When a source revealed that Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck were planning a “destination wedding” we didn’t imagine the destination would be… Las Vegas. After 20 years since their first engagement, the couple have officially exchanged vows. The pop star shared details of the wedding day in a post to her namesake newsletter On The J Lo explaining that they flew three hours to Nevada to obtain a marriage license like everybody else.
“We did it. Love is beautiful. Love is kind. And it turns out love is patient. Twenty years patient,” Lopez wrote. “Last night we flew to Vegas, stood in line for a license with four other couples, all making the same journey to the wedding capital of the world. Behind us two men held hands and held each other. In front of us, a young couple who made the three hour drive from Victorville on their daughter’s second birthday—all of us wanting the same thing— for the world to recognise us as partners and to declare our love to the world through the ancient and nearly universal symbol of marriage.”
According to the post, the ceremony was “exactly what we wanted”. Affleck wore a classic cream tuxedo while Lopez chose to upcycle a white wedding dress from “an old movie”. “We barely made it to the little white wedding chapel by midnight,” she added. “They graciously stayed open late a few minutes, 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).”
Celebrity hairstylist Chris Appleton shared a video of the bride-to-be.
It looks like select family members were in attendance including Lopez’s 14-year-old daughter, Emme. “We are so grateful to have that in abundance, a new wonderful family of five amazing children and a life that we have never had more reason to look forward to,” Lopez continued. “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. Love is a great thing, maybe the best of things-and worth waiting for.”
As per court documents obtained by BuzzFeed, Lopez will take Affleck’s name. This was confirmed as the pop star signed off her newsletter, writing, “With love, Mrs. Jennifer Lynn Affleck.”
Affleck proposed to the actress in April with a green diamond ring. It comes after they reunited in early 2021, 17 years after they split in 2004. Congratulations to the happy couple!