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.


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

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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 

Cheers!

- Erin

Atlantic Beach Wedding | Coral Bay Club

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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

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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 

Cheers!

Erin + Carrington 

 

 

 

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

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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

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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. 
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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!

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Sweet Father Daughter Dance

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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!


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

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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

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Merideth + Edwin | Festive Mountain Wedding | Asheville Wedding

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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!

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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

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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!

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

Cheers!

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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.

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The hand created invitations were done by the talented Page Palmer, of Penned By Palmer lettering. One of our favorite invitation suites to date. 
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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!

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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.

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Ivory Ballroom Design

Magnolia Chair Swag

Calligraphy Escort Cards

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

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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

Danielle + Alex | Boho Chic Fall Wedding | The Cotton Room

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Danielle + Alex’s design was created around a gorgeous boho chic vest from Anthropologie that she loved. We wanted to bring a garden feel into the rustic feel of the Cotton Room. We brought in pops of sparkle in the champagne sequin linens, gold rimmed chargers, and gold table numbers, to add a sophisticated edge to the boho feel of the space. Danielle and Alex brought in creative pieces of themselves by offering a local coffee brand as favors for the guests and even bringing in a espresso bar during their reception. She also chose to integrate farm tables to give the reception a cozy and intimate family gathering feel. We incorporated beautiful wooden custom signage as an element that Danielle and Alex could have as a keepsake in their home.

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Despite having to change ceremony venues at the last moment to accommodate the impending hurricane, their day was magical. The Chuppah transformed the space in the garden feel that Danielle so wanted. The rain even subsided long enough for the couple to capture a few photos on Duke University’s campus, where they first met and fell in love, and Alex proposed.

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This is our favorite moment captured from Danielle + Alex’s day – their pure joy having just become husband and wife!

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Thank you to all the vendors that came together to make Danielle + Alex’s day so special!

Planning + Design – Erin McLean Events

Venue – The Cotton Room

Florals – Tre Bella Florist

Cake – Ashley Cakes

Photography – Nancy Ray Photography

Rentals – CE Rental

Ceremony Sound – Total Production Services

Band – Punch, East Coast Entertainment 

Transportation – Carolina Livery 

Hair + Makeup – The Makeup Culture

Dress – Watters

Danielle + Alex were also featured on Style Me Pretty!

- Erin

 

Vicki + Tom | Broadway Bliss | Private Home Wedding


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From the beginning, we knew Victoria + Tom’s wedding would be different, not just different, enchanting. They described their vision for the celebration with a theme of “Blue Moon/Love is…”  and the look as “country casual elegance”. We were thrilled to assist this Tony Award winning actress with such a romantic production!

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Victoria chose costume designer Catherine Zuber to create her blush colored gown and walked down the aisle to, “Be Gentle, Be Honest” sung by the original artist, Jane Kelly Williams. Rich purples, soothing creams and lemony yellows were pulled in from the invitations, to the florals, linens and cake.

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Guests were greeted with a refreshing glass of a lemon ginger shrub under tall branches strung with candles at the foyer of the Bride’s Brother’s home. A unique cantilevered deck which jetted into the forest was the perfect spot for their vows. T.L., the Bride’s Son, sang “Some Enchanted Evening” which certainly defined the night’s festivities.

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Cocktail hour was filled with a mix of Bluegrass and Irish music as gazpacho shooters were preset at each place setting. Guests were served family style on a mix of long and round tables set on the deck just outside the home. One of the most memorable moments came as a friend gave a “Harvest Toast” and invited guests to pick up sunflower seeds that had been scattered on the tables, encouraging them to gift them to those they are thankful for. The toast ended as this spirited friend threw the seeds in the air amid cheers and clapping for the couple.

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As if this moment weren’t enchanting enough, the crowd then moved inside for scores of beautiful songs and dancing before the cake was cut and a multitude of desserts were displayed. Events like this are the most memorable because of the intimacy and originality the couple embrace throughout the planning. After all, they only happen once in a blue moon and we were honored to have been there!

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Planner – Tia, Erin McLean Events

Hair + Makeup – Makeup For Your Day 

Catering – The Food Fairy 

Cake – Simply Cakes

Photography – Julia Wade Photography

Florals – Floral Dimensions 

Rentals – Party Reflections | American Party Rentals 

Signage – AB Chalk Designs

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Elisa + Craig | Social Media Sweethearts | Chapel Hill Wedding

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Not many couples can say they met through Instagram but such is the case with Elisa + Craig – #howcuteisthat? You never know what can come about when you start “following” someone on social media! What came about for these two was a Great Gatsby-inspired wedding tailored to the couple’s romantic vision of gold, white and timelessness.  Elisa stepped straight off the runway in a stunning gown and picture-perfect hair and makeup (Can we say Old Hollywood at its best!?) while Craig sported a classic black tux. In fact, you may recognize this gorgeous couple as they are featured in the ad on the back cover of Southern Weddings Magazine and a blog feature!

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The Carolina Inn was the perfect backdrop as these L.A. based Sweetheart’s said “I do” in front of gilded magnolia leaves and a family-made cross adorned with floral garland. Music played a major role in the celebration as many relatives and friends (You may even recognize some famous faces!) serenaded them throughout the ceremony and reception. Personal choices to incorporate a prayer circle during the ceremony and to dance to a live version of “Endless Love” stood out as unique pieces of the celebration.

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Champagne Bridesmaids Dresses

We loved the Bridesmaid’s champagne lace dresses and the adorable Junior and Petite Bridesmaids! Signature cocktails served on the Front Porch, a mirrored table assignments sign, sweet thank you notes to guests and an oh-so-glamorous cake were lovely touches.

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One thing was abundantly clear through this wedding day – they are surrounded by love and blessings. Such an adoring family, supportive and fun friends, and the way they look at each other is nothing short of an epic romance.  Mustang Grand Exit

Planner – Tia, Erin McLean Events

Venue – The Carolina Inn

Photography – Grain + Compass

Hair + Makeup – Lula Hair and Makeup

Videography – Grain + Compass

Florals – Barbara Long

Reception Music – The Local DJ

Rentals – CE Rental

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Lauren + Jeff | Classic Southern Summer Affair | Duke Gardens Wedding

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Talk about a classic Southern affair. This lovely Duke Gardens summer wedding was just perfect. Lauren + Jeff have immaculate taste. From the blush and gold reception details to the heirloom WWI cake cutting sword, this couple treated their guests to a gorgeous night of music and sparkling cocktails.  The weather was perfect and the bridal party was glowing in floor length blush gowns – perfect for summer. Jeff and Lauren, both Duke grads, chose to do the non-traditional first look on the campus where they first met. With their wedding party looking on, they got to share a sweet moment together before exchanging their vows.

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Lauren’s stunning solitaire was right at home in her new Mrs. Box.

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Lauren’s bouquet was a gorgeous mix of warm blush and ivories, a compilation of dahlias, garden roses, hydrangea, and ranunculus.

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Among all the pretty details were these custom bar signs created for the bride and groom. Guests were treated to Singapore & Stormy cocktails – an ode to the Groom’s upbringing in Singapore and Georgia Peaches for Lauren’s Southern roots.

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A big thank you to all the vendors who brought Lauren + Jeff’s day to life!

Wedding Planning – Carrington, Erin McLean Events

Photography – Callie Davis, Nancy Ray Photography

Venue – Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Catering + Cake – Catering Works

Videography – Twenty-One Films

Florals – Tre Bella Florist 

Ceremony Sound + Reception Music – Bunn DJ Company 

Ceremony Musicians – Justin Hoke Duo

Hair + Makeup – Makeup For Your Day 

Ceremony Officiant – Barbara Lodge

Rentals – CE Rental

Transportation – Carolina Livery 

Lighting / AV – Get Lit Special Event Lighting

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