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 + John | Modern Day Cinderella’s Ball | Chapel Hill Wedding

Summer Outdoor Wedding

It doesn’t take much to see that Sara and John are in love. It also doesn’t take much to see that they just might have been a prince and princess in love in another life. When Sara first came to us dreaming up her wedding day, she wanted something that effortlessly brought a classically timeless vision with a modern and young twist to together.

Calligraphy Invitations Navy
Carolina Inn Bride

Dapper Groom

Gray Groomsmen Attire

Lace Wedding Gown

Navy Jcrew Bridesmaids

Legacy Wedding Photos

Chapel Hill Catholic Wedding

Chapel Hill Catholic Church Wedding

Popsicle Cocktail

With the quintessentially Southern Carolina Inn as their backdrop, we wanted to capture a romantic feel with a clean edge. Incorporating acrylic as a focal point of Sara & John’s design and combining with the unique structure of cascading orchids, and texture in alternating place setting designs against a very traditional ballroom brought Cinderella’s Ball to life and into 2016!

All White Wedding

Acrylic wedding details

Calligraphy Seating Chart

Unique Seating Chart

Southern Wedding Ideas

Sara + John were absolutely magazine worthy on their wedding day – a stunner of a couple!

Acrylic Seating Chart

Favorite element of design, perhaps ever, this hand lettered custom built acrylic seating chart by Well Addressed Calligraphy, and dreamed up by EME and Watered Garden. It was the perfect focal point of the colonnade and teaser to the elegant ballroom design inside.

White Ballroom Wedding

Navy Place setting Details

Yellow House Calligraphy and Purple Puddle Stationery created the perfect navy menu card to accent each place setting.

Cinderella Wedding Inspiration

White Orchid Centerpiece

These dripping orchid centerpieces by Waterd Garden were to die for – adding acrylic tables numbers, creamy linens and loads of candle light brought the ballroom to life!

After Party Design

There is a twist though, because instead of turning into a pumpkin after dinner, we welcomed guests into an after party sparkling with gold sequins and vibrant fuchsia blooms to dance the night away. To cap off a night made out of a modern day fairy tale, guests were treated to what can only be described as a Southern princess’ favorite treat, Bojangles made from scratch chicken biscuits. If you don’t know what we are talking about, then you haven’t truly lived.

Old Well ballroom Wedding

Gold Sequin Wedding

Fuchsia Wedding Design Uplighting

Gold Grooms Cake Design

What’s a sparkling gold after party without a Guinness inspired groom’s cake dripping in dark chocolate?? Guests were also treated to a full array of decadent chocolate treats and a yummy Gelato bar!

Pink Peony and Gold Sequin Detail

Bojangles Late Night Snack

Family Wedding

Sara & John’s bond with their families was one of the best part of planning with them. Their love for each other and genuine joy being around each other was contagious!

Old Well Ballroom Wedding Design

From the beautifully paired ivory, creams, and whites of dinner to the bold metallics and pinks of the after party, Sara and John’s wedding day was a spectacular spectrum of elegance and glamour, surprising their loved ones at every turn. As guests departed for the evening Sara and John were cheered off into the night to the glow of sparklers lighting up the night.


Sara  + John were also recently featured in Southern Bride & Groom Magazine!


Heart Stone Films did an incredible job capturing the essence of the day – watch S+J’s highlight film here!


This magical night was an amazing collaboration of an a-list team of vendors!

Planning  + Design – Erin McLean Events

Ceremony Venue – St. Thomas More

Reception Venue – The Carolina Inn 

Photography – Perry Vaile Photography

Videography – Heart Stone Films

Florals – The Watered Garden 

Rentals – CE Rental 

Hair + Makeup – Makeup For Your Day 

Band – Sleeping Booty Band

Cake – Cinda’s Creative Cakes

Gelato Bar – Sugarland 

Sound + Lighting – Total Production Services 

Ceremony Music – Elegant Ensembles

Transportation – EcoStyle Transportation

Photobooth – Shutter Booth 


Erin + Carrington 




Merideth + Edwin | Festive Mountain Wedding | Asheville Wedding


When a bride comes to us dreaming up a wedding day full of bright colors and a fusion of two deep rooted heritages, we can’t help but get excited! Merideth + Edwin wanted a day that brought two families together as one, his family from Guatemala and hers from South Carolina. Although there were many difference between the places they grew up, one thing is for certain, both families knew hospitality and wanted their guests to have a fantastic time celebrating M+E!


The bride and groom selected a location that was dear to their hearts, and coincidentally, mine. Edwin is a minister for the Presbyterian Church and it was important that this be incorporated in their wedding plans. They chose a beautiful spot nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Gaither Chapel (which also happens to be in my home town and the place where my husband and I were married 4 years ago)! Aside from incorporating all the vivacious colors that are so much a part of Latin American culture, it was also important to Merideth that music was a key part of the day. She is a enormously talented artist of the Oboe and is a professor at North Carolina School of the Arts




Merideth hand selected a few close musician friends and talented artists to perform an elegant prelude for all her guests. Even though we had her tucked away before her walk down the aisle, she wanted to be able to hear the music that was so dear to her heart!




Can we talk about how precious these happy floral headbands are on the flower girls! They all felt like little princesses.




This by far goes down as one of the best recessionals I have ever been a part of. We brought in a authentic Gospel Choir from Charleston, South Carolina to surprise guests and litter sing the couple out of the chapel. “Oh Happy Day” could be heard throughout Montreat as Merideth and Edwin walked out into the spring sunshine as a newly married couple!






The reception design was all about vibrancy and happy colors. Blending varying shades of coral, orange, fuchsia, and rich greenery with pop of gold the rustic barn was transformed into a elevated and bright reception space. Guests were invited to enjoy a truly fusion menu of Southern and Latin favorites, signature cocktails in vintage colored glassware, and sounds of a fantastic Cuban band.



The inspiration for the color palate was pulled from custom made runners that Edwin’s mother brought from her native Guatemala. They accented the farm tables that were mixed into the design plan.









It was such a blast planning with these two love birds! Thank you to the team of vendors that made it happen!

Planning + Design – Carrington, Erin McLean Events

Venue – The Barn at Montreat Conference Center

Florals – The Bloom Room

Photography – Fete Photography

Videography – Jeff Brewer Films

Hair Stylist – Swell Salon

Makeup Artistry – Blush Asheville

Catering – Black-Eyed Susan Catering

Reception Music – East Coast Entertainment, The Patrick Lopez Band

Rentals + Lighting – Classic Event Rental

Linens – CE Rental

Gospel Choir – The Voices of Deliverance

Ceremony Venue – Gaither Chapel

Invitations – Sealed Design Studio








Danielle + Alex | Boho Chic Fall Wedding | The Cotton Room

Watters Gown Boho Bride

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.

Marsala invitation suite

freesia boutonniere

Boho bouquet

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.

Vintage Wedding Band

Cotton Room Wedding

Jewish wedding Ceremony Durham

Floral Chuppah Durham

This is our favorite moment captured from Danielle + Alex’s day – their pure joy having just become husband and wife!

Marsala place setting

Amaranthus Centerpiece

Champagne Sequin Table Design

Naked cake design
Sweetheart Table

Cotton Room First Dance


Jewish Wedding Dance

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!

- 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 





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

The Carolina Inn Wedding | Chapel Hill Wedding Planner | Katie + Scott

Chapel Hill Bride

These lovebirds were so much fun to work with! Katie and Scott wanted a classic black and white affair at The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill – but boring need not apply. On a cool spring day in May, Katie donned a beautiful lace gown and married Scott in Chancellor’s Ballroom framed by a gorgeous archway of greenery, hydrangea, and garden roses.  Despite a little drizzle the couple took full advantage of the ground at the Inn – capturing a romantic moment at during their first look.

Lace Veil

Southern Wedding Details

Southern Bride

Southern Groom

Groom First Look

First Look

Southern First Look

Peony bouquet

Ceremony Space - Chancellors Ballroom

Chancellors Ballroom Ceremony

Reception Decor - Hill Ballroom

Hill ballroom was filled with the scent of blooming hydrangea and lush ivory linens donned the table tops. Guests were greeted to the reception with fresh baked gold macarons escorting them to their seat. Everyone danced the night away to the sounds of  Jupiter Jones, a band the couple picked after seeing them perform locally at one of their favorite hot spots. The night was capped off with rose petals floating through the air, as the bride and groom made their exit into the night!

Macaron Escort Cards

Hydrangea center piece - Hill Ballroom

Ivory wedding decor

simple wedding cake - champagne sequin


Katie and Scott chose a  simple cake design but brought it to life with a happy champagne sequin linen and the glow of candle light!

Grand exit rose petals


Planning + Design – Erin McLean Events 

Florals – Tre Bella 

Photography – Cyn Kain Photography

Videography – Oak City Films 

Venue – The Carolina Inn

Cake – Ashley Cakes

Hair + Makeup – Makeup For Your Day 

Reception Music – Jupiter Jones

Rentals – CE Rental 

Favors – Sugar Euphoria 

Ceremony Musicians – Elegant Ensembles

Paperie – Wiregrass Weddings

- 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





Michelle + Kevin’s Prestonwood Wedding | Raleigh Wedding Planner

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We can feel the love between Michelle and Kevin’s gorgeous Prestonwood Country Club wedding. The blush detail could be seen throughout the room filled with their family and friends. We love the small details done to transform the space even more; such as the rose pedals between the lanterns, candy bar, and family wedding pictures. What a beautiful wedding!

We love working with our couples and their families! So we were over the moon when we got to work with Michelle, whose brother’s wedding we planned the year prior. Nothing makes us happier1

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We would like to thank the following vendors for making the perfect day for Michelle and Kevin. Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. O’Connell!

Coordination- Erin McLean Events

Ceremony & Reception- Prestonwood Country Club

Florals- Tre Bella

Cake- Cinda’s Creative Cakes

Rentals- CE Rentals

Photography- Robyn Van Dyke

DJ- Bunn DJ Company 



Graham + Tess Arrowood |NC Planner |Erin McLean Events |Carolina Inn


Graham and Tess wanted a beautiful blush Carolina wedding, and they did not fall short of that dream! This wedding was one for the books. The Carolina Inn supplied the perfect intimate venue for Graham and Tess to tie the knot. The night was full of personal details that continually wowed the guests and left them waiting to see what the rest of the party would hold.















Thank you to the following vendors for making the dream of Graham and Tess come true! Congratulations to the new Mr. + Mrs. Arrowood!

Planner- Erin McLean Events

Ceremony & Reception- Carolina Inn

Florals- Blossom Artistry

Cake- Cinda’s Creative Cakes

Rentals- CE Rentals

Photography- Morning Wild

DJ-  Bunn DJ Company 



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



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