Reed Robertson and Brighton Thompson were faced with some tough decisions while planning their wedding, but the Duck Dynasty couple was certain that October 29 was going to be remembered as one mega party.
The newlyweds, who married in an outdoor ceremony in Monroe, Louisiana last month, reflect back on their wedding day while exclusively unveiling their wedding album to The Knot.
Robertson and Thompson exchanged vows underneath a massive oak tree located on her parents’ property. The couple’s florist, Fine Folks, created a gorgeous flower arch to embellish one branch of the mighty tree. The bride found the idea on Pinterest.
“I had never seen it done at a real life wedding, so I thought, ‘Hey why not at mine?’” Thompson shares. The bride and groom worked with wedding planner Gregory Hudgins to orchestrate and thread together their vision.
In fact, Thompson entrusted her planner with the last-minute details as she left to travel with Sadie Robertson’s Live Original Tour just a month before the nuptials. “He was so amazing,” she says. “He did so many things for me that I would have never thought about, and he made my day and my whole engagement season so enjoyable.”
Thompson’s mother also helped out. “She understood what I had in mind for my wedding and was so great at keeping me on track through it all,” the bride tells The Knot. “Overall, I just wanted our wedding to be one big, beautiful party with all of our favorite people in the world, and that’s exactly what we got!”
Choosing the perfect gown proved difficult. “I literally tried on probably every wedding dress in Dallas. I had a hard time, because I wasn’t really sure what I wanted, but I think that trying on a lot of dresses helped me narrow down my decision,” she recalls. After trying on three different dresses, the bride opted for a white, lace Allure gown, which she found at Low’s Bridal in Brinkley, Arkansas. “I wanted a dress that would look beautiful to dance in and walk in, and a dress that was fitting for my outdoor wedding,” she says. “I loved the lace and the open back, because it was so girly and almost whimsical-looking.”
The bridesmaids wore pale pink dresses by Jenny Yoo, and Thompson sprinkled elements of romance into the reception decor.
Each table was decorated with flowers and greenery, and accented with flickering candles. Louisiana-based catering company Corey Barr Catering provided the meal, while family friend Tuleta created the cakes. D Play Band performed at the reception.
Carolynn Seibert Photography captured every memorable moment of the couple’s special day. Adorable photos from the wedding show the pair enjoying laughs with their bridesmaids and groomsmen, and sharing their first kiss as husband and wife.
The couple also implemented a trend into their wedding–having an artist on site to create a live-painting! “It was actually my mom’s idea and one of her gifts to us! I haven’t seen the finished product, but I am so excited to. I think it will be something that Reed and I will hang in our house forever,” she says.
The bride’s mother captured an emotional video of Robertson as he saw his bride for the first time on their wedding day. “I think I was just blown away with how beautiful Brighton looked!” Robertson tells The Knot. “I tried to keep it together all day, but in that moment I couldn’t keep it together anymore.”
Like her husband, Thompson says: “I really couldn’t take my eyes off of him as I was walking down the aisle. I think just seeing his reaction to me gave me a glimpse of how much he loves me.”
Prior to the ceremony, the bride and groom prayed together–but they were separated by a wall. “It was such a sweet moment because our emotions were very high from the day,” Thompson recalls. “In that moment, we were able to relax and remember why we were doing this amidst all the hype of the wedding. We got to take a moment and thank God for all the good He has done for us and praise Him together.”
The bride recited passages from The Bible, specifically from the Book of Corinthians, Colossians, and Matthew. “It took me a long time to choose these scriptures, because I wanted them to be meaningful to us and to our marriage.” she notes. “Reed’s dad married us, and he did an amazing job with the scriptures that he read. He made our ceremony so memorable and special for the both of us.”
One of Thompson’s favorite wedding day memories is exchanging vows with her husband. “We did not write our own vows, but to me, that moment was one of the most special and intimate moments of our lives,” she recalls. “My second favorite moment would have to be the dance party we had at the reception. Everyone was dancing; even all [of] my little nieces and nephews were breaking it down! It was so fun to dance with them and friends I haven’t seen in awhile. It was so cool to be able to look around and see our worlds colliding. To think that every single person here loves us so much and want to be here for us on this day. [It was] really special to know that this was the only time in our entire lives that all [of] our favorite people in the world would be in one place at one time just for us.”
As for her marriage, Thompson says she is most looking forward to “simply being together” –even when times get tough. “I look forward to decorating our first house, cooking dinner together at night, and even having babies one day!” she concludes to The Knot. “Life together is so much fun already, and it’s amazing we get to do it forever!”