They virtually bought away with it. 

Able to make their romance official six years in, Beyoncé and Jay-Z had set a date (April 4, a nod to their shared love of the quantity 4 and their Sept. 4 and Dec. 4 birthdays) and an ultra-exclusive, VIPs-only location: His seventh-floor 13,500-square-foot penthouse in New York Metropolis’s spendy Tribeca neighborhood. 

She had a gown; he selected a tux and, with an entire staff at their disposal, the 51-time Grammy winners the very definition of an influence couple, it was simple sufficient to drag collectively the flowers, the DJ, the tent and all sundry wedding ceremony requisites. 

There was simply one small—however very essential—element that wanted tending to. 

Making an attempt to quietly procure the mandatory marriage license simply forward of the 24-hours-before deadline, they traveled to Scarsdale, N.Y., some 25 miles north of his metropolis digs, on April 1 in hopes of flying below the radar.