Maks Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd are getting married this weekend. The couple has been dating on and off over the past eight years.
They compete against each other on Dancing With the Stars, but are also each other’s biggest supporters.
Here is what you need to know:
1. Chmerkovskiy & Murgatroyd Will Wed in New York City on July 8
Chmerkovskiy and Murgatroyd will tie the knot officially on July 8, but will be celebrating their union throughout the whole weekend. The couple will say their “I do’s” in front of family and friends at Oheka Castle in Long Island, New York.
“I remember when I was passing by this castle when I first immigrated, and [I said,] ‘That’s where I want to have my wedding,’ and I just said it so [casually] and now it’s happening. We went there. It’s perfect. We’re going to have it for two days. They’re closing the whole hotel. It’s going to be unbelievable,” Chmerkovskiy told ABC News back in March.
Below are some photos of the venue.
Other celebrities who have married at Oheka include Kevin Jonas and Joey Fatone.
Chmerkovskiy and Murgatroyd’s son, Shai, is set to be the ring bearer, though he isn’t even old enough to walk just yet.
2. Chmerkovskiy & Murgatroyd Became Parents to Son, Shai, in January 2017
Chmerkovskiy and Murgatroyd weren’t exactly ready to share their pregnancy news with the world, but Dancing With the Stars co-host Erin Andrews accidentally spilled the beans when she congratulated Murgatroyd behind-the-scenes but didn’t realize her mic was on.
Chmerkovskiy and Murgatroyd welcomed their son, Shai Aleksandr Chmerkovskiy, on Wednesday, January 4, 2017. Before Shai made his appearance, Maks gave his Instagram followers a couple of hints that his fiancee was just about ready to pop.
First, he posted a video of himself frantically driving down the street. Soon after, he posted a photo of Murgatroyd in a hospital bed, putting some makeup on. Two days later, the couple had a baby.
“This is, without a doubt, the best thing that has ever happened to us,” the couple said in a statement to People Magazine at the time.
The new mom and dad didn’t share photos of their son right away, but, instead, tried to give themselves a little privacy before letting the world into their lives. Shai made his official debut in February on Good Morning America. Check out the video below.
The same day, Chmerkovskiy and Murgatroyd shared a few photos of their baby boy on Murgatroyd’s blog, All Things Fam & Glam.
“So this past month and a half, we’ve tried to keep Shai for ourselves, like our little secret that only we get to enjoy — but babies aren’t secrets, and keeping him hidden away forever isn’t realistic or healthy. Now, after taking as much time as we could to enjoy these precious first moments of his life, we’re finally ready to share Shai with the world,” Murgatroyd wrote in a blog post.
As far as the baby’s name goes, Chmerkovskiy and Murgatroyd thought long and hard about the perfect moniker for their son. They originally liked the name Kai, but a friend of theirs named their son Kai, so that name was out.
“It took months and months to find a name that both Maks and I loved and kind of embodied what he means to us. We knew that we wanted a shorter name that wasn’t super-complicated because ‘Chmerkovskiy’ is kind of a mouthful and he’ll always have to spell it out for people,” Murgatroyd explained.
The couple decided on the name Shai (pronounced Shy) which means “gift” in Hebrew.
“Honestly, [it’s] a perfect fit because from the very beginning, we felt like this little life we made was the most perfect gift God could grant us. Maks didn’t grow up with a middle name, but I definitely wanted Shai to have one. So we gave him his middle name after Maks’ dad Aleksandr (spelled a little differently to honor Shai’s heritage but also make it unique to him). It was a really special moment for Maks to have his dad be a part of something we created. So, there you have it: our little gift. Shai Aleksander Chmerkovskiy, welcome to the world,” Murgatroyd wrote.
3. Chmerkovskiy Proposed to Murgatroyd During a Performance of ‘Sway’ in Miami
In one of the most romantic proposals ever, Chmerkovskiy got down on one knee while in Miami. He asked for Murgatroyd’s hand in marriage in front of their closest friends — and an audience — during a performance of Sway at the at the Olympia Theater.
“I’m in love with you, and I will be in love with you for the rest of my life,” Chmerkovskiy told Murgatroyd. She said “yes,” of course, which Chmerkovskiy posted on Instagram that same night.
“Maks’ romantic proposal is something I will cherish for the rest of my life. I’m excited for the next chapter in our lives and to plan the wedding of my dreams with Maks,” Murgatroyd told People Magazine in a statement.
When it came to an engagement ring, Chmerkovskiy went all out.
“I worked with an incredible company [called] Cantamessa. Their women’s designs have been worn by royal families all over the world. I was Skyping with a group of Italian jewelry makers that are fourth or fifth generation! It was very easy in that sense. But as long as she liked it,” Chmerkovskiy told Entertainment Tonight in December 2015.
According to Glamour, the ring appears to be an “emerald-cut center stone between 3 and 4 carats in a dramatic split-shank setting with pave diamonds encrusting the band.”
4. Chmerkovskiy & Murgatroyd Met in 2009 While Working on the Broadway Production of ‘Burn the Floor’
Chmerkovskiy and Murgatroyd were both cast in the Broadway production of Burn the Floor back in 2009. However, the two didn’t exactly lock eyes and fall in love.
“I thought he was arrogant,” Murgatroyd told People Magazine in December 2015, recalling her first impressions of her husband-to-be. “I learned to like him because I found out he wasn’t that arrogant. He was really generous to the entire cast, and our friendship grew and grew,” she added.
The two became friends before they started dating in 2012. Prior to that, Chmerkovskiy was engaged to Dancing With the Stars co-star, Karina Smirnoff, and Murgatroyd was dating Damian Whitewood.
Chmerkovskiy and Murgatroyd dated for about 10 months before Chmerkovskiy broke things off.
“My heart was broken. But when we were driving to the airport after the breakup talk, he literally asked me why I was taking all my bags and clothes back. I was like, ‘We just broke up. Why would I leave anything behind?’ That’s when I knew it wasn’t really over for forever,” Murgatroyd told People Magazine.
The two got back together (officially) in October 2014.
5. Chmerkovskiy & Murgatroyd Each Own a Mirror Ball Trophy (or 2)
Chmerkovskiy won his first ever Mirror Ball Trophy with his dance partner, Olympic ice dancer Meryl Davis, back in 2014. During the entire season, fans were convinced that Chmerkovskiy and Davis were dating. Their electric chemistry helped carry them to victory — something that was extremely special to Chmerkovskiy. The two never confirmed the dating rumors, but months later, Chmerkovskiy was back with Murgatroyd.
Murgatroyd won Dancing With the Stars twice. The first time, she took home the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy with her partner, former footballer Donald Driver, in Season 14. She was able to do it again with deaf model Nyle DiMarco, in Season 22. This was very challenging with Murgatroyd who was working with someone who couldn’t hear music. It was also challenging because she was in the very early stages of her pregnancy and had been suffering with morning sickness during rehearsals!
Both Chmerkovskiy and Murgatroyd will likely be competing in Season 24, which will begin in September.