Inside Nate Berkus & Jeremiah Brent's Dream Wedding
After dating for nearly one year, American Dream Builders host Nate Berkus and TV personality (and fellow designer) Jeremiah Brent became engaged in Peru in 2013, and celebrated their union on Saturday night, May 3, at the New York Public Library, inviting guests to join them with simple, classic invitations from Elum Designs for Sugar Press.
MOM & ME
Here comes a groom! A beaming Brent is walked down the aisle by proud mother Gwen Johnson.
WORD TO LIVE BY
Emotions ran high during the ceremony: Brent joked about his "inability to stop crying," while Sheri Salata, who officiated the wedding, was also deeply moved. "It was the stunning honor of my life to be asked and a love bomb of an experience," said Salata, president of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network amp Harpo Studios. "I will never forget, nor will anyone who got to walk into that blessing."
Some 220 guests attended the nuptials, including the grooms' families, as well as Berkus pal Oprah Winfrey, Rachael Ray and Busy Philipps.
After exchanging identical gold bands from Van Cleef amp Arpels, Berkus and Brent share their first kiss as newlyweds.
The couple was more than ready to break a glass after saying their vows (a nod to Berkus's Jewish heritage), but they had some unexpected help from Salata. "[She] accidentally knocked our ceremonial glass off onto the floor and it broke," Berkus told PEOPLE. "It was hilarious and something we'll be laughing about 20 years from now!"
Just after the ceremony, a performance was given by Berkus's favorite choir, The Gospel for Teens/The Mama Foundation for the Arts.
THE STUNNING SETTING
Dinner time! Guests enjoyed a meal that included a beet salad with burrata, herb-stuffed roasted chicken, Black Angus ribeye and a variety of sides, like truffled mac and cheese and kale salad.
Berkus and Brent turned to wedding planner Marcy Blum for help with the reception, using a palette of black, white, cream and gold to create a dreamy, modern feel. Berkus had an extra-special hand in the design, too, contributing table linens from his Calico collection and dinnerware sets from his Target line.
A LOOK OF LOVE
The fashionable husbands – Berkus wore a J.Crew suit, while Brent chose Saint Laurent – embrace after the ceremony. And the night just kept getting better: Marjorie Gubelmann, aka DJ Mad Marj, spun tunes at the reception, while singer Estelle sang her hit, "American Boy."
Guests indulged their sweet tooths with confections by Great Performances, and each left with a special souvenir to remind them of the culinary delights: a keepsake menu, designed by Swiss Cottage Designs.
LIGHT THE NIGHT
Not only was the guys' wedding stunning, but it was history-making: They were the very first same-sex couple to be married at the New York Public Library.
For more on the couple's dream wedding, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.