From Antarctica to Bora Bora: This Couple Held 4 Separate Weddings Across the World 

When Sara Blair left behind the Yukon in 2015 for all times on the remoted Marshall Islands off the northeastern coast of Papua New Guinea, she anticipated to deal with educating, therapeutic after a breakup, and benefiting from the recent begin to deal with herself. What she wasn’t anticipating was to seek out the love of her life.

“I met him inside every week,” she says of the whirlwind romance with fellow educator Nicholas Compton. “We rapidly grew to become shut associates and moved in collectively inside six months.”

The romance continued to develop, culminating in a proposal from Compton. Nonetheless, with excessive highs, got here low lows. In 2020, Blair was recognized with most cancers, placing plans for his or her dream wedding ceremony on maintain. However after a yr of chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant, Blair’s most cancers went into remission, and, with a brand new lease on life, the globetrotters determined to benefit from it with 4 epic, private weddings around the globe.

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The proposal

Whereas Compton at all times needed to get married, Blair had been towards the thought since she was a young person. Nonetheless, after studying a feminist essay by Laurie Penny, she modified her thoughts, realizing how particular marriages may be in these trendy instances, as a result of for a lot of ladies around the globe, it’s a selection, somewhat than a necessity.


The wedding ceremony

Touring has at all times been a ardour for each the bride and groom, so the pair needed a marriage that was a real reflection of their personalities and dedication to one another.

“Residing overseas and touring has been our life collectively,” Blair says. “We aren’t very conventional, so we didn’t need our wedding ceremony to be both.”

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In a celebration that spanned over a yr, the bride packed a vibrant costume that matched her equally colourful hair for every journey, saying “I do” in 4 gorgeous locales. Within the spring of 2022, the pair first eloped on a ship within the picturesque Galapagos Islands with 18 strangers they met on a cruise. Then, three months later, the groom stepped off a rowboat onto a Bora Bora seaside to be wed in a Polynesian ceremony overlooking the glowing turquoise waters. In December, the grand adventurers had been joined by two associates and a neighborhood penguin to be wed by the cruise’s captain within the snow on continental Antarctica. For the grand finale two months later, the couple drew inspiration from certainly one of their favourite exhibits, Netflix’s Vikings, with a historic chapel ceremony on Viking land in Iceland.

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The look

The groom’s peach-colored swimsuit completely complemented the bride’s distinctive costume embellished with a sea of rainbow-colored flowers.

“After I purchased my costume, I used to be like ‘Wait, how do folks solely put on this as soon as?’ That’s not sustainable, that’s silly. So I mentioned, ‘Let’s simply do a yr of weddings,’ and each time we booked a visit, I appeared into whether or not we might get married there,” Blair explains.

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The menus

Within the Galapagos Islands, the couple feasted on recent dragon fruit, ardour fruit, and guava. In Bora Bora, a dinner on the St. Regis resort featured vegan sushi, French toast and pancakes, and méli mélo—cooked and mashed greens with potatoes and floral oil. In Antarctica, Indian-inspired fare included Blair’s favourite korma curry with a medley of greens topped with a crunchy papadum. And in Iceland, the snow hindered the newlywed’s dinner plans, so a handful of snacks from a grocery retailer held over the comfortable couple.

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The cake

The chef on the Ecoventura cruise stunned the couple with a luxurious coconut-banana cake, whereas the St. Regis impressed with a wealthy chocolate cake accompanied by coconut ice cream.

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