Single mother-of-two reveals why she married HERSELF and even goes on date nights alone
Nadine Schweigert, 36, from Fargo, North Dakota, told Anderson Cooper how she buys gifts for herself and even goes on date nights alone.
She said she decided to reevaluate her life after a painful divorce that saw her two children choose to live with their father instead of her.
Empowered: Nadine Schweigert, 36, from Fargo, North Dakota, told Anderson Cooper how she married herself in a commitment ceremony attended by 40 of her closest friends
Celebration: Ms Schweigert wore a blue gown for the ceremony and received wedding gifts from her guests
She tells the television host on today's show: 'I did this to celebrate the progress I've made in my life.
'Six years ago I would have handled a problem by going out and drinking, I smoked, I was 50lbs overweight. This is just celebrating how far I've come in my life.'
Ms Schweigert, a yoga teacher, wore a teal blue gown for the March ceremony and received wedding gifts from her guests.
'It was a very happy thing,' she says. 'It was me standing up for myself and owning that I'm responsible for my happiness.
Journey: The mother-of-two says she discovered that the love she so craved had to come from herself
'There would have been a time that I would have placed that on others, to change myself to make them happy, or expecting them to change to make me happy and that really wasn't working... I was very unhappy.
'I started discovering that that love I need? It's in here [gesturing to her chest]. No-one else can give it to me.'
The show also follows Ms Schweigert on one of her solo 'date nights'.
She explains that 'to be married to myself means I have to invest in this relationship.'
Dining solo: Ms Schweigert takes herself on date nights as a way of 'investing in her relationship'
The cameras follow her as she dresses for the occasion and applies make-up as she says: 'It's been a while since my wife and I went on a date, so this is long overdue.'
Before leaving, she blows a kiss at the mirror and says: 'Have fun sweetheart, I love you.'
She then drives to a local Indian restaurant, where she describes how 'her wife' often suggests she try bacon, and she 'politely always declines'.
Ms Schweigert admits to the camera: 'In the past I was perhaps scared of my own shadow a little in doing things by myself.'
As she ends her date night with a bubble bath, it would seem that - however unconventionally - she has found a way to overcome her fears.