Well, we finally got to watch Jessa Duggar marry Ben Seewald on last night's episode of 19 Kids and Counting (seriously, it feels like we had to wait a lifetime to actually see the big day go down), and though we knew many of the details in advance, such as the wedding dress, rings, and ice cream sundae desserts, there were still moments that caught us by surprise. There are so many weddings to go around in the Duggar family that you'd think they'd be fresh out of emotions, but we ended up tearing up quite a few times while watching! Here, a few cry-worthy moments:
Jinger's Sisterly Love
Jessa has always been as thick as thieves with her younger sister Jinger, and it's never been more apparent than in Jinger's rehearsal dinner speech. "I just have to say that I am so thankful for...just...I am so undeserving," she started, with tears in her eyes. "I just love Jessa. She has always been there. For my lowest points and stuff, she has been the one encouraging me, standing beside me, regardless of what I've gone through. It's something that I'm just so grateful for...And I'm thankful for Ben for coming into Jessa's life, and I'm just super excited to see what God has in the future for both of y'all."
Jim Bob's Glass Case of Emotion
The Duggar patriarch has now seen three of his 19 children get married, but he's still a wellspring of emotion. He got so heartfelt before the wedding ceremony that he made the normally-stoic Jessa tear up! Her realization that she forgot to wear waterproof mascara, though, softened that raw moment.
Ben's Deep Vows
It was pretty adorable watching Ben get practically paralyzed with nervousness before the ceremony. Not only did he bring a a toothbrush, mouthwash and mints for their first kiss (ever), he forgot the wedding rings! With a little help and a lot of mustered-up courage, he got it together in time for his absolutely romantic vows. "You are the love of my life," he said. "You're my best friend, and I've learned so much through your love for me, and today is a beautiful day because I have the privilege of committing my life and all that I am. From the depth of my being I will seek to be open and honest with you. I will forever be there to laugh with you, to lift you up and to love you unconditionally through all of our adventures and our life together."
Jill and Derick's Wedded Bliss
If Jessa and Ben's marriage is anything like Jill and Derick Dillard's, they have a lot of joy to look forward to. Case in point? At one point in last night's episode, Derick looked adoringly at his pregnant wife and wisely said, "Love makes a happy marriage." Awww!