Counting On Recap: Joseph Duggar Marries Kendra Caldwell!

Last night on an emotional Counting On Season 6 Episode 5, Joseph Duggar and Kendra Caldwell geared up to marry each other.

Spoiler alert: They got the job done.

Even if you don’t watch Counting On online, you’re likely aware that Joe and Kendra wed last fall, and are now expecting a baby.

Things move quickly in this family.

Monday’s season finale marked a fun behind-the-scenes look at how it all unfolded, though, and there were even a few surprises.

“I am feeling really excited and kind of looking forward to seeing how everything’s going to play out in the rehearsal,” Kendra said.

At the rehearsal dinner, plenty of crying took place; Kendra’s little sister made the 19-year-old bride-to-be tear up hard during her speech.

Unmentioned during this episode was the little-known-fact that Joseph bumped out Jedidiah, who had his eye on Ms. Caldwell first.

Check out the link, it’s good. Just saying. Anyway …

Joe’s sister, Joy-Anna Duggar, then took the mic for her speech, saying, “First of all, I want to say, Joe, I’m so thankful for you.”

“You really did change my life. Just through my teen years, I was having a hard time taking my parents faith as my own.”

“You really befriended me as an older brother.”

Joy-Anna admitting the Duggars’ religion is too strict? Talk about burying the lead, TLC! Joy then told Kendra she loves her, too. Aww.

“The night before my wedding, I was excited,” Joe later said. “I was hoping I could just go to sleep. That makes the night go much faster.”

Hashtag facts.

The day of the wedding, Caldwell said she felt “amazing” but was “nervous” for her first kiss. Those urges were getting so strong.

“I didn’t have the urge to kiss him for a long time, but once the wedding got closer, I kept thinking, ‘I can’t wait to kiss you,’” Kendra said.

Joe said the feeling was mutual: “I love everything about Kendra,” he gushed. “I don’t know if there’s anything I don’t love.” Aww.

Kendra’s minister dad, Paul, was moved by the wedding day as well. “We raise our kids for this moment but it’s still surreal,” he said.

“It happens sooner than you think.”

Of course, the most emotional moment was when the bride walked down the aisle. Joe cried, even though he said he doesn’t.

“I lost it. I’m not a crier,” Joe said.

“No one sees me cry ever.”

Kendra added, “As I was making my way down the aisle, I realized he was bawling. I was totally shocked. It was such a sweet moment.”

“It started making me emotional.”

Then it was time for the kiss.

Not just any kiss. The first kiss of their LIVES, the one that signifies the end of side hugs and courtship rules and everything else.

And it was worth it.

“When I kissed Kendra, it was everything I ever hoped for and more,” Joe explained. “It was the most amazing thing ever,” she added.

Win-win then.

Of course, this is just the beginning. When Counting On returns this summer, we’ll see their honeymoon – and her pregnancy!


Ailing 5-Year Old Marries Best Friend, Is Too Precious for Words

WARNING: The following photo gallery will make you cry.

It's all but guaranteed.

But we still think it's worth your time to read about a five-year girl named Sophia Chiappalone.

She hails from Connecticut and she was born with a serious heart defect.

Prior to going in for her fourth surgery, Sophia told her parents that she wanted to marry her best friend, a four-year old named Hunter.

With the assistance of photographer Marisa Balletti-Lavoie, Sophia's parents turned this dream into an amazing reality.

Scroll down for all the details, and grab a box of tissues as you do:

1. This is Sophia

This is sophia
She has tragically been in and out of the hospital for most of her young life.

2. Such a Sad Story

Such a sad story
Sophia was born with a genetic heart defect and not expected to live past the age of two.

3. Sophia is Due to Undergo a Fourth Surgery on Her Heart

Sophia is due to undergo a fourth surgery on her heart
First, however, she asked for something special: Could she marry her best friend, Hunter?

4. Too Precious for Words

Too precious for words
“That’s all she wanted in the world, was to marry the love of her life,” Sophia’s mom, Kristy, told a local NBC affiliate.

5. The Perfect Bride

The perfect bride
“She was born with half of a heart — the whole right side of her heart was missing,” added Kristy to NBC upon sharing these photos and this story.

6. Enter Marisa Balletti-Lavoie

Enter marisa balletti lavoie
The photographer was only too happy to help with this special project. (And you can follow her on Facebook at Sassy Mouth Photo.)

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Colton Haynes Marries Jeff Leatham! And All of Hollywood Attends!

Wedding bells have rung for Colton Haynes and Jeff Leatham.

The beloved Arrow and Teen Wolf star exchanged vows on Friday evening with the Four Seasons artistic director Jeff Leatham in an event seemingly attended by everyone in Hollywood.

The ceremony was officiated by Kris Jenner and approximately 120 people watched the 29-year old and 46-year old become Husband and Husband.

“It’s just amazing when you find someone who kind of teaches you to love yourself more,” Haynes told People Magazine of Leatham, adding:

“The really great thing about being with Jeff is that since we got together my relationships with my friends have gotten better, my family relationships have gotten better.

When you learn to really love someone, it’s completely life-changing. Now we have this beautiful life together and this epic journey ahead.”

Haynes came out as gay in May of last year.

He and Leatham announced their engagement in March in Cabo San Lucas.

According to the aforementioned publication, famous guests included:

  • Sofia Vergara and husband Joe Manganiello
  • Melanie Griffith
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson
  • Lisa Rinna
  • Chelsea Clinton
  • Dylan O’Brien
  • Emily Rickards
  • Billie Lourd
  • Cheyenne Jackson

There was also a black-and-white dress code, along with a cocktail hour and crazy fun dance party afterward.

wedding guests

Leatham designed most of the wedding and reception himself.

He also wrote the following sweet message on Instagram two days ago:

“I have the honor and great pleasure of Marrying this Amazing Human Being tomorrow – I love him to the moon and back and I am Blessed to soon call him my #Husband/

“One more sleep baby.”

Speaking to People about the affair and his inspiration behind it, Leatham said the following:

“If you can imagine Cher meets a Guns ‘N Roses video and that’s the theme of the wedding,

“But more than the flowers and decorations, it’s really about everyone coming together and everyone you love being with in the same room.

“That was the most important thing for us.”

Leatham withHaynes

Haynes confirmed his relationship with Leatham on Valentine’s Day, about a month before the proposal.

“I SAID YES!!! Thank you @cher for the beautiful ‘I got you babe’ proposal lead in, you sounded incredible as always. The most special night of my life.” the actor captioned a picture of the couple after they agreed to marry.

Later on, Haynes actually proposed to Leatham and presented him with his own engagement ring.

Wrote Leatham at the time:

“I SAID YES !!! Not a bad day when you find YOUR engagement ring in a glass of vintage #domperignon and of course with Cher’s ‘I Got You Babe’ playing in the background.

“I Love YOU @coltonlhaynes — Now we are both engaged baby !!! Let’s get married — I Love you — Love You — Love You. #doubleengaged.”

Congrats to the newlyweds!