Stop the presses and put an end to the speculation:
Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth are married.
It’s finally true! And oh so exciting!
For the past several days, fans of this reality star have been wondering whether or not she and her long-time acquaintance had tied the knot.
There was chatter just a few days ago that Joy-Anna Duggar married Austin Forsyth last weekend in their native Arkansas.
A top Duggar social media source, the Facebook page “Duggar Family News: Life Is Not all Pickles & Hairspray, fueled this speculation.
Some sources reported that their wedding had, indeed, taken place, although we later learned this not the case after all.
Now, however, we can state with certainty that the 19-year-old Joy and the 23-year-old Austin are wife and husband.
Because they’ve confirmed it themselves!
“We feel so happy and so excited,” the couple told People Magazine after getting married on Friday in a church full of family members and loved ones.
The publication has even included a photo of Joy-Anna in her wedding dress for its exclusive article regarding the nuptials.
Adds the bride of her big day and her new husband:
“Leading up, it was so surreal until I was walking down the aisle and then I was like, ‘Oh my goodness, it’s actually here.’
“We are going to be traveling for our Honeymoon for awhile.”
The young star got engaged just a few months after announcing their courtship on the special episode of Counting On: Jinger’s Wedding in November.
This is typical protocol for members of the family, of course.
Due to the very strict Duggar dating rules, they are barely allowed to do more than whisper in one another’s ears while dating.
Heck, you can’t even hold hands until you’re engaged.
Therefore, it makes sense they’d want to get married as soon as possible once they find someone they like a whole lot.
In Joy-Anna and Austin’s case, the two were family friends for 15 years before entering into a courtship last fall.
“It’s really special that I got to grow up with him and my family knows him really well,” Joy-Anna said of Austin back in February.
Speaking on their shared history and relationship, the teenager acknowledged at the time that she’s relatively young to be engaged.
At the same time, she’s witnessed successful relationships across the board when it comes to her gigantic family.
“Watching my sisters go through that with their courtships sets a really good example,” she told People, adding:
“I was able to ask them just a lot of questions and wisdom about what they did and didn’t do and then just making it special.”
“Showing him how much I appreciate him, it’s been amazing.”
Joy-Anna and Austin, meanwhile, recorded a video for TLC so soon after their nuptials that the former is still in her gown.
(Hence the photo above).
In this preview, the newlyweds tease the June 12 return of Counting On and make it clear that they’re totally psyched to be married.
“Saying our vows and saying ‘I do’ and committing our lives to each other is so incredible,” the bride said, beaming with joy.
“I am so blessed to be married to him.”
And Austin agrees.
“I’m just looking forward to getting to share my life, its good time and its challenges, with my best friend,” says in this same teaser.
How do famous parent Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar feel about the bump in status for their daughter and official new son-in-law?
Pretty darn good!
“What an absolutely wonderful day our family will always treasure,” they wrote on Instagram last night.
“As parents, we could not be more grateful for the godly woman Joy has become, and the loving husband she married!
“We love you, Joy and Austin and are so happy for you both, as you embark on this exciting journey together!”
The wedding itself, along with many other details of this relationship, will be featured on the June 12 premiere of TLC’s Counting On.
And the Joy-Anna Duggar pregnancy talk can begin right now!
This wedding comes after sister Jinger Duggar got hitched to Jeremy Vuolo in November 2016.
And this ceremony followed in the marital footsteps of siblings Jill and Jessa Duggar to Derek Dillard in June 2014 and Ben Seewald in November 2014, respectively.
Finally, guess what:
Joseph Duggar and Kendra Caldwell got engaged at Joy-Anna’s reception! The 22-year-old popped the question to his 18-year-old fiancee!
“We are super excited. It’s great to not be courting anymore, now we’re engaged!” the couple shared with People shortly afterward.
We send our hearty congratulations to Joy-Anna and Austin … and to Joseph and Kendra too! Quite a weekend in Tontitown!