A Lovely Ceremony
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1443 Eden Drive
Deltona FL 32725
United States




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Your wedding ceremony is the REASON for your wedding day! One of the things you'll remember most fondly is the moment you were pronounced husband and wife. Choosing the right officiant is an essential part of a memorable wedding day -- be sure that you make the right choice! I work with you to be sure that your ceremony is exactly what you want it to be -- from simple to customized. With over 30 years of experience in wedding ceremonies, it would be an honor to work with you to make your wedding ceremony something you'll always remember with a smile on your face and joy in your heart. I serve the Central Florida area, including Orange, Seminole, Volusia, Lake and Osceola Counties. Please contact me for a free, no-obligation consultation.




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Wedding on 2012-10-13


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The Fairy Godmother of Perfect Wedding Ceremonies

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My husband and I, avid roller coaster fans and self-professed "theme park nerds", had a "destination elopement" wedding at Disney World. Without a doubt, Renee is the best decision we made about our wedding. We didn't want our ceremony to be the same ceremony that a lot of other people have. We have been to many weddings, and often, the ceremonies all sound the same or very similar. That's just not us! Luckily, that's not Renee, either. From the start, Renee was sweet, kind, understanding, and excited about working with us. She got to know us as a couple and she used that knowledge to craft the perfect ceremony to start our marriage. Planning our ceremony with Renee was fun and easy. Renee worked her magic, weaving it all together, adding personalized touches that included a mention of our engagement at the Haunted Mansion, a reading about roller coasters, and Dr. Seuss. Without a doubt, it was the perfect ceremony for US, about US! Nothing we didn't want, and everything we wanted and more. Hearing Renee perform our ceremony was amazing. She has awesome stage presence and a wonderful speaking voice. Her communication skills are excellent and she was always quick to get back to me on every question I had, and she kept me "in the loop" during the whole process, which really put me at ease. She was very understanding about the 6 month window I had to book our Memories wedding with Disney, and she kept us in mind and even sent me an e-mail wishing me good luck the night before I called Disney's Fairytale Weddings to book our big day. I feel so lucky that we found Renee. Our officiant was very important to us, and as soon as we decided to get married at Disney World, the first thing we did was look for the perfect officiant. We found her!! I never worried for one moment about our ceremony. Working with Renee was the least stressful part about planning our wedding! To sum it up, Renee was perfect, our ceremony was perfect, and we could not be happier!!



Wedding on 2011-11-12


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THE BEST!!!!!!!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

When my (now) husband and I started looking into wedding officiants we were over-whelmed with so many different ones. We both knew one thing though, we are a very "unique" couple and we wanted our wedding to include our very different sense of style and our very different sense of humor.
Well we then found Renee, of 'A Lovely Ceremony'. She was the first and ONLY officiant we sat down with. She made us both feel at ease from the first time we met. I felt like she is someone I have known all my life.
She helped us every step of the way, answering any question we had and did not laugh at my 'stupid' questions!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

She let us be who we are. She did not put in anything we did not want. Her words still echo in my ears "this is YOUR day, YOU are the ones saying YOUR vows. I am just there officiating it."
She was so awesome that she even acted like a zombie for a part of our ceremony...yes our ceremony had zombies in it! And she hid a WWE title belt in her book for us so we surprised the entire crowd with it!!! She is amazing...don't look anywhere else.



Wedding on 2011-10-15


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BEST wedding officiant!!!!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

As my [wife] and I faced the daunting task of planning a Florida wedding from our home in Philadelphia, we quickly came to understand, not without some anxiety, that we were essentially hiring strangers to play critically important roles in our wedding. It was clear to us that everyone we hired needed to be thoroughly researched, as we had to attain the highest level of comfort with everyone in our wedding. After an exhaustive online search, we were delighted to find the perfect Officiant in Renee Silverman. I initiated contact by calling Renee. She promptly returned my voicemail and we spoke at length. I found Renee to be friendly, kind, patient, funny and always professional. After the first conversation, I was convinced that she was perfect for our wedding. We spent some more time getting to know each other as my fiancée (at the time) joined in the second call. She too was immediately enamored with Renee. We hired her on the spot. In the days, weeks and months to follow, Renee went out of her way to simplify the process of developing a ceremony that fit our personalities. She sent us sample ceremonies, and helped us to edit ours, in order to maintain clarity and tradition. Renee kept us at ease by always responding to communication in a timely manner. She addressed all of our concerns, and frequently initiated contact just to check in and see how we were doing. On the day of the wedding, Renee arrived early, dressed professionally, and we finally had the pleasure of meeting her in person. The ceremony was perfect – everything that we had hoped for and more. Incidentally, Renee did not deviate from the wording that we agreed upon (something I was especially insistent upon). Our special day was a perfect day and Renee played a significant role. It is with the highest of standards of excellence that I recommend Renee Silverman’s services as a wedding Officiant.



Wedding on 2011-05-15


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Perfect Choice for Officiant!!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

We were absolutely comfortable with Renee from the moment we first met her!! She was wonderful to us and we knew immediately she was the one to officiate our ceremony. She was very easy to work with and is clearly experienced. She most definitely has a way of understanding the personalities of both the bride and groom!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Renee brought in humor throughout the ceremony which we loved! Everything went as planned and even if there would have been any problems, I have no doubt it would've been handled with grace. If I had to complete it all over again I would do it EXACTLY the same way...with Renee!! My husband wanted to add his own twist to the beginning of the ceremony, and he had planned that with Renee to surprise me...it was perfect.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We had an interfaith ceremony and requested traditions from both the Jewish and Christian faiths, but didn't want it to be too serious or traditional. Renee was very well-informed on how to accommodate both areas, and did an excellent job of blending our requests together. We also wanted humor throughout the ceremony that exhibited our personalities, and we both felt like our wishes were honored. Renee will offer suggestions if you wish, and she was completely agreeable to our requests.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

People continue to tell me that it was the most fun they've ever had at a ceremony and it was obviously filled with laughter and love!



Wedding on 2010-10-10


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Mike & Lisa Rubino 10/10/10

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

We knew from the first meeting with Renee that she was the one to join us in marriage! At our first meeting we could have talked for hours!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

We performed a sand ceremony and it was displayed beautifully.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Being as this was the second marraige for each of us, our children were involed in the whole process.



Wedding on 2010-11-19


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Camellia & Anthony Olds' Review

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Yes, we were very comfortable with Renee from the moment we met her. She made a point of explaining that she wants all of her couples to be happy with their ceremony and that she is open to any and all suggestions.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Though not unexpected, one very important thing that Renee added to our ceremony was humor. Our ceremony took place outside on a very windy day and as I was walking down the aisle and throughout the ceremony the arch was on the verge of blowing over. Instead of this ruining the moment, Renee helped make it a funny and memorable part of our ceremony.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

One unique aspect that we included in our ceremony is a ring blessing. Before the exchange of rings my husband and I passed our rings through our immediate family to allow them to give their own personal (and silent) blessing on our marriage. At that time Renee also asked for the rest of our guests to also silently bless our rings with out holding them.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Many guests commented on the ring blessing, saying that it was a very nice way to incorporate the guests in our marriage.



Wedding on 2010-10-10


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Perfect choice for and Officiant!!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Renee was absolutely personable, kind and warm. She genuinely cares and immediately puts your mind at ease. She's very accessible and is most certainly makes you comfortable.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She really personalized our ceremony and got a good feeling of who we were as a couple. She took our wants and needs and turned them into a beautifully written ceremony that we will remember forever.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

By specifying what we wanted as a couple and not conforming to traditional ideas we didn't feel fit us.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

"Your wedding ceremony was so wonderfully spoken and very well written".



Wedding on 2010-08-25


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The perfect wedding

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Renee made us feel comfortable from the first conversation. She was involved & interested in our ceremony from the beginning. She went above and beyond our expectations from the beginning and is extremely responsive. She is passionate about her work and it shows.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She brought her portable CD player so we could play music. Everything about our experience with Renee was unexpected. There are not many people like her and we will always consider her our friend and someone who made our ceremony the best it could possibly be. We would highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for an officiant who strives to give the best service possible.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We wrote our own vows.



Wedding on 2010-05-15


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Renee is a must-have!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Yes, definately! She met us at a location we suggested, and got to know us by asking questions about how we met etc. She was very knowledgable and had lots of ideas and suggestions, but was completely open to my ideas. I loved her personality and tone of voice, completely put me at ease. It can be so hard to find a wedding vendor you're comfortable with, but I never had an doubts about Renee.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

I loved how she completely let me customize the entire ceremony. Most officiants I had researched had set ceremonies that they used, which were standard and expected. I wanted something new and relevant to our relationship which is exactly what Renee helped me create.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Renee let us completely customize the ceremony with our own vows and readings, so the entire ceremony was personal and special to us. She gave us her recommendations, but left it completely up to me which I thought was nice.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Our guests loved how personal and beautiful our readings were. They also loved that it was short and to the point! There were a lot of tears at the wedding!




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A perfect occasion

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Yes, Renee did a great job. She asked a lot of questions up front to get a feeling for what kind of ceremony we wanted. She truly listened and was very flexible. She was warm and supportive through the whole process.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She had a way of helping everyone relax and have fun, so we weren't so nervous.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Renee gave us some sample ceremonies and vows, which we were able to customize as we wished. She let us choose the style and feeling of the ceremony, so we went for a simple outdoors wedding.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

That it went very well and was a beautiful ceremony.



Wedding on 2009-12-01


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We said "I do!"

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Renee was wonderful! I knew immediately after talking with her the first time that she was the officiant we were looking for. We asked for short, sweet, non-religious and meaningful. It felt as though our service was performed by a long time family friend, favorite aunt or delightful godmother.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She met us in Wisconsin while she was visiting family! We had only intended to meet briefly for coffee (only expecting half an hour maybe, so as not to keep her from family:) and two hours flew by before we knew it.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Our ceremony was exactly what we were looking for...SIMPLE. We were not looking to be preached to or lectured at. We wanted to acknowledge and celebrate our commitment to each other without being overly sugary. Renee helped us to develop the ceremony that reflected that simplicity. It was very clear that she listened to our suggestions and needs and managed to incorporate them into a VERY lovely little ceremony for us.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Where is the alligator?




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THANK YOU! Renee R. Silverman

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

When I first contacted Renee via phone I was very nervous, I though finding the right person to marry us was going to be a difficult task. Renee and I talked for about 30 minutes. She asked of how we met and of course the story lead to tears of happiness. She was so kind and patient with me on the phone and going back and forth via email on wording of the ceremony.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Renee came up with the idea that instead of the groom and I having our backs to the room, she would stand with her back to the room so that we could face our guests during the ceremony. I loved that idea and it made great pictures!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

My husband and I wanted to vey much include my 11 year old daughter (who he adopted after we were married) in the ceremony. She had a reading that she read out loud during the ceremony. Also, during our sand ceremony we included her and the three of us each had a different color which made beautiful keep sake. My husband presented her with a family pendant, symbolizing us all being united as one. It was a mom, dad and child holding hands. It made probably the most memorable part of the service, she was so surprised, and her face and emotion was priceless as were all of our guests.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Just the smoothness of it all! It was very sweet, to the point, personal and overall enjoyable. It was not over done, the focus was on me, my husband and daughter, just as it should be!

Thank you for that Renee!




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Exactly What We Wanted

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Renee made us both very comfortable from our first contact with her, we knew she was exactly what we wanted in a wedding officiant. I researched all over the web- we were coming to Florida from Pennsylvania and planned our wedding in two weeks! Renee's website was the only on that made me cry AND the fact that she called me back within hours of me leaving her a message made me feel that she was professional too. We immediately established a rapport over the phone and we were in!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Renee was FULL of information. Since we were traveling and staying in Orlando, we needed some direction as to location for the ceremony. My husband loves water and I love the outdoors; we also wanted to take a break from Disney and have our ceremony somewhere a little different. Renee suggested Blue Spring State Park and it was exactly what we had in mind. Friends who have seen the pictures asked if we were in a rainforest- it was that lush and that beautiful. We took her lead and she never steered us wrong.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Renne sent us a number of samples of ceremonies and we cut and pasted and created one that was exactly us. We each have two sons and it was really important to us that they feel a part of this new family we were creating. Renee's speciality is the sand ceremony; our SIX colors of sand made a beautiful representation of us as individuals and as a family. Our sons love looking at the vase on our mantle and retelling the story of how we all got married. In Florida, since witnesses are not required, Renee suggested our oldest sons sign our marriage license. It made them feel very important and it is something they will always remember!

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

We only had our sons and us there; you don't get much more intimate than that! Even though we chose every word Renee said, it still felt new and special hearing her say them in the moment; we both cried, we both laughed and our sons celebrated with cheers, applause and fists in the air when Renee said "You may kiss the bride." All six of us agree and my oldest said it best, "That was the coolest wedding, mom!"




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A Great Officiant!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Absolutely! From the first time we met her we were immediately put at ease. I was a little nervous at first about hiring an officiant I had never met, but as soon as we met her it was like we'd known her forever!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She helped us out every step of the way. She was not only timely in answering my emails, but she also sent me emails to just check in and make sure everything was going okay. It also helped a lot to have her experience because she though of things that I would never have though of!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Well before we met Renee I had already written out everything exactly how we wanted it. And she didn't object to that at all, she took what I had written, read it out loud to herself and helped me make it flow better. All of the suggestions she gave us were right on the money. The ceremony was very "US."

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

I got great comments on everything! They thought the ceremony was beautiful, and that it was very special and suited for us.




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Leu Gardens with Renee Silverman - Ideal!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Renee not only made Tim and I feel comfortable at the wedding, it was her easy going, friendly personality on the phone that gave us the confidence we needed to hire her from 2,000 miles away in Minnesota. Her comforting nature showed through the minute we met her and she was so kind to our family.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

As a matter of planning, it is what Renee didn't do that made our wedding ceremony so nice. Renee did exactly what we asked her to do...she arrived to Leu Gardens on time (we didn't), she brought music (we forgot ours), her remarks where uplifting and personable (so we didn't have to) and she even helped take pictures as she promised over the phone. Renee is quite reliable and you can count on her to make your special day even more memorable.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

To make our wedding more personal, we only brought our family members. We also had our children and young nieces and nephews as the members of our wedding party. Additionally, Renee spent time with us before the wedding to learn about Tim and I (i.e. how we met, family make-up) so that she also could personalize her remarks during the ceremony.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

All of the guests said it was a beautiful wedding - great location and simple, yet charming. We were very fortunate to have hired Renee to help us plan our wedding. She met all of our expectations!




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Trina & Troy Brodaczynski

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Renee was fantastic from the start. Trying to plan a Florida wedding from Wisconsin was nerve racking. Renee spent hours with Troy and I on the phone to make sure everything went smoothly and exactly as planned. She even offered to help me find vendors if I needed anything.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

I forgot our ceremony music in Wisconsin! And I had no access to a CD burner! What a nightmare. Not only did Renee provide the CD player, but she went on the internet the evening before the ceremony and searched until she found our special songs, burned them to a CD and brought it to the ceremony for me!!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

A the very last minute, we decided to change from a rose ceremony, to a different type of acknowledgement for the kids. We presented them with a bracelet right after the exchanging of the wedding rings. Renee adjusted the ceremony to fit our wishes. It was very beautiful.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Everyone loved how the kids were including in our ceremony. There wasn't a dry eye on the beach that day. Everyone enjoyed the ceremony and thought it was beautifully done.




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Took care of everything - Stress-free wedding!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

We didn't know where to begin - had little planning time and were starting to panic. But Renee has so much experience and such a great information bank, that she simplified things for us and made it very easy to choose the ceremony that was just right for us. She put everything together for us in record time and was always available whenever we had questions. She really took a lot of the stress away so we could finally breath easy and enjoy planning our wedding. I really can't say enough- Renee is great at this!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

My husband is Welsh, and we wanted to add a Celtic theme to our wedding. Renee went out of her way to research a variety of Celtic Hand-Fasting Ceremonies and gave us several different venues to choose from. She was very open to customizing this feature into our wedding and did a great job of 'tying the knot' for us! She also came early, got everything set up, and went over everything with all of the wedding party to make sure things would go smoothly and they did!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We provided her with the gold rope in which to do the Hand-Fasting ceremony with as well as some Celtic music. She also waited patiently while we found some alternative flower petals for the flower girls since the original supply was left behind!

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Everyone said that it was a beautiful and unique ceremony and how great it all came together in such a short timeframe. They all commented on what a wonderful and professional job Renee did, and how personable she was.




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A lovely beginning to a lovely new life!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

She met our every need and was incredibly flexible.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Renee made us feel like we'd known her much longer than we had. I wouldn't call her an officiant. I'd call her a part of the family!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We showed her our vows, but other than that, it was all taken care of.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

They thought it was very special and that the ceremony was tailored just for us.




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Making a special day even more special!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Right from the start, Rene was friendly, gracious, and possessed a great understanding of what it was that we were looking for when creating a ceremony as individual as we are.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Not only did Rene provide me with a list of several readings and formats to help me organize the ceremony, she provided me with a sense of calm during an otherwise overwhelming time.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Being the control freak that I am, I had already prepared the ceremony with items that were very personal to the two of us. However, Rene had some very helpful suggestions to make it flow better.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

My guests felt that Rene was very friendly and made the ceremony a much more personal affair. Most people thought I knew her before planning the wedding, instead of just meeting her the day of the wedding.




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Most Memorable and Professional

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

She called us to go over details after we emailed our ceremony request, then called again spending about an hour and a half making sure she had everything to our specifications and even gave us great suggestions we didn't even think about. (i.e. having one of our children read a poem). I could not have asked for a better officiant to conduct our ceremony, and I would even suggest her over a pastor, Which says alot. Even if you wish your ceremony non-religious she can do it with elegance. We requested our faith to be part of our ceremony, and she was breathtaking.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

I honeslty can not think of anything, that I would have changed. She did everything without a missing a step or a beat. Our ceremony was beautiful and we will remember it for years. She even in her own kind words expressed the Love she could see in husband and myself. Made us all cry with joy!!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Ours took place directly after a Veteran's Day Memorial Ceremony. We are both active duty and chose to wear our formal dress uniforms and conduct a ceremony on a day that meant something to us. Mrs. Silverman took all this into consideration and conducted our ceremony to the fact that everyone asked who she was and where did we find her!

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

They could not quit raving about it. We even made front page of the Daytona Sun Times on November 12, 2007. Our guests will remember this day for years to come. I could not have asked for a better ceremony.




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One Of A Kind

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Renee is willing to work with you in any manner, wether it be through the internet, on the phone, or in person. The day of the wedding she had us sign the license before the ceremony so we would not have to worry about anything afterwards, then she mailed the paperwork out for us.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Although she can do traditional weddings, my husband and I wanted a humerous, sarcastic ceremony to fit our personalities. Renee was able to write out an amazing ceremony that was perfect for us. We read over it and were able to copy and paste if we needed. Along with the wonderful ceremony, Renee gave us a beautiful heartfelt letter of congradulations along with a formal copy of the ceremony.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Well before the ceremony, Renee asked my husband and I a series of questions to understand us, and what we wanted in our ceremony. After she prepared the ceremony she e-mailed it to us for approval. If we wanted to change anything, she was more than willing to work it out.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

My guests loved the ceremony! They said "it was so you", and "one of a kind", which is exactly what I wanted them to say.


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