’19 Kids and Counting’: The Duggars Celebrate Erin Bates’ Sweet Wedding

Tue, April 15, 2014 11:04pm EDT by 7 Comments

The Duggars have weddings on the brain! On the April 15 episode of ’19 Kids & Counting,’ the entire family heads to Tennessee for family friend, Erin Bates’ wedding. Jim Bob and Michelle are overcome with emotion watching Erin being given away by her father, and thinking how that special moment is in their not-so-distant future.

The Duggar Family packed up and headed to Tennessee on 19 Kids & Counting for family friend, Erin Bates wedding to Chad Paine. However, during the ceremony, Jim Bob and Michelle could only think about how their daughters could be getting married soon and leaving the nest. Which Duggar could be the next to get married? Keep reading to find out!

The Duggars Head To Tennessee

All 19 Duggars hit the road to help Erin Bates celebrate her wedding to Chad Paine. Normally Jessa, 21, is in charge of packing for the younger siblings, but due to her recent courtship to Ben Seewald, she has been preoccupied — sounds like a girl in love!

Michelle describes the difference between dating and courtship as, “Courtship is when you are seeing an individual and there is an attraction, but the goal is to find out if this is a person that you could marry.” Now, that fun chore has been passed down to younger sister, Jinger.

In preparation for the wedding, the Duggar girls came up with the idea to give Erin a gag gift, hoping to capitalize on the fact that the bride-to-be is not the best cook. The girls put together a basket full of fun items such as a miniature fire extinguisher and oven mitts. The gift was also very sweet though, as the girls put together a recipe book full of easy-to-make dishes along with great take out menus and gift cards. A wonderful idea!

Finally, it was time to get on the road. Jessa was joined on the bus by Ben and his mother who decided to take the 12 hour ride with the large family. Jim Bob decided to take this opportunity to get to know Ben better by asking him what kind of girl he is looking for, and what is important to him in a relationship.

Ben is honestly the sweetest, and he seems truly enthralled with Jessa. Ben told Jim Bob that he is looking for a girl that has a great and deep relationship with the Lord and who is obviously beautiful. Jim Bob and Ben both agreed that this description is exactly Jessa!

The Duggars Arrive In Time For Erin’s Wedding

Finally the 12 hour bus ride is over and the Duggars and Bates can catch up and finish preparing for the wedding. Erin was thrilled to see her best friends and could not wait to show off her beautiful wedding dress. Erin’s dress fit her perfectly and was very traditional with full sleeves and a conservative neckline.

Erin and husband-to-be Chad then took Jessa and Ben to see their new house. Chad is so sweet and you could really see how much he loves Erin. He loves her so much that he even let her paint their master bedroom baby pink!

Meanwhile back at the church, Michelle was helping Erin’s mother decorate and accidentally ripped off a large chunk of paint from the wall — whoops! Finally everything was set up and ready for Erin’s wedding the next day.

Erin And Chad Finally Say ‘I Do’

This wedding was full of emotions for Jim Bob and Michelle who couldn’t help but think about their own weddings that will be taking place in the not-so-distant future.

“We were thrilled when Josh married Anna, we were receiving a daughter-in-law. But when you give your daughter to a man, it just seems so different,” Michelle said. We don’t blame them for thinking about their own girls weddings, both Jess and Jill are in courtships.

Chad and Erin met three years ago through a ministry that they were involved in, on Valentines Day — talk about the perfect story to share with your kids one day!

On the morning of their wedding, the sweetest moment was when the bride and groom stood on opposite sides of a door so they could not see each other, but were still able to join hands and say a prayer together before being joined as husband and wife.

Chad and Erin saved their first kiss for their wedding ceremony, something that Jess and Ben have agreed to do as well.  The couple looked so happy to finally be able to embrace one another — it was so sweet. Another highlight to the ceremony was when Erin and Chad took time to thank their parents and to give them flowers. It was a really nice moment and such a great idea.

The gorgeous couple thanked everyone for coming, ate their cake, and then headed on their way — but not before embracing one more time in front of their cheering guests!

The wedding was stunning and everyone was so happy for the couple. We can’t wait to see another wedding soon — this time in the Duggar family. It doesn’t look like we will have to wait much longer, because as we previously reported, Jill and Derek Dillard are now engaged!

What do YOU think, HollyMoms? Did you think Erin and Chad’s wedding was gorgeous? Which Duggar girl do you think will get married first?

— Caitlin Beck 

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