Ciara and Russell Wilson’s Wedding Countdown Begins in England

Ciara and Russell Wilson, who are reportedly getting married later this week, stepped out last night (July 5, 2016) for their rehearsal dinner in Liverpool, England.

E! news reports that yesterday, Ciara and Wilson were spotted stepping out for their rehearsal dinner “at Stanley’s Bar and Grill ahead of their highly anticipated nuptials.”

A source spilled to E!, “The rehearsal dinner was beautiful. Ciara and Russell couldn’t keep their hands off of each other. The love was strong in the room. Russell and Ciara said a few words to their guest thanking them for coming to Liverpool for this special occasion. Kelly Rowland and Lala [Vasquez] were helping Ciara beforehand get ready and haven’t left her side.”

Around 100 close family and friends attended their rehearsal dinner.

Ciara also recently had her bachelorette party in Las Vegas with her closest girlfriends, including Rowland and Serena Williams. She posted on Snapchat at the time, “We’z just having fun,” of her and her ladies hanging out by the pool.

Wilson, who is the quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, and Ciara began dating last year, in April 2015. They attended the White House Correspondent’s Dinner together shortly after their relationship was revealed.

They announced their engagement in March of this year in an Instagram video, in which Ciara showed off her enormous and beautiful diamond engagement ring.

She said Yes!!! Since Day 1 I knew you were the one. No Greater feeling… #TrueLove @Ciara

A video posted by Russell Wilson (@dangerusswilson) on

Wilson and Ciara also infamously have been abstaining from sex until marriage, which makes their wedding even extra special.

Ciara was previously engaged to rapper Future, with whom she shares a son (also named Future). The former couple are also currently embroiled in a heated defamation lawsuit, with Ciara suing Future for $15 million in damages for alleged slander and libel after he attacked her mothering skills in interviews and on Twitter.

Just yesterday it was reported that Ciara filed new legal docs highlighting her fear of Future’s threats of violence against Wilson, calling his conduct “frightening” and “socially irresponsible … where there has been a recent rash of gun violence,”