Jay-Z, Beyonce Reportedly Marry In New York

By Allen Starbury  |  04/05/2008

Beyonce and Jay-ZAfter about six years of a quiet relationship, power couple Jay-Z and Beyonce has reportedly tied the knot in Friday (April 4) in a private ceremony held in New York.

The couple sparked speculation on Tuesday (April 1), when reports surfaced that they filed for a marriage license in Scarsdale, New York.

While there is no official confirmation from the artists' camps, a friend close to them told People.com on Friday, "It happened earlier this evening. Jay wanted it to be a really private affair -- close friends and family."

At 8 p.m. ET Friday, a reverend and his wife were spotted outside Jay's apartment, according to Us Weekly.

People reports that the wedding ceremony was then followed by a lavish party at the rapper's Tribeca apartment that drew the likes of 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.

To make things even more concrete, a source tells the magazine 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.

If, in fact, the wedding took place, the honeymoon will either be rather quick, or will be postponed until a later date, because on Saturday night (April 5) Jay is scheduled to perform with Mary J. Blige in Greensboro, North Carolina as part of the Heart of the City Tour.

38-year-old Jay-Z and 26-year-old Beyonce have been together since 2002, but have always kept their relationship private to the public, never speaking anything but a few words if asked in interviews about each other.