We already had high expectations for the July 6 wedding of hip hop star Ciara to Seattle Seahawks football star Russell Wilson. We had enjoyed glimpses of her bridesmaid dresses, sighed at a teasing peek at her gown, and swooned over the brief hint of monogrammed wedding bands, so we knew something big and beautiful was likely in store for the big day. Nobody was disappointed!
First off, Ciara, 30, and Russell, 27, chose the pomp and elegance of an English castle as the backdrop for their union, Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, to be exact. Anytime you start with a castle, it’s hard to go wrong. The groom and his groomsmen looked dashing in Armani tuxedos, while the bridesmaids wore elegant black stretch satin dresses, individually designed for them by Michael Costello, based on Ciara’s advice and requests.
And then there was the bride. Ciara dazzled in a custom Cavelli Couture gown featuring chantilly lace and pretty floral appliqué that was designed by friend Peter Dundas. The stunning gown was hand sewn in Italy, requiring multiple fittings to perfect the fit. Its cathedral length train was especially swoon worthy: it featured the couple’s monogram stitched lovingly into the lace! Her wedding day look was completed by custom made shoes by Giuseppe Zanotti.
Ciara chose best friend and makeup artist Yolonda Frederick-Thompson to be maid of honor, while Russell selected best friend Scott Pickett as his best man. Approximately 100 guests joined them at the castle to share in the celebration. Russell’s niece was flower girl, and Ciara’s son had ring bearer duties. The beautiful ceremony was coordinated to music by Marvin Sapp and the reception featured a performance by Earth, Wind and Fire. The entire day was coordinated and planned by (who else?) renowned event planner Mindy Weiss. For more amazing Mindy Weiss wedding ideas, click here.
Ciara’s engagement ring is a reported 16-carat flawless diamond. The pair have been dating since 2015. Russell, a devout Christian, had asked for Ciara’s hand in marriage and vowed to stay celibate until the wedding night. (Must have been some wedding night…)
Post-wedding, the happy pair just attended friend DeShawn Shead’s wedding and posted excited photos of their place cards that featured Ciara’s new last name.
We wish Ciara and Russell all the best in a very happy marriage!