Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Joseph Duggar's Proposal (Photos)

Those who watched Joy-Anna and Austin Forsyth's wedding special on Monday night saw Joseph Duggar's romantic proposal to Kendra Caldwell. If you were unable to tune in, or if you just want to relive the moment, check out the snapshots below. You'll love the expression of sheer shock on Kendra's face!

At the reception, all the single ladies gather around for the customary bouquet toss, but instead of throwing her bouquet, Joy walks back it back to Kendra Caldwell, the girl with whom Joseph Duggar began a courtship in early March.


Kendra smiles, still unaware of what's about to happen.


Joseph walks over to Kendra, drops down to one knee, and asks her to marry him. Kendra is floored. “Joe!” she exclaims. “I would love to marry you!”


The two share a long hug, as guests clap for the newly engaged couple.





Joy-Anna and Austin Forsyth bring Joseph and Kendra up on stage to announce the happy news to those who may not have seen the proposal. 


The four are already close friends, and Kendra shares how neat it is that she and Joseph have always just been one step behind Joy and Austin.

 Joseph Duggar, Kendra Caldwell, Joy-Anna (Duggar) Forsyth, Austin Forsyth

Joy is thrilled for her soon-to-be sister-in-law!


Isn't Kendra's ring beautiful? She almost uncovered the surprise when reaching into Joseph's suit jacket pocket for a mint earlier, but he pulled away just in time.


The couple says they like the idea of a fall wedding.



Photos courtesy Lissa Chandler Photography/DCL

62 comments:

  1. The shot was taken from too far away to get a good look at the ring

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  2. That was nooooo modest side hug, courting hug, or even "just engaged" hug.

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    1. Have a life! Would you? Seriously? You're criticizing their hug! They did not even kiss, they just hugged, this is as modest as it could get

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    2. It was a hug between two people that love each other.

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    3. Who are you too judge?. It was fine.

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    4. I'd say they're making progress! If they can free themselves from some of the restrictive rules they've had to follow, more power to them!

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    5. We have gotten lesson after lesson after lesson from this family that they ONLY side hug until married! And then we see that great big frontal hug. Of course it's going to raise eyebrows! Don't tell us you don't do something and then turn around and do it on camera. What are we supposed to believe?

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    6. I agree, while I think their morals are great, some of the rules shouldn't apply once they are adults.

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    7. Sandra, I don't believe the original comments was making a snide remark. She was merely being humorous because it wasn't a side hug that the Duggars are so adamant about. before you post your next comment, maybe you should read over it or the original one to make sure it doesn't come across as so judgmental. You made the assumption that this person was rude before even thinking about it. God bless!

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    8. At one of these engagement proposals I'd love to see one couple just go for it and kiss!

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  3. That was the sweetest proposal ever!

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  4. Give them a break

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  5. In normal circumstances, you would have a nice kiss after becoming engaged....just seems "natural" to me.

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    1. Kissing even before you're engaged isn't unnatural, either.

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  6. Thanks for these pics, it went so quickly in the tv episode that it was nice to see the flower toss and proposal with reactions again. I admit I feel a bit of a pang of sadness for Jana who is standing beside Kendra. When Joy is approaching the girls to give Kendra the flowers, Jana is looking at the camera, and for me a bit anxious that Joy is headed her way. I thought the hug between Kendra and Joe was spontaneous, joyful and a show of emotion at the moment. It certainly seemed appropriate to me and nothing wrong with it. People call down on the Duggars for their courting standards that the rules are over the top and then criticise a genuine show of emotion as not following modesty. You just can't win if you are a Duggar. I think Kendra's ring is very pretty. I have often wished we could have closer looks at all the girls' rings! I also liked the navy bridesmaid dresses that suited everyone and can be reworn for any future occasion. I thought Joe was quite nervous when he proposed and understandably rushed it a bit. So sweet though. Eileen

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    1. I liked that they hugged. It was a nice change, as it was a genuine "caught in the moment" reaction. However, I don't think it's unfair to hold the family to their own standards, per their own mouths. It's not about not being able to win, as you say, but about wanting honesty.

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    2. I'm with you on a closer look at all their rings. I'd love to see the beauty and detail. Maybe someone could see if they'd be willing to be hand models for such a thing.
      I also say spontaneous hugs are fabulous and we should rejoice with them.

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  7. Ellie, thankyou for answering me about my comments. I think it depends what computer I am using. I was worried I was doing something very negative and you did not want to post my comments! Thankyou for your answer. Eileen.

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  8. Congratulation Joseph and Kendra so excited for your future on such a beautiful day to see happiness love and such a beautiful family joins together you too look beautiful together

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  9. Congratulations Joseph and Kendra!!!😁😁

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  10. Enough with the side hugs already.

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    1. Why? It's just what they do :-)

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    2. The whole side hug thing is ridiculous. The parents don't even give their children proper hugs, its too sad. When I hug my kids it only means I love you, its sad that they have turned it into meaning something it doesn't.

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    3. Why can't they just hug like normal people? What is the harm in a hug, they even side hug their younger children, it just seems so cold and unatural to me.

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    4. I guess the children can't cuddle with parents with all the side hugs. I do feel sad for them if the case.

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    5. Is it possible that they are just trying to safeguard their kids from another possible Josh-like incident.

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  11. They are just so sweet together! I am excited for them.

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  12. Congratulations and Best wishes!

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  13. That was an excited and surprised hug!! Kendra was truly surprised and it showed. I'm happy that Joseph did it the way that he did. Perfect!

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  14. Love the photos! Kendra and Joe look so happy and in love. I hope we get to learn more about Kendra and see how their courtship played out. Beautiful engagement ring, too!

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  15. Pretty ring and even though I don't know either one of them personally just as most of us don't on this blog, Kendra seems like an absolute sweetheart and Joseph I'm sure is just as sweet as her! God bless them both!

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  16. Somebody needs to clue the girl in about side hugs. She is going to reprimanded. Poor Joy has probably never been properly hugged like that. I bet it felt nice to get a true friendship embrace. Not just a generic side thing. When someone hugs you, you can feel their emotions. How wonderful for Kendra to probably not even realize what she did. Love her and Joseph already!!

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    1. I thought it was a sweet hug too! She was probably so surprises and excites she did what any of us would do. I'm surprised she didn't kiss him too lol.

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    2. I think they were about to kiss anon 3:01! Lol! She looked like she didn't care... which is why Austin stepped in and shouted "no kissing, now!" It was kinda sad, really. It's as if a kiss at that moment would have been impure. I wonder what would have happened if they had kissed anyway? Would Joes parents have gotten angry? Reprimanded him? Anyway, Kendra is lovely and sweet. She reminds me of a good sourthern girl and sweet tea and front porches. I think they're a good match.

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    3. Joe seems so shy and I'm glad they are very happy about their future together.
      I nearly saw a little Peck from Kendra which I found precious.

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  17. Such a creative and sweet proposal!

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  18. Loved the dress, the colors, the flowers, the ring, the proposal, the wedding, the vows, the hugs, the attendants, the hair, the ceremony, the smiles, the tears, the photo ops, the decorations, the prayers, the everything. It was sweet and beautiful and natural.

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  19. Lovely couple, lovely proposal & very easy to see the sibling love. . . . Joy Anna and Joseph.
    All the best to Austin & Joy and of course also to
    Joe & Kendra

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  20. I didn't like the thought of it at first but after seeing the footage I really liked the way he proposed. It was all very sweet!

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  21. This was very sweet by Joe. Love this proposal. Kendra seem very surprise and happy. Best wishes for both of you. Look forward to seeing your Wedding.

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  22. I love the couples that actually show some emotion for each other. That is what love is intended to be, nothing wrong with a little hug now and again. I love Jinger and Jeremy because they seem so in love, now this couple. I don't know the others seem so standoffish, except Jill and Derick having to make out in front of the camera, every chance they get, which I HATE watching, its so contrived. Sweet, honest, innocent, godly love...that is a sight to behold. Thanks for these pics, her face says it all.

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    1. The constant kissing for the camera is a bit much to watch.

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  23. Now I think it was a classy idea and very fun and original how they did that engagement!

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  24. They are so cute! I loved watching Kendra's reaction; she was genuinely shocked and vey excited. Looking forward to seeing what is next for them.

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  25. Yay for another wedding! They are a darling pair! GOD BLESS THEM!

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  26. Yes, Kendra's ring is beautiful! What a sweetie she is, too!

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  27. you've got to admit, every single couple is perfectly suited to each other and joe & kendra are no exception! cant wait to see more of them this season. a fall wedding should be absolutely beautiful.

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  28. Hope this puts an end to the nonsense of people saying Joe was doing wrong to Joy by proposing at her wedding. Looks like Joy thoroughly enJOYed being part of it.

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  29. That was a surprising front hug! :)

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  30. I really thought she was going to kiss him (I thought the same thing when Jeremy proposed to Jinger!) They are awesome for showing such restraint when they are obviously in love and kissing is such a natural reaction! I was initially a bit suprised when I read that he had proposed at Joy's wedding as it is traditionally considered to be a bit rude, but when I saw it and I saw how happy Joy was to surprise Kendra it was really very sweet.

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    1. I agree, I was surprised too to hear Joseph proposed to Kendra at Joy's wedding, but then I had the same reaction as you - - that is was just beautiful when we watched it on Monday's show.

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  31. Do the Duggars circumcise? They seem to follow many Jewish traditions...Is this one of them? If so, why.

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    1. I'm not touching it. The original question, I mean.

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    2. Great question!

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  32. They looked close to a KISS....I see a short engagement πŸŽΆπŸ˜‰πŸŽΆ

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  33. @6:50PM..I seriously doubt that they do. I don't see that they follow many Jewish traditions but common traditions amongst all conservative religious communities.

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  34. Circumcision......you never know what topic is gonna roll in.....
    maybe not with home births ❓ I wonder,,,,,,but don't care....

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  35. If Kendra comes from a family of huggers ,that's what she's used to .
    Maybe the Duggars need to chill ...how many hugs and kisses did Michelle
    & JimBob exchange......all of sudden it's not right......or did Josh's behavior
    when he was young bring about some of those rules ? ? ?

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