Joy-Anna Duggar admits she broke one big courtship rule before marriage: 'We're only human'

Joy-Anna Duggar is owning up to a major pre-marriage mistake. No, not that one.

The 19-year-old, who married Austin Forsyth earlier this year after a two-month engagement, hugged Forsyth after accepting his marriage proposal. Of course, that's in direct violation of a key Duggar family rule: Only side hugs are permissible.

Nearby cameramen caught the intimate moment, but Joy-Anna had no idea. "I didn't even notice that they were there," she said during TLC's "Counting On" reunion special. "I thought it was just there, and that was really special."

"We're humans and sometimes we don't always abide perfectly by our rules," added Forsyth, 23. "We try. That was a real hard try."

The couple got engaged in March and unexpectedly wed just two months later, despite reports that they'd initially planned on an October wedding.

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I love you so very much, honey! Thank you for making today special!❤️😍💋 -Joy #valentinesday2018
Well, we didn’t end up buying anything today, but it’s always fun going to the auto auction!🚘🚙 #9daystillduedate🍼👶🏼
We are so blessed by the arrival of our son, Gideon Martyn Forsyth! He was born on 02/23/18 @ 3:39pm, weighing 10lbs. 3oz. and was 22 inches long!
Update: married life is going great, I feel so blessed to be married to my best friend. I can't wait to spread joy and the word of god to all of you out there.
We are so thankful for the men and women who have served to defend our freedom! Grateful we got to spend the day with my grandfather who is a Army veteran. "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance." (Psalm 33:12) "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." ~Ronald Reagan
Austin and I are SO thankful to announce that we are parents!! Even before we were married we prayed that God would give us children and we are so blessed that he has given us this baby! Jesus is the giver of Life! The baby has arms, legs, fingers, and toes. It has a beating heart and brain waves. The baby responds to touch and is already right- or left-handed. The baby has its own unique fingerprints, which are different from anyone else's. All organ systems are in place! Psalm 139:13-16 "For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them." This passage indicates that God Himself formed our physical features and that He did so with a wonderful plan for our lives. God knew us in the womb. #babyforsyth #alreadyinlovewithmybaby #blessedbeyondmeasure #Jesusanswersprayers
Love, love, LOVE, our wedding pictures!!! Thank you SO much, @joncourville & @jennifer_courville
We had a great time at the Fort Worth Stockyard. I grew up going to Texas rodeos but this is our first together. #thelonestarstate #texan #bullriding
Taking some time off work to attend a Bible Conference. So refreshing to be here and hear the Word of God preached! When we attended last year we weren't in a relationship... it's amazing to see where the Lord has brought us in just one year. #ilovemywife
Great turnout today at the Arkansas State Capital for the Arkansas Young Republican State Convention!
I always love getting to do new things & go on new adventures with my man!💖 #firsttimedirtbiking #loveyouforeverandalways
I am happy to announce that I am now Mrs Forsyth💍
Hope ya'll enjoyed our wedding episode last night❤️
How are you all on this beautiful Monday? Here's a small throwback to celebrating our one month anniversary in Israel.
Honeymoon
Can't wait to be married to my mrs perfect
It's all about that look in her eyes.
Thanks Joy anna, Jim Bob and Michelle for the duggar's favourite birthday dessert, the Chocolate Mess at Marketplace Grill #birthday @duggarfam #marketplacegrill #chocolatedessert
@joyannaduggarofficial
I get to work with my favorite mechanic assistant today! #headgaskets #duramaxdiesel
We are so thankful for the men and women who have served to defend our freedom! Grateful we got to spend the day with my grandfather who is a Army veteran. "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance." (Psalm 33:12) "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." ~Ronald Reagan
Love, love, LOVE, our wedding pictures!!! Thank you SO much, @joncourville & @jennifer_courville
We had a great time at the Fort Worth Stockyard. I grew up going to Texas rodeos but this is our first together. #thelonestarstate #texan #bullriding
Taking some time off work to attend a Bible Conference. So refreshing to be here and hear the Word of God preached! When we attended last year we weren't in a relationship... it's amazing to see where the Lord has brought us in just one year. #ilovemywife
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