Tropical Soiree

Themes are fun for any party leading up to, and including the wedding. The women at Governors Club were planning a party to honor their Member Relations Coordinator, Catherine Phifer Belton, shortly before her May 22, 2010, wedding to Jonathan Charles Hogan at the brides’ family home in Morganton, NC. Southern Bride & Groom and event planner, Katie Cathey of La Fête teamed up with Governors Club to put together a Caribbean-themed bridal luncheon for her upcoming St. Lucia honeymoon.

The sheer curtains that La Fête used to create a private cabana gave GC’s lovely patio a tropical ambiance. Inside, the sandy shades of a beach striped linen, bamboo chairs and woven chargers were complimented by two arrangements of exotic leaves, beach grass and coral flowers from University Florist.

Everyone was delighted with the personalized chocolate conch seating cards which were deliciously edible and filled with more chocolate seashells. These conch creations by Sugarland made it hard to await Chef Rusty Nicholas’ first course, a Chilled Gazpacho Shrimp Shooter, which was enjoyed just after a toast to Catherine with a refreshing coral matched fruit cooler.

Travel menus were created by Governors Club and after a wonderful mahi mahi and tropical sorbet, the girls enjoyed an amazing chocolate mousse cake by Sugarland with an “Under the Sea” design. The breezy, warm day just added to the ambience of this colorful event, which created the perfect celebration for Catherine right before she set off to the mountains for
her big day.

Governors Club ballroom and adjacent patio sits high above the golf course greens and rolling lawns of the property and elegantly accommodates luncheons, rehearsal dinners and wedding reception celebrations.

Location: The Governors Club
Menu Cards and Catering: The Governors Club
Wedding Consultant: Styled by La Fête
Florist: University Florist
Sweets: Chocolate Conch place settings and Chocolate Mousse Under the Sea cake
Cake: Sugarland
Linens, Chairs and Table Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Photography: Lisa Brown of Bella Rose Photography