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.

Pier & Grant | Bay 7 Durham Wedding | NC Wedding Planner

Pier and Grant wanted their wedding day to be quintessentially Durham. It was the city that brought them together and the city where they would be married. Under the iconic American Tobacco Campus water tower, a staple of the Durham skyline, they were married in front of their family and friends — and also an outdoor spin class. I don’t think it gets more Bull City than that.

Pier’s taste was simple and classic – our goal was to blend a soft and romantic palette with the industrial vibe of Bay 7. Tre Bella created a mix of soft blues, peaches and greens to brighten the space, pairing these florals with a dusty blue linen through out the space did just the trick.

Pier grew up, much like so many of us Carolina girls did, learning to shag to Beach Music with our families. One of the most recognized names in beach music, The Embers, were a must have for Pier on her wedding day. So it was made so.

It was the perfect night for Pier and Grant to celebrate their love, in their city, with their best friends!

This wonderful night would not had been possible without an amazing team of vendors:

Planning & Design- Erin McLean Events

Ceremony Venue- American Tobacco Campus

Reception Venue / Catering- Bay 7

Photography- Tara Parker Photography 

Florals- Tre Bella Florist

Cake- Cinda’s Creative Cakes

Hair- Sola Salon Studios 

Makeup- Julie Robbins Makeup

Rentals- CE Rentals

Reception Musicians- The Embers 

Lighting- Get Lit

Alexandria + Michael | Jane Austen Inspired Fearrington Wedding | Chapel Hill Wedding Planner

They say rain on your wedding day is good luck… how about a hurricane? Alexandria and Michael’s wedding was one for the books! Inspired by her love of classic pearls and Jane Austen, this beautiful bride dreamt up the most timeless wedding and the result was perfection! Even the weather could not stop their love from shining for all to see at the beautiful Fearrington Village.

We love how Allie and Michael added personalized details to their special day! A wine time capsule with letters to be opened on their fifth anniversary was the perfect way to signify a lasting love.

This magical night was an amazing collaboration of an a-list team of vendors!

Planning & Design- Erin McLean Events

Ceremony Venue- Fearrington Village House, Willow Oak Site

Reception Venue- Fearrington Village, The Barn

Photography- Nancy Ray Photography

Videography- Heart Stone Films

Florals- Fearrington Village

Catering & Cake- Fearrington Village

Hair & Makeup- On LoKtion

Rentals- Theme Works and CE Rentals

Ceremony Musicians- Arioso Strings

Reception Musicians- Bunn DJ Company

Lighting- Get Lit

Gown- Rivini

Bridesmaids- Allure



Megan + Nate | Chapel of the Cross & The Carolina Inn | Chapel Hill Wedding Planner

Megan and Nate’s love for Carolina was clearly present on their Chapel Hill Wedding day, almost out shinning their love for each other! The little details throughout their wedding reminded every guest of their admiration for the TarHeels, even the Carolina blue sky. The Carolina Inn provided the perfect backdrop for their reception located in the heart of the UNC campus. It warms our hearts to see couples so in love and it was clear that Megan and Nate were no exception.

This wonderful night was an amazing collaboration of an a-list team of vendors!

Planning & Design- Erin McLean Events

Ceremony Venue- The Chapel of the Cross

Reception Venue- The Carolina Inn, Hill Ballroom

Photography- Robyn Van Dyke Photography

Videography- Life Stage Films

Florals- Tre Bella

Cake- Ashley Cakes

Hair & Makeup- The Glam Lounge

Rentals- CE Rentals

Reception Musicians- Sleeping Booty Band


Irene + Ben | Bay 7 Enchanted Forest Wedding | Durham Wedding Planner

Vintage Engagement Ring

Urban chic meets Greek heritage — do they go together? Absolutely! When Irene, who herself is the epitome of “cool” , came to us with a vision for bringing an organic vibe to an industry space in the heart of downtown Durham, North Carolina, we were giddy with excitement. Pulling element from her traditional Greek roots through a mix of lush greenery accents, a beautiful Orthodox ceremony, and combining it with inspiration from the couple’s favorite Manhattan eatery, translated into a magical evening at Bay 7!

Two Piece Wedding Gown Monique Lhuillier

Durham Wedding 21c

Irene and her posse chose a suite at 21c Museum Hotel in Downtown Durham to prep for the wedding, the view from their suite was the ideal backdrop for her day!

Fashionista Bride

Wedding Day Puppy

Irene + Ben’s little love, Liesl is probably the cutest wedding day side-kick we have ever seen. She got the last approval on Ben’s ensemble!

Traditional Groomsmen Attire

First Look Durham Wedding

Mix and Match Bridesmaids BHLDN

This is mix and match done right. Irene selected gowns from BHDLN for your maids in an array of complimenting patterns and natural colors. It was absolute perfection.

Greek Wedding Ceremony

Boho Wedding Paper

Does it get any prettier than this?? Anna Routh Photography captured the most beautiful lighting!


Headtable Design Greenery

Irene and Ben are avid travelers, but of all the places they have been Manhattan has their heart. There they love a tiny little restaurant tucked away from the hustle and bustle that brings a lush garden indoors. We took that idea and dreamt up an enchanted garden — oh yea, and inverting it. As guests entered Bay 7 they were immersed in a garden overhead.

Greenery Runner Design

Floral Installation - Hanging Florals
Bay 7 Reception

Greenery Cake Design

Event Design - Hanging Florals

Reception Food - Greek

Irene and Ben wanted to incorporate subtle nods to Irene’s Greek heritage – enter a rummy olive bar, homemade baklava, Jordan Almond favors, Butter Cookies, and a whole lot of Greek dancing!

Farm Table Place setting
Boho Wedding Design

Bay 7 First Dance

As they dined on the delicious eats of the famous Angus Barn, the glow of candle light and organic arrangements floating from the ceiling, Ben and Irene‘s favorite song was preformed by artist Dawn Landes, a surprise gift from the bride to her new husband.

Bay 7 Durham

Greek Dancing Wedding

Late night Snack Hot dog Stand

Another surprise treat? One of the grooms favorites, hot dogs, complete with an old fashioned serving cart and even a vegetarian option for the crowd!

Hot Dog Late Night Snack
Bay 7 Band

Rose Petal Grand Exit Bay 7

Another cute note from their day, their Instagram hashtag, #getbentothegreek – well she got Ben to the Greek and she did while looking incredibly gorgeous and chic.
This night was truly one of the history books and one Irene and Ben will remember forever!

Wedding Farewell

Irene and Ben were also recently featured in The Knot Magazine Carolinas now on newsstands!

Hats off to a fantastic team of vendors!

Planning + Design – Erin McLean Events

Ceremony Venue – St Barbara Greek Orthodox Church

Reception Venue – Bay 7

Photography – Anna Routh Photography

Videography – Heart Stone Films

Florals – Watered Garden Florist 

Cake – Ashley Cakes 

Hair + Makeup – The Makeup Culture 

Rentals – CE Rental

Ceremony Musicians – Arioso Strings 

Reception Musicians – The Shakedown

Catering – The Angus Barn 

Lighting – Get Lit Special Event Lighting

Gown  – Monique Lhuillier 

Bridemaids – BHLDN 


- Erin

Atlantic Beach Wedding | Coral Bay Club

Beaufort Wedding

Beaufort NC Wedding

We had the joy of planning Rachel and Daniel’s Coral Bay Club wedding this past summer. We love an Atlantic Beach wedding so much! The salt air lends itself to relaxed guests, bright colors, and a huge celebration.

NC Coast wedding

Fuschia Wedding Shoes

Wedding Day accessories

Pink Monogram Bride

Beach groom

Ann Street Wedding Ceremony

Ann Street Wedding

Fuschia Wedding Program


Crystal Coast wedding Planner

North Carolina Beach Wedding Planner

Carolina Beach Wedding

Bride and Groom Signage

Rachel & Daniel

Pink Cake Topper

Floral Design Beaufort
Coral Bay Club Wedding

Thank you to a great team of vendors!

Planning + Design – Erin McLean Events

Ceremony Venue – Ann Street United Methodist Church

Reception Venue – Coral Bay Club

Photographer – Brian Mullins Photography

Cake – Delicate Delights

Videographer – Heart Stone Films

Florals – Tildy Designs

Reception Music – Horizon Band, Sam Hill Entertainment

Transportation – Diamond Limo 

Rentals – CE Rental / Party Suppliers 

- Erin


Sara + John | Modern Day Cinderella’s Ball | Chapel Hill Wedding

Summer Outdoor Wedding

It doesn’t take much to see that Sara and John are in love. It also doesn’t take much to see that they just might have been a prince and princess in love in another life. When Sara first came to us dreaming up her wedding day, she wanted something that effortlessly brought a classically timeless vision with a modern and young twist to together.

Calligraphy Invitations Navy
Carolina Inn Bride

Dapper Groom

Gray Groomsmen Attire

Lace Wedding Gown

Navy Jcrew Bridesmaids

Legacy Wedding Photos

Chapel Hill Catholic Wedding

Chapel Hill Catholic Church Wedding

Popsicle Cocktail

With the quintessentially Southern Carolina Inn as their backdrop, we wanted to capture a romantic feel with a clean edge. Incorporating acrylic as a focal point of Sara & John’s design and combining with the unique structure of cascading orchids, and texture in alternating place setting designs against a very traditional ballroom brought Cinderella’s Ball to life and into 2016!

All White Wedding

Acrylic wedding details

Calligraphy Seating Chart

Unique Seating Chart

Southern Wedding Ideas

Sara + John were absolutely magazine worthy on their wedding day – a stunner of a couple!

Acrylic Seating Chart

Favorite element of design, perhaps ever, this hand lettered custom built acrylic seating chart by Well Addressed Calligraphy, and dreamed up by EME and Watered Garden. It was the perfect focal point of the colonnade and teaser to the elegant ballroom design inside.

White Ballroom Wedding

Navy Place setting Details

Yellow House Calligraphy and Purple Puddle Stationery created the perfect navy menu card to accent each place setting.

Cinderella Wedding Inspiration

White Orchid Centerpiece

These dripping orchid centerpieces by Waterd Garden were to die for – adding acrylic tables numbers, creamy linens and loads of candle light brought the ballroom to life!

After Party Design

There is a twist though, because instead of turning into a pumpkin after dinner, we welcomed guests into an after party sparkling with gold sequins and vibrant fuchsia blooms to dance the night away. To cap off a night made out of a modern day fairy tale, guests were treated to what can only be described as a Southern princess’ favorite treat, Bojangles made from scratch chicken biscuits. If you don’t know what we are talking about, then you haven’t truly lived.

Old Well ballroom Wedding

Gold Sequin Wedding

Fuchsia Wedding Design Uplighting

Gold Grooms Cake Design

What’s a sparkling gold after party without a Guinness inspired groom’s cake dripping in dark chocolate?? Guests were also treated to a full array of decadent chocolate treats and a yummy Gelato bar!

Pink Peony and Gold Sequin Detail

Bojangles Late Night Snack

Family Wedding

Sara & John’s bond with their families was one of the best part of planning with them. Their love for each other and genuine joy being around each other was contagious!

Old Well Ballroom Wedding Design

From the beautifully paired ivory, creams, and whites of dinner to the bold metallics and pinks of the after party, Sara and John’s wedding day was a spectacular spectrum of elegance and glamour, surprising their loved ones at every turn. As guests departed for the evening Sara and John were cheered off into the night to the glow of sparklers lighting up the night.


Sara  + John were also recently featured in Southern Bride & Groom Magazine!


Heart Stone Films did an incredible job capturing the essence of the day – watch S+J’s highlight film here!


This magical night was an amazing collaboration of an a-list team of vendors!

Planning  + Design – Erin McLean Events

Ceremony Venue – St. Thomas More

Reception Venue – The Carolina Inn 

Photography – Perry Vaile Photography

Videography – Heart Stone Films

Florals – The Watered Garden 

Rentals – CE Rental 

Hair + Makeup – Makeup For Your Day 

Band – Sleeping Booty Band

Cake – Cinda’s Creative Cakes

Gelato Bar – Sugarland 

Sound + Lighting – Total Production Services 

Ceremony Music – Elegant Ensembles

Transportation – EcoStyle Transportation

Photobooth – Shutter Booth 


Erin + Carrington 




Heidi + Bill | Biltmore Wedding | Asheville Planner

When you have dreamed of the perfect winter wedding in North Carolina you run for Asheville and snag the beautiful Biltmore Estate as your venue! Heidi’s love for Christmas and sparkles made the perfect concoction for an elegant wedding. The Biltmore estate did not disappoint in displaying the perfect backdrop for a wedding out of a fairy tale!


Thank you to the following vendors for making such a magical night!

Planning & Design- Erin McLean Events

Ceremony & Reception Venue-  The Biltmore Estate

Photography- Heba Salama Photography

Florals- Tre Bella Florist

Catering- The Biltmore Estate 

Hair & Makeup- Makeup For Your Day

Rentals- CE Rental


Lauren + Ben | An Old Southern Tradition | The Carolina Inn

Southern Bride

As we begin a new season of the year and welcome the cooler breeze and cozy scarf weather, we can’t help but reflect back on some of the fantastic weddings we were so fortunate to be a part of this summer. One that is particularly top of mind today — Lauren & Ben’s Southern Summer wedding, steeped in tradition, simplistic beauty, and a whole lot of fun. This couple knew how to play their cards right. Not only did they summon up some good old Southern folk lore to chase the rain away, they were blessed with a breathtaking double rainbow to prove it. How you might ask, did the forecast of 100% chance of rain on L+B’s wedding day turn into a sunshine filled afternoon as they said “I Do”? Well you’ll have to keep reading to find out their secret…Miss Dior wedding day

Traditional Wedding Bands

Plum Pretty Sugar Robes Chapel Hill Bride

Lauren had immaculate taste right down to these lovely little robes by Plum Pretty Sugar for her posse of ladies! We love the bright pops of color and all the sweet matching smiles the girls donned on L’s day. Shout out to Makeup For Your Day for the gorgeous wedding day hair + makeup!

university Presbyterian wedding chapel Hill

Chapel Hill groom

Ben’s father served as his best man, their relationship and closeness was so evident throughout the week – such a great touch to include family in your wedding party!

Southern groomsmen North Carolina

Carolina Blue Bridesmaids

Lauren chose a soft blue hue for her bridemaids’ gowns by Amsale, reminiscent of her Alma Mater , UNC Chapel Hill. The bright white and blush bouquets filled with peonies, hydrangea, and of course peonies, were created by the ever talented, Tre Bella Florist. Lauren’s gown may have been the crown jewel of the day, so elegant and quintessentially Southern. A design by Romona Keveza, and chosen from Traditions by Anna in Raleigh, North Carolina, the lace sleeve detail was breathtaking and Lauren was absolutely stunning in it.

Romona Keveza Bride


Father Daughter First look

Have you ever seen a daddy look so proud. Love this shot captured by Nancy Ray Photography just moments before Lauren walked down the aisle!

Southern Gentleman Groom

University Presbyterian Wedding Chapel Hill

So I promised you the secret to sunshine on your wedding day. True to Southern tradition and proved to be accurate by Lauren + Ben, they buried a bottle of bourbon the month before their wedding day in the place they were to be married.  So once the vows were said and the knot was tied, Ben and his new Father-in-Law dug up the bottle and toasted to the good weather and the new Mr. and Mrs. Leader! When all the guests were safely to the Carolina Inn for the evening’s festivities, the clouds released and Chapel Hill was sprinkled with a sweet spring rain and capped off with the most amazing double rainbow right above the Carolina Inn for all to see.

Bury the bourbon tradition

Wedding day rainbow






Entryway Centerpiece peonies Hydrangea White and Blush

All of L’s details were as classic and beautiful as she was. Mixing warm ivories, hints of gold detail, and easy flowing greenery, the Hill Ballroom was transformed into a magical space to dance the night away!



Did you catch that? Another nod to Southern heritage? The Mint Julep cup made a subtle appearance in some of the couple’s cocktail arrangements sprinkled throughout the reception space.

Ashley Cakes Design


One of my favorite personal elements that we brought into Lauren + Ben’s design was a nod to both of their sweet Pups, Millie and Riggs. Each had their namesake on a signature craft cocktail that guests sipped on throughout the evening. The Champagne inspired Millie and the Bourbon inspired Riggs. 
Signature Cocktails Carolina Inn

Southern Bride Glamour



Lauren’s mom Shari, surprised her with the most amazing wedding day gift! A live painter to capture Lauren + Ben’s first dance, the end result I am sure is not front and center in their living room!

Dan Nelson Live Painter

Sweet Father Daughter Dance


Wedding Swag

One last little treat for guests. TWO southern delicacies, Krispey Kreme doughnuts AND Chick-fil-A sandwiches. Guests were thrilled. I can think of a better night cap than that!

southern wedding favors


Cheers to the new Mr. and Mrs. Ben and Lauren Leader! Wishing you a lifetime of joy and sparkling happiness!

Carolina Inn Sparkler Exit

Thank you to a fantastic team of vendors who collaborated on L+B’s wedding!

Lauren and Ben were also recently featured on Style Me Pretty!

Planning + Design – Carrington, Erin McLean Events

Photography – Nancy Ray Photography

Ceremony Venue – University Presbyterian Church

Reception Venue – The Carolina Inn

Florals – Tre Bell Florist

Band – Groovetown Band

Cake – Ashley Cakes

Rentals – CE Rental

Live Painter – Dan Nelson

Transportation – Carolina Livery

Gown – Traditions By Anna, Romona Keveza

Bridesmaids Gowns – Amsale

Hair + Makeup – Makeup For Your Day 

Calligraphy – Well Addressed Calligraphy







Merideth + Edwin | Festive Mountain Wedding | Asheville Wedding


When a bride comes to us dreaming up a wedding day full of bright colors and a fusion of two deep rooted heritages, we can’t help but get excited! Merideth + Edwin wanted a day that brought two families together as one, his family from Guatemala and hers from South Carolina. Although there were many difference between the places they grew up, one thing is for certain, both families knew hospitality and wanted their guests to have a fantastic time celebrating M+E!


The bride and groom selected a location that was dear to their hearts, and coincidentally, mine. Edwin is a minister for the Presbyterian Church and it was important that this be incorporated in their wedding plans. They chose a beautiful spot nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Gaither Chapel (which also happens to be in my home town and the place where my husband and I were married 4 years ago)! Aside from incorporating all the vivacious colors that are so much a part of Latin American culture, it was also important to Merideth that music was a key part of the day. She is a enormously talented artist of the Oboe and is a professor at North Carolina School of the Arts




Merideth hand selected a few close musician friends and talented artists to perform an elegant prelude for all her guests. Even though we had her tucked away before her walk down the aisle, she wanted to be able to hear the music that was so dear to her heart!




Can we talk about how precious these happy floral headbands are on the flower girls! They all felt like little princesses.




This by far goes down as one of the best recessionals I have ever been a part of. We brought in a authentic Gospel Choir from Charleston, South Carolina to surprise guests and litter sing the couple out of the chapel. “Oh Happy Day” could be heard throughout Montreat as Merideth and Edwin walked out into the spring sunshine as a newly married couple!






The reception design was all about vibrancy and happy colors. Blending varying shades of coral, orange, fuchsia, and rich greenery with pop of gold the rustic barn was transformed into a elevated and bright reception space. Guests were invited to enjoy a truly fusion menu of Southern and Latin favorites, signature cocktails in vintage colored glassware, and sounds of a fantastic Cuban band.



The inspiration for the color palate was pulled from custom made runners that Edwin’s mother brought from her native Guatemala. They accented the farm tables that were mixed into the design plan.









It was such a blast planning with these two love birds! Thank you to the team of vendors that made it happen!

Planning + Design – Carrington, Erin McLean Events

Venue – The Barn at Montreat Conference Center

Florals – The Bloom Room

Photography – Fete Photography

Videography – Jeff Brewer Films

Hair Stylist – Swell Salon

Makeup Artistry – Blush Asheville

Catering – Black-Eyed Susan Catering

Reception Music – East Coast Entertainment, The Patrick Lopez Band

Rentals + Lighting – Classic Event Rental

Linens – CE Rental

Gospel Choir – The Voices of Deliverance

Ceremony Venue – Gaither Chapel

Invitations – Sealed Design Studio








Kate + Michael | Magnolia Wedding Magic | The Carolina Inn

Green Wedding Details

If there ever was a classically stunning bride, it was Kate. Every choice she made for her wedding added to the elegance of the day. Guests must have known they were in for a treat when they opened their envelopes to find a lovely magnolia inspired envelope holding their invitation. She and Michael didn’t disappoint. Kate donned a beautiful lace gown that fit her just perfectly — paired with a glittering pair of Jimmy Choos, every girl’s wedding day dream. Gifted with a beautiful day full of summer sun, the couple said I do in Chapel of the Cross, a gorgeous church in the heart of Chapel Hill. As they made their exit from the chapel, the afternoon light was just perfect for what turned out to be jaw-dropping portraits captured by Nancy Ray Photography. Kate’s wedding day inspiration came from her Alma Mater, Wake Forest, where the campus is dotted with magnificent magnolia trees at every turn.

Lace Gown

Jimmy Choo Wedding Shoes
Magnolia Invitations, Calligraphy

The hand created invitations were done by the talented Page Palmer, of Penned By Palmer lettering. One of our favorite invitation suites to date. 
Classic Bridal Details, Carolina Inn Bride

One-Shoulder Navy Bridesmaids

Summer Navy Bridesmaid Dresses

How amazing is the sunshine in this photo – Kate was married with her best friends by her side in floor length navy gowns. We loved the one-shoulder detail!

Ranunculus boutonniere

Chapel of the Cross Wedding Program

Chapel of the Cross Wedding Ceremony

Chapel of the Cross Wedding

This photo is one for the wall – just beautiful!!

Ivory Peony Bouquet

Kate chose a simple ivory bouquet of lush peonies for her day. They paired perfectly with her gown and her classically elegant taste.

Father Daughter first look

Navy Bridal Party

Ivory Ballroom Design

Magnolia Chair Swag

Calligraphy Escort Cards



Kate and Michael said their good-byes under a flood of ivory rose petals from family and friends!


Thank you to a fantastic team of vendors who worked together to bring this day to life!

Planning + Design – Erin McLean Events

Ceremony Venue – Chapel of the Cross

Reception Venue – The Carolina Inn

Florals – Tre Bella

Photography – Callie, Nancy Ray Photography 

Calligraphy – Penned by Palmer

Invitations – Sealed Design Studio

Cake – Ashley Cakes 

Hair + Makeup – Ceremony Salon 

Band – 10 Spot, Sam Hill Entertainment 

Transportation – A Formal Affair 

Rentals – CE Rental 

- Erin