Most brides opt for a long wedding dress train on a whim at the bridal salon — likely because they’ve always dreamed of it trailing behind them on their walk down the aisle, feeling like a total princess. But for 19 Kids and Counting alum Jinger Duggar’s big day, there was more to the cathedral-length train than a typical bridal request. The real reason she wore a long train? The Bible.
The TLC star wed her soccer-playing sweetheart in a Renee Miller gown, and allegedly requested a long train for religious reasons. “Both Jinger and Jeremy desired for the dress to have what I call a ‘train fit for royalty,’ based on a Bible verse that Jeremy had quoted to his wife-to-be,” Miller explained on the Duggar Family Blog.
The verse included the words, “I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.” Miller noted this was infused in her search for her dream gown. “When Jinger tried on the three protocol dresses, she always looked at the train before she looked at the front, so I knew that was her heart. I wanted the train to be the center of attention.”
The wedding dress designer went on to say that the dress Jinger picked out had a long train, but she decided to embellish the train and “hit it out of the ballpark” to make it really pop, according to the IBTimes. “The extension actually didn’t come together until a couple weeks before the wedding,” she said.
“I tried to listen to her heart, which was difficult because we hadn’t yet met face-to-face,” Miller noted. “I prayed that I would be able to create a unique dress that would fulfill her dreams.” She continued about the making of the dress, “I made three protocol gowns, packed them up, and flew to Virginia to unveil them to Jinger. After spending five minutes with Jinger, I told the producer [of 19 Kids and Counting] that I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt which of the three dresses she would choose. Jinger tried each of them on and ended up choosing the one I had predicted.”
After a three month engagement and a short courtship, the couple tied the knot on November 5, 2016 at the Cathedral of the Ozarks at Arkansas’ John Brown University, with the bride donning her final pick from Renee Miller — a classically beautiful wedding dress featuring three-quarter length lace sleeves for the occasion.
“YES! We are married!” the newlyweds announced on their website. “We are so thankful to God, our parents and our wonderful families and friends for celebrating this day with us and for helping us arrive at this moment in time. We love that we now are beginning our lives together as one, before God.”