Third time was a charm when it came to planning Ciara and Russell Wilson's lavish wedding ceremony, says celebrity wedding planner Mindy Weiss.
"I did the whole thing — three times," Weiss, who planned the Wilson's July nuptials, told The Knot. "They were first getting married in North Carolina, but they called it off due to the transgender bathroom laws." (Billboard reached out to a rep for Ciara for comment.)
Weiss said the couple then set their sights on Paris, yet another failed destination, though, as Couture Fashion Week was taking place at the same time. Finally, the two agreed on Peckforton Castle in London, about an hour out of Liverpool. Ciara's bridal party included La La Anthony, Kelly Rowland and Serena Williams (who couldn't attend due to Wimbledon). The stress of planning and coordinating aside, Weiss said her favorite part of the wedding was the ceremony, "because they were so happy... They really are a very cool couple."
The soon-to-be Wilsons are only the latest addition to a growing list of big events that have been moved from North Carolina due to the controversial laws. The National Basketball Association pulled February's scheduled All-Star Game from Charlotte, relocating the festivities to New Orleans. Additionally, Bruce Springsteen, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, and more have all skipped tour stops in the state.
And while Beyoncé performed as planned, she did speak out against the law, posting a statement to her site that read, "As the Formation World Tour makes it stop in the Tar Heel State in the midst of such a controversial time, we think it is important for us to bring attention to those who are committed to being good and carrying on the message of equality in this core of controversy."
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Ciara and Russell Wilson
Ciara and Russell Wilson
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: NFL player Russell Wilson (L) and recording artist Ciara attend the GRAMMY Charities Signings backstage during The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Maury Phillips/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 14: NFL player Russell Wilson (L) and singer Ciara attend the 2016 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Irving Azoff at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Ciara and Russell Wilson are seen leaving the Polo Ralph Lauren presentation during Fall 2016 New York Fashion Week on February 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 09: Ciara and Russell Wilson attend the Washington Wizards vs New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on February 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 08: Taylor Swift, Russell Wilson and Ciara perform at CenturyLink Field on August 8, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Suzi Pratt/LP5/Getty Images for TAS)
WESTWOOD, CA - JULY 16: NFL player Russell Wilson (L) and singer Ciara arrive at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards 2015 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on July 16, 2015 in Westwood, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA - JULY 16: NFL player Russell Wilson and singer Ciara arrive at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards 2015 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on July 16, 2015 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15: NFL player Russell Wilson (L) and singer Ciara arrive at the The 2015 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 28: Russell Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks and Ciara Harris arrive for the State dinner in honor of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe And Akie Abe April 28, 2015 at the Booksellers area of the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by Olivier Douliery/Getty Images)
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