Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck wedding: So different than 2003

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck’s seemingly spontaneous, “fun and casual” Las Vegas marriage Saturday night time was intentionally quite distinct from the enormous, star-studded affair they prepared, then canceled at the last moment, virtually 20 decades before.

As Lopez, 52, revealed Sunday in her On the JLo newsletter, she and Affleck, 49, flew to Las Vegas Saturday, stood in line for a marriage license with 4 other partners and acquired the famed Little White Chapel to continue to be “open late a several minutes” so they could stroll down the aisle ahead of midnight Saturday, Individuals noted.

“We did it. Enjoy is gorgeous. Appreciate is variety. And it turns out enjoy is individual,” Lopez wrote.

Lopez and Affleck made a decision that acquiring married in Las Vegas would make the nuptials far more fulfilling, a source instructed Us Weekly. “They the two assumed it was a entertaining and everyday way to tie the knot,” the resource added.

As if to spotlight the small-important mother nature of the marriage, Affleck shared a online video of himself placing on a white tuxedo coat in a modest rest area, what he jokingly termed his “wedding switching space,” MSN claimed. Lopez shared photographs of what may perhaps have been two attire she wore that night: “a dress from and old movie” and, for the ceremony, a white, lace, off-shoulder lengthy-sleeve bridal gown with a fishtail prepare and matching veil from Zuhair Murad, Men and women explained.

VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 10: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez attend the red carpet of the movie "The Last Duel" during the 78th Venice International Film Festival on September 10, 2021 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 10: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez attend the purple carpet of the movie “The Previous Duel” all through the 78th Venice Global Movie Festival on September 10, 2021 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Illustrations or photos) 

But neither of Lopez’s robes may well have been as lavish as the dress that famed designer Vera Wang was supposedly planning for her to marry Affleck in 2003.

Just after Lopez and Affleck met in early 2002 although filming “Gigli,” they became Hollywood’s incredibly hot tremendous couple. Affleck proposed that November by presenting Lopez with a 6-carat pink diamond engagement ring. They then started setting up a lavish wedding day that was supposed to acquire location in September 2003 at what is now the Ritz-Carlton Bacara resort in Santa Barbara.

The 400-man or woman visitor list reportedly included these types of A-listers as Affleck’s best good friend Matt Damon and his “Armageddon” co-star Bruce Willis, alongside with Alec Baldwin, Colin Farrell, and Matthew Perry, Leisure Weekly documented at the time. Affleck’s younger brother Casey Affleck was poised to be his finest guy. Following the ceremony and reception, Affleck and Lopez were being anticipated to shell out their honeymoon night time in the Bacara’s $6,400-a-evening presidential.

Affleck and Lopez vainly tried to retain a limited lid on the date and location of their wedding by owning their assistants invite company by cellular phone and then hand-provide closing details a several days right before the ceremony, Us Weekly reported. They experienced also been playing a guessing activity with the general public, seemingly leaking information and facts about how they had been likely to marry in Hawaii and then in Georgia, ABC Information additional. 

But by some means, details about the genuine Santa Barbara wedding ceremony leaked. Days right before Affleck and Lopez have been set to say “I do,” they abruptly canceled.

“Due to the abnormal media attention surrounding our wedding, we have made the decision to postpone the day,” Lopez and Affleck reported in a joint statement at the time. “When we identified ourselves severely thinking about employing 3 independent ‘decoy brides’ at 3 distinct destinations, we understood that a thing was awry.”

But even as the pair blamed the media for forcing them to terminate their wedding ceremony, speculation had grown that the romance was troubled, Individuals magazine claimed in 2003. Even prior to their movie “Gigli” bombed at the box place of work and with critics, there were being reviews that Affleck’s go to to a Vancouver strip club in July 2003 had prompted Lopez to just take off her engagement and to supposedly notify pals that the relationship was completed.

As is perfectly recognized, Affleck and Lopez only stayed alongside one another for a couple months following calling off their wedding ceremony. They introduced their split in early 2004.

Affleck went on to marry Jennifer Garner in 2005, and the two actors turned mothers and fathers to 3 children, Violet, 16, and Seraphina, 13, and son Samuel, 10, prior to saying their separation in June 2015.

For her part, Lopez married to singer Marc Anthony from 2004 to 2014. They share twins Max and Emme, each 14.She subsequently turned included in a high-profile, routinely Instagrammed relationship with previous MLB star Alex Rodriguez but they termed off their engagement in April 2021, and she shortly reconnected with Affleck. He proposed a yr later on.

As if to highlight how genuinely informal Lopez and Affleck were being keeping their wedding day this weekend, Lopez mentioned in her newsletter that they opted to not pay out “extra” to have an Elvis Presley imitator carry out the ceremony. “If we required Elvis himself to present, that expense further and he was in mattress,” Lopez stated.

Lopez mentioned she and Affleck did a brief march down the aisle to audio actively playing from a Bluetooth, exchanged their very own vows and gave one another the rings “we’ll wear for the rest of our life.”

“But in the end it was the ideal doable wedding day we could have imagined,” Lopez stated. “One we dreamed of extensive ago and a person made extremely authentic (in the eyes of the point out, Las Vegas, a pink convertible and one particular an additional) at quite, quite, extended last.”