Real Wedding Highlights for Nora and Matthew

August 20th, 2014

It was a pleasure to work with Nora and Matthew for their Spring wedding at the Sheraton Pentagon City with Pamela Lepold Photography.  Here are highlights, to view Nora and Mattt’s wedding photos check out the full gallery on Pamela Lepold Photography’s facebook page.



Chris Laich Music DJ Set-up, Arena Stage

August 14th, 2014

One of our favorite modern spaces for a wedding in the District is the Mead Center for American Theater at Arena Stage.  Perfect for unconventional couples, or those seeking something a bit different, you can plan your ceremony, cocktail hour and reception at Arena Stage.  Our team at Chris Laich Music Services always looks forward to our weddings at Arena Stage

Arena Stage is a gorgeous space that is situated along the waterfront in the historic Southwest neighborhood of Washington, D.C.  With it’s unique blend of amazing views, stunning architecture and theatrical history, your guests will be impressed by the space.  Capacity in the spaces range from 150 to 250.  Because our clients typically do their entire event at Arena we always bring our Bose wireless speakers for ample volume and sound anywhere!

Here are some photos from a recent wedding of our set-up:

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AT&T Best of Washington 2014

August 6th, 2014

This year’s sold-out AT&T Best of Washington party at the National Building Museum on July 16th was truly the party of the summer.  The Alice in Wonderland-themed event featured two levels of restaurants with delicious food and drink from more than 70 of Washingtonian’s 100 Very Best Restaurants and Best of Washington winners. In addition to being an amazing party, the event benefited the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

It was wonderful to work with A. Dominick Events (event planning), Adora Wedding Films (videography), All Stage & Sound (audio/visual), Booth-o-Rama (photo booth), Chicka (decor and design), Edge Floral Event Designers (flowers), Frost (lighting), Occasions CaterersSperry Tents, and XOXO Photo Booth (green-screen photo booth.  Thanks also to the event sponsors: AT&TBMWAmerican Beverage AssociationQatar AirwaysWells FargoCelebrity Cruises, and Hailo.

Here are some of the highlights, see the full galleries on Washingtonian’s website: Gallery 1 and Gallery 2


Chef Sebastien Archambault of Blue Duck Tavern serving summer-tomato salad with goat cheese and balsamic-vinegar pearls. Photograph by Jennifer Domenick.


Ping Pong Dim Sum served guests Chin Shih’s grog cocktail, with rum, mango tea, orange shrub, and pineapple juice. Photograph by Sarah Matista


Chefs creating their masterpieces at the AT&T Best of Washington party. Photograph by Jennifer Domenick.


Occasions Caterers provided tasty “eat me” cookies at the private publisher’s reception. Photograph by Jennifer Domenick.


Hedge rabbit created by Edge Floral Event Designers. Photograph by David Rice.


Marisol Plata Canary, Rebecca McFarland, and Katharine Ragsdale. Photograph by David Rice.


Sprinkles displayed a variety of miniature cupcakes to go with the Alice in Wonderland theme. Photograph by Sarah Matista.


Photograph by Daniel Swartz.


Photograph by Daniel Swartz.


Interior shot of the Alice in Wonderland themed party. Photo by Andrew Propp.

Real Wedding Highlights – Nina and Matthew at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

July 30th, 2014

This past Spring we had the pleasure of working with Nina and Matt for their wedding at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens with Stephanie Dee Photography.  Their wedding was filled with sweet details and a whole lot of love.  Friends and family came from near and far to celebrate their love and marriage.  Here are some of the highlights of the day.  For the full post, head over to Stephanie Dee Photography’s blog.  These two were also featured on Style Me Pretty earlier this month!

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Nina and Matt at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens , wedding DJ – Chris Laich Music Services, photography – Stephanie Dee Photography

Photography: Stephanie Dee Photography | Floral Design: Bergerons Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Priscilla Of Boston, “Carter” | Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Meadowlark Gardens, Vienna, Virginia | Catering: Great Blue Heron Catering | DJ: Christ Laich Music Services | Getting Ready Hotel: Crowne Plaza At Tysons Corner | Hair And Make-Up: Bridal Artistry

Real Wedding Feature for Nina and Matt on Style Me Pretty – Meadowlark Botanical Gardens Wedding

July 23rd, 2014

Our spring wedding for Nina and Matt at one of our favorite venues, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, was featured on Style Me Pretty earlier this month!  From Style Me Pretty: “Some weddings just seem to be effortlessly beautiful, where every detail appears to fall into place as if it’s always been there – yet you know it is the result of hours and hours of planning.” We couldn’t agree more!  See the full post on Style Me Pretty  photography by Stephanie Dee, flowers by Bergerons Floral Design, see the he full vendor list is below.

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Photography: Stephanie Dee Photography | Floral Design: Bergerons Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Priscilla Of Boston, “Carter” | Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Meadowlark Gardens, Vienna, Virginia | Catering: Great Blue Heron Catering | DJ: Christ Laich Music Services | Getting Ready Hotel: Crowne Plaza At Tysons Corner | Hair And Make-Up: Bridal Artistry

Happy Anniversary Shannon and Jeff

July 16th, 2014

It was a true pleasure to work with Shannon and Jeff for their wedding last year at The Hotel Washington.  Shannon is not only one of the most resilient and courageous brides we’ve worked with, she is truly beautiful inside and out.  This amazing wedding was photographed by The Observatory and planned by Bella Notte , see the full vendor list below.  Shannon and Jeff’s story is one of strength and love and is truly inspiring.  Their wedding was featured this past Spring on ABC News and Style Me Pretty, from Style Me Pretty: “We’ve had our share of lovely brides that have graced the pages of SMP, but perhaps none as fiercely beautiful and inspiring as this one. She’s reminded us that the true beauty behind a wedding is in the love and strength two people can give one another—not the dress, shoes, makeup or even hair can shine as bright. After being diagnosed with cancer nine months into planning her wedding, this sweet bride chose to stand strong, hair or no hair, and marry her handsome Marine.”


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Vendor List:

Photography: Andrea Jacobson For The Observatory | Event Planning: Bella Notte | Floral Design: Multiflor | Wedding Dress: The Plumed Serpent | Cake: Fancy Cakes By Leslie | Invitations: The Dandelion Patch | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jim Hjelm | Makeup Artist: Carl Ray | DJ: Chris Laich Music Services | Accomodations: Hotel Washington | Bridal Hair: Hair By Remona | Lymphoma Awareness Wedding Garter: Julianne Smith Of The Garter Girl | Venue: Hotel Washington

Wedding News from Engaged Magazine

July 10th, 2014

Here’s the latest from Engaged! Magazine: Introducing Debrajean Overholt


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When she was Director of Catering at the Ritz-Carlton Washington DC for 25 years, Debrajean Overholt’s unofficial title was “Queen of Weddings.” In addition to producing events for top corporations, embassies, associations, heads of state, celebrities and political parties, Debrajean orchestrated both grand and intimate weddings. While the luxury Ritz-Carlton brand was – and still is! – the impetus for DC brides and mothers of the bride who want the best of the best, Debrajean was often the first call after an engagement because she knew her clients as family and they were confident they would be in the best of hands with her.
Now, as owner of Debrajean Overholt Event Design, she continues to be the go-to planner for weddings in DC and beyond planned with finesse and style – but always staying cool, calm and collected.  She is the mother’s confidant, the father’s savior, and the bride and groom’s best friend.   By the end of the nuptials, Debrajean is part of the family.  Introducing Who’s Who of Wedding Planners,Debrajean Overholt…
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Truly, this upcoming weekend includes a mother lode of incredible Sample Sales at area bridal salons – if you’re looking for ‘the’ gown still, these sales are must-attend events! Sample Sales will be held at Hannelore’s Riziks and more.
Doreen Barlow Tisone
Editor, Engaged! Magazine

Real Wedding Highlights for Alexis and Noah – Four Seasons Hotel, Georgetown

July 9th, 2014

This Spring we had the pleasure to provide music services for Alexis and Noah at the Four Season’s Georgetown!   Kate Fine Art Photography did a wonderful job capturing their day.  The stunning florals are by Organic Orginals Floral Design.  Here are the highlights from their stunning wedding, see the full post on Kate Fine Art’s blog.


Washingtonian Best-of, National Building Museum – July 16th

July 2nd, 2014

This year the AT&T and Washingtonian Best of Washington Party will be held on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at the National Building Museum.  This is one of the best parties of the year and an one that Chris Laich Music Services looks forward to deejaying every year.  Tickets can be purchased online, so get your tickets today!


 Last year, more than 2,000 guests, celebrities, restaurateurs, and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society supporters filled the National Building Museum to sample, sip, and socialize. The regularly sold-out event has featured more than 60 of Washingtonian’s 100 Very Best Restaurants and celebrated chefs.  This year, all funds from the silent auction and a portion of ticket proceeds will go to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The AT&T Best of Washington party will be the highlight of the summer season. It’s a winner for sponsors, foodies, restaurants, guests, and our beneficiary.

$125—General Admission, 7 to 10 PM
$175—Early Admission, 6 to 10 PM

We hope to see you there!

What’s New from Engaged Magazine

June 26th, 2014

One of the benefits of being apart of Engaged! Magazine’s preferred vendors, is the great access to up-to-date wedding news in our area!  Editor Doreen Barlow Tisone, does an amazing job staying informed with what is new and hot in our area.  Here is some of the latest from Engaged! Magazine’s news.

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