Pouring his heart out! On Saturday, August 20, Ben Affleck delivered a passionate speech to Jennifer Lopez and her children at his Riceboro, Georgia, estate during their wedding celebration with family and friends.
“Ben made an impassioned speech professing his love for Jennifer and her kids and said the children are the blessing and gift that happened because they didn’t get married before and that is proof that everything happens for a reason,” a source exclusively reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly.
The couple eloped in Las Vegas in July after previously being engaged from 2002 to 2004. Lopez, 53, went on to have twins Emma and Maximillian, 14, with her ex-husband Marc Anthony after they called off their engagement. In 2014, their divorce was finalized. For his part, the 50-year-old Good Will Hunting actor has three children with his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner: Violet, 16, Seraphina, 13, and Samuel, 10. From 2005 to 2018, he was married to Garner, 50.
Lopez and Affleck were spotted vacationing together in Big Sky, Montana in May 2021, after more than a decade apart. The following April, the “Jenny From the Block” singer announced via her On the JLo newsletter that she and the Town actor were engaged for the second time.
“Saturday night while at my favorite place on earth (in the bubble bath), my beautiful love got on one knee and proposed,” she wrote. “I was taken totally off guard and just looked in his eyes smiling and crying at the same time.”
Although the couple’s happy ending was a long time coming, their wedding celebrations were worth the wait. “It was a weekend full of festivities for friends and family and it felt like a fairytale,” an insider told Us.
The source continued, “Jennifer looked like a princess and was flawless. Everyone had an amazing time and danced the night away. It was very intimate and all about celebrating their love for one another and their family.”
The Marry Me actress, who previously stated that eloping was “exactly” how she and Affleck wanted to marry, revealed the wedding details in her newsletter last month.
“We did it. Love is beautiful. Love is kind. And it turns out love is patient. Twenty years patient,” she wrote. “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.”
The “On the Floor” singer continued, “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. Love is a great thing, maybe the best of things — and worth waiting for,” signing the newsletter, “Mrs. Jennifer Lynn Affleck.”