Archive for January, 2011

We’re excited to announce that we’ve received the Wedding Wire Bride’s Choice Award for 2011. This award is meaningful to us because it’s voted by brides themselves in order to recognize wedding professionals who “demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism.”

Thanks to all our brides who have let us be a part of making their special day truly unforgettable. Let us know if we can do the same for you!

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Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase is this Sunday! Email me at erin@erinmcleanevents.com for tickets! http://www.carolinainn.com/bridal-showcase-registration-general.php

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Jennifer & Ross were married in a beautiful outdoor ceremony at Tanglewood Park in Winston Salem. Every detail of their day was romantic and simply gorgeous.

Jennifer’s breathtaking gown was from Tre Bella Bridal in Durham.
Thanks to photographer Nick Pironio for capturing these images from Jennifer & Ross’ big day.

Makeup for Your Day made everyone look runway ready!!

Can you imagine a more serene backdrop for an outdoor southern summer wedding than this magnificent tree?

Tre Bella Flowers did the amazing florals for the wedding, perfect in every detail!

More and more couples are choosing creative options for displaying escort cards at their reception, such as Jennifer & Ross’ escort cards strung on a rustic fence.

Having several individual cakes of different flavors and with varying yet complimentary designs is a growing trend in weddings, and guests love the flavor choices!

CE Rentals provided the chairs, linens, china, and other rental items. And 5 Loaves Catering provided the evening’s delicious four course menu.

The garden inspired centerpieces complimented the romantic outdoor theme. Milk glass vases as centerpieces, like the one below, are a popular center piece choice for brides planning outdoor receptions.

The bauble lights, strung around the reception site, added an enchanting ambiance throughout the evening.

Who doesn’t love a sparkler exit on a warm summer evening?
Congratulations, Jennifer & Ross!

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We had the wonderful opportunity to team with Weddings Magazine to plan and design the perfect red hot bachelorette party. Read on for our tips for how to plan your own.
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Choosing an exciting activity to center you party around is a great way to break the ice and encourage guests to mingle with one another. For our bachelorette party at The Red Room in Downtown Raleigh we chose their Thursday Salsa dancing night as the basis for this trendy bash.

The Red Room’s decor features blue, red and amber. We wanted to accentuate the venue’s decor, so we chose to use shades of coral, amber, and burgandy which are “all colors that are going to be very popular for 2011.” In addition cool, icy blues were used as accents throughout the venue decor in order to subtly contrast the warm tones without clashing.
Instead of traditional chiavari chairs, which are popular and widely used at weddings and events, we opted for a more unique chair option choosing the sleekly designed chameleon chair. Chameleon chairs are very similar to classic chiavari chairs, but offer a slightly more modern look for those desiring a contemporary feel for their event. Small burgandy tassles were fixed to the back of each chair to add an additional touch of luxury to each place at the table.

Sangria is one of The Red Room’s signature cocktails. In order to play off this idea along with our salsa theme, the centerpieces were made from beverage glasses and featured red stones, incorporating the warm decor themes, along with tall calla lillies tied with blue ribbon for the accent color. These centerpieces turned out great as they were large enough in scale to make a bold statement, yet at the same time did not hinder guests’ conversation or view when seated at the table.
Tapas are a chic choice for any celebration, especially bachelorette parties, and fortunately The Red Room specializes in a delicious tapas menu. The tapas menu even featured oyster, a red hot menu option at many contemporary events. In addition, cupcakes topped with red icing flowers were the dessert of choice offering a stylish finish to one very classy meal.

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