NEW YORK — Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck were wed Saturday in a late-night Las Vegas drive-through chapel, culminating a relationship that stretched over two decades in two separate romances and headlined countless tabloid covers.
Lopez announced their marriage Sunday in her newsletter for fans with the heading “We did it.” Lopez initially made their engagement public in April on the same newsletter, “On the J Lo.”
“Love is beautiful. Love is kind. And it turns out love is patient. Twenty years patient,” wrote Lopez in a message signed Jennifer Lynn Affleck.
Lopez wrote that the couple flew to Las Vegas on Saturday, stood in line for their license with four other couples and were wed just after midnight at the Little White Chapel, a chapel boasting a drive-through “tunnel of love.” Lopez said a Bluetooth speaker played their brief march down the aisle. She called it the best night of their lives.
“Stick around long enough and maybe you’ll find the best moment of your life in a drive through in Las Vegas at 12:30 in the morning in the tunnel of love drive through with your kids and the one you’ll spend forever with,” said Lopez.
News of their nuptials first spread Sunday after the Clark County clerk’s office in Nevada showed that the pair obtained a marriage license that was processed Saturday. The marriage license filing showed that Lopez plans to take the name Jennifer Affleck.
Representatives for Lopez and Affleck declined to comment.
Lopez, 52, and Affleck, 49, famously dated in the early 2000s, spawning the nickname “Bennifer,” before rekindling their romance last year. They earlier starred together in 2003’s Gigli and 2004’s Jersey Girl. Around that time, they became engaged but never wed.
Affleck married Jennifer Garner in 2005, with whom he shares three children. They divorced in 2018.
Lopez has been married three times before. She was briefly married to Ojani Noa from 1997-1998 and to Cris Judd from 2001-2003. She and singer Marc Anthony were married for a decade after wedding in 2004 and share 14-year-old twins together.
Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck tie the knot in Vegas
The couple, who began dating in 2002 and then split for 17 years, stood in line for a marriage license and were wed on Saturday, the bride told fans in her newsletter.
Superstar celebrity couple Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck were married on Saturday, according to a Clark County, Nevada, marriage license.
The couple, who dated and became engaged in the early 2000s before breaking up and spending 17 years apart, rekindled their relationship last year.
Lopez’s fan newsletter, the J Lo, on Sunday reported, “We did it.” The couple flew to Vegas and arrived at the chapel just before midnight to wait in line with four other couples, according to the account.
“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 recognize us as partners and to declare our love to the world through the ancient and nearly universal symbol of marriage.”
The couple received a marriage license in Clark County, Nevada, on July 16, court records show. The license was issued to Benjamin Geza Affleck and Jennifer Lopez.
“It was the best possible wedding we could have imagined,” the pair said. “One we dreamed of long ago and one made real.”
“So with the best witnesses you could ever 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 one another the rings we’ll wear for the rest of our lives,” the newsletter read.
Lopez and Affleck first met on the set of “Gigli” in 2002, according to Vulture.
They began dating later that year and by November 2002 “Bennifer,” as they became known in Hollywood, were engaged.
But in 2004, Lopez announced the couple had split.
The pair would go on to date, and marry, other celebrities during the nearly two-decade separation. Lopez married singer Marc Anthony in 2004. Affleck married actor Jennifer Garner in 2005.
Both marriages eventually ended, and Lopez became engaged to former New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez in 2019 while Affleck dated actor Ana de Armas. Both of those relationships ended in 2021.
On April 8, Lopez announced she and Affleck were, once again, engaged.
“Love is a great thing,” the couple said in Sunday’s note, “maybe the best of things — and worth waiting for.”
It’s signed, “With love, Mrs. Jennifer Lynn Affleck.”
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The couple wed Saturday, during an “intimate ceremony in Las Vegas,” the source said.
Lopez confirmed their Vegas wedding in her newsletter Sunday, ending the letter with a new name: Mrs. Jennifer Lynn Affleck.
“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,” Lopez wrote. “We barely made it to the little white wedding chapel by midnight. 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).”
Lopez wrote she wore a dress from an old movie and Affleck wore a jacket from his closet.
“We read our own vows in the little chapel and gave one another the rings we’ll wear for the rest of our lives,” she wrote. “In the end it was the best possible wedding we could have imagined.”
The Bennifer love saga is one that’s been more than 20 years in the making. The couple initially met in December 2001 on the set of the rom-com “Gigli,” where they played criminals stuck on a job together and the pair strike up real-life friendship.
By November 2002, the two were engaged, but postponed their wedding in September 2003 citing “the excessive media attention” surrounding their wedding.
They never made it down the aisle and officially called off their engagement in January 2004.
It then took another 17 years — with children and marriages — before Lopez and Affleck found their way back to one another.
Affleck proposed to Lopez again in April while she was soaking in a bubble bath.
“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,” she wrote in her newsletter.
Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck Get Married in Las Vegas
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez are — finally — married.
According to a marriage license on the online records for Clark County, Nev., the couple’s official marriage was filed Saturday. The record is in both of their legal names — Benjamin Geza Affleck and Jennifer Lynn Lopez. Significantly, the record also indicates that Jennifer Lopez took on Affleck as her legal last name.
Lopez confirmed her and Affleck’s nuptials through a new edition of her newsletter “On the JLo” later Sunday afternoon. “We did it!” Lopez wrote, alongside a black-and-white photograph of her holding a bouquet and Affleck kissing her cheek.
“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,” Lopez shared.
The singer went on to say that they “barely made it to the Little White Wedding chapel by midnight,” and concluded her newsletter with sweet enthusiasm writing, “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.” She signed the letter as “Mrs. Jennifer Lynn Affleck.”
The news of Lopez and Affleck’s engagement first broke in April. In an edition of “On the JLo,” the singer and actress shared a teary-eyed video for her fans while sporting a green diamond engagement ring. She wrote, “Saturday night while at my favorite place on earth (in a bubble bath), my beautiful love got on one knee and proposed.”
Lopez, 52, and Affleck, 49, were among the most prominent celebrity couples in the early 2000s. They made two films together. The first was 2003’s “Gigli,” which didn’t exactly light the box office on fire. By the time the Kevin Smith-directed “Jersey Girl” hit theaters in 2004, the couple had already announced that they’d broken up. The couple were engaged for a lengthy stretch of time, though they never officially tied the knot.
However, Lopez and Affleck reunited roughly one year ago and have been seemingly inseparable ever since. During their time apart, Lopez married singer-songwriter Marc Anthony in 2004 before divorcing him in 2014. Affleck married actress Jennifer Garner in 2005. The two divorced in 2018.
In their professional lives, Affleck won an Oscar for producing best picture winner “Argo” and Lopez grew her fortune touring, acting in movies and recording music. A year ago, they found themselves back together, dating in the public eye, but without the same scrutiny from the celebrity press, which has evolved and become less critical since the turn of the century.
J. Kim Murphy contributed to this report.
Inside Details of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez’s Wedding Revealed After Vegas Ceremony
The pop star has revealed details of what she wore and said the ceremony was the happiest time of her life.
Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck made a late dash to Las Vegas on Saturday—and finally walked down the aisle after two decades and two separate romances.
In her newsletter, On the J.Lo, Lopez confirmed the couple’s marriage and shared intimate pictures and details of the ceremony, headlining with “we did it.”
“Love is beautiful. Love is kind. And it turns out love is patient. Twenty years patient,” she wrote, signed Jennifer Lynn Affleck.
“They were right when they said, ‘all you need is love.’ 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 revealed she and Affleck flew to Las Vegas, stood in line with four other couples to receive their license and eventually found themselves at the Little White Chapel, which has its own drive-through “tunnel of love.” The celebrity couple were wed just after midnight.
In what was a simple ceremony she said she “dreamed of long ago,” Lopez wore a dress from an “old movie” while Affleck wore a suit jacket from his own wardrobe.
Lopez said that despite the lack of glitz and glamour, including a Bluetooth speaker playing them down the aisle, it was the best night of their lives.
“Stick around long enough and maybe you’ll find the best moment of your life in a drive through in Las Vegas at 12.30 in the morning and at the tunnel of love drive through, with your kids and the one you’ll spend forever with,” Lopez said.
“Love is a great thing, maybe the best of things—and worth waiting for.”
This is Lopez’s fourth marriage.
The couple first met in 2001 while filming the 2003 rom-com flop Gigli. Lopez was still married to her second husband, dancer Cris Judd, at the time. In 2002 Affleck appeared in the music video for “Jenny From the Block” and by the end of that year, the pair were engaged.
In September 2003, just days before they were set to marry, they released a joint statement postponing the wedding, citing excessive media attention. “When we found ourselves seriously contemplating hiring three separate ‘decoy brides’ at three different locations, we realized that something was awry,” the statement read. “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.” The pair split four months later in January, 2004.
The ex-couple reconnected in April last year shortly after Lopez cut off her engagement to former baseball star Alex Rodriguez, whom she dated for about four years.
The reunion with Affleck —and subsequent engagement this past April—launched a series of Bennifer tributes, with the two commenting on what the second chance meant.
“I am very lucky in my life in that I have benefited from second chances, and I am aware that other people don’t even get first chances,” Affleck told The Wall Street Journal in December. Lopez shared that sentiment, telling PEOPLE in February: “I feel so lucky and happy and proud to be with him. It’s a beautiful love story that we got a second chance.”