Bennifer finally made it down the aisle! Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are officially husband and wife.
The twice-engaged couple got married late-night Saturday at the A Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lopez confirmed Sunday via her On the JLo fan newsletter that the two had in fact wed, and she shared photos, videos and details from the big night. “We did it,” she wrote. “Love is beautiful. Love is kind. And it turns out love is patient. Twenty years patient.”
“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 continued. “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.”
Lopez adds they “barely made” it to the wedding chapel by midnight, but that they “graciously” stayed open late and let the couple “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).”
While the wedding wasn’t the glamorous over-the-top ceremony fans would expect from Bennifer, Lopez said it was “the best possible wedding we could have imagined.”
The bride and groom made use of “a dress from an old movie and a jacket from Ben’s closet” to wear for the ceremony. Lopez and Affleck also read their vows to each other “in the little chapel and gave one another the rings we’ll wear for the rest of our lives.”
“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,” Lopez wrote. “We had that. And so much more. Best night of our lives.”
Court documents posted Sunday revealed Lopez, 52, and Affleck, 49, received a license on Saturday in Clark County, Nevada, The Associated Press reported. TMZ was the first to report the news. The filing shows Lopez plans to take the name Jennifer Affleck.
“They were right when they said, ‘all you need is love,’ ” Lopez concluded in her newsletter Sunday. “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. … Love is a great thing, maybe the best of things — and worth waiting for.”
The singer signed off “with love, Mrs. Jennifer Lynn Affleck.”
Lopez announced her engagement to Affleck in April with a video shared to her On the JLo fan newsletter.
The video showed Lopez admiring the ring, whispering, “You’re perfect.” Affleck proposed with a ring featuring two smaller diamonds on each side of a large green diamond in the middle – a different shade from the pink diamond with which he proposed to her the first time, nearly 20 years ago.
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Lopez opened up about the details of Affleck’s “bubble bath proposal” in another issue of her newsletter the following week.
“Saturday night while at my favorite place on earth (in the bubble bath), my beautiful love got on one knee and proposed,” Lopez wrote at the time. “I was taken totally off guard and just looked in his eyes smiling and crying at the same time trying to get my head around the fact that after 20 years this was happening all over again.”
She added, “I was quite literally speechless and he said, ‘Is that a yes?’ I said, ‘YES of course that’s a YES.’ ”
‘Speechless’:Jennifer Lopez describes Ben Affleck’s ‘bubble bath’ proposal
Lopez and Affleck sparked reconciliation rumors after the pair was spotted together on multiple occasions, fresh off Lopez’s split from former baseball star Alex Rodriguez in April 2021.
The two seemingly confirmed their relationship by going Instagram official last July, when Lopez posted a photo of her kissing Affleck while celebrating her 52nd birthday. “5 2 … what it do …..,” she wrote on the relationship reveal.
The couple met in 2002 on the set of the romantic comedy “Gigli,” while Lopez was still married to her second husband, dancer Cris Judd. Although the movie bombed at the box office, sparks were definitely flying between Lopez and Affleck. The pair went public with their relationship shortly after Lopez’s divorce from Judd.
The “Hustlers” star told People when she met Affleck at the time, “I felt like… ‘Okay, this is it.’ “
“Bennifer” took pop culture by storm in the early aughts. The Hollywood power couple got engaged in November 2002, but the bended knee didn’t end in happily ever after. Lopez and Affleck ended their engagement in 2004, blaming the demise of their relationship to all the media attention.
In 2008, Affleck suggested he and Lopez were too public with their high-profile relationship.
“I think Jen and I made a mistake in that we fell in love, we were excited and maybe too accessible,” Affleck said. “I don’t think either of us anticipated the degree to which it would take on a world of its own.”
Contributing: The Associated Press and Kim Willis, Elise Brisco, Pamela Avila, USA TODAY