We were beyond excited (although not very surprised) earlier this month when Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald officially announced their engagement. The pair has been courting for almost a year, which by 19 Kids and Counting standards is practically a decade.
Anyway, we've known that Ben has had a flair for the romance for awhile, showering Jessa with sweet notes and pearl bracelets and the like, not to mention tons of sweet affection and attention on social media, but he really outdid himself with an elaborate proposal any girl would've had a hard time turning down. Heck, even I want to say yes!
Ben planned a fairy tale proposal which involved a plane ride, an epic scavenger hunt, and a gorgeous princess-cut diamond ring that Jessa is now happily sporting.
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Even though we'd been speculating for awhile that Ben and Jessa were already engaged, the official proposal didn't take place until August 14, and once you hear ab out the crazy details, you'll know why their courtship was longer than we expected -- apparently it took months to plan!
Jessa told People Magazine, "A few days before, he had given me a rose and asked me out on a date for the next night."
It wasn't just any date though, it was a triple date with both of their parents, which was a surprise for Jessa, because she hadn't known her honey's parents were in town. Ben gave her an iPad that night, with a pre-recorded video message that said, "This is the first clue to the rest of your life."
Ben admitted that he'd done his best to surprise Jessa. "I had done a few things to throw her off track," he said. "Jessa is really good at figuring things out and I wanted to surprise her."
The day of the actual proposal began with a plane ride piloted by Jessa's brother John-David Duggar, from their hometown of Springdale, Arkansas, to Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Jinger Duggar accompanied Jessa as a chaperone, because of course.
According to the family's blog:
Throughout the day, Jessa had to get a hole-in-one at a miniature golf course, collect a dozen roses from strangers in a park, take a trolley tour while filling out a quiz, and ride in a train with other members of her family. The final clue led her to Thorncrown Chapel.
Jessa said when she got there, "I walked in, and he was standing there at the front ... I could barely talk. I knew he was going to propose. I cried."
That's when Ben got on bended knee and asked Jessa to be his wife with a .75-carat princess-cut diamond engagement ring.
She said yes.
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar couldn't be happier with the match, which JB had previously given his blessing for when Ben asked him for his daughter's hand.
Ben's parents are pleased as punch too, with his mom Guinn Seewald telling People, "Michael and I could not be more thrilled for Ben and Jessa ... having similar goals and interests, they balance and complement one another beautifully. We praise God for the blessing of this relationship between Ben and Jessa."
No word on a wedding date yet, but we can't imagine it will be a very long engagement.
Do you think Jessa got a dream proposal?
Image via Jessa Duggar/Instagram