Two Supremely Dapper Grooms Star in a Harlem Renaissance Wedding Shoot at the Ritz-Carlton

Masculine and sophisticated, event planner Andrew Roby of Andrew Roby Events’ styled shoot offers a glimpse at Harlem Renaissance-inspired wedding decor, set up right here at The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City. Take a look at the old-world glamour in the photos below by Jerris Madison Imagery.

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As soon as Roby stepped into The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City’s Diplomat Room, he knew he wanted to put together a Harlem Renaissance-themed styled shoot. His love of the era in general and the design of the room motivated him to start planning. He brought in photographer Jerris Madison Imagery to shoot his modern interpretation of the Harlem Renaissance, complete with dapper tuxes, vintage decor pieces, and a glittery, glamorous tablescape.






The shoot features a pair of grooms getting ready for their wedding with their groomsmen, followed by a reception and toast. “Once I decided on actually putting the shoot into motion, I wanted to focus on men to give their wedding experience more visibility,” says Roby.







To pull of the Harlem Renaissance inspiration, Roby sourced some special props. “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,” he says. “With a blend of whiskey, cigars, and style, I believe our models pulled off this modern version of Harlem Renaissance.”


Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City | Event Planner: Andrew Roby Events | Photographer: Jerris Madison Imagery | Assistant Photographer: Justin Robinson | Grooms’ Attire: The Black Tux | Cake: The Cake Courtesan | Catering: The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City | Decor & Props: Select Event Group, White Glove Rentals, WhistlePig Whiskey, Shelly’s Back Room | Flowers: Sweet Blossoms LLC | Hair Stylist: Wade the Barber | Makeup Artist: Glam Enterprises | Stationary: Davis Designs | Models: Kirby Madden, Albert Smith, Thurston Tyler, Chris Deloatch

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Caroline Cunningham joined Washingtonian in 2014 after moving to the DC area from Cincinnati, where she interned and freelanced for Cincinnati Magazine and worked in content marketing. She currently resides in College Park.