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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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
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.
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!đź’– #firsttimedirtbiking #loveyouforeverandalways
I am happy to announce that I am now Mrs Forsythđź’Ť
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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