In 2017, the great tennis player Serena Williams‘ The beauty and the Beast-Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian’s themed wedding rivaled that of any princess. The expensive dress she wore down the aisle was created by the same designer Kate Middleton chose when she married Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. According to Vogue, Williams’ wedding dress costs more than Middleton’s, as well as those worn by Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco, and Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece.
After her ceremony, Williams appeared in two more designer creations. She dined in an elegant beaded dress and then sported a feathered mini dress and dazzling Nikes. So much the better for dancing the night away.
Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian got engaged at the hotel where they first met
Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian met in 2015 while staying at Hotel Cavalieri in Rome, Italy. Williams was preparing to compete at the Italian Open. Ohanian was speaking at a conference on Internet technologies. When they both missed the hotel’s breakfast buffet, they met at adjacent tables by the pool.
“I was so annoyed that he sat next to me. There were so many empty tables,” Serena shared in an interview with vogue. In an unsuccessful attempt to scare him away, his assistant told Ohanian that he had to move because there was a rat near his table. Ohanian was undeterred, and Williams eventually offered what he called “an invitation to Los Angeles” for her next match in Paris.
“She extended the invitation to me with no intention of accepting me,” he told Stephen Colbert. Ohanian lied and said he would also be in Paris this weekend. “Well, I was like, look, I’m an entrepreneur and you kind of have to say yes by default in certain situations and trust your instincts.”
Eighteen months after their first date in Paris, Ohanian proposed to her at the same table where they met, adorned with flowers and a plastic rat. Their star-studded wedding took place at the Center for Contemporary Art in New Orleans, Louisiana on Nov. 16, the birthday of Ohanian’s late mother.
The emerald-cut diamond estimated at 12 carats that Ohanian gave her is valued at around $3 million. Brides ranked it 15th on “20 of the Most Expensive Celebrity Engagement Rings of All Time”.
The Irish Women’s Website, His, called the ring “fucking huge” and posted a picture of little Olympia Ohanian’s Instagram to prove it. Taken as the baby is lounging in leopard print on her mother’s lap, the stone and its fabulous setting are breathtaking. “Dad knows how much I love leopard print,” the caption shyly states.
Williams walked down the aisle in the most expensive celebrity dress ever worn
Serena Williams’ spectacular dress featured a sweetheart bodice, a full layered chiffon skirt and a sparkly princess-like cape. Sport Skeeda reports that Williams chose the designer on the advice of her friend Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue. “For the first dress, when Anna Wintour asked me what I wanted to wear, I said, ‘A cape, I just want to wear a cape.’ She said, “Well, Sarah Burton with Alexander McQueen is for you.”
“I flew to London to meet Sarah and ended up falling in love with the prom dress silhouette, which is the complete opposite of what I ever thought I would choose for myself,” said Williams told Vogue. “I loved the idea of making a really dramatic prom dress, and it turned out to be an incredibly special piece.” Williams chose to wear traditional white, carried a bouquet of white roses and wore jewelry from XIV Karats of Beverly Hills. Sportskeeda valued his attire at $3.5 million.
“Thank you Anne. Thank you Sarah. I felt like both a princess and a superwoman,” Williams recalled.
Serena Williams wore two different dresses to the reception
At the dinner reception, Serena Williams appeared in a white Versace dress adorned with pearls and feathers. According to Donatella Versace, as reported by Vogue, five embroiderers “worked tirelessly to ensure that the smallest details were perfectly taken care of, for a total of 1,500 hours”.
After dinner, Williams changed into a white Versace evening gown with a beaded bodice and feathered mini skirt. During a surprise New Edition performance, she paired it with the sparkling Nike Cortez sneakers she would have worn down the aisle.
Her wedding party also ditched their long skirts after the ceremony. Brides Magazine executive director Lisa Gooder tells E! News (seen on Youtube), “All the bridesmaids had convertible dresses. … They were from Galia Lahav. They had a lot of sparkle, but the skirt came off, so they wore shorter dresses for the night.
Other famous brides have also chosen shorter wedding dresses and not just for the reception. Good morning! reports that Kourtney Kardashian married Travis Barker in a Dolce & Gabbana lace mini dress. Spice Girls member Emma Bunton said her vows in a mesh-sleeved mini dress by Miu Miu that also featured a cape. Keira Knightly loved her Chanel mini with its flowing tulle skirt so much that she wore it on the red carpet and down the aisle. Which style do you prefer?
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