Serena Williams shares wedding photos in new interview


Tennis icon Serena Williams married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in New Orleans Thursday, and gave the first official photos to Vogue magazine to share.

The ceremony was in front of 200 guests made up of family and friends -- Venus Williams, Beyonce, Kim Kardashian Anna Wintour, Ciara and the newlyweds’ 2-month-old daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. among them. 

>> Read more trending news

Williams detailed her big day for Vogue in a story published Friday.

“Alexis really wanted to do New Orleans. It’s his favorite city besides Brooklyn,” Williams said. “It’s got a heavy European influence; it’s fun and has amazing food. He just loves the vibe. The venue—the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans—was a decision we both made. Painting and art is something I’m really passionate about, so it just felt natural and different to do it at a contemporary art museum.”

The wedding date  -- Nov. 16 -- held special importance for both as it was Ohanian’s late mother’s birthday.

“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,” Williams told Vogue.

The “Beauty and the Beast” themed wedding included a Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen ball gown that Williams walked down the aisle in. The venue was designed similar to a fashion show.

“I wanted the whole thing to be as nontraditional as possible,” Williams said. “We did sofas instead of chairs, with everything facing the aisle instead of the altar.”

Baby Alexis was carried down the aisle by Williams’ mother, Oracene Price, and Williams’ best friend, Val Vogt, carried the athletes Yorkshire terrier, Chip, down the aisle. The dog, which Williams has referred to as her son, wore a tiny tuxedo and top hat.

The two exchanged personally written vows to each other before changing outfits for the reception. In between the ceremony and reception, guests were at a cocktail hour outside. A second line parade brought guests back inside, where guests dined on Southern, Armenian and Italian food at four long tables named after Williams’ Grand Slam wins.

“Serena wanted a ball, but she wanted a modern ball, not anything that was too stuffy,” event designer Preston Bailey said of the reception.

Williams changed into a custom feathered and beaded Versace dress after the couple was introduced as Mr. and Mrs. Alexis Ohanian. The newlyweds did a choreographed first dance and later in the evening danced on stage as New Edition performed.

Early Friday morning, the event ended with a surprise: Ohanian brought out a carousel for his new bride.

Read more about Williams and Ohanian’s wedding at Vogue.com.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Nation World

’Barefoot Contessa’ Ina Garten shows off fancy $15,500 stove
’Barefoot Contessa’ Ina Garten shows off fancy $15,500 stove

“Barefoot Contessa” Ina Garten just took upgrading your appliances to a whole new level. >> Read more trending news  The Food Network star and celebrity chef took to social media last week to show off a new, stunning stove that she just added to the kitchen of her Manhattan apartment. “First day cooking on my new @lacanche_us...
Man wanted in Cincinnati for climbing in unlocked window, assaulting woman
Man wanted in Cincinnati for climbing in unlocked window, assaulting woman

Cincinnati authorities are searching for a man with distinctive tattoos covering his face and neck, who is accused of climbing through an unlocked house window and assaulting a woman. >> Read more trending news  Michael Mann, 34, is wanted for aggravated burglary and domestic violence. According to police reports, Mann entered the woman's...
Man with tattooed face wanted for climbing in unlocked window, assaulting woman
Man with tattooed face wanted for climbing in unlocked window, assaulting woman

Ohio authorities are searching for a man with distinctive tattoos covering his face and neck, who is  accused of climbing through an unlocked window at a Cincinnati home and assaulting a woman. >> Read more trending news  Michael Mann, 34, is wanted for aggravated burglary and domestic violence. According to police reports...
Champaign County graduate dies in Montgomery County Jail
Champaign County graduate dies in Montgomery County Jail

An inmate who died while being held at the Montgomery County Jail was a Graham High School graduate, family members said. Dillon Abplanalp, 28, was found unresponsive in his cell at the jail early Monday morning, following what is believed to be a medical emergency. » RELATED: Police: Man who died in jail arrested with 38 syringes, stolen gun...
Want a better memory and a happier life? Eat more curry, study says
Want a better memory and a happier life? Eat more curry, study says

Want to improve your memory and live a happier life? Try adding more curry to your diet, a new report suggests.  >> Read more trending news  Researchers from the University of California Los Angeles recently conducted an experiment, published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, to determine how curcumin, the chemical...
More Stories