As you’ve probably heard by now, Jed Duggar and Katey Nakatsu got married over the weekend.
The ceremony was a little different from the usual Duggar wedding in a number of significant ways.
For one thing, several guests attended virtually due to Covid protocol.
But the biggest difference between Jed and Katey’s ceremony and the many Duggar weddings that came before it was the fact that for some reason, Jed and Katey decided to keep theirs a secret.
Now, don’t get us wrong — there’s always a degree of secrecy in the planning of a Duggar wedding.
For example, the date and venue are often kept under wraps in order to prevent gate-crashing from obsessive fans.
But Jed and Katey took the whole privacy thing to a bizarre extreme.
Fans were expecting the wedding, but only because they’d pieced together the facts from leaked video and tabloid reports.
Jed and Katey never even announced their courtship to the public, much less their engagement.
In fact, prior to the wedding announcement that Jed posted on Saturday, these two had never publicly acknowledged one another in any way!
“For a long time, I have prayed for my future spouse, not knowing who that person would be,” Jed wrote in the caption to the pic he shared over the weekend.
“God answered my prayers far beyond what I could have ever imagined in Katey! We have enjoyed quietly developing our relationship over the past year, and every moment together has been amazing!” he continued.
“I’m so grateful God brought Katey into my life and excited to share with you all that today she became my wife!”
In a statement on their own Instagram page, Jed’s parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, echoed his excitement.
“We are overjoyed about adding another daughter-in-love to our family!!” they wrote, adding:
“Jed and Katey have enjoyed a quiet, low-key relationship that has allowed them to prepare for a beautiful life together.”
While some Duggar obsessives had figured out the wedding date through online sleuthing, others were completely aught off guard by the whole situation.
“Um, excuse me?! when the heck did this happen?!” one person wrote.
“Woah, when did this happen?! I didn’t even know they were courting!” another added.
“OMG!!! How exciting. I had no idea you were even courting someone. big congrats,” a third chimed in.
Others praised the couple for their astonishing ability to keep the whole thing relatively private.
“I am absolutely in love with the idea that you did this all private,” one person commented.
“So happy for you guys and the way that you were able to keep this journey as a couple private,” another added.
Of course, there was a third group who found the whole Jed and Katey situation highly suspicious, and they were more than happy to say so.
“Why didn’t your vows say how much you loved her?” one person questioned, adding the hashtag, “#arrangedmarriage.”
Yes, it seems the most popular theory on Instagram is that Jim Bob and Katey’s father, Kory Nakatsu, arranged the marriage with minimal input from the young folk, thus eliminating the need for a lengthy courtship.
“Because this one was arranged,” one person wrote when a different fan asked about the need for such secrecy.
“Can you say arranged?! Seriously!?” another asked.
Of course, that wasn’t the only theory as to why this all happened so quickly.
“So wonder when the baby will be born. Probably a couple months ‘early’ is my guess,” one person offered.
“Happy for them but they will have a pregnancy announcement soon,” another chimed in.
There are other theories, as well, with some saying that Jim Bob objected to the match because Katey’s parents are divorced and others claiming that Jed’s political career is somehow involved.
Frankly, we may never know the whole truth.
But that won’t stop us from offering out congrats to the happy couple!