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Jay-Z and Beyoncé: Acting Like Newlyweds

04/17/2008 at 12:05 PM EDT

Jay-Z and Beyoncé: Acting Like Newlyweds
Beyoncé and Jay-Z
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They've yet to confirm their April 4 nuptials, but Beyoncé Knowles and Jay-Z are certainly acting like newlyweds.

After the rapper's sold-out show at the Hollywood Bowl in L.A. Wednesday night, the inseparable duo headed to his private dinner and after-party at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel's Tropicana Bar. Neither wore a wedding ring, but in all other ways they were the picture of wedded bliss.

Knowles, 26, arrived just after 11 p.m. with Destiny's Child member Michelle Williams by her side – and her groom just a few steps behind, letting her lead the way. They headed upstairs to the "bridge" above the Tropicana Bar where they held their private dinner for 40 friends and family catered by the hotel's upscale steakhouse, Dakota.

Jay-Z, 38, stayed by Knowles's side all night – only slipping away for a few minutes to change from his concert clothes into a dapper dark suit.

When he returned, Beyoncé – who, sources say, was joined by her mom Tina and sister Solange – cuddled up next to her man at one of the many large long tables set up for the private dinner.

At several points during the dinner, Knowles wrapped her arms around the rapper and rubbed his back. At other times, she would lean her head against his shoulder and hold him tightly. "She looked as if she never wanted to let him go," said an onlooker.

Guests including Christina Aguilera and Mary J. Blige – who swung by after hitting her own bash at Hollywood's Ritual Supper – all feasted on a four-course menu from Dakota, including options like tuna carpaccio, Maine lobster, braised short rib cannelloni, diver scallops, lamb and filet. The group also partied their way through many bottles of tequila and red wine.

The large party relaxed to tunes by DJ Samantha Ronson, who was accompanied by BFF Lindsay Lohan. (At one point, the actress came by to pay her respects to the happy couple.) As the night wore on, the whole crew chilled by the Roosevelt pool until just past 2 a.m.

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