Chris Laich Music DJ Set-up, Sam Riggs

September 17th, 2014

One of the best kept secrets at the University of Maryland, is no longer a secret.  Our team at Chris Laich Music Services loves working at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center, which is a great choice for corporate events and weddings.  What started as a space for U of M alum to congregate and entertain, is now a wonderful event space for everyone.

We love the stunning event spaces, gardens and versatile spaces to entertain.  With the multitude of spaces weddings of virtually all sizes can be accommodated.  As well as couples looking to have their ceremony, cocktail hour and reception all in one location.  To accommodate for the size of the space and using multiple areas, we always bring our bose wireless speakers for ample sound and coverage throughout the event!

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

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Real Wedding, Alexandra and Carter at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

September 10th, 2014

Earlier this summer we had the pleasure to work with one of the sweetest couples for their Virginia wedding at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens.  Alexandra and Carter had a wedding filled with joy!  It was wonderful to work with Katie DeLorme Photography, the photos are absolutely stunning from this wedding and we couldn’t wait to share them!  The staff at Meadowlark did an amazing job, and we could just tell that all of Alexandra and Carter’s guests were having the best day ever.

Alexandra and Carter at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, wedding DJ – Chris Laich Music Services, photography – Katie DeLorme Photography

Alexandra and Carter each started the day getting ready with their wedding party and family.

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We love how they set-up the ceremony outside at Meadowlark.  They chose the song “Begin Again by” for the Bridesmaids and “A Thousand Years” for Bride Alexandra and her Father.  For their recessional, we played “Forever”

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Additional photos of the wedding party and reception details were taken after the ceremony, we love the simple and elegant style of this wedding party!

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To start the reception, we introduced the wedding party and then Alexandra and Carter danced their first dance as Husband and Wife to “The Only Exception by Paramore”.

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Alexandra’s parents then gave a welcome and toast before dinner.  After dinner, we heard toasts from the Maid of Honor and Best Man.

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To open the dance floor, Alexandra and Carter each danced with their parents and then all were welcomed to dance.  Alexandra and her Father danced to “Can You Feel the Love Tonight by Elton John”.  Carter and his Mother danced to “Songbird by Fleetwood Mac”.

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Later in the evening, Alexandra and Carter cut their wedding cake to “Lucky by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat”, delicious cupcakes were also served to guests.

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After the bouquet and garter toss, the dance party continued for the remainder of the evening!

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Congrats again to Alexandra and Carter!  We hope you’re enjoying newlywed life!

Alexandra and Carter at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, wedding DJ – Chris Laich Music Services, photography – Katie DeLorme Photography

 

Chris Laich Music DJ Set-up, Lansdowne Resort

September 3rd, 2014

Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, VA is a stunning four diamond resort; it has incredible golf courses, a full service spa, and located near Virginia’s Wine Region.  It is a wonderful location for a wedding in Northern, VA.  Our team at Chris Laich Music Services always looks forward to our weddings at the Lansdowne Resort.

Whether your family and friends are travelling to the area or are local, Landowne Resort is a perfect place to make a weekend event of your wedding.  There are lovely outside settings as well as a stunning ballroom.  Many couples utilize several spaces and we are always equipped with our  inconspicuous wireless Bose speakers to provide optimal sound in every area.

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

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Chris Laich Music DJ Set-up, GW Masonic Memorial

August 27th, 2014

We are spoiled living in Washington, DC and having access to so many gorgeous Monuments and Memorials.  The George Washington Masonic Memorial in Old Town, Alexandria is also a gorgeous setting for a DC wedding.  Family and friends will be impressed by the unique setting, and can take advantage of the observation deck with amazing views of Alexandria and DC.  Our team at Chris Laich Music Services always looks forward to our weddings at the GW Masonic Memorial.

With it’s stunning architecture and location in Old Town, many couples in the area seek out the GW Masonic Memorial to rent for their wedding.  It’s a venue that offers a few different spaces for weddings and social/corporate events.  Because the main ballroom is surrounded by columns, the space is beautiful but sound can be tricky!  The last thing we want is the volume to be too soft or too loud and we definitely don’t want to detract from the space by wires and huge speakers.  We always bring our sleep 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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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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photograph by Daniel Swartz.

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Photograph by Daniel Swartz.

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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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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