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Couple first ever to marry in British Antarctic Territory

Two polar researchers became the first couple ever to marry in the British Antarctic Territory on Saturday, July 15.

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Couple first ever to marry in British Antarctic Territory

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Two polar researchers became the first couple ever to marry in the British Antarctic Territory on Saturday, July 15.

Julie Baum and Tom Sylvester, who have been together for 11 years, got hitched at the Rothera Research Station on Adelaide Island, west of the Antarctic Peninsula at the weekend.


The pair, both experienced mountaineers, who are part of a team that maintains the station during the Antarctic winter, were joined by 18 colleagues at a ceremony performed by British Antarctic Territory Magistrate Paul Samways.

Ms Baum kept up the tradition of wearing ‘something old’ at her wedding by sewing a piece of an orange sleeping bag into her handmade dress, which she made at the station.

“We have always wanted to have a small personal wedding, but never imagined we’d be able to get married in one of the most remote places on Earth,” she said.


Rather than leaving the ceremony in the traditional fashion with a car marked “just married”, the couple chose a snowmobile to drive off into married life.