Over six years ago, the veritable first couple of design (sorry, Chip and Jo), Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent, tied the knot. Over the next few years, the duo would welcome two children and star in a joint TV show (Nate & Jeremiah by Design). So how did they get here? Let’s take a trip down memory lane.
It all started with friendship.
While Nate was making a name for himself with his own TV show and design firm, Jeremiah was working as resident interior designer for none other than Oprah on the Oprah Winfrey Show. After Brent left the show to work for fashion designer Rachel Zoe, he and Berkus met through mutual friends, but at one birthday party Brent knew it was more, as he recalled to Oprah’s Hillary Sawchuk.
Their first date was antiquing.
“He said, ‘We should go out antique shopping,’ because I was in New York for the weekend and I thought, ‘Great. Can’t wait to go antique shopping,’ [rolls eyes],” Jeremiah told Sawchuk. “So I came back from the beach, and we had this insanely beautiful afternoon that never ended. That was it. I literally never left.”
Brent moved into Berkus’s place.
He’s serious about the “never left” part; Jeremiah soon moved into Nate’s New York apartment, where he felt he had to make his own mark. “I had the entire house repainted,” he confessed to Sawchuk. “I moved every room around, I was getting so crazy. I was like, ‘You can pick three items that you can keep. Okay! And I’m going to bring three items that are mine,’ but it works. The truth is you have to walk into a space and feel like it’s a reflection of you. And when you are starting a new relationship it’s allowing a space to feel like a reflection of both of you.”
At that time, Nate had just wrapped up filming The Nate Berkus Show, which ran from 2010 to 2012, and was focusing more on his design firm.
They were engaged a year later—in Peru.
Clearly, all the moving around worked (by now, both men had their own eponymous design firms): After about a year of dating, the two got engaged in April, 2013, and celebrated with friends in Machu Picchu.
One year later: Wedding bells!
On May 3, 2014, the designing duo made it official, tying the knot at New York’s iconic public library in a ceremony officiated by Sheri Salata, co-president of the Oprah Whitney Network. The couple wrote their own vows, Estelle performed American Boy, and guests like Oprah (duh) and Dr. Oz mingled with Nate and Jeremiah’s families.
Less than a year later, the Berkus-Brents celebrated yet another monumentous occasion: the birth of their daughter, Poppy, on March 23, 2015. As is befitting of design royalty, little Poppy made her debut on the cover of Architectural Digest, which featured the new family’s Manhattan home.
Nate & Jeremiah by Design Debuted.
In 2017, the family of three became stars of a new show, Nate & Jeremiah by Design, in which the designer couple help homeowners solve nightmare renovations—all while juggling parenthood.
One Year Later, Oskar Joins the Family!
On March 26, 2018, the Berkus-Brents welcomed their second child, Oskar Michael Brent-Berkus, whose name has a special meaning to the family: Oskar was the middle name of Fernando Bengoechea, Berkus’s onetime boyfriend who was killed during the Sri Lanka tsunami in 2004, while vacationing there with Brent. Bengoechea has remained an important part of Nate’s (and now Jeremiah’s life); the couple referenced him during their wedding ceremony, and Nate says it was Jeremiah who encouraged the name homage.
Both of the Brent-Berkus children were born via surrogate, and the dads have spoken openly about the process. “We see it as a very beautiful experience,” Nate told USA Today last year.
Here’s to many more years of happiness for the Berkus-Brents!
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