Oh, to be young and in love!
One of the Duggar’s close family friends — and Joy’s besties — Carlin Bates (pictured above with Joy) shared a video on Instagram that has since been deleted. In the video, Carlin said, “I have a history test tomorrow and I don’t want to study because I’m tired of studying. And Joy’s over here. Joy misses her boyfriend.”
“I miss him so bad [sic],” Joy added. “I’m crying.”
Well the good news is that in no time — Joy will be spending the rest of her life with her man! The duo, who are getting married in October, announced their engagement in March after dating and courting for less than a year.
The bride, 19, and groom, 22, went on a horseback riding date accompanied by her younger sisters Johannah, 11, and Jennifer, 9, when he shocked her by getting down on one knee and popping the question.
“I’m so excited to be engaged to my best friend,” she gushed at the time. “Austin made it so romantic, it’s amazing.”
Long before their relationship turned romantic, the two were friends for almost their entire lives (15 years, to be exact). But once they pursued a romantic relationship, they had an immediate connection.
“You know, over the years, I had just been watching and I really admire her heart for the Lord and her character,” he previously said of his wife-to-be. “She’s such a diligent worker. She gets all the younger siblings working. She’s a good delegator. And then, of course, her beauty.”
Can’t get enough of Joy-Anna and Austin’s relationship? Get to know the adorable couple by scrolling through the gallery below!