Jill and Derick Dillard share a Fourth of July smooch on Instagram

By Rachel Karach,

Newlyweds Jill and Derick Dillard happily celebrated the July 4th holiday as any adorable American couple would —backyard barbecues, red, white, and blue, and some sweet PDA!

Image via Jill Dillard on Instagram

The 23-year-old 19 Kids and Counting starlet married hubby Derick Dillard in late June after a lengthy courtship. The couple’s conservative religious values prevented them from holding hands until becoming engaged.

They actually shared their first kiss together at the altar. "I think it is safer and makes it more special to wait to kiss until your wedding day," she said in an interview with People. How sweet!

It looks like the young couple has been practicing, because Jill posted a sweet photo on Instagram of her and Derick kissing at a family get together celebrating July 4th. Jill is used to being in the spotlight because of her family’s hit TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting--after all, her mother has had 19 children! Much to her fans’ delight, the blushing bride has been documenting the adventures of married life with Dillard on Instagram.

As for the Duggar family’s take on welcoming Derick into the family—the group couldn’t be happier. “Derick is like a brother already,” says younger brother Jackson, 10. He tells jokes [and] he plays around with us." Jill’s father, Jim Bob, expressed nothing but happiness for his daughter and son-in-law. We are so glad that Derick is an answer to her prayers. It's an emotional time, but a joyful time."

Congratulations again to the happy couple!

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