Tennis Champion Serena Williams has married Reddit Co-founder Alexis Ohanian on Thursday in a Beauty and the Beast-themed ceremony in New Orleans. Serena wore a stunning white lace dress designed by Sarah Burton, Alexander McQueen’s creative director. On Friday, the bride revealed the fairytale dress to the public for the first time on Instagram. The wedding was followed up by a six-hour close-friends-and-family brunch at the boutique Ace Hotel. Vogue Magazine had the exclusive rights to the the photos
Tennis champions Serena Williams married Reddit co founder Alexis Ohanian in a Beauty and the Beast themed wedding on Friday.

The WEDDING took place at the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans, with the pair surrounded by a bevy of friends, families and A-listers for the Beauty and the Beast-themed bash.

Photos of the event taken exclusively by Vogue magazine show Williams, 36 looking radiant in the flowing, lacy white Alexander McQueen dress, which was crafted by creative director Sarah Burton.
Williams then swapped that for a shorter, though no less beautiful, Versace number for the first dance, which saw the newlywed couple dancing to ‘Tale As Old As Time’ – a tune in line with the wedding’s theme, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The groom Alexis Ohanian, 34 also looked exceptionally dapper suited up in Armani.

Photos: Serena Williams Marries Alexis Ohanian With Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, Kim Kardashian In Attendance

In addition to Serena’s beautiful dresses, the renown sports woman sparkled in jewelry by XIV Karats, worth $3.5 million.

The wedding had in attendance star guests including Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, Kelly Rowland, Ciara, Vogue editor Anna Wintour, Lala Anthony etc.

Sadly, one family member who was there only in spirit was Ohanian’s mother, who passed away nine years ago. The couple acknowledged her by holding the event on November 16 – her birthday.
‘It is her birthday, and we wanted her to be represented at the wedding,’ Serena said.
‘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.’

Photos: Serena Williams Marries Alexis Ohanian With Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, Kim Kardashian In Attendance

The proposal – which came 18 months after the pair met by chance at a cafe in Rome – was just as thoughtfully organized.
‘I came home one day to find my bags already packed for me, and I had absolutely no idea where I was going until I got on the flight,’ Serena told Vogue.
‘Alexis flew me out to Rome, back to the exact table where we’d met. We were both really nervous but also excited to take this huge step. It was such a beautiful moment.’

As Serena walked the final dress – a princess gown with Disney-appropriate cape, with $3.5 million of diamond jewelry to accompany it – down the aisle, she was watched by a celebrity-packed audience.

Photos: Serena Williams Marries Alexis Ohanian With Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, Kim Kardashian In Attendance
Star-studded audience: Kim Kardashian (far left), Kelly Rowland and Beyoncé (center), LaLa Anthony (second from right) and Ciara were all in attendance at the wedding

Kim Kardashian, Ciara, Beyoncé – and Jay-Z, who flew in to pay his respects but then had to immediately fly out to North Carolina for a concert – and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour were all spotted sitting on sofas facing the aisle.