Jill Duggar of ’19 Kids and Counting’ gets married

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(CNN) — TLC reality star Jill Duggar knocked out two firsts with one wedding.

The 23-year-old daughter of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar — the couple who star in the reality show “19 Kids and Counting” along with their massive brood — had her first kiss on Saturday as she tied the knot for the first time.

Jill’s romance with her new husband, Derick Dillard, has been swift but old-fashioned. The two were introduced by Jill’s dad, who connected with 25-year-old Derick while he was doing missionary work in Nepal. After starting their courtship in November, the couple announced their engagement in April.

“When my dad first introduced Derick and I, we spent hours texting, calling, and talking on Skype while 8,000 miles away from each other. And when we finally met in person in Nepal, we knew within days that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together,” Jill Duggar told ABC News at the time.

The couple didn’t hold hands until they got engaged, and saved their first kiss for their wedding day.

“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,” Jill has said. “We’re saving our first kiss and things beyond that for our wedding.”

And on June 21, Jill and Derick finally had the moment they’d been waiting for. In front of more than 1,000 guests at a church in Springdale, Arkansas, the couple said their “I do’s” and shared their first lip-lock. Derick, who’s whisking his new bride off to an undisclosed location for their honeymoon, told People magazine that he supported their courtship’s lack of physical contact.

“You can really get to know each other on every level without the physical part of it,” he said. “I am the most blessed man to have Jill.”

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9 comments

  • WWJD

    Do we really need to make their lives our business? If they are so religious and have great faith, then why are they accepting money from a tv show, and allow the children to be exposed to all this? seems wrong. Why not get normal jobs like everyday people.
    First kiss and tying the knot for the first time, does that imply they will get divorced??

    • CindyS

      tsk tsk tsk, WWJD. What makes you so sour? What comes out of one’s mouth is what is in their heart. Reread your comment. Very telling & sad. I challenge you to watch their show or even “The Little Couple” & watch how these families function. They are happy & charitable families, both of them. I am confident that if they saw a glimpse of YOUR life in a video, they would have something more positive & encouraging to say versus the negative approach you took. I hope you grow out of this, you will be better for it.

  • CindyS

    I think the Duggar’s are such a lovely family! I didn’t watch them in the beginning but have just recently become a faithful watcher. Oh my goodness–what a difference it makes in my whole attitude to watch such nice & what I call “normal” people. I think this family’s whole persona is what the Lord hopes for us all. What a better world it would be if we all could take a lesson here. I am so happy for Jill & Derrick & wish them a healthy & fruitful life together. CONGRATULATIONS! And congratulations, also, to their parents. They did a great job in raising these lovely kids.

    On a sad note, it’s pitiful the two negative comments (so far) that I read regarding them (Nick & WWJD). Such spitefulness…where does it come from? I think some of it is envy. Talk about SOUR attitudes…& perhaps a bit of hypocrisy. WWJD implies it’s wrong for them to receive money for the show? Really? Why? Wow…..must be miserable to be so sour. .

  • Nick

    Envy for people who breed like rabbits? Every kid has a built in baby sitter. Momma should learn how to close her legs or take 20 kinds of birth control. Jill never been kissed?! What a load of BS!

  • CINDYS

    lol, Nick. Every single one of those 19 kids sure appear to be very happy, content, reasonable, & very well-adjusted people. They will be the kind of people who will ADD VALUE to this world. On the other hand, let’s look at what you have to offer. Hmmm….much negativity & a very sour attitude. Did your parents never teach you ‘if you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything at all?’ Obviously not. How many kids in your family? So….let’s compare. You are a sour, negative person putting forth garbage & crude remarks (i.e. “close her legs”) and every single one of those Duggar children would never put forth the kind of garbage, you, Nick, I’m assuming an adult, has put forth.

    So, in my estimate, the Duggars could have another 20 kids & still not put forth as much garbage or filth talk or rudeness, that just YOU, Nick, has done.

    Think about it.

  • Peace2u

    I believe God made us each with our own unique qualities. Some of us use them for good others not so much. Or job as Christians is to pray for those that do not understand our quality of life. It’s hard for them to… as they obviously lack a true Godly relationship. I have watched the Dugger family a few times and believe they are showing the world what a real christian family can be like with God at the helm. Let’s pray for the people that make the negative responses to one day have a true heart change. I truly mean may God bless you all!