'19 Kids and Counting' star Jill Duggar weds Derick Dillard
Jill Duggar and Derick Dillardtied the knot on Saturday, June 21, at Cross church in Springdale, Arkansas, surrounded by family and friends, a source confirmed to E! News. The "19 Kids and Counting" star and her handsome hubby, who both adhere to a conservative religious philosophy, shared their first kiss at the altar after they officially wed.
Jill wore a white lace dress and lace veil, while her new hubby donned a gray suit and peach-colored rose boutonniere, the source said.
The lovebirds got engaged on March 29 following their courtship (which is a more conservative form of dating) after Jill's father, Jim Bob, mentioned to Derick that he believed the two might be a match.
"The answer to my prayer came in August 2013, just before I left Nepal for a two week trip to Japan," Dillard wrote on the couple's wedding website, sharing how he met the "girl of his dreams." "During a conversation with Jim Bob, he mentioned how he thought Jill and I might get along well, having similar personalities and direction in life."
"He gave me Jill's phone number and we began texting, then emailing, then skyping/ talking on the phone," he continued. "Over the next few months we became very grateful for modern technology as we continued to get to know each other better. Most of our conversations were centered around our values and life goals."
The proposal occurred during a post-lunch stroll in Bentonville, Arkansas. Jill, 22, didn't think twice when their chaperones—her sisters Jana, 24, and Joy, 16—started lagging behind, nor did she question why a stranger on a park bench asked if he could sing the young couple a love song.
"By the second verse, I knew the song was about Derick and me," the blushing bride told People in its April 21 issue.
After more musicians arrived, Derick dropped to one knee and asked for Jill's hand in marriage, presenting the brunette beauty with a custom-designed .63-carat diamond and white-gold ring. "I shared how much I loved her, how I couldn't imagine life without her, and I asked her, 'Will you marry me?'" the 25-year-old recalled.
Jill, who is studying to be a midwife, and Derick, who is an accountant, have maintained their conservative values leading up to their wedding day, although they did opt to hold hands, only after they got engaged.
"We want to save the physical side of our relationship for our wedding day and not go further than we should," Jill previously said of upholding her family's conservative views. "If you are kissing, it gets more intimate. Obviously, you can kiss and not have sex. It's about setting a higher standard so you don't struggle (with temptation)."
Prior to the couple's I dos, Jill couldn't help but express her excitement for her wedding and even changed her Instagram handle to Jill Dillard before her nuptials Saturday.
"I am so happy," Jill gushed after Derick popped the question. "I feel like I'm dreaming," Derick added, "It was great to grab her hand for the first time."
We can only imagine how sparks flew during their first kiss! Congrats, you two!