CHICAGO, IL, June 22, 2014 – Wearing a white, cap-sleeve V-neck lace and beaded dress with an A-line skirt and elbow-length lace veil, Jill Duggar married Derick Dillard at the Cross Church in Springdale, Arkansas.
Friends and a lot family, including her 18 brothers and sisters, surrounded the couple as they married before approximately 1,000 guests. Five of her sisters were bridesmaids, two brothers were groomsmen, her sisters and a niece served as flower girls, five brothers were ushers and a brother and nephew shared ring-bearer responsibilities.
The newly married Mr. and Mrs. Dillard shared their first kiss following the ceremony, in keeping with the conservative religious philosophy they share. Duggar family’s views on dating, couples first ‘court’ meaning no handholding until committed to marrage and no kissing until married. They always have a chaperone on dates. Courting is seen as when the couple decides whether marriage is appropriate while in a group setting with both of their families.
Jill Duggar is daughter number 2 of Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar who have had 19 children together, the brood all starring in the reality show 19 Kids and Counting (TLC). At the age of 47, Michelle Duggar does not see her adding more children to the family, at least not via conception, but does believe that if another child was sent to her, it would be a gift.
The couples gift registry was as unique as they are and included such treats as:
• Cereal (specifically Raisin Bran, Cookies and Cream, Fruit Loops, Malt-O-Meal Berry Colossal Crunch Cereal and Malt-O-Meal Fruity Dyno-Bites Cereal)
• Tape measure
• Gift cards (specifically Starbucks, Burger King, Qdoba, Olive Garden, Taco Bell, Buffalo Wild Wings, Papa John’s and Subway to name a few)
• Lint remover
• Neon duct tape
• a basketball
• a shotgun, rifle and ammunition
Next up for a Duggar family marriage is Jessa, 21 who is courting with Ben Seewald.
Daily Mall UK reports that Jessa was the subject of the social media screed when she was snapped posing boldly with a pink-trimmed high-capacity semi-automatic assault rifle.
Jessa’s boyfriend, a staunch Christian conservative who is highly vocal about his support for guns and his “condemnation of abortion,” posted the photo on Facebook with the caption ‘My AWESOME girlfriend. #DontmesswithJessa’
Say what you will, these people just seem nice, even if you don’t understand their choices.