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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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

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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Carly + Earl | Prestonwood Country Club Wedding | North Carolina Wedding Planner

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Carly was a classic beauty and timeless bride. She and her mother were such a delight to plan with throughout the process. It was important to both Carly and Earl that their marriage remain the center focus of their celebration. They wanted to incorporate details that were personal to them and their relationship. They chose Prestonwood Country club since Cary is where Carly grew up! She also has her new monogram embroidered into her gown for her walk down the aisle, which also happened to be in blue! In bringing Carly’s vision for her wedding day to life, she knew she wanted a classic and elegant theme, but wanted to bring the outdoors inside the reception. We were able to do this through gorgeous centerpieces, cool hedging, and warm amber uplighting to illuminate the space.

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The crystal detail added to her bouquet was just stunning. We wanted to maintain that timeline feel but add a surprise element of  old world glamour.

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Blush Bridal Party

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Dressing up the ballroom at Prestonwood isn’t hard – it is such a beautiful space in it’s own rite. We chose a color palette that played on its classic style and enhanced it with a little bit of glamour. Partnering with Fresh Affairs we sprinkled the ballroom with alternating height centerpieces, creating dimension and flow throughout the space. Carly loved warm classic colors, tying in ivories, blush tones, and pops of champagne sparkle n the linens. Incorporation the fresh greenery, ruscus, into the centerpieces brought the essence of summer indoors and added a natural texture.

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Carly selected calligraphy Myra Jestor of Well Addressed Calligraphy for all of her paperie. We wanted to highlight her pristine craftsmanship into the reception. We added classic floral place cards and custom bar signage created by Myra as well as a stunning mirrored seating chart displayed on hedging during cocktail hour.

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Live Wedding Painter

Carly + Earl were gifted with a live painter for their reception. Maggie was able to capture the gorgeous space and the couple’s first dance! What an amazing keepsake.

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Custom Wedding Koozie

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Sol Fusion definitely brought the party for Carly + Earl’s reception. Everyone was on the dance floor having the time of their life! We loved bringing in this classic black and white dance floor to jazz up the space.

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Krispey Kreme Favor

Carly and Earl wanted to send their guests home with a classic Carolina treat – what could be more fitting than Cheerwine and fresh Krispey Kreme doughnuts, both born in NC!

Prestonwood Grand Exit

Southern Grand Exit

Raleigh Wedding Car Service

Thank you to an excellent team of vendors who assisted in creating the perfect wedding day for Carly + Earl!

Event Planning + Design – Erin McLean Events

Ceremony – Church of the Good Shepard

Reception – Prestonwood Country Club

Photography – Robyn Van Dyke Photography

Florals – Fresh Affairs

Rentals – CE Rental

Hedging – Classic Party Rentals

Specialty Bar – Themeworks 

Transportation – A Formal Affair 

Reception Music – Sol Fusion Band 

Lighting – Total Production Services 

Calligraphy + Signage – Well Addressed Calligraphy

Exit Transportation – Carolina Car Service 

Live Painting – Maggie Kuhn 

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A Holiday in the Pines | Event Design | Carolina Wedding Planner

Winter Tablescape

If  you could plan your idyllic dinner party for your closest friends, where would it be? We had this vision of a Southern afternoon holiday affair under the Pines of Eastern North Carolina. Sure, some might think we are crazy, but that is the beauty of it. With the weather on our side this year, this vision could be real. What could be more beautiful than a crisp white table set for 6 in the midst of such an organic setting. Bringing together the delicate sequin lace in the linen and the unexpected pop of rose gold stemmed champagne glasses and flatware against the rustic forest floor taking  your guests  on a journey to a scene from the iconic children’s book, “The Mitten”. You might even expect to see a mother doe stop by to say hello.

Christmas Dinner Party

Christmas is a time for magic, a time for visions to come to life in the pages of  children’s storybooks. Why not bring some of that magic to your holiday celebration? Think outside the box, bring a little of the unexpected to your table. Incorporate metallics or create an organic centerpiece from greenery out of your own back yard. Choose a talking pieces like a candelabra or interesting ghost accent chairs. Your guests will love your thoughtfulness and your table will exude a warmth and glow that makes the holidays so special.

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Gold Calligraphy

Hand lettering your dinner menu is another way to make your guests feel like they are being treated to something unique – something special. Incorporate place cards and a signature cocktail to welcome them to the table. We incorporated the pine and bright blooms to warm the table and compliment the earthy metallics at each place setting.

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Dinner Party Details

Creating events that engage guest’s senses through textures, smells, colors, and a true experience from start to finish makes us happy. The holidays make us happy. Bringing the two things together is fantastic. Treat your family and friends to something that will make a lasting memory. Whatever that vision may be in your heart. Merry Christmas friends!

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Winter Dinner Party

Fuschia Peonies

Photography – Graham Terhune Photography

Design + Florals – Erin McLean Events

Flatware + Linens – CE Rental

 

 

Heather + Nate | Southern Summer Wedding | Chapel Hill Wedding Planner

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Planning from Chicago was no challenge for Heather and Nate as they dreamed up a perfectly charming and chic wedding day at The Carolina Inn. They embraced Southern charms such as peonies, lace, blush pink, pictures at the Old Well and a surprise visit from the UNC mascot (arranged by the Groom as a gift to his Bride!). These sweet touches were enhanced with an amazing party band, Krispy Kreme Doughnut favors, and an exit on a pedicab. All the details were gorgeous but the spotlight was definitely on the couple and their families. Not only do Heather and Nate look like they are straight from a photoshoot, the love and respect they have for each other was inspiring. dnd the way they interacted, included and honored their parents while planning, was just as sweet as their relationship. What an honor it was to see these two wonderful people join together!

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Wedding Details

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Getting Ready Wedding Day

Heather put a six-pence in her shoe for good luck on her wedding day – such a unique and special touch!

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The Groom and groomsmen were pinned with fresh ranunculus accented with a rose bud and ruscus. The perfect boutonniere for a summer wedding celebration!

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Heather’s bridesmaids wore long flowing blush gowns that paired perfectly with their bouquets tied with satin ribbon.

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 Thank you to Heather + Nate for allowing us to be a part of their celebration and to all the vendors that made it happen!

Venue – The Carolina Inn

Planner – Erin McLean Events

Photographer – Britta Marie Photography

Florist – University Florist

Ceremony Musicians – Save the Date Music 

Cake –Sugarland

Band –Liquid Pleasure 

Mascot – UNC Chapel Hill Athletics

Bride + Groom Transportation – Greenway Transit Pedicap 

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Alex + William | NC Planner| Erin McLean Events| Duke Chapel

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Combining their passions of art and North Carolina, it was no surprise that Alex and William chose the Nasher Museum of Art to celebrate their special day! When Alex told me her design inspiration was champagne, classic and fun. I knew we would get along just perfectly! The space was transformed into a walk down art history lane. The custom table names featured former and current artist to coincide with their love of art. When the guests found their seats they were greeted with individual bottles of Champagne. The intimate feel of ivory, navy and gold, aided in the couple’s vision of their dream wedding.

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Thank you to the following vendors for making Alex + William’s dream wedding a reality! Congratulations Mr. + Mrs. Hudson!

Event Design- Erin McLean Events

Ceremony- Duke Chapel

Reception- Nasher Museum of Art

Florals- Tre Bella

Cake- Ashley Cakes

Rentals- CE Rentals

Photography- Siousca Photography

DJ- Allen Smith, Spin DJ

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Lauren + Mac’s Carolina Inn Wedding | Erin McLean Events | Chapel Hill Wedding Planner

Lauren envisioned a beautiful garden theme for her wedding day and there couldn’t have been a more perfect setting than the Carolina Inn in summertime. But Lauren + Mac didn’t just choose the Inn for its charm and beauty – they also had a sentimental reason, they met there! We loved the tying in the soft blush, pinks, and greens with the theme – it couldn’t have turned out more perfect!


  This lovely cake by Sweet Memories bakery was the perfect fir with the garden party!

 

 


 



 

Wedding Coordination: Erin McLean Events

Ceremony and Reception: The Carolina Inn

Florals: Bride and Erin McLean Events

Photography: Julie Livingston

Cake: Sweet Memories

Officiant: Barbara Lodge

Band: Peter Lamb

Hair/Makeup: Makeup for Your Day

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YAY!! EME Favorite Things Giveaway!

We hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!! We sure did! We are excited to share our EME Favorite Things giveaway winners!! We so wish we could give something to you all that entered! Email us at hello@weddingplannernc.com to claim your gift 🙂

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Yay!! It is our favorite time of year!!  We are so thankful for all of our wonderful couples, vendors, and those who have supported us in 2013. We want to say a big “Thank you!!” We have each chosen our favorite things to give away! We will be announcing the day after Christmas, because we know that we are always sad when it’s over!

Carrington: I love candles!! I love Kate Spade! So I chose this gorgeous Kate Spade gold “Light Up the Room” Candle

Melissa: This Whipped Argan Oil is heaven!! It smells delicious!

Tia:  I swear by this stuff! It is amazing all natural product good for everything from fine lines to dark spots to scars. Plus the packaging is so pretty!

Erin: I swear the iPad mini has changed everything for me! I use it to take notes in meetings, I carry on Wedding Days to have all of my timelines and vendor contracts!

So how do you win one of these prizes? We will be be choosing 4 lucky winners at random! You can do one entry per day!

1) Follow us and repost on Instagram!

2) Like us and share on Facebook! 

YAY!!!! We are so excited about this!

xoxo,

The EME team

Happy 5th Anniversary to EME!!

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I am so exciting to be celebrating my 5th year Anniversary. Technically I have been doing weddings for 6 years, but I mark by 5 year anniversary as the day that I left my full time  job  (eek!) and began pursuing this fantastic job!

I have been so blessed to be able to be a part of over 154 couples weddings! I have a phenomenal team that allows me to be creative, encourages me to grow by their exceptional work, and to just allows me to have fun!  (Have you seen the new trampoline at the studio?)  THANK YOU Tia, Melissa, Melissa, and Carrington!

The one person who has been there through it all, the crazy hours, weekend work, moments of stress and has always been my business sounding board and my steady partner is my sweetie Tom. To say he is the best husband in the world is an understatement. THANK YOU for your patience and encouragement.

THANK YOU to the fabulously creative vendors that truly deliver excellence!!

Most importantly THANK YOU to our couples that trust us with their weddings. We are so honored to get to know you and are so thankful that you choose us!

Since, I can get mushy I will leave it at that! I am so blessed to have a career and business that excites me everyday. I cannot wait to see what the next 5 years brings!

xo,

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