Jessa Duggar Surprises Her Wedding Guests on '19 Kids and Counting'

by Meredith B. Kile 11:13 PM PDT, March 31, 2015
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19 Kids and Counting fans missed one major tradition during Jessa and Ben's wedding special, the couple's first kiss!

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After a beautiful ceremony, when the pastor pronounced second-eldest Duggar daughter Jessa and Ben Seewald husband and wife, the newlyweds and their wedding party bolted off the stage -- to the Arkansas Razorback theme -- leaving their guests wondering.

Turns out, Jessa and Ben decided to share their first kiss in private, away from their congregated friends and family and out of sight of the TLC cameras.

"It was their desire that they would share this unique and precious time alone," the pastor announced to their surprised guests, mugging a bit to give the newlyweds more time to smooch.

"Our first kiss was nice, slow and romantic," Jessa said later, smiling alongside her new hubby, who agreed, "It was better than doing it up there on the stage."

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For his part, Jim Bob Duggar couldn’t avoid a classic "dad joke" as the new couple finally kissed publicly for photos after the ceremony.

"Looks like they figured out how to do it!" he laughed.

Family members spoke fondly of the couple at the reception as they watched them toast (with water) and share bites of ice cream (instead of a cake). Brother Jackson even shot additional footage for the family's TLC reality show with a handheld camera.

"When I saw Jessa come out with her wedding dress, I was just stunned," said sister Jinger. "She is a beautiful bride."

Older sister Jana couldn’t help but guess at the couple’s future.

"Hopefully have kids," she said. "They keep talking about adoption, so I’m sure they’ll have lots of little ones running around."

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Duggar parents Jim Bob and Michelle were extra emotional throughout the day, reminiscing back to their own wedding day thirty years earlier. Jessa even paid a sweet tribute to her folks when she reenacted one of their wedding photos with her new hubby.

"I am so excited that our Jessa 'Blessa' is married to Ben Seewald," Michelle told the cameras with tears in her eyes. "They are a precious couple."

"I think the most memorable thing for me is that they didn’t kiss up on stage," said eldest Duggar brother Josh. "I guess that’s their thing."

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