Summary: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck got married in 2005, and their wedding was a star-studded affair held in Turks and Caicos. Since then, their marriage has been under the public eye, experiencing many highs and lows, including their 2015 divorce announcement. Let’s take a closer look at their wedding, marriage, and eventual separation.
1. The Wedding Day
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck’s wedding took place on June 29, 2005, in a private ceremony on Parrot Cay island, located in Turks and Caicos. The couple initially planned to get married at the historic 19th-century Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in Manhattan, but they changed their minds and opted for a more private ceremony. The couple exchanged vows in front of family members and close friends, including Victor Garber, who officiated their wedding. The wedding was a star-studded affair, with some of Hollywood’s most elite attending the ceremony, such as Kevin Smith, Matt Damon, and Victor Garber, to name a few.
Following the ceremony, the couple celebrated with their guests at a reception held at the island’s Amanyara resort. The wedding and reception were both kept private, with no press allowed.
The couple had already welcomed their first daughter, Violet Anne Affleck, into the world and Jennifer was pregnant with their second daughter, Seraphina Rose Elizabeth Affleck, at the time of their wedding.
2. Marriage Struggles
The years following their wedding were tumultuous for Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck. In interviews, they often mentioned the challenges that come with living life within the public eye. Both Garner and Affleck have had successful careers in Hollywood, and it was rumored that Affleck’s career commitments sometimes weighed heavily on their relationship.
Despite the strain, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck managed to maintain their marriage for ten years, welcoming their third child, a son named Samuel Garner Affleck. It was widely perceived that the couple had an almost picture-perfect marriage, and many people were shocked when they announced their separation in 2015. The couple cited irreconcilable differences, but rumors circulated that Affleck had cheated on Garner with the family nanny.
The couple released a statement, asking for privacy during this difficult time, and they worked hard to co-parent their children in the months following their announcement publicly.
3. Co-parenting after Divorce
After their divorce, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck made headlines for their commitment to co-parenting their children. Despite the circumstances, they both wanted to ensure that their children felt loved and supported no matter what. They maintained a united front and kept their personal differences out of the public eye to protect their children.
Garner has spoken openly about their co-parenting arrangement, saying, “We are definitely a modern family. We’re doing our best. It’s just like any other situation where people who have kids split up, and we’re working together, and we’re putting the kids first and that’s the most important thing.” Both stars attended school functions, award ceremonies, and other events together to show that their children remain their priority despite the divorce.
In 2018, Jennifer Garner staged an intervention for Ben Affleck and reportedly drove him to rehab. She continued to offer her support through his struggles with alcoholism, and both have remained committed to their co-parenting arrangement.
4. Moving On
Both Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck have moved on with their lives since their high-profile divorce. Affleck has been linked to several actresses, including Ana de Armas and Jennifer Lopez, and finalized his divorce with Garner in October 2018.
Garner has also moved on, dating businessman John Miller for two years before their split in 2020. She has continued to focus on her acting career, starring in several films and television shows, including Love, Simon and Camping.
Despite their divorce, Garner and Affleck continue to co-parent effectively and work together for the benefit of their children.
Despite the fairy tale wedding, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck’s marriage experienced its fair share of ups and downs. The couple managed to keep it together for ten years before announcing their separation in 2015. However, their commitment to co-parenting has kept them close and focused on their children, even through difficult times. Both have moved on, but they continue to remain a united front when it comes to parenting their children.
Their wedding may have been a star-studded affair, but it was their commitment to their family that shone the brightest. Their story is a reminder that marriage, like life, is unpredictable, but family endures.