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.

Sara + Jeff’s Angus Barn Pavillion Wedding | Erin McLean Events | Raleigh Wedding Planner


Sarah and Jeff were married on a windy November day in a gorgeous Duke Chapel Ceremony and a glowing Angus Barn Pavilion reception. To say I loved working with this couple is an understatement! They are such a sweet and fun couple. We laughed the whole year of planning!

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Wedding Planning / Event Design: Erin, Erin McLean Events

Ceremony: Duke Chapel

Venue/Caterer:  The Pavilion at the Angus Barn

Photography: Cyn Kain Photography

Florist: Tre Bella

Baker: Ashley Cakes

Reception Music: The Retreat

Transportation: Carolina Livery

Rentals: CE Rentals

Hair and Makeup: Makeup For Your Day

Seating Chart and Calligraphy: Calligraphy by Carrie

Invitations: Maria Scheel Invitations

Programs: Wiregrass Weddings

- 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

Yay! Lauren and Daniel’s wedding is on Style Me Pretty today!

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Sarah + Andrew’s Carolina Inn Wedding – Chapel Hill Wedding Planner



Sarah and Andrew were married this November in a gorgeous Duke Chapel Wedding Ceremony and a wonderful Carolina Inn Wedding Reception. Sarah and Andrew are just the sweetest couple. Their families made the planning so enjoyable and fun. They are huge UNC fans and we had a great time tying it into the reception. Sarah and her mom wanted a classically elegant wedding that also showed the youthfulness of the couple.

When we started discussing the wedding design we knew we would have to have two separate spaces to accommodate the guest count. We designed the reception space to reflect the classic elegance of this couple. By using champagnes, different textures of satins, gorgeous linens, and a multitude of ivory florals, the dinner reception was stunning!

After dinner guests were ushered into the dance reception where we incorporated some fun blue sequin linens, a delicious gelato bar, and some great uplighting!




The ties and cummerbunds were custom made for the family by Julian’s in Chapel Hill. Such a great keepsake.

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How adorable are the favor mugs? We had coffee in half and hot chocolate for the other half!





We worked with a fabulous team of vendors for this wedding!

Venue: The Carolina Inn

Ceremony: Duke Chapel

Wedding Planning and Design: Erin McLean Events, Erin McLean

Photographer: Nancy Ray Photography

Florist: Fresh Affairs

Cake Baker: Cinda’s Creative Cakes

Rentals: CE Rentals

Band: Voltage Brothers

Lighting: Total Production Services

Inviations: Maria Scheel Invitations





Jessica + Jason’s Duke Chapel Wedding is on Snippet & Ink!


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We are so excited to share that Jessica & Jason’s Duke Chapel wedding is on the Snippet & Ink blog today!

Click here to visit Snippet & Ink and read the post!

Duke Chapel Ceremony and Fearrington Wedding!


We were so excited to be a part of this gorgeous Fearrington Barn wedding.

When we first talked with Jessica and Jason, they said they were most excited about, “marrying their best friend”. They met at Duke but are now living in New York City and wanted a wedding that was elegant, classic and romantic. They achieved all of their goals with a gorgeous Duke Chapel ceremony complete with French Blue Bridesmaid’s dresses and a first look at the Chapel’s famous arcade arches. Guests were transported from the Chapel to Fearrington Village and welcomed by a bluegrass band and two signature drinks – the rain held out for a perfect outdoor cocktail hour! The Barn at Fearrington was adorned with sparkling lights, dove grey linens and overflowing with soft, white bouquets of flowers. Jessica and Jason performed a beautiful first dance to their favorite Phish song and the toasts ranged from heart-felt wishes to knee-slapping hilarity. After dinner, the band lit up the dance floor and guests were encouraged to change into flip flops, feather boas and sunglasses while sequined singers kept everyone dancing and the photo booth opened for fun snapshots. Black and white cow graphics on muslin bags filled with Cowtails gave a fond farewell to guests as they lined up for a sparkler exit leading to a classic white 1934 Chevy. Jessica’s sweet demeanor and Jason’s robust Greek background were such a fun mix to work. What a joy it was to see these best friends become husband and wife!

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Ceremony: Duke Chapel

Reception Venue, Catering and Flowers: Fearrington

Wedding Coordinator: Tia with Erin McLean Events

Photography: Kate Headley

Videography: Rising Moon Films

Cocktail Hour Music: LaNelle Davis Band

Reception Music: Attraction Band

Photobooth: Shutterbooth

Hair and Makeup: Makeup For Your Day

Bridal Party Transportation: Carolina Livery

Guest Transportation: Horizon Coach Lines

Exit Vehicle: Loni’s Antique Cars

Thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your wedding!!



Jennifer and Ben Video: Duke Chapel Wedding Planner

Jennifer + Ben | Duke Chapel Wedding Film from Heart Stone Films on Vimeo.

I am so excited about Jennifer and Ben’s film from the super talented Heart Stone Films! It captures the joy of the day. This was such a wonderful couple and family!

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Duke Chapel Ceremony + Bay 7 Wedding- Durham Wedding Planner

Jennifer and Nick were married this June at the stunning Duke Chapel and had a glamorous Bay 7 wedding reception. They are a couple that is a sweet as they gorgeous! We loved working with both of their families.

Jennifer has such great taste and style. Did you see her dress? Gasp! She made such personal items for her wedding!

Photographer: Nancy Ray Photography
Ceremony Venue: Duke University Chapel
Reception Venue: Bay 7
Wedding Coordinator: Tia with Erin McLean Events
Caterer: Rocky Top Catering
Lighting: Get Lit Special Event Lighting
Florist: Tre Bella Florist
Cake Artist: Swank Cakes
Linens Rentals: CE Rentals 
Reception Band: Mark Wells Trio
Transportation: Logic Limo
Videographer: Cyclopedia Creative Media
Hair Stylist: Jackie Moore Salon
Makeup Artist: Mac Makeup
Wedding Gown: Vera Wang
Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale
Flower Girl Dresses: Katina Katoo
Bride”s Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Letterpress Invitations: William Arthur from Ashleigh”s Fine Papers
Calligraphy: Calligraphy by Carrie

















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Congratulations to you both! Thank  you for allowing us to be a part of your wedding!


What our brides are saying! Raleigh Wedding Planner

I am so lucky and blesses to get to know such wonderful families! My couples are just fantastic. I am so grateful that you let me into your lives.

Thank you!!!



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I loved working with Jennifer and her mom to plan her Duke Chapel Wedding and Renaissance Wedding Reception!

The two of them were so much fun to work with! Jennifer is classic and elegant and her wedding needed to reflect her style! They let me have fun with the design.

Jennifer and Ben or “Bennifer” as they were dubbed, met at Duke Law School. Both of them light up when the other is around.

Wedding Planning and Design:  Erin McLean Events

Photography: Whitebox

Ceremony:  Duke Chapel

Reception Site:  Renaissance Hotel in North Hills

Videography:  Heart Stone Films

DJ:  Joe Bunn

Cake:  Cinda’s creative cakes

Flowers:  The English Garden

Hair and Make-up:  Makeup for Your Day

Transportation:  Carolina Livery
















Thank you so much for welcoming me into your family and allowing me to plan your wedding! I had a wonderful time getting to know you!