London woman marries herself after being single for six years
By CHELSEA HUANG
Friends and family of Grace Gelder, joined together at "an idyllic farmhouse" one day in mid-March to see the 31-year-old tie the knot ... with herself.
The London-based photographer revealed in a piece for The Guardian that she got inspiration for the ceremony as a college student after listening to Björk's "Isobel" and hearing the line: "My name's Isobel, married to myself."
After having "built up this brilliant relationship" with herself, the artist thought it was finally time to take the plunge. She says in the piece that she had been single for six years, but doesn't mention whether she'd been married or in relationship prior to that.
Gelder, who had been on a "journey of personal development" as a single woman, proposed to herself last November on a park bench after studying sexuality and "making agreements with yourself and other people."
"Sitting on that park bench, it dawned on me that a self-marriage witnessed by other people would potentially be this massively powerful means of making those agreements stick," she continued.
Despite full support from her family, Gelder still felt some doubts and feelings of cold feet as the big date approached. Ultimately, she decided to go through with the ceremony.
"And just because I married myself, it doesn't mean that I'm not open to the idea of sharing a wedding with someone else one day," wrote.
BuzzFeed reports she wore a vintage dress bought from a local market, and with a bouquet of stargazer lilies and a wreath of flowers in hair, she walked into a "big airy room" surrounded by almost 50 people.
"Just sitting there in the room and thinking, 'Wow, all these people have come all this way today to celebrate me marrying myself!' was very humbling."
After saying her vows and presenting herself with a ring to "seal the deal," all that was left was for her to kiss the bride.
"The day was obviously centered on me, the final event being a mirror for me to kiss, but it also felt like I was sharing something very special with my friends, giving everyone an opportunity to reflect on their own ideas of love and commitment," she said.
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