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In a greatest expression of self-love, Yasmin Eleby took a solo trip down the aisle and married herself in a beautiful ceremony held earlier this month in Houston.

According to reports, Eleby vowed to herself that if she didn’t find the love of her life by the time she hit 40 she would wed herself. And she did just that.

The ceremony took place on Jan. 3 at the Houston Museum of African American Culture, where her friends and family helped celebrate her big day. The ceremony included 10 bridesmaids. The bride’s sister, who is a minister, officiated the ceremony.

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.

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Eleby took to Facebook to share how she felt on her big day:

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.

Eleby is planning to travel to Laos, Cambodia and Dubai for her honeymoon.

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  • Mikela123

    Why couldn’t she have just thrown herself an awesome 40th birthday party?

  • Ms. Vee

    Complete lunacy….next.

  • ZORINO

    She’s got more issues than Jet magazine?

  • Jcole132

    Things like this make me afraid I won’t find someone by 40 to be with either :( I want a family and a long time to spend with said family. Yeah I know I’m young, but my future is always on my mind. Maybe she’ll divorce herself when she finds that love she wants. But how does that work? Does she get half of everything she owns? .-.