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Couple first ever to marry in British Antarctic Territory

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

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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.

#wedding bells in #Antarctica for polar guides Julie & Tom with first wedding in British Antarctic Territory https://t.co/JZxRzj5laPpic.twitter.com/fVPsNsgPx6

— Antarctic Survey (@BAS_News) July 11, 2017

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.

So excited to share pics from #wedding of Julie & Tom in #Antarctica, the first in the British Antarctic Territoryhttps://t.co/ejjS8s3m0Qpic.twitter.com/frNNm6DJw6

— Antarctic Survey (@BAS_News) July 17, 2017

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.

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