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Inside Serena Williams’ A-list wedding to Alexis Ohanian

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Serena Williams explains inspiration behind 'French ball'-themed wedding to Alexis Ohanian

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Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian attend The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between" in New York, May 1, 2017.

Breathtaking photos and details are finally leaking out about Serena Williams' celebrity-filled wedding to Reddit co-founder, Alexis Ohanian.

The bride wore a custom Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen ball gown down the aisle Thursday, according to Vogue magazine.

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Williams, 36, and Ohanian, 34, exchanged vows inside the Big Easy's Contemporary Arts Center. The couple chose French ball-themed nuptials with influence from "Beauty and the Beast." And apparently the groom chose New Orleans as the locale for the couple's highly-anticipated wedding.

"Alexis really wanted to do New Orleans," Williams told the fashion magazine. "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."

@serenawilliams: You are the greatest of all time, not just in sport–I’m talking about as a mother and as a wife. I am so excited to write so many more chapters of our fairy tale together. And my whole life I didn’t even realize it, but I was waiting for this moment. 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. And I am so grateful, and I am so in love. ?? @melbarlowandco @allanzepedaphotography

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Guests included A-listers such as Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian West, La La Anthony, Eva Longoria and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

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Serena Williams weds Alexis Ohanian in New Orleans Serena Williams is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian

@serenawilliams married @alexisohanian in a stunning Sarah Burton for @alexandermcqueen princess gown. Tap the link in our bio for more exclusive photos from the star-studded celebration. Photographed by @mistadubb and @ericamelissa_.

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And the wedding date, Nov. 16, was also very special to the groom — it was his late mother's birthday.

"Obviously, we wish that she could be here for this, but choosing her birthday as our wedding date was a nice way of making sure she’s still involved and made us feel more connected to her on our day," the tennis star explained.

What an incredible wedding. We are so honored to have been given such a special role documenting Serena & Alexis' wedding extravaganza! Couldn't have done it without shooting side by side @allanzepedaphotography and our co-shooters @mistadubb & @ericamelissa_ @victorianinette @ahmetze @melbarlow @allanzepeda . The beautiful couple @serenawilliams @alexisohanian and of course our brilliant team @jzevents @overthemoon @brides @prestonrbailey @telicialee @lovegoodrentals @creativeedgeparties @alexandermcqueen @elanartists @voguemagazine

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Official. ?? @melbarlowandco @allanzepedaphotography

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During the wedding reception, which featured a performance by R&B group New Edition, Williams changed into a Versace gown. And during the after-party, an entirely separate affair, she changed yet again to a shorter dress and tennis shoes — of course! It was easier for the bride to enjoy a carousel that guests, including Beyonce, could ride.

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After tying the knot with @alexisohanian last night, @serenawilliams debuted her second dress of the evening, a dramatic beaded, feathered @versace_official moment that made her look like a fashion-forward superwoman. Tap the link our bio to see all the stunning photos. Photographed by @melbarlowandco and @allanzepedaphotography.

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A Surprise carousel reveal from Alexis to Serena at the after party! ?? #dizzyonlove #neworleans [email protected] photo team(@allanzepedaphotography @melbarlow @mistadubb @ericamelissa_ @victorianinette @thedragonflyphoto @ahmetze) @serenawilliams @natashagrossmakeupartist @prestonrbailey

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The newlyweds became engaged last December with Ohanian announcing the news on Facebook.

Four months later, Williams revealed they were expecting their first child, a daughter named Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., whom they welcomed in September.

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