This bride had 34 bridesmaids in her wedding and says she would have had more if she could have

The bride with a few of her bridesmaids nearby

(CNN)A bride from New Orleans went all out for her beach wedding -- enlisting 34 of her closest friends and family to join her as bridesmaids on her big day.

Casme Carter tied the knot June 2 in Destin, Florida, with her six sisters and 28 friends by her side.
    She says that she planned on having 50 ladies but some couldn't make it because of family reasons and an Army deployment.
    But why -- and how -- so many? Carter says she has a lot of friends from mentoring and participating in women's empowerment groups.
    "I wanted them all to experience the love that they've seen that I've been praying for and wanting. I wanted them to witness it first hand," Carter says.
    When she told her now-husband, Gary Carter, of her plans, he didn't think she was serious at first, she says.
    "He thought I was joking but then he was like, 'If anybody can do it.' He knows how I am and how many women are around me," Carter said.
    Carter says her husband's next concern was whether he could match that many women with men. "You don't expect me to have that many groomsmen," she recalls him saying.
    The bridesmaids were even more surprised than her husband because Carter didn't tell them that there would be 34 women in her wedding.
    She says she broke them up into a few different group chats to discuss details and told them just to get neutral beach dresses, and bring some bathing suits and khakis.
    The bride says the surprise went off without a hitch. "When they saw everybody they were like, 'Oh my God, Casme. This is so awesome!'"