Yes, we have heard the rumors before, but this is the first time that an actual location is being offered as the place the wedding occurred. In addition, for the first time a source has identified photos which were taken immediately after the ceremony took place and are at the end of this post.
It is generally acknowledged that Jay and Beyonce began dating in August 2002 in St. Tropez. They had previously worked together while recording "03 Bonnie & Clyde," but this was the first time they had been seen in public as a couple. Throughout that fall and winter there were rampant rumors about their engagement which they always denied. In fact, they even denied they were a couple for most of that initial period.
In spring 2003, Jay-Z confirmed they were a couple in a backhanded way. He told the New York Daily News on March 12, 2003 that he and Beyonce were a thing of the past. When Jay-Z was asked about Beyonce not being in his new video, Jay-Z replied, "My point exactly."
During that time frame, the April 2003 issue of Playboy was released and Jay-Z stated in that issue, "I used to see her all the time. We are not engaged, by the way. We’re just cool. We’re just friends." In order to drive the knife as deep as possible, Jay went on to say, "We don’t really, ah, know each other like that. Me and Memphis Bleek, we’re tighter. He’s been with me since 1994. Between Beyonce and him? Beyonce’s got to go."
Showing that forgiveness is a part of love, Jay-Z and Beyonce were seen together two weeks later having lunch together in NYC.
We have now confirmed they are a couple. Now, let’s get them engaged.
On January 28, 2004 Jay-Z attended a party for his great friend Lyor Cohen. At that party, Jay-Z made a speech where he stated, "You’ve (Cohen) been one of the best friends I could have had...Apart from this woman (Beyonce) beside me, who I love and will marry soon." After the announcement the crowd at the party went crazy. No official announcement of this engagement was ever made, but none was needed because Jay-Z told the world himself.
We have them engaged. Now, let’s get them married.
In the summer of 2005 Jay-Z and Beyonce returned to the Mediterranean which was the sight of their first time together as a couple. It was late June 2005 and the weather was great. They were having the time of their life and now was the time to get married. On June 15, 2005 just before dawn they were married in Italy. The pictures below were taken almost immediately after the ceremony.
Shortly after the ceremony, Beyonce was interviewed by Vanity Fair magazine for their November 2005 issue. Again she is asked if she is married. Unlike at the press conference the year before this time she answers, that they are not even engaged. (That was not the question. Any couple who marries is no longer engaged.) She then goes on to say "how can someone be engaged and married at the same time?" She then changed the subject and it never came up again.
In December 2006 when there were reports that Beyonce and Jay-Z were going to marry, a representative of Beyonce stated the couple was not going to get married that weekend. The rep continued by stating that Beyonce had no plans that weekend or any time in the near future. ( No need to, because they are already married.)