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Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard’s Wedding Weekend

posted: 06/21/14
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Jill and Derick Videos: Revisit the best moments of Jill and Derick's romance.

Congratulations to Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard! According to, the couple had their first kiss at their wedding ceremony and are now officially husband and wife. The Duggar-sized wedding was held at the Cross Church in Springdale, Arkansas on June 21 with over 1000 friends and family members in attendance.

"It really hit me that Jill was leaving as she was packing her bag the other night," Jill's father Jim Bob told "We all realized she was really leaving. We are so glad that Derick is an answer to her prayers. It's an emotional time, but a joyful time."

And of course all of the Duggars pitched in to make the day extra special., reports that the wedding party included five of her sisters as bridesmaids, two brothers as groomsmen, her sisters and a niece as flower girls, five brothers as ushers and a brother and nephew sharing ring-bearer responsibilities. The couple will be heading off on their honeymoon after their reception.

"I'm so grateful to all the volunteers who helped put everything together for the wedding," Michelle told "Everyone has worked hard and done an amazing job."

The volunteer friends and family members helped make more than 600 cupcakes, 3,000 chocolate-chip cookies and 3,000 root-beer floats for the "Sweet and Salty" wedding reception.

One of the highlights for the day was Derick and Jill's first kiss which they saved for their wedding day. Jill told, "It was worth the wait."

The previous night, got an exclusive peek at the wedding rehearsal dinner Friday night and shared all the details of this special evening. reported that Jill's dad Jim Bob was very emotional the night before his daughter's big day, saying "I've been crying half the day, so I'm making jokes to keep from crying." He also asked the guests to pray for Derick's mother, Cathy, who is battling cancer and was unable to attend the rehearsal.

After the rehearsal, the guests feasted on a Duggar-style picnic spread including barbecue, baked beans, and an ice cream sundae session, also reported.

Jill Duggar is the first of Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar's daughters to leave the nest after meeting Derick through her an introduction from her father. At the time, Derick was doing volunteer work in Nepal. The two became engaged in late March. The entire Duggar family has been closely involved in all steps of the courtship and engagement.

Jill and Derick Videos: Revisit the best moments of Jill and Derick's romance.

The wedding will be featured in a special episode of "19 Kids and Counting" airing later this year on TLC.

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