Fans have watched Jeremy Roloff’s relationship with his wife, Audrey, evolve for years on the TLC show Little People, Big World — and especially since they welcomed their baby daughter, Ember. But the couple had known each other for five years before tying the knot, and the vast majority of that time, they lived in different states. Here’s what you need to know about their love story.
Jeremy and Audrey met in January 2010, when they were both in college and were home for the weekend in Portland; they were put on a blind date by mutual friends before church. Their first date was very awkward, they admitted on a TLC special before their wedding. “I thought he was cute when he walked through the door, but I wasn’t, like, seeing the future in that moment,” Audrey said. “Contrary to what many believe, it wasn’t love at first sight, necessarily,” Jeremy added.
They ended up as friends, at least at first. Their relationship started as a long-distance friendship for two years before becoming romantic, and then it was a long-distance relationship for three more years. “Jeremy pursued me faithfully and diligently for two years before we started dating,” Audrey wrote on her . “I know, I was stubborn.”
On March 15, 2014, Jeremy proposed to Audrey. “You’re the one I want to team up with for life,” Audrey wrote on Instagram. “Jeremy James Roloff, to say I love you is an understatement.” Yet they were still long distance, and they in different states, only living in the same area for a month before their big day.
After being engaged for a little over five months, the two were married on September 20, 2015, at Roloff Farms. “To begin a life with you and live out the years is what I was built to do,” Jeremy said in his vows. “Audrey Mirabella Botti, finally, I make you mine.”
Just before the wedding, Audrey’s family moved one mile away from the Roloff family farm. But that didn’t mean Jeremy and Audrey were sticking around; instead, they moved to Los Angeles after coming back from their honeymoon. They lived there for a year before relocating to Bend, Oregon.
The couple started a company called Beating 50 Percent, with the mission of promoting , which are available in several states. These marriages require premarital counseling, and make it legally harder to get a divorce. With their company, Jeremy and Audrey’s goal is to get couples to have “better than average marriages, and giving more than 50% to your spouse.”
Their company offers faith-based marriage advice through a , and through a that they sell online. Audrey also runs a site called Auj Poj, which features its own and an . The couple is also working on a book, and they took a brief break from social media so they could finish their manuscript.
In February 2017, they that they were expecting their first child. Their daughter, Ember Jean, was born on September 10, 2017. “She's absolutely beautiful ... a face that draws you in. What a miraculous experience,” Jeremy wrote on Instagram.
The couple explained the inspiration behind Ember’s name in a video released by TLC. “Jeremy and I fell in love around campfires, so campfires and embers have just had a lot of significance in our relationship,” Audrey said. “We want her to be a little fiery one.”
After Ember turned four months old, the family gave an update. “I would say she is one of the most smiley babies I’ve ever seen,” Jeremy said. “She’s got these really nice dimples, and we don’t know where they really came from, but we love them.”
The couple plan to elaborate more on their marriage in their upcoming new book. “We are spilling never-before-told tales from our dating journey, and all the ups and downs and ins and outs of our love story,” Audrey teased on Instagram. “The pages are filling up with our failures and successes, what we learned from dating and long distance, and how we prepared more for our marriage than our wedding.”