A middle-aged woman from the Gold Coast in Australia has wedded herself in an intimate beach ceremony in front of three close friends.
Linda Doktar, a life coach and a champion of self-love opted to go through with the ceremony after a devastating breakup.
The 34-year-old dressed exquisitely wearing a tie-dye blue and purple gown on the day, and looked into a handheld mirror while she recited her vows.
“I just got married!! To MYSELF,” Linda updated on an Instagram post shortly after the ceremony, which took place on February 14 Valentine’s Day in 2017.
“Yesterday I experienced the most powerful self-love & self-marriage ritual known to humankind – to promise to love, honour and respect my soul today, tomorrow and always,” she narrated.
“Yesterday I made a choice to become my own soulmate & best friend.
“I AM WHOLE. It’s your turn to choose you”.
In another picture she posted subsequently, Doktar is seen standing opposite one of her friends during the wedding holding a colorful bouquet.
She describes loving yourself as “the greatest revolution”, in the caption of the picture.
Sologamy, which is the act of marrying one’s self is not legally recognized in Australia but it symbolizes self-love and the high-value people place on their souls.
Doktar says she was inspired to wed herself after her close friend Emmajane Love did the same thing in Bali.
Emmajane who was a former sex worker but later turned relationships counselor made glaring headlines in 2017 for her own bohemian-style ceremony. She had decided to pursue self-love after experiencing a series of heartbreaks and abusive relationships.
33-year-old Love used her own engagement ring, expressing in a Facebook post at the time that the ceremony was an expression of the unconditional love she has for herself.
Love now helps others to marry themselves in exquisite and symbolic ceremonies. Records have it that she has performed more than 100 self-marriages for men and women, including Doktar.
Commenting on Doktar’s experience on Facebook, Emmajane explained that self-marriage is not by no means an expression of shutting oneself off to future potential romantic partners.
“Please know that this ceremony is not done instead of being with someone, or because the person doesn’t want to be with someone in the future,” she explained.
“It’s done to honor the healing journey once they have come to a deep place of self-love and they commit to that self-love forever through this ceremony.
“Many of the women I work with have been in toxic and codependent relationships and even experienced abuse.
“What I teach them is how to stop looking outside of themselves for love and how to then attract relationships from a healthy place, not from a place of lack but from a place of fullness.” She added.