{Love Birds} Beer for life

“I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you, not only for what you have made of yourself but for what you are making of me.” 

-Roy Croft

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This wedding is by far one of the most beautiful days I have ever seen. I love weddings that are just a little bit different and the tones of the winter wonder are simply stunning. The bride is gorgeous and her smile lights up every single image. Sometimes you can’t just see love, you can actually feel it. This is one of those weddings.

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The love birds: Monique Kellond, 24, Support Worker & Cameron Beer, 25, Correctional Services Officer

Ceremony & Reception: BoxGrove Bathurst

Theme: Warm Winter tones

The Dress: Peter Trends

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Beauty: Luxe Hair & Body

Styling: BoxGrove

Floral: Ivory Rose Botanicals

Eats: Our Place or Yours Catering

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Cake: Cakes by Katrina

Photographer: Feather & Birch

Rings: Monique: Wj Coote & Sons, Cameron: Michael Hill

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Stationary: Chalk Bathurst

Music: The mud monkeys

Special moments:

Monique says “The fact that I got to marry my high school sweet heart.”

While it was one of the coldest winter days, right as the couple said ‘I do’ the sun came out from behind the clouds.

Guests: 120

Cost: $35,000

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Stockists: Ceremony & Reception: BoxGrove Bathurst | The Dress: Peter Trends| Beauty: Luxe Hair & Body| Styling: BoxGrove | Floral: Ivory Rose Botanicals|Eats: Our Place or Yours Catering| Cake: Cakes by Katrina| Photographer: Feather & Birch| Rings: Monique: Wj Coote & Sons, Cameron: Michael Hill | Stationary: Chalk Bathurst| Music: The mud monkeys|

{Locally Found} White Night was just Right

I was lucky enough to attend the inaugural White Night Party at  Mayfield Garden recently and I had an absolute blast!

Upon arrival we were met by the gorgeous and eternally friendly Meg who welcomed us with a big smile and a glass of delicious punch (that girl knows how to make friends!)mayfield2

I have to admit I have never been to the gardens before but once I followed the winding path I was amazed to see just how beautiful the place is! The party was centred under a generous white tent surrounded by rolling grass hills and a magnificent water feature.

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We found our seats on the shared tables and quickly made friends with the people beside us. I love the idea of communal tables, I think it is so easy to go places with your friends and only stay in your group but shared tables encourage you to meet those around you. We were lucky enough to sit with a couple of very friendly ladies from Raine and Horne Real Estate in Bathurst.

The tables were generously adorned with flowers and fernery as well as bottles of red and white wine. It was certainly clear from the outset that no one was going to be short of a drink all night!

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The whole place felt like we had stepped into an exclusive Hampton’s party, the floral decorations from Ivory Rose Botanicals were sublime, generous and really were the icing on the cake.

The night’s entertainment was a brilliant band The Orient Royal Mail Band who played well into the night and Mayfield Garden even ran a surprise fake wedding to showcase how brilliant a wedding could be at the grounds. I tell you what, if I was planning a wedding the Gardens would certainly be one of the frontrunners for me!

The food was delicious and generous and in particular if I could get my little mitts on an endless supply of the olive bread I would be eternally happy. I am obsessed with it, it was without a doubt the yummiest bread I have EVER eaten. *recipe please!*

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The food was scrumptious and I am a strong believer in the food mentality on offer from Heath Smith and Head Chef Dan Child who offer paddock to plate wherever possible. Mayfield Garden are really ahead of the game when it comes to sustainable local produce being used effectively and absolutely deliciously.

All in all I look forward to going back next year to Mayfield Garden‘s White Night and celebrate a night filled with laughter, friendship and good food with my pals.

I can’t wait until the next chance I get to head out to Mayfield Garden. I hear there’s a cafe – oohhh I wonder if they have the olive bread!?!?

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Image: Henry Paul Photography

 

 

{Love Birds} Sprinkle some gold inspiration

Every so often you stumble across something beautiful.

Just so stunning it takes your breath away. ruffledblog

This styled shoot from Ruffled Blog is the ultimate in wedding inspiration.

The pops of gold are divine! The splashes of romance of knee-weakening.

That cake! O, My!

Enjoy nesters x

{Remember: We are always looking for new weddings to showcase on the blog, if you are interested in sharing your special day just send us an email to centralwestnest@outlook.com}

{Love Birds} Nikki and Chris forever together

‘You’re the one, the only one, the only one that’s just right just for me
but all the same, you know I, you know I’m, I’m just a fool
I’m a fool for you, I’m a fool, I’m a fool for you’

– Fool for you – John Butler Trio

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I am so incredibly lucky to see many weddings come across my desk and while they are all very beautiful, every now and then one just takes your breath away… Nikki and Chris’ wedding did just that. It was a day of romance,  love and of fun.

The love birds: Nikki Waldron, 29 Early Childhood Educator and Chris McCulloch, 33 Team Leader at Central Tablelands Local Land Services.

Ceremony & Reception: The “vinegrove” in Mudgee

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Theme: Vintage Chic

The Dress: Rachel Gilbert “Tessina Gown” in dusty pink  from Danielle Louise in Orange

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Groom & wedding party attire: Rembrandt Navy suits with Ivory shirts from Bent Threads in Bathurst

Hair/makeup: “Vintage Glamourish” Hair by a family friend and makeup from Bella Medi Spa Mudgee

Decorations: Lamps, birdcages, light breezy chiffon, hessian, lounges everywhere, Chandeliers

Food: Gourmet canapes from Local Mudgee company Whisk Gourmet

Cake: Naked Cake with fresh flowers from Family Friend Lucy Baranowski

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Drinks: The standard beer wine ciders

Photographer: Philippa Enid Photography

Rings: Beautiful white gold round cut ring with a diamond wedding band for Nikki and just a plain comfort wedder in white gold for Chris

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Music: Acoustic Guitar by good friend Andrew Nelson who played John Butler song “fool for You” as Nikki walked down the aisle and acoustic music throughout reception from another good friend Lou Goryl. Then the tunes slipped into some old favourites via the ipod!

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Special moments: Nikki says the moment that Chris sang Black magic woman by Santana to her in front of all of their guests was a moment that she will remember for the rest of her life.

The wedding was a beautiful family affair, Nikki spent the night before the wedding with her Nanna and says it was lovely to have our siblings as our bridesmaids and groomsmen. Plus enjoying the day with heir cheeky two year old son!

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Guests: 100

Cost: More than a small family car 🙂

Stockists: Ceremony/Reception: The Vinegrove Mudgee | Dress: Danielle Louise | Menwear: Bent Thread Menswear | Makeup: Bella Medi Spa | Food: Whisk Gourmet | Photography: Philippa Enid Photography |

{Love Birds} Intertwined hearts and braided hair

I am completely LOVING this new trend.

Braided hair for weddings is simply perfect. Adding the simplest touch of romance, a braid is soft and whimsical and pretty.

The wonderful team at Wedding Chicks have put together a beautiful gallery of braided wedding hair ideas. You can find it here -> 25 Braided Wedding Hair Ideas

Wedding braidsEnjoy Nesters!

{Love Birds} Updating your something blue..

Everyone knows that weddings should be individual and customised to the specific couple, but there are a few traditions that are usually followed at most weddings.

How then, do you make these traditions just a little bit more special and unique?

The gorgeous team from Wedding Party have created the ultimate cheat’s guide to updating the something blue. You can check it out here -> Wedding Party

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Happy wedding planning Nesters!

{Love birds} Michelle and Justin say together forever

This day I will marry my friend;
the one I laugh with,
live for, dream with, love.
    ~ author unknown

Not so long ago, a long story happened. Shell met Justin and they fell madly into each other. They are best friends, lovers, kindred spirits. Together forever.

This is a beautiful wedding and I love scrolling through their photos seeing their love for each other. We know these two will be the happily ever after.

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Love birds: Michelle Morton, 29 Childcare worker & Justin Slattery, 26 Electrician.

Married: September 12, 2012

Ceremony: ‘Little Cove’ Rex Smeal Park, Port Douglas, Queensland

Reception:  Salsa Bar & Grill Port Douglas

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Theme: Simple but Elegant. Reception was all white with a touch of Salmon to match bridesmaid dresses

The Dress: From Sweethearts Bridal. It was the first dress I tried on, tried on a few others but just couldn’t go past this one. Thought it was just perfect for me and where our wedding was held!!

My nan’s brooch was attached to my bouquet as something old, and as a special touch as she couldn’t make it.

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Groom & wedding party attire: Boys wore 5 piece black suit with white shirts. Groom had off white tie and groomsmen wore black ties. Hired from Jack Holman’s Menswear in Bathurst.

Bridesmaids wore long ‘Watermelon’ dresses which were from Brides of Sydney.

Hair/makeup: Hair done by my sister, Belinda. I had soft curls, all out with a ribbon headband.

Makeup done by my sister-in-law Robyn, Napoleon makeup was used.

Decorations: Reception was mostly white. Table cloths, chair covers and bows were white. Table centre pieces were a small square vase with salmon Gerberas. A small white candle in a clear vase on either side. Tables sprinkled with clear diamantes.

Flame torches were out the front of Salsa. Inside poles were covered in white organza and fairy lights.

We also had a lolly buffet! Lollies from Westco which we took up to Port Douglas.

 Food: The food was absolutely amazing!!

Canapés on arrival.

Guests had a choice of 3 entrees which were:

  • Salsa’s ½ Dozen Oysters Three ways – natural, nam pla prik, wasabi emulsion
  • Slow Braised Lamb Pithiviers, w/ eggplant whip, chermoula vinaigrette
  • Char Siu BBQ Pork tenderloin, w/ soba salad, mandarin hollandaise, scallop salsa

Mains was also a choice of 3:

  • Piri Piri Chicken Breast, w/ kipfler potato salad burned lime crème fraîche
  • Char Griled Sirlion, w/ corn & coriander galette, jalapeno hollandaise
  • Chimichurri Barramundi, w/ parsnip flan, piquillo pepper & chorizo salsa fresco

Cake and fresh strawberries for dessert

Cake: 2 Tier Square chocolate mud on bottom and caramel mud top. Finished on an iced board and arranged on an angle with rose flower arrangements. Cake was served on platters with fresh strawberries.

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Drinks: Red, White and Sparkling Wines. There were a variety of beers and cocktails.

Photographer: Rob, from Port Douglas Weddings.

Cars: Limousine

Rings: Rings were from WJ Coote & Sons. Grooms is Sterling Silver Gents Wedder and Brides is Platinum Princess Baguette Channel Set Wedder

Stationary: Invitations were made by Stacey at Polka Dot Poppy Invitations. We couldn’t have been happier with how they turned out.

We designed table numbers and name cards, they were printed from Brian Burke’s Printing.

Music: I walked down the isle to ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri.

‘You & Me’ by Lifehouse was our first dance song.

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Special moments: The first glance of each other at the ceremony was a special feeling, a few tears of joy.

The moment we were presented as Mr & Mrs Slattery was such a great feeling.

A number of messages had been compiled from loved ones back at home which were read out at the reception. In particular the messages from the kids in my preschool class were very cute and funny.

We feel the whole day was so special,  a day that we will never forget!!

Guests: We had 60 people share in our day

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Stockists:

Ceremony: ‘Little Cove’ Rex Smeal Park, Port Douglas, Queensland

Reception?:  Salsa Bar and Grill, Port Douglas, Queensland

The Dress: Sweethearts Bridal

Groom & wedding party attire: Jack Holman Menswear

Bridesmaids:  Brides of Sydney

Hair/makeup: Napoleon Perdis

Lolly bar: Westco Distributors

Photographer: Rob, from Port Douglas Wedding Photography

Rings: WJ Coote & Sons

Stationary:  Polka Dot Poppy Invitations & Brian Burke Printing

{Love birds} Love is.. Rachael & Mitchell

‘What is a soulmate? Well, it’s like a best friend, but more. It’s the one person in the world that knows you better than anyone else. It’s someone who makes you a better person, well, actually they don’t make you a better person… you do that yourself– because they inspire you. A soulmate is someone who you carry with you forever. It’s the one person who knew you, and accepted you, and believed in you before anyone else did or when no one else would. And no matter what happens.. you’ll always love them’. – Dawson’s Creek

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It is with the most heartfelt truth that I say I have never seen two people more in love than the beautiful Mr & Mrs Thurn. They are young, beautiful and genuinely the most beautiful of souls intertwined together forever. It was an absolute privilege to be invited to share this beautiful day with this fantastic couple.

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Love birds: Rachael Burgess, Conveyancer & Mitchell Thurn, Fitter/Welder

Ceremony: St Stanislaus College, Bathurst

Reception: Athol Gardens, Blayney

Theme: Elegant and timeless

The Dress: Strapless ivory Maggie Sottero A-line dress with corset back and Swarovksi crystals at the bust and throughout the dress and train

Groom & wedding party: Our bridesmaids wore floor length strapless dresses in navy chiffon and the groomsmen wore black three piece suits and a navy skinny ties. The groom had an ivory vest and tie.

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Hair: Cleanthi from Studio Renaissance

Makeup: Cindy Cook of Coukla’s Orange

Decorations: Each table had a fishbowl vase filled with pale pink and ivory roses sitting on a mirror disc and surrounded by tea-lights. Chandeliers from the ceiling and candelabra on the bridal table. Dry ice gave a cloud effect on the dance floor for the bridal waltz. We also used navy table runners and sashes on the chairs.

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Food:

Canapés- Nutty pistachio biscuits with slow roasted lamb and craisins & Duck in crisp wonton cups & Tomato and goats cheese and poppy seed bruschetta & Seared scallops with mango salsa on Chinese spoons

Entree – Beetroot and goats cheese stacks or rare beef salad with smoky tomato chilli relish

Mains – Duck breast marinated in red wine and orange jus or rack of lamb with tomato onion jam served on a bed of creamy potato mash and roast vegetable salad

Cake: Cakes by Nikki Burden. It was a delicious two double height tiers of caramel mud with white chocolate ganache.

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Drinks: Our guests enjoyed a selection of champagne, beer and wine

Photographer: Heidi Rookyard

Cars: Black Caprice stretch Limousine from Abbey Limousines

Rings: We made each others wedding rings with Larsen Jewellery. Mitchell designed the bride’s engagement ring with the assistance of Regency jewellers in Orange

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Stationary: Dreamday invitations

Music: Victoria Roth played classical tunes on the piano during the ceremony and Muzz Music Orange played at reception

Special moments: Rachael gave the photographer a love note to give to Mitchell just before the ceremony because when we dated in year 7 that’s basically all our relationship consisted of – love letters

Another incredibly special moment was when Mitchell organised dry ice on the dance floor which made it feel and look like we were on a cloud. This was nice because they wanted an outdoor dance floor but the weather didn’t permit. It was a moment no one will forget.

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Guests: 55

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Stockists:

Reception: Athol Gardens – 84 Newbridge Rd, Blayney – 02 6368 2639

DressMaggie Sottero

Hair: Studio Renaissance 223 George Street, Bathurst – 02 6331 5288

Make-upCouklas 166 March Street, Orange – 02 6362 1514

CakeCakes by Nikki

Stationary: Dreamday Invitations

Music: Muzz Music Orange – 0418 167 733

Photographer: Heidi Rookyard

Cars: Abbey Limousines

Rings: Larsen Jewellery.

{Love Birds} Leigh & Stuart and their happily ever after

“For you see, each day I love you more. Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow. “ Rosemonde Gerard

There are some weddings that simply show true love. This wedding is one such example. A combination of impeccable taste, exquisite attention to detail and handmade touches make this honestly one of the most beautiful weddings I have seen. Leigh and Stuart show what love is and how simply beautiful a wedding can be. Happily ever after is not a term to be used lightly but sometimes it is just right. Here are Mr & Mrs McLean – Happily Ever After.

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The Love birds: Stuart McLean, 27 year old diesel mechanic & Leigh Stapleton, 29 year old Teacher

Ceremony: In Carcoar at the Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception. We wanted an intimate church with lots of character and beautiful light for our photographs.

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Reception: Athol Gardens, Blayney. We looked at every venue in the district but when we walked in to Athol Gardens we both knew it was perfect for us. Stunning gardens and an outdoor terrace that suited our taste to a tee.

Theme: Just a mixture of our favourite things- black, white, beige with a touch of lace and a splash of electric blue

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The Dress: Ivory, strapless, silk gown with a ruched bodice and flowing skirt from Wendy Makin Couture Leigh says she tried on so many dresses and loved them all! She made a top 5 and chose this one mainly for the gorgeous silk fabric. She added a flower from another dress she loved. Leigh says ‘I wore electric blue shoes for my something blue, my grandmother’s pearls for my something old and wore my sister’s veil as something borrowed’.

Groom & wedding party attire: The bridesmaids wore dresses floor length chiffon dresses from Seduce in a soft dusty pink.

Groom & Groomsmen wore light grey suits with white shirts and white silk ties.

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Hair: Wavelength Bathurst

Makeup: Macquarie Skin & Day Spa

Decorations: Table centres- large 3 wick candles wrapped in black lace & ribbon

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Bonbonnieres – Little jars of Rhubarb jam (made by the bride) & White violas in beige ceramic pots with custom labels made by the bride

Food:

Canapés: Prawns with chilli & lime salt; Arancini balls with spinach and buffalo mozzarella; Duck in crisp wonton cups; Chilli feta and crispy pancetta crostini

Mains: Herb crusted rack of lamb on a bed of creamy potato mash with roast vegetable salad or Spanish chicken breast with quince sauce, green beans, potato gallette and baked butternut pumpkin

Dessert: Vanilla Pannacotta and slow roasted rhubarb with a vanilla tuile or Chocolate Hazelnut praline with chocolate sauce

Cake: One tier tall round carrot cake with layers of cream cheese, covered in butter cream icing and topped with fresh roses the same as the bouquets. The Bride says she made the cake herself (even though everyone thought she was crazy – but really she says she is just too picky to trust anyone else) and the cake topper and bouquets were by Florabundance.

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Drinks: Local Wines from Cumulus and Angullong and a selection of beers and spirits.

Photographer: Jennifer Stocks from Jennifer Stocks Photography– the most amazing photographer! Jen usually only photographs babies and families but we twisted her arm as an old friend to capture our day. We could be happier with our photos taken around beautiful Carcoar.

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Rings: The wedding bands are Quorra purchased at WJ Coote and Sons. Leigh has a white gold diamond wedder and a plain band either side of my engagement ring and Stuart chose a thick white gold plain band.

Stationary: All stationary was handmade by the bride including the invitations, service booklets, escort cards and table numbers. The stationary supplies were purchased at Fantasia in Bathurst.

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Music: The couple chose country music singer Kaylee Bell to perform at the church and she further entertained the guests in the garden at Athol afterwards during drinks and canapés.

Special moments: The bride says she started crying before she even pulled up at the church! Then she walked in and saw that half the church was crying including the groom & groomsmen! – She says as soon as she saw Stuart standing there she couldn’t help but smile.

Our beautiful guest book was a wedding gift from a very special friend. She drew a tree and our guests put their finger prints as the leaves and signed it. We have it hanging on the wall in our house as a reminder of our special day.

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Our amazing honeymoon in France and Italy was definitely a highlight too – an experience we will never forget. The most special thing for us was having our favourite people together to help us celebrate!

Guests: 100

Cost: Approximately $27,000.00reception

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Stockists:

Reception: Athol Gardens – 84 Newbridge Rd, Blayney – 02 6368 2639

Photographer: Jennifer Stocks Photography – 0401 004 373

Dress: Wendy Makin Couture – 07 3823 0111

Bridesmaid dress: Seduce

Hair: Wavelength Bathurst – 97 Keppel Street, Bathurst 02 6331 5086

Make upMacquarie Skin & Day Spa – Shop 2 / 169 Howick Street, Bathurst 02 6332 2062

Flowers/cake topper: Florabundance – 90B Bentinck St, Bathurst – 02 6332 1822

Rings: WJ Coote and Sons 69 William Street, Bathurst –  02 6331 3017

Stationary: Fantasia 2/91 Rankin St, Bathurst NSW 2795 – 02 6331 8688

{Wack your smile on this} A 61 year wedding anniversary with a difference

If this doesn’t put a smile on your face you should go to the doctor. You know, because you are dead.

Style me pretty has published an ‘up’ theme photoshoot for a couple who have been married to each other for 61 years.

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What makes this story just a little bit more beautiful is the fact that their wedding photographer actually stood them up on their wedding day and these are their ‘love photos’ – just 61 years later.

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What an amazing achievement. What great inspiration. I hope to be married at least 61 years as well.

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