Archive for June, 2010

Father-Daughter Dance

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Father Daughter Dance via Style Me Pretty by Cathy and David Photography

On a day already filled with emotion, the father-daughter dance has got to be one of the top tear-inducing moments! Traditionally, the father-daughter dance would take place before the bride and groom dance, with the father handing off his daughter to her new husband. Today, however, it usually takes place after the couple’s first dance, the old notion of being “given away” evolving into something far more special. For many, the father-daughter dance is a poignant expression of the bride’s relationship with her father. As the father and daughter dance together on the dance floor, it symbolizes a last dance before the bride leaves her family behind to start her own. The dance’s bittersweet nature can make even the most stoic among us cry as the bride literally dances into her new life!

image via Style Me Pretty by Cathy and David Photography

Dance Floor Inspiration

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

You know you want to look good for your first dance as a couple on the dance floor. The problem is, when you try to picture your first foray as husband and wife, you draw a blank. Or maybe just the image of the two of you swaying in place is a recurring dream that you just can’t shake.

What you need is a little inspiration to get the creative juices flowing!

I’ve compiled a few images from some couples known to have rocked the dance floor on the silver screen. Before long, you’ll have a song picked out and maybe even have practiced a few steps together.

For more inspiration, check out all our first dances!

Silver Screen Dance Inspiration

Top row left to right: Dirty Dancing, The King and I, Titanic

Bottom row left to right: Scent of a Woman, Swingtime, Grease


We’re Going to Disneyland!

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Well, we already went, but I couldn’t resist!

A little off the beaten path, let’s take a break from brides and music to see what my OTHER passion is!

In late January, we took a week to go down to Disney in Orlando. It was the second time visiting Disney for our 9 and 6 year-olds, but the first for our 3 year-old.  Get ready for some cuteness…I had the worst time choosing only a few pics from the over 3,000 we took!

We Went to Disney!

We all enjoyed ourselves immensely, though it was far from a vacation for Mom and Dad.  We spent the entire week chasing three kids around the park all day!

We Went to Disney!

Throughout the day and once we got the kids to bed, I still returned phone calls and emails.  As an entrepreneur, it’s nearly impossible to take vacations, but I will leave the area once in awhile.  I am always glad when I do!

We Went to Disney!

You’re invited to the Best Happy Hour in Town!

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

The Washingtonian is celebrating the launch of their much anticipated July “Best of Washington” issue with a really great (free!) Happy Hour party on Tuesday, June 29.

Cupcakes from Best Of winner Georgetown Cupcake will be flowing freely along with the one thing no Happy Hour is complete without: cocktails. There will also be a cool shopping party at Urban Chic, winner in the women’s boutique category, and more, all in Bethesda at Redwood Restaurant and Bar.

I am totally honored to be asked to deejay this event, and couldn’t resist inviting everyone to come to what is sure to be the coolest and Best (sorry – couldn’t resist) Happy Hour around. When you do, be sure to stop by and say hi!

When: Tuesday June 29, 6-8 pm

Where: Redwood Restaurant and Bar: 7121 Bethesda Lane 301-656-5515 (in the new Bethesda Row)

Washingtonian Happy Hour

Georgetown University’s 2010 Senior Ball

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

May and June doesn’t just mean weddings!

For all of us in the event industry and, of course, for parents everywhere, it also means graduation.

It’s a huge honor each year when I am asked back to deejay at Georgetown University’s Senior Ball. Following the inaugural Convocation at Georgetown University, graduating classes kick off Commencement and celebrate graduation with friends and family at a ball.

2010 Georgetown University Senior Ball

Union Station is a stunning, historic space and an amazing backdrop for the event. Its architect, Daniel Burnham, once said, “Make no little plans; they have no magic.”  The event staff seems to take that statement very much to heart, and this year they outdid themselves.

I snapped a few pictures during the set up and one or two of the party…it was just incredible!

Coordinated by Union Station’s own Michèle Jacobs and catered by the always professional Design Cuisine, the Class of 2010 benefited from a perfectly planned, executed, and fantastic event!

The excitement and anticipation of what lays ahead and the thrill of finally graduating, along with some great music, kept everyone rocking the dance floor until it was over.

Congratulations to the Class of 2010 and to Design Cuisine and Michèle Jacobs for a memorable event!

2010 Georgetown University Senior Ball

Real First Dance: Making Memories

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Jeff & Patti at the Metropolitan Club

Jeff and Patti were married in an elegant, intimate wedding at the Metropolitan Club in October.  For their first dance, they took one dance lesson and then decided to wing it! I would have never guessed…they moved across the dance floor in a world of their own.

Jeff & Patti at the Metropolitan Club

Jeff really loves country music, and the words of the song were so meaningful to both of them that they knew Keith Urban’s “Making Memories of Us” was the first song they wanted to dance to as husband and wife.

Wondering if Keith Urban and “Making Memories of Us” might be exactly what you want to float on the dance floor to? Below is an acoustic version.  Even if you’re not a country fan, it is one sweet, romantic song!

To see more of Jeff and Patti’s dance and find out more about their wedding, visit them here!

Heart’s Delight Wine Tasting and Auction

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Hearts Delight Wine tasting and Auction

At the Heart’s Delight Wine Tasting and Auction, event guests, winemakers, and chefs gather to enjoy fine food and wine, attend seminars on epicurean trends, and bid.  It’s an amazing three days filled with incredible food and wine that, over the course of its 10 year history, has raised over $8 million for the American Heart Association.

It’s important to us that we give back, and Chris Laich Music Services is proud to have contributed to such a wonderful event and cause by providing live musicians!

All images of Heart’s Delight by Rodney Bailey.

Heart's Delight event, images by Rodney Bailey

images of Heart’s Delight by Rodney Bailey

Heart's Delight event, images by Rodney Bailey

images of Heart’s Delight by Rodney Bailey

Heart's Delight event, images by Rodney Bailey

images of Heart’s Delight by Rodney Bailey


Heart's Delight event, images by Rodney Bailey

images of Heart’s Delight by Rodney Bailey

No More Tired Dancing Feet

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

You’ve been dancing all night, your shoes discarded hours ago somewhere next to the dance floor or under your table.  As you dance, you ask yourself why you didn’t bring a pair of more comfortable shoes?

How about a basket of flip flops ready to use for your guests? This is the best idea we’ve seen in awhile!


Dancing Shoes

image via Style Me Pretty, by Widdis Photography

Restaurant Association of MD Awards Gala

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

RAM Stars of the Industry 2010 gala700 of Maryland’s culinary professionals and food lovers gathered for a night of dinner, awards, and dancing at the Restaurant Association of Maryland’s (RAM) 2010 “Stars of the Industry” gala at  Martin’s West.

After walking on the red carpet, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour that offered signature dishes from Maryland’s top restaurant’s and killer cocktails made with Stoli’s White Pomegranik. Then, everyone poured into the ballroom for awards and a dinner that was out of this world!

Restaurant Association of Maryland Stars of the Industry Gala

images by KRR Photography

After the winners of Restaurateur of the Year, Chef of the Year, Favorite Restaurant  and others were announced, the party began!  A partition was opened up and revealed the chic RAM “ultra-lounge” kitted out with lounge furniture and bathed in lavender light with yours truly spinning club music.

Guests got down for two fun and crazy hours, and I had a blast.  Though we’re known for playing weddings, and this event was a little off our beaten path, it was an amazing time and I love to mix it up!

It was also a big honor to be chosen to play the music.  Chefs, caterers, and restaurateurs certainly work with a lot of DJs, and RAM asked me to deejay this event?!  I was already thrilled to be there, so you can imagine how it felt when a few of the guests even asked if I was brought down from New York.  That was certainly a nice compliment for a “Wedding DJ.”

Restaurant Association of Maryland Stars of the Industry Gala

images by KRR Photography

I should mention again that the food was incredible.  I can’t wait to try both the nominees‘ and winners’ restaurants, solving the ageless question in our house, “Where do you want to eat?”

- Chris