Jill Duggar's days of courtship are officially over.
The 23-year-old, whose supersized family is featured on TLC's reality show 19 Kids & Counting, married her fiancé, Derick Dillard, on Saturday. The couple exchanged vows in front of more than 1,000 friends and family members at the Cross Church in her hometown of Springdale, Arkansas, reports People.
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As expected, the wedding was a huge family affair. Five of Jill's sisters were bridesmaids, while two brothers stood as groomsmen. Her sisters and a niece served as flower girls, five brothers were ushers, and a brother and nephew shared ring-bearer responsibilities.
The couple's first kiss as man and wife was also their first kiss ever. Per the rules established by her conservative parents, Michelle and Jim Bob, their physical interaction during their courtship was limited to side hugs when saying hello and goodbye. Further, all of their interactions — from in-person meetings to Skype sessions — were monitored by her parents.
Jill actually has her dear old dad to thank for the introduction to the 25-year-old Arkansas accountant. Jim Bob got to know Derick while doing humanitarian work in Nepal. After initially being introduced via Skype, Jill then traveled to Nepal with her father to meet Derick. She later said that within days they decided they wanted to spend their lives together, and they announced their engagement in April.
"I love Derick's desire to follow God and to serve others," Jill told Yahoo following her engagement, adding that he is "so romantic" and they are "incredibly happy."
Jill is the second of Michelle and Jim Bob's offspring to walk down the aisle. And though they love her new husband, it's not easy letting go of their little girl. "It really hit me that Jill was leaving as she was packing her bag the other night," Jim Bob told People. "We all realized she was really leaving. We are so glad that Derick is an answer to her prayers. It's an emotional time, but a joyful time."
The Duggar's oldest son, Josh, 26, married wife Anna in 2008 and they have three children of their own. And another Duggar wedding may not be that far off; Jessa has been in a courtship since last September.
We're sure Michelle and Jim Bob can't wait for more grandbabies to start rolling in.
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