Another Duggar has tied the knot. “19 Kids & Counting” star Jessa Duggar, 21 married Ben Seewald, 19, on Saturday, Nov. 1 reports Us Weekly. But unlike her sister Jill who married earlier this year, she didn’t share her first kiss in front of guests. According to sources the newlyweds decided to share that first experience in private.
The ceremony took place at the First Baptist Church in Bentonville, Ark in front of nearly 1,000 guests. An insider revealed that during the ceremony the couple poured two vases of sand into one to symbolize their union and white ribbons adorned the end of the pews where the newlyweds’ families were seated.
Duggar’s younger sister was her maid of honor while Seewald’s best man was best friend Dylan McMahan. Grandparents and mothers of the couple sat while “Amazing Grace” played and the bridesmaids followed while Rebecca Seewald sang, “Love Never Falls.” The bride then walked down the aisle to Erin Paynes’ “Bridal March.”
It was a speedy engagement for the couple who got engaged just two and a half months ago. Duggar accepted Seewald’s proposal after he gave her a 0.75 engagement ring.
"God has written an amazing story through our courtship, and another chapter has just begun!" the happy couple said in a statement at the time. "We are thrilled to see what the future holds."
Jessa is the third Duggar offspring to get married. Her brother Josh, 26, married Anna Keller in 2008 and Jessa’s sister Jill, 23 married Derick Dillard this past June. She announced this past August that she is pregnant.
They adhered to their family’s strict rules regarding courtship which included heavy parental involvement. Jim Bob talked about his rules, which includes accompanying his children on dates to ABC.
"As far as our kids dating, we believe a lot of times if you're alone with a person, it can create desires that can kind of get stirred up, and you don't have any accountability, and [that] can lead to some hanky panicky," he explained.
Michelle added: "We did not save our first kiss for our wedding day, and we really regret that we didn't. We really should have."