Once affectionately called “Chocolate City” because of its predominantly Black population, this styled wedding was designed to honor the local culture of DC through the lens of the Black native Washingtonian experience. Washington, DC: home of history and half-smokes, go-go and government, brunch and bounce beats!! The people, the music, the culture, the cuisine—DC literally has it all! Washington, DC is the melting pot of the world, but there’s NOTHING like being a native! It is in homage to the place Eclectic Fete calls home that they curated a “Chocolate City Love Affair” wedding editorial.

The design aesthetic for the styled wedding is urban decadence—tattoos showing, lock tight, swag on 1,000—we are talking full blown grit, graffiti, and glam. The featured model couple is DC royalty: Beat Ya Feet legend John “Crazy Legz” Pearson and his gorgeous wife Danyelle. The shoot colors are about as DC as you can get: red and white, the colors of the DC flag.

As DC is equal parts street art, historical architecture, and museum exhibits, the collaborators behind the shoot took a modern approach to sourcing the featured venues.

A native Washingtonian is full of LIFE and culture, and they wanted to translate that zeal for city living through the scenes captured within the shoot. Most of the participating creatives are native Washingtonians, and A “Chocolate City Love Affair” is their visual love letter to the District!

Vendor Collaboration

Ceremony Location: Ampeer Residences // Caterer: Effie’s Catering & Special Events // Bakery: Two Sweet LLC // Officiant: Hitched 360 // Musicians: Levi Stephens Music // DJ: Master Production DJ Lighting // Dress Store: House of BellaChic // Other: OAK Bridal Accessories, LLC // Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Miguel Wilson Collection // Makeup Artist: Embrace Makeup Artistry // Hair Stylist: Hair by Terriya // Bakery: Tiered And Petite // Event Venue: Nostalgia Event Rentals // Equipment Rentals: DC Rental // Equipment Rentals: Pretty Little Wedding Co. // Calligrapher: Cygnus Studio // Invitation Designer: Fingers In Ink // Floral Designer: Rocking Bird Flower Co. // Cinema and Video: BYoung Video // Event Designer: Eclectic Fete // Photographer: Jenna Leigh Wedding Photography // Submitted via Two Bright Lights