Josh Duggar, the eldest sibling, married Florida native Anna Keller on Friday

By Emmet Sullivan
September 29, 2008 05:10 PM
Mike Pruitte/Courtesy TLC

The famous Duggar family of Arkansas just gained another new member.

Florida native Anna Keller married 20-year-old Josh Duggar, the eldest sibling of the family, on Friday, becoming the twentieth person in the clan, reports The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville.

The two met at a home-schoolers’ conference in 2006. Duggar said it was love at first sight and he spent the next two years courting Keller. “Dating means you’re shopping around,” he told the paper. “A courtship is the path toward marriage.”

They have kept in touch by phone ever since, including some visits – chaperoned, of course.

“We wanted proof that, yes, we did exactly what we said we would,” Duggar said. “We want to encourage other young people to wait for the right timing.”

The two shared their first kiss at the altar, and are already talking about starting their own brood, no matter how large it is. “Not everyone is blessed with being able to have children,” Keller, who is one of eight kids, said. “If the Lord chooses to bless us with a child, it wouldn’t matter if it was one, two or a bunch.”

The Duggars are set to star in a new reality show, 17 Kids and Counting, premiering on TLC Monday night. Mom Michelle Duggar is expecting baby No. 18 in January and the newlyweds are making their home in Fayetteville, Ark., so Keller can take part in the show.