Just when we thought that Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian’s wedding couldn’t possibly get any more gorgeous, the tennis superstar served up another to-die-for detail. Game, set, match. Serena Williams actually wore multiple wedding dresses on the big day, her second being a fabulous, feathery frock from Versace. Be still our beating bridal hearts.
By now, you’ve probably caught a peek of Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian’s wedding photos. If not, what are you doing with your life? Go. Go now. We’ll wait. To put it simply, the wedding day snapshots are ahh-maze-ing. The couple tied the knot just this week, on November 16, in a stunning ceremony in New Orleans.
“Alexis really wanted to do it here,” the bride told Vogue. “It’s his favorite city besides Brooklyn. It’s got a heavy European influence, it’s fun, and has amazing food. He just loves the vibe. The venue—the Contemporary Art 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 first gorgeous gown Serena donned to say I do was an out-of-this-world stunner by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen—the same designer who crafted the Duchess of Cambridge’s royal wedding dress!
“I worked with Sarah Burton from Alexander McQueen,” Serena told Vogue of how her first frock came to be. “I flew to London to meet with Sarah and ended up falling in love with the ball gown silhouette, which is completely the opposite of what I ever thought I would choose for myself. I loved the idea of doing a really spectacular ball gown, and it has turned out to be such an incredibly special piece.”
Yes, that dress—with its regal voluminous tulle skirt and elegantly embellished cape—was dreamy, but no less special was Serena's second wedding dress. At the reception, the star athlete shimmied into a dramatically embellished, feathery gown by Versace.
“For my second look, I wanted something equally as special and glamorous but also something that would be easier to move and dance in,” Serena explained. Check and check! Exquisitely beaded and covered in frothy feathers, the dress was tons of fun—and inspired by the bride herself!
"The inspiration was Serena herself," Donatella Versace told Vogue. "Everyone who knows me, knows also the fact that I design for the women and I always try to understand the personality of each of them before creating something. Each woman has a different style, it's like their own language."
"The base of the gown is made of French rebrodé lace," Donatella continued, explaining how the frock was embroidered with Chantilly lace inserts, countless Swarovski crystals, and 3-D petals made of silk platinum thread. It also featured 200 meters of French tulle, 100 meters of French lace, white feathers, and took a staggering 1,500 hours of handwork to complete.
So. Worth. It. The dazzling dress was perfect for dancing the night away at her and her hubby’s reception. And the new Mr. and Mrs. literally did just that! The reception and it’s after-party went on well into the night. What? You didn’t think the 23-time Grand slam singles champ had stamina?