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

Duke Gardens Wedding

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




Carolina Inn Wedding – Chapel Hill Wedding

Melanie and Bryan contacted me right before Christmas of 2010. They had a short time frame to plan their wedding since they were being relocated to Boston at the end of June. We got to work right away!

They were such a wonderful couple, who have such great classic taste.  The Carolina Inn was the perfect backdrop for their June wedding!

The super talented Martha Manning  was there to capture the excitement of the day!

Melanie was stunning! How fantastic are these shoes?


Our handsome groom!

Tre Bella Florals  did such an amazing  job! How handsome is this pink boutonniere?

Melanie’s Monique Lhuillier gown was from Alexia’s Bridal.

Melanie and I had such simliar style and tastes so designing the reception for me was a delight! I am so happy that Martha was able to capture Melanie’s first glimpse at the ballroom. This is the moment of the day I live for!!

This is a Happy Wedding Planner 🙂

The gorgeous linens were from CE Rental!

 We created a lounge space for the guests and pink uplighting.

 Greg from Joe Bunn DJ Company kept the dance floor packed!

Sushi? Yes, please! The Carolina Inn brought in a Sushi Chef to make it fresh for the guests.

 Simply Cakes created the delicious cake!

Congratulations to Melanie and Bryan! I hope Boston is treating you well!!