Is this Britain’s biggest ever wedding party? Couple tie the knot with the help of 44 bridesmaids
A romantic couple have married in a bumper ceremony with the help of a whopping 44 BRIDESMAIDS in what could be Britain’s biggest ever wedding party.
Jayne and Shaun Lawrence tied the knot on Saturday and were also joined by 12 page boys, three ushers and three people to walk the bride down the aisle.
And after forming an orderly queue to walk to the church in Halesowen, West Mids, the couple celebrated with 200 guests.
Jayne, 50, said: “I come from a really big family and I had always wanted to get everyone involved in my wedding.
“It just so happens that now I’ve ended up with 44 wonderful women to help me!”
Shaun and Jayne have known each other since they were 18 but bumped into each other in a pub ten years ago and struck up a romance.
The 53-year-old romantic proposed on Jayne’s birthday in May and, when he got his yes, asked that they marry on his birthday in November.
Her sister Yvonne Hobbs, 71, was her maid of honour, she walked Jayne down the aisle with her husband Glyn and their brother Stuart Blakeway, 48.
The other 43 bridesmaids were her nieces and great nieces as well as Shaun’s brother’s children and some close family friends.
They were divided into teams and each group had a leader who arranged their shoes, accessories and matching dresses in varying shades of pink and purple.
Even her hen do was with 22 of her bridesmaids joining her for a night at a comedy club in Birmingham.
And after marrying at her St Paul’s Church, Blackheath where her sister Yvonne married 51 years ago, Shaun and Jayne enjoyed a buffet and disco and are hoping to honeymoon in Mexico in the new year.
Jayne said: “It was the most perfect day – just lovely.
“I come from a really big family we very rarely get together.
“I’d always said that if I got married I wanted everyone in my family involved.
“Obviously I didn’t think I’d get married at 50 but I wasn’t going to change what I’d always said, and now, my family is even bigger so everyone got involved.
“After we got engaged I started contacting all my nieces, and their children, and my close family friends.
“Even people I had babysat for when I was 17, they were there with their children.
“I’m one of nine, so my nieces are about the same age as me and we grew up together.
“Now they are all mums and grandmas too so everyone came along for the ride and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.”
Shaun said: “It was a great day and I was just happy to leave the organising up to my wife!”