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A Year In Bloom: A Bouquet Of Peonies, Lavender & Stocks For May

May 28th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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May

Sarah Burnhardt Peonies

Pink Ranunculus

Lavender

Viburnum Opulus

Memory Lane Roses

Lilac Stocks

Scented Eucalyptus

Rosemary Foliage

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It’s been a full 12 months since my friend and Featured Supplier Sarah of Yorkshire Florist Leafy Couture started sending flowers to my inbox every month, and this afternoon we conclude our Year In Bloom feature with the prettiest bouquet of them all.  A heady combination of summery scents in pretty pastel shades.  As usual, it’s bloomin’ gorgeous!

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Sarah and the Leafy Couture girls will be back to launch another regular feature here on these swirly silver pages shortly, but for now, enjoy the view!

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Sarah says:  May’s bouquet is a fabulous combination of spring and early summer flowers. The scent is gorgeous from the stocks, peonies and lavender. Scent is such a powerful thing, it can calm the nerves of a excited bride and also bring back wonderful memories of your special day.  The blooms are all billowing, perfect for a English country style wedding.

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In this bouquet we have gone for a textured, relaxed feel. A more "just picked" look with less uniformity. It would work really well with a lace dress or long elegant dress with few embellishments. It would also look great with floral bridesmaids dresses.

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A Year In Bloom: Peonies For An April Bridal Bouquet

April 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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april

peonies

piano roses

clematis

avalanche roses

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Is it really nearly a year that our fabulous Featured Supplier Sarah of Leafy Couture has been sending us an online bouquet and burst of floral gorgeous every month?  To me, they just keep getting lovelier and lovelier!

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You can see Leafy Couture’s blooms in full blossom this Sunday 21st April 2013 at The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Grand Wedding Exhibition at The National Railway Museum in York.  Do you have the date in your diaries? Click here for all the info and to pre-register as a VIP Bride To Be.

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In the meantime, let’s see what’s in April’s bouquet…

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Sarah says:  With the start of the sunshine and showers season I thought we would do something vibrant and seasonal this momth. The first of the peonies are starting to come through, gorgeous, scented and blowsy. I teamed them here with pink piano roses, a double rose variety with hundreds of beautiful petals, I added texture and movement using the purple clematis. Its a newcomer to the cut flower market and I can’t stop playing with it! We added Peach avalanche roses to give a contrasting colour. The bouquet was bound simply with peach ribbon. The overall feel is that of a bouquet picked from a summers garden, honeysuckle would have worked really well with the bouquet too.

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Deep vibrant dresses would work well with this colour scheme, a vibrant cerise pink bridesmaid’s dress. The shape of the bouquet would compliment most dresses.

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A Year In Bloom – A Bouquet For March

March 14th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Hand’s up!  Who else is sick of grey and whites?  It may be this second cold snap that we’ve been having, but I’m ready for Spring to be sprang already and a pop of colour here on the wedding blog.

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Luckily, our regular green fingered contributor – Sarah of Leafy Couture – read my mind. 

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March

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clematis

anemones

ranunculus

hyacinths

tulips

viburnum opulus

thalspi green bell

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Sarah says:  March’s bouquet is a burst of spring colour, its a combination I adore with all my favourite spring flowers. The colours are a vibrant mix of blues, pinks, oranges, lime greens and purples. The scented hyacinths bring the smell of spring in to any room.

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I love this bouquet because it has a wild feel to it with the purple clematis (which is a recently new addition to the cut flower world) and all the flowers are beautiful in their own right. The anemones are stunning: such a special flower with amazing details in the centre.

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You could go for a mix of colours for your bridesmaids dresses with this bouquet, with each dress a different colour to reflect the bouquet, it would suit a variety of shades and styles.

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Reflecting the season, Spring flowers bring new starts and hope, perfect for your wedding day!

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A Year In Bloom – A Bouquet For February

February 13th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Ok.  I think we’ve had enough snow now, don’t you?  Maybe leaving the beautiful Snow Queens shoot up from yesterday afternoon and into this morning (click here to catch up if you missed it) has jinxed me. At least I felt that way when I skidded down my drive and drove oh-so-slowly to this lunchtime’s meeting!  Bah.

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I think it’s time for Spring to, erm, well, spring, don’t you?  Luckily, Brides Up North Featured Supplier and regular wedding blog contributor Sarah of Leafy Couture is here with one of her beautiful bouquets and an injection of my favourite colour (c’mon, surely you could tell?) just in time for Valentine’s Day. 

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February Wedding Bouquet by Leafy Couture

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February

green cymbidium orchids

pink ranunculus

tulips

camellia leaves

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Sarah says:  The bouquet this month was inspired by love, its Valentine’s this month after all! We have gone for a lovely seasonal pretty modern mixture instead of the classic red roses.

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We have used a combination of green cymbidium orchids for a touch of the exotic, pink ranunculus – seasonal and girly like a spring peony and classic pink tulips. The flowers are young clean and pretty: perfect for a Spring wedding or a delicate posy for Valentine’s day.

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February Wedding Bouquet by Leafy Couture

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Spring is such a wonderful time for flowers, after the dark Winter it brings beautiful vibrant bulbs. 

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Ranunculus are so romantic for weddings with each one having layers and layers of delicate petals. Tulips are an elegant flower that look gorgeous en masse or used with other Spring flowers. I love that they grow so they are not the flower for you if you like flowers that stay neat and perfect, they have a wild nature of their own! We finished the bouquet with sleek camellia leaves and grosgrain ribbon.

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February Wedding Bouquet by Leafy Couture

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Happy Valentines Day! Get your man to buy you some beautiful spring flowers this year or why not break tradition and get some for him?!

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See more of our Year In Bloom series by clicking here.

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And that’s not all.  I think it’s high time to introduce you properly to the lovely lady who has been bringing us beautiful blooms month on month.  But why not let her introduce herself and her team?  Let’s take a peek behind the scenes at Leafy Couture.  This is such a gorgeous and inspiring little film. 

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Sarah says: I wanted to do a behind the scenes film to show clients who we are and our passion for what we do. It can be hard when planning your wedding to know who to choose to work with on your special day so here are the Leafy girls in action!

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We work with all different themes and ideas for weddings, every one is so different, it keeps us on our toes! The wedding in this film was one of the biggest we have worked on with thousands of roses and 5ft flower balls and was featured on Brides up North
(click here to see it!). We love a challenge and this one had us weighing flowers to work out how much the truss in the marquee ceiling could hold. The results were stunning and the marquee smelt amazing!  For more information visit the Leafy Couture website.

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Film by Artisan Films

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A Year In Bloom: A Bouquet For January

January 28th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Our first blooming and beautiful bouquet from Brides Up North Featured Supplier and regular contributor Sarah of Yorkshire florist Leafy Couture is quite literally like a breath of fresh air on a melty January afternoon. 

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Floaty light!

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January

gypsophila

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Sarah says:  As a florist I have had a love hate relationship with gypsophila, its tiny little white delicate flowers have adorned the petrol stations and supermarket bouquets of the world for years. However I have of late found my love for this versatile little cloud of pretty.

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It is super popular with weddings and has been slowly floating into themes for a while now. I love it used en-masse with it billowing everywhere. We dressed high wooden beams with it for a wedding once, like fluffy clouds above the wedding breakfast. It looks great tied in bunches on pews with pretty ribbon, in old zinc containers and in silver or clear glass. We have it in mini milk bottles in the workshop today and huge silver urns.

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It looks like snow, it feels delicate and pretty and is perfect for your wedding bouquet. We finished this bouquet with delicate lace and pearl pins. Little ones could wear a circlet of it in their hair to match.  Just gorgeous.

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A Year In Bloom: A Bouquet For November

November 23rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Sarah from Leafy Couture is back with another indulgently beautiful bouquet in pinks and crimsons to warm up your November.  Because you’re worth it! 

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Be inspired.

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November

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Grand Prix & Black Baccara Roses

Cymbidium Orchids

Hydrangea

Skimmia

Ivy Berries

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Sarah says: For November’s bouquet we chose the deep burgundy colours that hint that its nearly the festive season. I adore the mixture of cymbidium orchids and roses, it gives a lux feel to any bouquet. The hydrangea has turned this time of year and each petal shows a rainbow of tones. The skimmia and ivy berries echo all the berries in nature this time of year. The roses are Grand Prix and Black Baccara they are velvety in texture and the smell of raspberries.

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I love the ribbon detailing as it adds extra interest to the bound stems and also the two tone ribbon adds to the glamour of this little posy. It would look stunning next to dresses that were red, burgundy, sage green or pale pink. We added a gold votive as it just shows how the tones would work well in a colour scheme of these colours.

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It’s so very nearly Christmas, so don’t forget Leafy Couture’s festive classes. I’ll be there, taking advantage of the mince pies (these baby bumps have their uses)!

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Sarah says: Our festive wreath class takes place on Saturday 8th December from 10am -1pm. Learn how to make and decorate a stunning seasonal mossed wreath whilst nibbling mince pies and drinking spiced hot chocolate and we will also be demonstrating how to make some festive decorations for your home.

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Or try our festive table arrangement class on Saturday 15th December from 10am -1pm. Learn how to make a beautiful scented arrangement for your home with candles, dried fruits and decorations. We shall also be showing you other tricks to inspire you at Christmas.

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We are also opening a pop up shop for all your festive needs, we will be taking orders in the weeks leading up to the big day and will be open 20th, 21st and 22nd December in the Garden School at Courtyard Planters in Otley, we can’t wait! Come and see us for a mince pie or two!

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All course materials supplied with refreshments, courses to be held in the garden school at Courtyard Planters in Otley.  Places limited to twelve for maximum flowery festive fun! Both courses £55+ VAT each. Contact sarah@leafycouture.co.uk ASAP to make a booking.

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A Year In Bloom – A Bouquet For October

October 29th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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The clocks have gone back, the ghosties and ghoulies are gathering, the bonfires are ready to be stoked and our monthly bouquets by my friend and guest blogger Sarah of Yorkshire florist Leafy Couture are just getting more and more beautiful.   

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This vibrant October bouquet wards off the winter gloom, gives a stylish nod to Hallow’een and is my favourite yet. 

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October Bouquet by Leafy Couture

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October

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Cherry Brandy Roses

Cotinus

Scabious Seed Pods

Crespedia

Hydrangea

Chines Lanterns

Crab Apples

Berried Eucalyptus

Viburnum Steel Berry

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Sarah says: We are fully embracing Autumn with this month’s bouquet. We love all the textures and deep colour tones at this time of year, the changing leaves on the trees, that smell in the air, berries in the hedgerows and apple harvests. We have tried to bring it all together in this bouquet. A great choice of colour tone to bring warmth on a cold crisp autumn day.

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October Bouquet by Leafy Couture

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We have used cherry brandy roses, deep cotinus foliage, scabious seed pods, crespedia, hydrangea, chinese lanterns, crab apples, berried eucalyptus and viburnum steel berry. We finished the bouquet with a jute ribbon. This bouquet would look great with brown, ivory or rich orange bridesmaid dresses.

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October Bouquet by Leafy Couture

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The bouquet has lots of layers and every time you look you see more details. The cherry brandy roses with their two tone appearance and cotinus with its variegated leaf reflect the changing autumn leaves. The wired crab apples and lanterns add a different dimension and we love to use these in arrangements this time of year.

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October Bouquet by Leafy Couture

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And if it’s nearly the end of October, that that only means one thing:  Christmas is coming (wahoo)!

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If, like me, you fancy trying out your floristry skills before you hear the jingle of sleigh bells, then Leafy Couture’s festive classes are for you.  I signed up back in July!  Who is for joining me in decking the halls this December?

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Sarah says:  Our festive wreath class takes place on Saturday 8th December from 10am -1pm. Learn how to make and decorate a stunning seasonal mossed wreath whilst nibbling mince pies and drinking spiced hot chocolate and we will also be demonstrating how to make some festive decorations for your home.

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Or try our festive table arrangement class on Sunday 15th December from 10am -1pm. Learn how to make a beautiful scented arrangement for your home with candles, dried fruits and decorations. We shall also be showing you other tricks to inspire you at Christmas.

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We are also opening a pop up shop for all your festive needs, we will be taking orders in the weeks leading up to the big day and will be open 20th, 21st and 22nd December in the Garden School at Courtyard Planters in Otley, we can’t wait! Come and see us for a mince pie or two!

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All course materials supplied with refreshments, courses to be held in the garden school at Courtyard Planters in Otley. Places limited to twelve for maximum flowery festive fun! Both courses £55+ VAT each. Contact sarah@leafycouture.co.uk to make a booking.

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A Year In Bloom – A Bouquet For September

October 1st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Would you look at that, I’m a day late! 

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Mental note: 30 days hath September.

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Still, this beautiful bouquet for September by regular blog contributor and Featured Supplier Sarah of Leafy Couture was too good to miss, even if it is the 1st of October already.  Be inspired!

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Leafy Couture - Bouquet For September

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Upper Secret Roses

Snowberry

Astrantia

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Leafy Couture - Bouquet For September

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Sarah says:  September’s hand tied bouquet gives a little nod to the changing season with the use of Upper Secret Roses.  The two tone rose reminds me of the time in September when all the leaves start to change and you know Autumn is coming.

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Upper Secret are a gorgeous rose – really strong and would compliment many colour schemes. We teamed them here with Snowberry and Astrantia to add a bit of texture. Autumn is full of berries and so Snowberry seemed appropriate.

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The Astrantia is so pretty and delicate, it too has a two tone effect with its delicate paper like petals.

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We finished the bouquet with two ribbons, the stems can be bound in many ways. We are enjoying experimenting with different effects at the moment. It is a lovely way to bring your colour scheme in to the flowers or to highlight a colour that you may be wearing.

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This colour scheme would work with a number of bridesmaids dress colours, ivory would look great but also a delicate blush or dark maroon or raspberry.

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Leafy Couture - Bouquet For September

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A Year In Bloom: A Bouquet For June

June 26th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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In this new series on the wedding blog, one of my friends and very favourite florists Sarah of Leafy Couture shares her favourite seasonal blooms for each month of the year with twelve stunning bouquet ideas for you to print out and keep.  Scrapbooks at the ready!

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James Melia for Leafy Couture

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White Peonies

Lily of the Valley

White Freesia

Rosemary

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Sarah of Leafy Couture says: One of the many joys of being a wedding florist is the changing season keep provides you with constant inspiration. June to me will always signify peonies, the heady scent, the delicate unfolding layers of the petals. I get so excited when the first ones are available. Here white peonies have been tied together with Lily of the Valley, the tiny delicate bells that have such a special short season, We have brides who have chosen their wedding date based on the availability of this delicate pairing.

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James Melia for Leafy Couture

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I added delicate white freesia too, my favourite scent. I had a huge vase of freesia in the room when I was getting ready on my own wedding day, the smell of them takes me back to the nervous excitement I felt that morning. I have also added rosemary, a lovely summer herb to use in bouquets as it not only adds more scent but signifies remembrance. It is so important to have scent in your bouquet as when you smell that same scent in the future the memories will come flooding back.

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James Melia for Leafy Couture

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The style of this bouquet is classic, elegant and would suit all kinds of dresses, it would work especially well with a lace embellished dress as it is very romantic.

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James Melia for Leafy Couture

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