Sunday, December 17, 2017

Carlin and Joy at Tori's Wedding

Yesterday afternoon, the Duggar family (everyone but Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo) gathered in Knoxville, Tennessee, to watch Tori Bates tie the knot with Bobby Smith. (We shared a few wedding photos on our Bates blog.)

Joy-Anna and Austin Forsyth were in attendance. Joy and Carlin are close friends, so the two snapped a picture, showcasing Joy's growing baby bump and Carlin's beautiful bridesmaid gown. If things continue to go as planned, Carlin will likely be the next Bates daughter to walk down the aisle.

Joy-Anna (Duggar) Forsyth and Carlin Bates
Joy-Anna (Duggar) Forsyth and Carlin Bates

Photo courtesy Carlin Bates/thebatesfamily.com

55 comments:

  1. Carlin looks so nice in her dress Joy is glowing as a pregnant woman hoping she has a girl next year.

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  2. Does Joy know what gender the baby is yet? I am guessing girl!

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    1. Probably does but wont say until baby comes.

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    2. I think it is a girl. Everyone must stop hurting poor joy. She is shy at best and it would hurt me. She always been bigger bone. So was my sister. She wore same size as me when she is 4 years younger. So of course if you look at her younger in pictures you will see she isnt out of wedlock. She loves to eat as one sees her baby annoucement picture and confuses that saying eating for two as something a person shoukd do when carrying a baby. She is young and before lost so much weigth for her wedding it all csme back when she got pregnant. Gosh dont you all understand thst??

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  3. Maybe now all the people with nothing better to say will stop talking smack about already having the baby. Looking great joy.. right on track with your pregnancy.

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    1. No kidding! She looks just right to me too!

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  4. Such a sweet picture everyone needs a best friend

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  5. Joy is such a beautiful expectant mama!

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  6. Carlin looks gorgeous!

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  7. Love the picture of Carlin and Joy, thanks for sharing. I'm guessing Joy will have twin girls...Jane

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    1. I don't think it's twins. All the Duggar girls have bigger pregnant bellies.

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    2. Joy Anna always says "the baby" not "the babies", so I doubt she's having twins

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  8. Joy may have shown early, but she doesn’t look like she has gotten much bigger since then. She looks great! It is nice to see some of the Bates and Duggars together!

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  9. Maybe Arkansa is not a "true" southern state as I had thought. The Duggar's just never look "pulled together" as one would expect of a southern lady. They always look underdressed, or not aware of how to "finish a look" with accessories. Bates ladies, on the other hand are true southern belles.

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    1. Joy's outfit is super casual, not what I would expect for a wedding. Maybe she doesn't have dressy maternity clothes.

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    2. Just finished reading many encouraging posts then came to this one. Guess there always has to be one bad....in the .......!

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    3. Southern belles? True southern state? That's a rather antiquated and sterotypic observation.

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    4. Anon. 9:31PM What a silly comment. I love the way the Duggar ladies dress...Jane

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    5. Agree; the Duggars tend to dress a bit casual for a wedding (especially the daughters) no matter what state your from!!!

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    6. Yes, although it seems Jinger has gotten the memo and has stepped it up a notch

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  10. Joy-Anna looks fantastic - healthy, strong and beautiful. Can hardly wait till next year with at least two new baby Duggar's (Kendra and Joe too). Merry Christmas to all of you. You are blessings in our lives.

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    1. Is Kendra pregnant?

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    2. Joe and Kendra are having a baby? I haven't seen that.

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    3. Joe & Kendra announced today that they are expecting. Will be grandbaby # 11...

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  11. Joy looks so much like Jill in that picture!

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  12. Looks like Renee must have had yards and yards of leftover lace fabric from Jinger's wedding. Deja vu.

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    1. I don't see how that rose color fit in with the "Winter Wonderland" (or whatever) theme of the wedding. I would have expected red, green, ice blue, or royal blue.

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    2. I went to a Christmastime wedding and the bridesmaids wore gowns of dark green velvet. Stunning. My Christmas Formal gown in college was ivory chiffon on top and burgundy velvet on the bottom. Love those jewel colors for formal events this time of year. I looked at the gown on the Bates blog and I agree. That color was not the best choice for the season.

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    3. Go take a peek at the pictures on the Bates blog, 2:12. It's not rose, it's a beautiful purple shade. It's really pretty with the Christmas white of the decor. Not predictable as a Christmas color scheme, but lovely.

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    4. It looks mauve on my screen - not purple. A hard color for many girls to wear.

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  13. Why does that look like less of a bump than when she first announced this pregnancy?

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    1. She's wearing a top that isn't super tight. It very nice on her.

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    2. U are right, she does not look very pregnant????

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    3. Keep in mind, Joy was never a really thin girl. She went on a diet to fit into her wedding dress (just like her sisters did!), but Austin fell in love with Joy at her normal weight. There's nothing wrong with that.
      So, not only did she get pregnant with a honeymoon baby, she did so after a serious diet to lose weight FAST! She likely showed more in the beginning from gaining *her* normal weight back, in addition to the added pregnancy weight. I'm thinking that she's reached her largest, and will gain in the range that doctors recommend from this point on. A woman's body weight can play into how they show during pregnancy.

      Example> Look at her upper arms while in her wedding dress and again in the announcement photo. There's a noticable difference.

      She looks like she's having a healthy pregnancy and carrying normal to me. :) I had a honeymoon baby and went from 100lbs (size 0 & 5 feet 2) all the way up to 200+ lbs with our first baby! I also showed early, and went through an awkward stage around 6-9 months when even maternity clothes were hard to fit into! Plus, Joy's baby could be in a weird position. My 3rd baby was transverse (sideways) and my belly looked so different in photos!

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    4. Maybe Joy Anna already had the baby??

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    5. Sigh. Her tops are too tight. Her tops don't maker her look very pregnant. The woman can't win!

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    6. Well, at least it's kind of obvious that she's not lying about her due date to "hide" something.

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    7. Or, she lost weight due to morning sickness before the wedding.

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  14. Both ladies look beautiful. I love the see Joy's joyful smile. I pray God's blessings on them all.

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  15. Karlin looks stunning. Joy does not look liked she’s at a wedding rather going to the store. She should have dressed a little nicer for a wedding. Did

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  16. The wedding dress at this wedding looked like the one that Joy tried on first and rejected. Wondering...

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  17. The way you all analyze how large the woman's abdomen is with every pregnancy is just weird. I can't say that enough. Just WEIRD.

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    1. Agreed! I don't understand this fascination with someone's pregnancy belly. Why on earth is it important?

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    2. This is Joy's first pregnancy and she looked incredibly far along in the first photo so, of course, all the subsequent photos have been analysed. I am a fan but it is true that when a family is very open about a strict no touching policy pre-marriage, then everyone wants to know that they live what they say.

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  18. I think Joy looks very good. If it is a honeymoon baby, she could be 30 weeks along! It is quite a plain outfit for a wedding but I was lucky that my local store had some pretty maternity dresses and maybe Joy has not found something to her taste. Joy has previously said that she does not like dresses so perhaps this outfit suits her style.

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  19. We will never know the actual birthday.

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