Before long it will be 19 weddings and counting! Two months after her sister Jill tied the knot with beau Derick Dillard, Jessa Duggar is the latest member of the Duggar clan to take her courtship to the next level. On Friday, People shared the news of reality star Jessa Duggar’s engagement to 19-year-old Ben Seewald.
"We are so blessed to be engaged! God has written an amazing story through our courtship, and another chapter has just begun!” the couple said in a statement. “We are thrilled to see what the future holds – especially the wedding bells!"
The pretty 21-year-old is the third daughter of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, and her courtship with Seewald has been documented from the very beginning on the family’s hit TLC reality show, “19 Kids and Counting.”
While specific details of Seewald’s proposal have not yet been revealed, Jessa has already changed her name on her Twitter and Instagram handles to her fiancé's surname, so it definitely seems that the wedding will come sooner than later. (Her sister Jill did the same thing and her wedding day came shortly after her engagement to Dillard was announced.)
Interestingly, after Jill Duggar’s wedding in June, Seewald, who seems to have no problem following the family’s conservative Christian guidelines, told People he didn’t feel any pressure regarding a marriage timeline. "People always ask us when we are getting married,” he said. “We don't feel pressure to get married. If there's any pressure, it's a good kind of pressure."
Apparently he caved just two months later. Still, the entire family seems to be thrilled that there will be another Duggar wedding in the near future.
Jessa’s parents have been vocal about their approval of Seewald as a future son in law, and Us Weekly shared Instagram congratulations from Jill Duggar, who posted a pic of the newly engaged couple with the caption: "Congratulations on your engagement @jessaseewald @ben_seewald!”We are so happy for y'all! #benseewald #jessaseewald."
While no engagement ring bling has been revealed yet, the day before her engagement news was made public, Jessa posted on Instagram and shared a note and a photo of a beautiful pearl bracelet she received from her future hubby as they celebrated their “11th monthiversary."
The new season of “19 Kids and Counting” starts on Sept. 2 at 9 p.m. ET on TLC.