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After failing to find the man of her dreams, a woman decided to marry herself as she turns 40.
Earlier this month, Yasmin Eleby from Houston, Texas tied the knot in a purple gown surrounded by her closest friends and family. The ceremony was more sacred rather than legal, simply because it is basically illegal in America to marry yourself. Yasmin’s sister is one of the three ministers who conducted the ceremony.
The bridal party included ten bridesmaids, which included the bride’s mother, who walked her down the aisle, Black Art in America reports. The bride was so happy that when she revealed she was going to marry herself, her friends didn’t criticize her or stop her from doing what she wants, instead they supported her all the way to the aisle.
Ms. Eleby first announced that she would be marrying herself in May 2013. She wrote on Facebook, “Did you guys really think I would get married without letting anybody know? I want all y’all to dance at my wedding, so I wouldn’t do it without you! So be ready by 2015!”
She wanted her marriage to be commemorated as a year of important changes in her life. She wants to quit smoking, quit drinking, and lose weight.
Ms. Eleby said in an emotional Facebook post, “I couldn’t imagine the ceremony being any more poignant and meaningful. I was overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and support that was shown to me during my celebration of love and life, in turn, my friends have been nothing but supportive.”
One of her friends said, “Congrats on loving yourself enough to wait. It took some of us to get to 40 to recognize we didn’t need a man to be complete regardless of what was instilled in us.”
But did you know that Ms. Eleby is not the first person to marry herself? A former radio host from Australia, Sammy Power, celebrated her fiftieth birthday in July last year by tying the knot with a life-sized cardboard cutout of herself.