On Saturday afternoon, newlyweds Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard shared their first kiss in front of 1,000 guests.
“It was worth the wait,” Mrs. Jill Dillard told People of saving her first kiss for marriage.
Family and friends later proved they were happy for Derick and Jill by yelling “kiss! kiss! kiss!” when the couple prepared to leave the reception in a vintage pickup. Beforehand, the large group enjoyed more than 600 cupcakes, 3,000 chocolate-chip cookies and 3,000 root-beer floats for guests — which were all made by Duggars or friends.
“I’m so grateful to all the volunteers who helped put everything together for the wedding,” mom Michelle Duggar said. “Everyone has worked hard and done an amazing job.”
A hand-painted sign at the reception.
As for decor at the reception, Jill and Derick thoughtfully displayed her mother’s wedding gown and his late father’s police uniform.
“We want to think about the importance of marriage,” Jill explained. “And what it means to be married.”
Although there was no dancing, the Duggars said there was still plenty of room for fun at the reception, which was held at Cross Church in Springdale, Ark.
“I think we should have done more pranks at the wedding,” said 15-year-old Jeremiah Duggar. “But, they did a good job. Derick is my brother-in-law. He’s a good guy. I’m stuck with him now, so good thing.”
Jill and Derick also took time to thank everyone by going through a 1,000-person receiving line. According to People, 30 different states were represented by those in attendance. One of the main guests of honor was Derick’s ailing mother, who came straight from the hospital where she’s getting cancer treatment.
The bride’s family also played big roles throughout the day. Her sisters were all bridesmaids or flower girls, while some of her brothers were groomsmen or ring bearers. Oldest brother Josh Duggar even served as the reception’s emcee.
Youngest sister Josie Duggar in her flower girl dress.
The whole Duggar family will return to TLC this fall with new episodes of 19 Kids and Counting… Unfortunately, that means we have to wait a while for actual footage from the big day.