Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck’s wedding is very much the talk of the town with fans especially gushing over their romantic reunion after two decades, signifying how love always finds a way. And their wedding feels like something straight out of a rom-com movie, with the classic Vegas White wedding chapel and the pink Cadillac – just the couple and their wide smiles, no pomp or show, just fun, and calm. Who doesn’t love a happy ending after all (although Britney Spears couldn’t find hers earlier)…
Apart from the blushing bride and the dashing groom, what is also primarily important is obviously the venue. And the venue that JLo and Affleck chose was nothing short of a pop culture historical site.
The Vegas Wedding Chapel and its rich history
The Little White Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada opened back in 1951 and has since hitched almost 1 million couples. It would be blasphemy to consider this capital of elopement anything less than a heritage site. The Chapel is fairly popular as the wedding venue of many celebrity couples over the decades.
One of the most memorable weddings that took place there was Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow’s in 1966. In 1985, Joan Collins got married to Peter Holm, a Swedish businessman and also her fourth husband. In 1989, Michael Jordan drove up to the chapel in a taxi at 2:30 in the morning, unannounced with his first wife, then fiancee, Juanita. And more recently, Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner exchanged vows at this very chapel in 2019.
The chapel offers wedding packages starting from $50 and going up to $1300 along with an Elvis tribute option that is fairly popular. Jennifer Lopez even mentioned in her newsletter how they wanted an Elvis impersonator to officiate their wedding (like Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas’s nuptials) but they were too late.
Back when Britney Spears took a joke too far and married her childhood friend
Having documented the happy chapel weddings, it’s time to bring to the fore easily the most infamous wedding that took place in that venue. Britney Spears’ 2004 wedding ceremony with her childhood friend Jason Allen Alexander was an impulsive affair. Their marriage was annulled within 55 hours of the ceremony. Their spokesperson said that “they took a joke a little too far”, as shared by an Access reporter. The owner of the chapel, Charlotte had responded to this statement back in 2004, saying, “I hope it wasn’t a joke. We’re here for something very serious and sacred.”