A 40 Year-old Italian woman Ms Mesi Laura has married herself in a ceremony complete with white dress, three-layer wedding cake, bridesmaids and 70 guests.
The ceremony carries no legal weight.
But Ms Mesi is part of a growing trend for self-marriage – dubbed “sologamy” – in countries around the world.
Laura says the idea of a solo wedding came to her two years ago, after a 12-year relationship ended. I firmly believe that each of us must first of all love ourselves. You can have a fairytale even without the prince.
To plan a solo wedding, Ms Mesi says you need money, support from those around you – and above all a “pinch of madness. I told friends and family that if I had not found my soul-mate by my 40th birthday I would marry myself.
Ms Mesi Says she is the first Italian woman to hold a solo ceremony.