Serena Williams & Alexis Ohanian’s wedding had a ‘Beauty & the Beast’ theme

Stars pose in their best attire for the 2017 Met Gala

Serena Williams really did it. Serena married Alexis Ohanian in New Orleans on Thursday, in what seemed like a grand, black-tie affair at the Contemporary Arts Center. Wedding guests wore full-on gowns and tuxedos, and there was a theme: Beauty and the Beast. Seriously! Arguably the Greatest of All Time had a Beauty-and-the-Beast-themed wedding. I’m still trying to process that. Serena and Alexis arrived in New Orleans earlier this week, and they seemed to do a full-on wedding extravaganza, involving a rehearsal dinner for 100 guests and a star-studded bachelorette party in New York last week. The bride wore a custom wedding gown by Galia Lahav. Alexis and Serena haven’t posted any photos yet!

Wedding guests included: Venus Williams & her hot, low-key model boyfriend (for real), Kim Kardashian, Caroline Wozniacki, Colton Haynes, Ciara, Russell Wilson, Kelly Rowland, LaLa Anthony, Eva Longoria, Larsa Pippen, Boris Kodjoe, Selita Ebanks, Cynthia Erivo, assorted family members (I saw photos of her mom but not her dad?) and various members of Team Serena, included her forever manager. I didn’t see photos of Beyonce, but she was reportedly in attendance. Weirdly enough, Serena’s ex-boyfriend and current coach Patrick Mouratoglou did not attend. I don’t even think they’ve seen each other in months, which is crazy. She’s supposed to be training for the Australian Open! Patrick did post a lovely Instagram about her wedding though:

So… congrats to Serena, Alexis and AO Junior. They really are calling their baby girl “Junior” which is sort of cute to me, even if I want them to call her AJ, for Alexis Junior. Here’s the real question, and I know I’m being a Debbie Downer about this, but: is Alexis Senior really The One? Would Serena really have married Alexis if she didn’t get pregnant? The reason why I think Alexis and Serena will work, long-term, is because he seems more than content to let her be “the star” in their relationship. Like, he’s fine taking the backseat to Serena and her career. And she needed that. So… it will work, I hope.

Stars pose in their best attire for the 2017 Met Gala

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  1. Ib says:

    BUT WERE HARRY AND MEGHAN THERE? Plzzzz gossip genie tell me so!

  2. darkladi says:

    Congratulations to them. Serena seems so happy & he’s a handsome dude.
    But Beauty & the Beast theme? Christ- I can hear the racist trolls already.

  3. JA says:

    I get the same feeling about them. He gives her what she needs at the moment and he’s happy to do that, for how long that will last, who knows but that’s with any marriage. But yea don’t get the sense of truly, madly, everlasting love.

  4. KP says:

    Oh I think so! Everything I hear about them they seem so smitten. I love them. I love that they have a dynamic that works for them.

    Also, I love that they made there daughter a ‘junior,’ but I hate AJ. I hate initial names in general.

  5. Squiggisbig says:

    Not sure if Alexis is the one but he definitely seems best suited for her out of everyone she’s dated. Drake was too immature, Common’s career seems incompatible with hers although they were cute together, her relationship w/ her tennis coach seemed messy. Also everyone seems to have forgotten that she dated Brett Rattner. She could have, and has, done a lot worse than Alexis!

  6. Lila says:

    My 8 year old niece just had a Beauty and Beast Birthday party, but hey I can see it working as a Wedding theme. Party City had all the decorations for it.

  7. V4Real says:

    Congrats. I hope they live happily ever after. He is handsome.

  8. Starryfish says:

    Given that they were planning to get married before she got pregnant, I think it’s fair to assume that the baby isn’t why they got married. From everything I’ve seen they seem totally happy and in love, they are both super successful in separate worlds so there’s nothing to be competitive about, it’s not necessarily an imbalance of power but rather two separate spheres of power. Those seem to be the type of relationships that work.

  9. minx says:

    Congrats, hope they have a long and happy.

  10. cr says:

    “Would Serena really have married Alexis if she didn’t get pregnant?”
    They were engaged before she found out she was pregnant.

  11. marmalazed says:

    The “One”? What is this, junior high? He’s her husband and father of her child. End of story.

  12. aquarius64 says:

    Congrats to Serena and Alexis. But I’m not feeling the Beauty and the Beast theme for a bride in her thirties. Be Our Guest was played as the guests entered the room getting a cocktail. And she sold the pictures to Vogue. I’ll have to see the pictures for a final opinion.

  13. Valiantly Varnished says:

    They were engaged before she got pregnant so I think it’s safe to say that they wanted to get married. As for him giving her what she needs, isn’t that what marriage is anyway? We marry people who fulfill what we need in a relationship. Anyway, congrats to Serena and Alexis. I won’t put any negative energy on them – they seem like a solid couple.

  14. Dj Jazzy Jen says:

    I thought Beyoncé was going, I would be surprised if she didn’t considering she and Serena seem fairly close.

  15. Lizzie says:

    Alexis is like – wildly successful. He’s a major star in his own industry. I’m not sure I would categorize it as him taking a backseat to her. I think they are two successful, driven people who respect each other’s careers. Best wishes to them!

  16. Radley says:

    Many congrats to the happy couple.

  17. JeanGenie says:

    Patrick is smokin’ hot. Maybe Alexis prefers him at a distance when Serena’s not practicing. In the least, I can see why an average looking person wouldn’t want his partner’s gorgeous ex-lover appearing at the wedding.

    • Princessk says:

      I have seen Alexis sneaking a glance at Patrick, and oh if looks could kill!
      I think Alexis feels very uncomfortable with Patrick around because Serena is still very close to him. Now that they are married with a kid hopefully Alexis will feel more secure. I think Serena was deeply in love with Patrick and it is a wonder that they have been able to continue their tennis partnership given the emotions. There is a film with a bit where Patrick and Serena do a very sensual modern dance, you know him lifting her up, balancing her and swinging her around…..they really understand each other. But Patrick would not commit. Everybody on the tennis scene knew they were a hot couple. I wonder now if Serena will sell her lavish Paris apartment and let lapse the French she has tried so hard to learn.

      • Jayna says:

        They broke up in 2014. That’s three years ago. The guy was married, and Serena had an affair with him. And it broke up his marriage. A lot of people have a hot relationship and then it fizzles, the charming man who sweeps you off your feet for about a year and then it’s over and they pull away. If he fell out of love with her in a year, he’s not her soulmate no matter how in love with him she was FYI. He moved on to a pretty woman and has a baby , and he posts lots of photos of him and his girlfriend and of his baby. Maybe neither one wanted him there. Patrick would bring the woman he’s settled down with. Maybe Serena doesn’t like her. Who knows why they weren’t invited. Patrick is hot and sexy, but everybody always says that you lose them how you get them. Maybe he cheated on her too, or maybe too really strong personalities and egos eventually fizzle out and can’t work. I would imagine having your coach as a boyfriend could be just as bad as it would be good for the relationship.

        But at least they were able to move past the relationship and keep a professional relationship. And they’ve both moved on.

        Patrick and partner.

    • Nopity Nope says:

      Yes, but…Patrick already moved on and is in a relationship with another lovely woman AND they have a baby of their own. He seems quite taken with his new family in all the photos from his IG.

  18. Jenn says:

    I’ve seen videos of them together and he simply adores her. It’s cute.

  19. Donna says:

    I hope the wedding was as perfect as they wanted it to be and that they have a lifetime of happiness together.

  20. Annie S. says:

    I love that Serena and Alexis call their daughter Junior (though I assumed they were using Olympia, because that’s the name of her Instagram account). Reminds me of Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert’s daughter, who is Iman Junior but called Junie for short.

  21. bonobochick says:

    I thought Venus and Elio broke up. Now I hope to see a pic of them at the wedding. He’s a hottie.

  22. Annetommy says:

    I wish them luck, but that’s a terrible dress.

    • Robin says:

      Yeah, the wedding dress itself is hideous and makes her look like she has no waist. The second one was much nicer, that should have been the wedding dress. And LOL at all the descriptions of the “star-studded” guest list…Kardashians? Really?

  23. Okie says:

    It seems like a bit of an odd couple but they work and I think they’re genuine. No need to be Debbie Downers.

  24. Mammabear says:

    Try hard Markel wasn’t invited.

  25. magnoliarose says:

    They seem suited. Alexis seems to adore her and proud of her. It may be that this is just a comfortable, easy good relationship and those can work.
    Mazel Tov and I wish them both luck and happiness. Right after I steal Junior that is. She is a little dumpling, and I would never stop cuddling her. :)

  26. Lindy says:

    Vanity Fair just did a piece about the wedding, which sounds crazy over the top! Three dress changes and a carousel. It also sounds like a really fun party for all the guests. The thing that struck me was just how much they seem to love each other. They wrote their own vows which were really sweet and lovely. Mazel tov to them both!