First came love, then came marriage. It’s been a whirlwind season for Ciara and Russell Wilson following their July wedding. Just this past Tuesday, October 25, the couple delighted the world when they announced that they’re expecting a baby together.
Here, The Knot looks back on their whirlwind, love-filled first season as Mr. and Mr. Wilson.
The singer and NFL player exchanged vows inside a breath-taking 19th century castle in Cheshire, England. Immediately after the ceremony, the newlyweds took to Twitter to share the gorgeous first photo from their wedding. The couple adorably captioned it: “We Are The Wilsons!”
The morning after their wedding, Ciara and her new husband joked about consummating their marriage on Snapchat. The couple, who publicly announced that they were waiting to have sex until marriage, took to the platform to tease the latest physical aspect of their relationship.
“So, baby. Maybe you know what we’re doing tonight,” Ciara joked to her husband at the time. Wilson cheekily replied: “From what we did last night, I’m gonna do it multiple times.”
Red carpet royalty Ciara and Wilson made their first official appearance as husband and wife on the red carpet of the 2016 ESPYs a week after they married. Fresh off their honeymoon, the pair coordinated ensembles at the star-studded awards show. At the event, the two were photographed catching up with another sports couple: Steph and Ayesha Curry.
Wilson wasn’t the only Seattle Seahawks player to get married in July. His teammate DeShawn Shead married longtime love, Jessica Martinez, on July 18, and both Ciara and Wilson were there to witness the nuptials.
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Several months after she married Wilson, Ciara opened up to #Legend magazine about the wedding. “It was honestly so beautiful and I really felt like I was in a fairy tale,” the “1, 2 Step” singer said. “It was everything I hoped for. Everything I could have hoped for, dreamed of, happened on that day… I’m definitely still floating; it’s only three months ago and it’s crazy how time goes by.”
September/October: Ciara Calls Motherhood “One of the Best Jobs in Life”
In the same cover story with #Legend, the singer spoke in detail about motherhood and raising her son with her ex, Future.
“Motherhood, oh my gosh, it’s one of the best jobs in life,” she shared at the time. “My family, my son, and my husband, those are the things that keep me grounded and centered, and there’s no better feeling than coming back and seeing him smile after a long day. You put him in a bath, you put him in bed, read a book; those moments are great to end the day and keeps life in perspective, because all your child wants from you is love. They don’t care about a lot of the things we care about anyway. Being a mom is part of what motivates me in my every day life.”
While guest-hosting Live with Kelly, the glowing “Goodies” singer continued to gush about her husband. “After a special day like that, life is a honeymoon within itself,” she noted. “It keeps going on and on.” The star expertly concealed her baby bump with a peplum top by Johanna Ortiz that featured a tiny cut-out above her bump.
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After weeks of speculation, the couple announced on Tuesday that they’re expecting a child together. The adorable pregnancy announcement coincided with Ciara’s 31st birthday. Both husband and wife shared a sweet photo of the NFL player cradling Ciara’s burgeoning baby bump.
“On this special Birthday I received an abundance of love from friends and family..” Ciara captioned the pic. “And I’m excited to Finally share one of the Greatest Gifts of All that God could give.”