"Let's let him get as much help as possible," Amy tells PEOPLE

September 10, 2015 07:50 AM

When it comes to her cousin Josh Duggar, Amy (Duggar) King doesn’t mince words.

“We’re still shocked and furious to the extreme,” Amy tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. Josh, who made headlines last month for admitting to cheating on his wife Anna and being addicted to pornography, missed Amy’s wedding on Sept. 6, remaining in rehab in Rockford, Illinois, where he’s seeking faith-based treatment to overcome his extramarital proclivities.

While the rest of the Duggar clan turned out for her nuptials, including Josh’s wife Anna, Amy says his absence was for the best.

“Let’s let him be gone,” she says of Josh, who was originally set to emcee a portion of the reception before the scandal broke. “Let’s let him get as much help as possible.”

Turns out, her dream country wedding that went off without a hitch, almost never happened.

“We almost eloped,” says Amy of her and then-fiancé Dillon King considering to cancel plans when the scandal broke. “We thought about it so hard. We didn’t want attention to be about what happened.”

But with 400 guests already invited, they proceeded as planned.

“I think she would have always regretted that,” Amy’s mom and Jim Bob‘s sister Deanna Duggar-Jordan tells PEOPLE. “I told her don’t worry about all this other going on. That has nothing to do with us I’m glad she had her beautiful, fairytale dream wedding.”

For more on Amy Duggar’s wedding and the ongoing Duggar family crisis, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

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