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Marriott family lures Dallas VIPs to shockingly elaborate hotel grand reopening

Marriott family lures Dallas VIPs to grandly elaborate hotel reopening

Bob Schlegel, Myrna Schlegel,Diane Brierley,Hal Brierley, Renaissance Hotel
Bob Schlegel, Myrna Schlegel, Diane Brierley, Hal Brierley Photo by Jerry McClure
Chris King, Laurie Graham, Renaissance Hotel Opening
Chris King, Laurie Graham  Photo by Bret Redman
Mark Woelffer, JW Marriott Jr, Rob Steigerwald, Nancy C Rogers, Renaissance Hotel
J.W. Marriott Jr., Nancy Rogers  Photo by Jerry McClure
Blake Marriott, Stacey Marriott, Renaissance Hotel Opening
Blake Marriott, Stacey Marriott  Photo by Bret Redman
Lea Fisher, JD MIller, Renaissance Hotel Opening
Lea Fisher, JD Miller  Photo by Bret Redman
Ayaan Ahmed, Leslie Johnson, Eric Waldron, Rebecca Hackl, Renaissance Hotel Opening
Ayaan Ahmed, Leslie Johnson, Eric Waldron, Rebecca Hackl Photo by Bret Redman
Steven Lindsay, Jef Tingley, Leslie Johnson, Michael Hiller, Rich Losch, Rodrigo Orta, Renaissance Hotel Opening
Steven Lindsay, Jef Tingley, Leslie Johnson, Michael Hiller, Rich Losch, Rodrigo Orta Photo by Shana Anderson
kimono, renaissance hotel venue grand opening
Adrian Hillard in a "LightArt Orange Chandelier" inspired piece.  Photo by Bret Redman
Kate Schmidt Pre-Function Chandelier 1
Kate Schmidt rocked a look inspired by the pre-function chandelier. Photo by Jerry McClure
Kalli Keith (Model of Ballroom Chandelier, Renaissance Hotel Opening
Kalli Keith's look drew inspiration from the ballroom chandelier.  Photo by Bret Redman
Lacey Bollinger in Mugler Bustier with Ballskirt, Renaissance Hotel Opening
Lacey Bollinger in Mugler bustier with ballskirt. Photo by Bret Redman
Renaissance Collection on stage, Renaissance opening party
The Renaissance Collection presented by Jan Strimple. Photo by Bret Redman
Jan Strimple, Renaissance Hotel
Jan Strimple  Photo by Jerry McClure
Chef Frank Quant, Celebrity Chef DeanMax, Renaissance Hotel Opening
Frank Quant, Dean Max Photo by Jerry McClure
Renaissance Hotel Opening
Bartenders prepared cocktails on the City View terrace. Photo by Shana Anderson
DJ Brandon Olds, Renaissance Hotel Opening
DJ Brandon Olds  Photo by Bret Redman
Beverly Cahill, Ashlee Weitener, Nancy Gopez, Renaissance Hotel Opening
Beverly Cahill, Ashlee Weitener, Nancy Gopez Photo by Bret Redman
LeeAnne Locken,Cheryl Roseborough, Yasmeen Tadia, Renaissance Hotel Opening
LeeAnne Locken, Cheryl Rosenborough, Yasmeen Tadia Photo by Shana Anderson
 Rob Steigerwald, John W. Mariott, III , J.W. Marriott, Jr., Lee LaRochelle, Mark Woelffer
Rob Steigerwald, John W. Mariott III, J.W. Marriott Jr., Lee LaRochelle, Mark Woelffer Photo by Jerry McClure
Bob Schlegel, Myrna Schlegel,Diane Brierley,Hal Brierley, Renaissance Hotel
Chris King, Laurie Graham, Renaissance Hotel Opening
Mark Woelffer, JW Marriott Jr, Rob Steigerwald, Nancy C Rogers, Renaissance Hotel
Blake Marriott, Stacey Marriott, Renaissance Hotel Opening
Lea Fisher, JD MIller, Renaissance Hotel Opening
Ayaan Ahmed, Leslie Johnson, Eric Waldron, Rebecca Hackl, Renaissance Hotel Opening
Steven Lindsay, Jef Tingley, Leslie Johnson, Michael Hiller, Rich Losch, Rodrigo Orta, Renaissance Hotel Opening
kimono, renaissance hotel venue grand opening
Kate Schmidt Pre-Function Chandelier 1
Kalli Keith (Model of Ballroom Chandelier, Renaissance Hotel Opening
Lacey Bollinger in Mugler Bustier with Ballskirt, Renaissance Hotel Opening
Renaissance Collection on stage, Renaissance opening party
Jan Strimple, Renaissance Hotel
Chef Frank Quant, Celebrity Chef DeanMax, Renaissance Hotel Opening
Renaissance Hotel Opening
DJ Brandon Olds, Renaissance Hotel Opening
Beverly Cahill, Ashlee Weitener, Nancy Gopez, Renaissance Hotel Opening
LeeAnne Locken,Cheryl Roseborough, Yasmeen Tadia, Renaissance Hotel Opening
 Rob Steigerwald, John W. Mariott, III , J.W. Marriott, Jr., Lee LaRochelle, Mark Woelffer

More than 400 guests recently showed up to the Renaissance Dallas Hotel for the fabulous reveal of its multimillion-dollar renovation — and to rub elbows with members of the Marriott clan, who came to town for the special occasion.

Local VIPs — including Nancy Rogers, Barbara and Don Daseke, Diane and Hal Brierley, Terri Dolan, Jim Kaufman, Lee LaRochelle, Myrna and Bob Schlegel, Rob Steigerwald, and Mark Woelffer —  joined J.W. Marriott Jr. and his son John W. Marriott III in rediscovering the Dallas landmark, which now boasts a 30,000-square-foot meeting and event space, 16,000-square-foot grand ballroom and 10,000-square-foot rooftop terrace dubbed City View that features some pretty impressive views of the Dallas skyline.

The grand opening celebration began with a VIP reception followed by a happy hour in the new grand foyer, where guests ogled works by local artist Shayema Rahim, glass sculpture artist Carlyn Ray and photographer Maxine Helfman. Then the Big “D” Band Drumline lured attendees inside the ballroom, where they discovered elaborate floral by Jackson Durham and designs by Stageworks.

Chef Frank Quant, with special guest chef Dean Max, set up four continuous action stations, where they churned out seasonal cuisine to sample. After appetites were satisfied, attendees made a beeline for the bar, scooped up a craft cocktail and headed to center stage where DJ Brandon Olds was spinning tunes.

“This world-class space is modern and cool, with one of the best ballrooms I’ve seen, and I’ve seen a lot,” said J.W. Marriott Jr. “ I know meeting planners and attendees are going to love coming to this hotel and to the great city of Dallas.”

The highlight of the evening came when Jan Strimple presented the Renaissance Collection (on display for public viewing beginning in January) during an avant-garde fashion show that impressed even the most seasoned fashionistas. Inspired by the hotel’s interior design, led by K2M Design, local designers Maria A. Luna, Terry Wise, Nicolas Villalba, Jessie Thaxton and Shemara Jeyarajah brought Strimple’s vision to life with elaborate garments consisting of furnishings and hard and soft goods found in the hotel.

Guests ended the night on the City View terrace, where they enjoyed dessert, soaked in the scenery and reflected on an impressive update to a classic Dallas hotel.