US News Couple are first to marry in Antarctic territory

18:05  17 july  2017
18:05  17 july  2017 Source:   Sky News

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A couple have made history by becoming the first to tie the knot in the British Antarctic Territory . Pic: British Antarctic Survey. Ms Baum, from Yoxall, Staffordshire, said: "Getting married in Antarctica feels like it was meant to be .

A loved up couple will make history this weekend when they become the first to get married in the British Antarctic Territory . Polar field guides Julie Baum and Tom Sylvester will tie in knot in plummeting temperatures at the Rothera Research Station, almost 2

Julie and Tom enjoyed a two-day celebration © Other Julie and Tom enjoyed a two-day celebration

A couple have made history by becoming the first to tie the knot in the British Antarctic Territory.

Polar field guides Julie Baum and Tom Sylvester said their vows at the Rothera Research Station, which is almost 2,000 miles from the Falkland Islands, at the weekend.

The happy couple celebrated with 20 fellow 'overwinterers' - the nickname used for those who spend winter in Antarctica - while temperatures were well below freezing.

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(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) A couple living in Antarctica are set to become the first to get married in British Antarctic Territory on the weekend of Saturday and Sunday (July 15 and 16).

A British couple will make history this weekend when they become the first to tie the knot in the British Antarctic Territory . "Getting married in Antarctica feels like it was meant to be ," said Ms Baum.

The pair, who have been together for 11 years, are both experienced mountaineers working as mountain instructors and expedition leaders.

The coupe about to cut the wedding cake © Other The coupe about to cut the wedding cake Ms Baum, from Yoxall, Staffordshire, said: "Getting married in Antarctica feels like it was meant to be. There is no better place really - I love snowy mountains and spending time in amazing places with awesome people."

With the help of some of the women at the station, Ms Baum made her own dress and sewed in part of an old orange pyramid tent for her 'something old' requirement.

Mr Sylvester, from Sheffield, said: "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."

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Britons Julie Baum and Tom Sylvester, who have been together for 11 years, will be the first to get married in the British Antarctic Territory since its marriage law was reformed in 2016. The reform made it easier for couples to get a Britain-recognized marriage in the territory .

Britons Julie Baum and Tom Sylvester, who have been together for 11 years, will be the first to get married in the British Antarctic Territory since its marriage law was reformed in 2016. The reform made it easier for couples to get a Britain-recognized marriage in the territory .

Rothera Research Station leader Paul Samways, who is also British Antarctic Territory (BAT) Magistrate, conducted the ceremony while the station chef prepared the wedding menu.

Tom sweeps Julie off her feet © Other Tom sweeps Julie off her feet Mr Samways said: "Having spent time with Julie and Tom over the Austral summer and half of the Antarctic winter I feel amazingly privileged to be able to be part of their story.

"They are amazing people, and being responsible for joining them in marriage is an incredible honour."

It is the first wedding since the British Antarctic Territory marriage law was reformed in 2016. The changes made it easier for marriages to be arranged there.

The wedding has been registered with the BAT Government and is valid in the UK.


White wedding: Couple to marry in Antarctica .
A British couple will make history this weekend when they become the first to tie the knot in the British Antarctic Territory. Brrr-ide-to-be Julie Baum and her groom Tom Sylvester will take their vows at the icy cold Rothera Research Station, almost 2,000 miles south of the Falkland Islands.Most brides hope for sunny and warm weather for their big day - but Miss Baum will get clouds and temperatures hovering around 0C (not bad for Antarctica in winter!).The happy couple will share celebrate with 20 fellow 'overwinterers' - the nickname for those who spend the winter in Antarctica.

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