Serena Williams has had a pretty amazing year. She won her 23rd Grand Slam, got engaged, and gave birth to a daughter, Alexis. On Thursday, she capped 2017 off in New Orleans with a beautiful, fairytale wedding to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, her beau of two years.The date for the nuptials was chosen because it was the birthday of Alexis’ mother who passed away nine years ago. “We wanted her to be represented at the wedding,” Serena explained.
Serena is known for being something of a fashion icon and her wedding gown did not disappoint. Designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, the strapless number had a stunning ball gown silhouette. She accented the gown with $3.5 million worth of diamonds and a simple cape. As beautiful as this gown was, it was but the first of three fabulous dresses the bride wore over the course of the day. For the reception, she wore an elaborately beaded and feathered Versace. For the dance, she changed into another Versace, this time a more fitted dress with a short skirt.
The day featured a number of fairytale-inspired elements, a nod to the bride’s love of all things Disney. The reception and dance were designed to be like a true fairytale ball, with throne-like chairs for the bride and groom and ornate details throughout. Guests were seated at four long tables, named after Serena’s Grand Slam wins. The couple had their first dance to Beauty and the Beast‘s “Tale as Old as Time” which then eased into “If I Can’t Have You.” The dance was well rehearsed and featured “spins, twists, and lifts, to lots of cheers,” according to Vogue.
As expected, there were a number of famous guests in attendance. Sister Venus was, of course, there and serving as maid of honor. Other famous guests were Beyoncé, her mother, Tina Knowles, Kelly Rowland, Kim Kardashian West, Ciara, Eva Longoria, La La Anthony, and fellow tennis star Caroline Wozniacki with her fiancé, NBA star David Lee. The biggest celeb in attendance, though? The couple’s adorable daughter, of course! Only 11 weeks old, Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr. is already an Instagram star, in her own right.
Serena, Alexis, and all their guests danced the night away to a surprise performance by the band New Edition and some 90s rap with DJ Mike Wise. Alexis had a special surprise at the end of the night for his bride. A curtain dropped to reveal an all-white, illuminated carousel. What a perfect end to a magical night!