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

Vintage Engagement Ring

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!

Two Piece Wedding Gown Monique Lhuillier

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!

Fashionista Bride

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!

Traditional Groomsmen Attire

First Look Durham Wedding

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.

Greek Wedding Ceremony

Boho Wedding Paper

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


Headtable Design Greenery

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.

Greenery Runner Design

Floral Installation - Hanging Florals
Bay 7 Reception

Greenery Cake Design

Event Design - Hanging Florals

Reception Food - Greek

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!

Farm Table Place setting
Boho Wedding Design

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.

Bay 7 Durham

Greek Dancing Wedding

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!

Hot Dog Late Night Snack
Bay 7 Band

Rose Petal Grand Exit Bay 7

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!

Wedding Farewell

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 


- Erin

Lorea + Kyle | Lovely Blush Garden Wedding | The Carolina Inn

Blush Garden Wedding

Lorea is a true Southern lady with an infections laugh and great style. She met her sweet groom Kyle while working together on Capital Hill. We playful called the theme of her wedding was blush and bashful with just the right dash of gold glitter.

Blush Invitation Suite - Smitten on Paper

When we started designing her wedding it was clear that Lorea and Kyle wanted their wedding to have an effortless elegance. We used greenery and soft blush peonies as the floral inspiration. The florist used gorgeous green garland that mimicked their fun and pretty invitations.

Classic Carolina Inn Wedding

Hill Courtyard Wedding

North Carolina Bridal Party

Blush Peony Bouquet
Navy Bridesmaids Chapel Hill Wedding

The Carolina Inn Hill Ballroom Ceremony

Hill Ballroom Ceremony

Following a tearful and sentimental wedding ceremony the wedding guests made their way to the Front Porch of the Carolina Inn and were met with passed fried green tomatoes, lamb lollipops, beef bourguignon, and more scrumptious appetizers. Guests were then ushered into the the gorgeous black and white floor reception with plenty of rose gold sequin and garland. The guests danced all night and the bride and groom made their joyful sparkler to close out the evening.

Champagne Sequin

Tall Greenery and Blush Centerpiece

Ashley Cakes Classic Butter Cream Design

Carolina Inn First Dance
Classic Blush and White Cake
Old Well Ballroom Toasts

Old Well Ballroom Draping

We loved the simple elegance of adding soft ivory draping in the space!

Late Night Snack Cheerwine

Lorea + Kyle wanted a sweet Southern treat for their guests to snack on a the end of the evening — Cheerwine, a native of North Carolina, and doughnuts were the perfect send off!

Carolina Inn Grand Exit

Sparkler Exit Carolina Inn

This wedding and sweet couple were something out of our planning dreams all the way up to this fabulous little number Lorea changed into for their grand exit! Thank you to all the vendors who made this night so magical!

Planning + Design – Erin, Erin McLean Events

Florals – Tre Bella Florist

Venue – The Carolina Inn

Photography – Graham Terhune Photography

Rentals – CE Rental

Cake – Ashley Cakes

Ceremony Musicians – Elegant Ensembles

Videography – Heartstone Films 

Paperie – Smitten on Paper 

Reception Music – Another Level, Sam Hill Entertainment

Gown – Mikaella Bridal 

Bridesmaids’ Gowns – Bill Levkoff

Transportation – Carolina Livery 





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


Gold Invitation Suite

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.

Classic Cap Sleeve Gown

Gown Monogram

Crystal Bouquet Accessories


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.

Bridal Preparations

Church of the Good Shepard Wedding

Raleigh Groom

Blush Bridal Party

Classic Bride North Carolina

Church of the Good Shepard Wedding

Raleigh Bride and Groom

Downtown Raleigh Wedding

Blush Bouquet

Downtown Raleigh Bride and Groom

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.

Prestonwood Country Club Wedding

Gold Rim Charger

Gold Place Setting

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.

Prestonwood Cake

Prestonwood Wedding

Prestonwood Ballroom

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.

Prestonwood Country Club Decor

Custom Wedding Koozie

Prestonwood Ballroom Wedding

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.

Sol Fusion Band

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 




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.

Crisp White Table

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.


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!

Gold Menu Card

Winter Dinner Party

Fuschia Peonies

Photography – Graham Terhune Photography

Design + Florals – Erin McLean Events

Flatware + Linens – CE Rental



Megan + Austin | Southern Pines Wedding – Private Home Wedding | North Carolina Wedding Planner


When Megan and Austin came to us, they were so excited to have the opportunity to get married at Megan’s family’s home. If there is one thing we love planning it has to be private home weddings! Formally known as Knollwood House, the Radigan home is nestled in the long leaf pines of Southern Pines, North Carolina. With a lush golf course as the back drop, Megan and Austin would be married under strung chandeliers surrounded by their closest family and friends. As preparations for their wedding day began, we started with a concept of a open air  black and white affair with the warm glow of chandeliers hanging from the trees lighting up the night. As Megan’s vision evolved we incorporated lush centerpieces overflowing with gorgeous fuchsia peony blooms, warm ivory garden roses, and cascading greenery to tie in the outdoor theme.




Southern Pines Groom


Fuschia Bouquet

Keeping with the black and white theme, the bouquets were tied with simple black and white stripe ribbon for a classic touch to the bright color palette! We even snuck in some structured greenery with the addition of succulents to the bouquets.

Lilac Bridal Party



Southern Pines Outdoor Wedding

Ceremony Chandeliers


Often times our grooms only have a few requests for their wedding day, leaving most of the big plans to their bride to be – for Austin, it was his favorite cocktail to be a focal point of the day.  The request fit perfectly into the vision adding complimenting metallic element to each place setting – pairing nicely with the gold charger and gold flatware. Each guest was treated to their own copper Moscow Mule mug to take home and we didn’t stop there. Donovan’s dish whipped up several different renditions of the Groom’s favorite libation as a passed cocktail treat!



We added dimension to the space by mixing in a champagne sequin linen – always a eye catching favorite!



Bringing the vision of a home wedding to life is always such a treat for our team. Perhaps it is the personal meaning it gives to the space or a family opening up their home to be transformed into an ideal wedding day — either way, we get to work with the bride and groom to change a familiar spot into the wedding day they have always dreamed of , literally right in their backyard.

Classic Bride and Groom

First Dance Tent Wedding

Clear Tent Wedding

Moscow Mule Cockatil

Southern Pines Ceremony

We would like to send out a big “thank you” to all the vendors that collaborated to bring Megan + Austin’s wedding day to life. Cheers!

Planning + Design – Erin McLean Events

Florals – Erin McLean Events

Photography – Photos by Kristopher 

Venue – Knollwood House (Parent’s Home)

Ceremony Musicians – Elegant Ensembles

Reception Music – Bunn DJ Company

Catering – Donovan’s Dish 

Tenting + Rentals – Party Reflections

Lighting – Total Production Services

Transportation – Resort Valet 

Bakery – C-Cups CupCakery 

Photobooth – TapSnap

- Erin

Courtney + Joe | Charlotte Wedding Planner | Erin McLean Events


Courtney & Joe were such a sweet couple to work with. They are the type of couple who’s joy and love is contagious. This translated to a purely fun wedding weekend. The inspiration for their wedding day literally “stemmed” from a simple but so lovely stem of fresh lavender.

Courtney’s favorite color and the perfect representation of the sweet smell of a spring day in North Carolina, we incorporate the lavender theme throughout. From the detail of the couple’s invitations, bridesmaid dresses, and Courtney’s stunning bouquet, to a chic lavender champagne signature cocktail and a fresh lavender toss send off at the end of the evening, the inspiration was carried seamlessly throughout the day.

Courtney & Joe’s chic style was accented by the clean and crisp feel of Separk Mansion and framed by the perfect spring evening shining off a crystal chandelier as they said “I do”. We chose a champagne sequin linen for Courtney & Joe’s headtable to capture the couple’s charismatic energy. The couple and their loved ones danced away to Old Crowe Medicine Show’s Wagon Wheel, as an ode to their alma mater and the place they first met, while sipping champagne from family heirloom flutes. It was truly the perfect amount of charm that captured the couple’s personality and made for a magical wedding day for Mr. & Mrs. Norton.


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Congratulations to Mr & Mrs. Norton! We loved planning your special day and we hope your life is filled with many more! Thank you to all the vendors that made this dream possible.

Coordination + Design – Carrington,  Erin McLean Events

Ceremony & Reception –  Separk Mansion

Florals- Pink Petunia Floral Designs

Catering + Cake- Southern Gourmet

Rentals- CE Rental / Creative Solutions

Photography- Katherine Elena Photography

DJ – Split Second Sound

Transportation – Holiday Tours / Royal Limo





Anne + Alex | North Carolina Outer Banks Wedding | Erin McLean Events

Southern Wedding Planner

Sweet, Simple. Southern. Anne and Alex embodied these 3 attributes and wanted their wedding day to reflect those things. Which is why they wanted a Beaufort Wedding. Beaufort, NC is the epitome of simple southern perfection. The Beaufort Historical Site reception was the perfect backdrop for their Spring wedding night. Framed by newly bloomed azalea and the ocean air, the Historical Site had just the right amount of vintage southern charm  that the couple was looking for. We couldn’t get enough of all the details that fit just right into the feel of their dream wedding, from the weathered signage, and quaint Ann Street Methodist Church to the fragrance of a Southern Spring coming into its own, the scene couldn’t have been more ideal.

Anne + Alex envisioned a southern wedding that honored their roots. They chose classic attire, from the bow ties down to the classic cut champagne bridesmaid dresses, they hit the mark. Greenery draped chandeliers, a candlelit tent, and heirloom family photos brought the scene together. Sweet southern perfection.

Southern Church Wedding

NC Coast Wedding

Vintage Wedding


Southern Bridal Party

Beaufort Historical Site Wedding

Outer Banks Wedding Planner

Outer Banks Wedding

North Carolina Bridesmaids Dresses

Golfcart Getaway

Coast Weddings

Beaufort Wedding

Tent Wedding Decor
Beaufort Tent Wedding

Garden Wedding

Alex + Anne chose a very classic cake topper and simple greenery to accent their dessert spread. We LOVED how these details paired with family heirloom photos dating back generations.

Southern Charm Wedding

What southern wedding isn’t complete without fresh baked biscuits and mason jar cocktails?

Southern Wedding Details
Beaufort Historical Site Wedding

Outdoor Tent Wedding

Beach Tent Wedding

The couple and their loved ones danced away to classic beach music under the twinkling tent lights that lit up the night.

Tent Wedding

Wedding Favors

The couple chose a homemade limoncello as a “thank you” to their guests for celebrating with them. Such a unique and yummy favor idea!

Tent Wedding Exit

Beaufort Historical Site Tent

Wedding Exit

How amazing is this exit?? A vintage, paneled surfers dream car – we couldn’t have chosen anything more perfect to cap off a beautiful night in Beaufort!

Beach Grand Exit

Thank you to all the oh-so-lovely vendors that made this beautiful day possible!

Coordination, Florals, +  Design – Erin McLean Events

Ceremony – Ann Street United Methodist Church

Tented Reception – Beaufort Historical Site

Catering – Belle’s Catering

Linens – CE Rental

Band – The Brothership

Photographer – Nancy Ray Photography

Hair & Makeup – Lula Hair & Makeup

Baker – Sugarloaf Bakery

Tenting – Chair and Equipment Rentals


- Erin











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

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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



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

Inspiration & a hint!

Hello ladies! We have all kinds of new and exciting changes in the works for EME…so many that we can’t share just quite yet, but make sure you’re following us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter because there will be all kinds of fun things we want to share with you (and hint hint…we’re announcing a first of many giveaways next week, so make sure you’re following to enter!)


It may be finally cooling down here in North Carolina, but my mind is already wandering to spring wedding trends (I was a March baby…I can’t help it!) I’m already blown away by next seasons lush florals, personality-packed cakes, and exquisite gowns… but one of my most favorite trends I’ve seen develop for Spring 14 is the watercolor wedding palette!

Romantic, soft, feminine, and a bit abstract, I’m finding a watercolor wedding palette to be such a  refined way to showcase a bride’s penchant for beauty, art, and femininity.


Are you serious with these dip-dyed marshmallows? So simple yet soo pretty and sweet! I’m a little obsessed.


I’m in LOVE with this watercolor invitation suite. Letterpress + peach watercolor=perfection. Bonus, this one includes a DIY tutorial!


These metallic gold pennants from BHLDN would be the perfect compliment strung up over your macaron table, especially when your macarons are sprinkled with edible gold leaf.

So so pretty!


Erin, Tia, Carrington, and I are practically bubbling over with excitement about what’s to come. We think you’ll be too, so stay tuned!

<3 Melissa