Having Her Cake: The Bride That Married Herself

Having Her Cake: The Bride That Married Herself
by Kendrea Collins for Black Art In America™

It was a dream wedding. Complete with a fabulous candlelit ceremony and heartfelt vows to forgive, honor and love ... herself. Yes, 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. What better way to start the year than with an act of self love? After a moment of pause, you may be asking, how do you marry... yourself?

The Ceremony

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.

The Venue

Event Planner Darrell Colone chose the Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC) because he was able to recreate the space, "so it was like an open canvass," according to Colone. "It seems natural that they would choose this space,"  John Guess Jr. CEO of HMAAC said,   "since the community feels welcome here."


This event is just one of many unique experiences audiences have at HMAAC.  In addition to showing classic and contemporary works year round, HMAAC facilitates discussion on contemporary issues facing the African Diaspora. They host everything from regular church services on Sundays to independent film screenings to exhibitions and symposia to discussions of race, culture and feminism. "We don’t just want to heal through presentation of culture," said Guess, "we are into problem solving and transformation."

The Honeymoon

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. 

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Comment by enimil on January 30, 2015 at 5:09am

Men are there, praying to God for wife

Comment by Alfred Conteh on January 26, 2015 at 9:33pm
This was one of the most utterly ridiculous stories I've read in quite some time.
Comment by Stacey Torres on January 18, 2015 at 9:57am

If you cannot love yourself properly, you cannot expect anyone else to do so. Congratulations on cherishing your own soul ... life, as we know it, is very short.

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