January 4, 2015 11:41 pm
Updated: August 6, 2016 1:29 pm

Vancouver Island woman has an Antarctic wedding to remember

Jodie Lewis and Paul Catharine were married on December 11, 2014, "in front of thousands of penguins and icebergs" on Cuverville Island, Antarctica.

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A woman from Vancouver Island got married last month – and took a dive into the ocean – about as far away from her hometown as she could get.

Jodie Lewis got married to Paul Catharine last month in Cuverville Island, Antarctica, 13,790 kilometres away from Cumberland, B.C.

“We said I do in front of thousands of penguins and icebergs. It was amazing.”

PHOTOS: The Antarctic marriage of Jodie Lewis and Paul Catharine

Lewis, who works as a tour guide operator with Catharine, says the two of them wanted to get married in a place they normally wouldn’t have a chance to travel to in their work. She brought an inexpensive wedding dress for their planned Antarctic trip just in case it could take place.

“The crew and team were just over the moon to help us with this activity. We didn’t know if it would be legal or possible,” said Lewis.

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“We don’t really get the chance to go on too many real trips,” she said. “It’s so far away from anything we ever seen before and just so unique. We were in awe of the beauty.”

The crew surprised them on December 11 by saying the wedding could go ahead, and they quickly disembarked to the island to make it official on land.

To celebrate, they spent the night camping on the island and later jumped into the ocean in their wedding clothes.

“It wasn’t frozen, but it was definitely mind numbing,” said Lewis. “It was all kind of last-minute, the plunge wasn’t an idea going into it…We just held hands and said we’re doing it.”

GALLERY: Their jump into the ocean

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