Counting On stars Joy-Anna and Jana Duggar enjoyed some wedding dress shopping this past weekend with their good friend Carlin Bates. The Bringing Up Bates star posted a pic of the trio on her Instagram Stories, and told fans that she was “sooo ready” for her highly-anticipated nuptials.
Bates is engaged to her longtime boyfriend Evan Stewart, and they revealed their wedding news just one week after they celebrated their two-year courting anniversary. Last month, she told People Magazine that saying “yes” to Stewart was a dream come true and a once in a lifetime opportunity.
“I’m overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness that Evan put into this surprise destination engagement. It was a magical place with the one person that completes me in every way! I’m overjoyed to be his fiancé!” said Bates.
According to In Touch Weekly, Stewart took to Instagram just before he popped the question and wished Bates a happy anniversary. He wrote that he couldn’t believe it had been two years since he fell in love with her, and he wouldn’t trade what they have for anything in the world.
Stewart also called Bates his best friend, encourager, and his everything, and he added that he couldn’t wait to be her husband and spend forever with her.
The Bates and Duggars have a ton in common and have been good friends for years. When Bates celebrated Joy-Anna’s 21st birthday, she met her son Gideon for the first time, and couldn’t help but gush about the “little man” on Instagram.
Bates met up with Joy-Anna and her brothers Jedidiah and Jeremiah for dinner at Longhorn Steakhouse. And she was excited to spend time with her bestie on her birthday.
In other Duggar dining out news, Jessa had dinner with Jana and her best friend, Laura DeMasie, just one month after DeMasie revealed she wasn’t dating Jana. The ladies went out for dinner, and Jessa documented the evening on her Instagram. She even added a pic of her dish at Noodles in Fay, Arkansas.
Joy-Anna And Jana Duggar Are All Smiles While Wedding Dress Shopping For Carlin Bates https://t.co/ZIcyJ0Zz4s
— Gina Lawriw (@GinaLawriw) October 31, 2018
Jana and DeMasie were all smiles in their photo. Fans had speculated for months that a romance was brewing between the two best friends. DeMasie spends a lot of time at the Duggar house, and she often shows up in their social media. She has also joined the Duggars for various family trips.
But, Jana Duggar has said in the past that she is simply waiting for the right guy. And, even if she was gay, the likelihood of her coming out – since her family is famous for their traditional family values – is pretty small.
New episodes of Counting On will return to TLC in 2019.