Proving that her “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” Jennifer Lopez wed fiancé Ben Affleck this weekend in a dress from an “old movie,” she shared on her OntheJLo.com newsletter. The 52-year-old blushing bride looked gorgeous in a classic look as the reunited pair finally made it official, more than 20 years after their original engagement. At half past midnight, the stars made their way to a drive-through ceremony at the Little White Chapel in Vegas, Elvis not included. “If we wanted Elvis himself to show, that cost extra and he was in bed,” she wrote in a heartfelt essay to her fans.
The pair “got in line” she wrote in her statement. “We did it. 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.”
Stressing that love is love, she went on to describe how much the moment meant. “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.”
The details of the small, intimate wedding were few, but we know that she wore “a dress from an old movie,” and Affleck grabbed a jacket from his closet. “I’ve had this dress for so many years and I’ve been saving it, and saving it, and saving it and now I’m wearing it on my wedding day,” she said to celebrity hairstylist Chris Appleton in a video taken right before her nuptials. Appleton gave Lopez a ’60s-inspired updo to match the retro vibe of her “borrowed” dress.
This Hollywood romance will definitely be remembered as one of the biggest celebrity love stories of all time and the stars gave us a happy ending fit for a movie. “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 with your kids and the one you’ll spend forever with,” she added. Love is a great thing, maybe the best of things-and worth waiting for,” she added before signing off as Mrs. Jennifer Lynn Affleck.