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Ice and hearts melt as British Antarctic hosts first wedding

By Kimberley John

A couple have tied the knot in the first official wedding on the British Antarctic Territory.

Polar field guides Julie Baum and Tom Sylvester celebrated their marriage with 20 fellow researchers over two days - starting with a champagne breakfast on Saturday.

Ms Baum, from Yoxall, Staffordshire, said: "Over the last 10 years, Tom and I have been working and travelling around the world. Getting married in Antarctica feels like it was meant to be."

Although temperatures were well below freezing and there was very little daylight, Mr Sylvester, from Sheffield, said he thought the setting "couldn't be better".

"Antarctica is an incredibly beautiful place and we have made such great friends here," he added.

"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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