Ballantyne Magazine

SPRING 2016

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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NC Broker/SC Realtor ABR, Relo Specialist, SFR, MA #1 Sales Leader 2004-2014 Nationally Ranked #1 Customer Service 2007-2014 Best in Charlotte 2007-2014 Email: jo@butterworth.net ◆ View Homes at www.JoButterworth.com Excellence in Real Estate Services: Buying, Selling, and Relocating in Ballantyne and Beyond. 15235-J, John J Delaney Drive Charlotte, NC 28277 704.341.0279 www.HelenAdamsRealty.com 2 0 1 4 H E L E N A D A M S R E A L T Y S A L E S A N D L I S T I N G S L E A D E R . Call: 704.267.3643 was the willingness of the hotel to have local Indian restaurants cater the food, ensuring guests enjoyed authentic fare. Another advantage was the hotel's wedding planner, Ashley Nguyen, had coordinated several Indian-style weddings. "I know how to handle the ceremonies and timing, which means fewer worries for the bride," Nguyen says. 'Auspicious Day' In a traditional Indian wedding, the couple marries on an "auspicious day," determined by horoscopes assuring their stars are aligned. For the Raos, this meant the reception was on Saturday, with the baraat and wedding on Sunday. Holding to South India tradition, Swathi chose peacock colors of midnight blue, violet and emerald for the mandap, a four- pillared canopy festooned in vivid colors and blossoms that serves as the altar. "A curtain separated me from Sandeep until our auspicious time, then the ceremony commenced," Swathi notes. Clad in a brilliant green sari, Swathi plaited her hair in a braid intertwined with jasmine fowers, another Indian custom. "We were both raised traditionally," she says, noting their parents introduced them. "It made sense that our wedding would also be conducted that way." At the Hitchcock wedding, Niclo entered StoneCrest 7828 E. Rea Road, Charlotte 980.237.2582 smokemodernbbq.com Discover a whole new style of barbeque restaurant, where you can savor hickory and fruitwood-smoked ribs and brisket, sip a craft cocktail or rare bourbon, and kick back and relax in an ambiance that's anything but bare bones. GREAT BBQ. NICE SHACK. WINNER BEST BBQ 2 0 1 5 BALLANTYNE MAGAZINE 57 SPRING 2016

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