Late Saturday afternoon, Jennifer Lopez, 34, stunned the showbiz world by marrying singer Marc Anthony, 35, in a casual ceremony at her Beverly Hills home, witnesses and friends told PEOPLE.
Lopez’s publicist neither confirmed nor denied the wedding, but witnesses at the scene reported seeing Lopez in a wedding gown. A tent was erected earlier in the day, the property was bedecked with balloons and musicians could be heard playing Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” – a wedding favorite – during the afternoon.
The marriage, Lopez’s third, comes just months after her whirlwind 18-month relationship with Ben Affleck – which included a postponed September 2003 wedding, a box-office disaster and a breakup and a makeup – finally went belly up in January. She had yet to even publicly acknowledge a romance with Anthony, an old flame whose own marriage to Dayanara Torres did not end until they were granted a divorce in the Dominican Republic last Monday.
Lopez?s family was in town from New York. A source said Lopez had invited everyone to her house for a ?beautiful afternoon party,? but none of them knew she planned on getting married. ?It was a surprise,? said the source.
At 6:22 p.m., the bride walked across the backyard with a white umbrella while the guests clapped and cheered. She wore Neil Lane jewelry from head to toe, including a necklace and bracelet. At around 7 p.m., big band music began after guests went into a white tent. Lopez?s mom, Guadalupe, was in attendance and embraced new son-in-law Anthony for a long time after the ceremony. “She looked beautiful,” said a source.
Rumors of a wedding had circulated since midweek, and PEOPLE reported that despite Lopez’s reluctance to go public with her romance to Anthony, the pair was in love and had consulted with a wedding planner to figure out how to tie the knot. Lopez and Anthony – who share a love of the stage as well as a Puerto Rican heritage – dated in April 1999. A few months later she hooked up with Sean “Puffy” Combs. Their relationship lasted until 2001. Three months later, she was engaged to Cris Judd, one of her backup dancers. They wed in September 2001. By the following June, that marriage had floundered and Lopez was keeping company with Affleck, whom she met on the set of Gigli, which subsequently bombed when it was released last year.
Lopez’s first marriage was to Ojani Noa. The pair split in 1998.
For his part, Affleck has struck up a new romance with a woman in Boston, where he has been spending much of the past two weeks. He was scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles this weekend.
In May 2000, Anthony married beauty queen Dayanara Torres in Las Vegas. Anthony and Torres split in July 2002, renewed their vows a few months later, and then split for good in October 2003.