The biggest names in Hollywood have descended on New Orleans to celebrate the upcoming nuptials of Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian

The biggest names in Hollywood have descended on New Orleans to celebrate the upcoming nuptials of Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian.

Eva Longoria was among the first to arrive at the rehearsal dinner held at celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse‘s restaurant Meril Wednesday night. The former Desperate Housewives actress, 42, made an appearance with her media mogul husband, José Bastón, at her side.

Next to arrive was Arrow and Teen Wolf actor Colton Haynes, who celebrated his own nuptials to new husband, Four Seasons artistic director Jeff Leatham, in late October.

Tony Award-winning actress Cynthia Erivo also attended wearing a white shawl over a black dress and sporting gray-tinted hair.

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Top Chef star Lagasse was also spotted at the venue on Wednesday afternoon preparing for the feast.


Several of Williams and Ohanian’s friends attended, but there were no signs of rumored wedding guests such as Beyoncé, JAY-Z, Kris Jenner and even Meghan Markle, who is currently dating Prince Harry.

Williams, 36, and Ohanian, 34, are set to tie the knot in an intimate ceremony in New Orleans.

Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse
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The couple are exchanging vows less than three months after the birth of their first child together, Alexis Ohanian Jr., on Sept. 1 — almost two years after they began dating in 2015.

In early November, the 23-time Grand Slam champion gathered with her friends and family for an all-out girls weekend in New York City.

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La La Anthony, Venus Williams, Serena Williams and Ciara

The ladies went to the opulent Baccarat Hotel & Residences, the first hotel from France’s eponymous crystal brand, the luxurious weekend included five-star spa treatments, trapeze’ing, tea brunches, and dancing out on the town.

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Alexis Ohanian and Serena Williams at the Met Gala in May.
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The weekend concluded with pampering by the luxurious Spa de La Mer at the Baccarat Hotel and lounging poolside in the cabanas inspired by the Côte d’Azur.

All guests wore white, with LaLa Anthony, Ciara, and the Williams sisters posing for a photo shared exclusively with PEOPLE.

Williams and Ohanian announced their engagement in December 2016. Rumblings of a wedding location started in October, when reports surfaced that the two had taken a brief trip to New Orleans to scope out potential venues (with their Yorkshire Terrier, Chip, in tow).

The nuptials also come shortly after Williams made her first red carpet appearance following baby Alexis’s birth, at the Glamour Women of the Year awards in New York City on Nov. 13. The new mom wore Versace as she presented pal Gigi Hadid with the Supernova Award.