On the Counting On season finale on Monday night, TLC will show Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson's June nuptials at John Brown University Cathedral of the Ozarks in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, complete with the couple's first kiss. And according to the groom, that first smooch took some serious prep work. Josiah told People in an interview that he practiced for his big first kiss—by making out with his hand.
In the episode's teaser, Josiah, 22, is shown discussing that "You may now kiss the bride" moment with his brother Joseph, 23, ahead of his big day. Joseph recently celebrated his own wedding to Kendra Caldwell.
“As far as the first kiss goes, I mean, I’m sure you can figure it out,” Joseph told his brother. “It’s not really that complicated.”
“I asked her just to stay still...and then kind of go with it,” Josiah said.
“That’s what we did,” Joseph confirmed. “Either one side or the other, but it looks better when the guy goes, I think. I don’t think you’re going to have a problem—y’all probably already talked about it.”
But in case the whole 'kind of go with it' approach didn't work, Josiah had a backup plan to make sure his bride got one good smooch at the altar.
“I was thinking, you know what? I wonder what it feels like,” Josiah explained. “So I practiced on my hand. I think practicing on my hand was just to see what it felt like from her side—you can’t kiss a tree and expect to see what it’s going to feel like for her.”
“So if you kiss on your hand, you can feel...like, ‘Okay, maybe I should make my lips more full,’ or whatever, and kind of think of it from that perspective,” he added. “You’ve got to think about it!”
The Duggar family has extremely conservative dating rules, which don't allow couples to have any sort of physical contact before marriage (with the exception of side hugs). So for Josiah, this first kiss was extra special.
“It is interesting to think this is the first day in my life I get to kiss a girl, right smack dab on the lips,” reflected Josiah. “I mean, it’s special. It really is a special moment for us, and I’ll try to make sure it’s not just a peck—I’ll make sure it’s good.”
Uhh... Practice makes perfect, we guess?