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Floral and Decor Insight from DC Area Florists

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Chris Laich Music Services recently had a chance to catch up with some of our favorite DC area floral designers.  It was great to hear about some unique floral arrangements that our friends created in 2012!  It never ceases to amaze us how talented the floral designers in the DC area are.  We learned what colors and flowers are popular for winter, trends to expect in 2013 and how to make the most floral impact for your wedding.  In addition to flowers, many floral designers can also provide rental décor elements from ceremony sets and paper design elements, to lounge furniture, rugs and lighting.

What was your most unique/challenging reception floral arrangement from 2012? 

One of our favorite events was the annual holiday party for ASCO, a fun client of ours who loves to see texture and atypical florals used in modern designs – often focusing on a monochromatic look with organic elements. Instead of the typical red, green, and gold – their theme was plum, fuschia, lime green, and silver – a feminine and festive holiday look! We incorporated lights, silver feathers, holiday balls, twisted purple and pink wire, silver branches, along with lush and showy florals to create a variety of looks that really brought drama and glitz to their event.  - The Enchanted Florist


The Enchanted Florist –

Probably our most unusual reception floral arrangement from 2012 was a Washington monument we constructed out of flowers.  We have done it before (two times prior, actually!), but it’s always fun to do and something unusual that is out of the every day. - Petal’s Edge


Petal’s Edge –

What floral trends from 2012 would you like to stay, or go?

The vintage trend has been fun over the past few years, but we really are itching to do something more modern – and we are finding the couples are following suit.  The romance inspired from vintage designs hasn’t gone away – a love of lush classic flowers like hydrangea, roses, and garden roses.  But we are beginning to see a desire for more glass, lots of candles, a more tailored look and a contemporary feel. – Petal’s Edge


Petal’s Edge –

How does the winter season impact color choices and flower types for the DC area?

During the winter, we find that whites and creams are always a popular choice. It’s a sophisticated palette during the holidays, and soothing in the winter. Amaryllis is one of our favorite flowers to use, and displayed en masse they are quite stunning. - The Enchanted Florist


The Enchanted Florist –

In the winter there is gorgeous local foliage of all types; a few favorites of mine are leather leaf viburnum, bay and bright red oak leaf hydrangea.  There are also great winter choices from afar, favorites of mine are– New York State anemones, New Jersey Van Dyke tulips, Dutch ranunculus, and Chilean peonies.  For winter I love using a mixture of whites, creams, ivories and a variety of greens including deep greens, silvery eucalyptus and lambs ears. - Sidra Forman


Sidra Forman Real Wedding Blog Post – Photography by Kate Headley –

Winter is a fabulous time for flowers!  All the spring flowers are either in season in the southern hemisphere, so we easily see many spring flowers like peonies, lilac, ranunculus and tulips among others in ready supply.  It’s also a great time for pods and berries as well as a range of evergreen foliage’s like fir and juniper.  Amaryllis is one flower we love and rarely get to use except in winter.  While many people think of the bold red and whites for amaryllis, it is also available in several bi-color varieties, pinks, and yellows.  There’s no color scheme you can’t do in winter, but we do often see a wintry spin on the choices couples will make. – Petal’s Edge

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What have you recommended to brides to make the biggest floral impact for their wedding?

We love a wedding client who is open to a monobotanical or monochromatic look, which often has the most impact.  For this DC Wedding at the W Hotel - we designed dramatic displays of all white Dendrobium Orchids.  Each arrangement had nearly 100 stems, and created an almost firework effect. - The Enchanted Florist


The Enchanted Florist –

Spend money on your bridal bouquet – it is the most important floral design of the day.  After the wedding is over, you will have a photo of the two of you on your mantels and at work with your bouquet….not your centerpieces. - Elegance & Simplicity


Elegance & Simplicity –

Our best recommendation would be to trust us! Sometimes a space needs dramatic color… other times it is all about scale. We’ve seen what works and what doesn’t – giving us a measure of artistic license will allow us to take your vision and make it soar in your venue.  It used to always be about a mixture of tall and low floral centerpieces. The weddings and events we love the most completely scrap the traditional tall arrangements and instead go for large-scale, dramatic installation pieces such as trees, floral canopies, fabric swagging and hanging votive treatments. Think more impact and decorating the entire space. After all, the average ballroom ceiling height is close to twenty feet!  Also, never skimp on the lighting, it will make or break your event decor every time. - Amaryllis


Amaryllis –

What is one 2013 trend from fashion, food, invitations, etc. that you will translate into flowers and design? 

You are going to see a lot of glam and Edwardian looking design from stylists pulling from The Great Gatsby Film and Downtown Abbey.  Flowers and design elements from these movies and what we have seen on the runway are going to translate into a continuation of vintage glam.  It’s not going anywhere as we have been seeing vintage glam for the past 3 years in weddings because it is class, timeless, romantic and gorgeous! - Elegance & Simplicity


Elegance & Simplicity –

We went through a long phase of clients asking for sexy, sultry “Moulin Rouge” events and we’ve been seeing the “Mad Men” mid-century modern aesthetic over the past few years.  Get ready for “The Great Gatsby” – Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming remake of the Fitzgerald classic will bring words like speakeasy, Harlem Renaissance, Art Noveau and Art Deco to the forefront. Gold and brass will be back in a major way and mercury glass and antiqued mirror surfaces will be even more en vogue.  It is hard to communicate the roaring twenties through a floral centerpiece alone.  To pull off the Gatsby look events are going to have to be more prop and décor driven… Equipment is going to have to be smarter and more refined to look appropriate. Think architectural-inspired specialty bars in antiqued lacquer gold, tufted banquettes, camelback sofas and gilded occasional tables. You can’t fake twenties without it looking Victorian. - Amaryllis

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Amaryllis –

Do you provide any sort of non-floral décor services?

Yes!  We provide wedding design services that include stationery, calligraphy, lighting, lanterns, carpentry, structure designs such as chuppahs and mandaps, as well as customized welcome bags and favors. - Elegance & Simplicity

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Elegance & Simplicity –

Besides floral décor we offer a wide range of services and products. As mentioned, events are becoming much more than just linens and flowers. Need a suit of armor? We’ve got ‘em… linear feet of books in a specific hue? Sure.  We have draping, up-lighting, décor elements and prop pieces as well as entire warehouse full of specialty furniture, rugs, chandeliers and the list goes on and on. Some events are heavy on floral with a few touches of other décor while others can be fully prop-driven with a few fresh floral embellishments. - Amaryllis

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Amaryllis –


Unveiled 2013

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Chris Laich Music Services is thrilled to once again be apart of Washingtonian Bride & Groom Unveiled 2013!  Stop by and see us there, January 27th at the fabulous Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C., from 11:30am to 3:30pm.  We are excited to take part in this year’s bridal show with the areas most elite wedding professional and vendors.  In addition, Chris Laich will DJ the exclusive runway show presented by Carine’s Bridal Atelier featuring the latest bridal collection from designers Monique Lhuillier, Carolina Herrera, Angel Sanchez, Marchesa, and more!

Buy tickets here and check out the highlights for Unveiled 2013, including:

  • Meet the Washington area’s best wedding experts and preview amazing portfolios from top florists, planners, caterers, makeup and hair stylists and much more!
  • Enjoy champagne, cocktails, cakes, and tastings from the award-winning The Ritz-Carlton Washington, D.C.
  • Be entered to win amazing door prizes
  • The First 75 ticket buyers will be entered to win an invitation for two to the Exclusive Unveiled Rehearsal Dinner at Lincoln Restaurant





Chris Laich Music Services 2013 Bride’s Choice Winner!

Monday, January 7th, 2013

2013 is certainly off to a great start!

Chris Laich Music Services has been named a Wedding Wire 2013 Bride’s Choice Award winner!

This award is especially exciting because it is entirely based on reviews we recieve through Wedding Wire.  We place top priority on our couples and it is a true affirmation of our service and work to get their positive feedback.

Thanks everyone for the awesome reviews!


WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2013 recognizes the top five percent of Wedding Professionals nationwide.

Ann Taylor Concept Store Opening Event

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Ladies in Washington, DC attended in flocks as the new Ann Taylor concept store opened last month at Union Station.  Chris Laich Music Services was there to DJ the grand opening event.  Guests who attended the opening enjoyed music, refreshments, sweets, raffles, gifts and of course shopping the fabulous new winter collection!

The evening also included remarks from Ann Taylor’s PR Manager, Arlena Pordoy, Washingtonian’s Fashion Editor Kate Bennett, and a violin solo by Evelyn Song of Washington Performing Arts Society.

We had a great time and were thrilled to be apart of the Ann Taylor opening event.



The new Ann Taylor store features colorful merchandise from this season. Photograph by Rick Lippenholtz.


Ann Taylor sales associates. Photograph by Rick Lippenholtz.


Michelle Hoffmann of Washington Performing Arts Society.  Chris Laich in the background!  Wireless microphone and Bose equipment provided by Chris Laich Music Services.  Photograph by Rick Lippenholtz.


Washingtonian’s Rebecca Schwartz and Bianca Zoulfaghary. Photograph by Rick Lippenholtz.


Violinist Evelyn Song of Washington Performing Arts Society performed for guests. Photograph by Rick Lippenholtz.

Images via The Washingtonian and Rick Lippenholtz

See the full gallery of photos (and fashion) in the Washingtonian Online Gallery

Washingtonian Brunch and Bloody’s

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

On Saturday, October 20th, Chris Laich Music Services had the privilege to DJ the Washingtonian Brunch and Bloody’s event at Longview Gallery in Washington, DC.  The sold-out event featured the 50 Great Breakfast and Brunch Spots from Washingtonian.  The participating restaurants also competed in a Bloody Mary challenge, in which guests, and a panel of judges (including Washingtonian editors, the Bitches Who Brunch, and local mixologists) voted for their favorite.

This was such a cool event to participate in and a real treat for all the foodies who attended.  Guests had a great time trying all of the delicious bite-sized brunch treats and bottomless brunch cocktails, while mixing and mingling.  No one left hungry or thirsty!

The Bloody Mary challenge judges: Rebecca Loveridge and Cori Sue Morris of Bitches Who Brunch; Washingtonian publisher Cathy Merrill Williams; Jeff Faile, bar manager of Fiola; and Anna Spiegel, Washingtonian assistant food and wine editor. Photograph by Jeff Elkins.

Chef Geoff’s served bite-size vegetarian quiches. Photograph by Jeff Elkins.

Mintwood Place grilled up beautiful Croque Madames featuring veal tongue. Photograph by Jeff Elkins.

Waiters from Window’s Catering served Champagne, mimosas, and bellinis featuring Chandon Extra Dry Riche. Photograph by Jeff Elkins

Rebecca Loveridge and Cori Sue Morris of Bitches Who Brunch with Amanda Jean Wassell, and Meaghan Smith. Photograph by Jeff Elkins.

Images above via The Washingtonian and Jeff Elkins.  See the full gallery of professional photos (and all the amazing food, drink, and chefs) in the Washingtonian Online Gallery

Here are a few of our own photos.  Check out how sleek our fantastic Bose speakers look at Longview!

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It was a really nice day, so we had speakers outside.

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And inside throughout Longview.  They are not intrusive and provide amazing sound quality.

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Washingtonian Best of Party – 2012!

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

2012’s Best of Washingtonian party was just over a week ago and boy was it a doozy! We’re so proud Chris Laich Music Services was asked to deejay such an amazing event again. Not only is it a great time, but the proceeds go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which is something we can definitely get behind!

image via The Washingtonian

This year, Jamie Sears and her team at Simply Chic Events planned the whole affair, and they did an incredible job. With over 2000 attendees, 50 restaurants, décor, and all the nitty-gritty details that go along with them, this is one event that takes not just skill but also some serious serenity to execute. And Simply Chic did so in their trademark phenomenal fashion!

See the entire carnival-themed event (and all the amazing food, drink, and vendors) in the Washingtonian’s Best of 2012 gallery.

Staff Party at The Fairmont Hotel

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

For the past four years, Chris Laich Music Services has had the pleasure of deejaying the Fairmont Hotel’s staff party. Since The Fairmont is our favorite spot in DC and we love working with Bob Mikolitch, Mark Medrick and their staff, it’s really great to see them relaxing at their own party.

Staff Party at the Fairmont, DJ - Chris Laich Music Services

Staff party at Washington, DC’s Fairmont Hotel, DJ – Chris Laich Music Services

However, the 2012 party was extra-amazing. With the recent remodel of their lobby and ballroom, The Fairmont has taken polished, fresh elegance to a whole new level. On the night of the event, between the slick lighting and lounge furniture, the space was spectacular. But the coolest part of the evening was when, in the middle of the General Manager’s award announcements, the staff flash mobbed a performance of “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz!

Staff Party at the Fairmont, DJ - Chris Laich Music Services

Staff party at Washington, DC’s Fairmont Hotel, DJ – Chris Laich Music Services

Everyone had so much fun and we had such a blast deejaying that it’s going to be hard to wait a whole year. So thanks to everyone at The Fairmont for asking us to be a part of your killer staff party…and see you soon!

Staff Party at the Fairmont, DJ - Chris Laich Music Services

Staff party at Washington, DC’s Fairmont Hotel, DJ – Chris Laich Music Services

Unveiled 2012 – The Rehearsal Dinner

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Washingtonian Bride & Groom’s annual Unveiled event is definitely a must-go for area couples planning a wedding. This year, Bride & Groom added a really cool pre-party, The Rehearsal Dinner.

The Rehearsal Dinner at Lincoln, photos via The Washingtonian (by Erik Uecke)

The Rehearsal Dinner at Lincoln, photos via The Washingtonian (by Erik Uecke)

Hosted at Lincoln, one of DC’s choicest restaurants, The Rehearsal Dinner was an intimate affair. Ten engaged couples (chosen from the first 75 Unveiled ticket buyers) were invited to enjoy a fine meal with a few of the area’s finest wedding professionals. Needless to say, Chris Laich Music Services was both delighted and honored to be included!

We had a lot of fun getting to know everyone, and, of course, the food was excellent. Plus, we finally got to meet Bret Freedman from the Mandarin Oriental and Sherri Dalphonse, a senior writer at Washingtonian.

The Rehearsal Dinner at Lincoln, photos via The Washingtonian (by Erik Uecke)

The Rehearsal Dinner at Lincoln, photos via The Washingtonian (by Erik Uecke)

Best wishes to all the couples we met at The Rehearsal Dinner!

Blue Martini Party, 2011

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Another year has gone by, and once again the Blue Martini Party was the place to be for Washington, DC’s wedding professionals! It was our 4th year and the event is growing every year!

All the stars of the DC wedding industry came out to enjoy great conversation, the Willard’s famous hospitality, and, of course, blue martinis. The Willard is always a fantastic place, but DC Rental outdid themselves this year with the furniture and décor. Lucky for us, wonderfully fab Kelsey Thompson Photography shot the whole evening and created the great slideshow below so we could share it with you!

Thanks to everyone for coming and for making 2011 so great. Here’s to another marvelous year!

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To see more pictures of the 2011 Blue Martini event hosted at The Willard by Chris Laich Music Services and Blue Sky Films, click here.

Strathmore Hall Wedding DJ Playlist

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.and it’s true. One shot of a first dance or a mid-wedding reception dance frenzy can capture the moment. But what, you may ask yourself as you gaze at the picture of people getting down, did the wedding DJ sound like?

Well, now you’ll have your answer! While deejaying a wedding recently at Strathmore Hall, we noted the playlist and created the audio sample below: