Jennifer Lopez on why she and Ben Affleck smoked in Las Vegas and the ’emotional’ transition of blended families

Jennifer Lopez kicks off the new year with Shotgun wedding promotion – and anecdotes about her own wedding last year to Ben Affleck.

During press appearances for the film, Lopez discussed why the two ran away in Las Vegas in July before they have their larger Georgia wedding at the end of August and how it has been to mix their families. Lopez has 14-year-old twins Emme and Max with her ex Marc Anthony, while Affleck and ex-wife Jennifer Garner share 17-year-old Violet, 14-year-old Seraphina and 10-year-old Samuel.

On That Show today yesterday, Lopez said, “We [Ben and I] moved in together. The children moved in together. It’s been a real kind of emotional transition, but at the same time, all your dreams come true, and it’s just been a phenomenal year, like the best year, I think, since my kids were born.” She called her husband “a sweetheart. “

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During a press conference for the film, Lopez touched on the intensity of wedding planning (“Planning a wedding is very. Very stressful,” she said), which motivated the two to just elope, via Insider.

“I think that’s why we ran off to Vegas and got married there in the first place,” she said. “Took all the pressure off the big family wedding we had.” She added that Affleck planned that Vegas ceremony, but they bumped up their Georgia wedding.

“He has a great eye,” she said. “He has incredible taste, but everything we do, we try to do it together.”

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