Russell Wilson and Ciara got married back in July at Peckforton Castle in England. The wedding was very beautiful and was a great event, just as you would expect out of a power couple.

What we did not know, was that Wilson and Ciara had their wedding moved out of North Carolina because of House Bill 2, the same bill that moved the NBA All-Star Game out of Charlotte. The bill restricts bathroom access for transgender people in government buildings, as well as public schools.

Their wedding planner, Mindy Weiss told The Knot that they moved it because of the law, and had also had their eyes for relocation on Paris:

“I did the whole thing — three times,” Weiss reveals. “They were first getting married in North Carolina, but they called it off due to the transgender bathroom laws.”

The couple then hoped to marry in the City of Light. “They were gonna go to Paris and it ended up being [Couture] Fashion Week,” says Weiss. “And it was really difficult.”

Ultimately, the stars settled on a venue in a neighboring country. “We ended up in London,” recalls Weiss. “They wanted to be away. And we found a castle that was an hour out of Liverpool and they had about 110 guests.”

The wedding was elegant, from the venue, and especially Ciara’s dress, which was 13 feet long according to Weiss.

Despite the North Carolina law, I’d say the wedding ended up just fine.

[The Knot]

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Harry Lyles Jr. is an Atlanta-based writer, and a Georgia State University graduate.