ABC News' Jennifer Ashton Marries Tom Werner: 'I Never Thought I'd Find Love Like This'

ABC News’ Jennifer Ashton Marries Tom Werner: ‘I Never Thought I’d Find Love Like This’

Dr. Jennifer Ashton and Tom Werner at their wedding ceremony.  Credit: Andreas & Nico

Dr. Jennifer Ashton and Tom Werner at their wedding ceremony. Credit: Andreas & Nico

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In a marriage for the ages, ABC News’ Dr. Jennifer Ashton married prolific TV producer and Boston Red Sox president Tom Werner in an intimate affair 5 Saturday.

The wedding was attended by family and friends, including Sara Gilbert, Donna Karan, Corey Gamble Al Michaels, and George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth.

“I’m so happy because I never thought I would find love like this,” said Ashton, 53, who wore a Ralph Lauren Collection dress for the big day. “But when you’re older, it doesn’t take long to recognize when you’ve found your soul mate.”

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During the ceremony, which took place at the famous Harmony Club in New York, Ashton was escorted by her son Alex, 24, and daughter Chloe, 22, before exchanging emotional vows with Werner, 72.

After the vows, guests were transported to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a reception at the ancient Temple of Dendur for a dinner of fish and tenderloin, plus tunes from the band Elan Music.

Dr. Jennifer Ashton and Tom Werner at their wedding ceremony.  Credit: Andreas & Nico

Dr. Jennifer Ashton and Tom Werner at their wedding ceremony. Credit: Andreas & Nico

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“We just wanted it to be a celebration of love and happiness,” Ashton said of the nuptials, planned by Todd Fiscus of Todd Events. “I never thought this would happen to me. And I’m so grateful.”

Ashton and Werner, who produced notable shows like Roseane, The Cosby Show and That 70s show and is also co-owner of Fenway Sports Group, Boston Red Sox and chairman of Liverpool Football Club, met in February 2021 through mutual friend Ben Sherwood, former chairman of ABC News.

“I think I was one of the only people working in TV who didn’t know who he was,” Ashton recalled. “I didn’t watch his shows and I wasn’t a baseball or football fan. But after our first date, we got serious pretty quickly.”

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After dealing with immense tragedy, finding love again didn’t always seem in the cards for Ashton. Her ex-husband, prominent surgeon Rob Ashton, committed suicide just days after finalizing their divorce.

“I’ve been through a lot of heartache,” Ashton says. “And in many ways, when you’ve been through suicide and the loss of a loved one, it makes hard things harder. I was cynical about ever finding love.”

Meeting Werner, “it was very different, for both of us,” says Ashton. “And from the start, he was incredibly sensitive and compassionate. It takes an incredibly strong person to be as gentle to someone’s heart as he has been to mine. He has this ability to heal my wounds and to feed my dreams at the same time.”

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Now, as they prepare for a romantic Caribbean honeymoon, “I feel so excited to be married to Tom,” Ashton says. “Life really is so precious.”

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