These polar field guides’ Antarctica winter wedding was a freezing first
A British couple went all-in with a winter wedding theme.
Polar field guides Julie Baum and Tom Sylvester married over the weekend in an intimate ceremony at the British Antarctic Survey’s Rothera Research Station. It’s the first official wedding to take place in the British Antarctic Territory.
The historic moment occurred in 15-degree weather at a specially decorated chapel at the research station.
The British Antarctic Survey said Baum made her wedding dress partially out of an old orange tent. The couple, who had been dating for more than a decade, braved the freezing temps for some unique wedding photos. (Literal cold feet are so much better than figurative ones.)
Marriage law in the territory was reformed in 2016, making it easier for marriages taking place there to be recognized in the UK. Baum and Sylvester had been selected to join the British Antarctic Survey to lead deep-field science expeditions in 2016 and colleagues joked they should get married at the station. After a three-year engagement, they went for it.
The ceremony was followed by a party featuring iced wedding cakes prepared by the station chef, and the newlyweds then rode off in a Sno-Cat vehicle.
Talk about a destination wedding.