Tennis star Serena Williams is secretly making plans to wed the millionaire entrepreneur father of her baby daughter in a romantic ceremony in New Orleans, DailyMailTV can exclusively reveal.
New mom Serena and Reddit co-founder fiancé Alexis Ohanian took a private jet day trip from her Florida home to meet with their wedding planner in the Big Easy early Monday morning.
After a day of discussing arrangements and looking at prospective venues, the couple arrived home in time to see six-week-old daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. before bed-time.
The 36-year-old Wimbledon favorite and holder of 23 Grand Slam titles looked in great shape, so soon after the birth of her first child, as she arrived in the city wearing black leggings and a black leather motorcycle jacket over a t-shirt emblazoned with the word ‘pretty,’ with the ‘r’ crossed out.
Wedding planner: Serena Williams was beaming during her day trip to New Orleans on Monday morning as she secretly planned her romantic wedding ceremony which is set to take place this fall
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The couple, who became engaged in December 2016, announced they would marry after their child was born. The pair flew from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida via private jet to meet their wedding planner in the Big Easy and visited multiple prospective venues around the cultural city
The 36-year-old new mom was in high spirits and looked in great shape just six weeks after giving birth to her baby girl. She looked comfy as she sported a leather jacket, white t-shirt, black leggings and her black and gold Nike Cortez sneakers
Living large: The couple flew out in a private jet just on Monday and returned to her Florida home later that day
Baby joy: Serena gave birth to Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr, on September 1. She has been keeping her millions of fans up-to-speed with baby Alexis’s early days with regular Instagram posts and Snapchat photos
And while she left her daughter at her multi-million dollar home, near Palm Beach Gardens, Serena did bring along her beloved mini Yorkshire Terrier, Chip, who regularly appears in her social media postings.
Chip appeared to be enjoying the trip as well as the cute little pup was spotted wearing a black vest and riding in the front seat of the couple’s private car.
Ohanian was also pictured playing around with the furry pet and was seen hoisting the dog ‘Simba-style.’
Serena, regarded by many as the greatest female tennis player of all time, and her 34-year-old husband-to-be, considered a number of venues and spent more than an hour inside Meril, an upscale restaurant, in the city’s warehouse district, owned by celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse.
They were joined by a wedding planner and are believed to have discussed menu options and other arrangements for their big day, which Serena herself has hinted would be before her planned return to tennis next January at the Australian Open.
The star athlete won the 2017 Australian Open while secretly pregnant with her daughter and recently revealed that the initials of the baby’s name AO, for Australian Open, reflected the triumph.
Her victory at the tournament was actually reason she believe she was having a girl, she said in an interview with Vogue.
Busy day ahead! Serena and her crew appeared to be having a good time as they strolled through the city in preparation for the nuptials
Emotional support: The couple left their six-week-old baby girl Alexis Olympia back home but brought along Serena’s adorable Yorkshire Terrier, Chip
Having fun? Ohanian was also pictured playing around with the furry pet and was seen hoisting the dog ‘Simba-style.’
Chip appeared to be enjoying the trip as well as the cute little pup was spotted wearing a black vest and riding in the front seat of the couple’s private car
‘Two weeks after we found out [about the pregnancy], I played the Australian Open,’ she said.
‘I told Alexis it has to be a girl because I was playing in 100-degree weather, and that baby never gave me any trouble. Ride or die. Women are tough that way.’
Although Serena has been busy basking in the new joys of motherhood, she publicly said she has no plans to retire from tennis any time soon.
‘I don’t think my story is over yet,’ she recently said in an interview with Vanity Fair.
The magazine states that the wedding would be this autumn, but Serena has kept mum about the exact date or where exactly it’ll take place.
It’s unclear why the couple seem to have chosen New Orleans as the location for the wedding, but it could be just because the couple is a fan of the city’s famous French-Creole culture and architecture.
Weeks after giving birth, the tennis champ has been keeping her millions of fans up to speed with baby Alexis’s early days with regular Instagram posts and pictures.
Serena recently shared adorable selfies with her baby girl on Snapchat, where she is seen softly kissing her daughter on her forehead.
The tennis star looked calm, cool, and collected as she made arrangements for her big day. At one point she even stopped to take selfies with fans
Where to next? The group appeared to take a break in the street before moving on to their next destination
Snack time: Serena was seen munching on a snack while chatting with her crew
Let’s eat: The group spent more than an hour inside Meril, an upmarket restaurant, in the city’s warehouse district, owned by celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse
Potential wedding venue? Serena and her planning team are believed to have discussed menu options and other arrangements for the wedding
The Olympic Gold medalist revealed that she spent six days in the hospital after Alexis’s arrival due to complications, but didn’t go into detail about what type of complications the athlete experienced.
She and the 6ft 5in tall Brooklyn-born Oharian secretly got engaged last Christmas, having met 12 months earlier at the Italian Open in Rome.
While still at college, Ohanian and a friend came up with the concept for Reddit, a website self-described as ‘the front page of the Internet,’ in which users interact and respond to a myriad of topics that interest them.
The number of users went up rapidly, and, in 2006, 16 months after launching it, he and Huffman, still in their early 20s, sold the company to Condé Nast for a reported $10 to $15 million.
This is a potential venue Serena and Alexis could be looking into for their upcoming wedding. Delmonico, an upscale Creole restaurant located in New Orlean’s famed St Charles Avenue, is also owned by famed TV chef Emeril
Fit for a wedding reception? An interior shot of Delmonico shows the venue could be the ideal setting for a wedding reception
Antoine’s Restaurant could be another prospective setting for the couple’s big day. The restaurant is located in New Orlean’s French Quarter and serves French-Creole cuisine
Commander’s Palace Restaurant is considered to be one of the most famous restaurants in New Orleans and is known for it’s giant dining space complete with swanky old-style chandeliers