A single woman who grew tired of being asked when she was getting married has made the extraordinary decision to tie the knot to herself.
Oxford student Lulu Jemimah, 32, was fed-up of her family lecturing her on the importance of settling down with the right man.
But marriage is the last thing on her mind as she studies a masters in creative writing at the prestigious university.
So, in a bid to get her parents off her back, she decided to stage a mock wedding and sent formal invites out to her nearest and dearest.
She hired a dress, walked through the venue to the traditional wedding march and even gave a speech to her guests explaining the lack of a groom.
Lulu admits her Ugandan parents are baffled by her decision – but said she feels it was the perfect commitment to herself and her studies.
The entire day cost just £2 – for her taxi to the pub venue – as she managed to get the rest of her big day for free or as gifts from friends.
‘But all my family wanted to ask me was when I planned to get married – which is very important back in Uganda – followed by when I would be having children and starting a family.
‘My father wrote my wedding speech when I turned 16. Every birthday my mother prayed for me and in recent years this has included a plea for a good husband.
Lulu returned home to Uganda for her birthday in August and was planning a ‘low key’ celebration, until friends convinced her otherwise.
She joked she’d ‘show up in a wedding dress’ – and the idea stuck.
‘One of my closest friends Karin reminded me that I had a lot to celebrate this year like getting into Oxford and I joked that I would show up in a wedding dress,’ she said.
‘We had been talking about this marriage pressure and she loved the idea so much that she offered to get me the wedding gown.
‘Then I decided, you know what weddings seem so important here – I will marry myself.’ She said.