You know what they say: if you want something done right, do it yourself.
Yasmin Eleby took that adage to heart last month when she married herself in an elaborate wedding ceremony to honor the promise she made to herself that if she hadn’t met “the one” by the time she turned 40, she’d be her own Mr. Right.
While it’s still illegal to marry yourself in the United States, Eleby’s “celebration of love, and of life” served as a spiritual ritual, not a legally binding one.
Eleby may have married the woman in the mirror, but she wasn’t alone. Her mother gave her away and of the ten bridesmaids in attendance, three were her sisters.
“I want to encourage each of you to spread your wings and fly,” Eleby wrote on her Facebook page. “You are not too old and it’s not too late to try something different, learn a new skill, travel to exciting places, etc. Don’t be afraid to take risks. I’ve learned that family and friends are always willing to welcome you back home if/when you decide to return. Thank you once again to each and every person that took the time out of their busy schedule to help me celebrate turning 40!”
A wedding’s not complete without a honeymoon, right? Eleby’s got that covered, too. Later this year, she plans to travel around the world to consummate her nuptials.
Congrats to the new bride!