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* Laura Mesi invited 70 of her nearest and dearest to wedding in Lombardy, Italy
* The 40-year-old paid £8,700 for the ceremony, which is not legally recognised
* Day included bridesmaids, a white dress, a three-layer cake and a diamond ring
* The Italian fitness instructor even went to Egypt on her honeymoon - by herself
An Italian fitness instructor who became fed up of searching for Mr Right for 20 years has found the answer staring her in the face all along - and has married herself.
Laura Mesi invited 70 of her nearest and dearest to her wedding, complete with a white dress, bridesmaids, and a diamond ring.
The 40-year-old paid £8,700 for the ceremony, which is not legally recognised, and even went to Egypt on her honeymoon - by herself.
Photographs from the big day in Lissone, Lombardy, show Ms Mesi walking down the aisle on her own and cutting a wedding cake topped with a solitary female figurine.
She decided to take part in the ceremony after a 12-year relationship ended in 2015, promising to marry herself should she not meet someone before turning 40.
“I told friends and family that if I had not found my soul-mate by my 40th birthday I would marry myself”, she told La Repubblica newspaper.
“If one day I find a man with whom I can plan a future I'll be happy, but my happiness does not depend on him.”