As she walked down the aisle to meet Charlie Miller, bride Mehgan Cook wore white—and camo.
Devotees of the A&E show Duck Dynasty, Cook said she and the groom considered canceling their wedding Saturday when they learned Duck Commander CEO Willie Robertson would be appearing at the new Field & Stream store in Cranberry to sign autographs.
The couple is such big fans of the popular reality series, now in its fourth season, that they named their youngest son, six-month-old Jase, after Robertson’s older brother. Cook, 26, also has two children from a previous relationship.
“When the show comes on, it’s lights out in the living room and we all sit on the couch and watch and don’t move,” Cook said.
As it turned out, she didn’t have to compromise on her wedding day.
Field & Stream invited the Beaver Falls couple to get married in the store Saturday after Cook’s mom, Ruth Bell, told them all about her daughter’s love for the show.
As a special surprise, Robertson came out to greet the astonished couple after they exchanged “I dos.”
“It was fun being a part of that,” Robertson said, indicating the camouflage-clad couple. “They look like my kind of folks.”
Cook and Miller said they could hardly believe it when Robertson tapped them on the shoulders. Miller called the experience like “waking up on Christmas morning when you’re a little kid.”
“It was definitely not expected at all,” Cook said.
For Cook, a wedding with a new love was something she never thought would happen.
In 2009, Cook’s fiancé, Louis Young, was killed in a Beaver County car accident one week before they were scheduled to get married.
During a memorial event two years for Young, Cook got reacquainted with Miller, who she attended school with, and the two hit it off.
“We’ve been together ever since,” she said.
As for Robertson, who has been married to his high school sweetheart, Korie, for 20 years, he had some advice for the newly married couple.
“Love each, forgive each other,” he said. “Watch my show from the other night when my mom and dad got remarried, that should give you all the basics you need to know.”