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Modern San Diego Warehouse Wedding

This sweet couple is no stranger to the pages of SMP. We first fell in love with their super creative video save-the-date (I dare you not to tear up!) and then shared their darling engagement session set in Joshua Tree National Park. But today, we’re coming full circle with both their wedding images and film that has set the bar for modern-style celebrations. Big thanks to Meiwen Wang and Daniel Lee for capturing the lovefest that’s officially stolen our hearts.


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From The Bride…Immediately after our engagement we began grinding away – we planned our budget on spreadsheets, visited various vendors, and searched for the perfect venue. Needless to say, our first venue visit ended up as our venue for the actual wedding. Our venue choice set the tone for our wedding day- chill vibes and fun times without losing sight of the purpose of our wedding. Everything exceeded our expectations, and we have our vendors, family, and friends to thank for that.

As our ceremony and reception both took place at BRICK, it meant that we had to do a flip in between. We are so thankful for everyone who was so willing to help. A tip to wedding couples: Don’t be afraid to ask for help! When people ask “Do you need any help with anything?”, they are genuinely eager to assist in any way that they can.

Although I was skeptic on how everything would come together, the details worked themselves out. From the beautiful flowers by Pick Tulip to our food catered by Phil’s BBQ, and our rentals from Folklore Vintage Rentals and Madmade Designs…we would not change anything about our wedding. We are truly grateful for Meiwen Wang and Daniel Lee for capturing our day so beautifully.

Our favorite moments from the day did only include the ones filled with emotions, but just celebrating with our closest people in the world. The best way for a bride and groom to share love with everyone at a wedding (albiet probably impossible for a big wedding) is to just groove out with everyone on the dance floor. You probably won’t say hi, give a hug, or share a few words with everyone at your wedding. But dancing with many people at once gives all your closest friends and families a shot to share a moment with you on your momentous day.

From Meiwen WangIf I describe Allen & Eugenia in one word it would be LOVED. They are adored, cherished, and dearly loved by everyone around them, and their wedding day was oozing with the joy that they bring to their friends & family. My heart was so full! Everything about their wedding was perfect– the bridesmaids beautiful dark & blush dresses, the insane florals, the Phil’s BBQ buffet (read: the best ribs in the world)– but the thing I loved the most about their wedding was that it was so authentic– beyond all the pretty details & planning they are a couple who understands deeply the meaning of MARRIAGE. That this was just the beginning of their future, of learning to love selflessly and sacrificially and to enjoy each others lives together. It felt so stress-free, so effortlessly beautiful, and so FUN.

Photography: Meiwen Wang | Cinematography: Daniel Lee | Coordination: Holly Kalkin Weddings | Floral Design: Pick Tulip | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Cake: Panoply Cafe | Catering: Phil's BBQ | Makeup: E2 Beauty | Hair: Ellie Botts | DJ: Daniel Botticelli | Groom's Attire: Combatant Gentlemen | Venue: Brick SD | Brass Vessel Rentals: Madmade Designs | First Look: Balboa Park | Getting Ready Venue: Air BnB | Photo Booth: Pixster Photo Booths | Rentals: Folklore Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Allie's Party Rentals | Veil: Handmade By Sara Kim

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Family-Friendly Beach Bungalow Home Tour

This beach bungalow makes me want to jump right through my screen. I’d walk barefoot around, feeling the breeze through open windows and soaking in every colorful, happy inch. Designed by Haley Weidenbaum and debuted on Homepolish, take a walk through with us and see the proof that family-friendly can (and clearly does) translate to pretty.

From HomepolishWith a young daughter and a baby on the way, this family’s second priority (after having a beautiful home design) was kid-friendly furniture and fabrics. With their designer Haley Weidenbaum, this cute bungalow was given a stunning, pragmatic makeover. Without catering to the typical family-oriented soft corners and dark stain-camouflaging fabrics, Haley created a bright, light and charming home that showcases her client Leslie’s great taste.

A cozy but comfortable dining room is hard to pull off! Drawing the eye upward with the simple chandelier is a one-step trick and expanding the space with this Gray Malin beach photo (and check out his new collection by the way. It’s amazing.) is transportive, no?

These West Elm bookshelves were an amazing find. They fit perfectly, look great and took care of the client’s unbalanced book-to-storage ratio!

Just because you have kids doesn’t mean a white sofa is a dream you’ll have to tuck away for 18 years. Durable, stain-resistant fabrics are your best friend.

Just because you don’t have a pool doesn’t mean you can’t have pool chairs! Keep the garden hose close by and even the cute towel has a practical use. Sometimes faking it is just as good.

These St. Frank pieces on the wall work perfectly with the master bedroom’s color scheme.

About the master bedroom, Haley says, “To contrast the bright playfulness of the entire house the client Leslie wanted their bedroom to be an oasis. I loved the peacefulness of the space. Very important for parents of two young kids!”

Figuring out the kid’s room layout was challenging but by trying several iterations and considering the accessories and compromising furniture (under-bed storage!), Haley was able to create a comfortable, cozy and beautiful space for the little girls to grow into.

Photography: Tessa Neustadt | Photography: Gray Malin | Interior Design: Homepolish

Bright + Modern Vow Renewal Inspiration

You know what’s sweet? Vow renewals. Even sweeter? A vow renewal inspiration that’s filled with pops of color and one sweet lil’ addition. And thanks to the ever-so-talented Tina Jay Photography we’ve got just that to share with you today. A contemporary celebration that’s sure to inspire, we invite you to scroll and pin the pretty that awaits you in The Vault!

From Tina Jay PhotographyThe inspiration for our Bright + Modern Vow Renewal Styled Shoot started when we decided to get together and photograph something fun and happy in these long winter months. The gorgeous, bright details of this styled shoot came together at the perfect time – our shoot took place on the day of the Jonas Blizzard! We managed to get everything put together and photographed, RIGHT as the first flurries started to fall.

We chose a new venue in Central PA for this styled shoot – The Bond, in York, Pennsylvania. The Bond has such a cool vibe, with an industrial feel. I absolutely love the juxtaposition of the bright, geometric details against the industrial look and feel of the venue. We used a square leather table with accompanying acrylic chairs for our table setup, which looked amazing not only with the details, but against the white-washed brick in the venue. And the details – they make me oh so happy! These bright + happy flowers were the perfect pick-me-up for a cold winter day. I absolutely loved the bright florals along with the geometric designs of the paper goods and cake.

The flowy pink tulle skirt that our bride wore was total perfection for this vow renewal. Pair that with a cute-as-can-be white tulle dress for the couple’s daughter, and it was sweetness overload!

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Photography: Tina Jay Photography | Event Design: Laurel & Elm | Event Planning: Merren Events | Floral Design: Fosters Flowers | Cake: The Couture Cakery | Stationery: Laurel & Elm | Reception Venue: The Bond | Makeup: Veronique's Creative Artistry | Hair: Leeann Foust Of Mood Swings Salon | Bride's Shirt: Forever 21 | Flower Girl Dress: Light In The Box | Headpiece: Kristin Perry Accessories | Table + Chair Rentals: Party Rental Ltd. | Tulle Skirt: Welcome To Royalty

5 Ingredients You Need for a Killer Coffee Table

Aside from the dining room table, our coffee tables are the next table we gather around the most in our homes. So why not make it a beautiful, true reflection of our style? From little decorative bits to inspiring pages, here are five basic ingredients to make yours shine!

5 Ingredients You Need for a Killer Coffee Table
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Elegant, Organic + Romantic Holman Ranch Inspiration Shoot

I’m a sucker for a pretty blush and white wedding, but this inspiration shoot from Carlie Statsky Photography and Engaged & Inspired is taking me over to the colorful side. The combination of the bright pink, dusty rose, and marigold yellow florals from Mandolin Floral against the neutral gray and white tablescape (complete with marble chargers) from Borrowed Blu and the natural beauty of Holman Ranch  is simply stunning. See all the beauty in The Vault!

From Carlie StatskyThis was a styled shoot for the first day of Reach, the workshop that Allison from Engaged and Inspired and I hosted at Holman Ranch for wedding photographers and wedding planners late last year. We wanted the first day’s inspiration shoot to be an elegant and romantic one with a touch of the unexpected and unique. Allison did an amazing job with the whole design, and I loved how she mixed grey linens, grey marble chargers, white plates and gold accents together with the daring and eclectic color palette seen in the organic floral arrangements from Mandolin Floral. Jane Kim, (the Glamourist) did and equally amazing job with the styling of our real life couple, (lifestyle blogger Natalie Dressed and her husband.) I think brides will be inspired by the idea of pairing an affordable lace top (like the For Love and Lemons one that Natalie wore) together with a big wrap skirt like this one from Lace and Bustle. I also loved the luxe details from Yonder Design’s letterpress menus and etched marble place cards at each setting. The whole shoot came together in the most beautiful and graceful way thanks to our team of talented vendors and the ever-inspiring grounds at Holman Ranch.

From Engaged & InspiredWe knew we wanted something elegant and beautiful when designing this dinner for 30. We decided on neutrals for the place settings and fall floral with a brighter pop of pinks and purples than most fall floral inspiration. The white place settings offered a slight contrast to the grey linens while still feeling very modern and clean. The marble was a perfect touch to add the texture and the stone place cards completed the whole look. The floral and candle treatments offered a full table while still leaving enough room for a family style dinner.

Photography: Carlie Statsky | Event Planning + Design: engaged & inspired | Floral Design: Mandolin Floral | Catering: Paradise Catering | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Holman Ranch | Bride's Sash + Skirt: Lace and Bustle Bridal | Bride's Top: For Love And Lemons | Hair, Makeup + Styling: The Glamourist | Jewelry + Watch: Fourtane | Model: Natalie Comstock | Rentals: Chic Event Rentals | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Stationery + Etched Marble Place Cards: Yonder Design | Tabletop Rentals: borrowed BLU | Workshop: Reach

West Texas Ranch Wedding Full of Rustic Elegance

Laura and Luke’s big day is the stuff rustic wedding dreams are made of. With details like the Bride’s bell-sleeve vintage-inspired wedding dress, the refreshment-filled canoe and the ceremony cedar arbor built by the Groom, the former NFL cheerleader and her entrepreneur hubby’s at-home ranch wedding is every kind of perfect. See all the pretty from NBarrett Photography in The Vault!

From NBarrett PhotographyThis is one of my favorite West Texas weddings! The couple was married at the Groom’s family ranch in Knickerbocker, just outside of San Angelo. Laura is a former 49ers cheerleader and Luke is an entrepreneur that recently started his own fly fishing company- @txflyco! They were wed under an arbor on the back lawn and then danced under the stars for the reception.

From The Bride…My husband, Luke, grew up in San Angelo, TX where he spent most of his time on their family ranch right outside of town. The ranch is a place where Luke learned to hunt and fish, and it is a place he has bonded with his family and friends. It has always held a very special place in his heart and when we stared dating, it became a huge part of my life, as well.

In December of 2014, what was supposed to be an evening hike on the ranch, Luke dropped to one knee and asked to spend forever with me. This wonderful place where we had shared so many memories now possessed my most favorite memory to date!

Soon after the engagement we started brainstorming on where we wanted to get married. I’m from Austin, TX, which boasts some of the most beautiful wedding venues in the country, but for Luke and I it seemed silly to rent a venue when we had such a special one out west – the ranch. As daunting a task as it seemed to plan a wedding completely from scratch at a place that was not a “set” venue, we knew our hearts were set on the ranch! And, Luke and I were so lucky to have such generous, hardworking and creative families to pull this wedding off!

We wanted the wedding to be a reflection of who we were as a couple. From my bell sleeved vintage inspired dress to a canoe filled with refreshments to geode slices on each place setting, we made sure to have bespoke touches in every detail of the wedding. We both have an immense love for the outdoors so we wanted that rustic feel to come across in our wedding, but we also wanted to convey a formal and traditional feeling to our day, as well. We incorporated antlers found on the ranch and utilized river rocks from the creek, but also hung chandeliers and had the men in tuxedos. We chose a color theme of burgundies, blushes and white accompanied by gold accents and lots of greenery because we thought it would be a lovely contrast against the green pastures on the ranch. When thinking of my favorite parts from our wedding, it’s so hard to pick just one! However, there were several details that were the most memorable from the cedar post arbor that Luke built to the table settings that my mom put together to the most delicious mashed potatoes ever! Aside from incorporating unique touches to the wedding, our main goal was to give our guests a romantic and joyful vibe the whole evening. We had a cocktail area for guests to enjoy drinks and conversation under lighted trees and stars, while we had a band and dance floor set up under a large white tent for twirling the night away! It was the greatest gift to look around and see all the people we love in total merriment!

Photography: n.barrett Photography | Event Planning & Design: City Cafe & Bakery | Floral Design: HEB | Wedding Dress: Stardust Celebrations | Cake: City Cafe & Bakery | Invitations: Dragonfly Designs | Catering: City Cafe & Bakery | Hair + Makeup: Kacey Jenkins | Band: McKay Brothers | Venue: Knickerbocker Ranch | Linen Rentals: City Cafe & Bakery | Photography - Assistance: Matchless Photography | Rentals: City Cafe & Bakery

Rustic and Cultural Wedding in North Carolina

I can’t help but smile when looking at this gorgeous celebration of love hosted at non other than a goat farm. Yes, you read that right. A goat farm. And it’s basically the best. Planned to perfection by Gather Together Events with stunning florals from Lindsay Rae Design, every image from Amber Gress Photography makes me wish I pulled the invite to this love-filled day. See it all in the VAULT.


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From The Bride…Our two-day wedding ceremony in NC was everything I could have wished for! The mixing of cultures and people from around the world, all the fun I had designing it, and the food was a dream!

We ended up hosting our wedding in NC at a Hindu temple and then at a Goat Farm with an Inn. We both live in NYC, but both of us are from NC and our families still live there. Rachit has an office that is headquartered out of NC, so he is there every month. In a sense, having the wedding in NC was a destination, people traveled from all over the world to attend the wedding, however, there was also a large contingency of NC friends and family who didn’t have far to go! It was so fun for my parents that I was down in NC so much more for wedding planning!

Rachit and I have a somewhat fun “how we met” story – it all started on Twitter. As I mentioned, both of us are from NC, but we met in NYC. A mutual friend of ours through the NC connection “announced” Rachit on Twitter when he moved up to NYC and I decided to hit the FOLLOW button. As time went by we noticed we had a lot in common, especially when it came to food and adventures each one of us embarked on around NYC. After about 3 months of banter back and forth on Twitter, I asking him out on a food “friend date”. We had a blast. Two and a half weeks, and 5 dates later it was pretty obvious that we were both really excited about this. Rachit had planned a long trip home to NC for three weeks that month, so we parted ways but kept in touch. The day he got back, we arranged another food adventure in Bushwick and the rest is history: 6 years later we are still taking adventures and still obviously really excited (and in love!) with each other.

Our Friday Hindu ceremony was at a Hindu temple in Morrisville. The rest of the weekend was at Celebrity Dairy Inn & Farm in Siler City. I had been to Celebrity Dairy before when I was younger for a Sunday supper series with my parents, I remembered loving the food and the atmosphere there, so it came to mind immediately. I reached out to Flemming, the owner, to talk about details and everything just clicked! Flemming and her team source all the food locally and were able to create a menu from scratch for us which was really important, since we are big foodies. Plus, his family has a lot of vegetarians and my family doesn’t eat beef or pork. Flemming even incorporated some special Jewish and Hindu dishes into our menu! She also allowed us to ship in our own local beers and wine from our favorite shop in NY. As a wedding industry person, being able to not have constraints was really important to me, plus, the price was right!

The two day celebration and the melding of our two cultures was so special for us and something that all of our guests commented on a lot after the wedding. Jewish and Hindu ceremonies actually have a lot of similarities like the 7 circular processions under the Mandap/Chuppah, and the lighting of the fire, and the 7 blessings.

I only went to one gown store to find, and I only tried on 3 dresses – by my friend and talented designer Rebecca Schoneveld. I have worked in the industry and in fashion long enough to have a pretty good ideal of what I wanted for my gown. Working with Rebecca allowed me to have a dress that was not only stunning but custom designed for me, I tweaked the design of her Gemma gown to create my look. It was the last dress I tried on, and when I did, I just knew it felt right. Also, as an accessory person (Hushed Commotion), I had mostly designed my ideal headpiece by then, and they perfectly complimented one another!

I had a lot of fun with my headpiece(s)! I made drawings and consulted with my hair stylist, Stacy at StylesOnB (who also came down to NC to do my hair!), about the best way to secure this unique piece to my head so that it would look natural but also be secure throughout the whole day. I love red, and it also is a prominent Indian wedding color, so I custom designed the silk flowers to draw in that special element. I love real flowers, but sometimes you can’t get the blooms you want, or they fall out as the day goes by, so silk flowers were a perfect choice. I love gold accents and wanted it to feel rustic but special, the vine detail with crystals and gold flowers brought all that together. For Friday: I designed and created the head chain that I wore with my Lengha, as well as my decorative hand chains, it was a very fun challenge!

I love shoes, but I wanted them to feel special to me, so I decided to embellish a pair of shoes for my Jewish ceremony! I used materials from my headpiece so that it would all feel cohesive, then, I went all out with the detailing! I am not a big fan of ivory shoes, so having a blush colored heel with gold detailing felt right for me.

I designed all of the paper goods myself, including the watercolor painting. I went to design school and knew that I would have a lot of opinions on the design, so I just went for it all myself! It was tough, everyone has opinions to consider, but I love how we were able to combine the whimsical romantic feel I love with Rachit’s love for clean lines. I loved making the ceremony program for Saturday, I had asked all the guests that RSVP’ed to the wedding to add a one line “Words of Wisdom” for us; I then took all of those wonderful lines and scattered them all across the outside of the program so everyone could enjoy the wisdom people had shared. My other favorite part was doing the little drawing of us that we used on the program and the hot sauce bottles. That was tricky though because all the items with our drawing on it, I couldn’t share with Rachit or he would have seen my dress before the wedding! I asked his brother for a lot of advice instead.

One of the most special parts of the planning process was working on our Ketubah with my godmother. She is a paper cut artist and calligrapher, and was a huge part of my artistic growth as a young girl. Being able to bring her work into my wedding was a true honor and blessing. She was incredibly understanding and creative when it came to combining aspects of Jewish and Hindu art for the final piece. We were all floored when we saw the final result, it’s spectacular!

I flew down my good friend and superbly talented florist Lindsay Rae to do all the flowers for the wedding. She came in the week before the wedding and stayed with me at my parents house. It was so much fun making flowers on the porch and drinking wine in the evenings! I knew I wanted really lush and whimsical flowers for the wedding, and I had also made a deal with Rachit: he is very practical, he never buys me flowers as gifts, it’s always fun stuff like a new Kindle or a camera. He thinks flowers are a waste of money since they die quickly. So, I told him: I was going to make up for all the flowers he will never buy me – at our wedding! Lindsay could see my vision perfectly, she incorporated the red that tied in my headpiece and our general weekend colors, as well as all the foliage and the rustic vibe that I love. There was even some ivy from my parents house in my bouquet! One of my favorite things she did was the tall arrangements at the tables, I love that they were all foliage, no flowers – it just looked so beautiful, not too fussy and wonderfully unexpected. The chuppah was adorned with lovely draped foliage which perfectly complimented the custom wood chuppah that my godmother designed and created for our wedding. Also, using the ivy on the hanging farm table chains was genius!

The weekend of the ceremony..was chilly! We had hoped it would be warmer, the beginning of the week it was almost 80 degrees and yet by Saturday it was 45, but we made it work. We had a big clear top heated tent for the reception, so we just moved it all inside. As everyone always says, have a back up plan, and go with the flow the day of the wedding. It was a bummer not to do it outside, but in the end it worked out really beautifully!

Photography: Amber Gress | Cinematography: Birdhouse Productions | Event Planning: Gather Together | Floral Design: Lindsay Rae Design | Wedding Dress: Rebecca Schoneveld | Cakes: Details Cake Design | Ceremony Venue: The Hindu Society Of NC | Reception Venue: Celebrity Dairy Farm & Inn | Catering: Celebrity Dairy Farm & Inn | Hair: Styles On B | Lighting: Get Lit Special Event Lighting | DJ: Bunn DJ Company | Groom's Attire: My Suit | Rabbi: Rabbi A. Ettin | Bride's Ring: Custom Made In NY | Bride's Wedding Blazer: Ann Taylor | Cinematography Editing: Love + Brain Films | Custom Cake Topper: Anthony Lamberty | Custom Ketubah + Chuppah Frame: Galia Goodman (the Brides Godmother) | Decor Furniture: Paisley & Jade | Groom's Ring: Jewelsmith | Groom's Tie + Pocket Square: J.Crew | Hair Accessories + Shoes: Hushed Commotion | Hindu Attire: From India | Invitations + Stationery: Hushed Commotion | Klezmer Band: Freylach Time | Linen Rentals + Draping: Party Tables | Stationery Printing: Rolling Press | Tent + Rentals: Party Reflections

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Romantic + Traditional Greek Island Wedding

I’m not usually at a loss for words, but words can’t do this Mira Zwillinger wedding dress justice—it’s that beautiful. And that dress, plus the scenic Greek island of Chios and this gorgeous Bride and Groom add up to one stunning destination wedding (and a serious case of wanderlust). Fall in love with each and every gorgeous detail, captured by Caught The Light and Can Kinalikaya, in The Vault!


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From The Bride…Ever since I was a little girl it had been my dream to get married on the island of Chios in Greece. Chios is what I call my “true home” – my parents, grandparents and great-grandparents all come from this beautiful Greek island and I spent practically every summer there swimming in the turquoise seas, eating amazing food and living the chilled out, Greek summer life. Luckily, when Paul asked me to marry him, he let my dream become a reality and, after just under a year of crazy (yet wonderful) planning, our three day wedding bonanza took place in August.

We had decided to get married in the church of Saint Nicholas located in my father’s village and where he used to be an altar boy when he was growing up. As soon as we visited the church we knew we had to get married there – it is located right on the sea front, it is vibrantly decorated in blues and golds and the fact that it held such a special place in my father’s heart sealed the deal.

The happiest moment of my day was being led by my father in his captain’s uniform through the village to the church – I had all my family behind me and a Greek band playing the traditional Greek wedding song on my way. It was absolutely amazing. And when I caught sight of my husband waiting for me at the church entrance I did all that I could to keep it together! It was super hard!

After our wedding ceremony we treated our guests to some traditional Chian drinks and snacks outside the church and an opportunity to take some pictures on the seafront. It was then off to the wedding venue for the fun to start.

The Argentikon is located in Kampos, one of the most beautiful parts of Chios. Kampos is like a maze of fantastic red-stone houses, high walls, narrow streets and huge wooden doors that hide the most mesmerising estates behind them. This is completely true of the Argentikon which, hidden behind such wooden doors, lies acres upon acres of a 16th Century Italian estate surround by citrus groves. As soon as Joanna, our incredible wedding planner, took us around the Argentikon we knew we had to get married there. It was a true fairytale and I can’t explain how beautiful the venue looked. We started off with cocktail hour around an ancient water-wheel and cistern that used to water the acres of lemon and orange trees around us. As the sun was setting on the trees and the majestic bougainvillea all around, I felt like I was in a dream.

We then moved the guests on to the wedding breakfast area which was a gorgeous, outdoor courtyard covered in flowers, candles and accents of gold and blush. On the way in to the courtyard we had one of the ancient marble cisterns filled with water and hundreds of floating candles to add to the ambience of the venue. It really looked magical. As a nod to my husband’s Irish blood, we themed the table names after racehorses (and then each table got to bet on the length of the best men’s speech to “win” the race).

After dinner we had a traditional Greek band and surprised our guests with some traditional Chian dancers. This was when the party truly started and my husband pulled out some of the most amazing Greek dance moves I’ve ever seen (and he claims he didn’t even practice!).

All of our vendors were fantastic – from the wonderful Browns Bride in London where I found my dress to the most beautiful wedding stationery designed by Louise Richardson and our day was captured so magically by Chloe at Caught the Light Photography and Can Kinalikaya Videography. And, of course, we couldn’t have done anything without Joanna Loukaki event planning who held my hand every step of the way and co-ordinated everything in Greece whilst we were in London. She made our dreams come true!

Photography: Caught The Light | Cinematography: Can Kinalikaya | Wedding Dress: Mira Zwillinger | Stationery: Louise Richardson Stationery | Ceremony Venue: Agios Nikolaos Greek Orthodox Church | Reception Venue: Argentikon Luxury Suites | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Coast | Groom's Attire: Charlie Allen Bespoke Tailoring | Bridal Boutique: Browns Bride | Event Planning + Floral Design: Joanna Loukaki | Hair Accessories: Lila Lila

Outer Banks Wedding Showcase at Sanderling Resort + A Giveaway!

There are bridal shows, and then there is the Outer Banks Wedding Showcase hosted by Sanderling Resort, a non-stop day of drop-dead gorgeous inspiration set against one of the world’s most beautiful backdrops. Think one talented vendor after another, yummy treats and useful tools to help pull off your dream wedding.  All happening on March 19th, you must add this to your calendar NOW, lovelies.

Saying “I do” at the Outer Banks is always a beautiful thing… especially with the help of some of the most talented vendors you will ever meet.  From cakes to floral to photography, the Outer Banks Wedding Showcase offers up over 30 wedding experts that will help you weave together that luxurious affair you’ve always imagined.  Spend your day sampling tasty treats (hello cake, chocolate and Italian Ice), soaking in your complimentary hair and makeup consultation at The Relaxation Lounge, enjoying the live entertainment and even relaxing with a foot massage.  It’s the wedding showcase to end all wedding showcases and we couldn’t be more excited.

Start making plans NOW to attend the Outer Banks Wedding Showcase hosted by Sanderling Resort on March 19th.  Breathtaking tablescapes, fabulous gift bags and your dream day are sooo waiting.


WhatThe Outer Banks Wedding Showcase at Sanderling Resort is giving away a one night stay (either March 18th or 19th, 2016) for the Show, plus two tickets to attend! (Value $299)

How: Simply tell us in the comments below why you CAN NOT WAIT to say “I do” on the Outer Banks!

Who: One lucky winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, March 11, 2016.  For terms and conditions, click here.  Good luck, lovelies! xo


Classic + Chic West Village Anniversary Session

Have you ever seen a more dapper pair!? I should say not. These two take the cake when it comes to fine style with their Faubourg Saint Sulpice suits and handcrafted bow ties. Oliver Fly captured them in all their glory, in honor of their one year anniversary in their new home in NYC, and the results are nothing short of fashionably fantastic. See it all in our Vault right this way!

From the Grooms… Our engagement and wedding pictures were very important to us because they were taken in Paris, which we both loved for the years we lived there. We felt like engaging ourselves in one of the most beautiful cities in the world deserved elegance, and the theme that we picked was “Monsieur & Monsieur”. This theme was mainly built around a balance of classic-chic styles with just a hint of modern touch. We opted for grey and blue Prince de Galles suits topped with handcrafted wooden bow ties with our two names custom engraved on back.

The bow tie then became the key recurring touch of our wedding, from the wedding invitation, stamps, and menu to the table decorations. With a December wedding, we also added a Christmas touch to our wedding with miniature Christmas trees as centerpieces, painted in black and silver per consistency with our modern-chic theme.

A year later we now live in another remarkable place, New York City, and decided for our wedding anniversary to call back our wedding photographer Oliver Fly who was coming from Paris and to re-dress up with our wedding outfits to mirror our Parisian photo session in some the City’s unique spots, reliving our wedding souvenirs.

We decided to do this anniversary session in one of the most trendy districts of New York City, the West Village, in the middle of the famous Perry Street surrounded by all the authentic brownstones houses and their gorgeous staircases, the perfect setting for a Saturday afternoon’s unforgettable moments together.

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Photography: Oliver Fly Photography | Shoes: Faubourg Saint Sulpice | Wedding Bands: Cartier | Bow Ties: Two Guys Bow Ties | Suits: Faubourg Saint Sulpice

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Blogger Bride: Sprouted Routes Organic Bridal Makeup Tutorial

As the woman behind organic lifestyle and healthy food blog Sprouted Routes, I’m hugely passionate about products that nourish my skin and body, but I’m not willing to sacrifice quality. Luckily, Natalie Olson, the green makeup artist and general beauty genius from Credo Beauty agreed to give me some pointers for organic bridal makeup that I could feel good about – and look great wearing!

SKIN | Use your fingers to rub a primer into your face, like you’re applying lotion. Natalie loves Vapor Soft Focus Stratus Instant Skin Perfect, which has yellow tones that minimize red undertones and minimizes some of the red undertones, and fills in your pores to get you a nice photo finish. This is extra important for wedding makeup because you need it to last all day. Smooth it all over the face and down the neck as well.

EYES | Smooth primer all over your eyelid, so that the colors will appear more true and your eye makeup will stay on all day and night.Press “Charmed” by Kjaer Weis, a warm, light beige, just on the lid, working it out to the crease. Use your finger to soften the edges. Dust Kjaer Weis Cloud 9, a light shimmery shade, along the brow bone.Using a thin angled brush, press ecobrow in the shade “Liz” a rich dark brown, right along the upper lashline. This won’t look like you’re wearing eyeliner, but it’ll add a really natural, beautiful definition to your eyes and thicken your lashes. While this ecobrow product is technically designed for brows, Natalie uses it as an eyeliner, because there aren’t any good organic gel eyeliners on the market right now, and it works beautifully for the purpose.

Using a thin angled brush, press ecobrow in the shade “Liz” a rich dark brown, right along the upper lashline. This won’t look like you’re wearing eyeliner, but it’ll add a really natural, beautiful definition to your eyes and thicken your lashes. While this ecobrow product is technically designed for brows, Natalie uses it as an eyeliner, because there aren’t any good organic gel eyeliners on the market right now, and it works beautifully for the purpose.Use ecobrow “Penelope” on a stiff, angled brush to fill in the brows. Natalie recommends a gel liner over a pencil, because it’s easier to control, and when you brush it out, it looks softer and less harsh than pencil liner. Follow the natural shape of your brows, using short, feathery strokes, then brush it out with a spoolie brush. Be sure to do this step before foundation – if you do it after, you might end up with spoolie marks in your foundation. Take a thin eyeliner brush, and work Kjaer Weis in Grace, a light mocha color, onto the lid, just above the liner. This will accent the liner and adds depth and definition.

You want to use your ring finger for this next step, because it’s your weakest and won’t pull and tug on your skin as such. Tap it into the foundation – Natalie likes Kjaer Weis’s cream foundations, which are full coverage and flawless – to warm it up and then sweep it onto the face. Because many natural makeups are oil based, it’s better to use your fingers to apply them, because the heat from your skin will warm up the oils in the product and make it blend seamlessly with your skin. Natalie recommends using a very full coverage foundation and then blending it in intensely, so you get all the coverage you need for photos, but with a very natural finish. She also recommends you avoid SPF on your wedding day unless you’re in the direct sun in the middle of the afternoon, since many natural sunscreens have zinc in them, which causes flashback, making your skin appear really white in photos. If you do need to use sunscreen, avoid ones with zinc.

CONCEAL | Natalie uses RMS Uncoverup #22 under your eyes and anywhere else you have residual redness or blemishes. Natalie uses her ring finger to tap it on until it melts into the skin. Use a thin brush to line under the eyes with Kjaer Weis Wisdom, which is a silver/taupe color. Add a touch of your highlight color from your brow bone – Natalie used Kjaer Weis Cloud 9 to the inner corner of your eyes to brighten them. This is one of the things Natalie recommends keeping in your makeup bag to touch up throughout the day, as it brightens your face and makes it glow.

SET | Use a cotton round to press loose powder into skin (Natalie likes RMS Un-powder). You just want to gently press it on top of the foundation. This is good to do throughout the day to avoid shine, especially right before a photography session. Rub a bit of W3LL people stick bronzer onto the back of your hand so that it warms up and becomes easier to work with, then use your fingers to gently sweep it in a big C, from your forehead to under your cheekbone. Use your fingers to lightly run it along your hairline as well. Using what’s left on your fingers, run a little bit down the sides of your nose to give it a bit of shape.

HIGHLIGHT | For highlighter, you want to do a little C, from the under your eyebrow to the top of your cheekbone. Natalie uses her finger to apply RMS Living Luminizer in this shape. Highlighter is especially important for photos, as it will make you look glowy, with features that really pop. Natalie likes to use a pinky-peachy shade – her favorite for brides is Suntouched by Kjaer Weis. Rub it onto the apples of your cheek, using your fingers to blend it out for a soft bridal glow. Take a moment to use your fingers to blend blend blend – make sure the bronzer, blush and foundation are very well blended and look seamless.

LASHES | Natalie recommends adding a few fake lashes for brides, as they make your eyes stand out quite a bit in the photos. “It’s just like if you were naturally born with bigger lashes,” she says. To apply lashes, she recommends letting the glue get slightly dry and tacky, and then snipping a strip of lashes in half, or even thirds. Use a q-tip to apply a thin strip of the tacky glue to the lash, then gently place it on the outer half of the lash line, using tweezers to squeeze them against your natural lashes. Do your lashes before applying mascara, as the coat of mascara over will blend the fake lashes with your natural ones. Let the glue dry completely, then apply a few coats of mascara. Natalie likes Kjaer Weis Organic Mascara.

LIPS | Use a lip brush to apply the appropriately named Studio 78 Let’s Get Married #3 to your lips. To get the best shape, start at the top of the cupid’s bow and go down, creating a “X” shape. Then fill in beneath the X and around the rest of your lips. To keep lipstick off your teeth, Natalie recommends sticking your finger in your mouth, then pulling it out. Any residual lipstick will end up on your finger. Finally, lip gloss! A peachy pink shade will make your lips look fuller and more kissable. Natalie uses Lily Lolo gloss in Whisper.


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Photography: Christian + Reinna | Cinematography: Christian + Reinna | Makeup: Credo Beauty | Makeup Artist: Natalie Olson | Vendor: Sprouted Routes

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Peek Inside Whitney Port’s Beach Inspired Home

Whitney Port has always been my #1 girl from The Hills and The City but long gone are her starter apartment days. Tour her crazy beautiful screening room revamped by Homepolish guru Orlando Soria with Joss & Main plus images by Tessa Neustadt and prepare to start infusing every inch of your home with beachy boho goodness. Psst… you can find it all at Whitney’s Joss & Main sale happening now.

How would you describe the style of your home? Tell me a little about its location and if/how that’s influenced the way you’ve decorated it.

My home is referred to as an “artists work/live loft space” in Venice. It has an industrial feel with the high ceilings, cement floors and wire railings but since it is by the beach we wanted to add a more bohemian, colorful aspect to the decor. We wanted to make sure the white walls were filled with tons of artwork and that the furniture was cozy and inviting.

Tell me about your screening room’s before and after transformation.

Before the transformation, our screening room was filled with a mish mosh of Timmy and my various pieces of furniture from our previous dwellings! We had a very vibrant, Moroccan feeling couch, with a beige rug from his mother’s old place in NYC, with a brown leather chair from his old apartment, etc. etc. We wanted to keep the room comfortable and inviting but needed to make the space a bit happier and vibrant! It is so gorgeous now. The chairs and couch are quite simple and chic, a bit more reflective of our lifestyle now.

What was your favorite part about working with Homepolish?

My favorite part is the hands-off approach I could take when working with Orlando at Homepolish. I gave him inspiration and told him briefly about my aesthetic and he just understood it. I had trust in him and that is priceless.

Of all of the changes and enhancements Orlando made, which is your favorite? Why?

My favorite is the gorgeous deep blue rug he selected and the gallery wall up the wall of the staircase. They just add such vibrancy! The rug makes it really homey and has a traditional aspect to it which we love and the gallery wall is just a show stopper! It’s the perfect backdrop for our new screening room!

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Photography: Tessa Neustadt | Design And Styling: Homepolish | Decor: Joss & Main | Home Of: Whitney Port

Blackberry Farm Winter Wedding

I discovered the beauty that is Blackberry Farm only in recent months but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that it has since occupied a very frequent spot in my mind. I’m eager to visit (and move in if we’re being honest) and this wedding is not exactly quelling those dreams. Planned and designed by Jennifer Laraia Designs, this winter wedding is cozy, chic, and filled with love, with every intimate moment captured by Natalie Watson. If you need me, this Vault gallery is where I’ll be

From Jennifer Laraia Designs and Natalie Watson… Anne and Philip’s wedding was truly timeless and a perfect representation of their love story. The elements in the day were sweet, filled with loving memories with family. The reception was an unforgettable party, complete with a Louisiana cajun band with washboards, tambourines and everyone there having the greatest time. It was truly one of the most classic – yet fun weddings we’ve ever been a part of.

Anne and Philip were destined to be together. They both grew up in Louisiana where they attended the same high school. They went their separate ways after graduation but reconnected several years later and have been together ever since. Anne and Philip knew they wanted an elegant, but comfortable dinner party where friends and family could cozy up to the fire, laugh, and share beautiful memories. The beauty of the winter mountain landscape was reflected in using a neutral color palette and natural fibers to bring an overall sense of ease while still keeping the design somewhat traditional. Freesia, bay laurel, olive branches, Bosc pears, and large fluffy peonies provided texture as well as an amazing seasonal fragrance.

Surrounded by family and close friends, Anne and Philip said their vows on the main lawn at Blackberry Farm. The smells of burning firewood and fresh mountain air made for a sunny and memorable afternoon. The couple arrived by horse and carriage to their cocktail hour in the wine cellar at Blackberry Farm. After an elegant dinner, friends and family toasted the happy couple. The night ended with the memorable Leroy and the Zydeco Road Runners as guests sang and danced the night away to their famous cajun tunes.

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Photography: Natalie Watson | Event Planning And Design: Jennifer Laraia Designs | Floral Design: Whimsical Gatherings | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza | Cake: Magpies | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Makeup: Claire Balest | Hair: Bangs And Blush | Calligraphy: Calligraphy By Maria-Helena | Band: Leroy And The Zydeco Road Runners | Venue: Blackberry Farm | Ceremony Strings: Classical Charleston | Cocktail Hour Music: Jim Ogle | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rentals | Stationery + Invitations: Scriptura

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Rustic Barn Inspiration

Rustic meets girly girl is one of my favorite ways to celebrate, and this stunning e-shoot?  Well, it’s nailing the concept perfectly.  Think lush pink, red and purple hues, a bride rockin’ plaid and a talented team of vendors that includes Kristin RockhillApril Lynn Designs and Vinterest Props… just to name a few. Head to THE VAULT for every inspiring moment captured by Kay English.  It’s awesome.

From Kristin Rockhill… Farms, Country Estates and Rustic Venues with that barn style vibe is what modern day brides are falling in love with. While you may not be having your wedding in an actual barn, achieving a vintage, rustic, home spun look is totally doable! I’m not talking about hay bales, cowboy boots and mason jars full of daisies, I’m talking high-end, luxe, stunningly styled farm fab inspired soirees! Here is my list of must haves for the ultimate barn style wedding!

Farm Tables
Antique Farm Vehicles
Antique Distressed Furniture
Vintage Distressed Wood Doors & Windows
Reclaimed Beer Gardens
Whiskey Barrels & Vintage Crates
An Eclectic Mix of Ceremony Benches and Chairs
Old Shutter or Wood Plank Table Runners
Wagon Wheel Chandeliers
Distressed Painted Mason Jars
Vintage Metal Letters
Glass Bottles, lots and lots of glass bottles
Candle Clusters
Lush Greens in every size shape and color
Lush Blooms with pops of vibrant color
Bridal Braids
A Touch of Plaid
Red Accents
Sunflowers ( just a touch )
Milk Bars with tasty desserts!
Fruits and Veggies ( as decorations, not to eat )
Farm Animals ( yes I’m serious, a horse is always preferable )

From Kay English… I loved photographing this barn styled wedding photo shoot to inspire brides. Rustic weddings are really amazing and create a relaxed and organic style that speaks of natural beauty. A horse is every girls dream growing up, which is why I’m so inspired by Kristin and Deb who styled this photoshoot. One of my favorite details to photograph was the chalk board cake, and also the ombre naked cake. Even the smaller details from the coke bottles to the apple pies really leaves you with a sentimental feeling. Thank you so much to the Bride for collaborating with the photoshoot, and all of the amazing vendors involved.  God bless, Kay 

Photography: Kay English Photography | Event Design: Kristin Rockhill | Floral Design: Kristin Rockhill | Wedding Dress: La Belle Mariee Bridal | Cake: Pink Cake Box | Stationery: April Lynn Designs | Hair + Makeup: Amanda Mitzkewich | Venue: Y Knot Now | Bridal Sketch: Megan Hamilton | Naked Cake: The Caketeria | Props + Decor: Vinterest Props | Rentals: Brillmans Rental Barn

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30 Must Haves to Plan the Ultimate Classic Wedding

It almost goes without saying that classic weddings are our jam, and if you’re looking to plan the ultimate celebration don’t fret because we’ve done the leg work for you. Say hello to the newest love of your life (and wedding planning guide), also known as our roundup for what you’ll need to plan the chicest wedding ever. From lace gowns to blush bouquets we’ve got it all waiting for you to browse!

Plan the Ultimate Classic Wedding
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Summer Al Fresco Santa Barbara Wedding

Any wedding that begins with a shut-the-front-door ring like this is pretty much guaranteed to be epic. And sure enough, a fabulous crew of vendors like Merryl Brown EventsMark’s GardenAmbient Event Design and The Butter End Cakery totally delivered. Think California al fresco like you’ve never seen before, and all shot through Joel Serrato’s lens. Don’t miss the fun film from Isaac Hernandez! Right this way for so much more in The Vault.


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From Joel Serrato… This glorious wedding of a dashing Italian groom and his beautiful Montecito bride took place at her family home on a perfect summer night, high above Santa Barbara, with sweeping views across the ocean and city. As each bridesmaid and groomsman walked together down the aisle, another classical musician joined in, culminating in an incredible orchestra that played as the bride and her father walked down the aisle.

Cascading, opulent florals by the talented team at Mark’s Garden graced the ceremony and reception. This was an evening of authentic Italian food by Seasons Catering, great dance music by West Coast Music’s Encore, and elegant Tuscan inspired décor. The swimming pool was covered in mahogany and plexiglass, lit from below, creating a fabulous dance floor that was packed all night.

The cake by The Butter End was the piece de resistance. After the reception ended, draping in the living room was pulled back to reveal a nightclub created just for the occasion, where a late night dance party ensued until the wee hours of the morning. Late night bites, speciality cocktails and outdoor lounges with candles and blooms under the stars made for a memorable finale to a truly majestic evening.

Photography: Joel Serrato Film Photographer | Cinematography: Isaac Hernandez | Event Planning + Design: Merryl Brown Events | Floral Design: Mark's Garden | Cake: The Butter End Cakery | Stationery: Stationery Collection | Catering: Seasons Catering | Makeup: Tomiko Taft | Hair: Michele Mallet | DJ: Michael Ober | Officiant: Paul "hobbie" Holbach | String Quartet: Santa Barbara String Quartet | Venue: At Home | Calligraphy Art Work: Janice Blair | Cigar Bar: Smoke N Sticks | Dance Floor: SEC | Desserts: The Butter End Cakery | Lighting + Draping: Ambient Event Design | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Reception Music: West Coast Music | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Sound: Design Sound

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25 Heavenly Halo Engagement Rings

This just in! Everyone’s favorite girl-crush Maria Menounos is engaged to longtime boyfriend Keven Undergaro, and it’s safe to say we’re giddy with excitement. The E! News host’s business parter & beau pulled off the surprise of the century when he got down on one knee during The Howard Stern Show, and *heart-melt* asked her to make him “the happiest man on Earth.” We were able to score our own close-up peek at her dazzling new ring, and general consensus? Hats off, Kev.

Jenny Yoo’s 2016 Bridal, Bridesmaid and Flower Girl Collection

It’s always a fab day at SMP when Jenny Yoo stops by for a visit.  Think breathtaking gowns gracing our screens and you’ll totally get why our door is always open.  So today we’re basking in her stunning 2016 Collection, a lineup of bridal, bridesmaid and flower girl frocks that are the literal definition of pretty. Perfect for that sophisticated bride (YOU) + her lovely ladies, don’t wait a second to soak them all in.

Carefully curated for the bride who loves classic with a kick, Jenny Yoo’s 2016 Bridal Collection weaves traditional and modern stylings with a Great Gatsby-esque vibe that is alllll about the romance.  From the gorgeous illusion necklines to the stunning lace embroidery + beaded details to the dreamy skirts with soft + romantic floral prints, the attention to detail will leave you speechless.  Not to mention that the luxurious tulle, lace appliqués and ah-mazing fabrics like silk chiffon and crepe.  It’s classic simplicity meets deep plunging backs meets everything in between.  We love them.

Our jam?  Beautiful bridesmaid gowns that can be worn long after the wedding.  And Jenny Yoo’s 2016 Bridesmaid Collection is, well… made for re-wearing.  Think insanely gorgeous cuts and textures that are just as perfect for a romantic night out as they are for celebrating with your bestie.  I’m talking breathtaking metallics, beautiful hues and soft, luxurious fabrics that are totally unique, but seriously cohesive for a (sparkly) bridal party that really stands out.  And don’t even get me started on the metallic accents… we are obsessed.

Head to Jenny Yoo today to begin perusing the pretty.  And be sure to check out the Flower Girl Collection for matching styles for your littles in sequin tulle, Chantilly Lace and Printed Tulle.  (Hint: They are adorable and you will love them.)

Florist: The Hidden Garden | Jewelry : BHLDN | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair + Makeup: KC Witkamp | Bridal Gowns: Jenny Yoo | Flower Girl Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Photography (Bridal + Maids): Caroline Tran Photography | Photography (Flower Girl): Andrea Lowry Photography | Vintage Rentals: Found Rentals


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9 Wine Tasting Tips Every Hostess Should Know

The best party accessory in my opinion? A glass of vino in my hand. I love nothing more than a crisp glass of rose on a warm evening, a glass of bubbly with oysters and a spicy red with a hearty Italian dish in the middle of winter. And half of enjoying them is getting to know what you love. Plus, it’s a great party trick if you love to entertain! Albariño, anyone? Learn the basics of wine tasting below!

Wine Tasting Tips Every Hostess Should Know
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Wine Tasting Tips Every Hostess Should Know
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EXCLUSIVE Sneak Peek: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

I’m the kind of girl who’s always up for a movie night, but when we’re talking the sequel to one of my favorite rom-coms ever? You better count me in. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is hitting theaters March 25th, but we’ve got an EXCLUSIVE clip we’re sharing right here, right now. Grab your girls, pre-order those tickets, and let’s thank our lucky stars we get to relive this wedding classic all over again. Pssst: Got a big, crazy family of your own? Find fun (stress-free) ways to involve them in you Big Day below!




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