Saturday, April 05, 2008

Did B-Jay Do The Deed?

According to People magazine (reporting on the basis of a "source"), Beyoncé Knowles and Shawn Corey Carter (better known to the world as Jay-Z) did, in fact, get themselves hitched yesterday in NYC in all of that wedding rumor hoopla that was going on all day yesterday. There has been no official confirmation from the happy couple, so let's take the report with a grain of salt:

After years of speculation, singer Beyoncé Knowles wed her longtime boyfriend, rapper Jay-Z, on Friday, a friend of the couple tells PEOPLE. Though there is no official confirmation, the friend says, "It happened earlier this evening. Jay wanted it to be a really private affair – close friends and family." The ceremony was followed by a lavish party at the rapper's Tribeca apartment that drew Beyoncé's mother Tina Knowles, her father/manager Mathew, her sister Solange, her Destiny's Child mates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, and the couple's friend Gwyneth Paltrow. The wedding buzz began when the couple went to get a marriage license at a village hall in Scarsdale, N.Y., on Tuesday ... Early Friday morning, workers erected a white tent atop the building in Tribeca, where Jay-Z owns a penthouse apartment. Not long after, an SUV carrying what seemed to be AV equipment arrived, followed by deliveries of party rentals and flowers. A source tells PEOPLE that Amy's Orchids was hired to provide 50,000 to 60,000 white orchid blooms from Thailand for a "big party." At the apartment, waiters were seen practicing their service. A couple since 2002, Jay-Z, 38, and Knowles, 26, always kept quiet about their relationship, even as they were photographed together on romantic holidays around the world. Still, marriage seemed to be in the cards – eventually. "I never pictured myself as a bride," she told Cosmopolitan in January 2006, "but after my sister's wedding, I did start thinking about what kind of wedding I'd want. I don't think I want a big one."

See ... on the one hand, it strikes me as very shady that the couple applied for their marriage license this past Tuesday -- April 1. It does jibe with an elaborate April Fool's Day joke. But People magazine has a great record for not reporting something unless they're very certain that it is true. Even still, the magazine's source may be in on the joke ... if there is a joke, that is. [Source]

Here are a few pics of the building in Tribeca where yesterday's party took place:

Photo credit: Splash News

Whether it's where the couple were wed, where the wedding reception took place or just the site of a huge party still remains to be seen. Let's not forget that Jay-Z is "in talks" to sign a $150 million dollar deal with Live Nation ... this could've been just a regular ol' Jay-Z party in celebration of that. I'm still on the fence about whether or not B-Jay tied the knot. I won't be surprised either way if this report turns out to be true or not. [Source]