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Derbyshire couple marry with 23 bridesmaids

Mark Brailsford and Ruth Armstrong
The couple had a bouncy castle at their reception

A Derbyshire couple have tied the knot with the help of 23 bridesmaids at their wedding.

Mark Brailsford, 26, and Ruth Armstrong, 28, were married at Littleover Methodist Church.

Joining them down the aisle on Saturday was their group of bridesmaids, ranging from two to 30 years old.

Children's charity employee Miss Armstrong said she worked with many of the bridesmaids and could not narrow her choice down.

Ruth works with a load of kids and has done throughout her career, so we couldn't just choose one - we chose 23.
Mark Brailsford

The couple, both from Alvaston, also had a bouncy castle and a fish and chip van at their reception.

Mr Brailsford said: "I got bored of normal weddings.

"Ruth works with a load of kids and has done throughout her career, so we couldn't just choose one - we chose 23."

Ruth, who works at local charity Illuminate, said: "I knew there'd be people disappointed if they weren't a bridesmaid.

"We've told them a colour and they are all wearing red but in their own style. We've said they can get something that suits them and they can wear again, so it's not just money spent for one day.

"I've always wanted at my wedding to have a fish and chip van and a bouncy castle and it all kind of flowed from there. We thought if we were doing that we might as well do it all our own way."

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