specifically for you.

What motivates you to work hard?

Firstly, I am never satisfied. I am continually striving for more and better in every aspect of my life. Secondly, I genuinely love what I do. Making my clients feel and look beautiful for their special day, whether it be a Wedding, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Sweet 16, Holiday Party, etc., is my #1 goal. Always feel free to contact us at anytime. No question is a bad question!

What Wedding Trends are you Loving?

Glam brides and feminine lace details.

What Wedding Trends are you Ready to See Go Away?

Burlap!

Favorite Wedding Month?

June

What is your Best Advice for Potential Clients?

Have fun. Don’t worry about trivial things that are out of your control. Enjoy every moment of this process.

What is your Favorite thing to do in Philadelphia?

Go to Dinner

What is your Zodiac Sign?

Scorpio

What is your Favorite Movie?

Jurassic Park

What is your Go-to at Karaoke?

No Doubt – Spiderwebs

Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about?

I have been a dancer since I was 2 years old and a professional dancer since I was 17 years old. I am also a Clinical Medical Assistant.

If you could join any past or present music group, which would you want to join?

Queen or Prince

Show us some of your work!





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Philadelphia Wedding Rehearsal Restaurants

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The best thing about a welcome party or rehearsal dinner is the lack of formality. The pre-wedding event allows the soon-to-be-wedded couple enjoy time with their close family and friends that are generally a part of the wedding party. Philadelphia is filled with some of the best restaurants in the country, with a variety of styles of cuisine and atmosphere to fit the wedding ambiance. We’ve put together a list of great restaurants that would be amazing to hold the rehearsal dinner to kick off the party.

Fork Restaurant

306 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Tel: 215-625-9425 | www.forkrestaurant.com

If you’re a foodie and into preserving local growers, Fork Restaurant may be the perfect spot in Philly for you to host your wedding rehearsal dinner. Serving contemporary American cuisine and located in Old City, Fork Restaurant is inspired by the mid-Atlantic regional fare and local growers. A James Beard semi-finalist in 2015, 2016, and 2017 for Outstanding Restaurant, this Philly staple knows how to prepare a delicious meal. The restaurant has a private dining space that can hold anywhere from 8 to 40 people.

 

La Fontana Della Citta

1701 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Tel: 215-875-9990 | www.lafontanadellacitta.com

Italian food is also known as the food of love, so La Fontana in Philadelphia is a great location to kick off a wedding celebration. This Rittenhouse restaurant keeps its focus on serving food with fresh, top-shelf ingredients, charm, and smile. Their 3-tier prix fixe menus are perfect for simple planning with exquisite results. La Fontana is a BYOB restaurant, which can allow for some money saving as well. Their private dining can accommodate anywhere from 12 to 130 guests.

Estia Greek Restaurant

1405-07 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Tel: 215-735-7700 | www.estiarestaurant.com

If you’re looking for a unique restaurant that not only makes amazing food, but is downright beautiful, Estia Restaurant is the place for you. This gorgeous restaurant provides an amazing experience to start your wedding party. Their menu, which is largely seafood-based, is absolutely to die for. Estia offers 6 different private dining experience options based on the number of guests in your party, and is located in Center City.

 

Did you hold your wedding rehearsal dinner at one of these restaurants? If so, we would love to hear about your experience! Contact us today to let us know!


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Dos and Don’ts of Wedding Thank You Notes

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Once the post-wedding glow sets in and things calm down, it’s time to sit down and write thank you notes to your guests. It can feel like an endless task if you received a lot of gifts, but don’t fret! When following a few key tips, it can be a painless task that will make you feel satisfied once completed.

Do: Write a few of them at a time.

To avoid messy handwriting, smeared ink, and hand cramps, write 5-10 at a time. If you had 100 guests in attendance, you can accomplish this task while sitting on the couch watching Netflix in about a week or two. Pacing yourself will also allow you to think of a more heartfelt message to send to the recipient, and it will absolutely show when the note is read.

Do: Send the notes out within a couple of months.

By writing the notes in batches as mentioned above, sending out the thank you notes can be accomplished within a few weeks. However, if you do procrastinate in sending them, try to have them in the mail within a couple of months after the event.

Do: Check spelling of names and addresses.

It can be easy to misspell someone’s name or write down the wrong address. If that happens, the thank you note may end up the world of lost mail, and the gift-giver may never receive it. Double check everyone’s address that you’re thanking and the spelling of their name to ensure easy and proper delivery to the destination.

Do: Give a little detail.

Letting your guest know how you plan on using the gift is always a nice touch! For instance, you can thank them for their cash gift and let them know how excited you both are that you are able to put it towards your honeymoon. If it is an item for your home, you can express your gratitude for having coordinating and matching items now.

Don’t: Send pre-written notes.

A wedding gift is generally something that loved ones spend time thinking about and put effort into getting for the wedded couple. Sending a handwritten thank you note is the least that you can do to show appreciation for their kind gesture. Don’t take the easy way out by sending pre-written thank you notes.

Don’t: Forget the guests who weren’t in attendance.

Guests who could not make the wedding sometimes decide to send a gift regardless. Make sure to add these people to your list, and tell them how much you wish they could’ve been there.

Don’t: Write a lengthy essay or novel.

Expressing gratitude does not mean you have to be overly wordy. You can accomplish an endearing “thank you” in 4 or 5 sentences. Mention the specific gift that was given, how you plan on using it, and thank the recipient for attending their wedding if they made an appearance.

Don’t: Send digital thank you notes.

We know that everything is online these days, but there’s nothing like opening a sweet card from the mail. Your guests will be happy to receive your card, and are likely to display it in their home, especially if there’s a photo on it.

With these tips you will be on your way to being a pro at thank you note writing! If these tips helped you out, we would love to hear from you. Contact us to let us know!


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DIY Wedding Day Emergency Kit

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Regardless if your wedding is big or small, an emergency kit filled with save-the-day items is a must. We’ve compiled a list for you of items that we think are must-haves to keep on hand during your big day.

Band-Aids & OTC Pain Meds

Cuts, bumps, bruises, and headaches happen. It’s important to be prepared for them when they do, so throw a few travel packs of Ibuprofen and Band-Aids in your emergency kit to be prepared.

Sewing Kit

This one single item could potentially save the day if someone has a wardrobe malfunction. Some items to include in the kit are needles, thread (black, white, and any other colors on your dress), safety pins, small scissors, and hem tape.

Snacks & Water

It can be really easy to forget to eat when you’re focused on getting ready for your wedding. It’s important to stay hydrated and fend off hunger by keeping a few granola bars, snack-size bags of almonds, and water at the ready. Stay away from eating a big meal while getting dressed to avoid feeling bloated or sleepy.

Hair & Makeup Products

A travel-size bottle of hairspray and bobby pins will tame any hair that happens to become unruly after your stylist team works their magic. Hugging friends and family, sweat, and tears can also cause makeup to become a little smudged, so keeping some lipstick, mascara, and blotting powder close by for quick touch-ups is helpful.

Stain-Removal Pen

A stain-removal pen, such as a Tide To-Go Stick, can save the day. From drinks and food to makeup and dirt, your light-colored dress is prone to stains.

Tissues

A pack of issues can fix anything from lipstick-stained cheeks to makeup tears that are caused from the happy emotions of the day. Stash a pack or two in your emergency kit.

When it comes time to planning out the things you need to do to prepare for your wedding day, don’t forget to add “DIY Emergency Kit” to the list. If you found these tips helpful on your big day and used your emergency kit, we would love to hear all about it. Contact us to let us know!





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How to Incorporate Philly Into Your Wedding Day

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Do you love the city of brotherly love as much as we do? Do you want to incorporate touches of the city into your wedding? Here are some unique and fun ways to do so, while still keeping the focus on you and your love.

Philly Food

Philadelphia is known for some fantastic food: cheesesteaks, soft pretzels, all things Wawa, water ice, Tastykakes… the list goes on and on. You can’t go wrong by choosing one (or all!) of these food items to make an appearance at your wedding. Your guests will love the hometown Philly treats that will leave lasting memories of your event.

 

Cake by Master’s Baker

Eagles, Phillies, Flyers, and Sixers

Are you and your love sports fans? There are easy ways to bring the love of Philadelphia teams to your wedding. From wedding cake toppers that feature the Eagles, Phillies, Sixers, and Flyers mascots to table names or numbers of famous players of the past, sports fanatics can easily bring touches of the home teams to the big day. Asking your cake baker to make a sports-themed cake adds a flair of fun in the yummiest way possible.

 

Philly Decor

Philadelphia has some iconic landmarks and statues that can add a touch of home to your event. Renting or creating a DIY scaled-down replica of the LOVE statue serves twofold: reminiscent of Philadelphia and appropriate for a wedding event. Mini Liberty Bells adorned at each table during the reception as part of the center-pieces adds small touches of Philly to remind guests which city is the best!

 

 

 

Did you use any of these tips to bring Philly into your day? We’d love to know! Contact us to let us know how Philly made a big impact on your wedding day.





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The Wedding Cake of Your Dreams: Top Rated Philly Bakeries

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Choosing a baker for your wedding can be difficult with the amount of bakeries in the area. Your second cousin’s best friend, your grandmother, and your future sister-in-law all have different recommendations. The choices can be overwhelming! We’ve done the hard work for you and compiled a list of what we think are the best bakeries to make the wedding cake of your dreams.

The Frosted Fox Cake Shop

6511 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19119
Tel: 267-900-5453 | www.frostedfoxcakeshop.com

With the motto “We believe desserts should look beautiful and taste delicious,” The Frosted Fox Cake Shop works with couples to make the cake of their dreams. Awarded The Knot Best of Weddings in 2017 and 2018, The Frosted Fox Cake Shop will work with you on every detail from design, flavors, and creation. Every cake is baked from scratch and decorated by hand – giving careful attention to detail. Offering over a dozen cake flavors and filling options, the flavor creations are nearly endless.

“Jennifer at the Frosted Fox provided us with the most delicious wedding cake that we could ever have wanted. Lemon is our favorite flavor and the mixture with various fruit fillings was wonderful. For a deliciously moist and sumptuous cake, Frosted Fox is the perfect choice!”
-Leslie S, 5/28/18, The Knot

 

Nutmeg Cake Design

220 Krams Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19127
Tel: 267-908-5881 | www.nutmegcakedesign.com

Baking with the belief that the dessert should be the centerpiece of the culinary offerings of any event, Nutmeg Cake Design offers delicious cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and French macarons that are perfect for any occasion. Delicious flavor offerings for such as Earl Grey Tea-flavored cake and strawberry compote filling make a memorable flavors that will have guests asking for more. Nutmeg Cake Designs prides themselves on making edible art that is not only visually appealing, but kills it in the flavor department too.

“Meg’s Cake is ridiculously delicious! She is very nice and easy to communicate. I got my wedding cake here and everyone loves it! It is beautiful and tasteful! My husband said the taste is even greater than the trial we got. I highly recommend the champagne flavor. Can’t wait to get another cake from Nutmeg!”
-Chenyu W, 5/22/18, The Knot

Made by Jenna Jenkins

Night Kitchen Bakery & Cafe

7725 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118
Tel: 215-248-9235 | www.nightkitchenbakery.com

Baking cakes using the finest ingredients available, Night Kitchen Bakery and Cafe helps couples create the perfect wedding cake to reflect the style of the event. Their creations include traditional white wedding cakes as well as whimsical, unique, and modern designs.

“The Night Kitchen’s Pastry Chef, Lisa, was patient, professional, and met our expectations to what my husband and I wanted for our vision of an Afrikan-inspired wedding cake (that went directly with our wedding theme). The cake was superb- it was SO PERFECT that I didn’t want to cut into the 3 tiered, 3 different flavors…YUMMMMMM!”
-Tami’ka J, 11/18/2013, The Knot

 

 

 

If you’ve used one of these bakeries and want to share your experience, we’d love to hear from you!




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