Tabernash couple ties the (fisherman’s) knot on frozen lake |

Tabernash couple ties the (fisherman’s) knot on frozen lake

Tonya Bina
Grand County, Colorado

Falling for someone hook, line and sinker took on deeper meaning New Year’s Day as Cat (Linenberger) and Stefan Petersen tied the knot while ice fishing on Monarch Lake.

“We usually go ice fishing every New Years Day, and we thought it would be a special place for our family and friends to be with us,” Cat said.

“What better backdrop could you have?”

The pristine alpine basin, Monarch Lake, is surrounded by majestic Twin and Indian Peaks.

The wedding comprised of about 30 parka-wearing guests gathered on the lake ice near a smattering of fishing holes.

People fished before and after the ceremony. A few fished during.

One guest had two catches to commemorate the event.

Even though the ice was thick, officiate John Garcia said there was some concern the gathering of so many people in one spot had prompted a loud ice shift.

For this reason, the couple exchanged “short sweet, traditional vows,” according to Cat.

Dressed in white, the bride skipped a traditional wedding gown ” having opted for warmer attire instead. “We figured it was a little more practical to be in ski pants,” she said.

Upon the pronouncement of man and wife and the kissing of the bride, guests threw Goldfish crackers in celebration.

Then after more fishing, the festivities moved to the couple’s home in Tabernash for an outdoor reception and bonfire.

Some of the couples’ guests from California and Mississippi admitted it was the most unusual wedding they’d been to, the bride said.

Cat and Stefan, who both work for the Town of Winter Park and have lived in the Fraser Valley going on a decade, said they enjoy anything outdoors. New Years Day, the bride said, was an “auspicious day to start a new life together officially.”

“It was quite a Grand County wedding,” she said.

” Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail

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