Music was at the heart of Katie Haddock and Jerry Frempong's DIY London wedding
Katie Haddock and Jerry Frempong met at Norman Jay’s Good Times sound system at Notting Hill carnival in 2006. “He offered me some cotton wool to protect my ears as the drum n base section kicked in,” remembers Katie. “The rest, as they say, is history.”
In April 2013, Jerry proposed to Katie while on a moon-lit stroll on Clapham Common, south London and five months later they married at grand St Mary’s Church in Clapham, with a the reception at Winchester House Gentlemen’s Club in Putney.
Katie is a studio and production manager and Jerry, when not working as a careers adviser, is a DJ so the sentiment at the heart of their wedding planning was: “It’s all about the music."
“We only had five months to plan the wedding and I don't like paying for anything so I made everything I could myself,” says Katie. “I used vinyl records for the table plans and green 7-inch records for the table numbers, which had our favourite songs printed on.”
The couple’s entrepreneurship extended to Katie’s dress – a sequinned knee-length feathered frock, which was stitched together from pieces bought at Dalston Market, vintage shops and ASOS.
Two days after their wedding, Katie and Jerry were lounging by a pool in Barcelona. “We were absolutely exhausted, but extremely happy,” reflects Katie.
The Wedding Credits
Photographer Babb Photo.
Venue St Mary's Church in Clapham; Winchester Gentlemen's Club in Putney.
Tailoring "Jerry's suit is from the Savile Row collection at Marks & Spencer and my dress is a mash-up of different bits ranging from Dalston Market, vintage and ASOS. I knew that I didn't want a traditional dress - I tried on several but they didn't feel like 'me'. I didn't have a massive budget and I had become overwhelmed with looking at images: they all looked the same and I didn't want to. My friend gave me her veil, which was lovely and I was honoured to wear it, although I altered that as well. For our shoes, we took ourselves of to Selfridges shoe halls. It's the only thing we bought together; we had no prefixed ideas but really like shopping together so helped each other choose."
Who did your catering? "AMPM. They were based at the venue we hired and they did a great job."
Who made your wedding cake? "My parents! We gave them a brief and colours to go with and left them to it. I knew if my mum made it, it would taste good and with so little time, it was another decision of our hands!"
What was your first dance song? "Bill Withers' Lovely Day, but our second dance was just as important: we went for Lionel Ritchie's All Night Long. It's really fun - everyone loves to sing along and make the words up to the lyrics. I really took a step back at this point and looked at everyone having a good time. We also hired an amazing gospel choir for the church, which made a massive difference. Everyone said it was the most joyful, uplifting wedding service they had been to."
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