Jennifer Lopez saved her most breathtaking wedding dress for her big showstopper second wedding to Ben Affleck in Georgia. The two celebrated their marriage with a second ceremony yesterday at Affleck’s Riceboro estate in front of friends and family.
Paparazzi got some overhead photos of the all-white wedding ceremony, along with the first shot of Lopez’s stunning gown. The singer wore a short-sleeved dress with a long, ruffled train and sheer veil. The gown appears to have an open back and mermaid silhouette based on aerial shots, but the finer details have yet to be revealed, including its designer. Page Six did report prior to the ceremony that Lopez was expected to wear a custom Ralph Lauren dress, but that has not been confirmed by Lopez or the design house yet.
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It’s only a matter of time until Lopez shares an up-close look at the dress though, as Lopez and Affleck appeared posing for their own wedding photographer in some paparazzi shots Page Six ran.
Lopez shared photos from her intimate Las Vegas wedding to Affleck a day after the surprise ceremony featuring the two dresses she wore for it. She also recalled details from the Vegas ceremony itself and how she felt marrying her great love Affleck 20 years after they were initially supposed to tie the knot.
She wrote in her On the JLo newsletter:
We did it. Love is beautiful. Love is kind. And it turns out love is patient. Twenty years patient.
Exactly what we wanted. 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. 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.
We barely made it to the little white wedding chapel by midnight. They graciously stayed open late a few minutes, let us 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).
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. They even had Bluetooth for a (short) march down the aisle. But in the end it was the best possible wedding we could have imagined. One we dreamed of long ago and one made real (in the eyes of the state, Las Vegas, a pink convertible and one another) at very, very long last.
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. Thank you to the Little White Wedding chapel for letting me use the break room to change while Ben changed in the men’s room.
They were right when they said, “all you need is love”. 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. Stick around long enough and maybe you’ll find the best moment of your life in a drive through in Las Vegas at twelve thirty 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.
Mrs. Jennifer Lynn Affleck
Alyssa Bailey is the senior news and strategy editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royals (particularly Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton). She previously held positions at InStyle and Cosmopolitan. When she’s not working, she loves running around Central Park, making people take #ootd pics of her, and exploring New York City.