Harlem Renaissance Wedding: Styled Photo Session
“The Harlem Renaissance has always been one of my favorite periods in time,” Andrew Roby, the planner of this styled shoot, said. “It was a time when musicians, poets and scholars thrived, and Harlem was at the center of it all. The people of Harlem expressed themselves visually and were sultry, debonair and inspiring. Speakeasies were a haven for all to get away and suffocate themselves in jazz and the Blues.”
Roby continued, “Before I considered this style shoot, I was visited the site as a potential venue for a client’s wedding in November. It wasn’t until I walked into the Diplomat Room that the idea of the Harlem Renaissance themed shoot came to life. The colors, the crown moulding and grandeur of it all made me dizzy with excitement. The room simply resonated with this period shoot.”
Roby focused on selecting a photographer next. He didn’t want just anyone. He needed a fashion photographer to give it an editorial versus a posed look. He brought in his ultimate choice from Los Angeles and would not move forward without him.
Roby wanted to showcase the rhythm of the era with a modern feel. “Once I decided on actually putting the shoot into motion, I wanted to focus on men to give their wedding experience more visibility. To give it a twist, I decided to make the shoot centered on any gay couple that shares my passion for bringing an era to their wedding,” said Roby.
“The styled shoot itself takes you on a journey from the grooms and groomsmen getting dressed in their black tux attire to their final toast after the reception. 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. The colors of the reception are masculine and rich. I did not want the shoot to feel like a replica of the era, but more so inspiration from the time.”
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Photographer: Jerris Madison Imagery // Event Planner/Stylist: Andrew Roby Events // Flowers: Sweet Blossoms LLC // Attire: The Black Tux // Cake/Desserts: The Cake Courtesan // Venue/Catering: Ritz Carlton Pentagon City // Décor: Select Event Group // Décor: Whiteglove Rentals // Décor: Whistle Pig Whiskey // Hair: Wade the Barber // Makeup: Glam Enterprises // Stationery: The Davis Designs // Model: Kirby Madden // Model: Chris Deloatch