All the Details from Nate Berkus & Jeremiah Brent’s Comfort Food Wedding Feast

05/07/2014 at 01:00 PM ET

Nate Berkus Wedding
Genevieve de Manio

Their faces say it all: Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent had a wedding to remember.

The couple, who were the first to hold a same-sex wedding at the New York Public Library, wanted the night to reflect how they live and entertain at home. So Berkus, the host of American Dream Builders, and Brent, a designer and stylist, teamed their powers with those of wedding planner Marcy Blum to create a one-of-a-kind aesthetic — and reception.

So how would Berkus sum up the wedding dinner? “Family-style organic comfort food,” he told PEOPLE. “Creamed spinach, truffled mac and cheese.”

Sounds like the perfect match to the main course: dry-aged rib eye and chicken, with whole birds presented tableside for a bona fide family feast. The menu also included an elegant salad of burrata and golden beets, Tuscan kale salad, grilled asparagus with romesco sauce and a family-style portion of quinotto, a Peruvian risotto made with quinoa — a nod to the spot where the couple got engaged in 2013.

Nate Berkus Wedding
Genevieve de Manio

Nate Berkus Wedding
Genevieve de Manio

Though the dining room itself was quite grand and formal — check out the dramatic lighting in the dome alone — it was important to Berkus and Brent to make dinner feel relaxed and comfortable, down to having guests sit at long wooden farm tables to encourage conversation.

“We just did what felt right and what would allow for our guests to enjoy and let loose,” said Berkus.

Nate Berkus Wedding
Genevieve de Manio

Naturally, Berkus’ home goods collections played a starring role throughout the evening. The tables were decorated with his gold vases and new white gem-cut dinnerware from Target and patterned monochromatic runners and tablecloths from his fabric line at Calico, along with geodes, petrified wood and all-white flower arrangements.

Nate Berkus Wedding
Genevieve de Manio

Post-dinner, guests were led upstairs to get down on the dance floor — and dig into a towering dessert buffet, an alternative to a traditional tiered cake. The only cake in the house: Brent’s mom’s “dump cake” — a recipe where all of the ingredients are dumped in one pan, which is a favorite of both men.

Nate Berkus Wedding
Genevieve de Manio

“We really tried to personalize every element of the design, surprises and little moments throughout the night,” said Brent. “It was a celebration of our love but also of the love the people who were attending have contributed to our lives.”

For more on the couple’s dream wedding, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

VIDEO: Inside Scoop: Nate Berkus Weds Jeremiah Brent

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DaisyMoon on

Nate is a doll…so happy for him!

Now why no picture of the cake?!

Lynn Sweet on

Oh my. This picture of those two men just looks so DARNED WEIRD!!!!!!!!

Anonymous on

I love seeing people in love. It’s sad that anyone can see two people and love and not feel joy for them.

Moni on

What a beautiful wedding for a handsome couple.

Mimi on

I loved Jeremiah on the Rachel Zoe show. It’s so nice to see he ended up with the equally wonderful Nate Berkus. So happy for them – what a talented couple, too!

Anonymous on

i’m so happy for him. after making it through the tsunami in thailand and losing someone he loved there it is good to see him so happy.

Rolyat on

Nice age gap. Jeremiah looks like he’s pushing Nate away.

robertholt on

Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent are married. How nice. Now, if you will excuse me, I have a lot to do. I’m getting married to my sister on Saturday.

K.B. on

I’m looking at the salads, and I just wanna say…. There is no room for frisée in the genre of “comfort food”. It all looks delicious and lovely, though. I wish them all the best!

Lila on

Love and lust are two different emotions.

Fergus on

The homophobic comments on this article are mean-spirited and infantile. Love and compassion with always triumph over hate and ignorance. Congrats to the happy couple!

Charli on


L. Stevens Morgan on

Mazel Tov to Nate and Jeremiah. May you have health and wealth and time to enjoy them.

jaqun on

ja .qun,n

Donnie on

Con grats to Nate Berkis and Jeremiah Brent . I wish you both a happy and joyous life together. I’m jealous.

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