Ben Affleck ‘gasped’ as Jennifer Lopez walked down the aisle, minister says
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez’s Las Vegas wedding at the A Little White Chapel was full of “laughs, smiles and tears,” according to the minister who wed them.
Ryan Wolfe exclusively told Page Six in a new interview that Affleck, 49, “gasped” as Lopez, 52, strut down the aisle – “like only Jennifer Lopez can” – to “Here Comes the Bride.”
“He watched her walk down the aisle and you could just tell he was like, ‘Wow, woah,’” Wolfe shared. “He let out a little gasp. You could tell he was definitely just in the moment.”
Wolfe – who “truly believes” Affleck and Lopez are “soulmates” – added that he could “absolutely tell their love is real” and genuine based on how they acted around each other during the intimate ceremony.
Recalling how it all started, Wolfe told Page Six that it seemed like a normal Saturday night at his job. Then, all of a sudden, the A-list couple pulled up to the venue in a black SUV around 9 p.m asking the lead pastor of the Grace Christian Center and his coordinator, Kenosha Portis, if they “had time for one more” wedding.
“Jennifer had a white dress on. She looked beautiful and stunning, as always. And Ben was looking nice and smooth, as he always does,” Wolfe said, adding that the actor kept things casual arriving in “jeans and a white T-shirt”
Wolfe told us he made small talk with Affleck while directing him to the men’s bathroom to change as the “Argo” actor insisted he “didn’t need anything fancy.” While Affleck was quick to slip into his tux, his leading lady took a bit longer changing out of her vintage white dress and into a Zuhair Murad gown.
“They came back in through the doors and they just have a presence about them. You know they are somebody,” Wolfe said of the moment the stars entered the chapel.
The pair insisted they wanted “nothing fancy,” and only requested that they say their own vows and to add “a little bit of God” to the ceremony.
“Their vows were beautiful, they were special. And I know they were very important to them. You could tell it was something between them that they wanted to share with each other,” the pastor said. “It was a really special, emotional ceremony and moment that they shared. And their kids were absolutely into it.”
The only other people in the room aside from the couple, Wolfe and Portis were Lopez’s 14-year-old daughter, Emme, and Affleck’s 13-year-old daughter, Seraphina, who acted as the sole photographers for the event. Even though the wedding was small, Wolfe says the two children brought all the excitement.
“You can tell Jennifer’s kid and Ben’s kid definitely have a good relationship. They’re close,” Wolfe said, adding that after he announced Lopez and Affleck as husband and wife, the two teenagers burst with “excitement” and hugged one another.
Once Bennifer 2.0 said their “I do’s,” the couple sealed the deal with a kiss meant for the movies. The smooch at the altar wasn’t “too long” but “very, very special,” with Wolfe joking that he needed to “take some notes from Ben.”
After their nuptials, Wolfe switched from minister to photographer as he helped the happy couple take pictures in Elvis’ pink Cadillac and in the tunnel of love drive-through.
Throughout his ministry career, the pastor estimates he’s officiated over 10,000 weddings and can “feel” when a couple will make it. Apparently, the vibes were right in the A Little White Chapel that night as he’s sure “this is it for them.”
But Wolfe isn’t the one one who would bet money on the newlyweds. According to “The View” co-host Sunny Hostin, Lopez’s mom, Guadalupe Rodríguez, “always said that Ben is her [Jennifer’s] true love.”
The two stars rekindled their romance last year after the “Marry Me” actress ended her four-year relationship with former MLB star Alex Rodriguez. A year after the pair started dating, the actor popped the question for the second time with a massive green sparkler.
The pair had previously gotten engaged in 2002. They postponed their 2003 wedding after it drew too much attention from the media and ultimately went their separate ways before getting back together in 2021. After the difficulty of trying to plan their first wedding, sources told Page Six that the couple would elope and celebrate with friends and family after.
While the pair enjoyed an intimate Sin City ceremony, the newlyweds are planning a much larger “multi-day party” on Affleck’s 87-acre property in Riceboro, Ga. The big event will double as a birthday party for Jennifer, who turns 53 on July 24.
Lopez confirmed her marriage to Affleck in the July 17 edition of her “On The JLo” newsletter, saying it was “exactly what we wanted.”
“We did it. Love is beautiful. Love is kind. And it turns out love is patient. Twenty years patient,” she gushed.
“Stick around long enough and maybe you’ll find the best moment of your life in a drive-thru in Las Vegas at 12:30 a.m. 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.”
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