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Inside Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian’s Wedding (PHOTOS and LINK)

Tennis Champ Serena Williams wed Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian in a Beauty and the Beast-themed wedding at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans on Thursday. The photos to the elegant affair were released today,  Friday.

The event, held at the, featured an A-List of celebrity guests including her sister Venus Williams, singers Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and Ciara with their husbands , Kim Kardashian-West, actress Eva Longoria, Anna Wintour and more.

The reception started outdoors and spilled into the exposed brick wall lined gallery. The bridal party walked down a runway during their entrance. The bride wore a stunning Alexander McQueen princess gown and changed into another shorter and longer feathered Versace dress with blinged out custom Nikes.

Her daughter Olympia with her new husband was featured prominently at the event in a cute little flower girl dress, walked in being carried by  Serena’s mom Oracene Price. The couple said their personal vows over a floral arch.

Revived R&B 90s boy band group New Edition performed and Tony Award winner Cynthia Erivo did an impromptu performance of “A Natural Woman.” Serena and Alexis performing their choreographed first dance to “Tale As Old As Time.”

Guests walked home with party favors that were tiny tennis trophies with the names of famous tennis greats emblazoned on them. An antique carousel was featured prominently inside the gallery.

The reception included several banquet style tables with the bride and groom sitting in throne-like golden chairs.

Williams took to Instagram on Friday to share a stunning shot of herself in her Alexander McQueen princess gown and the Groom wore Giorgio Armani. You can see the beautiful photos over at Vogue which assembled a lovely slideshow! 

Run, Don’t Walk, to Disney On Ice Presents ‘Dare to Dream’ (REVIEW)

I am not sure what I loved most about the Disney On Ice production of  “Dare to Dream” that opened last night at the Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia: the choreography (especially the aerial above-ice acrobatics), the bright and flamboyant costuming, the pyrotechnics or the overall production.

I do know that if you live in a home of Disney movie fanatics (or Disney in general), you’re not going to want to miss this opp to be their hero by getting them tickets to this show!

We expected to see how far Moana will go when she embarks on an action-packed voyage with mighty demigod Maui in a quest to save her island, become a wayfinder, and find her own identity. Anna’s devotion to her estranged sister Elsa sets her on a perilous journey to mend their bond, and stop an eternal winter. Rapunzel breaks out of her tower and teams up with an unlikely companion, Flynn Rider, as she goes to great lengths to realize her dream. Armed only with courage, Belle befriends the enchanted castle staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s rough exterior. With help from her friends and a little magic, Cinderella is determined to make the wish in her heart come true.

My daughter and I fought intense Friday traffic to get to the media Lua before the show and got there in time to grab some deelish donuts, braided knots, Polynesian chicken skewers and tropical punch!

We also took some fun photo booth snaps before settling down into our awesome Section 100 seats smack in the middle of the arena former known as The Patriots Center--compliments of the kind folks at the Feld Entertainment.

The atmosphere in the arena as we scurried down the hallways  to get to our seats was electrifying.

Vendors sold everything from glow in the dark mini-ears to giant bags of cotton candy and every Disney princess accessory a girl would love.

And there were tons of princesses there in the form of adorable tikes outfitted in their best gown or Queen Elsa, Princess Jasmine, Tiana, Cinderella, Belle and Moana.

Totes adorbs! I think my ovaries were bursting at this moment witnessing all that cuteness at once!

The theme for the night is an ideal that, personally, I aspire to always embrace: “No  goal is too big when we find the strength to shape our own destiny at Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream!”

Perfect!

In Dare to Dream, hosts Mickey and Minnie take us on a journey across raging seas and snow covered mountains to spark the courage inside us all!

This show introduced Moana to the Disney family and she closed the production to much fanfare as all the kids sang along.

The second biggest hit among attendees at our show was Frozen, followed by Tangled ( the new Rapunzel sequel) and Beauty and the Beast!

Well, given these are the most recent Disney films out, it makes sense! But everyone equally enjoyed the part of the adventure featuring the Cinderella story!

It was a fantastic time, filled with oohs and aaahs, singing along, even among the parents, and marveling at the skillful and beautiful skating.

Here is a snippet of some of the performances I captured

And even though I brought a bunch of layers with me expecting it to be cold, the arena was at a pleasant and comfortable temperature. Score!

If you live near the area, then I highly advise you to nab some tickets to this show which runs through October 8. If not, check out the website for times and location near you!

Tickets start at just $20 so it’s definitely an affordable outing for the family and those on a budget should keep their eyes peeled on discount sites like Groupon for deals.

Overall, I highly recommend taking your little ones to this show. It’s most definitely worthwhile investment and a memorable experience that your kids will be grateful to have had.

I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as

well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and

opportunities to attend private Feld pre-Show events.

Even though I receive these benefits, I always give an opinion that is 100% mine.

 

‘Beauty and the Beast’ Star Audra McDonald Talks Balancing Motherhood and Stardom

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It’s been said that the most calmest new moms are older moms and second time moms. Audra McDonald, who at 46 welcomed her surprise second child, daughter Sally James,  is both.

The Tony-Award winning star told PEOPLE magazine in a recent interview, “I’m calmer this time around, 16 year later…Or maybe it’s that I’m just tired because I’m older, but I don’t sweat the small stuff as much.”

Last October, the Beauty and the Beast star welcomed her second daughter with Broadway actor hubby Will Swenson, with help from her first child 16-year old daughter Zoe.

But it didn’t slow down the acclaimed actress who has also won Grammy‘s and an Emmy-Award in recent years for her music and performances. She posted a photo recently of her glam squad hooking her up while holding Sally.

Her older daughter has also been a big help.

“Zoe is such a fantastic big sister to Sally James,” McDonald says. “That’s just who she wants to hang out with. Every time Zoe walks into the room, Sally lights up. And that’s so important to me.”

She even got to see her baby sister being birthed.

“While I was giving birth to Sally James, Zoe wasn’t planning on being in the hospital room, but she got too curious so she came in,” McDonald told the magazine. “I was so worried about her being overwhelmed that literally, as I was pushing out Sally, I was looking over at Zoe saying, ‘Are you okay? Is there anything you need from me, are you okay?’ ”

“And Zoe kept saying, ‘Mom, would you just concentrate on having the baby!’ But I was literally trying to give birth and parent at the same time.”

Bump Watch: Beyonce and Family Hit Up ‘The Beauty and The Beast’ Premiere

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The Carter-Knowles family hit up the premiere of the new live action Beauty and The Beast Disney movie last week.

The trio, consisting of Beyonce, husband Jay-Z and daughter Blue Ivy entered the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood Thursday night with the rest of the cast also attending the opening night of the film.

Queen Bey was outfitted in an emerald green flowy empire-waist Gucci gown with a plunging neckline. Daughter Blue had a matching tiered frock that some sites say is a custom-made riff on a $26,ooo Gucci frock from their Fall/Winter 2016 collection. After the event, an impromptu photo shoot was in order, of course.

The pop icon shared photos on her social media account which has been re-shared by various Beygency affiliates.

Mrs. Carter is expecting a pair of twins later this year.

Check out the pics from the event:

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Pley’s Disney Princess Monthly Subscription Box is Here!

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With the decline of retailers (more than 1,600 stores  set to close this year) and the growth of online shopping, subscription box services are on the rise – offering wine, cosmetics and even beard lotion to your doorstep.

Now, our little princesses can finally get in on the fun! This month, toy subscription box company Pley launched a brand-new limited edition, Disney Princess subscription, mystery box designed to empower girls.

For just $24.99 you’ll get a mystery box containing between 4-8 Disney Princess toys, activities and fashion accessories (all have $50+ retail value).

Each bi-monthly box tells the story of a new princess and, like a rags-to-riches princess story, the shipping box magically transforms into a castle, boat, or tower that can be decorated and played with, both reducing waste and increasing play value.

Little girls everywhere will anxiously await the sound of the doorbell, announcing their Disney Princess Pley Box delivery.

“Instead of throwing the packaging away, our physical shipping boxes become a part of the princesses’ story. Each box has instructions that transform the shipping box into a playable toy such as a castle, boat or a carriage that can be decorated and played with,” said Pley CEO Ranan Lachman. “We call it ‘Pleycycle,” and are proud to be a leader in reducing the environmental footprint of toy packaging.”

The box will be offered at a limited quantity and timed for delivery with the new Beauty and the Beast movie, a live-action retelling of the Disney classic coming to theaters in March!

See the trailer below: