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The assembled media held its breath, or at least attempted to suck in its gut, as something big was going down at Jay-Z's new Tribeca apartment on Friday.

The question was what exactly: A wedding? A housewarming? A Friday night Ghost Whisperer viewing party?

Here’s what E! News has learned so far:

 

 • Around noon, dozens of white orchids, long white candles and candelabras arrived at Jay-Z's pad.

 • At around 3 p.m., bakers in unmarked uniforms carried in a large white cake box that was a couple of feet wide and a couple of feet deep.

 • Various family members were spotted, as well as former bandmates Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland. 

 • A chauffeur told a reporter there is "definitely a wedding" happening tonight, but would not confirm that the wedding was at 195 Hudson.

 • A resident who lives on the second floor of the Tribeca apartment building said that Jay-Z moved into the building last week and that he was told there would be a large party on the roof tonight.

 • Gwyneth Paltrow was photographed being chauffeured into the building, seeming to confirm rumors that she and hubby Chris Martin were in attendance.

 • We've just learned  George Clooney was there to do Charlie Rose. Impeccable timing.