First announcing their intention to divorce in June 2015, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have now filed the necessary paperwork to begin their divorce. Only recently, gossip mags were floating the possibility of a reconciliation for the notoriously friendly exes, who spent family vacations and holidays together, and even lived in the same L.A. mansion after their split. Affleck recently returned from a stint in rehab, and the pair coordinated the filing of their divorce papers in amicable fashion.
The couple, who met filming 2003’s superhero stinker Daredevil, have three children together – Violet, 11, Seraphina, 8, and Samuel, almost 5. They were married on Wednesday, June 29, 2005, on the beach at Parrot Cay Resort in the Turks and Caicos. To wed, they hopped on a private plane during a short break in Garner’s filming schedule (Catch and Release came out in 2007), and only told their closest friends and family where they were going. It’s believed they stayed at a private villa on the exclusive estate, owned by Bruce Willis.
Garner, then 33, was three months pregnant with Violet, and wore a white empire-waist gown with cap sleeves and a green sash by Vera Wang. Their rings were designed by jeweller Harry Winston, and Affleck, then 32, was dressed in a cream Hugo Boss suit. The wedding was officiated by Garner’s close friend Victor Garber, who played her father on the hit TV spy series Alias in the early 2000s. Only one witness attended the nuptials.
At the time, director Kevin Smith, a close friend of Affleck’s, told People, “They’re in it for one another, not for anyone else. They didn’t need or want a crowd. They just wanted each other.”
Following the ceremony at sunset, paparrazzi who had clued in on their location captured the couple posing for their own private romantic photographs in the crystal blue ocean (photos they’ve never shared publicly). Afterwards, the couple retreated to their rented villa for drinks and toasts with their small wedding party. They stayed on in Parrot Cay for a Caribbean three-day minimoon to themselves, dining together at Terrance restaurant and enjoying the amenities at the Como Shambhala Spa.
Garner was married to actor Scott Foley from 2001-03, while Affleck endured a high profile split from fiancee Jennifer Lopez in 2003.