Owner & Event Specialist
Alisha, Sweet Magnolia’s Founder, is one of the most sought-after in the Texas Hill Country for her keen attention to detail, passion for perfection, and love of weddings that can be seen in every event she creates. Her innovative style has been showcased in local print and wedding media throughout the area. Alisha loves all things weddings, and she is forever honored to share a bride’s most important day of her life. Her charismatic attitude, artistic design, and professional service brings a fresh approach to what wedding planning should be. With Alisha’s seventeen years of experience and extensive industry contacts, you can be assured of a successful event for you and your guests. From country chic to ballroom elegance, Alisha is able to capture the visions of brides and create the ultimate dream wedding.
Director of Operations/Corporate Event Consultant
Karen Syzdek joined Sweet Magnolia Events with more than twenty years of event planning experience. She began her event planning career in Houston where she worked for hotels and a country club coordinating weddings and various social events. She then moved into the corporate meeting industry overseeing the planning and coordination of telecommunications conferences and tradeshows. In 2001, Karen founded an event planning and association management company serving professional healthcare societies which she still manages today. In addition to her professional experience, Karen has developed, coordinated, and executed numerous nonprofit fundraisers and activities. She lives in Southwest Austin with her husband and her Maltipoo, Rigley, and enjoys reading, live music and theatre, and traveling.
Laura is committed and passionate to helping people. With several years of event planning experience, she is a connector who loves to bring people together. She specializes in personalizing diverse events for each client and handling stressful event situations with grace. Laura takes great satisfaction in seeing everyone happy and is always grateful for the opportunity to make this happen.
Laura, her husband and their children reside in the Texas Hill Country and enjoy staying active doing anything and everything outdoors.
A creative spirit and adventurer at heart, Brooke worked for years as a teacher where she learned to balance discipline, structure, and imagination – she now applies those skills to every project she is privileged to be involved in. The goal is to never stop learning, beam positivity into everything she does, and to create joy & beauty in as many ways as possible.
McKayla is native to the Austin, Tx area. She has a passion for perfection and begins each event with attention to detail and focus on what the couple has expressed is of most importance to them. She has two years of planning experience and began working with Sweet Magnolia Events after they planned her big day. McKayla enjoys connecting with her clients and their families on a deep level. Finding joy in the “how we met” and of course the “first impression” stories from their family.
With many years in the corporate world behind her, McKayla prides herself in her attention to detail and organizational skills. She prospers in fast paced environments and has a gift for remembering the most minute detail.
Born and raised in Austin,Texas, this hometown girl loves everything her city and the Texas Hill Country has to offer her clients. Bronwyn fell in love the with the wedding industry after having the opportunity to site manage for a local venue. She loves having the opportunity to build relationships with clients and genuinely loves to connect with the couples she works with and is so passionate about making their big day a dream come true. Being detail oriented and committed to making the planning process stress free makes Bronwyn the perfect addition to the Sweet Magnolia team.
Amanda, one of the newest members of our team and totally crazy about weddings! She brings the “calm and organized” to planning your events. Amanda has more than 20 years of experience in management and a lot of creative fortitude. She always shows up with a “can do” attitude and is queen of being one step ahead. She lives to serve! You will love her dedication to details and the professional manner in all she does. Amanda will be ready on the fly to step in for whatever comes up. She is hard-working and focused on you!