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:
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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]