On a beautiful November day, a single British woman proposed to herself on a park bench on Parliament Hill in London after being inspired by a Bjork song, called Isobel, which went like "My name's Isobel, married to myself," Breitbart reported.
Why, you ask? Well, after six years of being single and building a "brilliant relationship" with herself, Grace Gelder was completely ready to commit to an "adventurous period of self-discovery" while also hoping to start a new phase in her life, Huffington Post reported.
"When I told my family and friends that I was planning to marry myself, my gran, who has since passed away, said: 'Oh, you always think of something new, Grace,'" she told the Guardian.
"A few did comment, in a light-hearted way, that it was a bit narcissistic. Obviously, if you've just announced you're marrying yourself, it is plainly a statement of self-love, and I was under no illusion how self-indulgent that might appear," she continued. "But I was completely comfortable with my motivations."
"I'd been on a journey of personal development using meditation, dance and performance to increase my self-awareness. Included in this was a Shakti Tantra program focused on sexuality and how this was bound up with making agreements with yourself and other people."
Her close friend Tiu, a "truly wise and wonderful woman," was instrumental in helping Gelder fight against thoughts like "[is] it just some vainglorious stunt."
"Naturally, I went straight to her asking her to assist with planning the day and leading the ceremony. It was to be her first marriage, let alone self-marriage, so that made it a momentous occasion for both of us," she said.
Finally in March, Gelder walked down the aisle alone at an "idyllic farmhouse in rural Devon" and placed a kiss on a mirror as her sister and 50 guests cheered her on. Although her parents were not present, "mainly for logistical reasons," they did send "supportive texts throughout the day," according to an interview in the Guardian.
On the wedding day, "Gelder wore a vintage wedding dress bought in the local market and a ring to bring home the 'idea of commitment, sealing the deal if you like.' After making her vows ('which were mostly about me promising to take more risks in matters of the heart'), she kissed the bride/groom/whatever in a mirror," according to Breitbart.
"I had one friend in her 50s who said it was one of the best weddings she'd ever been to. I got an immense sense of satisfaction from that. It told me that we had somehow pulled it off, that we'd made sense of it all," she continued.
"Some female acquaintances have told me that I'm an example to women, but I say: 'Why not an example to men too?'"
"I really don't see it as any kind of feminist statement, but creating a wedding of this kind on my own terms felt incredibly empowering."
Since her self-married status doesn't have any legal standing, Gelder realizes that possibly getting married to another person someday is on the cards.
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," she concluded.
Meanwhile, this is not the first time that a person has chosen to marry themselves. A painful divorce led a North Dakota woman to marry herself in 2012, Huffington Post reported.
"I was waiting for someone to come along and make me happy. At some point, a friend said, 'Why do you need someone to marry you to be happy? Marry yourself,'" Nadine Schweigert told Inforum.
Additionally, 30-year-old Taiwanese woman, Chen Wei-yih married herself back in 2010.