By Jess Grieveson-Smith
A bride-to-be is excitedly planning her big white wedding in a bid to marry her CHANDELIER.
Amanda Liberty, describes herself as being in an open relationship with several chandeliers, is determined to shed light on her unusual relationship and hopes that ‘marriage’ to her favourite one will prove her love is valid.
Amanda, 35, from Leeds, identifies as an objectum sexual – which means she is attracted to objects.
And the bride-to-be – who had previously changed her surname by deed poll during a previous relationship with the Statue of Liberty – has decided to seek a commitment ceremony to her chandelier known as Lumiere.
Whilst the Leeds native acknowledges that she can’t marry her love in the traditional way later this year, she is determined to prove her love exists – and is worth just as much as marriage between humans.
Amanda said: “I’m determined to have this commitment ceremony, to prove that I’m here for Lumiere and that my love is going to last.
“I restore the chandeliers in my spare time so they can continue to interest people as they like to be the centre of attention, that’s what they like and its the energy I get from them.
“I’m not sure what dress I’ll wear and will invite those closest to us.
“I’ll also be buying matching wedding rings for Lumiere and myself.
“I know a lot of people think my attraction to chandeliers is strange, but I’m not crazy.
“I have been polishing Lumiere most nights to ensure she looks her best too.”
When in a relationship with ‘Libby’ otherwise known as the Statue of Liberty, Amanda struggled with the long distance and turned to her chandeliers.
And whilst Lumiere is now the true light of her life, Amanda still holds a candle for Libby, having adorned her house with memorabilia celebrating the New York native.
After buying Lumiere online from Germany, she re-assembled the 91 year old chandelier, and claims that their relationship went from strength to strength – despite the 57 year age gap.
Amanda said: “Lumiere was originally ‘born’ in Germany 91 years ago, and is 28in wide.
“She first caught my eye when I stumbled across her on Ebay – I had no idea she was my soon-to-be wife.
“I spent £400 shipping her over from Europe and it really was love at first sight.
“As soon as I’d seen her, I couldn’t stop thinking about her and how beautiful she was – she has such a beautiful shape, and I could feel really amazing energy coming from her.
“I knew there and then she had to be mine.
“Lumiere and all of my chandeliers have their own special personalities.
“Lumiere is too big to take to bed with me, but she doesn’t mind when I spend time with the others.
“Some objectum sexual people believe that their partners talk to them, but I know that Lumiere communicates differently.
“She doesn’t exist or live in the way we do; they give off energy to show me how they’re feeling.”
Amanda is determined to show that her relationship – whilst unconventional – brings her true happiness.
She added: “People often can’t understand that this is just a natural orientation for me, that I can find the beauty in objects and can sense their energy.
“I want others to see how happy the chandeliers make me, and how much they’ve enriched my life.
“I’m doing this in the hope that people will understand our love, and if not understand it, maybe they could at least accept it.
“I’m not hurting anyone by entering in to a relationship with them, I am simply just following my heart.”