The Knowles-Carter dynasty is officially nine years old. Tuesday marks Beyoncé and Jay Z's ninth anniversary since tying the knot in a very private ceremony on April 4, 2008, after around six years together. Traditionally, nine years of marriage means pottery gifts for the happy couple, but mother of the bride Tina Knowles went in a different direction, blessing her daughter and son-in-law Jay-Z with a priceless throwback photo of their wedding.
Tina posted the never-before-seen picture on Instagram. In it, Beyoncé and Jay Z are departing the altar as husband and wife in front of a gathering of happy guests just moments after saying their vows, and the two look every inch the picture of newlywed marital bliss. Tina is technically in the photo too, as her hand can be seen helping usher the train of Beyoncé's gorgeous dress down the aisle. Tina captioned the photo "9 years already??? Congratulations to the Carters❤❤on their Anniversary 💐 ( thats my arm fixing the dress lol)."
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Although Beyoncé and Jay Z's nuptials were kept closely under wraps at the time, this is not the first we're seeing of the beautiful ceremony. Beyoncé's unforgettable visual album Lemonade, although not altogether a picture of an easy marriage, did include a major look at the couple's big day. Lemonade's not the only musical project featuring the Carters' wedding. The event was also included in the couple's On the Run tour, as well as in the stand-alone music video for Beyoncé's "All Night."
Beyoncé and Jay Z are, of course, parents to five-year-old daughter Blue Ivy, with a pair of very notable new babies on the way. If there's a common thread throughout the couple's lengthy relationship, it's that no matter what—from Tina Knowles's wedding pic to Beyoncé's pregnancy announcement—the Knowles-Carters win for most photogenic family ever.