Continuing a banner year for her famous family, 19 Kids and Counting cast member Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald tied the knot Saturday in Arkansas.
The couple, who recited their own wedding vows in front of an estimated 1,000 guests, were saving their very first kiss until after they’d said “I do.”
Anyone else hoping to witness it was left hanging, however.
“They wanted their very first kiss ever to be in private,” Pastor Mike Schadt, who married the couple, said later. “It was important to the both of them.”
He spoke to the crowd about the couple’s big decision and asked Jessa’s parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar to show the wedding crowd a kiss.
“So, now you’ve seen a Duggar kiss,” Schadt said.
After spending some time alone with each other, the new bride and groom posed for pictures and later exchanged several sweet kisses at the reception.
The first, however, remains their memory alone.
The reception was also missing another traditional feature. The duo chose to have ice cream sundaes instead of cake, of which Jessa isn’t a huge fan.
Jessa also chose a blush gown, not the usual white, from Tesori Bridal in Fayetteville, Ark., because she just felt it was the perfect choice for her.
This beautiful wedding invitation beckons you to the nuptials of Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald. If only we could go.
Finally, the loving newlyweds were cheered on by the massive crowd who blew bubbles in the air as they left their reception in a horse-drawn carriage.
Engaged in August on the 11-month anniversary of when they began courting, Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald wasted little time planning their big day.
Hey, when you’re all in for life at ages 21 and 19, respectively, and have been subsisting on side hugs for over a year, you might as well get down to it.
Jessa thus becomes the second daughter of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar to get married in 2014, and the third of their 19 children to tie the knot overall.
First born son Josh Duggar is married to Anna Duggar and has three children of his own, while Jill Duggar married Derick Dillard June 21 in Arkansas.
Appropriately, Jill and Derick’s special wedding episode aired this past Tuesday night on TLC, just in time to pass torch along to her younger sister.
If you watch 19 Kids and Counting online, you can bet your bottom dollar that there’ll be a Jessa and Ben wedding event before too long. We cannot wait.
As for Jana Duggar … she’s always a bridesmaid, never a bride. Don’t even get us started on Jana or we’ll get fired up and ruin this positive article.
#FreeJana! Sorry, had to. Anyway, congrats again, Jessa and Ben!!!
The Duggar parents often accompany their children on dates in order to maintain their “accountability” and “keep things from going in the wrong direction,” per Jim Bob. The girls are fine with this, as being alone with men puts them in grave “moral danger.” When the parents aren’t available, their older siblings will often tag along, making every date a group date and a family affair.
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Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald: MARRIED!