Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bates Family to Return to Reality TV

The Bates family has two big announcements to make. (Just to clear things up right now, they are not expecting their 20th child...yet.)

1. Zach, the oldest of Gil and Kelly Bates' 19 children, and his wife, Whitney, welcomed the first Bates grandchild into the world yesterday.

first Bates grandchild
 Zach and Whitney Bates with son Bradley Gilvin Bates

2. Do you remember TLC's United Bates of America, which aired in 2012? Gil and Kelly Bates and their 19 children are set to star in another reality TV series. Bringing Up Bates premieres on UP TV on New Year's Day. Watch a video preview below:



In case you are unfamiliar with the Bates family, here's a family photo:

Birth order: Zach (& wife Whitney), Michael (& boyfriend Brandon), Erin (& husband Chad), Lawson, Nathan, Alyssa (& husband John), Tori, Trace, Carlin, Josie, Katie, Jackson, Warden, Isaiah, Addallee, Ellie, Callie, Judson, Jeb

Click here to learn more about the Bates family.


Photos: Bates family, Us Weekly

Seewald Shower for Jessa and Ben

The Seewald family threw a last-minute shower for Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald in time for their November 1st wedding. Here are a few pictures from the event:

 Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald, soon to be Mr. and Mrs. Seewald

 Jessa and Ben open a wedding gift--a colander filled with ingredients to make pasta

 Jedidiah and Jeremiah Duggar 

 Jessa and her future mother-in-law, Guinn Seewald

 Jessa and Ben with Ben's aunt Amy

 Dessert table

The Seewalds served different types of soup at the shower

Both the Duggars and Seewalds are big Razorback fans!


And here's a copy of the couple's wedding invitation, in case you missed it the last time we posted:



Photos: Seewald family

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Jessa Duggar: "I Might Have More than 19 Kids"

How soon do you think Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald will be making a pregnancy announcement? Their wedding is in three days, so Jessa could be a mom as early as July 2015. In the following video, the bride-to-be informs viewers that she might end up having more kids than her parents did.

Photos: Dillards' First Look & Wedding Party

We have more photos to share! Jill and Derick's private wedding photographs were taken by Elizabeth Zellon, the same photographer who captured the weddings of Priscilla Keller and David Waller, Chad Paine and Erin Bates, and Zach Bates and Whitney Perkins. Elizabeth is headed down to Arkansas this weekend to shoot Jessa and Ben's wedding. Click here to visit her website.

Click here to see photos of Jill and Derick's wedding rehearsal and here to see pictures of the wedding preparations.

Scroll through these photos of Jill and Derick's "first look" and their wedding party:

 

Photos: Elizabeth Zellon Photography