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Mar10

Syzygy’s Premiere Event in Nashville: As We Begin the Launch of Syzygy South!

What an exciting time for our company! We have the opportunity to become one of the prominent event design company’s in Nashville with our premiere at the Nashville Ballet Ball at the stunning Schermerhorn Symphony Hall. Our team traveled by car, plane and truck to the beautiful southern city of Nashville.

We were greeted with open arms by Ballet Ball Chair, Melissa Mahanes and her team. Clean, sleek and green were her wishes, not fussy and frilly. So we did just that and created an event that we were so proud of!

The guests arrived and were greeted by an elegant, candlelit tree lined path, with hundreds of candles glowing overhead in the branches. Silver lanterns glowed along the green carpet pathway to the entrance to create a stunning entrance to the gala.

Inside, soft sheer drapery and boxwood walls with the Ballet’s logo greeted guests during the cocktail party. Beautiful ballerinas stood lovely and posed on platforms surrounding the room, slowly transitioning from pose to pose like elegant garden statues.

Inside the ballroom, the dinner glowed with thousands of candles, as our Lucite shadowbox tables created an elegant statement in the center of the room. Each table was filled with mood moss, green glass in swirled patterns and succulents, which created quite a feast for the guests’ eyes.

The table settings, linens and flowers completed the look in the room and five projection screens on the stage set were perfection in showcasing the beautifully choreographed ballet performance.  Special guest star, Clare Bowen, sang her Grand Old Opry debut song as the ballet danced in the background. A John Oats performance completed the evening.

We were thrilled to partner with the Nashville Ballet and Melissa Mahanes on this amazing event. What a wonderful way to start our Nashville experience. It truly was a memorable experience.

Julie Shanklin

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Feb25

I am Inspired by Nature

When we open our eyes and look around the beauty of nature surrounds us every day.

Sometimes in winters cold it’s harder to see, but the stunning beauty of nature is there just covered in a bit of Ice. For any of you who know me at all, you know that I am a summer girl. When the sun is shining and its seventy degrees or warmer I am in my glory. This week our event has brought me to Key West Florida. One of my favorite places in the world. It’s an eclectic mix of people from all walks of life, and I love the spirit and colorful beauty of each face I pass and then the bonus is Nature, It’s here in all of its abundant glory and I am overwhelmed by its beauty.

As I walked through some of my favorite places enjoying the sunshine and warm breeze on my face I decided to take time to walk through the stunning Key West Butterfly Conservatory. If you ever get a chance to walk through I strongly suggest you do it. It is an experience for all of your senses. The colorful patterns and stunning designs nature has created on each butterfly, bird or even just the leaves and colors in the flowers made me smile and brought tears to my eyes. The soft music playing was a symphony to my heart as I looked at the detail of each stunning leaf, each tiny colorful wing.

Nature and its bounty surrounds you when in Key West. The diving Pelicans are a joy to watch. Below the fishing pier giant tarpon are swimming past, You can’t help but stare down into the water to see these huge six foot fish just hanging out. Hens and Roosters walk down the street and at the Hemmingway House where the famous six toed cats take residence. You can come here for the food or the atmosphere but if you really look around you will be amazed as nature’s beauty is surrounding you. And you might just be as inspired as I am to create the next event, with just a small touch of beauty inspired by the detail I have seen here.

-Julie Shanklin, President of Syzygy Events International

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Feb9

Washington Business Journal’s Book of Lists Unveiling Party

ART (n.noun)
The conscious use of the imagination in the production of objects intended to be contemplated or appreciated as beautiful, as in the arrangement of forms, sounds, or words.

The quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.

When considering the definition of ‘art’, it seems perfectly and abundantly clear to me that every event we produce as designers should be considered art. It also appeared to be quite a fitting theme for this year’s Washington Business Journal’s Book of Lists Unveiling Party at the National Building Museum. Whether you consider art as visual, sculptural, visceral, theatrical, poetic, or lyrical, the overall concept for the evening was designed to focus on celebrating the beauty of the imagination by creating an environment with visual appeal and creative, artistic energy.

Blessed with the opportunity to collaborate with Ridgewell’s Catering and the Washington Business Journal, the decision was made to split the three courts of the National Building Museum into three separate, artistic environments. The goal was to create a fully submersive experience for the guests and each court would adapt different facets of art and its various characteristics.

As guests entered the West Court, they were fully immersed in an outdoor, pristine sculpture garden. The area was fully dressed in rich emerald green and luxurious taupe. Boxwood cubes with custom routed wood garden covers were made and statuesque ballerinas graced their platforms. For Syzygy, we had the pleasure of greeting guests at our new Waterfall and River Rock Bar – and yes, it really does have a real-life waterfall feature in the front of both the bar and back bar! This area was organic. It was natural and sculptural, and in my opinion, a very simple display of the calm and uncomplicated facets of art.

Upon arriving in the Center Court, guests were meant to be transported to the interior of a sleek and contemporary art museum. A classic white and black color palette was the base of the design for this section, however throughout the room were vibrant pops of neon and energetic colors. This area also included a special display, “Gallery 85”, a custom graffiti art exhibit for Ridgewell’s Catering, which featured vibrant handcrafted pieces, made in fact, by a staff member from their company. This area was sophisticated, mainstream and a great depiction of the freshness of art in our modern world.

The last court, East Court, was dedicated to a completely different environment – an eclectic coffeeshop. With this new atmosphere came a whole new energy for the space – an effortless and relaxed bohemian spirit. This area’s color palette was uncomplicated and fun – a combination of mixed metals, stained wood, and rich jewel tones all created a chic lounge for the hip crowd of guests, and what I hoped, a lasting final impression for the evening’s artistic production.

-Mandy Wasielczyk, Event Designer

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