Marriage is a sacred vow of commitment. For many, the perfect spouse appears in the form of a fellow human being. But for some, their dream spouse is an object. Below are few people who married inanimate objects. None of the unions are officially recognized, of course, but many of the people on this list swear that their marriages are just as real as any union between two humans.
In 2015, Floridian Linda Ducharme appeared on TLC’s reality series My Strange Addiction. She isn’t obsessed with carnival rides; she just happens to be in love with one. His name is Bruce, and he is a Ferris wheel. Ducharme met her husband at a carnival in 1982. She dated Bruce for 30 years before promising to love, honor, and obey the 21-meter-tall (70 ft) contraption in 2012.
Ducharme has certainly proven her devotion to Bruce, supporting him “in sickness and health.” Bruce sustained severe damage during a 1986 storm, which forced his retirement from the carnival circuit. Ducharme claimed Bruce’s remains and has spent almost $100,000 repairing the love of her life.
Zheng Jiajia, an artificial intelligence engineer, was under a lot of pressure from his family to find a wife and settle down. So in 2016, Zheng created a robot, named her Yingying, and married her. Zheng dated his robot bride for two months before carrying her down the aisle. The ceremony was simple yet traditional, with Yingying wearing a red scarf over her head and family and friends bearing witness.
In January 2012, a Seattle woman wed her 107-year-old wife in a ceremony that took place shortly before the elderly bride’s scheduled demise. Babylonia Aivaz vowed to love and cherish a Seattle warehouse in front of a crowd of 50 onlookers.
The dilapidated warehouse was being torn down to make room for an apartment building, and though Aivaz could not stop the demolition, the ceremony was meant to bring awareness to the situation.
Chang His-hsum lost his first wife, Tsai, to suicide. In 1999, 20 years after Tsai’s death, Chang married a Barbie doll in order to put his first wife’s spirit to rest. Chang’s second wife approved of the ceremony. The wedding took place at Chang’s local Buddhist temple. Barbie was dressed in a wedding gown and wore a gold necklace that had belonged to Tsai. Tsai’s dowry had included a red Mercedes.
Tracey Emin is a London artist with a history of controversial pieces and public appearances. Emin is known for pushing the boundaries of what is expected, and her 2015 marriage was no different. Emin married a stone.
Emin admits to thinking about her stone spouse when she is having a bad day, and it lifts her spirits. She asks that her husband be referred to as a stone, rather than a rock. Emin defines a rock as something cut by humans, while a stone is shaped by the Earth, and her spouse is the latter.
A former soldier from San Francisco, Erika claims to have fallen in love with the tower’s “amazing structure” and “subtle curves” after making many trips to the romantic Parisian landmark. Finally, in 2008, she made it official and declared her undying love for the tower in a commitment ceremony.
She had previously dated a bridge in her teenage years and was apparently in a committed relationship with a bow after becoming a world-class archer.
When Adkins read the Twilight novels as a teenager, she developed a major crush on the character of Edward Cullen. When the novels were adapted to film, Robert Pattinson was cast for the role of Cullen. The moment Adkins saw the Twilight movie for the first time, her infatuation transferred from the fictional character to the actor who played him. She was realistic enough to know that her chances with Pattinson were slim. Instead of holding out for the actual actor to show up on her doorstep, Adkins found a life-size cardboard cutout of Pattinson and married it.
The wedding took place in 2014 at the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel. 50 guests witnessed the nuptials of a 25-year-old female and a two-dimensional image of the Twilight star. Adkins and her pseudo-Pattinson husband honeymooned in Los Angeles.
Carol Santa Fe
Carol Santa Fe was only nine years old when she met the love of her life. After 36 years of adoration, Carol married her wife “Daidra” in 2015. Daidra is a train station in San Diego called the Santa Fe Depot. Carol says Daidra is romantic and the love of her life. Carol refrains from engaging in physical sex with the train station, because it is a public venue, and she wants to be respectful. Carol does her best to hide the fact that she is conversing and cuddling with Daidra when she visits, but not because she is ashamed of her feelings. Citing how Erica Eiffel was banned from the Eiffel tower after too many public displays of affection, Carol explains that she does not want to end up in a similar situation.
In 2006, British woman Sharon Tendler took the plunge (sorry) and married Cindy the Dolphin at the Dolphin Reef port of Eilat in southern Israel. Sharon felt it was “love at first sight” for her and Cindy when the two met 15 years previously. Sharon realizes that her wedding ceremony to her bottle-nosed husband has no real legal weight, but she stands by her decision to devote her heart to Cindy.