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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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!

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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!

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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.

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


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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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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.

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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!

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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 


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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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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

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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!

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Vicki + Tom | Broadway Bliss | Private Home Wedding


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!






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.




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.







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.



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!




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




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.

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.

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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




Sarah + John | Blush + Gold Bay 7 Wedding | Durham Wedding Planner


Ah! What can I say about this couple except that they were such a pleasure to spend the last year planning with! Sarah has such a kind heart and her relationship with John was just as soft and sweet as the blush and gold tones she chose for their wedding day. From the gold lined envelopes to the gold foil cocktail napkins, each detail was chosen with thoughtfulness. On their wedding day, Sarah and John were very traditional and chose to see each other for the first time as she was walking down the aisle. When they arrived to Bay 7 and John helped his new wife out of the car, you could see how much joy they had in their hearts!






Sarah’s bouquet by Fresh Affairs was overflowing with blush and ivory roses that smelled as lovely as they looked. Sarah had her sisters join her as her bridesmaids, wearing gorgeous blush lace gowns.


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The couple’s warm glow translated into the magical glow of their Bay 7 reception space, accented with floating candles, soft ivory linens, and pops of pink in their centerpieces.


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Sarah + John treated their guests to The Angus Barn’s world famous Chess Pie at the end of the evening and were sent off on their new adventure together in the glow of a sparkler send off!

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A big thank you to the team of vendors who brought Sarah + John’s day to life!

Planner: Carrington, Erin McLean Events

Reception Venue: Bay 7

Catering: The Angus Barn

Photography: Callie, Nancy Ray Photography 

Florals: Fresh Affairs

DJ: Randy, Bunn DJ Company 

Rentals: CE Rental

Lighting + Draping: Get Lit Special Event Lighting

Cake: Sweet Memories Bakery 

Church: St. Matthews Catholic Church





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



Alyson + Michael’s Brier Creek Country Club Wedding – Raleigh Wedding Planner

alyson-mike-wdg.0014Alyson and Mike were married on what I think was the prettiest July day ever! The weather could not have been better! We used the teal bridesmaid dresses mixed with the silver metallics as the launching point for this design. What a fun couple!




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Ceremony: St. Francis of Assisi 

Reception: Brier Creek Country Club

Wedding Coordination + Design: Erin, Erin McLean Events

Florals: Fresh Affairs

Photography: Brian Mullins Photography

Cake: Cinda’s Creative Cakes

Videography: 21 Films

DJ: Bunn DJ Company

Hair/Makeup: Ginger Mullins

Transportation: Blue Diamond Limo / Classy Transportation

Photo Booth: Shutterbooth

- 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!

photoWho doesn’t love mint seersucker?? We just loved working with this couple! Check out the feature here! 

- Erin


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!

Make it pretty!