Serena Williams has married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in one of the biggest showbiz weddings of the year. A-listers including Beyonce, Kim Kardashian and Eva Longoria were at the star-studded bash which took place in New Orleans on Thursday.
The event had a Beauty and the Beast theme and included 200 people on the guest list, according to several media reports.
We learnt that an entire block of the city was sealed off for the event which was held at the Contemporary Arts Centre. The tennis champ, 36, threw a Beauty and the Beast-themed bash and held a cocktail reception in the street outside the venue.
The nuptials were shrouded in secrecy, and The Sun report hinted that even A-list attendees including Jay Z, Beyonce and Kim didn’t find out the exact details until the morning of the wedding.
Other guests included actress Eva Longoria, who attended with her husband Jose Baston. The former Desperate Housewives star looked stunning in a long, blue, sparkly gown. Nobody expected Kim Kardashian to miss out. She was spotted jetting into New Orleans ahead of the ceremony, and she saved time by getting changed in the airport before heading into town for the bash.
She arrived in grey tracksuit bottoms and an over-sized denim coat, which she swapped for a chic black dress before being driven to the wedding.
Serena’s sister Venus was among the guests along with her daughter Serena’s two-month-old daughter Alexis. Fellow tennis star Caroline Wozniacki – a close friend of Serena – wowed in a long blue dress as she attended with her new fiance, basketball player David Lee.
The nuptials are believed to have cost more than $1 million. A bar was set up outside and Vogue boss Anna Wintour was seen among the guests having a drink in the street.
A source told the Daily Mail, “Serena and Alexis have spared no expense on their dream wedding.
“They have hired the best of the best and can’t wait to get married in The Big Easy. It’s a special city for Serena and somewhere she has always loved.”
The couple – who have two-month-old daughter Alexis Jr. – started dating in 2015 and announced their engagement in December 2016.