19 Kids and Counting‘s Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald got engaged last Thursday — with TLC cameras along for the ride!
Shortly after Ben popped the questions to his lady of 11 months, the giddy pair explained he staged the proposal at the Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs at the end of a scavenger hunt.
There’s a little glimpse of Jessa Duggar’s engagement ring!
“I’ve been planning this day for several months,” Ben explained. “Just talking to people, getting ideas and thinking about… Trying to be creative. Like, ‘How can I make this a day to remember?'”
Jessa added she was in the dark about it all.
“With every clue, I was really excited, but I was also nervous the whole time,” she said. “I was like, ‘I don’t know where he is. He could show up at any point. He’s probably behind me right now on his knees.'”
Jim Bob Duggar and Michelle Duggar were apparently also present for the proposal and said they are very happy for their daughter. Jim Bob told TLC, “We appreciate everybody’s prayers and everybody’s encouragement for our family. It’s really exciting about Jessa and Ben’s relationship and now their engagement… And it probably won’t be too long before they’re tying the knot.”
Indeed, the couple didn’t waste any time before taking some engagement pictures. (And, of course, with diving into the wonderful world that is hand-holding!)
Although Ben and Jessa haven’t said much about their engagement besides in the TLC video, his parents told People they believe the relationship has helped mature 19-year-old Ben.
“I was the same age as Ben when I was going through the same thing,” said Michael Seewald, Ben’s dad. “For me, it helped to mature me. A committed relationship does a lot to mature a young man. It does make them grow up a little bit. I can see that happening to Ben already.”
Guinn Seewald added of her future daughter-in-law, “She is very strong. She is very intelligent. She has a lot to offer to a conversation. She has great ideas — I have enjoyed getting to know her.”
New episodes of 19 Kids and Counting premiere on TLC on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 9/8c. Before then, TLC is airing Dishing with the Duggars for three weeks straight, beginning on Monday, Aug. 25 at 1/12c p.m.