It is quite hilarious but mostly weird to hear that someone had to marry herself. Until recent times, it has been completely unobtainable and unheard of. To your greatest wonder and amazement, here is the story of a woman who married herself, with photos for proof:

According to the Houston Chronicles, A woman who vowed that she would marry herself if she didn’t find love by the time she turned 40, actually married herself earlier last month in a lavish ceremony here in Houston, according to reports.

Yasmin Eleby married herself at the Houston Museum of African American Culture on January 3 in a lavish ceremony with 10 bridesmaids in attendance, plus family and other guests on hand to celebrate the event.


For this ceremony, Eleby’s minister sister performed the spiritual service, as it’s not legal to marry yourself. The pictures from the ceremony look normal, except that Eleby is by herself in the photos and not standing with a spouse. She was walked down the aisle and given away (or as Black Art in America put it, given back to herself) by her mother.

I made vows to myself,” Eleby said. “I made promises to honor, love and forgive myself.”

According to John Guess Jr., the CEO of the complex, the event was very much in line with the forward thinking normally found at the HMAAC, which welcomes and invites people of all sexual orientations to enjoy and rent the facility. The surrounding community, Guess Jr. says, has fully embraced the HMAAC.

When he heard what Eleby, who works overseas in the oil and gas industry, was planning at the HMAAC he rushed over to see it for himself.

“Once she hit 40 she figured, if she didn’t find someone who loved her as much as she did, she would marry herself,” says Guess Jr., who has now seen Eleby’s ceremony go viral. He agrees with Eleby’s notion that loving yourself for who you are completely before loving someone else is the key to happiness.

Honeymoon plans are unclear, but according to BAIA, Eleby enjoys traveling and intends to visit Cambodia, Laos, and the jazz festival taking place in Dubai this year.

While some have applauded the bride, expressing that her ceremony demonstrated the ultimate act of self-love, others have criticized her for being “desperate” and making a mockery of marriage.