Fans of the TLC reality show 19 Kids & Counting and it’s spinoff Counting On are familiar with the strict Duggar family courting and engagement rules, which include no kissing, full hugs, and no unchaperoned dates. However, in a new video released by TLC, Joseph Duggar and Kendra Caldwell appear to be alone before they got married. Did the newlyweds break a strict Duggar rule before they tied the knot?
The two discussed their upcoming wedding while enjoying a picnic together, and it appeared there was no chaperone in sight. Even though spending some alone time together before walking down the aisle is normal for most couples, the appearance of Duggar and Caldwell seemingly enjoying a solo date surprised many fans.
But, after further review, you can see one of the older Duggar sisters walking in the background of an unedited clip. So much for breaking the rules!
If Joseph had gone an unchaperones date, it wouldn’t be the first time a Duggar kid broke the rules. Joy-Anna Duggar-Forsyth and her husband Austin Forsyth admitted to breaking courting and engagement rules before they got married in May.
Duggar and Caldwell got married last month in front of 2,000 of their closest friends and family, after a short three-month engagement. Of course, TLC cameras were on hand to document the big day, and fans finally got to see how it all went down in the most recent episode of Counting On.
The Hollywood Gossip highlighted the biggest moments, which included the couple’s much anticipated first kiss. But, before the ceremony, Duggar spent time with his parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, and they shared with their son some marriage wisdom followed by a prayer.
After marrying off four daughters in a row, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, and Joy-Anna, this was the first time in nine years that the Duggar parents watched one of their sons say, “I do.”
One of the most original moments of the day featured a stuntman who descended from the ceiling Mission Impossible style to present Joseph Duggar and Kendra Caldwell’s rings.
After the two exchanged rings, they shared their first kiss. But then the power in the church suddenly went out, leaving everyone in the dark for a moment. Luckily, candles covered the stage, so it wasn’t a complete blackout.
After the pastor pronounced them husband and wife, the two enjoyed a now-legal front hug, and they looked blissfully happy to finally be married.