Counting On's Josiah Duggar married Lauren Swanson are married! The couple tied the knot at John Brown University Cathedral of the Ozarks in Siloam Springs, Arkansas earlier today, and proved that the family just never stops counting.
The couple confirmed the exciting news with People earlier today, telling the publication in a joint statement, “What a joy it is to be husband and wife! Our wedding day was absolutely perfect!"
The 21-year-old groom added “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!”
Swanson wore a gorgeous short sleeved gown from The White Dress Boutique, while her eight bridesmaids wore blush-colored dresses that were handmade by Jana Duggar and Josh Duggar’s wife Anna.
Lauren’s father, Dwain Swanson, officiated the ceremony. The couple chose a rustic romance theme for their big day, incorporating flowers, wood and iron into the decor and opted for a handful of color schemes, including grey and blue, pink and olive, plus green and white. The newlyweds treated their guests to cupcakes, a candy bar and heart-shaped wedding cake.
“We are overjoyed to begin this new phase of our lives together,” Josiah told People at the time. “Through the years our families’ friendship has allowed us to get to know one another as friends. I can definitely say I have found a great friend … even better than I could have hoped for or imagined.”
He continued: “I so appreciate Lauren’s Christlike character and tender heart toward others. She bring sunshine into the room and encourages everyone around her. It’s always stood out to me that in every situation, she looks for the one who appears to be sad or lonely and quickly can brighten their day by sharing words of hope, an encouraging scripture, a prayer or even a simple smile with them.”