Erin McLean Events is a boutique wedding planning + design team specializing in elevated design and exceptional service. Based in North Carolina, We create Southern couture events for the fanciful at heart. Our team of creatives orchestrate seamless and lovely occasions that are true to our clients.


Purple and Gray Weddings

How much do I love Purple and Gray together? Let me count the ways…

I love everything about this combination. Gray is going to be a HUGE trend in 2009 and 2010. It is so versatile. You can use it to accent with yellow, navy, pink, greens, and so much more. I will definitely be posting more combinations soon! I love jewel tones, I am obsessed with them!

Here is an inspiration board I put together.


Oh Vera, you never do me wrong! This dress is sensational and sets the whole look and feel of the wedding!

I think this dress by Kenneth Pool is divine.


The men can be so very dapper in this classic tux (Shirt; both by Isaia. Bow tie; Pocket square: both by Brooks Brothers. Shoes by Calvin Klein Collection. Cuff links by Dunhill.)

Inauguration Inspired Menu for your wedding

If you are looking for inspiration for your reception or rehearsal dinner menu, consider drawing on a menu from the past or incorporate favorites that have special meaning to your family or heritage. The upcoming Inaugural Luncheon is following just such inspiration. After the new president is sworn-in, he and his distinguished guests will dine in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol on a menu inspired by Abraham Lincoln’s favorite foods, served on a replica of the Lincoln china.


Inaugural Lunch Menu

First Course

Seafood Stew

Paired with a 2007 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

Second Course

A Brace of American Birds(pheasant and Duck) with Sour Cherry Chutney

Herb Roasted Pheasant with Wild Rice Stuffing

Molasses Whipped Sweet Potatoes

Winter Vegetables

Paired with Goldeneye, 2005 Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley

Third Course

Cinnamon Apple Sponge Cake

Paired with Korbel Natural “Special Inaugural Cuvee,” California Champagne

The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies has posted the recipes here: http://inaugural.senate.gov/luncheon/

The floral arrangements, designed by JLB Floral of Alexandria, Virginia, will feature Red Charlotte roses, Rouge Basier roses, Hot Lady roses, a floribunda rose called Hot Majolica, hydrangea in shades of blues and purples, and light blue delphinium in a footed brass compote. After the luncheon, the floral arrangements will be given to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. This is something you can do with your reception flowers as well. Many reception venues will donate the arrangements to hospitals if you let them know your wishes beforehand.

SNOW!!!

Snow here in Raleigh! Brewser my dog is very happy!!



Pretty in Pink Cherry Blossoms!

When I was living in DC my favorite time of year was Cherry Blossom season. So it makes sense that I love Pink and Brown weddings! I think it is the softness of a pale pink accented with a harsher chocolate brown. I put together these story boards for all things Cherry blossom related!



These are some fabulous letterpress
invitations (top right) from Style Hive. I am in LOVE with these Cherry Blossom twigs (bottom row left and middle) from White Aisle . What great color these favor boxes will add to your table!
How gorgeous are these pink pearl earrings for your Bridesmaids? They are from Blue Nile for $50. They would be a great accent to these gorgeous Amsale bridesmaids dresses. Your bouquet could be soft peonies, like these from Peonies and Polaroids.

I hope these give you some inspiration!!

Flower Guide!

Stephanotis {shown in white}
Available only in white.
Available all year in white, other colors vary depending on season. Price Range – mid.

Craspedia/Billy Balls {shown in yellow}
Available only in yellow.
Available in Spring, Summer & Fall. Price Range – mid.

Cobra Lily {shown in white w/eggplant veins}
Available only in white w/eggplant veins.
Available in Summer. Price Range – high.

Hypericum/Coffee Bean {shown in burgundy and green}
Also available in red and brown.
Available all year. Price Range – mid.

Price Range Key
mid – $2.50-$4.50 per stem
high – $7.50-$10.00 per stem
premium – $15.00-$20.00 per stem