On Saturday, the couple tied the knot at the Cathedral of the Ozarks at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. But before they said “I do” in front of nearly 1,000 friends and family, the former professional soccer player only had three kitchen utensils to his name.
“We had a bridal shower, so we got her little things she would need for the kitchen. Jeremy was living the bachelor life, so he had like three utensils!” older sister Jill (Duggar) Dillard tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “I think she’s looking forward to getting the kitchen set up and making meals together.”
But Jeremy, 28, has a reasoning for why his Laredo, Texas bachelor pad was so sparse. “There is not a lot required in a kitchen when you eat at Chick-fil-A,” Jeremy explains to PEOPLE of frequently eating at the chicken fast food restaurant.
“Lots of Chick-fil-A spoons. I figured I’ll just get a few more things,” Jinger, 22, chimes in.
“I have seen things in my kitchen and I’m like what is this? So I call her and say what am I supposed to do with this?” Jeremy adds. “I broke the Ninja blender because I didn’t know how to use it. It was hard to break I had to turn it really hard.”
Prior to meeting his wife, whom he was first introduced to by her sister Jessa and Jessa’s husband, Ben Seewald, the former pro soccer player drank alcohol and was a part of the “college party scene” until a night in jail inspired him to change. Now, Jeremy serves as a pastor at Grace Community Church in Laredo, where the couple will live when they return from their honeymoon in Australia and New Zealand.
“I had never seen a beautiful young woman love Jesus with such passion as Jinger loves Christ,” he tells PEOPLE of his new bride, whom he proposed to in July. “That’s what made me fall in love with her.”
Watch Jinger’s nuptials in a special episode, Counting On: Jinger’s Wedding, on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m. ET on TLC.