A 42-year-old American woman who changed her name to beautiful existence spent up to $7,000 (3 million Naira) on a trip to Paris - so she could marry herself.
A 42-year-old American woman who changed her name to beautiful existence has revealed she spent up to $7,000 (3 million Naira) on a trip to Paris - so she could marry herself.
After changing her name from Desiree Longabaugh, Beautiful Existence travelled from her home in Seattle to marry herself in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, surrounded by three friends and led through her vows by a US officiant, via Skype.
Ahead of her one year wedding anniversary in June, Beautiful says she believes everyone should self-marry.
‘It allows you to drop that pressure of having to have somebody else with you in order to be successful,’ she said.
‘I’d recommend it as much as I’d recommend being a parent, because the level of love you’ll feel is something you can’t describe until you do it.’
Beautiful, who is mum to two boys Edge, 16 and Epic, six, was previously married for ten years, but believes she lost her spark during her marriage.
A painful divorce left her wondering if a traditional marriage was for her. Having heard about self-marriage online, she started to do a little research.
Within a month, she had started to plan her own wedding, picking the date to coincide with her birthday.
On June 10, beneath the Eiffel Tower, Beautiful married herself, reciting very similar vows to the ones she had said at her first wedding years previously.
The bride, who works in social media and marketing, wore a casual white dress and trainers, and recited vows that she had written to herself as an officiant oversaw the ceremony via Skype - as she couldn't find anyone in France to do so in person.
Beautiful is now looking ahead to her first anniversary and she plans to get a tattoo on her ring finger in celebration.
At the moment she occasionally wears a ring - but would prefer something more permanent.
"Sometimes, people don't know how to take the idea that I'm married to myself," she said.
"But that's because we've had this notion that you're only worthy if you have somebody drummed into us.
"What we need to realise is that we all already have somebody – we have ourselves."
She found the experience life-changing, and says she no longer looks for a partner to make her happy.