Photo - Gwyneth Paltrow, Beyonce Knowles, Chris Martin, Jay Z, Kanye West, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams and Pharrell Williams
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martie hide their faces from photographers as they arrive at Jay-Z's TriBeCa apartment where Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z will allegedly marry
New York City, USA - 04.04.08
* BEYONCE AND JAY-Z TO MARRY IN NEW YORK
BEYONCE KNOWLES and JAY-Z will marry on Friday night (04Apr08) at the rap mogul's New York apartment, according to sources close to the couple.
Workers have been spotted setting up an event inside a block in the city's TriBeCa neighbourhood, where rapper Jay-Z owns a luxury home.
A marquee has been erected on a terrace at the building, and elegant bouquets of white flowers and candelabras have been delivered.
It's rumoured just 30 people will be present at the all-white ceremony, including close family members and Knowles' Destiny's Child bandmates, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams - who are known to be in New York.
Jay-Z's pals Kanye West and Pharrell Williams are also expected to be among the wedding party.
The date is very special for the couple - four is a number close to both bride and groom. Jay Z was born on 4 December 1969 and Knowles was born on 4 September 1981.
The rapper - real name Shawn Carter - also owns a nightclub franchise called 40/40 and he and Knowles are rumoured to have matching 'IV' tattoos on their ring fingers.
The couple is also planning a second wedding celebration in France on 4 May (08), according to reports.
Their producer pal Dallas Austin says, It's about time. I think it's great that they're getting married.
As WENN went to press, Beyonce's former Destiny's Child bandmate Kelly Rowland arrived at the building, dressed in a white gown, minutes before Jay-Z's pals Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Beyonce's mother and father, Tina and Mathew Knowles, her sister Solange and Jay-Z's mother have also arrived at the TriBeCa apartment block, where the nuptials appear to be imminent. (IG/WN/KL)