Wedding Invitation Suite: Invitation with attached RSVP token envelope

Designed by
Williams, Hadiya, American, born 1978
Subject of
Lewis, Shantrelle P., American, born 1978
Lawson, Tony Oluwatoyin, born 1978
card stock with paper, ink and adhesive
L x W: 9 × 3 3/4 in. (22.9 × 9.6 cm)
Wedding invitation designed by Hadiya Williams for the wedding of Shantrelle Lewis and Oluwatoyin Lawson. The navy blue wedding invitation is vertically oriented and decorated with gold pigment in linear art-deco style. The bride and groom’s names are printed in cursive, in the center of the invitation, reading [Shantrelle / & / Oluwatoyin]. At the top center of the invitation, is the letter [Z], surrounded by a decorative, upside down triangle. Below, text in gold print introduces the parents of the bride and groom, [AS THE SUN SETS ON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER / MR. AND MRS. ELDRIDGE SCOTT / MR. WAYNE LEWIS & / MR. AND MRS. LIDGETT LAWSON / REQUEST THE HONOUR OF YOUR PRESENCE / AT THE MARRIAGE OF THEIR CHILDREN]. Following the central decorative names, text with details regarding the wedding ceremony states, [SATURDAY / THE NINETEENTH OF NOVEMBER / TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN / SIX O’CLOCK IN THE EVENING / THE ACE HOTEL / 600 CARONDELET STREET, NEW ORLEANS, LA 70130]. A square, white envelope is adhered to the bottom half of the invitation containing a gold RSVP token. Embossed on the envelope flap is a large central letter [Z], with the date surrounding, [11/19 / 20/16]. The envelope is held closed by a gold sticker with a lion insignia. The lion is in silhouette standing on its hind legs, one leg rests on a crescent moon while his arms hold a sun with radiating rays. Below the white envelope, text reads, [ADULT RECEPTION / TO FOLLOW], surrounded by gold linear designs. On the back of the invitation, the art-deco gold pattern continues. The top center design has a silhouette of a skyscraper in a rectangular box with the letter [Z] in large gold print. Boxes and rectangles continue in a diagonal pattern forming a central diamond with the lion insignia. Below the diamond, the columns and triangles continue in gold with the date on the left, [NOV/19] and on the right, [20/16].
Place made
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, North and Central America
Cultural Place
Nigeria, West Africa, Africa
Decorative Arts, Craft, and Design
African diaspora
Graphic design
Marriage customs and rites
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Hadiya Williams
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
© 2016 Hadiya Williams
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