You almost got away with it.

Ready to make their romance official in six years Beyoncé and Jay-Z had set a date (April 4th, a nod to their mutual love for number four and their birthdays on September 4th and December 4th) and an ultra-exclusive place for VIPs only: his 13,500-square-foot penthouse on the seventh floor in New York borough of Tribeca.

She had a dress; He settled on a tuxedo and with a whole team available to the 51-time Grammy winners as the definition of a power couple, it was easy enough to pull together the flowers, the DJ, the tent, and all the various wedding requirements.

There was only one small – but very important – detail to take care of.

Trying to get the required marriage certificate shortly before the 24-hour deadline expired, they traveled to Scarsdale, New York, about 25 miles north of its city burial sites, on April 1, hoping to fly under the radar.