Little People, Big World has been one of TLC’s most popular shows since the series’ 2006 premiere. Not all of its stars have been keen to stay in the spotlight, though, with Molly Roloff in particular seemingly eager to live a quieter life. However, the 24-year-old recently found herself in the headlines – but, thankfully, it was for a very happy reason indeed.
Way before Little People, Big World first hit screens, however, Molly’s parents, Matt and Amy Roloff, met and married. The pair first encountered each other in 1987 at the Little People of America convention; Matt has diastrophic dysplasia, which affects an individual’s bones and cartilage, while Amy was born with achondroplasia.
And just a matter of months after that fateful meeting, Matt and Amy tied the knot. In 1990, meanwhile, they purchased a farmhouse that they renovated to create the now famous Roloff Farm. In that same year, moreover, the couple welcomed twins Zachary and Jeremy into the world, with sister Molly subsequently arriving in 1993 and brother Jacob following in 1997. Only Zachary was born with dwarfism, though; his siblings are all around average size.
The Roloffs kept themselves afloat, meanwhile, by opening up their family farm to visitors; and they now attract 30,000 or so tourists to the area a year. Matt also co-founded an organization supplying products particularly suited to little people. And, intriguingly, before his marriage, the Roloff patriarch had a role in a Star Wars-affiliated TV movie, playing an Ewok in Ewoks: The Battle for Endor.
But the Roloffs’ world truly changed forever when they were given their own TLC reality show in 2006. Little People, Big World followed the everyday life of the family and the challenges they often faced due to their size. Amy would later admit that they had decided to accept the offer in a bid to educate viewers about dwarfism.
And the show was a success, initially lasting six seasons as well as spawning multiple specials and 2012 spin-off Little People Big World: Wedding Farm. Then, after a nearly three-year hiatus, the series properly returned in 2013 and proved to be just as popular, with the eighth season finale attracting record ratings. Little People, Big World wrapped up its 12th season in June 2017, with a 13th run of the show currently in production.
And the series continues to run despite the fact that Matt and Amy are no longer together. The pair officially announced their split in 2015, while they finalized their divorce a year later. Another major change from the show’s beginnings, moreover, is the absence of Jacob on screen. The youngest child of Matt and Amy quit the series after having contractual issues.
Plus, daughter Molly’s time on the show has also become more infrequent over the past few years. The 23-year-old left the family home for a course in accounting in Spokane and eventually decided to stay in the city with her boyfriend Joel Silvius. She reportedly now works for a financial service as a staff accountant.
But although Molly has largely retreated from the limelight, she did however allow her mother to share the news of her engagement on Instagram. In December 2016 Amy posted a selfie featuring herself and her daughter flashing a sparkling ring. And in the accompanying caption, the excited reality star said that her future son-in-law Joel was “one lucky man.”
Although little is known about Joel’s background, it’s reported that he met Molly as a student at Whitworth University. He’s also believed to be working in Spokane as a reporting analyst. And judging by the amount of social media posts from the Roloffs about the engagement, he definitely has the in-laws’ approval.
Furthermore, Joel and Molly married just nine months after getting engaged. The pair wed at the family farm in Oregon at a ceremony attended by family, close friends and, well, several goats. And in a statement to People, the newlyweds gushed, “We feel blessed to have been able to celebrate our marriage surrounded by so many people we love.”
Of course, this hadn’t been the first time that one of the Roloff children had chosen to get married on the family farm. Jeremy and Audrey (Auj) Mirabella Botti had chosen the same venue for their ceremony in September 2014, for instance. Then, in July 2015, Zach walked down the aisle there with Victoria Elizabeth (Tori) Patton.
But although Molly’s wedding was a private affair, the bride’s beaming mother couldn’t help herself from spilling a few details on social media before the ceremony. “I’m so blessed by Molly and so honored to have Joel a part of the family,” Amy wrote. “It’s going to be a beautiful day on the farm.”
And, as it turned out, the couple said “I do” at one of Molly’s most cherished spots on the Roloff farm – under the majestic oak trees she had climbed as a kid. Given away by dad Matt, Molly wore a lace off-the-shoulder dress complemented by a pastel-colored bouquet. Joel, meanwhile, sported a slick grey suit and bow tie.
The pair also chose Ray LaMontagne’s “You Are The Best Thing” to soundtrack their first dance as a married couple. What’s more, Molly would additionally venture onto the dancefloor with her pop to boogie to Amy Grant’s “Straight Ahead.” Matt later explained on Instagram that that particular song was “representative of the focus Molly has in her life and her choices.”
Online, Matt also revealed how happy he was about his daughter’s big day. “To her new husband Joel today. Molly is the apple of her mother and MY eyes,” he wrote. The proud father added, “Amy and I are gushing with pride of her character, faith, heart for God, wisdom and judgment… especially her choice in picking her life mate.”
And, as you’d expect, mom Amy was also effusive about the ceremony on social media. She wrote, “She got married! A beautiful wedding, most gorgeous bride and tears, laughing, smiles and a lot of love. Couldn’t be happier for Joel and Molly (my baby girl).”
Furthermore, matron of honor Tori would join in with all the congratulatory messages, too. “I love Jo so much and I am so happy for [Molly],” the bride’s new sister-in-law said on Instagram. “She is the sister I never had, and to watch her be so unbelievably happy has made my heart swell with happiness.”
However, one member of the Roloff family would find themselves under attack after their social media post about the wedding. Audrey had congratulated the happy couple on Instagram, accompanied by a picture of herself kissing husband Jeremy. And as a result, some of her followers subsequently accused her of trying to steal the spotlight from her in-laws.
But, as it happens, Molly’s wedding wasn’t the only cause for celebration in the Roloff household in 2017. There have also been two new additions to the family, in fact: Zach and Tori welcomed their first-born, Jackson Kyle, back in May, while four months later Jeremy and Audrey became parents to daughter Ember Jean. And here’s hoping for happiness for all of them.