Last night (November 16) tennis legend Serena Williams tied the knot with Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in a fairytale Beauty and the Beast themed wedding. Exclusive photos and details of the ceremony were released exclusively to Vogue.
Guests including Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Kim Kardashian, Ciara, La La Anthony and Vogue’s own Anna Wintour flocked to the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans to witness the magical ceremony. Before taking their seats, the guests tuned in to “a short video that told the story of Serena and Alexis’ relationship on TVs encased in gold frames above the aisle.”
The blushing bride stunned in a Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen strapless wedding gown and cape as she made her way down the aisle. Williams’ 14 karat engagement ring and wedding band were designed by XIV Karats. Her hubby donned a dapper made-to-measure Armani tux with cufflinks designed by Gucci and XIV Karats.
Highlighting the significance of their wedding date, Serena told Vogue they’d chosen the date in honor of Alexis’s mother, who passed away nine years ago. “It is her birthday and we wanted her to be represented at the wedding,” she explained. “Obviously, we wish that she could be here for this, but choosing her birthday as our wedding date was a nice way of making sure she’s still involved and made us feel more connected to her on our day.”
The new parents to two-month-old Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., who was walked in by her grandmother, Oracene Price, wrote their own vows. Ohanian referred to the tennis legend as his “queen” and proclaimed, “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.”
After the conclusion of the ceremony, a second line parade led the guests into the reception area where the new Mrs. Ohanian changed into a beaded, feathered Versace number.The newlyweds dined in throne-like seats while guest sat a floral covered tables named after Serena’s grand slam victories.
Once dinner concluded, the bride changed into her third look of the night, a sexy fitted Versace dress and bedazzled Nikes while her hubby rocked a traditional jacket and shawl collar for the reception.
The newlyweds had their first dance as man and wife to the classic Beauty and the Beast track, “Tale As Old As Time.” Later on, Alexis welcomed legendary R&B group New Edition to the stage. Serena and Alexis hopped on stage performing spot on choreo of NE classics.
Serena Williams’ dream wedding, curated by Creative Edge Parties, ended with one last surprise as her hubby revealed an all-white carousel.
Here’s to Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian getting their happily ever after.