Counting On star Josiah Duggar married Lauren Swanson last weekend in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, at the John Brown University Cathedral of the Ozarks, and the ceremony was a surprise to many fans since the couple had been so secretive about their wedding details after announcing their engagement in March. Some believe the couple kept everything under wraps because they had the most scandalous Duggar courtship so far.
“What a joy it is to be husband and wife!” the couple told People Magazine shortly after they tied the knot. They also said that their wedding day was “perfect,” and Duggar added it was “more perfect” to see Swanson walking down the aisle.
They also said that they couldn’t wait to begin their journey together as a married couple.
Lauren’s dad Dwain Swanson officiated the ceremony, and their decorations included flowers, iron, and wood. They also had different color combinations, including pink and olive, gray and blue, and green and white.
The bride wore a gown from the White Dress Boutique, and she had eight bridesmaids who wore blush-colored dresses that Jana Duggar and Anna Duggar made by hand.
As The Hollywood Gossip reports, the mystery that is Josiah and Lauren’s romance started back in January when they announced they were courting, and then immediately started talking marriage. Even for a Duggar, things seemed to move pretty quickly.
Josiah, one of the more rebellious kids in the family, actually courted once before. Back in 2015, he started a relationship with Marjorie Jackson, but the two split after just a few months together.
After Josiah and Lauren announced their engagement in March, it looked like they were planning on a summer wedding. But then their Bed Bath & Beyond gift registry had a wedding date of New Year’s Eve. However, they switched back to June 30th, which obviously sparked the rumor of a shotgun wedding.
The couple broke a few rules during their courtship. They appeared to FaceTime and go on dates without chaperones, participated in some public displays of affection, and Lauren wore some skirts that hit above the knee. So, fans think they may have broken the ultimate Duggar courting rule and had relations before they got married.
If Lauren is pregnant, we will find out soon enough. But even if that does happen in the next few weeks, the family will go with the story that they conceived on their honeymoon – just like Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth.
Catch Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson when Season 8 of Counting On premieres July 30th on TLC.