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.

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

Watters Gown Boho Bride

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.

Marsala invitation suite

freesia boutonniere

Boho bouquet

Duke Chapel Bride

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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Amaranthus Centerpiece

Champagne Sequin Table Design

Naked cake design
Sweetheart Table

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Jewish Wedding Dance

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


Ashley + Michael’s Cotton Room Wedding | Erin McLean Events | Durham Wedding Planner

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Gold. Glamour. Glitz. Ashley was all about the 3 G’s for her winter wedding. The Cotton Room came alive with the glow of candle light, sequins, and so many glittering details. Ashley has excellent taste so it came as no surprise that we LOVED her vision for her wedding. The space was paired perfectly with her ensemble – she dazzled in her San Patrick gown accented with sash, veil and jewelry by Jenny Packham.

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Thank you to all the amazing vendors that made Ashley + Michael’s night so special! Cheers to Mr. + Mrs. Brown!

Event Design – Erin McLean Events

Ceremony – Duke Chapel

Reception – The Cotton Room

Florals – Tre Bella

Cake – Ashley Cakes

Rentals – CE Rental

Photography – Laura Simson Photography

Band – Groovetown, East Coast Entertainment

Gown + Accessories – Tre Bella Bridal

- Erin



Marion + Bryan’s Cotton Room Wedding – Durham Wedding Planner


This wedding was one for the books! Marion wanted a design that captured the essence of a wintery wedding. Her inspiration? Her stunning Jimmy Choo crystal stilettos. {Gasp!} We worked with Marion to bring her vision to life incorporating tons of candle light, mirrored signage, unique silvery linens, and of course an array of white and pink florals. Marion was the epitome of grace and elegance on her wedding day complete with a phenomenal fur wrap to keep the winter cold away! She and Bryan were so fun to work with and we want to share their perfect night with everyone! Enjoy!

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The Cotton Room provided the perfect rustic backdrop for this picturesque wedding night! Utilizing the open floor plan, we decided on long tables with cascading candlelight to complete the space. It truly was a winter wonderland!



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We loved working with an incredible team of vendors for Marion + Bryan’s wedding weekend!

Ceremony: Duke Chapel

Reception: The Cotton Room

Caterer: Triangle Catering

Wedding Planner: Erin & Tia with Erin McLean Events

Photographer: Walters & Walters Photography

Videographer: 21 Films

Rentals: CE Rental

Lighting: Simpsound

Cake: Ashley Cakes

Florist:Tre Bella

Band: Groovetown 

Makeup: Makeup For Your Day

Hair: Posh

Transportation: Carolina Livery

- Erin

Amy + Luke’s Cotton Room Wedding – Durham Wedding Planner


Amy and Luke were married in a gorgeous Cotton Room wedding in Durham this past November. They are a couple who is all about romance and style. Amy’s fashion sense is so inspiring as  you can see from her gown and amazing shoes. From my first meeting with the couple you can see how devoted and in love they are with each other. One a perfect compliment to the other. Right away Amy asked if we could make it snow during her reception! I said we can certainly find a way! And snow it did!


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Amy and her brother grew up getting silhouettes done so we thought it would be meaningful to have Amy and Luke’s silhouettes as the design we used throughout the reception details. We used warm tones of blush, golds, and sparkles to create a glow throughout the Cotton Room. After a delicious dinner and cutting the gorgeous gold and pink cake the guests were ready to dance the night away to the The Dicken’s Band.






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A big thank you to all the fabulous vendors that we worked with!

Venue: The Cotton Room

Wedding Planning and Design: Erin McLean Events, Erin McLean

Photographer: Nancy Ray Photography

Florist: Tre Bella

Cake Baker: Ashley Cakes

Videographer: Twenty One Films

Band: The Dickens

Makeup:  Makeup For Your Day

Hair: A Go Go Salon


Cotton Room Wedding – Durham Wedding Planner
Lindsay and Kyle were married in a valentine’s inspired Cotton Room Wedding this February! It was such a romantic and magical night. I loved working with Lindsay to plan all of the details and design.  We filled the space with a romantic pink, white and red palette that looked so beautiful. They had the most gorgeous sprinkling of snow the morning of the wedding!

Thank you to the great team of vendors for coming together to make this event amazing!

Wedding Planning and Design: Erin with Erin McLean Events

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Cotton Room

Photographer: Story Photographers

Florist: The English Garden

Dessert Bar: The Cotton Room

Hair and Makeup: Posh the Salon

DJ: KMDJ Company


Lindsay and Kyle were such an incredible couple to work with. Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your special day. I wish you all the best!

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Honored to have won Best Wedding Award last night at the ISES Trinity awards!

We are so honored to have won the Best Weddng Award at last nights ISES Trinity Awards! The Awards Gala was held at the Cotton Room in Durham. The rentals were provided by CE Rentals, Music by Spin, catering was provided by Triangle Catering, MC of the Night was DJ Mike Morse, lighting by Simpsound,  gorgeous florals were provided by Fresh Affairs, photography by Azul Photography, and the Elevate Dance Company put on a fantastic show!

Trinity Awards:

The Trinity honors excellence in every field of event planning, management and execution. ISES is the International Society of Event Specialists. The Best Wedding Award: Honoring excellence in wedding planning. Eligible entrants include wedding planning professionals and other entities that provide wedding planning services. Events in this category are limited to Weddings only.