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100 Best Wedding Photographers in the U.S. and Canada for 2016

March 18, 2016
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Last month SLR Lounge announced the 100 Best Wedding Photographers in the U.S and Canada for 2016, the Makeup In The 702 team was so excited to see some familiar names and friends honored on the list.
“SLR Lounge’s mission and goal is to create a community where the best working photographers are teaching, educating, and elevating the entire industry” – it was with that mission in mind that the below list was compiled.
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Makeup In The 702 has had the privileged of working with the incredibly talented John Michael Cooper of Las Vegas’ Alt F Photography. Not only is John a truly kind and gifted artist, with an eye for capturing the most beautiful images, he is also a passionate educator. He participates in conferences, conventions, work shops and is always one to say “YES” when asked for input and advise.
I once asked John why he is willing to share so much of his knowledge in the photography community by hosting workshops. John responded – “I feel like sharing knowledge is the best way to gain knowledge. By sharing with your community what you know you raise the bar for everybody.”
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Those honored are listed in alphabetical order.
  1. Aaron Morris – New York, NY
  2. Abby Plus Dave – Calgary, AB
  3. Amanda Basteen – Des Moines, IA
  4. Anna Kuperberg – San Francisco, CA
  5. Ashley And Jeremy Parsons – Kansas City, MO
  6. Ashley Fisher – St Louis, MO
  7. Bambi Cantrell – San Francisco, CA
  8. Bradford Martens – Dallas, TX
  9. Brett Butterstein – San Diego, CA
  10. Brian And Allison Callaway – Los Angeles, CA
  11. Brian Maheux – Fort Collins, CO
  12. Camille & Chadwick Bensler – Vancouver, BC
  13. *Caroline Tran – Los Angeles, CA
  14. Charleton Churchill – Sacramento, CA
  15. Chrisman Studios (Ben, Erin and Mauricio Arias) – San Francisco, CA
  16. *Christina Blanarovich – New York, NY
  17. Cliff Mautner – Philadelphia, PA
  18. Crystal Stokes – Charlotte, NC
  19. Curtis Moore – Winnipeg, MB
  20. Dallas & Sabrina Kolotylo – Vancouver, BC
  21. Danny and Julia Dong – San Francisco, CA
  22. Dave Paek – New York, NY
  23. David Murray – Kennebunkport, ME
  24. Davina and Daniel – Montreal, QC
  25. Derren Raser – Arcata, CA
  26. Divine Method – Toronto. ON
  27. Dylan And Sara – Portland, OR
  28. Ed Pingol – San Francisco, CA
  29. Elizabeth Messina – Santa Monica, CA
  30. Emin Kuliyev – New York, NY
  31. Erich Mcvey – Salem, OR
  32. Eugene Michel – Spokane, WA
  33. A Fist Full of Bolts – Seattle, WA
  34. Gabe Mcclintock – Alberta, Canada
  35. Green Tea Photography – Ottawa, ON
  36. Hiram Trillo – Dallas, TX
  37. Impressions by Annuj – Toronto. ON
  38. Jacklyn Greenberg – New Haven, CT
  39. Jasmine Star – Orange County, CA
  40. Jeff Newsom – San Luis Obispo, CA
  41. Jenna and Tristan – Vancouver, BC
  42. Jennifer Moher – Peterborough, ON
  43. Jeremy Chou – Orange County, CA
  44. John Michael Cooper – Las Vegas, NV
  45. Jordan Voth – Seattle, WA
  46. Jose Villa – Solvang, CA
  47. Joshua Dwain – New York, NY
  48. Julie Paisley – Nashville, TN
  49. Justin And Mary Marantz – New Haven, CT
  50. Justine Ungaro – Studio City, CA
  51. Kathryn Krueger – Waco, TX
  52. Kelly and Sergio – Tucson, AZ
  53. Ken Pak – Centreville, VA
  54. Kenny Kim – Chicago, Il
  55. Kristi Odom – Reston, VA
  56. Kristina and Dee Robinson – Sacramento, CA
  57. *Lin and Jirsa – Orange County, CA
  58. Luke Edmonson – Plano, TX
  59. *Lurey Photography – Cherry Hill, NJ
  60. Mantas Kubilinskas – Washington, DC
  61. Matt Roberts – Santa Barbara, CA
  62. Matt Miller – Atlanta, GA
  63. Matthew Sowa – New York, NY
  64. Melissa Jill – Phoenix, AZ
  65. Michelle Gardella – Wethersfield, CT
  66. Mike Allebach – Norristown, PA
  67. Morgan Lynn Razi – Houston, TX
  68. Nessa K – Washington DC
  69. Nicole Chan – Boston, MA
  70. Pat Furey – Toms River, NJ
  71. Raymond and Jessie – Vancouver, BC
  72. Reese Allen – Charleston, SC
  73. Rob Greer – Los Angeles, CA
  74. Roberto Valenzuela – Los Angeles, CA
  75. Ryan Brenizer – New York, NY
  76. Ryan Joseph – Tampa Bay, FL
  77. Sam Hurd – Washington, DC
  78. Samm Blake – Williamsburg, Brooklyn
  79. Scott & Melissa Hopkins – Savannah, GA
  80. Sean Leblanc – Calgary, AB
  81. Susan Stripling – New York, NY
  82. Taylor Lord – Austin, TX
  83. Timothy Eyrich – Alliance, NE
  84. Todd Laffler – New Jersey, CA
  85. Tony Gambino – Bend, OR
  86. Tony Hoffer – Downingtown, PA
  87. *Trevor Dayley – Phoenix, AZ
  88. *Twisted Oaks – Hammonton, NJ
  89. Two Mann – Canmore, AB
  90. Tyler Wirken – Kansas City, MO

For more information on the selection process and to see the complete list with links to the winners sites and portfolios check out the SLR Lounge site.

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5 Common Pre-Wedding Hair Mistakes

March 1, 2016
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You know you really shouldn’t chop off ten inches or dye your hair purple right before the big day, but did you know that dirty locks and leave-in conditioner are huge no-nos as well? Chances are, you didn’t. We hit up a bunch of bridal hairstylists to get the scoop on the not so obvious pre-wedding hair mistakes too many brides make. Be honest, are you guilty of any of the below?
1. Picking the wrong hair accessory…
For your style of dress, wedding and/or hairdo! The right accessory will glam up your whole look, while the wrong one can be gaudy, misplaced and ruin everything, says wedding beauty expert and founder of A Bridal Piece, Keka Heron. “Take the time to shop around, and consult with your stylist for the best piece for your desired look.”
2. Using a leave-in conditioner or doing a deep conditioning treatment right before
Soft hair, do care! Depending on how often you wash your mane, the bridal stylists at Eva Scrivo Salon suggest doing a deep conditioning treatment no sooner than one to two shampoos prior to your wedding date. “Otherwise, your hair will be too soft to work with, which will affect the longevity of the style,” they explain. As for leave-in conditioner, steer clear of it the wedding week. “Leave-in conditioner tends to leave your locks looking oily and dirty for a few days afterward so if you’re planning on giving your hair a last minute rejuvenation, make sure you do it at least a week in advance,” warns bridal hair and makeup artist Jordan Mae.
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Get them for your trial, not just the day of! As Brittany Lo, Founder of Manhattan-based beauty service company Beautini, points out, many brides fall in love with a hairstyle on Pinterest only to discover that it looks totally different on them at their trial. So they purchase hair extensions last minute to fix it. The problem with this? Extensions often need to be cut and color matched, cautions Lo. “We’ve had brides show up with hair extensions they want to use that are a completely different color and poor quality.” If you decide to use hair extensions, she highly recommends splurging for 100% human (Remy) hair and avoiding the synthetic kinds.4. Not washing your hair
Turns out, dirtier isn’t better! A lot of brides show up with dirty hair because someone once told them it’s better for their style, notes NYC hairstylist Amy Moscowitz of Cutler Salon. “On the contrary, if the hair is too oily it can be very hard to manage. Instead, arrive with clean, dry hair so that your stylist can prep it with the proper products.”

5. Skipping cuts and trims for the sake of long locks
Big mistake, brides! Most girls want their hair to be as long as possible so they avoid haircuts and trims until after the wedding, tells Moscowitz. “This is a bad idea because the ends will split and continue to split until they look horribly damaged. This will definitely show if you’re wearing your hair down,” she warns. I recommend a small half-inch trim every 12 weeks for a bride that is growing her hair. This will keep it long but healthy.”

 

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The Complete Guide to Where to Put Your Eye Makeup

February 23, 2016
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Eyeliner, eyeshadow, blending brushes — oh my! Learning to use eye makeup is no easy task, even for seasoned beauty buffs. If you have a tough time decoding all those tricky makeup tutorials, we have an easy guide to each part of the eye so you know where all those eyeliners, mascaras, eye shadows, etc. should go:
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​​​BROW BONE/HIGHLIGHT
If you want your brows to “pop” and open up your eye area, you can add a matte or shimmery pale eye shadow directly under the brow.
LID
Typically, your main shade or shades of eye shadow go on your eyelid, but you can get creative with your eyeliner here, as well. Some people have a lot of space here, while others have very little — it varies from person to person.
​CREASE
Between your brow bone and eyelid, applying a darker shade of eyeshadow here, right along your eye socket, adds dimension to your eye. Tip: If you have hooded eyes, play with different placements for crease shadow, opening your eyes after each test to see which placement makes your crease shadow visible.
​OUTER V
The outermost corner of the eye where eyeliner or deeper shades of eye shadow are typically applied in a “V” shape, though you can blend your makeup into a “C” shape for a softer effect.
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​UPPER LASHLINE
Right along and above the edges of your upper eyelid where your eyelashes begin, you can define your eye with eyeliner or eyeshadow, or even simply mascara.​
WATERLINE
The inner rim of the eye, the waterline can be host to dark eyeliner to add a smokey look or pale nude eyeliner to make the eye look wider and more awake.
LOWER LASHLINE
Just below the waterline, your lower lash line is where liner and shadow can be applied to define the eyes.
TEAR DUCT
This is the inner corner of the eye, and where you can add a little pale or shimmery shadow here to open things up.
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What You’re Eating May Be Ruining Your Face.

February 19, 2016
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Before your reach for that second cookie (a pour another glass of wine), consider this: Your diet may be affecting more than your weight and health, it could be ruining your skin, too. How? It’s all detailed in a new book, Younger Skin Starts in the Gut, out in March 2016, from Dr. Nigma Talib, a London-based naturopathic doctor and skincare specialist.
Not only does she claim she can distinguish which foods someone overeats based on their complexion, but she’s even come with names for each not-so-healthy look, including “wine face,” “dairy face,” and so on.
Curious if you have one of these “faces”? Dr. Talib has created handy visual aids to help you figure it out. We also chatted with her to find out ways to combat these annoying skin problems — and get a healthier complexion.
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WINE FACE
There are plenty of benefits of drinking red wine — in moderation, that is. Just as red wine can stain your teeth and mess with your mouth, it can lead to your skin looking ruddy and lined.
​The Symptoms
Pronounced lines or blemishes between the eyebrows, droopy eyelids, pronounced fine lines and wrinkles underneath the eyes, dehydrated skin with feathery lines across the cheeks, enlarged pores, a reddish skin tone, and deep nasolabial folds.
​What It Means
“On top of the fact that it’s full of sugar — as well as potentially pesticides and sulphites — wine causes dehydration,” Dr. Talib told ​Good Housekeeping​. She adds: Your body loses water, your liver is overworked, and your digestion can go “haywire” the day after indulging, leading your skin to look wrinkly, ruddy, and saggy.
Even worse than the short term effects: If you drink excessively on a regular basis, Dr. Talib warns that you can disrupt your gut’s bacteria, leading it to be potentially pathogenic, meaning it can cause diseases. In short, drinking a fourth glass of wine multiple times per week just isn’t worth it.
So, how much wine ​is​ safe for your skin — and how can you get rid of these symptoms?
“I recommend taking a break from alcohol for three weeks,” she advises. After that, Dr. Talib suggests living an “80:20 life,” where you have a glass or two of wine 20% of the time, but totally abstain from booze the other 80%
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​The Symptoms
Swollen eyelids, under eye bags, darkness under the eyes, widespread acne and blemishes, pale cheeks, and concentrated pimples on the chin.
​What It Means
Putting an extra splash of milk in your coffee or adding just one more scoop of ice cream to your sundae may be tempting, but Dr. Talib warns that it can seriously upset your complexion — even if you’re not lactose intolerant. “As you get older, you lose the enzymes that let you properly digest lactose,” says Talib. This leads to inflammation all over your body, including your face, which can appear tired and red.
If your face is starting to appear swollen and sleepy, and your skin looks dull and bumpy, Talib recommends taking a break from dairy all together for a few weeks to see how different your complexion can look.
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SUGAR FACE
​The Symptoms
Lines and wrinkles on the upper forehead, sagging under the eyes, widespread blemishes and pustular or cystic acne, gaunt appearance, thinning of the skin, dark gray or pasty white hue to the complexion.
What It Means
​It’s no secret that consuming a bunch of sugar on a regular basis can wreak havoc on your weight, energy, and overall health, but it can also mess with your skin. Sugar leads to glycation, a process in which excess glucose molecules cling to your collagen, distorting it and leading it to be stiff.
If you really want amazing skin and you’re sick of seeing all those spots and fine lines, we’ve got bad news for you. “I recommend avoiding sugar as much as possible — there’s nothing nutritious about it,” says Talib, but adds that it’s okay “every now and then, in moderation.” Key word: moderation.
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Meet the delightful Devan and Stephen- A Real Love Story

February 16, 2016
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From the first time we talked to Devan about her wedding, her infections smile and zest for life were so apparent….even over the phone.
We asked her to share a bit about the love of her life, Stephen and how special their day was and here’s what she had to say
Stephen and I met in February when he moved to Las Vegas. His first impression of me was, “This is one crazy lady!” (crazy in a good way, of course). I thought, “This guy is really cool! We’re going to become great friends.” Over the next few months we shared lots of laughs, hikes, tacos, church services, did I mention tacos? Ever so slightly, our friendship began to grow and on Sunday, May 31st, we got engaged!
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Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
This verse truly captures the love that Stephen and I have for God as well as each other. We believe that because of our delight in Christ, he has blessed us with one another. So, on Sund​ay, November 22nd, we made a shared commitment to delight in one another for the rest of our lives and we are very excited about that!
Devan and Stephan- it was an absolute joy to be part of your special day.
The entire Makeup In The 702 family would like to wish you both a life time of joy and abundance.
Venue: Angel Park Golf Club – Jessie Reid
D.J.: DJ Plus – Sam Davis​
(samdavis927@outlook.com)
Photography: Rapp Photography – Stephanie Boulton
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The Trick to Making Your Wedding-Day Lipstick Last Longer.

February 12, 2016
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The last thing you want to do is spend your entire wedding doing lipstick touch-ups. From the first kiss and multiple cheek kisses you’ll give guests to sipping on champagne and chowing down on the wedding cake, your lip color is bound to get smudged throughout your big night. To help ensure your pout looks as perfect as possible (for as long as possible), we rounded up a few beauty tricks guaranteed to give you a photo-worthy wedding-day smile.
Get your beauty sleep.
 Your lips require some pampering before they can handle a coat of color. Sleep with lip balm on your wedding eve, and re-apply in the morning. (like Neutrogena’s Norwegian Formula Lip Moisturizer!)
Don’t forget to prep.
Before you swipe, exfoliate your lips gently with a sugar scrub or a clean toothbrush. For extra staying power, coat your lips with a primer, which creates a smooth, fade-proof surface, or fill in with a hydrating lip pencil.
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Choose your formula wisely.                                                                                                                                                      In typical long-lasting lipsticks — think two-sided wands with liquid lip color on one end and a shiny topcoat on the other — silicones in the top coat suck moisture from your lips. Newer, all-in-one formulas fix all that by locking in moisture, leaving behind a more velvety finish with no topcoat needed. For long-lasting results, silicones are still king, but look for formulas with natural oils, aloe, and vitamin E for extra moisturizing power.

Brush, blot, repeat.
 Go extra-bold by applying color in layers: brush on (using a lip brush avoids feathering), blot with a tissue, and, once dry, add another coat. If you cant stand the drying feeling of lipstick, try a color-rich moisturizing crayon, like Neutrogena Moisture Smooth Color Stick. 
Go ahead, re-apply.
Many formulas (especially stains) will fade evenly into a lighter hue, but most lipsticks, particularly lighter pinks and nudes, will require at least one re-application. And no, that doesn’t mean swiping on an extra layer. Bring a makeup removing wipe, start with a clean slate, and recreate the look from scratch.

 

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Happy New Year Beautiful People!!

January 1, 2016
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The entire Makeup In The 702 family wishes you and all those you hold dear, a 2016 full of health, happiness, adventure and abundance.
The last 12 months have been a whirlwind ride for all of us and we are so excited for what the next year holds for us.
Be sure to follow Makeup In The 702 on social media to keep up with all of our new adventures in 2016.
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Surprise! We’re Getting Married In Las Vegas!

November 14, 2015
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Good day mates!  Yep, you guessed it we have a story today that takes us from “the lucky country” Australia to the city that was built on luck and good fortune, Las Vegas of course!  Today we have the pleasure of introducing you to Stace and Dill who packed thier bags to elope here in the wedding capital of the world!  Now, when you are coming all the way from Australia to get hitched in Las Vegas, you know it’s going to be in fine style!  Stace and Dill were elopers who somehow convinced their near and dear ones to join them on a (long) trip to Vegas … and on the plane there, told them it was because they were getting married!
Both the bride and groom got ready at Cosmopolitan and chose to do their first look right on the Strip in front of the hotel.
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What an amazing idea this elopement was from surprise ceremony at the Neon Museum to the Strip photo tour to end the night.
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Kylie & Jace Keep The Mission In Mind

October 23, 2015
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We’ve been sharing the love story of Kylie and Jace with you since their engagement and we are SO very happy to share this chapter with you today! MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! What a wonderful day it was so filled with love, family and joy. Now that Kylie has had a chance to catch her breath we asked her to share their planning experience with us, she has some really great tips for planning couples that we hope you find helpful if you’re planning your day.

“Our wedding was an absolute dream come true. From start to finish we both felt so surrounded with love and support that my heart and smile were bursting open the whole day.
Jace and I live in Las Vegas and were planning a wedding in Pensacola, FL, where we both grew up. At first glance this long distance project seemed a little daunting, and on several occasions it was mentioned (by other people) that we ditch it all and get married at a chapel down town- but once we figured out what was most important to us, all the detail fell into place.
We met during the summer of 2004, the week after we graduated high school. Since then it has been it has been a nonstop adventure- we love spending time with and visiting our friends and family that are scattered around the world, we love cooking and eating great food, we love dancing, traveling, laughing and are just generally laid back and light hearted folks by nature. Those were the things that we wanted the most at our wedding.
We wanted to spend our day, eating delicious local Southern food, sipping plenty of champagne and tasty brew, and dancing to good music in a beautiful place- all in the company of our favorite people. It was also very important for us to keep the costs and stress level as low as possible.
By keeping this mission in mind, when various costs, questions, problems or decisions came up it was easy to keep our focus.
We found out that the least expensive flowers available in the fall are white- we chose white flowers!!!
With several pregnant bridesmaids and a few with vastly different heights (5’1-6’0) it was impossible to find a dress every one was comfortable with- we picked a dress that could be worn 25 different ways!!!
Elaborate and intricate table decorations and place settings would have added hours of prep time and hundreds of dollars- we decided to keep set up and break down as simple as possible.


My advise to newly engaged couples planning a wedding would be to really think about the things that have been importation to you both leading up to the wedding.
Are you guys sci-fi buffs?
Do you share a love of fiction or poetry?
Do you have an artistic flair?
Is their a culture or tradition you want to honor and acknowledge?
Once you have a basic frame work of what you really value and what you want your experience to be, all the blogs, websites, inspiration boards, magazines and stores become a little less intimidating.
Because we live so far away from “home” and we both have family all over the country we knew that the biggest task would be getting all of the people who are special to us in the same place. We were so touched by how many of our loved ones made such an effort to share our new adventure with us.


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Destination Vegas Tips from A Bride

October 9, 2015
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Well here we are, one year later from one of our favorite couples ever. Sarah started following us Facebook more than a year from her wedding date and saw all of our before and after posts and 5 star reviews. Of course this makes anyone even more excited for their own wedding day. Even her mom and friends started following us to- by the time the day came we all felt like we were long lost friends reuniting.
Fast forward to the current date and we celebrate Sarah & Stephen’s 1 year anniversary. We took a moment to catch up with the happy couple to see what they’ve been doing.

Hi Megan!
Thanks so much for your lovely message!
We had such an amazing day with 30 of our fellow Brits, partying up and down The Strip on an open top double decker bus with Elvis after our ceremony and reception and Cili Restaurant.
The first year has been amazing and magical!
We had a fantastic two weeks honeymoon in Mexico and are excited to come back to Vegas this weekend to celebrate our 1st Wedding Anniversary!
Thanks so much for being part of our day! Your girls really took care of us and your work was fantastic!
Sending lots of love, Sarah & Stephen O’Doherty xxx
Here are a few tips from Sarah for other destination brides.
“Do your research well to trust the people doing the planning for you, and don’t get stressed or fussed at the small details of the wedding. They won’t matter. Making memories away with your loved ones is way more important than making sure any chair covers match the bridesmaids”
“The only thing I wish I did different was have a different dress to change into late at night. 10 hours in a princess dress on the Las Vegas strip took its toll.  I defiantly needed a shorter party dress for the night. LOL”
“The one thing I wouldn’t change is the venue. Cili restaurant at Bali Hai was a total paradise. The staff, services and scenery were all unbeatable. And of course having Makeup in the 702 there for me and my family” xoxo
Happy Anniversary Sarah & Stephen, we hope to see you when you visit Las Vegas again!
To read Sarah’s review and 911 other 5 star reviews visit us on WeddingWire!




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