Jennifer Lopez gave her fans an intimate look inside her lavish second wedding to husband Ben Affleck on her “On The JLo” newsletter on Thursday.
The pop star, 53, shared she walked down the aisle to Marc Cohn’s “True Companion,” which she and Affleck, 50, thought made the “perfect wedding love song” when they were first engaged more than 20 years ago.
“Though Ben didn’t know, I asked Marc to surprise him by singing it at our wedding and he was lovely and generous to come,” Lopez shared.
The “Waiting for Tonight” singer also shared that their respective kids from their previous marriages walked down the aisle to “The Things We’ve Handed Down.”
“The twenty years between those dreams of youth and the adult world of love and family we embraced that day, brought more to this marriage than either of us ever could have imagined,” Lopez said of the endearing moment.
“We weren’t only marrying one another; we were marrying these children into a new family. They were the only people we asked to stand up for us in our wedding party. To our great honor and joy, each one did.”
However, not all of the weekend went off without a hitch. Lopez shared that “all of us” caught a stomach bug in the days leading up to the nuptials.
Still, she reflected, “The truth is, I never had one doubt. All week I felt the calm and easy certainty that we were in God’s hands…”
Festivities around the stunning wedding unfolded over three days, with the ceremony kicking off Saturday on Affleck’s sprawling plantation-style estate in rural Georgia.
Lopez wore three different Ralph Lauren dresses for the occasion, the first of which was a dramatic short-sleeve look featuring more than 1,000 handkerchiefs and 500 meters of fabric cut into ruffles and attached by hand around the skirt and turtleneck collar.
The pair sent guests home with custom-made tote bags emblazoned with “JB.” Lopez and Affleck added a personal touch to each bag by adorning the straps with a name tag for every guest who attended the southern soiree.
Additionally, the rekindled lovers also gave attendees staying at a nearby hotel custom chocolate boxes. Affleck’s brother, Casey, unfortunately did not receive any parting treasures, as he skipped the highly anticipated wedding.
After the wedding, Lopez wrote in her newsletter that she, Affleck and her loved ones celebrated with a “yummy brunch by the lake,” and she designed the decor for it herself.
“I wanted each day to have its own personality but fit the setting we were in for the weekend: the vibes were down-home, rustic country-chic,” the “Wedding Planner” star shared.
Affleck and JLo’s storied romantic history began in the early aughts, when the two met in 2002 as co-stars on the set of the 2003 thriller-slash-romcom flick “Gigli.”
By summertime, Lopez had filed for divorce from then-husband Chris Judd — a rapid-fire turn of events that conveniently freed up her left hand for the six-carat pink diamond ring with which Affleck proposed to her not long after.
While the then-engaged couple initially planned to get married in 2003, they elected to postpone their wedding due to “excessive media attention.” But, alas, aughts-era Bennifer never make it to the altar, as the two publicly announced their breakup in January 2004.
Shortly thereafter, the two moved on from each other and married other people. Lopez wed Marc Anthony in 2004, while Affleck said “I do” to Jennifer Garner in 2005.
Lopez and Anthony then welcomed twins Emme and Maximilian in 2008. Meanwhile, Garner and Affleck had three kids of their own, Violet, Seraphina and Samuel.
Lopez and Affleck’s marriages ultimately ended in divorce, in 2014 and 2015, respectively. The two subsequently cycled through a number of relationships over the years, with Lopez most notably ending her engagement to Alex Rodriguez in March 2021.
Not long after, sources told Page Six that the second coming of Bennifer could be in the making, with Affleck seen coming and going from Lopez’s home on multiple occasions.
By April 2022, the two had become engaged once again – and J.Lo subsequently gushed about Affleck’s expertly executed proposal in a video sent via her newsletter.
“He hands me a ring and he says it’s a green diamond. [Green is] my favorite color, it’s also my lucky color,” she gushed. “Obviously it’ll be my lucky color forever now. It means so much when somebody thinks about you and loves you and sees you.”
Lopez also said that the proposal was “just the most perfect” moment, telling fans, “I feel so lucky. It’s not often you get a second chance at true love.”
In July, the pair spontaneously elected to tie the knot in Las Vegas at the Little White Chapel, which is famous for attracting lovers seeking to elope. They then embarked on a picture-perfect Paris honeymoon where they also celebrated Lopez’s 53rd birthday.
The minister who overlooks the iconic couple’s Las Vegas nuptials, Ryan Wolfe, told Page Six in an exclusive interview that, as he’s officiating upwards of 10,000 weddings, he’s developed a “feel” for which newlyweds will end up sticking together for life.
“Their vows were beautiful, they were special. And I know they were very important to them,” Wolfe told us following the nuptials. “You could tell it was something between them that they wanted to share with each other. It was a really special, emotional ceremony and moment that they shared.”
In Thursday’s newsletter, Lopez reflected on the long journey that it took for her and Affleck to rekindle their love.
“The truth is everyone’s story is different and we all have our paths to travel,” the “Selena” star wrote. “No two people are the same. But for us, this was perfect timing.”
Lopez said “nothing ever felt more right” to her than knowing she and Affleck were “settling down” in a “way you can only do when you understand loss and joy and you are battle tested enough to never take the important things for granted or let the silly insignificant nuisances of the day get in the way of embracing every precious moment.”
She concluded, “We find ourselves in that long-desired time of life: having gratitude for all that life has shown us, even its trials and tribulations. That night really was heaven…”