Bride Marries Herself

Bride Marries Herself
Tue 07-10-2014

Grace Gelder decided to commit to the most important person in her life when she decided she didn't have enough time for a 'conventional' relationship.

A woman so fed up with the dating scene and single life has become the first person in Britain to marry HERSELF.

Grace Gelder even 'proposed' to herself on a park bench and staged a full wedding ceremony with 50 guests.

The photographer said that after being single for 6 years she had built up a brilliant relationship with herself, and creating that bond with someone else seemed like too much hard work.

Inspired by the Björk song Isobel, which includes the line, 'My name's Isobel, married to myself', the Londoner said the lyric struck a chord with her and it was then she decided to walk solo down the aisle.

From proposing to herself on the park bench in Parliament Hill, London, last November, right through to the ceremony in mid-March this year, the matrimony was approached like an ordinary wedding.

Grace bought a dress, a ring, rehearsed vows and eventually wed in a farmhouse in rural Devon watched by her sister and friends -sealing the deal by planting a kiss on a mirror.

"Sitting on that park bench, it dawned on me that a self-marriage ceremony witnessed by other people would potentially be this massively powerful means of making those agreements stick."

Although the wedding holds no legal ground, Grace is glad she is no longer a 'single' lady.

She added: "It felt like a really big deal saying my vows, which were mostly about me promising to take more risks in matters of the heart. 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."

Source: The Mirror