MARRIED! Beyoncé and Jay-Z
04/10/2008 AT 06:00 AM EDT
Just three days before they quietly picked up a marriage license in Scarsdale, N.Y., Beyoncé Knowles and her rapper-mogul boyfriend of six years, Jay-Z, attended the Philadelphia wedding of Jay-Z's assistant Robin Broughton. Although they betrayed no sign of their own impending nuptials, "they seemed very much a couple in love," says the wedding planner, Lisa McGraw. "They held hands and were all smiles." Jay-Z was all grins again on April 7 while watching the NCAA championship basketball game with an all-guy crew at his 40/40 lounge in Manhattan. Now three days after he and Beyoncé said "I do," he was still avoiding any hint of his newlywed status. When congratulated on his news, he responded with a laugh, "I don't know what you're talking about."
Nice try, Jay, but the jig is up: On April 4 Beyoncé, 26, and Jay-Z (real name: Shawn Carter), 38, exchanged top-secret vows and celebrated with a close circle of 40 friends and family members who gathered at the groom's extravagant penthouse. "It was a very emotional wedding – lots of crying – and really very spiritual," says a guest. So hush-hush that they have yet to even confirm the news – despite the huge rock Beyoncé flaunted on her ring finger at her new husband's Atlanta show on April 8. The couple, adds a source close to them, "planned it perfectly."
And perfectly in keeping with a duo who have steadfastly refused to open up about their romance, preferring instead to let their chemistry speak for itself in collaborations like 2003's monster smash "Crazy in Love." "They are soulmates," says a friend. What makes them click? Jay-Z – who turned his troubled Brooklyn youth into material for his music before branching out as a businessman and record exec – "is mature. He's quiet," says the source. Beyoncé, who is close to her Houston-bred family, "is the performer, but she's a very gentle person. He takes good care of her. He guides her. But he's not overbearing about it."