In a wedding of many years, Dr. ABC News’ Jennifer Ashton married television personality and Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner in an intimate 5-way affair on Saturday.
The wedding was attended by family and friends including Kris Jenner, Sara Gilbert, Donna Karan, Al Michaels, and George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth.
“I’m so happy because I never thought I’d find love like this,” says Ashton, 53, who wore a Ralph Lauren Collection gown for the big day. “But when you’re older, it doesn’t take long to realize when you’ve found your soul mate.”
During the event, held at New York City’s famous Harmonie Club, Ashton was accompanied by her son Alex, 24, and daughter, 22, before exchanging emotional vows with Werner, 72.
Following the vows, guests were transported to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a reception at the ancient Temple of Dendur for a fish and filet dinner, accompanied by music by the Elan Music band.
“We just wanted it to be a celebration of love and happiness,” says Ashton of the wedding, which was planned by Todd Fiscus of Todd Events. “I never thought this would happen to me. And I’m so grateful.”
Ashton and Werner, who gave notable performances as Roseanne, The Cosby Show and That ’70s show and also serves as chairman of Liverpool Football Club, which met in February 2021 through their friend Ben Sherwood, former President of ABC News.
“I think I was one of the only people working in television who didn’t know who he was,” recalls Ashton. “I didn’t watch his shows and I wasn’t a fan of baseball or football. But after our first date, we quickly got serious.”
After facing a major tragedy, finding love again wasn’t always in the cards for Ashton. Her ex-husband, renowned surgeon Rob Ashton, died by suicide just days after finalizing their divorce.
“I’ve been through a lot of grief,” says Ashton. “And in many ways, when you’ve killed yourself and lost a loved one, it makes difficult things even more difficult. I was worried that I would find love.”
Meeting Werner, “it felt very different for both of us,” says Ashton. “And from the beginning he was incredibly sensitive and compassionate. It takes someone with incredible strength to be gentle with someone’s heart like he was with mine. He has this ability to heal my wounds and feed my dreams at the same time.”
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Now, as they prepare for a romantic honeymoon in Turks & Caicos, “I’m so happy to be married to Tom,” says Ashton. “Life is very precious.”