Every now and then, we hear of the saying “love is patient, love is kind”, but perhaps we might not think much of it. However, the quote just became more real after seeing the relationship between Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez evolve to the next stage this past weekend.

Similar to a roller coaster ride, the 2000s were filled with ups and downs for #Bennifer (it was Ben Affleck + Jennifer Lopez before it was Ben Affleck + Jennifer Garner, mind you). One day we’d open the news to the couple being spotted happily together and on another, it’d be news that they’ve gone their separate ways. Nevertheless, deep down, fans of both Ben and J.Lo (us included!) were just waiting for the day when they would take their relationship to the next level – and finally we can say that the day has come.

The backstory

The couple, who starred together in the rom-com, Gigli, started dating in 2002 and was supposed to get married the following year. Unfortunately, they broke their engagement off in January 2004 and J.Lo went on to get married to Marc Anthony in June, barely five months later. Their marriage lasted for slightly over a decade before they got divorced in 2014, while Ben was married to Jennifer Garner from 2005 to 2018.

Clearly, the universe had a greater plan for Ben and J.Lo to be reunited after everything that they’ve gone through with their separate partners. In 2021, at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, the couple got to rekindle their romance and started dating again.

Fast forward to 2022

In April 2022, Ben got down on one knee while J.Lo was in her favourite place on earth (aka her bathtub filled with bubbles!) – and she said yes. It wasn’t an extravagant affair, but to the 52-year-old star, it meant the world. J.Lo was reported to have said, “I was smiling so big and tears were coming down my face. I felt incredibly happy and whole. After 20 years, this was happening all over again. It was the most romantic thing I could’ve ever imagined.”

On Saturday, the couple got married in a Las Vegas drive-through chapel where they officially became husband and wife, along with four other couples who stood in line for a license. According to J.Lo in an email she penned to her fans, she said, “We barely made it [to the little white wedding chapel] by midnight, but they graciously stayed open for a few minutes late and let us take pictures in a pink Cadillac convertible. 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 each other the rings we’ll be wearing for the rest of our lives.”

A dream wedding come true

As the newlyweds walked down the aisle, a brief march down was played using a Bluetooth speaker. J.Lo added, “In the end, it was the best possible wedding we could have imagined. One we dreamed of long ago and one made real at very, very long last. When love is real, the only thing that matters in marriage is each other and the promise we make to love, care, understand, be patient, loving and good to each other. We had that and so much more – it was the best night of our lives!”

If you’re still hopeful and looking for love, be sure not to give up. And every time you feel like it, remember #Bennifer’s story that’ll keep your flame burning and the saying that good things come to those who wait.

Photography: @jlo

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