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.


Jorie + Brian | Merrimon Wynne Wedding | Raleigh Wedding Planner

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 Jorie is such a natural beauty! Her unique style translated so beautifully with the Merrimon Wynne House as the backdrop. She and Brian wanted a laid back, fun, and fanciful wedding celebration — we think her bouquet captured that essence perfectly. She chose a mix of pastels and wild greenery to give it such an organic look and feel. The illusion neckline and lace detail on her Ivy and Astor gown were stunning.

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The couple chose rose gold for their wedding rings – very on trend for 2016!

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Another trend that we love — mix and match bridesmaid gowns. We especially loved the color pairings Jorie chose for her bridal party. Her maids carried complimenting bouquets adding to the “boho chic” style of the wedding day.

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 Jorie and Brian treated their guests to lawn games as dusk fell on their reception. The couple danced away under a chandelier adorned tent to the sounds of jazz tunes from Adrian Duke.

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How delicious do these mini mason jar dessert shooters look! Just the perfect amount of Southern inspired touch!

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Thank you to the great team of vendors that came together to make Jorie + Brian’s day happen!

Planner: Nicole, Erin McLean Events  

Venue: The Merrimon Wynne House

Catering: Donovan’s Dish

Photography: Morning Wild Photography

Makeup: Michelle Clark

Hair: Parlor Blow Dry Bar

Florist: Embellished Blooms

Reception Music: Adrian Duke

Rentals: Party Reflections

Cake: Kaiya Ramsey 

 

Sara + Jeff’s Angus Barn Pavillion Wedding | Erin McLean Events | Raleigh Wedding Planner

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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

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Laura + Justin’s Stockroom Wedding – Raleigh Day of Coordinator

View More: http://ajdunlap.pass.us/vendorimages101014Laura + Justin’s love story began in Korea, traveled the world, and came to Raleigh to make it official! These military sweeties overflowed with love for each and it was so much fun being a part of their big day! Laura was a DIY bride with a vision. The end result was gorgeous! With the Stockroom in downtown Raleigh as the backdrop, Laura and Justin were surrounded by a retro Gatsby feel. Combining a bold palatte of red and golds, against the exposed brick and natural charm of the space, it was the perfect setting for their sweet and personalized “I do’s”!

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 How adorable is the monogram Laura + Justin  had framing their sweetheart table?

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View More: http://ajdunlap.pass.us/vendorimages101014The couple did a wine unity ceremony, using white and red wines to symbolize the coming together of their two lives.

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View More: http://ajdunlap.pass.us/vendorimages101014 \ \\  View More: http://ajdunlap.pass.us/vendorimages101014The night ended with a custom cigar bar and a cheering send off from all their friends and family! We loved working with Laura + Justin and we wish them all the happiness in their new life together!

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Venue: The Stockroom at 230

Catering: Empire Eats

Photography: A.J. Dunlap Photography

Wedding Coordinator: Carrington, Erin McLean Events

Florals: Serendipity Designs

Videography: Twenty-One Films

Linens: CE Rental

DJ: Brian, Unlimited DJ

Cake & Desserts: Edible Art

Transportation: The Raleigh Trolley / Raleigh Rickshaw

Hair/Makeup: Elaine Harrison Makeup Artistry

Lighting: Themeworks Creative

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Emily + John’s The State Club Wedding – Raleigh Wedding Planner

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How glamorous is Emily? Tia had such a wonderful time working with Emily and John winter Raleigh wedding. It was a pretty cold day, but it didn’t seem to bother anyone. This was a time to celebrate! Oh, and a great reason to wear her gorgeous wrap!

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“John and I were so excited for our January wedding. We ended up with freezing cold temperatures but there was no snow or rain and I got to wear a fur! I wanted a very soft and romantic color scheme, so we chose blush, gold and grey. The ceremony was beautiful and then our guests were treated to lots of dancing, photobooth fun, and homemade honey from John’s dad’s beehives. The reception turned out fantastic, the cake was delicious, and Tia did a phenomenal job keeping everything on schedule! Our wedding was definitely the best day of my life! ” – Emily

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Thank you to the lovely team of vendors we worked with for Emily + John’s wedding weekend!

Ceremony: Edenton Street United Methodist Church

Reception: The State Club

Wedding Planner:  Tia with Erin McLean Events

Photographer: Cyn Kain Photography

Cake: Miel Bon Bons

Groom’s Cake: Cinda’s Creative Cakes

Florist:Tre Bella

Band: EG Peters Band

Hair & Makeup: Lindsey Regan Thorne, Be Pretty

Transportation: Raleigh Trolley / Classy Transportation

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Sacred Heart Cathedral and Second Empire Tavern Wedding | Raleigh NC Wedding Planner

Ann Marie and Peter had a beautiful ceremony at Sacred Heart Cathedral with a reception at The Second Empire. Peter was deployed for a year before the wedding, so we planned remotely with him while he was overseas in Afghanistan serving our country. Ann Marie is in medical school.  They are the sweetest couple that love each other so much, and love to laugh! I am so happy to know this couple and bringing this special event together for this amazing couple.

A big thanks go to all of the wonderful vendors that helped make this such an amazing wedding!

Wedding Planning and Design: Erin with Erin McLean Events

Ceremony  Venue: Sacred Heart Cathedral

Reception Venue: Second Empire

Photographer: Lauren Mann Photography

Florist: Fleurtations Florist

Makeup: Patricia Love

Hair: Makeup for Your Day

DJ: KMDJ Company


Congratulations to Ann Marie and — it was so awesome working with you and I wish you all the best!

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The Oaks at Salem Wedding – North Carolina Wedding Planning

Stephanie and Ted were married at The Oaks of Salem on a warm, fall afternoon. The ceremony was under a willow tree next to a picturesque pond, it was the perfect setting for such a romantic and special occasion! With homemade caramel apples for all of the guests and a delectable dessert table, the guests were fueled to fill the dance floor! What a fun couple!

Thanks to Kevin Milz for the beautiful photos!

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Thank you to the great team of vendors that came together to make this event amazing!

Wedding Planner: Erin with Erin McLean Events

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Oaks at Salem

Photographer: Kevin Milz Photography

Clergy: Barbara Lodge

Caterer: Belle’s Catering

Florist: The English Garden

Dessert Bar: Erin McLean Events

Hair and Makeup:  Makeup For Your Day

DJ: KMDJ Company

Invitations: Cute Buttons

 

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Stephanie and Ted were such an amazing couple to work with! They  had so much to celebrate and great friends to celebrate with!  Their Oaks at Salem wedding turned out beautifully and I couldn’t be happier for them. Thank you again for letting me be a part of your special day – I wish you the best in your future endeavors!

Castle Ladyhawke Wedding – North Carolina Wedding Planner
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Justin and Bernie were married on October 20th at Castle Ladyhawke in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. It was the perfect time of year for a gorgeous mountain-side ceremony and reception. All of the leaves were changing color, which was the perfect backdrop for such a romantic event.

It was a pleasure being able to work with Bernie and Justin on their wedding. They were so fun to work with! We never stopped laughing throughout the whole planning! Their wedding featured a wine-tasting cocktail hour and an incredible menu. And when it was time to dance, everybody was on the dance floor! You can just tell how much fun everyone was having and how they were enjoying themselves and celebrating with the newlyweds.

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How sweet is this ring bearer and flower girl?

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So happy when my couples love the finished product!

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I have a great team of vendors to thank for helping make this such an amazing day.

Wedding Planning and Event Design: Erin McLean Events

Photographer – Kevin Milz

Caterer – Belles Catering

Hair & Makeup – Makeup For Your Day

Florist – The English Garden

Cake – Tiffany’s Baking Company

Band – MVP

Linens: CE Rentals 

Papergoods: Cute Buttons

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Thank you Bernie and Justin for letting me be a part of planning your wedding!! You both are so perfect for each other!!

Congratulations!

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Jennifer and Ben Video: Duke Chapel Wedding Planner

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I am so excited about Jennifer and Ben’s film from the super talented Heart Stone Films! It captures the joy of the day. This was such a wonderful couple and family!

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Love sweet emails! Raleigh Wedding Planner

Getting sweet thank you emails from a recent Mother of the Bride makes my week! I truly love what I do. It is a lot of work and time, but oh so worth it!

Loved working with this great family! Photos and film to come soon!

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Wedding Gown Wednesday!

So, I am obsessed with this gown since I saw it this weekend at the Carolina Inn Bridal Show. I was stunned how this just floated down the runway!

In Vera’s words:

If there is any one dress in my Spring 2012 collection that epitomizes the pageantry of the Paris Opera, it’s Hayley. The centerpiece of this dress, for me, is the absolutely stunning, theatrical cascade of organza petals in the skirt, all cut from the most delicate tissue organza. They just float on the dress like a spilling bouquet. I did the petals in two tones: first, in a soft sand color, and then a nude, so it just gives you a complex tonality that’s a little more special.

For even more movement and excitement in the skirt, I’ve also used pleated honeycomb tulle—it gives you a whole other texture and volume underneath that petal effect. You almost picture Hayley swirling across the stage in a Degas painting.

The dropped-waist bodice features softly draped illusion organza over a corset. That transparency effect—that play between “reveal” and “conceal”—is one of my favorite techniques.

I’ve used all the textures in this dress, particularly in the petals, to give Hayley a rich, luxurious look, instead of going with traditional bling. For me, it’s about using fabric manipulations to make things look new and modern. And it’s also all about the motion in the whole gown, not the static detail. I love being able to achieve slouch and ease in a gown, and I always do this very purposefully, with layer upon layer of organic elements, as you see in Hayley. Getting that stunning combination of seemingly effortless beauty that’s so perfect and strategic: that’s what brings a dress together for me.

I like my bridal collections to be filled with unexpected touches—everything is very deliberately mixed up, assembled together, and then taken apart again, until I’ve found that perfect balance between architecture and effortlessness.

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