Josiah Duggar And New Wife Lauren Swanson Open Up About Their ‘Absolutely Perfect’ Wedding Day

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Josiah Duggar, number eight of the 19 Duggar children, just tied the knot with Lauren Swanson! The 21-year-old married his 18-year-old bride in a beautiful ceremony at John Brown University’s Cathedral of the Ozarks in Siloam Spring, Arkansas.

The Duggar family, known for their TLC shows 19 Kids and Counting and Counting On, is an enormous family. When they first began appearing on television, the kids were all pretty young, and parents Jim Bob and Michelle were still having babies (in fact, the first show was called 17 Kids and Counting).

Now, the oldest kids are all grown up, and they’re starting families of their own. Josiah “Si” is the most recent Duggar child to get married. He and Lauren Swanson got hitched on June 30, 2018.

Back in January, Josiah and Lauren announced that they were courting — the Duggar version of dating. Just six weeks later, the happy couple revealed that they had gotten engaged! And now, less than seven months after they began courting, Josiah and Lauren have officially become husband and wife.

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Lauren and Josiah are married! The Duggar family’s Instagram account announced the marriage of the two love birds, writing, “What a beautiful day it has been celebrating the wedding of Josiah and Lauren!”

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Lauren has been a friend of the Duggar family for years, but she was stunned when Josiah asked her to start courting in January. She (of course) agreed to enter into a courtship, and the relationship progressed quickly from there.

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Just six weeks later, Josiah popped the question. He shared a photo on Instagram, writing, “I feel like the most blessed guy on earth… Lauren said YES! God definitely opened our eyes in his perfect timing to show us how we complete each other. The more time I spend with Lauren the more I realize how I can’t live without her. There’s no one else I’d rather spend my days and grow old with!”

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Josiah is the seventh Duggar child to get married. His wedding followed a slew of other Duggar marriages — since November 2016, Jinger, Joy-Anna, and Joseph have all gotten married.

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Like his siblings, Josiah got married in a church. Lauren’s father, Dwain Swanson, officiated the marriage.

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According to People, Josiah and Lauren’s wedding had a romantic theme. Their wedding colors were grey and blue, green and white, and pink and olive.

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After the ceremony, wedding guests were treated to a reception complete with a candy bar, cupcakes, and a strawberry shortcake wedding cake.

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If the other Duggar weddings are any indication, chances are Lauren and Josiah dipped out of their reception early to head off on a romantic honeymoon!

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Some of Josiah’s siblings took to social media to congratulate the happy couple. Jill shared the above photo and wrote, “We are so happy for y’all!”

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In the next few months, Lauren and Josiah will probably start thinking about beginning a family.

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If they’re anything like Josiah’s siblings, Lauren will probably be pregnant before they know it!

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Lauren and Josiah definitely seem happy together. We’re certain to see a lot more of the two of them on Counting On in the future!

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Wondering which Duggar will get married next? Chances are it’ll be John-David; he and Abbie Burnett just started courting.

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