Sub-zero wedding on Lake Lida forges rock-solid, cold-as-ice marriage foundation for John Mansager, Heidi Rasmussen
Weather forecasts went from bad to worse; cold to colder; every hour leading up to wedding day Jan. 19.
Bride Heidi Rasmussen’s attention to the weather was understandable.
The wedding was scheduled for the Pelican lake country.
On Lake Lida.
On the ice.
In sub-zero weather.
Heidi and groom John Mansager are both outdoorspeople. They fish and hunt whenever they can.
“We wanted something simple, laid back…and neither of us wanted to get dressed up,” said Heidi, a Breckenridge native who has endured–and enjoyed–the great outdoors with her boyfriend for about a half-dozen years.
The decision was made. The wedding ceremony would be during the Hillbillies Ice Hole Bar fishing derby on Jan. 19.
“Everybody we wanted to be there was going to be at the fishing contest anyway. So we decided ‘let’s go for it,’” said Heidi.
A heated tent was already pitched, for the Hillbillies fishing contest festivities.
Well, sort of perfect.
“Actually, I suggested a wedding in Las Vegas,” said father of the bride Jeff Rasmussen.
Mom Sue Rasmussen envisioned a church, a bridal party–with her daughter wearing the same, handmade wedding dress she wore.
Instead, the bride and groom were clad in matching, white hooded sweatshirts.
The temperature at the time of the ceremony: about six degrees below zero. Not bad; considering the temp was hovering around 20 below at sun-up.
“This is unique. Everybody will definitely remember it,” laughed John, a Barnesville native and graduate. He’s a regular visitor to the Pelican, Lake Lida area. His parents Syd and Mel Mansager have a place on Lida. Local faces in the wedding ceremony crowd of about 40 included Angie and Chris Westby. Angie, a teacher at Pelican’s Viking Elementary school, is John’s sister.
John and Heidi were hoping to have lines down, in the frigid Lida waters for the ceremony. They also hoped a crappie would have taken the bait–so they could interrupt the nuptials to bring in a fish.
During the ceremony, minister Tony Anderson reminded the couple that “you’re never too old to hold hands” and to “never go to bed angry.”
“And remember that no matter how much you might get mad for one of you spending too much time out fishing, always remember: You’re still in this together.”
The ceremony was “short, sweet and to the point,” which is exactly what Heidi requested.
Which was good; because there were fish to catch in Lake Lida.