As President and Founder of Damselfly Designs, Brenda LaManna believes that a magnificent design is her gift to each client. “We are the last people to leave a finished room, ballroom, courtyard – wherever our design installation occurs, before the doors are opened. The gasp of joy and feelings of awe as the doors are opened set the tone for the event. That has to happen every time.”
Whether she is designing a wedding in Indonesia, a gala in Florida, an international conference in California, a Bar or Bat Mitzvah in Connecticut or working with a team on parade floats at the Tournament of Roses in Pasadena each detail, each design element has to count. Beauty and elegance are infused into every detail.
Founded more than twenty years ago, Damselfly Designs is a full service event décor firm. The name of her company originates from the good luck “damselflies” that circled Brenda and her husband, Lawrence, as they finalized the purchase of their property “Damselfly Acre” in South Salem, New York. The adjacent barn served as the workshop and studio for her creations.
In late 2010, Damselfly Designs returned to lower Westchester to better serve their growing clientele in Manhattan. Housed in a converted historic bank building that boasts 25-foot ceilings, 14 foot columns and antique crown moldings, the workshop serves as an incredible backdrop to her extensive collection of design elements. The large central worktable is covered at any given time with masses of the freshest seasonal blooms.
Clients are welcomed into the space and meet with Brenda personally. It is here that Brenda will listen as the clients show her all the clippings, photos and inspirations for their event. Brenda then is able to “read” all these pieces and transform them into a unique and cohesive design scheme.
Brenda and her team truly embody the philosophy that as a team, they are able to make the client’s vision a magnificent reality.