Christen and Erik Ryan founded Ryan Designs in 2009, shortly after tying the knot and surviving the wedding planning process firsthand. They realized there was an opportunity to provide other couples with creative, personalized event décor paired with a high level of professionalism and unmatched customer service. By identifying and understanding the needs of every type of event - Ryan Designs has become a leader in weddings & event design across Rhode Island and the Northeast.
Across all areas of our company - from staffing our teams to supporting our events; we value:
We're a team of designers, problem-solvers and creative thinkers. We love collaborating with our clients and each other to design unique events.
We’ve streamlined the process so you can focus on what matters most: enjoying every minute of your event. From your day one consultation to the final setup day of - your event designer will be available every step of the way.
Our 10,000 sq ft Warehouse in West Warwick Rhode Island is where we plan, store, and build all of our material for your events. Schedule an in-person tour to see our styles in person. For now you can build your own wishlist here:
Erik is responsible for overseeing the production of all Ryan Designs events. Erik has an innate understanding of operations and logistics, which he gained from over 20 years of experience working in several manufacturing and distribution businesses. Erik’s entrepreneurship, combined with 12 years in the event industry has made him the backbone of Ryan Designs. He is a natural leader whose drive and determination ensures that every Ryan Designs event is innovative and successful.
Christen brings the artistic vision and energy that keeps Ryan Designs in the forefront of the event design industry. With 15 years of business experience, Christen intrinsically understands what it takes for a small business to succeed by listening to her clients and delivering what they want. Prior to starting Ryan Designs, she worked in marketing and sales at Atlantek, her father’s business. She then attended the School of Fashion Design in Boston, MA. It is her love of nature, art, travel, architecture, textiles, and most importantly – people – that inspires her everyday.
As the Director of Sales and Operations, Michele Oversees all sales and operations including scheduling for our staff.
Ashley is very goal oriented, a natural forward thinker and always staying ahead of the curve. She manages multiple exclusive accounts such as Ocean House, Mount Hope Farm and Newport Longwood Venues to name a few. She also is our Marketing Manager and oversees the website, inventory & booking system and social media to provide constant support for the internal team as well as our clientele.
Ed brings all of our creative ideas to life! He is responsible for leading all on-site installations of lighting, rigging, and layouts. Ed ensures that his Leads and event team runs smoothly and efficiently through different tasks to reach the final goal of a secure, safe, and stunning event. He is driven by cohesion and friendships that fieldwork creates as well as the satisfaction of completing a job through hard work.
Creates design boards, prepares quotes, meets with clients, manages exclusive venues.
Shannon is responsible for overseeing our event staff and ensuring the events are completed up to our standards. We are known for our high quality fabrics and creative draping installations so Shannon also assists the design & production teams with fabric layouts and inventory management. She loves being a part of these special events with our amazing team and traveling to different venues around New England.
Our newest designer comes with over 10 years’ experience in the events industry! She is responsible for connecting with new clients, listening to their goals and design requests for their event and how we’re going to achieve them. From detailed visual layouts, al la carte quotes & hands-on installations, she is your gal from beginning to end to bring your dream to life.
Angela assists both the design & marketing teams, she is responsible for creating layouts, design boards and marketing collateral. Her highlight is presenting a design plan to a client and getting to see the sheer excitement of the vision of their event coming to life! She collaborates with our production team to price out and create custom projects and bring you all the wonderful interior design aspects into an event space.
Lauren is responsible for overseeing the production process and coordinating all activities to ensure enough resources on hand. I create employee schedules within production & warehouse. She ensures that all custom projects and purchases meet required deadlines. She is driven by working with her amazing team!