Breathtaking DIY Barn Wedding by Rachel Rowland Photography

Every beautiful detail in this breathtaking barn wedding is DIY. Carefully crafted by friends and family, it proves that rustic chic is absolutely achievable all on your own. There are lovingly special touches everywhere you turn including table numbers made from a tree fallen in the bride’s sister and brother & law’s yard and homemade chalkboards created from re-purposed kitchen cabinets. Wine bottles used as centerpieces (gladly donated by many friends) and mason jar wine glasses made by the bride’s Aunt. The DIY went even further than just decorations with hair and make-up styled by the Step-Mother of the Groom, the ceremony officiated by the Bride’s Uncle, and the wedding party and bride walking down the aisle to music performed by brides sister and brother-in-law. Although there was no wedding planner, you would never know, as all their family and friends worked hard setting up the venue and creating the centerpieces the night before, ensuring every detail was perfect. And as you’ll see from the gorgeous pics by Rachel Rowland Photography it was a true success!

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Photographer: Rachel Rowland Photography // Caterer:Carson’s Premier Catering // Floral Designer:Linda Brown’s Floral Design // Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Perry Ellis // Dress Store: The White Orchid // Reception Venue: West Overton Barn// Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Creative DIY Wedding by Chelsea Nicole Photography

If this wedding had another title, it would have to be…’Coca Cola Bottles and Vintage Sweethearts.’ Or then maybe…‘How to design a Budget Wedding and make it look Totally Adorable‘ would also suit it to a T. Clearly, either one would beautifully sum up this, offbeat, fun and incredibly creative backyard brunch. And with so many pretty pics by Chelsea Nicole Photography, it’s a vintage-inspired affair that will make you wish eclectic was a ‘must-have’ wedding style. 

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The bride’s dress was a handmade vintage dress (from Etsy) which she teamed with a pair of shoes her mom bought two years previously. They were perfect for her vintage retro look.

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She wanted her bridesmaids to be completely themselves and ‘comfortable,’ so they each chose a dress from their wardrobe the day before! The flowers for the mismatched bridesmaid’s bouquets were all individually chosen to reflect each girl’s personality.

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All elements of the wedding were contributed by family and friends, with the bride delegating a specific task to each person she knew they would enjoy. For instance, those who loved to cook brought the food. Her roommate arranged flowers and a bridesmaid arranged the bouquets. This offbeat bride also wanted to look around on the day and see things which were familiar to her. All the decorations used to decorate the backyard came from the bride’s house. Each jar used in the table centerpieces had a story attached to them and the flowers used were from a neighbors yard. Even the oak tables were fashioned by the old man across the street. Everyone played a part ….everyone was connected.

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Naturally, the traditional wedding cake was given the flick. Instead, the bride and her friends visited Dunkin Donuts the day before and voila! …this wonderful interpretation of a breakfast croqombouche was created out of donuts. What an awesome idea!

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From the photographer: This North Carolina DIY brunch wedding stands out amongst most for its creative edge. The Coca Cola bottles, vintage vases, ornately covered books, croquet to entertain quests, doughnut tower and wild flowers, created a rustic, yet vintage venue that mirrored the bride and groom’s free spirit and artistic style. Cobwebs and giant bumbles bees only added to the decor. Being not the typical bride, the guest book was tossed and replaced with a corner table where “love” notes could be written and placed in an ornate box. Bridesmaids each wore there own dress of choice as did the groomsmen and flower girls. An assortment of wildflowers were chosen for bouquets each reflecting the style of that particular bridesmaid who carried it. After skipping down the aisle to meet her groom, the guests chuckled, vows were exchanged, and everyone could see the true, sincere love these two shared. I was honored to be apart of such an important moment in this couple’s journey together.

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 Photographer: Chelsea Nicole Photography / Venue: Neighbour’s Backyard / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

DIY Wedding Breakfast by Benjamin David Photography

You know what I love the most about this DIY wedding by Benjamin David Photography . . . the sheer JOY that is jumping out of every image. Well, admittedly that’s not the only thing that I love. I love how it’s a wedding breakfast held at 8am in the morning when everything is fresh and the air is crisp. I also love the sweet handmade touches such as the simple burlap and lace wrapped mason jars filled with pretty baby’s breath, the DIY vintage styling and the yummy looking breakfast buffet for their guests. But what I think is really awesome is the couple’s message on a chalkboard sign asking their guests ‘to choose a seat, not a side’ – what a wonderful sentiment. It’s just one of those weddings which makes you smile and feel the love!

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Photography: Benjamin David Photography / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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DIY Tennessee Wedding by The Collection

There are those weddings that are unforgettable because they are so spectacular, and then there are those that are full of sentiment and lovingly handmade details they linger in your mind forever. This is just such the case with this pretty diy wedding photographed by The Collection. Held on the grounds of the The Governors Club Tennessee, it’s as bright and sunny as the sunflower centerpieces, as striking as it’s royal blue and white palette, and as warm and welcoming as it’s homemade jam favors and candy buffet. Take time to enjoy this darling diy affair!

Photographer Erin shares: Julie met firefighter Dustin in California. He fell head over heels for her and followed her to the home of country music, Nashville, Tennessee. Julie planned a diy wedding that represented their personalities perfectly! Held at The Governor’s Club, it was a lovely backdrop for a night full of dancing! As their guests began their speeches, words of praise poured over the couple, proving their admiration within the community. 

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Photography: The Collection / Reception Venue: The Governors Club / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Vintage DIY Wedding by Studio Vérité Photography

It’s pretty much impossible not to fall for this adorable vintage DIY wedding. Not only does it feature a beautiful bride with a stunning dress, a beautiful garden setting and wonderful vintage details, but the couple’s cute-as-pie little daughter as the sweet flower girl! (Who I must admit, almost upstages Mummy and Daddy’s special day!)  But, really the icing on the cake has to be the amazing snaps by Studio Verite Photography. They re-created the perfect vintage atmosphere with nostalgic images which instantly transport you back to the early 1900’s. All-in-all this is one delightful affair which will tug at your heart strings.

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Bride Ana shares: 

Our wedding took place at the Twin Oaks Garden Estate in San Marcos, CA. The venue has a charming little old school house and fit perfectly with our vintage/diy theme. Our colors were blush, khaki, and grey. I love the look of burlap and it was used to wrap the bouquets, boutonnieres, and in our cake topper. Since Brian is from the desert we encorporated succulents in the flower arrangements. 

We tried to save money as well as give our wedding a personal touch with DIY projects. We made and printed out our invitations and wrapped them with twine and flowers. I printed out pictures of our couple guests, hung them on twine in a frame, and used them for our “Sweet Love” dessert bar sign. My husband found an old window pane and we used a chalk pen to turn it into our seating chart. Our finger print tree was painted by one our good friends who was also one of the groomsmen. I also bought a lot of stuff from Etsy. To save money on flowers I ordered and assembled paper tissue balls in our colors for the ceremony gazebo. The little ring bearers newsboy caps and bow ties were ordered from Etsy as well as our cake topper. 

One of my favorite memories was my sister’s maid of honor speech. She is super shy and rarely talks in front of people. (One of our cousins joked that it was the first time he’s heard her voice) I was so proud of her. Another great memory was watching our 1 year and a half daughter dancing the night away on the dance floor. She was having so much fun and made the cutest flower girl ever.. but I am biased haha. We are so happy to have these amazing pictures to remember our special day. It was perfectly us.

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Photography: Studio Verite Photogaphy / Floral Designer:  Jerri Disney / Reception:  Twin Oaks Garden Estate / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Chocolate Brown and Apple Green Wedding

We have a darling of a DIY wedding from Florida for you this lovely Wednesday! With a delicious palette of chocolate brown and apple green, adorable mini apples and a line up of whimsical chalkboard signs dotted throughout, it’s as cute and crafty as can be. Add a stunning bride and some gorgeous green and white florals, and you have one sweet handmade soiree. Oh, and let’s not forget a big thanks to Snappy Shots by Bev captured every charming little detail!

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Bride Liz shares: 

What was your wedding vision?

For our wedding we wanted to make sure that it was a memorable night for us and our guests but we also wanted to make sure everyone had a great time filled with good food, dancing, and great friends.

Color Palette

Our wedding colors were chocolate brown and khaki with pops of apple green.

Ceremony Decor

To decorate the ceremony site we used shepherd hooks with hanging vases full of baby’s breath and tall glass cylinders with apples and hydrangea to line the aisles. A friend of ours made us a cedar wedding arbor as his present to us and it was decorated with a large hydrangea and curly willow arrangement.

Reception Details

To decorate the cocktail hour we used glass vases with brown ribbon and hydrangea on the tables. We also had games on some of the high top tables as decorations. Guests were encouraged to play Guess Who? But instead of of the typical characters you would see we put in pictures of all of our family members. The game Headbanz was also out for guests to play. But instead of guessing different objects on the headbands they had to give each other clues about what Wedding Party Member they were.

For the reception tables we used chocolate brown linens with gold overlays and chocolate pin tuck table runners. We used a combination of high and low centerpieces. Some tables had tall cylinder glass vases filled with apples, curly willow and hydrangea. The other half of the tables had Manzanita trees with hanging glass votives and crystal jewels. The entire room was also illuminated by candlelight, and uplighted with green uplights.

Wedding Attire

I had a Casablanca wedding gown in ivory. We had chocolate brown bridesmaid dresses with apple green Nina shoes, and gold and pearl necklaces with apple green flowers on them. The groom and groomsmen wore khaki suits with chocolate brown vests, and brown with green argyle ties and socks.

DIY Details

We tried to include as many personalized details as possible. We used monograms on almost all the vases for a added touch. Our favors were wine glass that we dipped in chalkboard paint and wrote guests names on them to double as place-cards. When we displayed them on the placecard table we put lampshades on each wine glass and illuminated them with battery operated tea lights.

Wedding Menu

We served all mini-dishes for cocktail hour. From mini carmelized mac n’ cheese, strawberry shortcake bites, mini pork sliders, and a taco bar. Also for cocktail hour we served signature cocktails: “Married Mojito,” “Foster Fizz,” and “I-do Margaritas.” Also, after dinner we had a s’mores stations and an Italian Dessert Bar (made by my Grandmother!) with over 700 cookies and pastries.

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Photography: Snappy Shots by Bev / Floral Designer: A Fantasy in Flowers / Ceremony & Reception: Country Club of Orange Park / Submitted via Two Bright Lights


DIY Ahmanson Ranch Wedding by The Youngrens

In my opinion, this beautiful DIY wedding at Ahmanson Ranch in California is the perfect combo of a chic modern affair and backyard soiree. Completely personalized by the bride and groom, it is perfectly infused with style, grace and complete and utter beauty. It’s the type of wedding with it’s loving attention to detail and wonderful creativity you know has been created from the ground up. Yet, at the same time it’s so stylish it literally takes your breath away and has you longing for more when it’s time to leave. I was ecstatic when the super talented Youngrens sent this beautiful wedding my way. So much so, I just wanted to linger forever amongst all the pretty – the amazing white floral decorations and billowing sheer fabric, the champagne pink bridesmaids with their adorable clutch purses, and the amazing custom made bridal gown with its corset bodice and layered Spanish style skirt – totally exquisite!

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Wedding Photography: The Youngrens / Reception Venue: Ahmanson Ranch / DJ: The People’s DJ / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Coral Pink DIY Tennessee Wedding by Jo Photo

The instant I laid eyes on this lovely outdoor DIY Tennessee Wedding, I immediately knew we were in for one fabulous affair. This coral pink soiree is jam-packed with the prettiest handmade touches and then some. Complete with adorable bird houses, rustic mason jars centrepieces and charming burlap details, it’s like you’ve wandered into a secret garden on a Spring afternoon. Not to mention the amazing contrasting pops of coral pink against the natural hues of soft green and taupe  – you couldn’t ask for a prettier palette. Jo Photo was right there in Maryville to capture every eye-catching moment, so we have a gorgeous treasure trove of swoon-worthy images just waiting to be adored. What are we waiting for?Coral WeddingPink WeddingCoral Pink Wedding ColoursDIY WeddingsTennessee WeddingOutdoor WeddingRustic WeddingCoral Wedding BrideOutdoor Wedding BridesmaidsCoral Pink Wedding CakeTennessee Wedding BirdhouseOutdoor Wedding Rustic DetailsTennessee Wedding Reception TableRustic Wedding CoupleCoral Wedding BridesmaidsOutdoor Coral Wedding CoupleOutdoor Wedding LanternsRustic Weddings LanternsPink Wedding Lantern

From the Photographer: This eco-chic wedding was jam packed with DIY details, including bird houses, wood table centerpieces with mason jars filled with bird seed and tea lights, burlap table runners, silverware tied with twine, a “Just Married” banner draped across the head table, personalized hand fans for all the ceremony guests, and on and on and on! The groomsmen all wore bow ties and argyle socks. Oh, and be sure to check out their wedding cake with the hand made love bird cake topper on the wood cake stand too! At the end of their wedding, all the guests went out into the field at Smithview Pavilion and lit and released Chinese sky lanterns. It was an amazing send off, and a fabulous ending to their wedding day!

Wedding Photography: Jo Photo / Caterer: Betty Ashe Catering / Floral Designer: Blooms & Blessings / DJ: Davis Sound / Event Venue: Smithview Pavilion / Courtesy of Two Bright Lights


Rustic Louisiana Backyard Wedding by Amelia J. Moore Photography

DIY Backyard WeddingI am SO excited about this next wedding – so much so, my feet are doing a happy dance under my desktop. This amazing Rustic Louisiana Backyard Wedding from the talented Amelia J. Moore is overflowing with southern charm, vintage touches and pretty personalized details, you won’t stop thinking about it anytime soon. Angela and Carson married in the most picturesque natural setting ever, and only had to travel to Carson’s parent’s backyard to find it. Plus, can you believe this creative couple created all the DIY elements themselves (impressive!) and kept the whole event eco-friendly (REALLY impressive!) There is so much I love about this natural charmer, I don’t know where to start – but I’ll try! There’s the rustic table settings with recycled items and dried flowers – so darling. Soft muted bridesmaid dresses and lavender bouquets – too pretty for words. Exquisite flower-filled vases and sentimental picture frames hanging from the huge Oak tree for the intimate ceremony – breathtaking. Then, the cool getaway sports car, restored by the groom himself! – so sexy.  But, the absolute highlight in my books – the stunning images taken in the old greenhouse. This amazing structure with overgrown surrounds gave each picture an impressive artistic editorial feel – Amelia you’re a legend! PLUS, Angela kindly shares with us their story, her inspiration and the planning behind every detail in this incredible DIY event. So, be sure you gobble up every gem she reveals. Phew!  . . .  ok, time to let you take all the fabulous in – and I’m going to need time out for a breather!Rustic Louisiana WeddingRustic Louisiana WeddingEco Friendly Rustic WeddingDIY Rustic WeddingBackyard Louisiana WeddingRustic Vintage Backyard WeddingRustic Vintage WeddingReal Rustic WeddingLouisiana Backyard WeddingLouisiana Rustic WeddingReal Backyard WeddingWedding Eco Friendly DetailsRustic Wedding DIY DetailsRustic Backyard WeddingRustic Wedding BridesmaidsWedding DIY DetailsDIY WeddingsRustic Vintage Backyard WeddingVintage Inspired Rustic WeddingDIY Louisiana WeddingRustic DIY WeddingVintage Inspired Backyard WeddingRustic WeddingBackyard Rustic WeddingWedding Rustic DetailsLouisiana WeddingReal Weddings

From the Bride: Carson and I have known each other for 15 years. We met each other on a blind date our sophomore year of high school. We attended rival high schools so he asked me to his homecoming. However, he broke the date a few days later and I cried for a week straight. Despite the heart-breaking homecoming incident (which we still joke about today), a lasting friendship developed. We remained friends fading in and out of each other’s lives over the years only to be brought back together last March 2010 when I flew to visit him in Lafayette, LA after not seeing him for 4 years. Months later we were engaged and a year later we were married.  Our “first dance” was literally our first dance at our wedding and I’d trade all the sophomore homecomings in the world for the moment we danced as husband and wife.

Carson and I are both artists and love to be creative. I knew when we started planning our wedding that we would want to pay close attention to the little details and have a ton of hands on projects. Carson is also an engineer and has a love for figuring out how things work which also came into play throughout the wedding.  Our inspiration came from our love of all things outdoors (rustic) with romantic and vintage touches. Carson’s parents so graciously agreed to let us throw the wedding in their backyard. The site had everything we were looking for: a laid back environment, tons of character/southern charm and beautiful natural elements with their centuries-old live oaks and the flower gardens.

We had 15 tables for seating and no two table-settings were alike (I loved the idea of giving each table it’s own identity). To create unity, we used décor objects such as the hurricane lamps (borrowed from my mother-in-law and her sister’s collection) in the center and moss around the smaller arrangements. In an effort to cut down on costs we saved glass jars from food we bought over the previous year to use as vases on the tables, giving the wedding an eco-friendly spin. Any vases on the tables that weren’t recycled were vintage vases borrowed from my Mother-in-law and her sister.  They are avid antique collectors and have been collecting for years (lucky me).  The plates for the wedding were made up of about 15 different sets I picked up from flea markets and borrowed from my mother-in-law’s collection.

Another way we cut costs and created a more eco-friendly environment was to use dried flowers in place of live flowers (also gave the wedding the rustic, natural look we wanted).  The only live flowers purchased for the day of the wedding were the flowers hanging in the vases in the trees during the ceremony. My bouquet (which I also created) was picked from my mother-in-law’s garden the morning of the wedding. I wanted to add elements of nature but still keep my theme romantic and warm. I did this by not focusing on just two colors for my wedding palette but introduced lots of colors throughout the table arrangements and kept the bridesmaid dresses color palette very muted, pale and soft. The boutonnière’s and bridesmaid arrangements were also created and arranged by me and both included touches of lavender (one of my favorite scents), which was a flower sprinkled throughout the table décor as well. Another advantage to using dried flowers is that we were able to do a lot of the preparation in advance and after the wedding I have been able to recycle the décor and use a lot of it in my house.

The centerpiece of the ceremony was one of the century-old live oak trees. At the base of the tree, we created a tribute to those who have passed on by placing framed pictures of them on the trunk. The mason jars lining the isle and around the cowhide rug we were married on were my grand fathers jars.  I loved that I was able to include little pieces of those who had passed away in the details of my wedding.

Other details Carson and I created for our wedding day included:
  • Carson restored the 1972 black Karmann Ghia featured in the pictures as our get away car – How’s that for DIY?
  • The wedding sign (ceremony, groovin’, food) was created by Carson and his father.
  • I created the burlap signs on the pie table, bar table and gift table using scrap pieces of burlap, stencils and acrylic paint.  The burlap pillows were made by my mother-in-law.
  • I wanted to give Carson and some of his friends a little area of their own since a lot of the décor was feminine.  We created a cigar lounge area using cigar boxes, a table made by Carson’s father out of pieces of a live oak branch, and some nice scotch for the guys to sip on.
  • The hay bales were borrowed from a farm and returned after we used them.
  • We created an area for the kids with a vintage quilt on the ground and a basket of toys along with a separate table for the them while eating or to use for reading/coloring as they desired.
  • Carson and I designed AND SET UP the lighting over dance floor.

I don’t think there was one element of décor or design that was not touched by either Carson or myself. We had a great time preparing for our day together! Even on the wedding day, we wanted to be a part of setting everything up. My bridesmaid’s were a little shocked to see me running around on the day and offered to help but I described it to them like this – 

”It’s like a painting I’ve started and I have to see through to the finish.  The artist in me wouldn’t have it any other way!”

Greenhouse Pictures

Carson and I requested to have some of portraits taken at an old greenhouse around the corner from his parent’s house. Yes, this unique old building was a green house for an interior commercial plant design business. This house was about a mile from the wedding site and I would gawk at it every time we drove by it on the way to Carson’s parents over the months leading up to the wedding. I finally decided I needed it to serve as a backdrop for some of our wedding photo’s and called the owner to get permission. We ventured all around the outside and inside taking photos. I loved the adventure of finding this hidden treasure literally in our backyard! These are some of my favorite photo’s of us and I’m so happy we ended up there!

Favorite Memory of the Day

I feel like the wedding day flew by but as I look back I still remember it as the best day of my life. One moment that sticks out to me throughout the day is one that I didn’t think would hit me in the way that it did but as I was walking down the isle to the Swell Season, Star Star, I started to approach my friends, family and Carson and I could feel so much warmth and love radiating from everyone. That’s when I knew how loved I was.  It was an amazing feeling.

Advice for Brides Planning Now

It’s stressful and a lot of work at times especially if you are very hands on. However, I do believe that you can create the environment you want at any cost and sometimes that may mean more work on your end and/or honing in on your creative side. The hard work pays off and you can see it in your guest’s faces. It really is one of the best feelings; to know your guests had just as good of time as you did at your own wedding because of the environment you created. I think that feeling will stick with me forever!

Congratulations Angela and Carson! Your creativity, heart-felt details and love for each other, shone through every inch of your amazing day. Thank you for taking us there.

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Wedding Photography: Amelia J. Moore / Hair Stylist:  Bath Haus / Event Designer: Breathe Easy Event Planning / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Private Residence / Bride’s Dress: Annette’s Bridal / Band: Lil Buck Sengal Blues Band / Linens and Coverings: Party Central / Calligrapher: Randol’s Catering /Courtesy of Two Bright Lights
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DIY Autumn Backyard Wedding by Elizabeth Davis Photography

Full of the warm, rich and inviting shades of fall, this lovely DIY Autumn Backyard Wedding is bursting with luscious colours and enticing harvest fare. Photographed by Elizabeth Davis Photography it has those gorgeous DIY details we love that are as adorable and approachable, as they are wonderfully rustic. With golden coloured pumpkins, crisp red apples and vibrant berries it is one delicious outdoor affair you cannot resist. Not to mention, I’m lapping up all the picturesque woodland surrounds, pretty yellow billy button flowers and those super cute yellow birds! This is one darling diy wedding that leaves you with a smile on your dial!Autumn Outdoor WeddingDIY Autumn Backyard WeddingAutumn WeddingDIY Autumn Wedding DecorBackyard WeddingDIY Autumn Wedding FlowersAutumn Backyard WeddingDIY Autumn WeddingAutumn Wedding DIY PumpkinsOutdoor WeddingDIY Backyard Wedding BannerReal WeddingsDIY Fall Wedding Bird DecorationsFall WeddingDIY Wedding Autumn DetailsDIY WeddingAutumn Wedding DIY ApplesDIY Florida WeddingAutumn Wedding Pumpkins RingsDIY Autumn Wedding CentrepiecesDIY Autumn Backyard Wedding DecorationsBackyard Wedding BirdDIY Backyard Wedding

Photographer: Elizabeth Davis Photography / Caterer:  Carrie Ann & Co., Inc. / Floral Designer:  Bella Flora, LLC / Tuxedo and Mens Attire:  Mens Wearhouse 

Courtesy of Two Bright Lights

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