News of the couple's engagement breaks. Soon after, sources say the curvier Garner is indeed pregnant, and is seen wearing a ring. Affleck's friend, producer Chris Moore says to PEOPLE, "Ben's got the right woman, and he's excited about this new chapter in his life. He's really excited about becoming a father, and Jen seems ecstatic."
Affleck and Garner exchange vows in Parrot Cay on the Turks and Caicos islands. "We were able to have a beautiful, private wedding, and I couldn't be happier," Garner tells PEOPLE. Adds Affleck's pal, director Kevin Smith: "They're in it for one another, not for anyone else. They didn't need or want a crowd. They just wanted each other."
The newlyweds welcome baby Violet (a Garner family name) Anne Affleck. A friend says to PEOPLE: "You took two of the best people, who have the most love and affection for each other, and just when you think the ultimate is the two of them finding each other, this little girl came into their lives."
After five seasons, Alias airs its last episode. "Jennifer is in a wonderful place," says a friend to PEOPLE. "She can relax a little bit right now and enjoy having this simple, normal life." A week later, Garner visits Hurricane Katrina survivors. "I'll think of them when I hold my own daughter close to me," the new mom tells PEOPLE.
Garner's dramedy Catch and Release debuts at No. 5, grossing $15 million at the box office. The actress was pregnant with Violet when she filmed the movie about a woman whose fiancé dies. "I felt really emotional, so I could cry easily if I needed to," she tells PEOPLE. In March, Garner, Affleck and Violet head to Vancouver to shoot Juno.
Garner is one of PEOPLE's 100 Most Beautiful, but credits Violet as "the most beautiful thing." "Just that she exists and I get to hang out with her...There's no one who is more fun," she tells PEOPLE. "To see my dimples in her makes me like my dimples because I share them with her."
After returning to her action-packed roots in the thriller, Kingdom with Jamie Foxx, Garner, 35, also returns to Broadway, opposite Kevin Kline, in a revival of Cyrano de Bergerac. New York Times critic Ben Brantley calls Garner "captivating" as love interest Roxane. "Ms. Garner, I am pleased to report, makes Roxane a girl worth pining over," Brantley writes in his review.
Following her three-year wedding anniversary, Garner debuts her baby bump. Affleck confirms the reports to long time pal, director-actor Kevin Smith. "[Jen] is such a Martha Stewart type," Smith tells PEOPLE. "She is a perfect mom." On January 6, they welcome their second daughter, Seraphina Rose Elizabeth Affleck.
After starring in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past and The Invention Of Lying, Garner reaches the top of the box office with the star-studded romantic comedy, Valentine's Day. "I understand that being an actress as well as being at home isn't some heroic thing," she says of being a working mom. "That doesn't mean it isn't confusing or difficult – especially that question of how you find a balance."
Though she admits that juggling acting and motherhood has given her a "split personality," Garner is "thrilled" with the arrival of her first son, Samuel, with husband Ben Affleck. While pregnant, the actress, who is already mom to daughters Violet, 6, and Seraphina, 3, said, "It would be so weird to have a boy."
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