Archive for June, 2012

Capitol Hilton – Wedding DJ Equipment Set-Up

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Boasting an elegant grand ballroom and just two blocks from the White House, the Capitol Hilton is wonderful for a wedding! Not only does its location mean you can get all those great wedding shots in front of one of DC’s most iconic landmarks, your guests will be able to see the sights, too.

Plus, there’s that legendary Hilton service.

You’d think that setting up our speakers and equipment in a classic ballroom like the Capitol Hilton’s would be simple. But in such a large space, we need to be extra cognizant of the volume. We don’t want some guests wishing they’d brought earplugs while others strain to hear the Maid of Honor’s speech!

By strategically placing our wireless Bose speakers throughout the ballroom, we’re able to provide consistent, balanced sound without affecting ambiance (as seen below).

To learn more about Chris Laich Music Services at the Capitol Hilton, or to chat about music for your Washington, DC area wedding, contact us!

wedding at the Capitol Hilton, wedding DJ - Chris Laich Music Services

wedding at the Capitol Hilton, wedding DJ – Chris Laich Music Services

Father-Daughter Dance Feature {Ellie}

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Father-Daughter dance songs range from sweet classics to fun and modern, and almost always get everyone feeling sentimental. For her dance with her father at her wedding at The Top of the Hay, Ellie chose “Free Fallin’” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Ellie's Father-Daughter Dance, photo- Rodney Bailey

Ellie’s father-daughter dance, photo by Rodney Bailey

You might remember from her wedding that Ellie, a Memphis native, had a surprise guest appearance by Elvis at her reception. And though Tom is not from Memphis, he did meet Elvis at the age of 10, and because of the King fell in love with rock music!

The Willard Hotel – Wedding Ceremony DJ Equipment Set Up

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

The Willard Intercontinental Hotel has hosted almost every US president since 1853…and thousands of weddings. As many times as Chris Laich Music Services has been, a wedding there always knocks our socks off.

Especially the Crystal Room – those incredible pillars and crystal chandeliers are just spectacular! For large weddings, it’s ideal for hosting a ceremony and cocktail hour, and, happily, we’re asked to provide sound and musical ambiance for both.

The trick to preserving the space’s charm and maintaining the operational fluidity required for turning a ceremony into a cocktail hour lies in experience. Our wireless Bose speakers with their peerless sound come in handy, but our familiarity with the venue is what really ensures things are set up perfectly.

See a recent Chris Laich Music Services ceremony and cocktail hour equipment set-up at the Willard Hotel below. If you have questions about how one of our deejays can help you with your wedding’s sound and music, contact us!

Wedding Ceremony at the Willard Hotel

The Willard Hotel – Wedding Ceremony DJ Equipment Set Up - Chris Laich Music Services

Wedding Ceremony at the Willard Hotel

The Willard Hotel – Wedding Ceremony DJ Equipment Set Up - Chris Laich Music Services

Wedding Ceremony at the Willard Hotel

The Willard Hotel – Wedding Ceremony DJ Equipment Set Up - Chris Laich Music Services

Wedding at the Top of the Hay – Ellie and Danny

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

We saw Elvis at the Top of the Hay!

He must have heard that Ellie, a native of Memphis, was celebrating her marriage to Danny and felt a surprise performance was in order.

Ellie and Danny, photography - Rodney Bailey

Ellie & Danny at the Top of the Hay, wedding DJ – Chris Laich Music Services, photography – Rodney Bailey

Ellie and Danny, photography - Rodney Bailey

Ellie & Danny at the Top of the Hay, wedding DJ – Chris Laich Music Services, photography – Rodney Bailey

Honestly, we can’t say we blame him – Ellie and Danny are such a wonderful couple, full of love for one another! After the newlywed’s first dance to “Everything” by Michale Buble, and somewhere before their cake was cut, Ellie and her friends Lexy and Michelle (the Sweet Signature Singers) along with guitarist Any Walker performed “Walking in Memphis” for Danny…and then Elvis appeared! He sang a few songs, posed for some fan pictures, and headed back to Graceland.

Ellie and Danny, photography - Rodney Bailey

Ellie & Danny at the Top of the Hay, wedding DJ – Chris Laich Music Services, photography – Rodney Bailey

Ellie and Danny, photography - Rodney Bailey

Ellie & Danny at the Top of the Hay, wedding DJ – Chris Laich Music Services, photography – Rodney Bailey

Then, everyone spilled onto the dance floor and danced all night to Bob Seger, the Rolling Stones, Otis Knight, Michael Jackson, UB40, Lil Jon, Britney Spears, LMFAO, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rihanna, Calvin Harris, Avicii, Beach Boys, Katy Perry and more – what a crazy, fun crowd!

Ellie and Danny, photography - Rodney Bailey

Ellie & Danny at the Top of the Hay, wedding DJ – Chris Laich Music Services, photography – Rodney Bailey

Ellie and Danny, photography - Rodney Bailey

Ellie & Danny at the Top of the Hay, wedding DJ – Chris Laich Music Services, photography – Rodney Bailey

We’re so lucky that Ellie and Danny’s amazing photographer, Rodney Bailey, was there to capture it all!

Ellie and Danny, photography - Rodney Bailey

Ellie & Danny at the Top of the Hay, wedding DJ – Chris Laich Music Services, photography – Rodney Bailey

Best wishes, you two!