There will always be one paparazzi lurking in the background of any celebrity wedding, trying to get their picture taken with all A-list guests.
But Jennifer Lopez has a well-known newsletter that is titled On The JLo. This means she doesn’t need other media commonly found at prestigious weddings.
And after her very publicized relationship and engagement to Ben Affleck 20 years ago, that’s likely more sensible.
Now officially, “Mrs. Jennifer Lynn Affleck,” said in the most recent issue of On the JLo the details of her small, intimate wedding in Vegas. Surprisingly, Bennifer went to The Strip, fell in line for a certificate with four other pairs, and almost got late.
“They graciously stayed open late a few times,” Mrs. Affleck said, “let us take pictures in a pink Cadillac convertible, evidently once used by the king himself (but if we wanted Elvis himself to show, that cost extra and he was in bed).”
Together with their children – all five – as witnesses, “a dress from an old movie and a jacket from Ben’s closet,” the pair exchanged vows and rings. The icon referred to it as “the best possible wedding we could have imagined.”
Mrs. Affleck also posted a video showing herself, dazzling in white, after putting on the wedding clothes in the chapel’s break room and Mr. Affleck in his “wedding changing area,” aka the men’s bathroom.
“Stick around long enough, and maybe you’ll find the best moment of your life in a drive-through in Las Vegas at twelve-thirty in the morning in the tunnel of love drive-through, with your kids and the one you’ll spend forever with,” the superstar said.
“Love is a great thing, maybe the best of things – and worth waiting for.”
She concluded the newsletter, saying: “With love,” she signed, “Mrs. Jennifer Lynn Affleck.”
JLo and Ben bumped into each other in December 2001 on the set of Gigli, where they portrayed criminals brought together for one job; an exciting friendship began.
In April, rumors of a relationship more than friends started when he made an ad for their movie in a trade publication. He also praised her performance in the movie.
“It has been nothing but an honor and a pleasure to work with you,” he wrote in the ad. “I only wish I were lucky enough to be in all your movies.”
And then signed it: “With love, respect, and gratitude, Ben Affleck.”
In July, JLo and Chris Judd filed for a divorce. They had been separated for some time before that, though.
“Jennifer Lopez and Chris Judd have announced they have resolved all issues arising out of their marriage,” said the pair’s lawyers in a statement at the time. “The resolution was extremely amicable… The two will remain friends.”
JLo and Ben canoodled in public, and it wasn’t long before the paparazzi caught up with them.
The couple got engaged three months later in November. Ben went on one knee with a resplendent, custom 6.1-carat diamond ring in pink from Harry Winston.
He also went on to play Lopez’s love interest in the music video for her song, “Jenny From the Block.” Affleck, in the video, kissed her popular booty in a scene of the pair on a yacht.
JLo and Ben made their red carpet debut at the 75th Annual Academy Awards.
But the couple delayed their nuptials and released a statement before tying the knot.
“Due to the excessive media attention surrounding our wedding, we have decided to postpone the date. When we found ourselves seriously contemplating hiring three separate ‘decoy brides’ at three different locations, we realized that something was awry. We began to feel that the spirit of what should have been the happiest day of our lives could be compromised. We felt what should have been a joyful and sacred day could be spoiled for us, our families, and our friends.”
At the time, sources said the couple was “taking a break.”
JLo and Ben officially called off their engagement. Instead, they went their separate ways.
They were able to find love again, but it took them a while.
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