ICYMI: This Must-See Wedding Photo Shoot Channels Harlem Renaissance Splendor

By Sameer Rao Sep 30, 2016

An editorial photo spread featured in the lastest issue of Washingtonian (and posted on the magazine’s website on September 28) channeled the charm and visual themes of Prohibition-era Harlem—the age of Black creative achievement and productivity known as the Harlem Renaissance—into perhaps the greatest wedding shoot ever. 

Featuring two Black grooms, the photo shoot (directed by photographer Jerris Madison) at The Ritz Carlton-Pentagon City in Arlington, Virginia, incorporated vintage items and attire to reinterpret the period for a modern groomsmen party.

"We pulled various vintage pieces into the shoot such as a brass fan, a phonograph, an old Kodak camera and even the Cotton Club style font on the menu and place cards," event planner and shoot designer Andrew Roby said in an interview that accompanies the spread. "With a blend of whiskey, cigars and style, I believe our models pulled off this modern version of Harlem Renaissance."

Check out the full spread here