Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson are man and wife!
According to People, the couple tied the knot on Saturday at John Brown University Cathedral of the Ozarks in Siloam Springs Arkansas. The couple originally planned to get married on New Year's Eve, but they moved their wedding up.
“What a joy it is to be husband and wife!” the couple told PEOPLE. “Our wedding day was absolutely perfect!”
Josiah revealed how wonderful it was to see his wife in her wedding dress: “What was even more perfect was to see my beautiful bride walking down the aisle. We are so thankful the Lord has brought us to this place and we can’t wait to begin our journey as husband and wife!”
According to People, the bride wore a gown from The White Dress Boutique. The eight bridesmaids wore handmade blush-colored dresses sewn by Jana Duggar and Josh Duggar's wife Anna. Dwain Swanson, Lauren's father, officiated the wedding.
The couple has been engaged since March. They officially announced their courtship in January.
“We are overjoyed to begin this new phase of our lives together,” Josiah told PEOPLE in January. “Through the years our families’ friendship has allowed us to get to know one another as friends. I can definitely say I have found a great friend … even better than I could have hoped for or imagined.”
He continued: “I so appreciate Lauren’s Christlike character and tender heart toward others. She brings sunshine into the room and encourages everyone around her. It’s always stood out to me that in every situation, she looks for the one who appears to be sad or lonely and quickly can brighten their day by sharing words of hope, an encouraging scripture, a prayer or even a simple smile with them.”
Lauren is the eldest of eight children. She has been a family friend of the Duggars for years.