NASCAR Driver Kurt Busch Weds

The driver and his bride tie the knot exactly three years after they first met

NASCAR driver Kurt Busch wed Eva Bryan Thursday evening at a private estate in Eastville, Va., PEOPLE has learned exclusively.

The couple exchanged traditional vows before 250 guests on the front porch of Point Farm, an estate owned by longtime Bryan family friend Dan Hoffler. NASCAR’s motor racing outreach chaplain Dale Beaver presided.

The bride arrived in a white, horse-drawn Cinderella carriage and was walked down the aisle by her father, Gary Bryan, as an eight-piece ensemble played the wedding march.

After the ceremony, guests were to have cocktails inside the Hoffler mansion before heading to the reception, held in a tent overlooking Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

The party’s theme, “glow,” was to be reflected in the chandeliers and candles lining the tent. Wedding planner Janet Bell tells PEOPLE she worked closely with Bryan to create a “very warm, old-world-type romantic effect, with clean, modern touches.”

Busch, who turns 28 on Aug. 4, and Bryan, 29, have been together for exactly three years. They met on July 27, 2003, when Jeremy Brickhouse, a member of Busch’s racing team (and high school friend of Bryan), fixed them up.

“Jeremy told me Kurt was a veterinarian,” says Bryan, a former customer service rep at First Virginia Bank who now serves as vice president of Busch’s racing company. “But we met right after a race at a sports bar in Charlotte, and since Kurt had finished second, his face was all over the televisions in the bar. So the whole veterinarian thing lasted for about two minutes.”

The couple began dating, and moved in together in early 2004.

According to Busch, he was immediately impressed by how Bryan took his occupation and fame in stride: “She didn’t seem phased that I was a racecar driver and not a veterinarian. That was attractive, because people do have a lot of stereotypes about drivers.”

The couple got engaged on July 27, 2005, while on vacation in Prague. Their wedding date, precisely one year later, is no accident. “Kurt is very superstitious,” says Bryan. It also happened to be an off-weekend for NASCAR.

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