Archive for the ‘Washington DC Event Venues’ Category

Washingtonian Starry Night Inaugural Ball

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Last night I had the privilege to attend the Washingtonian Inaugural Ball held at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum.  It was an amazing night with more than 850 guests in attendance.  It was great to hang out with fellow wedding professional and great friend Steve from the Edge Floral!  As well as to see other wedding industry friends there to provide their services, including Potomac Point WineryRidgewells Catering, Rodney Bailey Photography,  John Farr Lighting, and more!  The delicious dinner included passed hors d’oeuvres, plentiful food stations, and delicious desserts!  The night was complete with a full open bar and a fun and lively atmosphere with live music and a lot of dancing.

Huge thanks to Eleni, Rebecca and Katherine from Washingtonian for such a phenomenal event!  Washingtonian online has a recap of tweets and photos from the night, here are a few of the fun pictures.


The VIP lounge (blast off) #starrynight @washingtonian

#DC knows how to roll out the #inaug2013 carpet!RT @washingtonian:The @airandspace looking especially nice #starrynight


It’s a gorgeous setup at @airandspace for the @washingtonian #starrynight ball.



Wedding at the Westin, Alexandria – Mary and Nicholas

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Mary and Nicholas were married October 27, 2012 at The Cathedral of St. Thomas More, Arlington, VA followed by a beautiful reception at the Westin, Alexandria, VA.  Wedding DJ - Chris Laich Music Services, photography – Timmester Photography, wedding coordination by White Pumpkin.  

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The day started with getting ready at the hotel, Hair by Giselle and make-up by Pattie Martin. We love all of the thoughtful details put into their day; from the invitation to flowers by Flower Den. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed great food at the Westin, a lovely and delicious cake from Pastries by Randolph. And of course, great music!



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Following the cocktail hour, guests were invited into the ballroom where the father of the bride gave a wonderful welcome speech. Toasts were provided by the Best Man and Maid of Honor. After dinner, Mary and Nicholas cut their wedding cake to “How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You,” by James Taylor. They then danced their first dance to “Hey, There, Everywhere” by The Beatles. Later on, everyone took to the dance floor, which kept moving all night!

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Mary and Nicholas, October 27, 2012 at the Westin, Alexandria, VA, wedding DJ – Chris Laich Music Services, photography – Timmester Photography.

Thank you, Mary and Nicholas, for choosing Chris Laich Music Services to be part of your day, and the very best to you both!


Sparkle Lounge 2013 – Ronald Reagan Building

Monday, January 14th, 2013

The Ronald Reagan Building’s annual Sparkle Lounge is the perfect opportunity to catch up with wedding industry friends and network with event professionals around the DC region.  The event was truly amazing and we were honored to have Chris Laich Music Services provide the music again this year! 

The Ronald Reagan’s Atrium Ballroom, which is already a spectacular space, “wowed” guests with the incredible decor, food, champagne and of course great soundtrack!  Approximately 1,000 people attended this year.  It was great to see people mingling throughout the space.

DC Photographer, Stephen Bobb was there and captured the night with some incredible images.  Flowers and decor provided by by Elegance & Simplicty.



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Great shot of Chris Laich DJing



DC Photographers Cicely Procopio, Eli Turney and Kelsey Thompson



Ronald Reagan Building’s Candice Barnes, Petal’s Edge Gerry Rogers, and Sara Bauleke of Bella Notte



More images via Stephen Bobb on Facebook and Stephen Bobb Photography.

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





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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The “New” Decatur House!

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Historic and gracious, The Carriage House at the Decatur House is one of DC’s singular wedding and event venues. We’ve always loved working there. Not only is Decatur House’s Event Manager, Arioth Harrison, amazing to collaborate with, but the space itself is a pleasure! Between the gorgeous courtyard and the Carriage House’s high ceilings, it’s pretty extraordinary.

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In May, the Decatur House completed a renovation of the Carriage House and its courtyard event spaces. If we thought the space was killer before, now it’s fantastic! They’ve added a bit more capacity and have updated finishes, décor and the audio-visual systems.

What’s not to love?! (To see more pictures of the new space, visit Decatur House on Facebook)

If you’d like to chat about deejay services at Decatur House, give us a call at 202.997.2514.

Westin Georgetown – Wedding DJ Equipment Set-Up

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

On Georgetown’s illustrious M Street and within shouting distance of the Kennedy Center, the Westin Georgetown is one of DC’s finest luxury retreats and a wonderful wedding venue.

Known for their fabulous, airy courtyard, the Westin Georgetown also boasts a sophisticated ballroom, stylish promenade and, from what we’ve heard, a sumptuous honeymoon suite. So, it’s no wonder that, as wedding deejays, Chris Laich Music Services is at the Westin Georgetown quite a bit!

Below are some shots of a recent wedding we deejayed at the Westin Georgetown. As you can see, to avoid marring the room’s understated elegance (love those columns!) while still providing great sound, we use a combination of expertise and top-quality equipment. To learn more or chat about your wedding DJ needs, call Chris Laich Music Services at 202.997.2514.

Chris Laich Music Services at the Westin Georgetown

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Chris Laich Music Services at the Westin Georgetown

wedding at the Westin Georgetown, wedding DJ - Chris Laich Music Services

Chris Laich Music Services at the Westin Georgetown

wedding at the Westin Georgetown, wedding DJ - Chris Laich Music Services

Chris Laich Music Services at the Westin Georgetown

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!

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

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!

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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

Strathmore Music Center – Wedding Ceremony DJ Equipment Set Up

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Sleek and beautiful, Strathmore’s Music Center is a pretty spectacular place to get married!

In fine (and not so fine) weather, ceremonies are often conducted outdoors beside the concert hall itself. The gleaming windows on the outside of the structure and Strathmore’s surrounding garden create a visually arresting vista.

No way we want our speakers and equipment, which are necessary for vows to be heard, to interfere with such a special venue! So, as you can see below, we strategically place our wireless Bose speakers to provide unobtrusive, flawless ceremony coverage.

See more examples of how Chris Laich Music Services sets up for Washington, DC area weddings, or contact us for details on how we’ll seamlessly integrate into your wedding day.

Strathmore Music Center - Wedding DJ Equipment Set Up

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