Josiah Duggar & Lauren Swanson: Finally Married, Still Not Allowed to Spend Time Alone
Back in June, Josiah Duggar married Lauren Swanson got married in the sort of massive, lavish ceremony his family has become known for.
Basically, Duggar kids get hitched in the Ozark equivalent of royal weddings, except instead of celebrities and foreign leaders there are dozens of bait shop proprietors in attendance.
Of course, Duggar weddings have an added layer of significance due to the family’s old-fashioned views on premarital sex.
When the Duggar couples are pronounced man and wife and the groom kisses the bride — that’s generally the first kiss either of them has experienced.
And it takes place in front of millions of TV viewers and a thousand guests, many of whom spent their morning digging nightcrawlers.
Prior to tying the knot, couples like Josiah and Lauren aren’t even permitted to spend time alone together.
This is a result of the ultra-strict Duggar courtship rules that prohibit everything from hand-holding to “front hugs.”
(“Side hugs” are still permitted, as there’s little chance of accidental genital contact. They’ve really put a lot of thought into this stuff.)
Duggar kids aren’t even allowed to use social media prior to courtship.
In that sense, Josiah stands out as an anomaly.
Unlike his siblings, Josiah was involved in a courtship prior to meeting his wife, and thus, the man knows his way around Instagram.
And we suppose it shows when the newlyweds post epically panoramic vacation photos like the ones above.
Unfortunately, in addition to showing off some breathtaking scenery, Josiah is also confirming the theory that Duggar date nights are lame AF.
According to Josiah’s latest posts, he and Lauren are currently on vacation in North Carolina with her family.
That’s all well and good, but it’s led many to wonder if these two ever spend any time alone together.
They went from chaperoned dates to vacations with her family with nothing but a short honeymoon in between.
As a Duggars, Josiah and Lauren are no doubt feeling the pressure to begin breeding.
But it’s hard to see how that’s gonna happen when they’re constantly surrounded by family members.
Maybe Josiah and Lauren need to sit down and explain to their parents how this whole process works.
It’ll be awkward, but it might be the only way.