Received a public-relations release on Russell Wilson’s and Ciara’s “spectacular” wedding this week – because, hey, who didn’t have a PR release of their wedding at a 19th-century castle in the English countryside?
Among the groomsmen listed by PR Newswire and The Fame Factory for Wednesday’s private, fairy-tale ceremony at Peckforton Castle outside Liverpool, England were Seahawks teammate Jimmy Graham and ex-Seattle running back Robert Turbin.
Turbin was Wilson’s roommate on team road trips from when they were Seahawks rookie draft picks together in 2012 – Wilson in the third round out of Wisconsin and Turbin in the fourth from Utah State – until Seattle waived Turbin last September. He now plays for the Indianapolis Colts.
Graham’s presence in the wedding party underscores how close he and Wilson have become in the 16 months since the Seahawks traded for the star receiver. Wilson skipped a voluntary team minicamp in the spring of 2015 to be with Graham in Florida at the funeral of Graham’s manager and close mentor, Tamara Fox Meyerson.
“That was a big deal. Not only for me but really for my family and friends,” Graham said last August.
One of the first calls Graham got in March 2015 immediately after learning he’d been traded from New Orleans to Seattle came from Wilson. Graham’s first season with Wilson and the Seahawks ended with 48 catches and his career-low two touchdowns after Graham injured the patellar tendon in his knee during a late-November win over Pittsburgh. He’s recovering from surgery and the team is expecting him back on the field in time for Seattle’s 2016 opener Sept. 11 against Miami.
Also listed among the Wilson wedding party: Harry Wilson, the quarterback’s brother; Anna Wilson, his younger sister; Gracie Wilson, his niece; Mark Rodgers, the agent who negotiated the star quarterback’s $87.6 million contract extension with the Seahawks 12 months ago and whom Wilson has called a father-like figure in his life; Rodgers’ son Matt, one of the agent’s five children who is a personal assistant for Wilson; Kenny Dichter, founder of Wheels Up, a luxury private air-travel company Wilson has publicly praised; and Cole Hawthorne, a receiver for Wilson when they played at Collegiate School, a prep school in Richmond, Virginia.
Wilson’s best man was Scott Pickett. They’ve been friends since kindergarten.
“Following the storybook nuptials, the bride and groom and guests danced the night away to the hit music from the legendary band, Earth, Wind & Fire personally introduced by the newlyweds,” the PRNewswire release noted. “The music continued until the early dawn with DJ Nabs.”
For those of you who want to know what else Wilson wears besides No. 3 for the Seahawks: “Mr. Wilson's suit was personally handcrafted in Milan by the world renowned Italian designer Giorgio Armani.
“Armani customized a ‘little man suit’ for Ciara’s son, Future Zahir, as well as one for Ciara’s father, Carlton Harris. The entire groomsmen party also looked sharp in their Armani style.”
The newlyweds have three weeks until Wilson is due to report back across the Atlantic, back to his other, real world in Renton, for the start of Seahawks training camp. Seattle’s first practice of camp is July 30.