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Ciara and Russell Wilson Canceled Original Wedding Plans Over North Carolina Bathroom Law, Says Planner

by Alex Ungerman 3:59 PM PDT, August 22, 2016
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Ciara and Russell Wilson wanted their wedding to be about love.

The couple's wedding planner, Mindy Weiss, recently told The Knot that the nuptials between the 30-year-old singer and football pro, 27, faced a number of delays, the first of which was brought on by North Carolina's controversial "bathroom law," which is widely seen as discriminatory to transgender citizens.

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"I did the whole thing — three times,” Weiss shared, adding that the wedding was "really done."

"They were first getting married in North Carolina, but they called it off due to the transgender bathroom laws," she added.

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Before deciding on Liverpool, England, Weiss said the couple had considered Paris to hold their ceremony.

"It ended up being [Couture] Fashion Week,” she explained. "And it was really difficult."

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"They wanted to be away. And we found a castle that was an hour out of Liverpool and they had about 110 guests," Weiss said. "It was kind of short notice because they kept switching around, but they had a lot of people show up."

In the end, the delays paid off, because the Wilsons ended up having a beautiful secret wedding in July.

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Meanwhile, after tying the knot, Wilson admitted to ET shortly thereafter that not much had changed between the two.

"We're so close. She's my best friend, and we're madly in love with each other obviously," the quarterback said at the time. "We're the Wilsons now, so it's pretty cool."

Watch the video below for more from Wilson, including how they managed to keep the ceremony so under wraps.

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