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British couple will make history this weekend when they marry at Antarctica's Rothera Station

Wednesday, July 12th 2017 - 06:02 UTC
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“Getting married in Antarctica feels like it was meant to be” said Ms Baum. “I love snowy mountains and spending time in amazing places with awesome people.” “Getting married in Antarctica feels like it was meant to be” said Ms Baum. “I love snowy mountains and spending time in amazing places with awesome people.”
“We 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,” said husband-to-be. “We 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,” said husband-to-be.

British couple will make history this weekend when they become the first to tie the knot in the British Antarctic Territory. Bride-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.

Both experienced mountaineers with careers as mountain instructors and expedition leaders, the couple and their guests will start a two-day party with a champagne breakfast.

“Getting married in Antarctica feels like it was meant to be,” said Ms Baum. “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 is making her own dress and plans to sew in part of an old orange pyramid tent for her 'something old'.

“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,” said her husband-to-be.

Rothera Research Station leader Paul Samways has been sworn in to perform the ceremony. The station chef will prepare the wedding menu and there will be a party with live music from the resident band.

It is the first marriage since the British Antarctic Territory marriage law was reformed in 2016. The changes made it easier for marriages to be arranged there and also updated the relevant paperwork for same sex marriages. The wedding will be registered with the BAT Government and will be valid in the UK.

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  • Capt Rockhopper

    Now that would be interesting to see the Argentine police invade British AntarcticTerritory. Argentine law ends at the 12 mile limit from the South American mainland.

    @Tr0lListic do you not know the difference between sovereignty and EEZs. In fact for ones law to apply one must be able to exert effective authority over the region. Argentina cannot do that at all.

    Jul 12th, 2017 - 11:11 am +1
  • Marti Llazo

    troll-boy should read the Antarctic Treaty that Argentina signed, and understand how Argentina has failed to meet its obligations concerning recognition of that treaty. But yet another failure by Argentina to honour its treaties.... that would be just ....so very Argentina.

    In the absence of provisions of the Antarctic Treaty, Argentina is simply unlawfully occupying the British Antarctic Territory, explored by and charted by and claimed by the UK long before Argentina's come-lately 1943 claim, conveniently at a time while the UK and the Allies were fighting the very fascist powers that Argentina was supporting.

    When the Antarctic Treaty expires, toothless Argentina will be unceremoniously ejected from its reeking squats in much the same way that putrid lint is dislodged from a putrescent navel.

    Jul 12th, 2017 - 10:34 pm +1
  • Clyde15

    TTT
    Your joking. How would they get there ?

    Jul 12th, 2017 - 12:34 pm 0
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