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Ring Bearer Marries Flower Girl, 20 Years Later

Minnesota State Mankato students share their story with the Mankato Free Press.

Dan Linehan, Mankato Free Press, Jan. 13, 2015

MANKATO — Minnesota State University, Mankato students Briggs and Brittney Fussy got married last weekend, but it wasn’t the first time they’d walked down the aisle together.

Almost 20 years earlier, the Mankato couple served as ring bearer and flower girl in the wedding of Briggs’ godmother.

Neither 3-year-old kept a memory of that ceremony, of course, but Briggs’ distinctive first name had snagged in Brittney’s memory.

The snag caught in a ninth-grade government class, after Briggs transferred to her high school, in Blaine, and the teacher introduced the new student to the class.

The pair were already in relationships at the time, though their boyfriend and girlfriend didn't care for the flirty jokes.

“We’d joke that we already walked down the aisle together,” Briggs Fussy said.

The two began dating about two years later, after they broke up with their respective partners and went to a friend’s bonfire together.

“I was crazy about her,” he said. “I thought she was out of my league.”

When they left for college, he went to Eau Claire and she to Mankato.

The relationship endured at a distance, but Briggs transferred to Minnesota State Mankato after three semesters to be closer to her. He knew he wanted to marry her, but also knew that the relationship would take work.

“There’s love there, but you have to know a person to be with them,” he said.

He’s an economics major and she’s in school to become a teacher. If she finds a job in the area they will stay, but otherwise are planning to move closer to the Twin Cities to be nearer to family.

Their story has traveled far since Briggs’ godmother mentioned it to a friend who works at a Twin Cities television station. They agreed to share their unlikely story, but all the media attention has prevented the newlyweds from enjoying their first few days as husband and wife, he said.

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