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Serena Williams reveals dress after post-wedding party

  • Williams and Ohanian married on Thursday in a Beauty and the Beast-themed ceremony in New Orleans
  • She wore a stunning white lace dress designed by Sarah Burton, Alexander McQueen's head designer
  • On Friday she revealed the dress to the public for the first time in a beautiful Instagram picture
  • Other photos show her walking down the aisle to new husband, Reddit founder Alexis Ohania
  • The wedding was followed up by a six-hour close-friends-and-family brunch at the boutique Ace Hotel

By James Wilkinson and Chris Spargo and Hannah Parry For Dailymail.com and Jose Lambiet In New Orleans For Dailymail.com

Published: 20:34 EST, 17 November 2017 | Updated: 21:14 EST, 17 November 2017

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Serena Williams' stunning wedding dress has finally been revealed in a series of photos taken during and after her ceremony with Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian.

The first glimpse was seen in an artfully shot photograph shared by Williams on her Instagram account, showing her surrounded by flowing lace layers in a softly lit purple room.

Shortly afterwards, Vogue showed off its own photos of the event itself, with Williams looking radiant in the flowing, lacy white Alexander McQueen dress crafted by head designer Sarah Burton.

Williams then swapped that for a shorter, though no less beautiful, number for the first dance, which saw the newlywed couple dancing to 'Tale As Old As Time' - a tune in line with the wedding's theme, Disney's Beauty and the Beast.

And on Friday Williams showcased the stamina that's made her a 23-time Grand Slam Champ, partying for a second day straight.

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Stunning: Serena Williams posted this photograph of her stunning wedding dress on Instagram Friday night, after dancing the day away with friends and family at a post-nupitals brunch
Stunning: Serena Williams posted this photograph of her stunning wedding dress on Instagram Friday night, after dancing the day away with friends and family at a post-nupitals brunch

Stunning: Serena Williams posted this photograph of her stunning wedding dress on Instagram Friday night, after dancing the day away with friends and family at a post-nupitals brunch

Beautiful: This photograph from Vogue shows Williams looking beautiful in her Alexander McQueen dress, which was created by the company's head designer, Sarah Burton.
Beautiful: This photograph from Vogue shows Williams looking beautiful in her Alexander McQueen dress, which was created by the company's head designer, Sarah Burton.

Beautiful: This photograph from Vogue shows Williams looking beautiful in her Alexander McQueen dress, which was created by the company's head designer, Sarah Burton.

Fairytale wedding: Williams then switched to another dress as she and new hubby Alexis Ohanian danced to 'Tale As Old As Time' from the Disney film Beauty and the Beast - which inspired the theme for the wedding.
Fairytale wedding: Williams then switched to another dress as she and new hubby Alexis Ohanian danced to 'Tale As Old As Time' from the Disney film Beauty and the Beast - which inspired the theme for the wedding.

Fairytale wedding: Williams then switched to another dress as she and new hubby Alexis Ohanian danced to 'Tale As Old As Time' from the Disney film Beauty and the Beast - which inspired the theme for the wedding.

Brunch bunch: Serena (left) and new hubby Alexis Ohanian rented out several floors of New Orleans' fashionable Ace Hotel on Friday for a brunch party that ran from noon-6pm
Brunch bunch: Serena (left) and new hubby Alexis Ohanian rented out several floors of New Orleans' fashionable Ace Hotel on Friday for a brunch party that ran from noon-6pm
Family: Her sister, Venus Williams, was seen chatting afterwards
Family: Her sister, Venus Williams, was seen chatting afterwards

Brunch bunch: Serena (left) and Ohanian rented out several floors of New Orleans' fashionable Ace Hotel on Friday for a brunch party that ran from noon-6pm. Her sister, Venus Williams (right), was seen chatting afterwards

For their post-party bash, the new couple - called 'Alexena' by their pals - rented several floors of New Orleans' upscale, boutique Ace Hotel for a brunch bash with friends and family on Friday afternoon. 

The shindig was intended to run from noon to 4pm, but the pair were seen dancing wildly until about 6pm, with Serena wearing a tight, short white dress as she grooved next to her sister, Venus.

After the event finally died down, Serena posted up as photograph of herself on Instagram in her stunning wedding dress.

The party included a buffet, Gatorade and a classic video game arcade with machines including Pac-Man and Super Mario Bros. 

Ohanian, meanwhile, was spotted outside the shindig chatting with Williams' family members.

As the party wound down, the couple repeated their stealthy wedding departure, slipping out of the back doors and into a   

In the end, like at the wedding, Alexena slipped through the back door and into a limousine that whisked them away to their airport.

The party followed a celeb-packed wedding event at the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans, where they were surrounded by a bevy of friends, families and A-listers, including their two-month-old daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr, and Venus.

Also at the Beauty-and-the-Beast-themed bash were Kim Kardashian, Beyonce, and the members of New Edition, who played a five-song set during the reception.

They were all spotted arriving at the venue's VIP entrance for the biggest celebrity wedding in recent years.

Celebration: Williams and Ohanian are seen here at the bunch celebration chatting with a guest. The intimate affair was only for family and close friends, and the couple sneaked away out of a rear exit after it was over
Celebration: Williams and Ohanian are seen here at the bunch celebration chatting with a guest. The intimate affair was only for family and close friends, and the couple sneaked away out of a rear exit after it was over

Celebration: Williams and Ohanian are seen here at the bunch celebration chatting with a guest. The intimate affair was only for family and close friends, and the couple sneaked away out of a rear exit after it was over

Fond farewells: Ohanian - who made a fortune as the founder of massive online forum Reddit - is seen here saying goodbye to guests after their shindig
Fond farewells: Ohanian - who made a fortune as the founder of massive online forum Reddit - is seen here saying goodbye to guests after their shindig

Fond farewells: Ohanian - who made a fortune as the founder of massive online forum Reddit - is seen here saying goodbye to guests after their shindig

Guests were also gifted one of Williams' unique golden trophy party favors. 

Each guest table at the event had been named after one of 12 of Williams' grand slam titles, and her favors were recreations of the trophies she received for each corresponding title.

Jay Z was so dedicated to being there for Serena's big day that he attended the event despite having to jet off to North Carolina immediately after to perform at his next tour stop.

He was not seen arriving at the venue, but DailyMail.com overheard a transmission just moments before a Cadillac SUV pulled in that said: 'Jay Z party on the way.'  His mother Gloria was seen as she climbed off a plane alongside Beyonce.

Editor-in-chief of Vogue Anna Wintour was seen arriving at the event, with her magazine having an exclusive on the images. Cellphones are reportedly banned from the ceremony. 

She was later spotted at the bar for the cocktail reception in a closed-off street outside the Contemporary Arts Center.

Serena, 36, was not spotted at all as she hid between tinted windows and managed to dart into the venue out of sight thanks to the tenting covering most of the parking lot.

DailyMail.com did capture Isha Price sitting in the front seat of a chauffeured car as it pulled in on Thursday, with Serena's older sister appearing to be in a green velvet look.  

Time to party! Venus Williams twerked on the dance floor as she partied with sister Serena after her wedding on Thursday in New Orleans
Time to party! Venus Williams twerked on the dance floor as she partied with sister Serena after her wedding on Thursday in New Orleans
Twerk it: Venus gets down at her sister's bash
Twerk it: Venus gets down at her sister's bash

Time to party! Venus Williams twerked on the dance floor as she partied with sister Serena after her wedding on Thursday in New Orleans

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