The Duggar family of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” celebrated another wedding over the weekend. Jessa Duggar, the fifth-oldest child of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, wed Ben Seewald Saturday.
Jessa, 21, and Ben, 19, began dating a year ago and had their engagement shown during an August episode of “19 Kids and Counting.” Just a few months later, the pair tied the knot. While fans of the family weren’t invited to the private ceremony, cameras were. Like Jessa Duggar’s older sister, Jill, her wedding to Ben will be shown on TLC’s hit series. But viewers will have to wait a little while to watch the reality-television star walk down the aisle. The wedding special will reportedly be shown during the series’ 10th season next year.
Fortunately, details on their nuptials -- from her gorgeous dress to their first kiss -- have been released online.
The wedding took place at the First Baptist Church of Bentonville, Ark., Saturday. With more than 1,000 guests in attendance, Jessa said “I do” to Ben with her maid of honor and younger sister, Jinger Duggar, at her side. The groom stood at the altar with his best man and friend Dylan McMahan.
The Wedding Dress
Jessa Duggar dished to People magazine in early September that she had picked out her dress only recently for her November wedding. “I went with the second dress I tried on,” she told People. “I love it.”
Although she didn’t give any details about her wedding dress then, People released the first photographs of the 21-year-old bride in her gown Saturday. The dress was from the Allure Bridals “Modest” collection. Made from English net and satin, the so-called regal gown featured a ballgown skirt and “intricate beading throughout the bodice.” While the piece came in white/silver and ivory/silver, the bride chose to go the less traditional route with a “champagne/ silver” color instead.
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“We didn’t know if she would like it because it wasn’t the traditional white,” said Lindsay Stavely, co-owner at Tesori Bridal in Fayetteville, Ark. “She kept coming back to this dress and all her sisters were like, ‘The second one, the second one,’ so everyone agreed.”
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But Jessa Duggar did put her own spin on it. The bride reportedly removed the sash from the waist of the dress, along with some of the tulle.
The First Kiss
Just like Jill Duggar, Jessa was waiting until marriage to share her first kiss with Ben. However, the bride wanted to keep the moment just between her and her husband. A source told Us Weekly that Jessa and Ben chose not to share a kiss during the ceremony because they reportedly “wanted to experience that special moment in private.”
The couple’s pastor, the Rev. Mike Schadt, confirmed the bride and groom’s decision to People. “They wanted their very first kiss ever to be in private,” he said. “It was important to both of them.”
But those in attendance still got to witness a “Duggar Kiss”: Schadt asked the bride’s parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, to share one for the crowd.
TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” is shown Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EST. Jessa Duggar’s and Ben Seewald’s wedding will be featured on the show during Season 10 in 2015.