A woman from the United Kingdom who is celebrating her fourth self-wedding anniversary has written a book about living and loving herself.
Four years ago, Sophia Tanner first hit the headlines when she married herself.
In a show of pure self-love, the 40-year-old went all in and threw the ultimate wedding; complete with the white dress, flowers and a variety of guests.
In front of her witnesses, she promised to love, honor and obey herself above all others. Her story went viral and touched the hearts of people across the world.
“Obviously it was tongue-in-cheek, but when I said my vows promising to love myself, it really was quite powerful and everybody said they had goosebumps,” Tanner, a self-love advocate from Brighton, said.
She added that her family and friends were all on board and it wasn’t a surprise to her.
Tanner disclosed that she was inspired to tie the knot with herself after a string of failed relationships made her realize that she did not need another person to feel happy.
“When I turned 30 … I had been through quite a bad break up,” she recalled.
She admitted having been cheated on for the third time and that it really knocked her more than other break ups.
She added that she was usually a very happy and confident person but the way thingshave turned out, she could not help but blame herself; thinking she simply wasn’t enough.
A few months have been spent so downcastly; the worst she had experienced. “Then I woke up in bed one morning and had a massive sense of relief where I could feel my optimism returning,” she said; realizing that she’s not the loser in this.
“I actually love my life and I love myself and I felt very grateful.”
She also said that Romantic love is so talked about, but nobody really talks about that love of yourself or self love.
“When you are single, there is this unspoken sympathy and idea of ‘don’t worry, someone is just around the corner.’
“But I was happy by myself and I had this idea of this self-marriage,” Tanner shared.
While Tanner confessed that she has dated other people since marrying herself in 2015, she said she’s still happy being alone and will only enter into a relationship with someone who completes her life.
“I am a romantic and I am open to finding love but I am also really happy as I am,” said Tanner; also admiiting that she love romance films as much as anyone else. However, self-love should be as important so we are not putting all our eggs into one basket of finding the one.