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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Jessa's Wedding Rehearsal Dinner

Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald gathered with dozens of family and friends Friday night for their rehearsal dinner. The two have been engaged since August 14th and are excited to become husband and wife this afternoon.

"I'm so happy to have so many friends here from so many places," Jessa Duggar told PEOPLE.

"When I look at all the faces surrounding us tonight," Ben Seewald told PEOPLE, "I don't know how to thank all of you for investing in our lives, and in our life together. Y'all make us feel so special.

After the rehearsal, guests gathered to watch video tributes created by family and friends. Christian comedian Tim Hawkins even sent one. "Want to see how a Duggar boy rebels?" Hawkins joked in the clip, before proceeding to unbutton the top button of his shirt.

Jessa and Ben's rehearsal dinner consisted of Frito pie, iced tea toasts, and a variety of dessert pies. 

During the meal, Ben's six younger siblings (Jessica, 17; Danielle, 14; Michelle, 12; Ethan, 10; Faith, 8; and Thomas, 5) made toasts to their older brother and thanked him for his leadership.

"Thanks to all our friends and family," Michael Seewald, Ben's father, told the crowd. "It's a blessing to see Ben and Jessa's life together, and we pray they grow closer." 
Jessa's siblings also made tearful toasts. Jinger Duggar talked about her close relationship with Jessa, and Jill (Duggar) Dillard shared marriage advice: "We have great examples in our parents that love doesn't have to end. Spend lots of time together and remember, the honeymoon doesn't have to end."

"And we're looking forward to seeing more cousins," Derick Dillard added.

More details on PEOPLE.com.

Here are some Wedding Rehearsal Photos:

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