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.
The couple chose rose gold for their wedding rings – very on trend for 2016!
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.
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.
How delicious do these mini mason jar dessert shooters look! Just the perfect amount of Southern inspired touch!
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
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!
How amazing is her gown?? The wind loved it too!
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
Laura + 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”!
How adorable is the monogram Laura + Justin had framing their sweetheart table?
The couple did a wine unity ceremony, using white and red wines to symbolize the coming together of their two lives.
\ \\ The 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!
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
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!
“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
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
Band: EG Peters Band
Hair & Makeup: Lindsey Regan Thorne, Be Pretty
Transportation: Raleigh Trolley / Classy Transportation
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.
How sweet is this ring bearer and flower girl?
So happy when my couples love the finished product!
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
Thank you Bernie and Justin for letting me be a part of planning your wedding!! You both are so perfect for each other!!
Jennifer + Ben | Duke Chapel Wedding Film from Heart Stone Films on Vimeo.
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!
Make it Pretty!
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!
Make it Pretty!
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.