The only question was whether they had become husband and wife. The only vow for certain was the one for silence, as the cause for the célébre at Jay-Z's New York City apartment was wrapped in secrecy.
If it weren't a wedding or a reception, it sure had all the trappings of one. Consider the guest list: Beyoncé's mother Tina Knowles, her father/manager Mathew, her sister Solange, her Destiny Child mates Rowland and Williams, and Jay-Z's friends Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband Chris Martin.
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They all arrived amid heavy wedding buzz that began when the couple went to get a marriage license at a village hall in Scarsdale, N.Y., on Tuesday. "It's [happening] tonight," says a source. "A lot of their friends are booking hotel rooms."
DJ Cassidy, a favorite of Jay-Z, was hired to spin – and the gig was no bar mitzvah. "Cassidy mentioned a week ago that he was really excited for the Jay Z and Beyoncé wedding party to happen," says a source.
Early Friday morning, workers erected a white tent atop the building, 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.
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Reporting by RYAN PIENCIAK, TIFFANY McGEE, MELODY WELLS and LESLEY MESSER
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