06/05/2004 at 10:00 PM EDT
Late Saturday afternoon, Jennifer Lopez, 34, stunned the showbiz world by marrying singer Marc Anthony, 35, in a casual ceremony at her Beverly Hills home, witnesses and friends told PEOPLE.
Lopez's publicist neither confirmed nor denied the wedding, but witnesses at the scene reported seeing Lopez in a wedding gown. A tent was erected earlier in the day, the property was bedecked with balloons and musicians could be heard playing Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" – a wedding favorite – during the afternoon.
The marriage, Lopez's third, comes just months after her whirlwind 18-month relationship with Ben Affleck – which included a postponed September 2003 wedding, a box-office disaster and a breakup and a makeup – finally went belly up in January. She had yet to even publicly acknowledge a romance with Anthony, an old flame whose own marriage to Dayanara Torres did not end until they were granted a divorce in the Dominican Republic last Monday.
Lopez?s family was in town from New York. A source said Lopez had invited everyone to her house for a ?beautiful afternoon party,? but none of them knew she planned on getting married. ?It was a surprise,? said the source.
At 6:22 p.m., the bride walked across
the backyard with a white umbrella while the guests clapped and cheered. She
wore Neil Lane jewelry from head to toe, including a necklace and bracelet.
At around 7 p.m., big band music began after guests went into a white tent.
Lopez?s mom, Guadalupe, was in attendance and embraced new son-in-law Anthony
for a long time after the ceremony.
"She looked beautiful," said a source.
Rumors of a wedding had circulated since midweek, and PEOPLE reported that despite Lopez's reluctance to go public with her romance to Anthony, the pair was in love and had consulted with a wedding planner to figure out how to tie the knot.