July 31, 2017 12:00 PM


Joseph Duggar and Kendra Caldwell are almost ready to walk down the aisle, but first they’re throwing a boat party!

On Friday, the couple, along with 25 of their friends and family, took a fleet of decorated vehicles to Beaver Lake in Arkansas, where they set off for some fun on the water.


“We decided to do a joint bachelor-bachelorette party because we love spending time together,” the pair tells PEOPLE exclusively. “We figured this would be a really good activity for both of our families to connect.”

The group had a blast, going water skiing and tubing on their pontoon, ski boat and high-performance speed boat. Later, the future bride and groom served guests a picnic lunch.

“We ended up doing the waterskiing and tubing for our joint bachelor-bachelorette party because Kendra loves the water, and I just enjoy doing whatever she’s doing,” says Joseph, 22.

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The pair, who first met through their church, began courting in March and Joseph later popped the question to Kendra at his sister Joy-Anna’s wedding in May.

“We are super excited,” the happy couple told PEOPLE exclusively at the time. “It’s great to not be courting anymore, now we’re engaged!”

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