Tennis superstar Serena Williams is used to hoisting trophies, but today, it looks like she’ll be carrying a wedding bouquet.
Music royalty Beyonce and Jay Z, along with actress Eva Longoria are among the A-listers reportedly convening in New Orleans for Williams’ wedding to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.
People and The Daily Mail, citing unnamed sources, have reported that about 250 guests will be invited to the ceremony at the Contemporary Arts Center in the Big Easy.
The Daily Mail said the wedding planning has been shrouded in secrecy and guests would not learn the details until Thursday morning.
It said the event would cost more than $1 million and guests would be asked not to bring their cell phones because an exclusive photo deal has been signed with Vogue.
The picture perfect wedding will be kept under wraps however, with Williams reportedly banning cell phones and any photos from the event after signing an exclusive deal with her friend Anna Wintour to feature pictures from the event exclusively in Vogue.
Among those who will be on hand is Serena’s best friend Colton Haynes, who was spotted arriving in New Orleans on Tuesday night.
There will be approximately 250 guests at the ceremony, and it seems that the most important lady in Williams and Ohanian’s life will be playing a very big part in the ceremony.
‘Alexis will have a babysitter on hand just for her the entire night,’ the source told DailyMail.com.
‘Both parents wouldn’t dream of not having her there. She will be a part of the wedding as much as possible for an 11-week-old. They are totally and utterly besotted with her.’
Williams, 36, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, and Ohanian, 34, welcomed their first child, daughter Alexis Olympia, on September 1.
They announced their engagement in December after meeting in 2015 in Rome.
Williams and Ohanian announced their engagement just a few weeks before the big pregnancy news.
He did this by whisking her off to Rome, where the two had met after a chance encounter at their hotel two years prior.
The pair later detailed their romance in an interview with Vanity Fair, which began when Ohanian refused to move from a table Serena had wanted to use for her group while they ate breakfast.
Williams shared the news on Reddit by posting a poem, writing: ‘At the same table we first met by chance / This time he made it not by chance / But by choice / Down on one knee / He said 4 words / And I said yes.’
Ohanian, 33, later posted Williams’ poem to his Facebook account, writing: ‘She said yes.’
He also commented on her poem on Reddit, writing: ‘And you made me the happiest man on the planet.’
At the time the two did not realize that Serena was pregnant, and she initially refused to even take a pregnancy test when her friend recommended it just three days before the start of the Australian Open last January.
The test was positive. As were the five subsequent ones she took that night.
Serena’s initial response was shock and concern as to how she was going to be able to play starting Monday, and win Wimbledon in July, which she said had been her big goal for the the year.
That first hurdle proved to be no real challenger for Serena, who spent the following two weeks handily dispatching of each and every competitor she faced down in Melbourne – ending with a win in the finals over her sister Venus.
Serena’s older sister was one of the few who knew she was pregnant at that time, with Serena keeping the news private for weeks.
Williams won this year’s Australian Open while pregnant, and is expected to defend her title in Melbourne in 2018 — just four-and-a-half months after giving birth to her baby girl.