It was a night to remember! Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck tied the knot once more on August 20 in an intimate wedding ceremony at his Riceboro, Georgia, estate owned by the actor in front of the couple’s children, family and closest friends.
On Thursday, September 1, Jennifer, 53, described her second ceremony as “perfect” in a post she shared via her newsletter, “On the JLo.”
“It had rained at sunset every day that week,” she began. “Everyone was worried about the heat, the aptly named ‘love bugs,’ the details, would the guests all arrive on time, etc. — not to mention the thunder and lightning that arrived almost on cue each day at the exact time the ceremony was supposed to start that Saturday. Oh, and all of us caught a stomach bug and were recuperating ‘til late in the week, that, and along with a few other unexpected setbacks, had all the makings of a doozie of a wedding weekend.”
Nevertheless, the Selena star noted she “never had one doubt” about the occasion.
“At six forty-five, Saturday, August [20th], the sun broke free and cast its rays like little diamonds dancing across the river behind the makeshift altar in our backyard,” Jennifer added. “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. 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.”
Most of the guests — which included Ben’s best buddy Matt Damon — wore white, matching the bride and groom, as seen in photos obtained by In Touch. Aerial snapshots revealed the guests enjoyed talking amongst themselves before the ceremony began, where the happy couple reportedly shared a sweet kiss.
Preparing Ben’s Georgia estate grounds reportedly cost around $400,000, according to the Daily Mail, which also published photos of marquees, new dance floors, furniture and glassware being set up on Friday, August 19.
Preparations were fully underway according to aerial photos also obtained by the Daily Mail of the enormous, plantation-style property that boasts a main mansion, a small cottage and an Oyster House, 10,000-square-foot residence where guests are expected to stay.
The photos of the property also seem to show food being trucked in ahead of the celebrations, as well as tents being set up.
The newlyweds’ second wedding ceremony comes just one month after they were legally married in a Las Vegas wedding chapel on July 16.
“Love is beautiful. Love is kind. And it turns out love is patient. Twenty years patient,” the Marry Me actress shared the following day via her On the JLo newsletter. “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.”
“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 Wedding Planner actress added. “When love is real, the only thing that matters in marriage is one another and the promise we make to love, care, understand, be patient, loving and good to one another. We had that. And so much more. Best night of our lives.”
Following their private Las Vegas marriage ceremony, the happy couple jetted off to their Paris honeymoon where they relaxed with their children. From shopping sprees and extravagant dinners, the blended family was seen taking in the sights in the City of Love. They even took a river cruise on the Seine where Ben was spotted snoozing.
The Gigli costars rekindled their romance nearly two decades after calling off their first engagement in January 2004. The couple were previously set to wed in September 2003 but postponed the wedding due to too much “media scrutiny.”
Ben and Jen were linked once again in April 2021, following her split from ex-fiancé and former baseball star Alex Rodriguez. The Dazed and Confused actor surprised his love when he popped the question one year later as Jennifer was enjoying a bubble bath.
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