It took 76 students, three sisters in-law, one niece, one cousin, and a best friend to make up dance teacher, Katie Dalby’s unimaginably large bridal party. Her bridesmaids dawned identical pink dresses with a sheer navy tie around the waist. It came down to the fact that Dalby could not break the hearts of her students and friends who had been so excited for her wedding so, she simply chose them all to somehow make it easier.
”The children were all very excited when I told them I was getting married, some of them had been asking me for more than a year,” Dalby explained. She felt as though it would not be fair to all the girls who had been helping her plan her wedding to firemen, Norman Gooch, if she had only chosen two or three of them. While many of Dalby’s students are young kids, their parents were so happy and thankful to her for allowing their children to be included on her big day.
Before the procession, the roads needed to be closed for the size of the bridal party. A majority of the students were between ages two to 17 and members of the bride’s Essex based dance academy. According to the reverend who had married the happy couple, “There were a very large number of bridesmaids, but there was room for them in the pews nearest to the aisle and they formed a guard of honor as the bride and groom left the church.”