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These newlyweds didn't kiss each other until after they exchanged vows.

They finally did it. They kissed each other.

Jessa Duggar, 21, and Ben Seewald, 19, stars of the reality TV show Nineteen Kids and Counting, have married after an eleven-week engagement at the First Baptist Church in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Their courtship was arranged by Jessa’s father Jim Bob, but the couple declare that their love is a gift from God and in no way feels arranged or forced.

Jessa and Ben outside the church they were married in.

The Duggars follow an extremely religious doctrine, including a courtship followed by marriage, and they are only allowed to be with one another accompanied by a chaperone until this time.

That's why it wasn't until their wedding on Saturday that they shared their very first kiss. They decided to wait until the reception, whilst their 2,000 guests were occupied, to share this very first, intimate encounter.

Jessa's engagement ring
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"They wanted their very first kiss ever to be in private," Pastor Mike Schadt said. "It was important to the both of them."

What was apparently not-so-important was a wedding cake.

"I don't really like it," Jessa said. The two decided to go with ice cream sundaes instead. Toppings included chocolate, caramel, lollies and cookies. Jessa had chocolate while her spouse enjoyed mint chip.

Jessa wasn't allowed to hold Ben's hand until they were engaged, so she had to hold her own sometimes.

Because the couple decided not to kiss in front of family and friends, Jessa's parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, shared a kiss before the crowd, declaring "Now, you've seen a Duggar kiss."

Thank goodness for that, right?

Want to see how the couple's love blossomed? Click through our gallery below:

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