Designed by
Williams, Hadiya, American, born 1978
Subject of
Lewis, Shantrelle P., American, born 1978
Lawson, Tony Oluwatoyin, born 1978
ink on card stock
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 held in the gold sleeve and maroon envelope, [2018.30.1f-g]. 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]. The lower half of the invitation has a silhouette of a skyscraper in a box with rectangular gold lines fanning outward. Text at the bottom reads, [ADULT RECEPTION / TO FOLLOW] surrounded by gold linear designs. There are areas of loss in pigment and paper. On the back of the invitation, the art-deco gold pattern continues. The top center design has the same silhouette of a skyscraper with the letter [Z] at the center, in large gold print. Boxes and rectangles continue in a diagonal pattern forming a central diamond 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 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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