Inside Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck's All-White Second Wedding

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Photo credit: Dominique Charriau - Getty Images
Photo credit: Dominique Charriau - Getty Images

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck have walked down the aisle for a second time.

The newlyweds, who married in an intimate surprise ceremony held at a Las Vegas chapel back in July, threw a second, more luxurious wedding à la Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker. The big bash took place over the weekend of August 19 to 21, attended by family, close friends, and celeb guests of the couple.

Ahead, we break down everything we know about the Bennifer Wedding 2.0—including the venue, the guest list, and J.Lo's dress.

When was the wedding?

Page Six initially reported that the Afflecks would hold their late-summer wedding during the weekend of August 19 to 21, and the first preparations were spotted on the 18th.

The affair kicked off with a rehearsal dinner on Friday, with the actual ceremony taking place on Saturday. The festivities are scheduled to conclude with a barbecue and picnic on Sunday.

Where did the wedding take place?

Bennifer's second wedding was held at an estate that Affleck owns in the coastal town of Riceboro, Georgia, TMZ reported.

This home, which is located about an hour outside Savannah, is reportedly set on 87 acres. The main house has three bedrooms, five bathrooms, and 6,000 square feet of living space. The Tender Bar actor reportedly tried to sell the home for $8 million back in 2019 before ultimately pulling it off the market.

Who designed Jennifer Lopez's dress?

J.Lo walked down the aisle in a custom couture wedding dress by Ralph Lauren. The floor-length, pure-white mermaid-style gown featured a tight bodice with short sleeves and a modest neckline, flowing out to a ruffled skirt under the knee which ended in a long, circular train. She finished the look with a breathtaking 20 foot veil, which her and Affleck's children held as they made their way down the aisle post-ceremony.

Photo credit: BACKGRID
Photo credit: BACKGRID

Meanwhile, the groom wore a modern white tuxedo jacket with black trousers and a black bow tie.

While we wait on specific details about her bridal look, we do have an inkling that her ensemble included a sentimental ode to her and Affleck's decades-spanning romance. For part of their Vegas nuptials, Lopez wore the same white dress she appeared in on the poster of Jersey Girl, the 2004 flick she starred in with Affleck.

The piece hails from Alexander McQueen and features textured floral jacquard fabric, a jewel neckline, a corseted bodice, and a gathered full skirt.

"I've had this dress for so many years, and I've just been saving it, saving it, saving it, and now I'm wearing it on my wedding day," Lopez later said of her wedding outfit in a video shared within her On the JLo newsletter.

Who was there?

With the megawatt star power of Lopez and Affleck combined, it probably comes as no surprise that their second wedding's guest list was jam-packed with A-listers. Page Six reported that friends like Matt Damon and his wife Luciana Barroso; Jimmy Kimmel; director Kevin Smith and his wife Jennifer; Clerks actor Jason Mewes and his wife, film producer Jordan Monsanto; and talent agent Patrick Whitesell and his wife, model Pia Miller, were in attendance.

The couple's children were also a big part of the festivities, as they were spotted following the couple down the aisle and taking family pictures following the ceremony. Lopez shares 14-year-old twins Max and Emme Muñiz with ex-husband Marc Anthony, and Affleck shares three children with ex-wife Jennifer Garner: 16-year-old Violet Affleck, 13-year-old Seraphina Affleck, and 10-year-old Samuel Affleck.

The groom's brother, Manchester by the Sea actor Casey Affleck was unable to attend, with a source telling People that he missed the ceremony "unfortunately because of family, parental obligations at home."

What was the theme?

The wedding party and guests wore all-white for the late-summer event. A source told Entertainment Tonight that the guests congregated in the The Perry Lane Hotel in Savannah, Georgia, on Saturday morning, where they were offered champagne while waiting shuttles. All invited guests also received a goodie bag inscribed with "JB."

"Guests were gathering at The Perry Lane Hotel [in Savannah] to head to Jennifer and Ben's wedding," the eyewitness said. "Everyone is dressed in white with most women in white dresses and gowns, and most men in white suits, a majority in linen material, but the dress code features a wide variety. Some men are in white shorts and sneakers and there is a female guest in a white fringe leather jacket and sparkly cowboy hat."

Before heading to the estate, Jersey Girl director Kevin Smith posed for a pic with Clerks actor Jason Mewes and their wives, showing their own white fits.

Who was the wedding planner?

The couple has hired Colin Cowie, a luxury event planner with a history of dealing with an A-list client roster, per Page Six. Cowie has worked with the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Kim Kardashian, Jerry Seinfeld, Michael Jordan, and Nicole Kidman. The outlet reported that his services can cost anywhere from $25,000 to $25 million.

Cowie and his team plan to deliver a "glamorous, sophisticated and tasteful backyard wedding," according to Page Six, "a royal wedding of epic proportions."

Who was the wedding officiant?

The ceremony will be officiated by celebrity life coach Jay Shetty, who Lopez handpicked for the occasion, per Entertainment Tonight. The British-born motivational speaker is a former Hindu monk and host of the podcast "On Purpose," which has included guests like Matt Damon, Will Smith, and Gwyneth Paltrow. The bride was also a previous guest on the podcast, where she invited Shetty to officiate four weddings as part of promotions for her film Marry Me.

What else do we know about the wedding so far?

On Thursday night, wedding guests arriving at Affleck's Riceboro estate were welcomed with a bonfire party, per Daily Mail. The festivities included ATV rides on trails prepared for the event and one of several firework displays for the weekend, set up on a dockside barge off of the lakefront property.

In addition to the fireworks barge, an area including waterside gazebo has been set up with tables and chairs, as well as pink chairs for the bride and groom. There is also an area for live music players, on a marquee that began construction on Thursday. As preparations continued on Friday, the couple and their kids were spotted on a shopping trip in nearby Savannah, Georgia.

A serious incident occurred later in the day on Friday, when Affleck's mother Christopher Anne Boldt fell off the dock and cut her leg. Per People, the mother of the groom was taken to a Savannah-area hospital via ambulance, accompanied by the couple. Boldt was spotted leaving the hospital in a wheelchair on the same day.

Ahead of the ceremony, a source told Entertainment Tonight that the couple remained calm and collected leading up to the big day.

"Ben and Jen have been so gracious all weekend. They have been wonderful towards all the staff helping with the event, from the limo shuttle service company and beyond," the source said. "You can tell how in love they are and how comfortable they are with each other. They can't wait to continue to celebrate all weekend long with the people they love the most."

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