Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar surprised everyone by announcing that their fifth daughter Joy Anna married fiancé Austin Forsyth on Friday 26 May. The couple got engaged nearly three months ago and said "I Do" in a private ceremony attended by only friends and family.
"What an absolutely wonderful day our family will always treasure. 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 Duggar family blog post announcement read. It was accompanied by a stunning picture of the 19-year-old new bride and her charming groom.
"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," Joy-Anna told People.
Their wedding was expected to take place later this year and so the sudden announcement has stunned the family's fans. The Duggars also announced the engagement of son Joseph and his girlfriend Kendra Caldwell, which took place during the wedding of their fifth daughter.
"We are so pleased to announce that Joe and Kendra are now engaged to be married! Our sweet Joe is on the verge of starting his own family. We are so happy for them both. Above all, we are so thankful for their love and commitment to Christ. We are so excited about another Duggar wedding in the near future! We know wonderful days are ahead for Joe and Kendra and we are looking forward to every moment! Our entire family rejoices," Michelle and Jim Bob said in an official statement.
It is now assumed that the family had a quiet summer wedding for Joy Anna in order to save the big party for Joseph's wedding probably later this year. The last quarter of the year is usually marriage season at the Evangelical Christian family — their daughters, Jill, Jessa and Jinger got married around the time.