"We did sofas instead of chairs, with everything facing the aisle instead of the altar."As for the date, it actually had an incredibly special meaning.Serena and Alexis chose to marry on November 16 as a way to honor his late mother, who died 9 years ago.And everything that I have done, everything that I am so proud of in my career, and in my life, for the last 34 years, pales in comparison to what we’re doing today. 📸 @melbarlowandco @allanzepedaphotography Each one of my groomsmen is a best friend who also represents a different period of my life.Jon: childhood Huu: @uva Steve: @reddit Michael: my book & tour, Without Their Permission Garry: Initialized Capital To be rich with great friends is a privilege -- and it's no surprise that they all love my bride.Tap the link in our bio to see the exclusive first photos from their fairytale wedding in New Orleans.Photographed by @melbarlowandco and @[email protected]: You are the greatest of all time, not just in sport--I’m talking about as a mother and as a wife.At the party, New Edition delivered a surprise performance -- as did Tony-winning Broadway star Cynthia Erivo.
Serena Williams has been in the spotlight since she was 16 years old. I don't want to get too happy because I want to stay focused."Call Williams surprised when she found out she was pregnant right before Australia, too—another life-altering event (she took six home pregnancy tests, just to be sure) that, like her engagement, didn't prevent her from winning the championship at what would be her last tournament until after the baby arrived. Words can't describe," Venus told ESPN before taking the court, where she handily dispatched her opponent in straight sets.SEE ALSO: Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian tie the knot in gorgeous New Orleans ceremony The top-secret affair was kept largely off of social media for the first 24 hours, so details of the "Beauty and the Beast"-themed nuptials were scarce.Paparazzi photos from outside the ceremony and reception showed a star-studded crowd -- also including Eva Longoria, La La Anthony, Tina Knowles and Caroline Wozniacki -- and inside Serena and Alexis danced their first dance to "Tale As Old As Time." "Be Our Guest" played as guests entered the reception.(Photo by Jackson Lee/Film Magic)NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Alexis Ohanian and Serena Williams attend the 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City.(Photo by Karwai Tang/Wire Image) It was a non-traditional affair, which is exactly what Serena wanted."I wanted the whole thing to be as nontraditional as possible,” explained Serena.