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.

Washington Duke Inn – Durham Wedding Planner


Ann and Matt were married this June in a classic and  elegant Washington Duke Inn Wedding!   Ann has such fantastic style and taste, as you can see with her stunning gown and shoes! Ann and Matt live in New York City so we did a lot of their planning long distance. They met at Duke and wanted to show their out of town and country guests what Durham has to offer! We planned a full weekend of activities. Guests were greeted at the Washington Duke Inn with fantastic Welcome boxes that incorporated all of Ann and Matt’s favorite things!20130629_tansamrit_wed-026420130629_tansamrit_wed-0594
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20130629_tansamrit_wed-0245Their first dance was one of the best I have ever seen! There was even a romantic lift involved. Ann’s gown was sparkling the whole time.




Ceremony & Reception:   Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club

Wedding Planning and Design:  Erin McLean Events

Photographer: Walters & Walters

Videographer: Heart Stone Films

Florist:  TreBella Flowers

Cake:  Ashley Cakes

Invitations, etc:  Maria Scheel Invitations

Ceremony Musicians:  Elegant Ensembles

Reception Musicians: In Full Band

Rentals: CE Rentals

Minister:  Reverend Carleen Gerber, of First Congregational Church of Old Lyme

Hair:  Antonio Zaazoua

Make-Up:  Images by Denise

Thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your wedding!! I loved working with you both!!








Duke Gardens Wedding

Summer and Stephen were married in a gorgeous springtime Duke Gardens wedding ceremony. This Durham wedding venue is one of our favorites for its natural and serene beauty.

We hope you enjoy some of our favorite wedding photos from Summer and Stephen’s big day courtesy of Raleigh wedding photographer Emily Alane.

Makeup For Your Day did a wonderful job getting the ladies ready for their big moment.

Your wedding day shoes can be a fun way to express your personal style. Summer’s dazzling bridal shoes were the perfect stylish touch peeking out from under her classic gown.

Summer’s dress was breathtaking- romantic gathers of fabric, a long train, and dainty buttons going all the way down the back of the dress. We loved her elegant bridal gown.

Many of our brides choose to incorporate vintage elements into their wedding days. Especially when those vintage elements have a significant meaning, such as the cameo necklace Summer wore- the same cameo necklace her grandmother wore on her wedding day.

Durham wedding florists Tre Bella did an exquisite job as always. The bridal party’s pink rose bouquets were stunning.

If you saw our Royal Wedding trends post you might remember that we predicted that lighter color bridesmaids dresses, like Pippa Middleton’s Maid of Honor gown, would become more popular in weddings. The floor length champagne colored bridesmaids dresses worn by Summer’s bridal party are a perfect example of this timelessly elegant trend. Now that’s a dress any bridesmaid would be proud to wear again!

The couple exchanged vows under an ethereal chuppah made of branches, vines, and a beautiful ivory fabric.

The rose and hydrangea centerpieces by Tre Bella helped create the romantic look the bride wanted for her reception decor. Mixing small floral centerpieces with tall floral centerpieces is a great way to add variety and create a more custom look to your wedding reception decor.

The bride chose a cherry blossom wedding theme, which was just perfect for this springtime garden wedding. Soft pink was carried throughout the wedding and reception including the pink rose bridal bouquets, the blush colored table linens, and even this cherry blossom inspired cake by Cinda’s Creative Cakes.

The evening’s dinner menu was catered by Durham Catering Company.

The band, Mr. Coffee and The Creamers, kept the guests dancing late into the night at this Sarah P. Duke Gardens wedding reception.

Congratulations, Stephen & Summer!


Ceremony & Reception Venue: Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Floral Design: Tre Bella

Photography: Emily Alane Photography

Catering: Durham Catering Company

Cake: Cinda’s Creative Cakes

Makeup & Hair: Makeup For Your Day

Band: Mr. Coffee & The Creamers

Washington Duke Inn Wedding, Duke Chapel Wedding
This May, Megan and Matt were married at Duke Chapel and had their fabulous reception at the Washington Duke Inn. Why I love my job so much is because I get to work with families as amazing as these!
Thank you to the always talented Logan Jarrard Photography for these images. You completely captured how much fun this day was!

Kristi with Makeup by Kristi Lynn made these girls even more gorgeous!

Megan’s dress and shoes were purchased at Hayden Olivia in Charlotte. They custom made her veil.

How delish is this cake?? Sweet Memories did a fantastic job!
Floral Dimensions captured Meg’s vision and delivered these fabulous centerpieces!

The Design kept the dance floor packed all night!

xo, Erin