Congratulations are in order for Serena Williams who married her Reddit co-founder beau, Alexis Ohanian, on 16 November. The joyous occasion was attended by the A-list elite, including Beyonce, Anna Wintour and Kim Kardashian, and hosted in New Orleans.
Hundreds of guests flocked to the Contemporary Arts Center, which was completely transformed into a Beauty and the Beast theme bringing Williams’ fairytale to reality. The venue was adorned with crystals, gold cages, endless stunning flower arrangements and sofas for the guests to sit as Williams and her bridesmaids strutted down the aisle runway style.
Williams, 36, looked beautiful in a bespoke Sarah Burton design from Alexander McQueen which she wore for the main ceremony, before changing into two more white dresses during the reception. The tennis champ’s new husband, Ohanian, 34, looked handsome in an Armani suit complete with a velvet emerald green blazer.
Explaining their choice of venue, Williams told Vogue who exclusively published the first wedding photos: “Alexis really wanted to do New Orleans. It’s his favourite city besides Brooklyn. It’s got a heavy European influence; it’s fun and has amazing food. He just loves the vibe. The venue — the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans — was a decision we both made. Painting and art is something I’m really passionate about, so it just felt natural and different to do it at a contemporary art museum.”
Lending even more meaning to their special day, the newlyweds chose to marry on what would have been the birthday of Ohanian’s mother, who died nine years ago.
The couple were surrounded by their closest friends and family, including Williams’ older sister Venus Williams, and celebrities like Kelly Rowland, Ciara, Lala Anthony and Eva Longoria. Beyonce’s husband Jay-Z did attend briefly but had to fly out to North Carolina to perform a show on his 4:44 tour.
However, the star of the show was undoubtedly Williams and Ohanian’s adorable two-month-old daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr, who sat contently with her grandmother, Oracene Williams during the ceremony.
If there’s anyone who deserves a happy ending, it’s Serena Williams. Check out all the amazing pictures…
Serena Williams wedding photos
@serenawilliams: You are the greatest of all time, not just in sport–I’m talking about as a mother and as a wife. I am so excited to write so many more chapters of our fairy tale together. And my whole life I didn’t even realize it, but I was waiting for this moment. And everything that I have done, everything that I am so proud of in my career, and in my life, for the last 34 years, pales in comparison to what we’re doing today. And I am so grateful, and I am so in love. 📸 @melbarlowandco @allanzepedaphotography
I CAN’T STOP LOOKING AT THE PICTURES FROM SERENA WILLIAMS’ WEDDING.
IT WAS IN NEW ORLEANS.
SHE HAD BEDAZZLED NIKE SNEAKERS.
NEW EDITION GAVE A SURPRISE PERFORMANCE.
TROPHIES WERE GIVEN OUT AS GIFTS TO GUESTS.
I. AM. EMOTIONAL. pic.twitter.com/cFBqMypL0x
— Ameena Rasheed (@AmeenaRasheed) November 18, 2017
Beyoncé no casamento de Serena Williams ontem. pic.twitter.com/xLgFzF8CAg
— BEYONCÉ HARD (@BeyonceHard) November 18, 2017
Beyoncé, Kelly & Tim, Kim Kardashian-West, Angie, Anna Wintour, Ciara and Lala at Serena Williams’ wedding in New Orleans pic.twitter.com/Jt6C8YLON4
— Beyoncé Aus 🏳️🌈 (@BeyonceAUS) November 18, 2017
What an incredible wedding. We are so honored to have been given such a special role documenting Serena & Alexis’ wedding extravaganza! Couldn’t have done it without shooting side by side @melbarlowandco and our co-shooters @mistadubb & @ericamelissa_ @victorianinette @ahmetze @melbarlow. The beautiful couple @serenawilliams @alexisohanian and of course our brilliant team @jzevents @overthemoon @brides @prestonrbailey @creativeedgeparties @alexandermcqueen @elanartists @voguemagazine
Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian West, Kelly Rowland, Ciara, Lala and many more stars at Serena Williams’ wedding. pic.twitter.com/FKDdukljbz
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) November 18, 2017
Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Ciara, Lala, Kim Kardashian, Tim e Angie no casamento de Serena Williams em New Orleans! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/vMJBiNWUbs
— Família Carter (@oficialjayzbk) November 18, 2017
Ciara and Eva Longoria at Serena Williams wedding 😍♥️ pic.twitter.com/dFz1p0OrU1
— Team Ciara Daily (@TeamCiaraDaily) November 18, 2017
— BEYONCÉ INDONESIA (@BeyonceIndo) November 18, 2017
— Shadina Adia 🇬🇩 (@heybuddy1) November 18, 2017