The celebrity couple rekindled their romance almost 20 years after their first relationship.
Singer/Actress Jennifer Lopez and actor Ben Affleck tied the knot in Las Vegas on Sunday, July 16, after the celebrity couple rekindled their romance nearly 20 years after their first relationship.
The couple announced their marriage in a newsletter from Lopez in which she revealed that they flew to the Nevada desert city to obtain a marriage license and tied the knot in a chapel on Sunday.
The actress revealed that their big day turned out to be “exactly” how they wanted it, as she shared plenty of behind-the-scenes details in her exclusive in her latest newsletter.
“Love is beautiful. Love is kind. And as it turns out, love is patient. Twenty years of patience. Exactly what we wanted,” Lopez said in the newsletter.
Jlo wore a vintage Alexander McQueen movie dress and Ben wore a jacket from his closet. “So with the best witnesses you can imagine, a dress from an old movie and a jacket from Ben’s closet, we read our own vows in the little chapel and gave each other the rings we will wear for the rest of our lives.”
JLo and the actor first started dating in mid-2002 and got engaged that same year, but postponed the wedding and finally called it off in 2004, although they always maintained publicly that their friendship was maintained over the years before they gave each other a second chance.
Last year, after nearly two decades apart, the stars’ paths came together again after she ended her four-year courtship with Alex Rodriguez and the “Gone Girl” star ended his relationship with Spanish actress Ana de Armas.
It took another 17 years – with children and marriages – before Lopez and Affleck met again.
“I feel so lucky, happy and proud to be with him,” Lopez declared after the reconnection. “It’s a beautiful love story,” the singer expressed.
“We’re older now, we’re smarter, we’re more experienced and we’re in different places in our lives,” added Jlo about this second round.
“Last night, we flew to Las Vegas and stood in line for the license with four other couples, all making the same trip to the wedding capital of the world. Behind us, two men were holding hands and hugging. In front of us, a young couple who made the three-hour trip from Victorville on their daughter’s second birthday; we all wanted the same thing: for the world to recognize us as partners and declare our love to the world through the ancient and nearly universal symbol of marriage.”
“I was taken totally off guard and just looked in his eyes smiling and crying at the same time trying hard to get my head around the fact that after 20 years this was happening all over again, I was quite literally speechless and he said, ‘is that a yes?’ I said YES of course that’s a YES,” Jlo wrote.