A woman who vowed that if she didn’t find love by the time she turned 40 married herself earlier this 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.
Yasmin Eleby and her Mom walked/danced down the aisle
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.
Yasmin Eleby and her Beautiful Bridesmaids
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.
Yasmin Eleby and her wedding coordinator
Mom and Sisters of Yasmin Eleby
“So many people get married without thinking twice about who they are pairing with,” Guess Jr. says.
He thinks that once potential suitors see how Eleby treats herself that she could have some competition (for herself).
“She’s attractive, she works hard, and she’s worldwide,” he says. She also has a sense of humor about the situation too he adds.
“It doesn’t hurt her that she’s now indicated to others that she has high standards,” Guess Jr. says.
As for her honeymoon plans, sources have said that she listed Cambodia, Laos, and a jazz festival in Dubai as stops on the itinerary.
Yasmin Eleby and the Ministers that brought forth inspiring words