Vanessa Fangmeier


Vanessa Fangmeier & Nate Hitt

The Bride

Age: 27

Hometown: Buffalo Lake, Minnesota

Occupation: Account Executive at a design agency; creative director and co-founder, Bow & Arrow Magazine (

The Groom

Age: 31

Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska

Occupation: Architect

The Details

Engagement Date: Aug. 23, 2014

Wedding Date: March 7, 2015

Wedding / Reception Location: University of St. Thomas Chapel, St. Paul / The Landmark Center, St. Paul

The Ring: The most delicate band of tiny diamonds with a large center diamond surrounded by more diamonds. It’s diamond-ception!

A Bit About Us

I never thought I would meet someone at work. Workplaces can be so random and I always thought I’d meet my future husband through a mutual friend or something more familiar. A year into my previous job, however, a new architect was hired. We hit it off pretty quickly at a post-work happy hour at the Liffey, and Nate wasted little time asking for my phone number. After days without hearing from him, I wrote him off; I wasn’t going to play games. He later asked me why I wasn’t returning his text messages and when I looked at my number in his phone, it was no less than five digits incorrect. We fixed the phone number confusion and have been inseparable ever since. We spend a ridiculous amount of time together, and can never seem to get sick of one another. We keep each other laughing, growing, and learning. I’m a better person because of him and he’s the best gift I’ve ever been given.

Engagement Story

Neither of us are very public people (I realize that may sound funny coming from a girl writing a very public blog) and I always wanted a private engagement. No other people, no video cameras, no distractions. The day of our engagement (although I didn’t know it was “the day” until later), we spent the afternoon at a German festival in Norwood Young America (it’s called Stiftungfest if you’re interested in getting yourself some beer and brats next time around). I had a suspicion that Nate would propose that day, but when we left the festival and were ready to head home, I figured I must’ve been wrong. BUT THEN! He mentioned that he had been looking up some old bridges and there was one nearby that he wanted to go see. He’s very into history, architecture, and the like, so I didn’t think much of it. We drove through the beautiful countryside toward Hanover and found the old bridge that crosses over Crow River. All alone on the bridge at sunset, perched over a quiet river, Nate got down on his knee and asked me to marry him! Of course, I said yes. I guess I’m just a sucker for old, iron truss bridges.

The Big Day

Our wedding is early March, which gives us less than six months to plan and prepare. For someone as detail-oriented and organized as me, the rush is both exhilarating and overwhelming. Luckily, Nate and I share an appreciation for clean, minimal design. For our wedding day, this translates to an overall look and feel of classic elegance; we have kept the mantra “less is more” at the forefront of our planning, design, and decorating decisions.

We’re getting married at the campus chapel of my alma mater, the University of St. Thomas. After a few hours driving around the Twin Cities with our wedding party (we’re still looking for a party bus if anyone has recommendations!), we’ll head over to the Landmark Center for our reception in downtown St. Paul. The locations and vendors we’ve selected are really making our wedding vision become more vivid, and we are continually grateful and happy to be working with such amazing people. Having a wedding right in the middle of Minnesota’s winter season is a bit of a risk, but we think Mother Nature will pull through for us. Here’s to the next few months of our brief, exciting engagement!


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