Mix-and-match for the win!
Credit: Courtesy of Michael Costello

And the bridesmaids wore black. For Ciara's July 6 wedding to NFL quarterback Russell Wilson, the R&B singer embraced the mismatched bridesmaid trend. Designer Michael Costello created eight different custom black dresses, each with its own unique style, for a classic yet nontraditional bridesmaid look. "I think Ciara chose black as a bridesmaid color because every woman feels confident in black-you can't go wrong," Costello told Martha Stewart Weddings.

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Ciara had previously worked with Costello when she wore a black number by the designer to host the Billboard Music Awards earlier this year. She loved the look and feel her gown so much that a month later, she enlisted Costello to draw up designs for each of her 'maids back in early June.

The wedding party, which included Kelly Rowland, LaLa Anthony, makeup artist Yolonda Frederick, and Wilson's sister, Anna, all wore the black stretch satin gowns and tied their outfits together with matching french lace chokers. "I loved working on this with Ciara and all her girls. It was a pleasure to be a part of her special day with Russell," Costello said.

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Ciara herself was very involved in choosing designs that fit each bridesmaid's figure and personal taste, guiding the designer in person and over FaceTime. "Every girl's individual style is implemented in the design of their dress as well as their personality. Ciara made sure of that."

The bridesmaids weren't the only well-dressed guests: Ciara's son, Future, wore a custom Armani Jr. tuxedo, and guest Jennifer Hudson (above) arrived in a peach fit-and-flare Christian Siriano gown.

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As for the bride and groom? Wilson looked dapper in a custom Armani suit, while Ciara stunned in a custom Cavalli Couture gown with a full skirt, corseted bodice, and traditional cathedral veil-a royal look worthy of the lavish ceremony at Chesire's Peckforton Castle.


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