Here’s an Inside Look at the 3 Gorgeous Gowns Serena Williams Wore to Her Fairytale Wedding


This has been a life-changing year for tennis superstar Serena Williams and co-founder of Reddit, Alexis Ohanian. The pair found out they were expecting their first child at the start of 2017, just weeks after they were engaged, and they’ve been planning their extravagant New Orleans wedding for the last few months.

Once Serena recovered from giving birth to their beautiful daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., in early September, they firmed up a wedding date: November 16th, 2017. Talk about a busy couple months.

Two hundred family and friends — including Beyoncé, Meghan Markle, Anna Wintour and Kim Kardashian West — joined the happy couple to celebrate at the Contemporary Arts Center in NOLA that Thursday night.

According to Vogue, the New Orleans wedding was the perfect blend of Disney (Williams is a self-proclaimed Disney fanatic) and tennis themes, which is obviously the cornerstone of Williams’ life.

The couple provided a mouth-watering around-the-world buffet, which guests enjoyed at four long tables named after Serena’s Grand Slam wins. But the real show-stopper of the night were the three incredible wedding gowns that Williams wore throughout the event.

Here’s a breakdown of the luxe wardrobe changes Williams made throughout her big night:

For the Ceremony

Williams wore a stunning Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen ball gown for her walk down the aisle. The strapless dress fit Williams perfectly, with a satin ribbon to cinch her hourglass figure and an enormous, full skirt fit for a princess. To top it all off, a shimmery cape draped over her shoulders.

“I loved the idea of doing a really spectacular ball gown, and it has turned out to be such an incredibly special piece,” the athlete said of her jaw-dropping dress.

For the Reception

For her reception, Williams entered in a Donatella Versace gown. This second, more tight-fitted dress only added more drama to the bride’s opulent night, with a fabulous feather boa to top off the elegant look.

It took a team of five embroiderers to create the gown, which explains the exquisite detail on the bodice. Versace told Vogue they were working “nonstop to make sure the tiniest details were perfectly taken care of, for a total of 1,500 hours.”

For the First Dance

But wait, there’s more! Williams did one final change for the night, switching into something more comfortable for the couple’s choreographed first dance to “Tale As Old As Time.” Williams changed into another incredible Versace gown, this time with a fitted top and a short, feathery skirt. 

To see all three incredible dresses, as well as other inside footage from the magical day, make sure to watch the video below.