Most brides today still seek a “ballroom” experience as part of their big day, but when it comes to a destination wedding at a glamorous resort, being outdoors must be part of the plan. Brides want to turn up the volume and do something unique, so as I arrived at Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa in Indian Wells, I wondered if a big, imposing hotel can do a stylish, personalized wedding. The answer is absolutely. Brides need to look no further than the desk of hotel wedding specialist, Nicola Johnson.
Nicola and her team regularly transform open grassy lawns and blank patios into stunning outdoor “rooms” for pre-reception, the wedding dinner, or dial it down with style for the ceremony. And, as if you and your groom aren’t breathtaking enough, most of the outdoor settings have views of Lake Esmeralda and the awesome Santa Rosa Mountain range. There are beautiful ballrooms here, but I was drawn to Stir Ultra Lounge which was being set up for a wedding. The spacious dance club is done in white leather and chrome and has the right vibe with enough sound and lights to give any bride a proper star turn. Remember, it’s your wedding, your way.
One can always distinguish a 4-star property by their spa and signature restaurant; Spa Esmeralda provides the perfect respite to choose a number of massages, body At Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa it’s Your Wedding, Your Way! By Brent Edwards treatments and facials. How cool does a Couple’s Retreat sound? Then again, you might send the guys away with the golf sticks while you and your bridesmaids have a spa day. Sirocco Restaurant is a posh Mediterranean themed Italian charmer. The food is creative and delicious, the service flawless, and so are the wines and desserts. Afterward, go next door into the lounge to get your groove on and dance off the carbs from dinner.
The Coachella Valley has all the natural beauty and revitalizing air of spiritual energy, so it is little wonder Renaissance Esmeralda is a popular destination. An exhilarating wedding experience awaits you here; you will depart as Mr. and Mrs. feeling truly relaxed, renewed and anticipating your next visit. What are you doing for your 1st anniversary?