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A 40-year-old Houston woman welcomed a milestone birthday by marrying herself, because she has yet to find a life partner. Yasmin Elby called the nuptials a celebration of “love and life.” 

Reports the Houston Chronicle:

Yasmin Eleby married herself at the Houston Museum of African American Culture on January 3 in a lavish ceremony with10 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.

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.

The new bride is taking herself on a multi-country honeymoon to Dubai, Laos, and Cambodia. “Once she hit 40 she figured if she didn’t find someone who loved her as much as she did, she would marry herself,”  one of Eleby’s friends said.

See photos below from the “wedding,” and older flicks of Eleby below.

Photos: Facebook

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