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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Exclusive Duggar Wedding Details Part 3

Time to share more Duggar wedding details from Ellie's interview with Sierra, one of Jill's wedding planners. (Click here to read part one and here to read part two.)

Looking back on Jill and Derick's wedding, Sierra says her number one goal was to plan a wedding that fulfilled the dreams of the bride and groom. She and the other two wedding planners were relieved to hear that they succeeded.
They were pleased, so excited for it, so grateful to see all their friends, and that totally makes it all worth it.

At the same time, Sierra knows that the most important part of a wedding is the marriage. Aside from a quick text, to which Jill responded that she and Derick were doing well, Sierra left the bride and groom alone during their first weeks as newlyweds.

Jill's sisters played a key role in the wedding planning process. Jessa, who has been courting Ben Seewald since September 2013, could have used the time to start planning her own wedding, but according to Sierra, she kept the focus on Jill, as did the other Duggar girls.

[Jessa] really is a great sister. She really supported Jill the entire time. You wouldn't even know that she had wedding on her radar, except that everybody knows that. Her and Jana and Jinger were all so incredible.

The one downside of being a planner for the Duggar-Dillard wedding was missing the first kiss. Sierra and her volunteer crew left the wedding 20 minutes early to prepare for the reception, which took place outside Cross Church in Springdale, Arkansas. Thanks to TLC, Sierra can watch the ceremony unfold when it airs on TV.

June 21st was a hot, sunny day in Springdale, Arkansas, but guests enjoyed the outdoor reception. Jill and Derick's rain plan was to move the party into one of the mega church's gyms. The skies opened up the day after the wedding, and it rained for four days straight, said Sierra, so the weather turned out to be a blessing.

Fans can look forward to the premiere of new episodes of 19 Kids and Counting, including a wedding special, this fall on TLC.

Photo Credits: TLC/David Welker, Duggar Family Blog

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Paintings of Jana and Jill

A loyal reader used Microsoft Paint to recreate portraits of Jana Duggar and Jill Dillard, née Duggar. What do you think?

The Beautiful Jessa Duggar

Ben Seewald and Jessa Duggar have been courting since September 2013. Here's a photo that Ben recently took of his girlfriend:

Jessa Duggar

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Duggar Wedding Photos: Sendoff

After greeting nearly 1,500 family members and friends at their wedding reception, Derick and Jill Dillard hopped into a vintage getaway car and headed off for their honeymoon. Watch their procession through the line of guests as they make their way to their getaway car.

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard wedding
 Guests lined up to bid farewell to the bride and groom

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard wedding
 Jill's brothers continued their tradition of "trashing" 
the bride and groom's getaway car

 Here come Jill and Derick!

 Notice Jill's smiling face

 Guests blew bubbles as the bride and groom walked past

 Jill's sisters stood near the getaway car to say their goodbyes

Johannah Duggar jumped into the bed of the pickup truck to give her sister a long hug

 Before helping Jill into the car, Derick gave his bride another smooch

 Jill sat close by Derick's side as the couple sped away

The couple chose not to reveal their honeymoon location (North Carolina) until after the wedding

Monday, July 21, 2014

Duggars Celebrate 30 Years Together

Thirty years ago, Jim Bob Duggar, 19, and Michelle Ruark, 17, recited their wedding vows in front of 200 family members and friends. Four years later, Josh Duggar was born, and two years after that, twins Jana and John-David Duggar entered the world.

Today, Jim Bob and Michelle have 19 children and three grandchildren, and their family is still growing. Happy 30th wedding anniversary to the Duggars! How many grandchildren do you think they will have ten years from now?

 Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar 30th wedding anniversary
 Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar in 2014 

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar wedding 1984
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar on their wedding day in 1984