Sunday, February 14, 2016

2nd Annual Valentine's At The Ballantyne

Firstly, I'd like to wish you and yours a happy Valentine's Day.

On Valentine's Day we went to go get our picture taken at a studio.


We get our picture taken a few times a year. I think we'll appreciate looking back over the years.

Do you get your picture taken?

Then we drove a few minutes to the Ballantyne. It's a upscale hotel in the south of Charlotte, and somehow both grand, and simple at the same time. This is the architectural detailing above the stairs, with a crystal chandelier.

Maybe it's the interior designer in me, but I appreciate all the architectural details.

A girl's got to twirl...

I especially appreciate all the floral arrangements. These were orchids with greenery.

The walls adorn artwork, from various artists as you navigate yourself through the hallways.

Which do you prefer?

This is the entrance to The Gallery, a gourmet restaurant we eat at on occasion. We also like to come for Sunday brunch, and surprisingly it's as affordable as IHOP (for brunch that is).

Outside has lot's of balconies that overlook the golf course. Perfect for wives whose husbands like to play.

Now for the sweet part. Our tea. We came here last year for Valentine's and declared it a tradition. We make a reservation in advance, and enjoyed a few hours by the fireplace. I enjoy people watching, and seeing couples, families, or even moms with their daughters getting dressed up and pretending we're in an episode of Downton Abbey. We can dream, right?

The lobby floral arrangements, darlings.

After we were seated, we were offered a glass of bubbly. We seldom drink, so having a glass of champagne with a berry and sugar rim made it special.


Our table.

We were served a pot of loose tea, with three layers of treats. An English lady knows to start at the bottom, and work your way up.

We had ten different treats.

If you got through all those pictures, your a champ.

How did you celebrate with your sweetheart?

Blessings to you and yours,

Kiki Nakita
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Nadia Marie said...

Looks like you and Cory had a very lovely and classic Valentine's Day! So Happy Heart Day a couple of days late. :) Alan and I have never had a studio session together before. I don't particularly like studio photos and having to pose uncomfortably (IMO) and I believe Alan doesn't enjoy it much either so I think we would prefer a location shoot. :) I am hoping to hire a photographer friend of ours to do a couples location shoot for us in late summer/early autumn as I would love to have something to put on our future wall that really shows who we are. We love being outdoors and on country walks. As for our Valentine's celebrations, they were pretty low-key and spend at home but finally in the company of each other again which made all the difference. Love all the dainty treats you had! Cheers! x

Stacey said...

Kiki, I can see why you wanted to spend your Valentine's at The Ballantyne. The architecture, the finishes, and the flowers are all so pretty. And that husband would be saying, "Where's the beef?"

You and your husband are so cute together. It does my "been married a long time" heart good to see you. :)

Thank you so much for sharing at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. You are welcome every week.


Decor To Adore said...

You guys look so terrific! What a lovely hotel and restaurant.
It is such a joy to have you join the gathering at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. You really help to elevate it to something very special.

Richella Parham said...

What a darling couple you are! Looks like y'all had a very special Valentine's Day indeed. I'm so glad you've established that tradition for yourselves--you're making awesome memories together!

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