They are not just tennis players, they are stars
Serena was ravishing in white on Wednesday night as she donned a Versace couture gown for her rehearsal dinner in New Orleans.
The bride-to-be, 36, was joined by a select group of family and friends including her mother and coach Oracene Price, sisters Venus, Isha and Lyndrea and celeb pals Colton Haynes, Eva Longoria, Cynthia Erivo, Selita Ebanks, Caroline Wozniacki and Nicole Ari Parker with husband Boris Kodjoe at the event, held at Emeril Lagasse's new eatery Meril.
And Lagase himself showed up to the restaurant at 4:30pm to prepare for his famous guests, shutting down the facility for the evening to accommodate the party.
Serena is set to walk down the aisle on Thursday, marrying millionaire Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian in a dream wedding that will take place at The Contemporary Art Center, as first reported by DailyMail.com.
Thursday night's affair was a bit more low-key, however, with Serena staying true to her tennis roots by pairing Nikes with her gown, designed by good friend Donatella Versace.
Her couture pieces start in the five-figure range and can cost well over $100,000, with the exquisite detailing all hand-stitched using crystals and pearls.
It is unclear if Serena wore the sneakers all night or just as she left the venue with her ladies.
The greatest female athlete of all time was photographed shortly after midnight as a bodyguard escorted her to a waiting vehicle to take her back to the $1.6 million mansion she is staying in this week.
Among those who were seen getting out of the car with Serena at her New Orleans rental was her nephew Jair.
He is the teenage son of Serena's late sister Yetunde, who was murdered in a 2003 shooting when a gang member opened fire on her believing her vehicle was that of a rival.
Jair, the youngest of Yetunde's three children, posted a photo with a tear streaming down his face after the dinner on Wednesday, writing: 'Real eye re cry's.'
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