Josiah Duggar admits he 'struggled' to wait until his wedding to kiss Lauren Swanson
Josiah Duggar was overwhelmed to see the woman of his dreams - Lauren Swanson - walk down the aisle in her pristine white wedding gown; he even teared up. And so, his anticipation was quite evident when he kissed his bride. The much-in-love couple, who tied the knot on June 30, had a tough time keeping their hands off each other (Duggar family tradition) but for Josiah, it was especially hard.
"It definitely has been a struggle for both of us. Just waiting...it's like two magnets," Josiah, 21, said, as reported by InTouch Weekly. The pair tied the knot at the John Brown University Cathedral Of The Ozarks in Siloam Springs, surrounded by their loved ones.
In the online episode of 'Counting On,' which was released on July 18, Josiah talks about the struggle of not kissing Lauren before the wedding.
Even though the couple was quite nervous about their wedding, they could not be more excited and impatient to say - 'I Dos.' Just like every other Duggar family member, they also followed the strict no-touching rule. But the moment Josiah and Lauren were pronounced husband and wife, he jumped to the occasion to show his affection for her, and swept her off in his arms, as the entire crowd cheered for the newly married couple.
The pair had known each other for only nine months before they decided to get married. However, they were thrilled to take the next step in their life, and the family had approved of Lauren long before the two wed. In one of the clips of the show, Jessa Duggar said of Lauren, "I remember thinking, this family is so sweet. Like genuinely kind, to the core. Lauren is very precious. We already think of her as one of the sisters."
Meanwhile, Lauren's family was more than happy about her wedding to Josiah and her father, Dwain, also became emotional the moment he saw his daughter in the wedding dress. Speaking about which Lauren shared: "Seeing my dad for the first look, it's hard to put into words just how sweet and special [it is]. She added: "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," InTouch Weekly quoted her saying.
Jim and Bob Duggar took to their website to express their joy in welcoming Lauren into the family. "We are thrilled to announce the marriage of Josiah and Lauren Duggar! God has richly blessed us by adding Lauren to our family. We know he has great plans for them and we are overjoyed that he has brought them together. Thank you to all for prayers and support as Josiah and Lauren start their journey together!" they wrote.
Josiah and Lauren also reflected on their marriage as they wrote, "What a joy it is to be husband and wife! Our wedding day was absolutely perfect! What was even more perfect was to see my beautiful bride walking down the aisle. We are so thankful the Lord has brought us to this place and we can’t wait to begin our journey as husband and wife!"