If you've ever watched an episode of TLC's hit show 19 Kids and Counting, then you know that everything the Duggar family does is super-sized — their second daughter Jill's wedding was no different!
Over 1,000 guests watched the 23-year-old reality star exchange vows with fiancé Derick Dillard, 25, on June 21 at the Cross Church in Springdale, Arkansas. Their bridal party was also a huge family affair: it included five bridesmaids, five ushers, two groomsmen, two ring bearers and multiple flower girls.
Photo Credits: Josh Duggar on Instagram
In accordance with her family's courtship rules and Christian faith, the bride and groom had their first-ever kiss when they were pronounced husband and wife at the altar. "We're just really trying to keep our relationship focused not on the physical but really just more on communication and continuing to learn more about each other," Duggar explained to ABC earlier this year.
The bride's parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, opened up to People about watching their daughter transition into a married woman. "It really hit me that Jill was leaving as she was packing her bag the other night...We are so glad that Derick is an answer to her prayers. It's an emotional time, but a joyful time," her dad says.
To make matters even more bittersweet, the groom led a prayer at the rehearsal dinner for his mom, Cathy, who is currently battling cancer. She wasn't present at the dinner but thankfully she was able to attend the big day.
The bride wore a cap-sleeve lace and beaded gown, which she accessorized with an elbow-length veil. The groom donned a gray suit with a peach tie and matching boutonniere.
Photo Credit: Josh Duggar on Instagram
People reports that the couple's reception came together thanks to a massive amount of volunteers, who made more than 600 cupcakes, 3,000 chocolate chip cookies and 3,000 root beer floats! As a tribute to their family, the bride and groom showcased Michelle's wedding dress and the police officer uniform of Dillard's father, Rick, who passed away in 2008. A vintage pickup truck decorated with pom poms was parked outside the church.
Duggar and Dillard had a whirlwind courtship: they met on Skype and got engaged on March 29 just a few months later. The groom popped the question during a post-lunch walk by having a bystander on a park bench break out into song. So sweet!
Best wishes to the happy newlyweds!
Photo Credit: Jill Duggar's official Twitter account