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And it all started with a hurricane.

by Janel Bailey Keen

Dear Beloved Clients, Colleagues, and Friends,

Can you believe it? I'm overjoyed to announce that this month marks our 17th year in the enchanting world of wedding artistry and design! It's with immense gratitude and excitement that I invite you to join us in celebrating this remarkable journey of love, expression, blossoms, and unforgettable moments.

Seventeen years ago, with a paintbrush in one hand and a heart brimming with passion in the other, I embarked on a quest to transform dreams into reality. From humble beginnings a small corner of our living room to a full design & creative production studio in Norfolk, Virginia - becoming a trusted name in the wedding industry Each step of this extraordinary odyssey has been marked by your unwavering support, trust, and the opportunity to create magic alongside you.

Reflecting on the journey, I am reminded of the remarkable stories we've woven together. Like a symphony of colors, scents, and emotions, our shared experiences have created a tapestry of love, beauty, and unbreakable bonds. From intimate garden ceremonies to massive 400+ ballroom extravaganzas, we have witnessed your love stories unfold in the most breathtaking ways.

As I look back at the path we've walked, one particular story dances in my heart. A tale of a wedding amidst a Category 5 hurricane… my own wedding 20 years ago in 2003. Love stood resolute in the face of nature's fury and, as a result, we cast aside the chaos to embrace the power of hope, commitment, inspiration, and devotion. This extraordinary celebration inspired me to push the boundaries of creativity, and it serves as a testament to the indomitable spirit that was not only the spark behind Vivid Expressions LLC but also helps to define it.

Throughout the years, my dedication to using imagination, talent, art, design, inspiration, and creative solutions to bring dreams to life has remained unwavering. I've poured my heart and soul into every concept sketch presentation, fresh floral bridal bouquet, ceremony site, reception spaces, tablescape, and centerpiece, ensuring that each creation is a reflection of your unique story. From the delicate touch of a single petal to the harmonious ensemble of design elements, I've strived to make every moment an unforgettable masterpiece.

In celebration of our 17th year, I'm looking forward to sharing some special surprises and events just for you, our cherished friends, clients, and colleagues. Don't worry, Vivid Expressions LLC will remain your trusted guide on this wondrous journey with personalized consultations, floral & decor, and creative services. I'll also expand my mission by supporting, mentoring & coaching, and training on both personal and professional levels so that together we can use all of our gifts to create meaningful transformations in the lives and the lives we touch.

I love seeing the potential of inspiration, dreams, and people fulfilled. That's one of the reasons I started hosting creative workshops in 2018. These interactive sessions have provided invaluable insights into self-care, creativity, art, wedding & floral design, and entrepreneurship - guiding attendees on a journey of inspiration and discovery. Stay tuned for more details on how you can join us in this exciting endeavor!

As we raise our glasses to toast the love, joy, and incredible memories we have created together, I want you to know that none of this would have been possible without your trust, your faith, and your belief in the power of artistry. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for being a part of the Vivid Expressions LLC family.

As we step into our 18th year of creating dreams in full bloom, we pledge to continue pushing the boundaries of creativity, bringing you exceptional designs and uniquely artistic service. Your stories are my muse and I cannot wait to see the extraordinary moments that await us in the years to come.

Cheers to 17 years of passion, dedication, and artistry! May our journey together continue to unfold like the petals of a magnificent blossom, filling the world with love, beauty, and cherished memories.

With heartfelt gratitude and best wishes,


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