J-Lo Surprised Ben With an ‘Elaborate’ Birthday Party Days Before Their 2nd Wedding—Here’s Who Attended
Another family reunion! Ben Affleck celebrated his birthday with Jennifer Lopez and all their children in New York City. A source revealed Bennifer and her kids' itinerary as they made their special trip to the Big Apple.
The insider told Hollywood Life all about the trip to New York City for Ben's 50th birthday on Aug. 17, 2022. "J.Lo and Ben were able to kill two birds with one stone by taking the kids to NYC for Ben's 50th birthday," the source said. “Ben's children were able to spend time with their father, which was very important to him, and their children were able to do the same. Aside from the birthday celebrations, they all had to take care of some last-minute wedding-related tasks.”
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The insider then explained why the trip was particularly important for J-Lo, who is a native of New York. "The kids all had to be adjusted for the upcoming wedding and she also had to make some changes to her dress. J.Lo took the kids to the Broadway play without him, and she took Violet shopping at Bergdorf's because she believes these are important things for the kids to experience." The insider continued, "J-Lo wanted to also show the kids where she grew up and introduce her to some of her family members in NYC. It's her territory and she loves it there," the source continued. Ben has three children with ex-wife Jennifer Garner: Violet, 16, Seraphina, 13, and Samuel, 10. Meanwhile, Jennifer has twins with ex-husband Marc Anthony: Emme and Maximilian, 14. “Last night she had a lavish party for planned it, which was also attended by part of her family. They had some loose ends to sew up related to the wedding, including a food tasting, and also to work out some travel prep details with their people there.”
J-Lo and Ben plan a second wedding at Ben's Georgia estate, outside of Savannah. It's reportedly a three-day event and Jen is reportedly wearing a dress designed by Ralph Lauren and made in Italy, according to Page Six. The grand ceremony is scheduled for August 21, 2022.
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The trip to New York City comes right after their honeymoon in Paris, France, where Ben was bugged by the paparazzi during their stay in the city of love. A source told Page Six on August 11, 2022, "Ben was a little freaked out in Paris. That was a whole new level." Adding, "an almost Princess Diana level." The source added, "Ben is used to the blinking lights. But he felt the honeymoon was a tsunami. Jens is made of steel and knows it's part of it, [but] he's still pissed.” On their honeymoon, they also took their children on the trip.
In her wedding announcement, J-Lo detailed the details of her first Las Vegas wedding to Ben in her newsletter OntheJLo on July 17, 2022. "Last night we flew into Vegas, queued up for a license with four other couples all doing same trip to the wedding capital of the world." She continued, "We are so grateful to have that in abundance, a new wonderful family with five amazing children and a life we could never look forward to more. Stay here long enough and you might find the best moment of your life driving through Las Vegas at eleven thirty in the morning in the love driveway tunnel with your kids and the one you will spend forever with. Love is a great thing, maybe the best of things - and it's worth waiting for."
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For more on J-Lo's life, see Jennifer Lopez's True Love. The 2014 memoir chronicles the career and personal life of the "Jenny on the Block" singer, from her early days as a dancer to her mother of two twins with now ex-husband Marc Anthony. In the book, which includes more than 200 personal photos from J-Lo's never-before-seen collection, the Selena actress writes about how "she faced her biggest challenges, faced her biggest fears, and ultimately emerged from it a stronger person than ever." ' to become the pop icon we know today.
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