From the Desk of Mandy Wasielczyk

As an event designer, I am blessed with the opportunity to work and collaborate with extremely talented and immensely creative clients. It’s certainly one of the facets of my career that I enjoy the most. In the current event industry, there is certainly no shortage of exponentially passionate individuals either which makes our work here at Syzygy Events so rewarding!

I couldn’t have been more excited when Blythe Swift of Ridgewell’s Catering, a dear client of mine, reached out in regards to the design and décor for her client’s upcoming fall event at Tudor Place.  I was beaming with excitement as she shared her vision and inspiration photos for the day: an elegant fall picnic with a touch of fun with the infusion of a tailgating theme.


The fall season we are so beautifully surrounded by became such a huge inspiration for the overall look. And tailgating? One might argue that there are not many things that are more American and autumnal than the presence of football right now! The end product was beyond what I ever imagined it to be.

Classic, rustic pieces were the backbone of the design.

We featured aged wine barrels as cabaret tables and a beautiful bar in the tent. Natural-stained Adirondack chairs and benches with richly fabricated pillows created an intimate seating area for adults while herringbone wool blankets topped with an abundance of various textured pillows created more relaxed spots to hang out and oversee the custom-crafted corn hole game on the manicured lawn. Everything was balanced in a rich autumnal color palette with creamy neutrals, matte golds, brunt oranges, and deep rusts.

While capturing the elegance of a fall picnic posed an easy feat, incorporating the playfulness of the tailgating component proved to be a little more challenging. I am a strong believer in always creating a statement piece for your event, something that sets it apart from every other experience for the guests. I truly think the collaboration and creation of our football-inspired buffet table did just that. It was the focal piece of the tent – erected on top of our walnut-stained wood slatted bar, the woodshop and production team truly created an eye-catching top that featured an astro turf top, white stenciled hash marks and yard markers, and even a set of goal posts! What a backdrop to display the food!

In the end, it truly was a beautiful fall picnic and definitely a celebration of autumn (I just wish I could have stayed for a mimosa and s’mores treat!). Another fantastic collaboration for Syzygy Events! Cheers and happy fall!

– Mandy Wasielczyk

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Hello, My Name Is: Julie Shanklin


Name: Julie Shanklin

Title: Principal

Years at Syzygy: I am the founder of the company: This April we have been in business for 9 years

What is your event expertise? I have over 20 years of experience in event décor.  The product has grown and transformed over the years.  With my team of amazing designers we can create any event given to us!

Where are you from?  Lived in Maryland my entire life

What’s your favorite color?  Yellow has always been my favorite color

What’s your go-to color palette for 2014? Gray is one of my favorites as a base color because you can pop so many bright colors off of it

Tell us your craziest or funniest behind-the-scenes event story:  Once when I was 9 months pregnant I had to get into a fountain to get the flowers placed for an event.  The water was extreamly cold so I had to wear Hip Waiters:   Hip Waiters pulled up over a Big 9 month Belly is very sexy!

Advice to brides planning their own wedding: Relax and let the professionals take care of it!

Favorite Syzygy event so far: I loved the event we did in the Bahamas for the grand opening of their new stadium.  Outside in the sunshine always makes me happy.  We did a card stunt at the stadium and the organizers said the people would never do it. ( A card stunt is where you give each person a big card and you have them hold them up with a message or colors or what every you want.  We did Bahamian flags)  The people not only did the stunt they loved it and did the wave and held the cards up long after they could have put them down.

What’s your event mantra:

“Be Amazing”:  I live by it everyday and try to teach my crew to do the same