An Italian woman married herself in a ceremony complete with white dress, three layered wedding cake, bridesmaids, and 70 guests invited.
“I firmly believe that each of us must first of all love ourselves,” said Laura Mesi, a 40-year-old fitness trainer.
“You can have a fairy tale even without the prince.”
The ceremony carries no legal weight.
But what Mesi did, however, was part of a trend for self-marriage – dubbed “sologamy” – in a number of countries.
People who support this kind of wedding ceremony say this is about love and self-acceptance.
Laura said the idea of a solo marriage came two years ago, after a 12-year relationship ended.
“I told friends and family that if I had not found my soul-mate by my 40th birthday I would marry myself,” she said.
“If one day I find a man with whom I can plan a future I’ll be happy, but my happiness does not depend on him.”
She is believed to be the first woman to celebrate a self-marriage in Italy, but earlier this year Nello Ruggiero was the first groom to marry himself in a ceremony in Naples.