Jacquelyn Butler marries David Ragan

We’ve got the inside scoop from the bride on the details of her big day wearing ‘Avalon’ by Modern Trousseau!
Our Nashville showroom interview with Jacquelyn on her wedding to NASCAR Sprint Cup driver, David Ragan.

Wedding Date: December 15, 2012
Location: Charlotte, NC
Great Aunt Stella Center, Downtown Charlotte
Reception: The Ritz Carlton ‘Urban Garden’

MT: How did you two meet?
JB: I was going to school at UNCC in Concord, NC, and David was getting ready to start his first year in the Cup series with Roush Racing. My cousin was his PR rep, so he stopped by her house one day to drop something off while I was there. We started chatting, and decided to get together the next day to watch a football game with friends. That was almost six and a half years ago.

MT: Why did you choose Modern Trousseau?
JB: Besides the fact that the gowns are absolutely beautiful, I really loved that they were all made in the USA.  Also, I appreciated their custom design service. They made my gown exactly the way I wanted it, with all the little changes and details I requested. On my wedding day, I wore a one-of-a-kind gown that was personalized just for me — and I’ve never felt more beautiful!

MT: How did David propose?
JB: It was my birthday (which was pretty sneaky on his part, because I didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary). He booked the penthouse suite at the Ritz Downtown Charlotte for the night, and had a really nice meal brought up so we could have our own private dinner together in the room.
I ordered seared tuna, that was served in a bowl over ice. When I wasn’t looking, he slid the ring in the ice, and I have no idea how he knew I would pick up the bowl and look at the plate underneath, but I did! Then I just started laughing, because I got so nervous and excited. I don’t really remember everything he said to me, I just know I answered with a Yes!

MT: What was your first dance song?
JB: ‘I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz

MT: How did you feel in your finished gown?
JB: Once I finally put on my dress — that was made just for me — I fell in love with it all over again! I felt so amazing and beautiful, and VERY excited to get married. I truly felt like a bride!

MT: What were your bridal colors?
JB: Plum, silver, and winter white. My bridesmaids wore full length silk dresses in a grayish purple, and David and his groomsmen work black tuxedos with silver-gray cumber buns and bow ties. My bouquet was made up of white roses, white hydrangeas, and purple and green calla lilies, and my girls’ bouquets were made from the same lilies that were in mine. And since it was December in Charlotte — and a bit chilly — my mom made beautiful white fur wraps for my bridesmaids, and a slightly different wrap for me. I loved the way it all came together!

MT: Did you change into a different dress for the reception?
JB: No way! I was so obsessed with my gown that there was no way I could have found anything I would have rather been wearing! My Modern Trousseau gown was so comfortable and easy to get around in, dance in, and party in, and I love how it looks in all of the final wedding photos.

MT: What was the most memorable moment of your wedding?
JB: Oh wow…I don’t think I can choose just one moment! Here are my top 3:  { 1 }Seeing David when I walked down the aisle and the look on his face. I knew right then that my feelings about the way I looked in my dress were confirmed!  { 2 } I really loved the time I was able to spend with David and our closest friends just after the ceremony, before we went down to the reception. The hotel had a nice lounge setup for all of us to get spend a few minutes together right after becoming husband and wife. We all laughed and made toasts and just took a second to enjoy the moment. During that time together David’s brother Adam, his best man, made a very heartfelt toast that made me feel very special to be joining such a wonderful family. { 3 } The dancing. I saw moves from some people that I never knew they had! …And the photo booth! I highly recommend getting one…

All images courtesy of Jason D Smith of Pixelcrisp.

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