Jessa Duggar Is Engaged to Ben Seewald!


There's another wedding in the works for TLC's Duggar family! The stars of 19 Kids and Counting, who just celebrated daughter Jill's wedding to Derick Dillard in June, are now prepping for another wedding — that of third-oldest daughter, Jessa.

Jessa got engaged to Ben Seewald on Thursday, following a 11-month courtship. In the tight-knit family, the children often save holding hands until their engagement and their first kiss until their wedding day. This means that Jessa and Ben just started holding hands for the first time.

As family patriarch Jim Bob Duggar has explained, "Courting is getting to know each other in a group setting, both families spending time together and the couple setting goals together to determine if they are meant to marry. With dating, a couple will often pair off alone and that sometimes leads to a more physical relationship."

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But that choice has not been an impediment to their connection. "We do have a lot in common," Jessa told People during their courtship. "He is a mellow personality, very romantic and very sweet. I am very cut and dried. And my sisters are coaching me on sweet romantic things to say."

"People always ask us when we are getting married," Ben told People at the wedding of during Jill and Derek's wedding. "We don't feel pressure to get married. If there's any pressure, it's a good kind of pressure."

Jessa and Ben met in church last year and then asked Jessa's parents if they could correspond via text and on the phone. Like her parents, the two are also reportedly planning a big family. Whether it exceeds 19 children, it remains to be seen.

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