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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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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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.



Intimate Bridal Show Jan 25, 2013 in Bethesda

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Join Chris Laich Music Services for an intimate Bridal Show next Friday, January 25th from 6-8pm at the Balance Pilates and Yoga Studio in Bethesda.  We join Bright Occasions Wedding Planing, Edge Floral, Spilled Milk Catering, Sweet Tea Photography and other fantastic local wedding vendors.  Come mingle with the people who know how to make your celebration a memorable one!


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Details: RSVP through Facebook:!/events/364572086973286/

Friday, January 25, 2013

6pm to 8pm



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.

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.

Deb Lindsey – Documentary Wedding Photography

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

At every wedding we deejay, Chris Laich Music Services has the opportunity to work with the finest wedding vendors in Washington, DC! It’s a pleasure watching other industry pros at work, especially photographers.

Deb Lindsey is an amazing wedding photographer, not only because her work is spectacular, but also because she is such a professional! We’re always thrilled to see Deb on site, and love working with her.

We recently caught up with Deb for a quick on-site interview to give you the skinny!

Kaufman wedding, Wedding DJ, Chris Laich Music Services, image Deb Lindsey Photography

Wedding DJ, Chris Laich Music Services, image Deb Lindsey Photography

CL: Why shoot weddings?

Deb: Weddings tell a great story—beginning, middle and end—in the space of one day. Everyone is beautiful, happy, emotional and nicely dressed. The wonderful moments are all right there, waiting to be shot. After years of working for newspapers, including 17 years at the Washington Post, it’s nice to be involved in so much joy.

Cuddy wedding, Wedding DJ, Chris Laich Music Services, image Deb Lindsey Photography

Wedding DJ, Chris Laich Music Services, image Deb Lindsey Photography

CL: What do you look for at a wedding?

Deb: First and foremost, it’s the relationship between the couple. I’m looking for their interaction on the most important day of their life. To show their love, their friends and families and all the special touches that made up their wedding day. My job is to preserve those moments so that years from now those photos are their memories. I’ve been married for 15 years and still have three photos from my wedding day up in my home. Those are the shots I’m always looking for on a client’s wedding day.

Glanz wedding, Wedding DJ, Chris Laich Music Services, image Deb Lindsey Photography

Wedding DJ, Chris Laich Music Services, image Deb Lindsey Photography

CL: Do you have a favorite type of wedding to photograph?

Deb: Not really. I shoot everywhere—hotels, resorts, beaches, riverfronts, historic mansions, churches, synagogues—wherever someone is getting married. To me, the best weddings have those special touches that make the day completely unique to the couple. That can be anything from a heartwarming toasts, a special father-daughter dance or a funny ceremony. Tears are always good! Each wedding I cover has those unique elements that keep it fresh for me.

Karasiewicz wedding, Wedding DJ, Chris Laich Music Services, image Deb Lindsey Photography

Wedding DJ, Chris Laich Music Services, image Deb Lindsey Photography

CL: How do you work during a wedding?

Deb: My goal at every wedding for most of the day is to be as close to a fly on the wall as possible. I don’t want to influence events as they happen, although I’m not above moving a chair or table to make a prettier shot. During formal portraits and what I call “spontaneous couple portraits” I’ll find a lovely setting with fabulous light and put the couple there to interact naturally…hug, kiss, laugh. I will shoot with a longer lens and the end result looks like it happened naturally! That’s what I do with engagement shoots as well. The best photos really come from the couple’s chemistry—that’s always what I’m looking for.

Glanz  wedding, Wedding DJ, Chris Laich Music Services, image Deb Lindsey Photography

Wedding DJ, Chris Laich Music Services, image Deb Lindsey Photography

Thanks for your time, Deb! We’re looking forward to seeing you again soon!

Wedding DJ Set Up – Indigo Landing

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

With all the monuments, hotels, mansions, and history in Washington, DC, it’s easy to forget the Potomac River offers some pretty spectacular wedding spaces along its banks. One of which is Indigo Landing in Alexandria, VA. Between the views and Indigo Landing’s super professional event manager Katherine Turner, it’s a fantastic spot for a celebration!

Chris Laich Music Services was recently at there for a wedding, and before we got started we stole a few moments to snap some shots of our wireless Bose speakers set up in the Charleston Room, where most weddings are held. While the windows in the space are great for natural light and seeing the sights, they also can make speaker placement tricky. Leaving one right in the middle of somebody’s line of sight as they gaze across the water would not do! So, we strategically placed them to provide great sound without creating an eyesore (see our equipment set up at Indigo Landing in the images below).

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Chris Laich Music Services equipment speak up at Indigo Landing, Alexandria, VA


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For All Occassions Wedding Planning

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Planning a wedding in the Washington, DC area (or any area, for that matter) is no easy task. Managing wedding vendors, timelines, and contracts, not to mention all the other everyday obligations…it can become overwhelming.

Which is why you hire a wonderful, organized, creative wedding planner like Myrna of For All Occasions Events. One of Wedding Wire’s 2010 Bride’s Choice winners, Myrna has been planning events since she lived in Miami. When she moved to Northern Virginia in 2001, she opened For All Occasions. Though her company began as a invitation business, her love of weddings and event planning soon inspired her to expand her business, and after becoming a certified planner at Weddings Beautiful Worldwide, she has been helping couples organize their weddings ever since.

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Myrna is also a newlywed herself…well, a renewlywed. Joined by friends and family, including her two grown boys, wonderful daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren, Myrna recently re-married her husband, Paul, this June!

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We had a chance to catch up with Myrna and ask her a little about being a planner and her work with DC area couples.

If you could shout something from the rooftops about For All Occasions what would it be?

We take excellent care of all of our clients; whether their wedding is large or small, no matter what budget, or what type of planning or coordinating service they choose. This is all because Weddings are Our Passion!!!!!

What part of your piece of the wedding day or wedding planning process do you love most?

I enjoy most the times I can be creative and offer my clients design and decor tips and make their wedding speak about them…being involved in the planning process from the beginning is so much fun and allows the creative touches to flow!

If you could have any other job for a day, what would it be?

If I could have another position in the industry, I would love to sing in a band.

What are some trends you are seeing?

Clients are going for smaller weddings and working with smaller budgets, as well as doing more things themselves.

Is there an event or style of wedding you’re dying to plan?

I have planned a lot of weddings in my years, but I would love to be able to do more beach weddings, especially in the winter!!!!

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We’d love to be at the beach more, too, Myrna! Thanks for your time and for being such a pleasure to work with!

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

This year, we asked my great friend, photographer Kurstin Roe, to come up to Olney and take some shots of us.

He did an amazing job!

Which doesn’t surprise me at all, since Kurstin’s background in photojournalism includes directing the photography and imaging during President Bush’s re-election campaign in 2004 as it traveled to cities across the country via Air Force One. After that, he continued with the White House photographing President Bush, the First Lady, and the Vice President. Needless to say, working in such a demanding environment honed his skill for capturing the moment and producing great shots.

Chris Laich Holiday Pics by Kurstin Roe Photography

Chris and his family, image by Kurstin Roe Photography

It also burned him out. So, when he ran into a wedding photographer friend who encouraged him to give wedding photography a try in 2006, Kurstin took the advice. That wedding changed everything. Kurstin was totally hooked. All the joy, laughter, and emotion of weddings inspires him and gives him goosebumps every time.

We’re lucky that chance meeting brought Kurstin into wedding photography! He’s super talented, and definitely one of Washington, DC’s up and coming wedding photographers.

Chris Laich Holiday Pics by Kurstin Roe Photography

Chris and his family, image by Kurstin Roe Photography

Thanks for taking the time out to shoot the 2010 Laich family photo, Kurstin!

Happy Holidays from Chris Laich Music Services to all of our fantastic clients, friends, and wedding industry colleagues!