When Counting On star Josiah Duggar married Lauren Swanson last month, her dad Dwain Swanson couldn’t hold back his emotions. TLC just released some behind-the-scenes footage of the big day, and when Dwain saw his daughter in her dress for the first time before walking her down the aisle, he couldn’t hold back the tears.
As In Touch Weekly reports, Josiah and Lauren tied the knot on June 30th at the John Brown University Cathedral of The Ozarks in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, in front of friends and family. And when Dwain saw his 19-year-old daughter in her lace dress and veil, he cried while beaming with pride.
“Seeing my dad for the first look, it’s hard to put into words just how sweet and special [it is],” Lauren said. “Of all the years he has raised me up, and now… he wouldn’t sell me for a million dollars, but here he is, giving me away.”
When Kendra Caldwell married Joseph Duggar last September, her dad officiated the ceremony. And, when Joy-Anna Duggar married Austin Forsyth in May 2017, his dad did the same. So, when Lauren and Josiah tied the knot, Duane kept up the tradition and had the honor of officiating the wedding.
But the proud papa wasn’t the only one crying. Josiah also reacted with tears when he saw his bride walking down the aisle, and both the bride and groom were absolutely glowing when they exchanged their vows and shared their first kiss.
Josiah said it was a struggle not to kiss Lauren while they were courting, so when he finally got the chance to give her a smooch, he went all in and dipped her while they locked lips. In an online-only TLC wedding special, Josiah revealed that he and Lauren are “like two magnets,” so waiting to kiss was difficult.
In the special, viewers also get to see how nervous Josiah was before the wedding, but once he and Lauren exchanged vows, he was excited to carry his bride away while the audience cheered. After six months of courting with no physical contact, Josiah took full advantage of finally being able to touch his bride.
The couple has only known each other for about nine months, but you can tell that they are head-over-heels in love and excited about being married.
Fans can catch Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson’s two-part wedding special – which is now available online – on TLC Go.
New episodes of Counting On will return to TLC on Monday, July 30th.