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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!

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

Purses for Power – National Arthritis Foundation Charity Event

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

We were really proud when Chris Laich Music Services was asked to participate in the first annual DC Purses with Power charity event to benefit the Arthritis Foundation.  The event took place on November 8, 2012 at the modern Haworth Showroom at Terrell Place (Penn Quarter, DC).  The night featured a silent auction, led by host Omarosa Manigault.  Omarosa did a fantastic job encouraging attendees to purchase auction items, which included designer purses, jewelry, and a special makeover sponsored by Paul Wharton from WDCW DC50tv.

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Chris Laich Music Services joined host Omarosa, and several leading companies within the DC event and style scene to help make the night a success!

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Blogger Ashley Gaga, Omarosa Manigault, Paul Wharton (far left) pose for the camera.

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Purses, luxury fashion and beauty products filled tables throughout the space.

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12 Bose wireless speakers via Chris Laich Music Services were placed throughout Haworth Showroom for ample sound!

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Gift bags were sponsored by Miss. Jessie’s.

Images via DC Style Blogger Ashley Gaga.

 

 

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.

 

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

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Ann Taylor sales associates. Photograph by Rick Lippenholtz.

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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.

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

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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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5th Annual Blue Martini Party

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Tomorrow night is the Blue Martini Party!

We’ve co-hosted this DC wedding industry happy hour with Blue Sky Films for the last five years, and this time it’s at the newly renovated Decatur House!

It’s going to be a killer event with an open bar, signature drinks, sumptuous food, valet, and, of course, cool music. And we never could have put it together without the talents of some of DC’s finest wedding professionals.

HUGE thanks to:

The Prime Choice CaterersThe Edge FloralFox Ventures LLCJohn Farr LightingDecatur HouseBella Notte Wedding ConsultantsDocumentary Associates PhotographyPhotoboothMarcParc Valet

Thanks to all for helping to make next week’s happy hour the hottest wedding industry event in town!

Engaged! 2012 Bridal Event

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Engaged! 2012 is this Sunday, March 4, 3:00-7:00 pm!

If you or anyone you know is planning a wedding, this is one not-to-miss event. You’ll tour four of the DC area’s best hotels (The Hay-Adams, St. Regis, The Willard, and The W) via private limo bus, see bridal fashion, get an engagement portrait shot, sip champagne, talk to vendors…and more.

Buy your tickets here, and be sure to stop by Chris Laich Music Services!

Washingtonian Bride & Groom – Unveiled 2012

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Washingtonian Bride & Groom did it again! Unveiled 2012 was a lot of fun, full of creativity, and a huge success.

Held at the Mandarin Oriental, this year’s event featured a Reem Acra bridal fashion show (Reem Acra herself even made an appearance!), and, of course, the cream of DC’s wedding industry crop.

Washingtonian Bride & Groom Unveiled 2012, photography by Holland Photo Arts

Washingtonian Bride & Groom Unveiled 2012, photography by Holland Photo Arts

The staff of Bride & Groom had their hands full planning Unveiled 2012. Organizing food, drink, panel discussions, vendor booths, the runway show and more is no small task, but Rebecca Schwartz and her team did an extraordinary job.

We had a blast chatting with all the brides, grooms and their families who stopped by, as well as our wedding industry friends!

Washingtonian Bride & Groom Unveiled 2012, photography by Holland Photo Arts

Washingtonian Bride & Groom Unveiled 2012, photography by Holland Photo Arts

For a complete list of the fantastic vendors at Unveiled 2012, and to see their Twitter recap, visit the Washingtonian.

Whitney Houston

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

The 2012 Grammys will go down in history as a night of great performances, and as the day after music lost one of its great voices.

When her first album, Whitney Houston, came out, the music and her incredible voice became an automatic hit. MTV constantly played “How Will I Know” while any one of her debut tracks was a constant fixture on the radio. After that, the hits kept coming, and almost overnight, Whitney Houston was one of the world’s iconic singers.

Whitney Houston’s First Album (image source)

But that first album holds a special place in our hearts. It’s been part of Chris’s playlist since 1990 when he began deejaying! So, like everyone else, it was a shock to learn of the great vocalist’s passing the night before the Grammys.

Recent troubles aside, Whitney Houston was a person whose talent shone brightly and who had an incredible musical career that transcended the music industry. She will definitely be missed.

2012 Grammys

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Sunday was the Grammys!

As usual, the Chris Laich Music Services team spent the night watching the whole show, and one thing is for sure – getting LL Cool J to host was the best decision ever. Not only did he strike just the right tone in acknowledging Whitney Houston’s death only 24 hours earlier, but he kept things moving smoothly.

Adele at the 2012 Grammys (image source)

The night was filled with some great performances. Adele was fantastic! She’s become an artist we often play, and we’re hoping her next album is as amazing. We thought it was great how Bruno Mars channeled the Temptations, the Foo Fighters got rowdy, and, of course, Jennifer Hudson rocked it out.

Bruno Mars at the 2012 Grammys (image source)

Bonnie Raitt and Alicia Key’s tribute to Etta James was especially moving, as was the tribute to Glen Campbell, which became poignant when the Rhinestone Cowboy himself came out to sing. And, of course, it was awesome to see Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Tony Bennett, and The Beach Boys perform.

Jennifer Hudson at the 2012 Grammys (image source)

So, who were the winners of 2012?

Adele (deservedly) won all six awards for which she was nominated, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year with her powerful “Rolling in the Deep,” Top Solo Performance with “Someone Like You,” and Best Pop Vocal Album.

Bon Iver won Best New Artist and Best Alternative Album.

Tony Bennett won Best Pop Duo for his performance with Amy Winehouse and best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.

Best Rock Performance went to the Foo Fighters. They also won Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance, Rock Song and Rock Album.

Corrine Bailey Raw won Best R&B Performance.

Best Traditional R&B Performance as well as Best R&B Song was won by Cee Lo Green and Melanie Fiona.

Chris Brown won Best R&B Album.

Best Rap Performance went to Kanye West and Jay-Z for “Otis.”

Kanye West won Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “All of the Lights” and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

The Civil Wars won Best Country Duo/Group Performance.
Taylor Swift won Best Country Song for “Mean.”

For a complete list of all the 2012 Grammy winners, visit The Washington Post.

Chelsea & Nick Featured in Perfect Wedding Guide!

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

When you pick up the newest issue of Perfect Wedding Guide, flip to the wedding spotlight…and you’ll see Chelsea and Nick!

We shared a few shots of their awesome wedding at Potomac Point Winery where the newlyweds smashed grapes a la I Love Lucy and their guests danced all night long. Now more details (like who created Chelsea’s gorgeous bouquet) can be found in Perfect Wedding Guide.

It’s so exciting to be featured in Perfect Wedding Guide – what a way to start 2012!