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Jenny and Zach were married this June in a gorgeous Outerbanks wedding! I had such a great time planning Jenny’s destination wedding with her! They were married at the Pearl Outerbanks. It has a gorgeous oceanfront ceremony location.

Thank you so much to Melissa Kay Photography!



















Congratulation to such a fantastic couple and family! I loved working with you!!

Thank you Jenny for such a nice review J
I could never have imagined my wedding day being pulled off so perfectly! Erin made my wedding day a breeze. I did a destination wedding and her and I never met until the rehearsal dinner where I then handed off all of my decorations and ideas which are by no means in any organizational manner. I just gave Erin a run down on how I would like things to go for the following day and she went above and beyond. I never thought of several decorative ideas and she just made it extremely easy and carefree for me. Erin was very prompt and professional all of the time. We communicated through email and I would send her a question and immediately get a response with vendor recommendations or decoration ideas.
Erin was honestly more than I could have hoped for as a wedding planner and definitely worth the price!!!

xo, Erin

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Top 10 Wedding Trends for 2010

The Talented Planners at Occasions Niagara put together this list of trends for 2010. I think they are right on!

Will you be getting engaged over the holidays?

As you begin to plan you 2010 wedding keep in mind these top trends you’ll see next spring and summer.

1. Basics

Wedding details will be the center of attention this year. It will be the base of the event, not the drama or opulence of the evening. Consider spending more on the lasting memories than the showmanship of the event. Spend a bit more than the average budget allowance on photography rather than abundant floral. Or think about a longer stay on your honeymoon and a little less of a party at the reception and you’ll be thankful for your decision in the end.

2. Home / Backyard Weddings

Intimate and personal affairs at home are becoming very popular and bigger than ever. It’s really the essence of a personalized wedding day experience.
Smaller size guest lists, more intimate settings, grass roots weddings, elegant and detail driven, but in no way small on what counts.

3. Buttercream for Icing

Fondant is falling behind (due to the taste), but buttercream is making a huge comeback in the market. Most cake designers can smooth out buttercream so that it looks like fondant but the taste is so creamy and decedent. Overall, buttercream is a much better flavor, and has more natural ingredients. Some designers charge a lot less for buttercream.

4. Wedding Favors

Personalized favors are back in a big way. Guests always notice when couples don’t put a lot of thought into the favor. Show how grateful you both are to those in attendance. Think outside the box. – local artisans, locally grown products and personal mementos.

5. Local Wedding Destinations

The popular destination wedding will remain high on most couples priority list, but couples are selecting locations that are within driving distance. This way couples can create a wedding weekend. Having a more local wedding will not only allow all guests to attend, it supports the local economy and helps the environment.

6. Colors

Monochromatic palettes – single color bunches. Vibrant shades of orange, green, yellow, and pink. Metallic colors such as gold, silver, copper, and pewter are still very popular. Black is always in for weddings, mostly attire.

7. Green Weddings

Couples want an “eco-friendly” wedding. They are making small changes, but getting big results. We are recommending the venue to clean the property with green cleaning products, all lighting should be LED, and all food leftovers should be composted. Also, having the caterer/Chef prepare food using local and organic ingredients. All stationary should be printed on recycled paper.

8. Video and Digital New-Age Ideas

Everyone has seen the photo /video montages of your childhoods during dinner, but the next phase in video at your event comes in several different forms. Wedding ceremonies are being broadcasted on screens for better viewing from the back of the venue; also they are sent over the internet to guests who cannot attend the event. Time lapse photography is being shot and integrated into video for current day montages of you and your fiancé. The photographer and Videographer are setting up cranes with cameras and projecting the event as it unfolds on screens around the dance floor.

9. HD Video

Videographers have already switched to hi-def camera equipment. Next year all or most will make such a transition, making HD and even Blu Ray the norm in wedding videography. Upgrade now and be thankful for the quality later. This also means smaller cameras on site and less infringement into your event, all around a better option on the big day.

10. Visual Combinations – “Fusion”

Professional grade still photo cameras like the Canon 5D Mark II DSLR have been released with HD video capabilities. It is a great idea to have both services at your wedding to capture every moment of the big day. Tech-savvy brides looking for a new experience, may like to experiment with a visual professional (videographer or photographer) who has this technology. In the future, you will begin to see an emergence of two-in-one companies.

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Ok, I am all about facebook and twitter, but at the moment of being announced husband and wife? Not so much! No phones at the wedding people 🙂

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October is always a popular month for NC Weddings. But I am telling you that the first week of November is the most beautiful month to capture fall leaves! Salina and Erick got married on the 7th at Isley Farms in Burlington, NC. It was the most gorgeous fall day! Look at these colors!
Melissa Kay Photography took these amazing pictures! You have to check out her out, she is so talented!
This when the couple first saw each other, Melissa captured this great moment!





We had dancing under a tent on the farm, and there was a gorgeous cabin where dinner was served!




Guests were treated by a surprise fireworks display! It was the perfect night for fireworks!

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Thank you so much to talented MPK Photography for capturing these gorgeous images!
How fabulous are these shoes? I love unexpected color!
I am in love with Jenny’s dress. She was breathtaking!




The wedding party went to the reception in the trolley and the couple took a horse and carriage.
Mmmm, this cake was delish. Sweet Memories always does such an amazing job!!
I love black and white weddings with splashes of color. It is such a classic design.

Late in the night was time for some Cheeseburger in Paradise. Guests flipped over them!

Ok everyone, look how gorgeous throwing rose petals photographs!!

My favorite part of the night was the boat exit. It was the perfect ending to perfect wedding!

Congratulations to a wonderful couple!!!

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I was so lucky to be working with Jill and TJ for thier elegant Pinehurst Wedding. The wedding ceremony took place at Village Chapel. The AMAZINGLY talented and fabulous f8 Photo Studios took these images. If you haven’t booked then for your wedding yet, give them a call!

The bride’s makeup was done by the super talented Michelle Bowab with Makeup by Michelle.




How gorgeous are these roses? Aldena Frye Floral Design in Aberdeen provided these breathtaking flowers and centerpieces at the reception. The roses are Sahara roses, amazing!


This cake was one of the most gorgeous cakes I have ever seen. The cake was strawberry rhubarb flavored. It was so sweet because the rhubarb pie is the bride’s specialty!
xo, Erin

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Happy Fall weather in the air!!

I often get asked about ideas for Wedding Party Gifts. I always refer my brides to Swagger Gifts. I asked my girl Mandy at Swagger to be my guest blogger and give you all some great ideas from her fabulous store!


Swagger Gifts – Bridal Party and Groomsmen Attendant Gifts for Everyone on Your List!

You are not a two-dress bride and you sure didn’t have any trouble picking your colors, the tabletop dĂ©cor, or your signature cocktail (with the help of Ms. Erin McLean, wedding planner extraordinare, of course!)… so why fret over your attendant gifts? Picking something thoughtful that will be appreciated and enjoyed by your bridesmaids and groomsmen doesn’t have to be a daunting task – and you can even personalize many options without blowing your budget! The girls at Swagger Gifts have put together all of their gift giving experience (and several rounds of serving as faithful bridesmaids) to give you ideas for every person on your attendants list!


Are you having a destination wedding or are many members of your party traveling to town for your big weekend?

Large Tote BagsBe sure to put together a personalized tote bag full of snacks, a local maps, weekend schedule and necessary phone numbers, and anything that truly represents your destination’s charm! Is there a special candy that you’ve always enjoyed that’s made right in your town? Be sure to include some scrumptious details about why you find it special and how much you appreciate your guests traveling to share this even more special event with you! Be sure to leave room for them to add things like make-up bags, shoes, and more as they’ll be sure to tote these bags around to all of your pre-wedding festivities!


How about for the Mother of the Bride and the Mother of the Groom?

These special ladies deserve an extra something special to commemorate this special occasion. New at Swagger Gifts are engraved silver platters featuring the details from your very own wedding invitations engraved right on them! We really can’t think of a prettier way to remember your wedding for years to come. Perfect for your “MOB” and “MOG” to keep on display as home dĂ©cor or using for entertaining!

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What are the groomsmen doing with their down time?

Is there a Friday or Saturday golf outing planned? (We hear the best way to recover from any bachelor party exhaustion is by taking in at least nine holes on a sunny morning.) If the local greens are on their schedule, be sure to outfit them with personalized sports towels! “A monogram for gentlemen?”, you ask? Of course! There are several monogram fonts available that won’t make your groomsmen think twice about adding their initials to more of their golf duds!


Top 3 Gifts to Satisfy Any Guy!

For Mr. Fix-It, a great pocket knife always comes in handy. Add his monogram for a really personalized touch!

For the Sharp-Dessed Man, these square cufflinks will bring any look together for a really polished finish! Swagger Gifts offers several options – square, circle, oval, and even black and silver cufflinks – the hardest part of your decision will be which shape to select for each groomsman!

For the Host with the Most, a set of personalized glasses makes a great addition to a perfect party, tremendous tailgate, or Sunday Funday! Choose from Flared Double Old Fashioned glasses, Classic Double Old Fashioned glasses, Tailgate Beer Mugs, and many other entertaining staples from Swagger Gifs’ barware selection.



Top Three Gifts for the Trendy, Modern, and Classic Bridesmaids!

For the Trendy Girl in your party, a customized picture frame from Danielson Design’s exclusive online design studio for Swagger Gifts is your one-stop source for gifts with flair! Choose from any of the original Danielson Design templates or create your own look using your favorite quotes, names,… even song lyrics – the sky is the limit.

For the Modern Maven in your party (you know… the one who kindly spent hours putting together your photo slideshow on DVD for the reception and gracefully re-published your The Knot webpage for you a dozen times), a monogrammed laptop sleeve or Scout laptop bag are a personalized choice that she would’ve never thought to buy for herself!

For the Classically Chic attendant, a personalized gift from Swagger Gifts’ Stamps and Stationery collection will be a perfect fit! These girls are already well-versed in the art of correspondence and thank you cards, so be sure to outfit their collection with a piece they’ll really enjoy. Notecards come in an unending selection of designs and colors and the personalized stamps and embossers are a great way to give a gift than can be used and reused for years to come.

Too Many Tastes to Pick Separate Gifts? Here’s Our “Go To” Gift!

For a One-Stop Shop Gift that’ll please everyone in your party, we’re BIG fans of monogrammed pashminas… especially if your wedding is, say, before May and you’re bridal entourage will be outfitted in sleeveless dresses?! You can pick up one for everyone in your party (in your signature color – or colors, of course) or you can mix-and-match for personalized picks if you know what colors each of your bridesmaids covets the most!

xo, Erin

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Congratulations to Doug and Liz!! They were one of my favorite couples ever! They were totally in love and so adorable with each other. This wedding was so much fun!!

Sweet Memories Bakery did a phenomenal job on this cake! DELISH!
Thank you to Kittie from MPK Photography for these fantastic pictures. She truly caught the fun and happiness of the day!

Hot Politics is a fabulous band based in Greensboro. They were fantastic and kept the dance floor packed all night. Such a great sound!
Proof.
Here is the groom working it on the dance floor, so fun!
Liz and me at the end of the night. Ok, give me a tiny break for the hair, it was so hot earlier in the day 🙂

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I LOVE barn weddings. I am an expert NC Wedding Planner for barns!

Here are some of the professional pictures from the super talented Nancy Thomas with Nancy Thomas Photo. She took some gorgeous pictures!



Tre Bella Florist did such a
gorgeous job. They were such a compliment to this naturally beautiful setting.
Reverend Kayelily Middleton did a fantastic job and it was a beautiful and personal ceremony!

The bride and groom were making this as much of a Green Wedding as possible. Instead of printing new placecards, they reused the response cards and used twine to hang them. It look so cute, I can’t stand it!! For their centerpieces they had all of their friends collect wine bottles over the past year. It added such unique character to the tables!




How romantic is this picture????

Edible Art did a very nice job on the cake!

There we delicious s’mores late night! Yum-O (thank you Rachel Ray)


Congratulations to such a fantastic couple!!

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I am loving these new men’s wedding bands from Scott Kay. A lot of guys were turning toward titanium rings, instead of the tried and true gold solid band. Scott Kay introduced their new BC collection. If your guy is more artistic, or into some ink you have to have them check these out.


They created this metal tattoo look by using an antiquing process that fastens ink onto metal.

Love it!!

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