Jill (Duggar) Dillard Reunites with Her Family to Attend a Friend's Wedding in Tennessee

The wedding will be featured on the UPtv program, Brining Up Bates

Photo: Courtesy Jill Dillard

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The Duggars are no stranger to reality TV weddings.

The eldest Duggar daughter, Jana Duggar, got another dose of TV nuptials when she served as a bridesmaid on Saturday at the wedding of Bringing Up Bates stars Michaela (also known as Michael) Bates and Brandon Keilen in Knoxville, Tennessee. Jessa (Duggar) Seewald, Jill (Duggar) Dillard and other Duggar family members were also in attendance.

The Dillard family made the trip to Tennessee from El Salvador, where they’re currently doing missionary work. Jill shared a shot of mom Michelle Duggar playing with Israel on Friday.

The Duggar and Bates families have been friends for many years, with the Bates family – who star on their own UPtv program – appearing on past episodes of the now-cancelled 19 Kids and Counting. Jana’s younger sister, Joy-Anna, also attended the wedding and was snapped in a car with the bride-to-be, Jana and another friend on Friday.

Throughout the reception and pre-wedding events, fans snapped and shared photos of the Duggars through Instagram.



Guests also shared romantic moments from the wedding.

Like 19 Kids and Counting, Bringing Up Bates follows a family of two parents and 19 children as they live out their daily lives in Rocky Top, Tennessee. As with the Duggars, the Bateses are evangelical Christians who don’t practice birth control and homeschool their children, the youngest of whom is 3.

The couple have been documenting their nuptials on their joint Instagram account, with Michael sharing a shot of her wedding slippers and writing, “God has blessed me beyond my wildest dreams! I’m about to be married to the love of my life!”

19 Kids and Counting was canceled by TLC last month in the wake of the molestation scandal involving Seewald’s brother Josh Duggar. Seewald and her sister Jill (Duggar) Dillard revealed that they were among his victims.

The sisters will appear in a TLC documentary about child sex abuse. Breaking the Silence airs Aug. 30 at 10 p.m. ET on TLC.

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