“The twenty years between those dreams of youth and the adult world of love and family we embraced that day, brought more to this marriage than either of us ever could have imagined,” wrote Lopez Affleck. “We weren’t only marrying one another; we were marrying these children into a new family.”
Throughout the letter, she repeats that the weekend was a “full-circle” moment for the pair, who had planned to wed at the same home in Georgia nearly two decades prior. “Ben told me that the chords of the song and seeing Marc Cohn both shocked him and allowed him to feel the way both roads we had walked found their way, inevitably, inexorably, and perfectly together,” she said. “And when he saw me appear at the top of the stairs that moment it both made absolute sense while seeming still impossibly hard to believe, like the best dream, where all you want is never to awaken.
“I would have had many of the same thoughts probably had I not been focusing so hard on not tripping over my dress, but when I got close enough to see his face, it made the same wonderful sense to me. Some old wounds were healed that day and the weight of the past finally lifted off our shoulders. Full-circle—and not at all the way we planned it. Better.”
Are you crying yet? No? Cool, me either.
In addition to the ceremony recap, Lopez Affleck also shared more photos from the full wedding weekend–from the rehearsal dinner to the reception to the morning after brunch (she’s very proud of those brunch decorations, by the way). Sure, we may not have gotten the low down on that new song she sang to Ben, but as usual, the 53-year-old came prepared to give the people what the want: A happily ever Bennifer.
Article originally appeared in GLAMOUR US.