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.


Duke Gardens Wedding

Summer and Stephen were married in a gorgeous springtime Duke Gardens wedding ceremony. This Durham wedding venue is one of our favorites for its natural and serene beauty.

We hope you enjoy some of our favorite wedding photos from Summer and Stephen’s big day courtesy of Raleigh wedding photographer Emily Alane.

Makeup For Your Day did a wonderful job getting the ladies ready for their big moment.

Your wedding day shoes can be a fun way to express your personal style. Summer’s dazzling bridal shoes were the perfect stylish touch peeking out from under her classic gown.

Summer’s dress was breathtaking- romantic gathers of fabric, a long train, and dainty buttons going all the way down the back of the dress. We loved her elegant bridal gown.

Many of our brides choose to incorporate vintage elements into their wedding days. Especially when those vintage elements have a significant meaning, such as the cameo necklace Summer wore- the same cameo necklace her grandmother wore on her wedding day.

Durham wedding florists Tre Bella did an exquisite job as always. The bridal party’s pink rose bouquets were stunning.

If you saw our Royal Wedding trends post you might remember that we predicted that lighter color bridesmaids dresses, like Pippa Middleton’s Maid of Honor gown, would become more popular in weddings. The floor length champagne colored bridesmaids dresses worn by Summer’s bridal party are a perfect example of this timelessly elegant trend. Now that’s a dress any bridesmaid would be proud to wear again!

The couple exchanged vows under an ethereal chuppah made of branches, vines, and a beautiful ivory fabric.

The rose and hydrangea centerpieces by Tre Bella helped create the romantic look the bride wanted for her reception decor. Mixing small floral centerpieces with tall floral centerpieces is a great way to add variety and create a more custom look to your wedding reception decor.

The bride chose a cherry blossom wedding theme, which was just perfect for this springtime garden wedding. Soft pink was carried throughout the wedding and reception including the pink rose bridal bouquets, the blush colored table linens, and even this cherry blossom inspired cake by Cinda’s Creative Cakes.

The evening’s dinner menu was catered by Durham Catering Company.

The band, Mr. Coffee and The Creamers, kept the guests dancing late into the night at this Sarah P. Duke Gardens wedding reception.

Congratulations, Stephen & Summer!

Vendors

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Floral Design: Tre Bella

Photography: Emily Alane Photography

Catering: Durham Catering Company

Cake: Cinda’s Creative Cakes

Makeup & Hair: Makeup For Your Day

Band: Mr. Coffee & The Creamers

Our Top Picks for Royal Wedding Inspired Trends

Of course we were up at the crack of dawn to catch it all!! We have been eagerly anticipating catching that first glimpse of Kate’s wedding gown, to see the florals she chose for her bouquet, and of course take sight of the amazing royal decor! Needless to say we were not disappointed. Every little detail was perfectly charming from Kate’s Grace Kelly inspired wedding gown to the couples’ decorated sports car getaway. This was the wedding of the year, maybe even the decade. And we’re sure that royal wedding inspired trends will follow. Here we share a few of our favorite picks for royal wedding trends.

Touches of Nature

What an absolutely perfect way to tie in Kate and William’s love for the outdoors by bringing a little bit of nature into the Abbey. Not an easy feat, but the look the trees achieved was truly spectacular.  Maybe you don’t want to bring in huge trees,  instead you can focus on small ways to incorporate aspects of things the two of you like to do. For example, if you two enjoy rock climbing together you can use pebbles in centerpieces. Twigs in floral arrangements and moss inside glass centerpieces are also simple ways to add touches of nature to your wedding.

More Signifcant Bouquets and Floral Choices

We love the idea of meaningful florals. We often get brides that want to incorporate the same type of flowers their mothers or grandmothers carried when they got married, or flowers that their finaces often brought them. Some of our brides have even chosen to carry charms of significance or tiny cameo pictures of loved ones integrated into their bouquets.

According to the royal press release, “The bouquet is a shield-shaped wired bouquet of myrtle, lily-of-the-valley, sweet William and hyacinth. The bouquet was designed by Shane Connolly and draws on the traditions of flowers of significance for the Royal Family, the Middleton family and on the Language of Flowers.”

The bouquet is extremely small in comparison to Kate’s beautiful, sweeping gown  but the tiny blooms echo the delicate lace on the bodice of the dress. We think it is wonderfully proportionate. And her decision to have a bouquet that held significance made it a royal wedding trends we expect to see plenty of in the future.

Neutral Bridal Party Dresses

We have always been fan of champagne, or other light colored gowns. Isn’t wearing white at someone else’s wedding a total fashion faux pas? Turns out, British traditions are different than American ones. An old superstition says that bridesmaids and groomsmen should dress similarly to the bride and groom to ward off evil spirits. And we think neutral colored bridesmaids dresses are the perfect compliment to any white or ivory bridal gown. We’re excited to see more Pippa Middleton inspired bridesmaids dresses make a stylish appearance at upcoming weddings.

Traditional Wedding Styles

From Kate’s timeless Grace Kelly inspired lace gown to the royal getaway carriage we’re expecting to see a lot more classic and traditional elements infused into weddings. But you don’t have to bust your budget to host a regal wedding. Wearing a vintage accessory, such as a veil or jewelry that your mother or grandmother wore at her wedding is an affordable way to incorporate a classic style into your wedding apparel. Other traditional wedding elements we expect to see are receiving lines, formal brunch receptions, and touches of vintage inspired lace.

Whether it’s flowers of significance or traditional wedding gowns, the royal wedding will undoubtedly influence the latest wedding trends and styles. Whether you want a perfectly regal wedding, or just want to incorporate one or two trends from the royal wedding into your day, you can feel like a princess on your big day.

Now who else is excited to see Britain’s most eligible bachelorette, Pippa Middleton, get engaged and start planning her own royal inspired wedding?

DIY: Newspaper Wrapped Candy Favors

Green inspired wedding favors that won’t bust your budget are all the rage this season. Fortunately, we know a thing or two about being resourceful when it comes to wedding favors. Here is one of the latest trends in weddings, newspaper wrapped candy favors. Here we show you how…

Step 1) Choose any newspaper you like. Do you or your groom work in finance? Choose the Wall Street Journal. Are you a New Yorker at heart? Why not pick up a few copies of The New York Times for this project? Another custom idea is to use newspapers from you or your groom’s hometown or even from the city where you two fell in love.

You can choose any candy you and your groom like. We chose Hershey’s kisses because they’re smaller and therefore easier to wrap. Besides, what wedding guests doesn’t love a little extra take-home chocolate?


2) Cut one piece of the newspaper in half. Then place a piece of white tissue paper on top (to keep any ink from rubbing off on the candy, especially if the candy you choose isn’t already individually wrapped).

3) Place several pieces of candy in the center of the paper.

4) Roll the paper up from one side and secure with a couple pieces of clear double sided tape.

5) Twist each end of the paper before tying a ribbon on either end. This can be a fun way to incorporate your wedding colors.
Your guests will be delighted with this favor because it’s clever and delicious. You’ll love the money it’ll save you as well as the simplicity of this DIY wedding project.

Do you plan to try this or something similar for your own wedding? Leave a comment and let us know what sweet DIY favors you’re planning.