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.


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

Blush bridesmaid dresses

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.

Duke Gardens Wedding

Classic North Carolina Wedding

Classic Lace Wedding Gown

Southern Bride

Getting Ready Bridal Photos

The Mrs. Box

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

Minted Invitation Suite

Classic Groom Boutonniere

Ivory and Blush Lush Bouquet

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

Blush Bridesmaids

Ivory Bridesmaid's Bouquet

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Duke Gardens Wedding Ceremony

Southern Outdoor Wedding

Duke Bride and Groom

Heirloom Family Wedding Photos

Gold Table Numbers

Grooms Car Cake

Classic Ivory Buttercream Cake

Southern Signature Cocktail

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.

Greenery Table Runner

Bride and Groom Headtable

First Dance Bride and Groom

Cake Cutting Duke Gardens

Pom Pom Grand Exit

 

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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What our bride’s are saying!! North Carolina Wedding Planner

We just love our brides!! We get the opportunity to work with some fantastic couples!

Thank you Leah, Caitlin, and Kristin for your sweet words! We are so happy to have been a part of your weddings!

 

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Thank you all!!

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Duke Gardens Wedding


Shan & Sam’s wedding day paid homage to Shan’s heritage with Asian inspired touches appearing throughout their big day. Their Sarah P. Duke Gardens wedding ceremony and reception was filled with bright, colorful touches that really set this wedding apart. We hope you enjoy these images courtesy of Raleigh wedding photographer, Craig Carpenter of Luster Studios.

Images by Denise did the bridal party’s hair and make-up.

Bold colors and touches of bright blue were sprinkled throughout the wedding day, from Shan’s blue bridal shoes…

…To her sapphire blue necklace and the dainty blue touches on the trim of her veil.

Even Shan’s garter was this same stunning shade of blue.

The bridesmaids were not without their own elegant blue  apparel. Choosing bridal gowns of the same fabric but with different styles is a great way to let your bridesmaids pick styles that they’ll love and wear again without compromising a unifying bridal party look. Would you believe this bridal bouquet is actually made of silk flowers? The bride’s grandmother crafted silk flower bouquets for the bride and her bridal party.

String duos and trios are a wonderful addition to any outdoor ceremony. In an outdoor setting, these musicians help create an ambience in an open space. 

The bride, wanting to infuse elements of her Asian heritage, decided to use these handmade silk flowers centerpieces. Her grandmother in China made each flower individually!

These richly hued silk flowers perfectly complimented the floral pattern on these silk Asian linens.

Sugarland Bakery in Chapel Hill made this stunning cake. Look at the details in that cake topper!

Before the cake was cut, Durham catering company Sage & Swift provided a delicious dinner for the guests.

As a creative guest favor, the bride and groom used their couple nickname, Sham, and gave guests a sweet jar of “Sham Jam”. Personalized wedding favors are an easy way to incorporate elements that are unique to you as a couple.

Congratulations, Shan & Sam!

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

Spring Time Inspiration at Duke Gardens