Casey Affleck is welcoming Jennifer Lopez to the family — via social media — after missing his brother Ben’s wedding in Georgia due to “parental obligations at home.”
Alongside a flashback of the three of them together when Ben and Jennifer were first dating between 2002 and 2004, Casey posted a message to his new sister-in-law on Instagram that was both emotional and playful.
“Good things are worth waiting for,” Casey began. “This is about twists, new beginnings, and finding new reservoirs of old love. Welcome to the family. Get ready for a real malfunction! Just kidding. Just kidding. Jen, you’re a gem. We love you so much! !!”
Much has been made of why Ben’s only sibling was not at the wedding, which took place at Ben’s Riceboro, Ga. estate. Casey was photographed leaving a Dunkin’ Donuts in LA Friday with his girlfriend Caylee Cowan. Photographed in LA on Saturday as well. Asked by a TMZ cameraman why he wasn’t at the wedding, he reportedly quipped: “I fell asleep.”
said a source People magazine that Casey missed Ben’s wedding on Saturday “unfortunately due to family and parental commitments at home.”
Cowan defended Casey in the comments of his post about Lopez, a message that now appears to have been deleted. She wrote that Casey had to take his 14-year-old son, Atticus, to soccer practice on the day of the wedding. He also has a son Indiana, 18, with ex-wife Summer Phoenix.
“Hey, if you weren’t in town on Saturday to take Atty to soccer practice, then who would have helped the kid who broke his arm? You’re a good person. I love you.”
Shortly after Casey’s tribute to the bride and groom, he posted a flashback of his oldest son, Indiana, and a message suggesting the 18-year-old was off to college — or another adventure that took him away from home.
“Though a ship is safer in port, ships are not made for it,” he wrote. “You are ready for it. You are uniquely wonderful, full of integrity, courage and kindness. You will be an improvement in the land of the ‘great’. And if you go out into the world with strange surprise and sincere gratitude, the world will (eventually) meet you with same. But remember that one of the best parts of any adventure… is coming home. I’ll always be here for you. I love you.”
Ben and Jennifer said “I do” for the second time on Saturday after their eloping in Las Vegas on July 17. The 87-acre compound outside of Savannah was reportedly where they were supposed to get married in the first round, in 2003.
Saturday’s ceremony was attended by Ben’s friend Matt Damon and his wife Luciana Barroso. Secretaries director Kevin Smith and his wife Jennifer, Secretaries Actor Jason Mewes and his wife Jordan Monsanto as well as talent agent Patrick Whitesell and his wife, model/actress Pia Miller.
The newlywed’s combined brood — her 14-year-old twins Max and Emme with ex Marc Anthony and his three children with Jennifer Garner (Violet, 16, Seraphina, 13, and Samuel, 10) — were also there.
During the pre-wedding celebrations, Chris Boldt – Ben and Casey’s mum – reportedly fell off the dock and cut her leg. She was rushed to a local hospital by ambulance for stitches with Ben and Jennifer visiting her before the festivities began.