Serena Williams is a married woman, after tying the knot with fiance Alexis Ohanian on Thursday afternoon (16Nov17).
The couple, who are parents to 11-week-old daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., wed in an intimate ceremony at New Orleans’ Contemporary Arts Center at around 3pm.
Guests included Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, Ciara, Kelly Rowland, Eva Longoria and her husband Jose Baston, Vogue editor Anna Wintour and fellow tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, who attended with her new fiance David Lee. Beyonce’s husband JAY-Z is also thought to have attended, although he had to jet off straight after the ceremony to get to his next tour stop in North Carolina.
According to the Daily Mail Online, the wedding was themed around Disney movie Beauty and the Beast, with guests greeted with the film’s tune Be Our Guest as they were presented with welcome drinks. Wedding guests were also told to keep with the theme with their outfits for the occasion, although there was little sign of any fancy dress going on. However, many of the female guests went all out in their full evening gowns, with lots of bling adding even more glamour.
While Serena was not photographed at the venue, as she has reportedly sold exclusive rights to her wedding pictures to Vogue magazine, she is believed to have chosen to wear one dress for the ceremony, before changing into another for the reception.
Celebrations following the wedding are expected to go on until around 3am, with musical entertainment coming from New Edition, singer DeWayne Crocker Jr. and New Orleans funk/jazz band Naughty Professor.
Food in the evening includes baked treats from the local District Donuts Sliders Brew, while guests can indulge their whimsical side with a turn on the specially built carousel.