Fans of ’19 Kids & Counting’ know that Jill Duggar, 23, entered into a courtship with Derick Dillard, 25, during this season of episodes. Now, the young Miss Duggar has flown the nest, and is Mrs. Derick Dillard, finally getting her first kiss in front of more than 1,000 wedding guests--no pressure there!
The wedding took place Saturday, June 21, in the bride’s hometown of Springdale, AR, at Cross Church.
The second daughter of the huge ’19 Kids & Counting’ cast, Jill had five sisters as bridesmaids; two of the Duggar brothers were groomsmen; younger sisters and a niece were flower girls; five brothers were ushers; and a younger brother and a nephew were ring bearers. The mother and father of the bride were, of course, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar.
"I think we should have done more pranks at the wedding," Jill's younger brother, Jeremiah, 15, laughed to PEOPLE Magazine. "But, they did a good job. Derick is my brother-in-law. He's a good guy. I'm stuck with him now, so good thing."
Dad Jim Bob related to the magazine that he and his wife were going through the typical mixed emotion when one “loses a daughter and gains a son.” At the rehearsal dinner, he told the guests he was using laughter to brace him for the event. "I've been crying half the day, so I'm making jokes to keep from crying."
Fans of the show have been fascinated with the Duggars’ dedication to non-physical courtships. The couple did not even hold hands until they were engaged, and “front hugs” were entirely off-limits, with “side hugs” being the platonic option.
"We want to think about the importance of marriage," Jill explained to PEOPLE. "And what it means to be married."
Fans will recall that Jim Bob introduced his daughter and Derick virtually (Derick had been a prayer partner with Jim Bob), and they became friends via an online getting-to-know you period. After a period of Skype conversations--with Jim Bob and Michelle supervising--Jim Bob and Jill took a trip to Nepal, where Derick was doing missionary work. Before the Duggars left, Derick requested that they begin a courtship. Soon after returning to Arkansas, Derick proposed to an excited Jill.
Honeymoon location has not been divulged at this time.
Jill's sister, Jessa, and her beau, Ben, are also in a courtship, and do not plan to go beyond the infamous "side hug" before marriage, either.