Yasmin Eleby hadn’t met anyone she wanted to marry on her 40th birthday — so she just did the damn thing by herself.
According to MySanAntonio.com, Eleby had made a promise that if she hadn’t found long-lasting love by the time she hit 40, she would have a wedding for one. And it sounds like she did it up properly.
The ceremony was held at the Houston Museum of African American Culture on Jan. 3, with Eleby’s friends and family in attendance — including 10 bridesmaids. Her sister, who is a minister, performed the ceremony. And accorindg to BallerAlert, she’s even taking the opportunity to go on a solo honeymoon to Cambodia, Laos and Dubai. (Take us along, pretty please?)
Yasmin Eleby recently married herself in a beautiful candlelight ceremony at the Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC) on Saturday, January 3, 2014. Family and friends were in attendance to support Yasmin Eleby, who is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., in marrying herself. Yasmin Eleby promised herself that if she hadn’t found a mate by the time she was 40, she would marry herself, and she kept her promise. Yasim chose to have one of her sisters who is also a minster, help her say vows, in a spiritual ceremony – because you can’t legally marry yourself in America. She says the best part of her special day was having her family there to “stand up” for her. Her other three sisters were bridesmaids and her mom gave her away; or back to herself in this case. Details on how this union was consummated will remain private, but Yasmin loves to travel. She plans to visit Cambodia, Laos, and the jazz festival in Dubai this year, her extensive plans will serve as a honeymoon.
Eleby expressed her joy over the occasion on her Facebook page, writing:
I was overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and support that was shown to me during my celebration of love and life… I couldn’t imagine the ceremony being any more poignant and meaningful… I’m doing so many things that I only dreamed about and never thought would be possible. I want to encourage each of you to spread your wings and fly! 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 special thanks to all of my beautiful sisters, sorority sisters, and friends that stood up with me. I truly appreciate your sacrifice to be with me that day.
The happiness that Eleby says she felt during her wedding — and the fact that it’s so newsworthy — highlights just how frustratingly few built-in events exist for unattached women (and men). There are baby showers and bridal showers and bachelorette parties and weddings, but what about single, childfree people who still have life milestones that are worth celebrating?
We applaud you, Yasmin. Your wedding looks like one awesome party.