Sunday, July 10, 2011

R&B Singer Monica and Shannon Brown tie the knot, for the second time!


Shannon Brown and Monica.
R&B singer Monica (Arnold) and former Los Angeles Laker Shannon Brown have tied the knot. Again. Yesterday the couple had a large ceremony for family and friends. Their first wedding ceremony was a secret one, it took place last November at their house.

This time the couple went all out. They were married at Vibiana, a renovated 19th century cathedral in downtown Los Angeles. A few hundred guests, among whom Lala Vazquez, Carmelo Anthony, Derek Fisher and Kobe Bryant, were present to see Monica walk down the aisle in a Stephan Roland wedding gown. During the 30-minute ceremony the couple exchanged Christian vows.

Their three sons were driven to the ceremony in a horse and carriage. Monica has two sons from her previous engagement to Rodney "Rocko" Hill: Rodney Jr, 6, and Romelo, 3. Shannon's son from a previous relationship is mostly referred to as 'fatman', but I hope that he was referred to by his real name yesterday.

Afterwards the newlyweds and their guests enjoyed a three-course sit down dinner. The dinner tables were decorated with centerpieces of hydrangea and roses. The reception had a purple and blue theme and guests had been asked to dress in different shades of blue as well.

The newlyweds had a whirlwind romance, meeting last summer - when Shannon played Monica's love interest in the video of 'Love All Over Me' - getting engaged in October, and married in November.

UPDATE: US Weekly has the scoop on Monica and Shannon's wedding. They manage to tell us that a 40-piece gospel choir sung to the couple and that the menu consisted of short ribs, Fatburgers, and a lemon horse-and-carriage cake.

Monica's custom-made Stephane Rolland wedding dress
Most importantly: they have a photo of the dress! Monica walked down the aisle in a custom-made, haute couture Stephane Rolland wedding gown. The fitted, ivory mermaid dressed, was corsetted and had a graphic waves train embroidered with crystal falls. It was made out of gazar and satin organza. To complete the look, Monica wore Joel Rosenberg jewels, that are worth $1 million USD.

Monica said to US Weekly, "other than when my kids were born it was the best day of my life!"

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