Wedding Bells

…and then she proposed…

I was watching TV, annoyed that I had to sit through commercials – because what is this, the 90s? – and a credit card commercial (I think) came on. A young black couple sat in a Chinese food restaurant. She looked nervous. He opened a fortune cookie. It was cute. She proposed. I was like, well that’s badass.

So back before we were ready, I had the idea. Aside from the fact that it would make me feel like a feminist badass, I also thought it would be really nice to take it off of Anthony’s shoulders. He stresses out A LOT about giving gifts every year for birthdays or Christmas – they have to be absolutely PERFECT. I knew that this would be so much pressure on him – so why not take it on myself?

Then one day, we talked about having kids. Usually these conversations go a little like this:

Him: Do you want kids?

Me: UGH. NO. I mean, probably. But in like, 10 – no, 20 – years maybe?

Him: Ugh I know right? We’ll probably have them, but I can’t imagine having them…

Me: Let’s stop talking about this.

Him: K!

But this time, he was like “Ya, I want kids.” And I was like “Ya, me too.” Then I realized we needed to get the show on the road and told him I wanted to be married for a few years before it all goes down. And we had this moment, celebrating our 4 year anniversary in Pismo Beach, where we were like – “Holy shit. We’re gonna get engaged soon.”

This happened in March. We both thought, without telling each other, that it would probably be sometime this summer. During our conversation in Pismo I threw out the idea of me proposing to make sure he didn’t react in a random way – of course he just shrugged, and apparently told people it was a toss up over who would propose first.

Which, by the way, I just LOVE. So much more exciting, in my mind.

So a couple weeks later, I’m hanging out with my sister and some friends and talking about what I would want to do. When I thought of what Anthony would want, I immediately thought of his family. He would want them involved somehow. So I thought maybe I could have them come out and surprise him over the summer. Then I realized they were already coming out for a show of his in late April. My sister was like, “Just do it then.” I was like “Ummdkajfhweihgwirjglkwgjm;wldg huh?”

But that made the most sense. It was SO fast, but also – what are we waiting for? And I’m soooo glad I didn’t plan something farther out because it is SO hard to keep that shit a secret – I just wanted to get it over with!

So I made a plan – then called his mom, his dad and sister, and my mom. They were all thrilled and we made a plan for the parents to come to Santa Barbara the day after the show. It was a really emotional day, actually – talking to everyone about it and planning it and having it become real – no going back after that.

There were a lot of logistical issues, some I won’t bore you with, others I’ll mention because they might be helpful to someone who might be thinking of doing the same thing. But I have to say, with all of the complexities and planning and things that could of gone wrong (even though the proposal was so simple!) – I was SO damn lucky. Fate LOVED me the whole time.

So one issue was his ring. I wanted something shiny to hold up when I got down on one knee (I wanted to do the whole thang ya’ll). But I didn’t know his ring size, and I didn’t know what kind of ring he would like. I googled the first issue – and let me tell you, the internet doesn’t talk much about chicks proposing. Except this one study that said it’s a BAD IDEA AND DON’T DO IT. Anyways, people were like, “measure his finger while he’s sleeping!” or “go to a jeweler and joke around and have him try on some!” – those weren’t going to work without completely giving away the surprise.

So – I just made a call. I picked one that I thought would look beautiful on him, and picked the size of my friend’s husband’s ring. It was $20, so no big deal if it didn’t even fit on his finger.

Fast forward to the day of. I had been SO good you guys. Usually I tell people I meet in the bathroom line what’s going on in my personal life, but I had kept this a secret from all of our friends, save a couple of mine who live far away. YAY ME. I also wasn’t acting like a total crazy person, even though I was SO nervous the entire afternoon leading up to it.

I suggested that we head to the beach early to take some pictures and watch the sunset before meeting his parents for dinner. And my guy is so sweet. He was like, “Okay, I guess I’ll need to look nice then.” When I suggested that I drive instead of taking the usual Lyft (so I could make a detour to the proposal spot) he kept asking why, since parking at the restaurant/beach was so insane. I just said because, and he just let it go and let me do whatever I wanted. I love this man.

I realized we had to get gas and nervously texted my sister who was hiding at the proposal spot, camera ready. I felt like I could probably barf on my shoes. I’m getting nervous even thinking about it now! As we drove, he loudly rapped Kendrick Lamar lyrics and thought it was a great idea when I suggested (totally casually) that we stop by that lookout point he had taken me to years ago, above the beach on the cliff. Apparently that was not my smoothest moment and he started to think something was up. It didn’t help things when he asked me what we should listen to and I suggested our song. But I knew he would love that so it was worth it.

The sun was golden and perfect and Santa Barbara was looking its very best that evening. I pulled over at the lookout spot and nervously grabbed the ring out of my purse, putting it on my finger and hiding it from him as we walked to the cliff edge. I was totally shaking at this point, wanting so badly to just rip the band-aid off.

I (think I) told him that I was so glad he moved here and that we met in such a beautiful place, and that I was so happy and proud of the little life we made together. I (think I) told him that I usually get scared of big things like kids and marriage, but he makes it all seem doable, and better yet, fun. That I have a hard time trusting and being vulnerable but he makes it easy, and better yet, the most rewarding thing in the world. I wanted to spend the rest of my life having as much fun as I’ve had in the last four years. And then I knelt down and held up the ring, and said “Will you marry me?” (I think – I was so nervous I may have blacked out a little).

He was immediately on the ground with me, all reassurance and love and happiness. I was shaking and we stood up and I hugged him and just shook and sort of sobbed? But not really crying yet, just shaking and electricity and relief and vulnerability literally pulsing through me. I just held onto him and was so glad it was over.

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He said I was really cute and that this was perfect and then said “Are we the most subversive couple or WHAT?!” and we high-fived. Then I told him I didn’t even know what I just said because I was so nervous – and then proceeded to tell him everything I WANTED to say, but maybe forgot to say?
He said, “Ya, you already said that, baby.”

So yay me, I guess?

By the way, the ring fit, and he loved it.

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My sister came strolling up – “I just happened to be in the neighborhood!” – and gave him sour skittles. Then she took some pictures of us right after, and we all headed to dinner. We were early, because apparently proposing is so uncomfortable that I do it in lightning speed. And I could hardly talk to anyone for about 10 minutes as my body recovered from what apparently was quite the physical as well as emotional ordeal. Once I had champagne, and realized it was over and I could just relax, I came back to life.

My parents also came to dinner, and we had such a special night. My mom gave me her mother’s wedding band, which was so special for so many reasons – I might do a separate post explaining that – but we were all crying and the night was even more amazing than I could have imagined. Anthony’s sister FaceTimed with us and sent a gift ahead of time, and our parents bought dinner and champagne – it was the best time ever.

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We got home to our apartment and talked about the whole thing, staring at our rings. We texted friends. I said I was surprised he didn’t cry more when I proposed – I was expecting a lot more water works from him. Although, he did cry when I said I knew he would want his parents there to celebrate with us. And after a couple beers, and putting on the playlist we used to listen to when we were first dating, it happened – he started crying and it all hit him – and I was like YESSSS! I won’t be the only one with a crazy emotional roller coaster happening tonight!

It was truly the best night ever. I can’t believe how easy he makes things. How the hard things are rewarding with him. How everything seems to be exactly the way it should be – but even better. I get to be with my best friend, and laugh my ass off everyday that I’m with him. I couldn’t be luckier.

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{How To:} Write Your Own Vows

Wedding Vows Header_0012 Kirby and I talked a lot about our ceremony during the year and a half leading up to our wedding. We said the whole time that we wanted it to be special and to represent us. As much as we were excited about the reception, the dancing, the dress, and our favorite people in all the world being at our wedding, we knew the reason we were celebrating was because we were getting married. We didn’t want to breeze through the ceremony and just get on with it. We wanted to tell each other and our friends and family who surrounded us how much we meant to each other. We wanted it to mean something, to be special.

I think the most compliments we received were about our ceremony, and I couldn’t believe it! I knew that it was perfectly tailored to Kirby and I and what we wanted, but it made me so happy to know that everyone saw how much we put into it. I compiled a few tips about how to write your own vows because when we first started we felt a little lost. RZ7A6306 1.) Create a relaxing environment  I finalized my vows two days before the wedding after I got a massage. I was relaxed and excited about the wedding, and it was the perfect time to collect my thoughts. They let me sit in front of the fire and have tea, and I actually got teary while I finished writing. I know not everyone can do this, but if possible try writing your vows when you’re calm. Maybe have tea in bed and put on some calming music or pour yourself a glass of wine and sit on your balcony (I don’t have a balcony, but you might!) Point is, try to avoid writing your vows during your stressful wedding week. It takes all the fun out of it. You want to be able to enjoy the process as much as possible.

2.) Get a feel for the tone and length of your partners vows We wanted ours to be a surprise to each other, but some couples decide to write them together, which is totally fine!  However, I felt the same way about our vows as I did about our first look; I wanted it to be a complete surprise during the ceremony. We went back and fourth about how long our vows would be. We wanted to make sure they weren’t completely different lengths (ie one of us going on for half and hour and the other one simply saying ‘I love you’). Being that Kirby and I are both kinda wordy, we agreed upon about one page single spaced in order to keep us from going on too long. Also, ask yourselves this: Do you want your vows to be funny, serious, light hearted, or a mix of all three?  Discussing tone is important because you don’t want it to seem like you’re on completely different pages. It’s good to know what your partner has in mind.

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3.) Don’t worry about what other people think This is for you, not anyone else. Yes, your family and friends are there to support you, but this moment is about you and your soon to be spouse. Once we realized we both had a lot to say, we kept worrying that we would bore people and go on for way too long. Eventually we decided to just not care about what other people thought and just go for it. The ceremony was for us and about committing our lives to each other; it’s not a time to rush and worry about what other people think. Because we stopped worrying about other people, our ceremony came out exactly how we wanted it, and we had no regrets.

4.) Take your time! I added sentences and ideas to my vows for months and months. I didn’t end up using half of them, but I didn’t want to look back on the ceremony and wish I had said something else. Sometimes I would be sitting at work and a random thought would pop into my head and I would immediately add it to my list of ideas so I wouldn’t forget. It was so nice to have so much material to work with once I was finalizing my vows.

5.) Read other vows and get to know what you like and dislike. Even if you’re a good writer, you (most likely) don’t write a declaration of your love for your partner everyday. It’s a different style of writing and it takes some thought. Give yourself enough time to make sure you’re really saying what you want to say. Both Kirby and I read a bunch of other vows to get an idea for how we wanted to put ours together. I realized there are so many different styles! Some people read famous poems, some people turn it into a comedy act, some people say a few simple sentences. Find out what you like best and what seems the most ‘you’.

6.) Practice. After you’ve written your vows, practice them several times. Just because what you’ve written comes across well on paper doesn’t mean it will feel natural once you’re reading them out loud. I made quite a few edits once I started reading my vows to myself and imagining saying them to Kirby. I wanted it to feel like I was talking just to him, not making some fancy speech.

Also, decide if you want to memorize them or not. I practiced enough to where I was really familiar with my vows, but there was no way I was gonna try to memorize them and hope my nerves didn’t take over. We both read from our vows, but we knew them well enough so we could make plenty of eye contact with each other. You want to be able to look into your partner’s eyes, not just down at a piece of paper. Also, read through them several times so you know where to pause and take a breath. There were several parts where I knew I just wanted to pause, look into Kirby’s eyes and take in the moment.

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7.) Have them written out and give them to your officiant. Even if you think you have them memorized, have them there just in case. Our officiant had asked for them the day before the wedding so he could have them ready for us. It was really nice not having to run around saying “Who has my vows? I don’t want to forget them!!!”

8.) Read them again! One of the most memorable things I’ve ever done was reading our vows to each other again on our honeymoon. We made sure to bring them with us, and we were able to truly soak them in and say them to each other without feeling any pressure. I cried through the whole thing! We vowed to read them to each other every year on our anniversary.

 

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Here are our vows so you can see what we came up with:

Kirby- Our wedding day is finally here, and as we stand up together in front of our closest friends and family, I want to tell you how thankful I am to be marrying you today. You are my best friend, confidant, teammate, and my one true love. I think often about how lucky and blessed I am to have a man like you.  You are the same person behind closed doors that the rest of the world sees, and you are a good, honorable, ethical man. You have so much integrity and you live your life with such honesty. I love the way you treat your friends and family and how you always have everyone’s backs. You are truly an incredible person, and there is never a doubt in my mind if this is meant to be. Ever since I was a little girl my mom told me again and again, “to thine own self be true.” I really took her advice to heart, and I know I can truly be myself when I am with you. I am able to be authentic with you, and I love that we can be silly together and we laugh with each other, not at each other (at least most of the time.) I take so much comfort and honor in the fact that you honestly and whole heartedly love me for who I am. Kirby, you, more than anyone, know my vulnerabilities, insecurities, and weaknesses, and yet you have never made me feel judged or inadequate, and you love me without reservations. You have helped me become the person I am today, and I look forward to growing with you, learning with you, and doing our very best to live fulfilling, happy lives. I adore how you always want to find new and exciting things to do whether it being trying a new food or seeing a new place. You make me laugh in all situations, and you help me keep perspective on the important things in life.

When I look back to before we were together, I realize I have always loved you. I respected the person that you were, you made me laugh harder than anyone else, you gave me butterflies that wouldn’t go away, and I trusted you like a dear friend. Now, 9 years later, our love has grown and now I get to tell you how I feel instead of just writing about it in my high school journal. We have been through a lot. We have grown close to each other’s families, gained many amazing friendships, and have traveled far and wide. You have held me up, encouraged me and coached me through some of my most difficult times, and I am so thankful to you for that support. I am aware that life will be full of ups and downs, but I feel we have already shown each other that we have each other’s backs, that we know how to work things out, how to forgive, how to laugh things off and how to support each other when life gets challenging. I look forward to many more nights of cooking dinner with you, days spent on the beach, riding bikes, and travelling to new places. I can’t wait for more inside jokes, times spent with family and friends, and making a family of our own. I wouldn’t want to grow old with anyone else.

Today Kirby, I join my life to yours. The decision to commit to sharing my life with you is one I make joyfully, easily and with total confidence in our love, and one that I’ve been looking forward to for a really long time. I promise to always make sure our relationship is strong, healthy, and fun. I promise to live life to the fullest with you, and always do my best to keep you happy, to have fun with you, to laugh with you, cry with you, protect you and love you with all of my heart. I promise to mix things up, try new things, and always do whatever it takes to keep our love as strong as it is on this day. I promise to stand with you in the good times and the bad, including rough Sharks, Giants, and 49er seasons. I believe in us, the people we will grow to be and the couple we will be together. With my whole heart, I take you as my husband, acknowledging and accepting your faults and strengths, as you do mine. I promise to be faithful and supportive and to always make our family’s love and happiness my priority. Kirby St. John, I am so excited and thankful that today I have the honor of becoming your wife. You are my best friend — my love and my life, today and always. I love you

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Emily- An actress named Loretta Young once said, “Love isn’t something you find. Love is something that finds you.” And when I heard that, it really stuck with me because I can’t think of a better way to describe how all of THIS came to be.

I met you on your first day at Soquel High. You hadn’t even walked all the way through the door of Mr. Myers’ class when I first saw you. I was struck by your beauty, of course, but there was also something about your presence that felt different and special to me. You chose a seat right next to me, so really, you found me. I didn’t do a thing. As we’ve talked and joked about many times, there was an instant chemistry between the two of us. Never dull, always engaging, and often hilarious. If someone would have told me five minutes after I met you that I was going to commit my life to you in marriage, my answer would have simply been, “Ya, okay!”  Now, it wasn’t just all downhill from there. We’ve had other relationships and experiences, partly because you kind of avoided me after our first date and you turned me down for the winter formal, but our friendship kept us close and that chemistry we had from day one always seemed to gravitate us to each other. When we first started “officially” dating in college, I remember having this sense of comfort and of my mind being at ease. It probably sounds a little intense to a lot of people, but you and I started talking about sharing our lives together pretty much from day one. And the beautiful thing was that there was never any doubt or fear in either of us. We weren’t searching for a sign or a feeling. We knew love had found us.

The most amazing years of my life have been the last six. We’ve shared a home together, traveled together, grown together, grieved together, dreamed together, and been pieces together. Being engaged has been fun and exciting, and using the word “fiancé” has even grown on me a little, but now, I am sooo ready to call you my wife. You are so stunningly beautiful today, and every day, and when I think about the way you brighten my world with your smile, your laughter and your love, I know how lucky I am and how happy you will make me throughout our life together. I promise to forever do my best to return the favor. I will always be not just your partner, but your best friend. I promise to hold your hand whenever you want, even if you squeeze a little too tight. I vow to help shoulder your challenges and nurture your dreams. I will always strive to better your life, whether that means tickling your arm when you’re falling asleep, or taking you to every corner of the world. I will always cherish what makes you you, like your made-up songs and your impromptu dances around the house. I will never stop trying to make you smile or laugh. I promise to always enjoy the little things in life with you. I will always be honest and trust your honesty with me. I promise to treasure the experience of growing old with you, because you are the love of my life, and I know that a love like ours will only find us once.

And last but not least, our ceremony video!

{How To:} Write a Killer Speech

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Although I am not married, I was a huge Emily-and-Kirby’s-Wedding enthusiast. I was the maid of honor, which can be quite a task. One of my most important MOH duties was making a speech.

I only made one other wedding speech before, at my sister’s wedding. I was 17, didn’t know the groom that well, and was insanely nervous. I was so much more comfortable leading up to my speech for Em and Kirby because, well, I wasn’t a teenager anymore. Plus I was BFFs with both the bride and groom, which makes it extra fun. We had even been talking about my speech at their wedding for years before they were even engaged.

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That was the only thing that made me nervous- the hype. I had been saying for years, “My speech at your wedding is going to be SO. EPIC.” I wasn’t exactly thinking about how that build up would feel when the day finally came. But when I sat down to write it, it all came together and I knew it would be what Em and Kirby had been looking forward to.

Here are some tips that helped me write my speech:

  • As soon as you know they’re getting married, take notes (real or mental) of stories or thoughts you want to include in the speech. I took mental notes of random funny stuff they told me about their relationship over the years, and I ended up having a lot to work with. When your friend tells you something quirky or romantic about their future partner, write it down- then you will feel so much more prepared with a bunch of material when you sit down to write it.
  • Even if you are primarily the bride’s best friend, for example, include the groom in your speech. Not just, “I think he will make you so happy, he’s a keeper, etc.” If you know him pretty well, tell a story about your first impression of him. Maybe what you thought when they announced their engagement, and how you feel now. It may seem like a no-brainer, but I feel like some people miss the opportunity to talk more about the groom in their speeches since they are obviously excited about their best friend. But it will make half of your audience a lot more interested. :)
  • Crying and laughing are always good things. I’m not gifted at saying gushy, emotional things, so I went for laughter. If you are the type of person who can just pour their heart out, do it. I love crying at weddings. Even at the reception. Plus, it’s awesome to make your friend cry at her wedding. I managed to make people laugh, and if you’re good at that, it is just as satisfying.
  • (Roughly) memorize what you’re going to say. This really helped me with both speeches I made. I still brought a piece of paper out and used it, but I had my bullet points and punch lines memorized so I could deliver it smoothly and with eye-contact.

When I was about to write my speech, I definitely got overwhelmed- especially since I had been so close to both Em and Kirb for so long. Hopefully those little tips will help spark some ideas if you are giving a speech this wedding season!

Without further ado, here is my wedding speech that I kept from Em’s wedding, in case you are curious. :)

  • Hi everyone, I’m Stephanie, the Maid of Honor.
  • Emily and I grew up together here in the Valley. We met in Junior High but became close in High School. Just when things were getting really good- we had a great system of passing each other notes and coordinating bathroom breaks from our classes to meet up and walk by the swim class where our crushes would be- she decides to switch high schools. Transfer over to Soquel, where they didn’t even know where Felton was or that it existed. I still don’t really understand this decision- she would have to drive 20 extra minutes, she was leaving me, she didn’t know anyone over there, she was leaving me, and SHE WAS LEAVING ME. I guess fate had a different plan…she met Kirby over there…but was it worth it? *Shrug*
  • Emily and I have always been on the same page, and we have always been so considerate of each other. We are just each other’s girl crushes for life. We always dress up for each other, and we have only had 2 fights in the 10 years we have been friends. And those consisted of us telling each other sorry a bazillion times and crying, saying how great the other person is. She is my best friend, and we have been talking about this moment for years, and I’m not going to cry, so moving on. I just love you, okay?
  • I met Kirby when we were like 16. I always admired his hair- very Disney original movie heartthrob (if you haven’t seen pictures, I’m sure you can find them inside the house-worth it). But I was very skeptical. Emily had a crush on him for FOREVER- why didn’t they just date already? It seemed odd to me. In my book, if you like my friend, you either profess your love for her right away because obviously she’s perfect, or you can get out. So I wasn’t really on Kirby’s team in the beginning.
  • Fast forward to them FINALLY dating. I was all for it by then, since I’ve been hearing about this guy for YEARS- just go for it already. I knew that Kirby and I would get along when he accepted right away that I was going to know EVERYTHING about him and their relationship. *Pause* That was a great sign in my opinion. No resistance.
  • Now Kirby and I are best friends too. I lived in San Diego down the street from them for two years and we became very close. I would be there to watch sports with Kirby when Emily didn’t want to (not because I like sports, but because I like Kirby and, more importantly, beer). He would tell me how the game works, and I would kill the mood by pointing out sexist undertones. He is like family to me now, and he even became a role model for me as far as what I was looking for in a guy. When I’m with him and Emily, it truly feels like home.
  • So Emily is my best friend, Kirby is my best friend, and I always want to hang out with them- so that’s reason enough for them to get married and be with me forever. But they also happen to be perfect for each other. Ugh, it’s actually really disgusting at times. They are so “that couple”, you know? Well, I’m sure you guys all know. You’ve seen it.
  • Anyway, a great example is the night that Kirby’s alarm went off on his phone when we were all hanging out at Alesha’s house. I asked him what he would have an alarm for at 8 at night, and he super nonchalantly answers me, like it is the most normal thing in the world: “Oh, it’s me and Em’s vitamin alarm”. *Pause* At that moment, I knew this was the beginning of something great. Kirby’s face immediately changed. I just looked at him, trying to keep it together and not crack up immediately and just say “What, are you 80??”. Emily is sitting there thinking this is a totally normal thing and doesn’t know what’s going on. Kirby sighs and goes “She always makes me think these things are totally normal until I say them out loud to someone else and realize how ridiculous and old we are, and how no one else does these things.” Emily started to smile and laugh and they told us how they wanted to make sure they were taking their vitamins regularly together, and it was a goal of theirs to not forget, and yadda yadda. It was hilarious. That was one of the moments when I knew they were perfect for each other.
  • That’s what is so great about their relationship- Kirby whole-heartedly will throw all of his toiletries out if Em wants to go green. He will stay home and clean the house with her last minute if she’s feeling too chaotic. He is 100% on the same page and on her side, whatever her project might be. He supports her and calms her down, and Emily keeps Kirby on his toes. And she brings out the silly side of him.
  • Fooooor example… *Pause* The time they were doing dishes and a little bubble popped out of the dish soap and was floating around the kitchen. For some reason, (do not ask me, I was not there) they decided  that they should “keep it alive”. They proceed to dance around their apartment, waving and blowing this bubble around into their living room for like 20 minutes. *Pause* This is why I am so glad they found each other early on. They’re pretty weird. And they are perfect for each other.
  • That’s why I am so glad that we- I mean they- are getting married. Seriously though- I told my mom that they were engaged and she said as I was leaving, “Tell Kirby and Emily congratulations for me!” and my response was “Oh, thank you!” *Pause* It seriously just came out. Freudian slip. So thanks for coming to our wedding everyone! We are all going to be so happy together. (And I can’t wait to go to Costa Rica!)
  • Cheers to Emily and Kirby!

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