In many ways, Elizabeth Lee’s consecration ceremony was similar to the wedding that every little girl dreams of.

“I had two bridal showers. My mom helped me write out the invitations. She went with me to look at dresses. I even had my own veil handmade,” she said.

The big day occurred in 1995 when Lee was 33 years old, and 200 of her family and friends gathered to watch her walk down the aisle. Many of them told her it was the most beautiful wedding they’d attended, she said.

“My friends were so excited for me,” she recalled, “[but] they all didn’t quite understand exactly what was going on.”

It’s no wonder. The groom was nowhere to be seen.

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