The next generation of Robertsons are happy, happy, happy in carrying on the family tradition of faith and family with John Luke Robertson, son of Willie and Korie Robertson, marrying. The ceremony and events leading up to it were aired on the season finale of the hit television show Duck Dynasty on Aug. 19.
John Luke, 19, married Mary Kate McEacharn, also 19, in a ceremony on the Robertson estate in Monroe, La. There were more than 800 people attending, according to reports.
A surprise in the nuptials was that Willie Robertson officiated. He offered advice during the beginning portion of the ceremony, comparing marriage to building a house. Both take work and patience, he said. While the Duck Commander CEO didn’t cry during the ceremony, he let out a well of tears at the rehearsal dinner the night before.
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Willie Robertson offered the best to the young couple as he reflected on the meaning of marriage.
“To John Luke and Mary Kate, I’m so proud of you both, and I wish you all the best in life. May you be blessed with many children, wealth, and prosperity– but most importantly, the kind of happiness that can only come from the love of God and of each other. The book of Romans tells us that good things happen to those who love each other and God, so be patient, because in the end it’s all worth it,” he said.
John Luke, previously questioned about marrying young, said he always expected to marry early in life. His parents, uncles and others in his family did as well. Their youth, and taste in pre-wedding activities, showed in their decisions about substitutions for bachelorette and bachelor parties. Mary Kate chose to have a luncheon with her bridesmaids, while her groom skydived with his groomsmen 10,000 feet in the air. John Luke said actually getting married gave him the same intense feelings as skydiving.
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“I felt like I felt before I jumped out of the plane—my heart is kind of racing but you know that you’re doing it, you’re jumping out of the plane, that’s kind of how it feels,” the groom said.
The ceremony spot highlighted flowers showcasing Louisiana’s beauty. Mary Kate traded a traditional veil for a crown of flowers. In Robertson style, there was plenty of food for both the rehearsal dinner and the wedding reception. The reception was extravagant with dinner, dancing, and cake followed by fireworks.
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