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Photographers We Love- Jamie Y Photography

September 19, 2017
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This week as part of our Photographers We Love feature on the blog we want to shine a spotlight on Jamie, the owner of Jamie Y Photography

She is a superbly talented photographer as well as a savvy business owner and supportive friend.  It has been such a treat to see her grow as a creator and to watch really focus in on her fun and edgy style.  

Tell us who you are and How did you start in photography?
I’m Jamie with Jamie Y Photography. Photography was something I loved as a kid.  It was always in the back of my mind as something I wanted to pursue.  Then for my birthday one year I got my first DSLR and immersed my self completely until less then a year later I was booking clients.
 
 
 
Why do you do what you do? 
I really love the chance to create beautiful images for my clients and help them get to tell their love story.  Being a part of somebody’s wedding day and witnessing the love between a couple is one of my favorite things about my job.   
 
Who is your ideal bride/ couple?
Clients with their own strong personalities, who think freely and live life loudly.
 
 
What is your best piece of advice or planning couples? 
Choose vendors for your wedding day based on who you really think is the best match for you and not just based on price.  People tend to work best when they are doing work that they love and excel at.  When couples hire only based on price, and not with who they resonate with the best, it doesn’t always create those magical moments where both of your visions align.
 
 
What is the most common mistake or misstep you see?
Do you have any tips on how to avoid it?  Trying to cram too much into a short period of time.  I often have clients only booking me for one hour, but then if anything runs late, their time with me ends up getting cut short.  Having a little more time to allow for delays is best.  It also gives you a more relaxed experience instead of feeling rushed.
 

As, I said before, Jamie has got such a unique eye for fun and beauty. It has been a real treat to watch her taste and style develop into something really outstanding!!

 
 
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Photographers We Love- Taylored Photo Memories Copy

August 23, 2017
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Capturing the Moments with

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Cactus Collective

Every day we are so lucky to work with some incredibly talented photographers around the Las Vegas Valley. It absolutely makes our day when we open up our inbox to see some of the beautiful images they capture for our clients.
 
McKenzi and her team at Taylored Photo Memories and Cactus Collective are  known through out the valley for helping to create unique romantic settings and capture all the special moments there. 
 
 
Last week we were lucky enough to get to chat with Mckenzi and learn about what drives her passion. 
 
How did you start in photography?
I started photographing when I was in middle school, my first wedding was when I was 14 years old and I LOVED it. I loved capturing my couples having the time of their life. I loved learning about people and their stories. I loved being there on an important day for them. 
 
 
Why do you do what you do?
I truly believe that everyone deserves to have their memories captured. When you think of your own personal past, what do you remember? Most of us remember moments of their past based on a trigger from a photograph. Or at least I do! Or when you look at old albums from before your time… those are what I want to help preserve for people. Memories.
 
 
 
Who is your ideal bride/ couple?
My ideal couple is a destination couple that is looking for something a little offbeat. Maybe they want a wedding in the desert in Las Vegas. Maybe they were a funky downtown elopement. We help those clients from start to end, even helping them find their ministers, florals, and other vendors. We offer a full-service experience! 
 
 
What is your best piece of advice or planning couples?
Make decisions and move on. All too often we get caught up in the emotional aspects of our decision makings, especially surrounding a wedding. Just make a decision a day until the wedding planning is complete and you’ll be so much happier!
 
 
What is the most common mistake or misstep you see? Do you have any tips on how to avoid it?
I would say that the most common mistake I see is timelines and weather. People normally don’t realize how big the Las Vegas Valley is and if you are planning to do a couple different stops for photos, you have to take time in to account for that. If you are having a strip wedding but want photos in Red Rock Canyon and the dry lake bed, those are at completely opposite ends of the city. Make sure to ask for advice on timelines before making specific plans. The other mistake is people really don’t 100% completely understand how hot it gets here and, believe it or not, how cold las Vegas can get. All too often we have to remind people to prepare for the head of the Las Vegas sun and they normally don’t realize how dehydrating and exhausting that can be! Always hydrate, we’re in the desert!

To see more of the beautiful work that Mckenzi and her team create, make sure to check out her website

 

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Photographers We Love- Taylored Photo Memories

August 22, 2017
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Capturing the Moments with

Taylored Photo Memories &

Cactus Collective

Every day we are so lucky to work with some incredibly talented photographers around the Las Vegas Valley. It absolutely makes our day when we open up our inbox to see some of the beautiful images they capture for our clients.
 
McKenzi and her team at Taylored Photo Memories and Cactus Collective are  known through out the valley for helping to create unique romantic settings and capture all the special moments there. 
 
 
Last week we were lucky enough to get to chat with Mckenzi and learn about what drives her passion. 
 
How did you start in photography?
I started photographing when I was in middle school, my first wedding was when I was 14 years old and I LOVED it. I loved capturing my couples having the time of their life. I loved learning about people and their stories. I loved being there on an important day for them. 
 
 
Why do you do what you do?
I truly believe that everyone deserves to have their memories captured. When you think of your own personal past, what do you remember? Most of us remember moments of their past based on a trigger from a photograph. Or at least I do! Or when you look at old albums from before your time… those are what I want to help preserve for people. Memories.
 
 
 
Who is your ideal bride/ couple?
My ideal couple is a destination couple that is looking for something a little offbeat. Maybe they want a wedding in the desert in Las Vegas. Maybe they were a funky downtown elopement. We help those clients from start to end, even helping them find their ministers, florals, and other vendors. We offer a full-service experience! 
 
 
What is your best piece of advice or planning couples?
Make decisions and move on. All too often we get caught up in the emotional aspects of our decision makings, especially surrounding a wedding. Just make a decision a day until the wedding planning is complete and you’ll be so much happier!
 
 
What is the most common mistake or misstep you see? Do you have any tips on how to avoid it?
I would say that the most common mistake I see is timelines and weather. People normally don’t realize how big the Las Vegas Valley is and if you are planning to do a couple different stops for photos, you have to take time in to account for that. If you are having a strip wedding but want photos in Red Rock Canyon and the dry lake bed, those are at completely opposite ends of the city. Make sure to ask for advice on timelines before making specific plans. The other mistake is people really don’t 100% completely understand how hot it gets here and, believe it or not, how cold las Vegas can get. All too often we have to remind people to prepare for the head of the Las Vegas sun and they normally don’t realize how dehydrating and exhausting that can be! Always hydrate, we’re in the desert!

To see more of the beautiful work that Mckenzi and her team create, make sure to check out her website

 

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I Love You a BRUNCH!!!

July 25, 2017
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Recently we have seen two of our very favorite things coming together to create a new fun bridal trend- WEDDING BRUNCH!!!

While there are SO many things to love about morning wedding celebrations and the breakfast and brunch receptions to follow, here are some of our favorite things about the fabulous new brunch wedding trend- 

COFFEE

Whether you set up a cute little coffee and tea cart for your guests to pour them selves a cup as they walk into the ceremony or you opt to replace the now classic cupcake or candy bar with a Coffee and Donut Bar – the caffeine consideration is sure to be appreciated by friends and family during a morning celebration!

 

CASUAL ATIRE

By having your wedding celebration in the first 1/2 of the day, you open up more casual options for the bride and groom as well as the guests. 

A shorter hem-line, a little bit of poof, some embroidered flowers and of course ruffles are perfect for a morning wedding. 

CAKE

Whether it’d donuts, crepes, muffins or pancake, there is just something about pastries and yummy treats at a Sunday brunch that just seems to make the whole world seem sweeter.  And isn’t that just the perfect vibe for a wedding too?!

An adorable stack of pancakes topped with fresh fruit works great as a passed nibble for when the guests arrive to the reception after the ceremony.

Donuts- one of the most casual and unassuming breakfast foods is given an elegant upgrade with a bit of pink icing and decorated with roses and babies breath.

As some one with an unabashed sweet tooth, have to say that this is for sure my favorite part of a beautiful brunch wedding……all the options for a cake!!!

AVOCADO TOAST and DEVILED EGGS

Ok, Ok……so I didn’t actually see these listed on any Why Brunch Weddings Are Great articles or witness it at any of the beautiful celebrations we have worked with….but how perfect are they for a fun & classy breakfast at a wedding?!?!?!?! 

If you are a frequent enjoyer of brunches in your day-to-day life, you will for sure know that avocado toast is pretty much the business at the moment. It can be visually impressive as well as versatile and healthy, and while I know those last two are not always the goal for a wedding menu- they are certainly added bonuses!!

And keeping in tune with the versatility tone of avocado toast- deviled eggs meet the mark as well. They are also an easy and inexpensive way to feed the masses and from little kiddos to grand parents, pretty much guarantee a smile on every ones face.  

COST SAVINGS

Because brunch and breakfast happens in the morning and also likely a Sunday, the price of the venue alone will be significantly less than if you booked on the more popular (and expensive) Friday or Saturday afternoon and evening.

While its not nearly as exciting to talk about or as fun as it is decide “donuts vs. waffles”, one of the realities of day time brunch wedding is that it could be a significant savings.

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Happy Birthday America!!!

July 3, 2017
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4th 1Whether it’s lounging by the pool, splashing in the waves at the beach, a back yard cook out or an epic firework celebration the 4th of July is THE event of the summer!! Here are a few of the hottest and funnest looks for you to try our over the the holiday while celebrating in style.

MAKEUP

Make sure to swipe on bright popping red lipstick for a truly explosive smile.

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The brighter the better. Cherry looks great on just about every single skin tone and has the added bonus of making your teeth super white too!!

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HAIR

There is not much thats more iconic to American Patriotism than the Classic beloved  pin-up. And what’s a pin up with out her bandana?!

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Bandanas and scarfs are a great option for summer hair not only because they are absolutely adorable, but also for the practicality- get that hot heavy hair off the back of your neck and pulled off of your face. So grab a red, white or blue bandana and check out these tutorials before you head out to the pool or bbq!

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Swim Suites

This may be the Native Floridian/ born-beach-worshiper in me, but I don’t think you even need a good reason to pick up another swim suit and when it come to ones sporting a TEAM America theme there are most as many options as there are different body types.

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2 Piece Bathing Suit on Amazon

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Blue Red Patriotic  1-piece on AMI Clubwear

I think this ones retro vibe would be PERFECT with a bandana!!

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Lace Up Patriotic Halter on Gamiss

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American Flag Print Ruffle on Dress Lilly

Wishing you all a wonderful and safe Fourth of July Celebration!!!

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Katheryn + Alex- A Real Wedding by KMH Photography

June 27, 2017
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We were so lucky to get a change to meet Katheryn at

the Makeup In The 702 Studio before her engagement shoot at The Smith Center with the incredibly talented Kristen from KMH Photography this past spring.

It was so exciting to have Kristen share the images of Katheryn and Alex’s gorgeous wedding at Lake Las Vegas and we are pleased to share them with you!!

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The beautiful bride and her equally lovely brides maids toast to all the fun and excitement the day holds for them.

It was such a good time to be able to spend the early part of the day with these sweet ladies. The love they have for their friend Katheryn and the enthusiasm for her wedding day was really special to see.

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A sweet moment between the bride and her adoring father in the equally dreamy gardens at Lake Las Vegas.

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The beautifully manicured gardens of The Hilton LLV set such a perfect romantic setting for Kathryn and Alex’s first look that almost hard to believe it’s in the desert.

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The bridesmaids in their navy blue and the grooms men donned in black tie were the epitome of elegance.

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The chapel at the venue provided an intimate location for Kathryn and Alex to exchange their vows in front of a family and friends.

The entire Makeup In The 702 Team wishes the both of them a life time of happiness!!

 

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Celebrity Weddings We Are In Love With!

June 20, 2017
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Now that we are in the absolutely gallows of the summer heat and the lovely dewey mornings and mild evenings of spring are just a distant memory, photos of celebrity weddings that took place over the past few months are starting to trickle out. Below are a few of our favorite  celebrities who got married in Spring 2017.

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This past March Orange Is the New Black actress Samira Wiley married one of the shows Lauren Morelli in an edgy modern ceremony in Palm Springs. Samira wore an elegant off the shoulder dress and Lauren wore a modern pants suit one piece, both designed by Christian Siriano.

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Carly Waddell and Evan Bass from Season 3 of Bachelor in Paradise tied the knot this past spring in a colorful intimate ceremony in front of family and friends in Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta resort near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The bride, Carly looked absolutely stunning with a loose side braid for her wedding day hair  and a vintage inspired grey dress.

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As if the elegant florals and lavish decor, as well as the stunning designer dresses and completely star studded guest lists weren’t enough to swoon at while pouring over celebrities weddings, the locations of these festivities are enough to make your heart jump!! The incredibly talented, Oscar winner Jessica Chastain, married her long time boyfriend, Italian investment banker Gian Luca Passi De Preposulo, at his family estate -Villa Tiepolo Passi, which is about an hour north of Venice.

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One of my favorite actresses, Emmy Rossum from one of my favorite shows, Shameless, married her sweetie in a gorgeous traditional Jewish ceremony over Memorial Day weekend. While Emmy plays a gritty, hard hitting and no-holds-barred Fiona Gallagher on the show, a truly soft and loving image was portrayed at the wedding. There were hundreds and hundreds of bursting white roses, gardenias and lilies adorning the temple- it just added to the elegance of the event.

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The lovely ceremony was attended by the bride and grooms big families as well the cast of the show (all the Gallaghers at a wedding!? Now THAT is a party!!) and the whole lot headed over to the Guggenheim for a rocking reception with a life band, a DJ, food trucks and of course…photo booth!!

 

Pippa Middleton

We are total suckers for any thing royal here, so when it was announced last fall the The Duchess of Cambridge’s (formally know as Kate Middleton) little sister (more famously know as Pippa Middleton) was getting married the squeals of excitement were uncontainable!!! It was so exciting to hear of little details and did bits as they trickled out during the planning, but it was almost impossible to contain the enthusiasm when the actual wedding happened.

Pippa middleton 1 While Pippa, the stylish little sister of the Duchess is not officially a “Royal”, her wedding this past spring was absolutely fit for a princess!!

Set in the English country side….CHECK!!

Saying “I Do” under the eves of a historic gothic cathedral……CHECK!!

Princess Charlotte as a bridesmaid and Prince George as a ring bearer…..CHECK!!

AND…..ATTENDED BY THE QUEEN HER SELF?!?!?!?! CHECK and CHECK!!

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The Beauty Is In The Simplicity

June 13, 2017
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“Color is everything, black and white is more.” – Dominic Rouse

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Chelsea Nicole Photography

Black and white pictures are a complex creature- there is classic and simple elegance to them- something that hints at a time gone by when full color images were not available. Yet there is also a complex and mysterious aspect there as well- what are we missing when we don’t see the colors present in that fleeting moment? What is left for us to discover for our selves?

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The brides last moments of quiet and calm before the excitement of the wedding are captured in this sweet image.

 

This week we share some of the most eye catching and show stopping images from our past clients, taken by the incredibly talented collection of wedding photographers that we are lucky enough to work with here in the Las Vegas wedding community.

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The contrast of lighting and shadows gives a sultry refinement to this sultry engagement shoot.

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The elegance and intimacy of the wedding rings is the focal point in this simple yet stunning photo.

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Jenna Ebert Photography

By using just black and white for this photo, this brides bursting smile and excitement are the focus of this image.

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KMH Photography 

You can feel the love, support and encouragement that surrounds this beautiful bride as her bridesmaids offer the final touches before she heads down the aisle.

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The brides sweet smile and the newly married couples tender embrace is what the eye is drawn too in this shot taken right after the ceremony.

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The absence of color in this image transforms the brides hotel room into a luxurious and stylish boudoir suite.

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Twinkling lights and a lush hanging trees are transformed into something absolutely magical in this private garden setting.

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You can find inspiration in any thing!!  And if you can’t, then look again!

June 6, 2017
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Upon the start of your appointment, if you were to ask anyone on the Makeup In The 702 team what their goal for you was, any one of them would say “To make you look and feel like you on your most beautiful day”.

But when we turn that question around and ask our clients what they are looking to get out of their appointment or even what makes them feel beautiful on a given day, the answers don’t come as easily. So today we wanted to share a few places we find inspiration and think you will too for your wedding day hair and makeup look.

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Instagram

Instagram or social media in general are in invaluable took for scrolling through beautiful images from photoshoots and real weddings a like. Whether you are looking for ideas for decor, dishes or dresses, there is no shortage of beautiful things to be found there.

A few of our current favorites:

SimplyWeddings

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CactusCollectiveWeddings

OffBeatBride

WeddingWire

TheKnot

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The Red Carpet

Next time you’re planning on parking it in front of the TV to watch all that is hot and happening on the red carpet with your girlfriends, make sure you add “note pad and paper” to your list of supplies along with champaign and pop corn.

Take a look at the various cuts and neck lines of the dresses- is there something that looks similar to the what you have our heart set on? How are the celebrities and stars wearing their hair with those dresses? What new trends in jewelry and accessories are you seeing?

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Pinterest

I want to be on the record as saying, HOW ON EARTH DID WE PLANB WEDDINGS WITH OUT PINTEREST?!?! My goodness!!! Not only is is an endless resource for gorgeous inspiration and unique images, if you’ve got a few minutes you can also find instructions and directions on how to create the wonderful things you find and make our wedding dreams come true.

As you get closer to your wedding date, save your favorite images to your phone photo roll in a special album so they are easily accessible (if you are getting ready for the wedding in one of the hotels on the Las Vegas strip WiFi is notoriously bad).

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Celebrities and Magazines

Much like scoping out the red carpet to see what the newest trends are, so much great inspiration can come from keeping an eye on celebrity magazines.

Is there an actress or singer that you’ve heard you that you look just like? How many times have people said that you remind them of Naomi Campbell or Megan Fox? Is Beyonce or Kate Moss your forever hair crush? Look for photos of those lovely ladies in the rolls they play and in formal settings. Use those as a guide for what direction you go in for your wedding day look.

When you think of beautiful things, remember to think of your self as well!

This is just a short list of places were ideas can be sparked when you are looking for how to proceed with your wedding planning. We hope that these are able to help you find the the inspiration that leads to your perfect look on the day of your wedding!!

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Mackenzie and John: A Real Wedding

May 30, 2017
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It is almost every day that I’m reminded that I have the best job in the world and that I’m lucky enough to work with some of the most talented people in the Las Vegas valley and the wedding industry on a daily basis.

This weekend, the absolutely charming Miss Jessie, from The Emerics photography sent me these lovely photos that she captured of our gorgeous bride Mackenzie and her new hubby John at their breath taking wedding at Springs Preserve.MackenzieJohnWed_photosbyTheEmerics-005

Mackenzie choose a muted earth tone for her brides maids to wear for the event. The subtle color choice allowed for natural beauty of the location to really take center stage.

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Mackenzies elegant dress hangs in the dressing suite at Springs Preserve.

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In almost every photo of sweet Mackenzie on that day she looks like she is just bursting with love and laughter- that’s what EVERY bride should feel like on her day!!

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By using wands and streamers the couple encouraged their guests to participate in a bit of fun and whimsy to their event.

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Springs Preserve provides such a breath taking back drop to capture some truly tender moments of the new husband and wife.

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Both John and Mackenzie mothers played a roll in their ceremony, as to be expected there was not dry eye in attendance.

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And another congratulations to Mackenzie and John, it was a beautiful wedding and we were absolutely touched to play a part in it.

Best wishes to the both of you for a happy and healthy future together!!!

 

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