Monica's Fairy Tale Wedding [Video]
July 12, 2011
The Insider's Kevin Frazier takes you inside Monica's star-studded wedding where she said "I do" for the second time to Los Angeles Laker Shannon Brown.
Among the celebrity guests attending last weekend's ceremony and reception were fellow Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa, Nene Leakes and LL Cool J. The event's planner, Mindy Weiss, created a blue-themed wedding wonderland at the renovated cathedral Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles. The couple secretly tied the knot in a private ceremony last fall, but decided this time to hold an "official" wedding in front of family and friends.
Monica said the wedding exceeded her expectations and fulfilled her dream of being spectacular but also something their familes could enjoy. "I was just overwhelmed. I'm glad because I didn't think about this 50 lb train that I was dragging behind me. I just had to take a deep breath, because I was really trying not to cry."
LL Cool J said he tought the ceremony was "romantic," with just the right music to set the mood. Monica's good friend Lala Anthony said love was definitely "in the air" and revealed that the very next day was her one-year anniversary with husband Carmelo Anthony.
Monica said she'll auction off her reception dress to benefit the Susan G. Komen foundation, the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists.
When asked on her wedding night where she would honeymoon, Monica responded that she didn't know yet. She explained that her friend Ludacris couldn't make the ceremony due to a scheduling conflict, but he sent his plane to whisk her and Shannon off to an exotic location. Kevin later found out the newlyweds flew to the Caribbean island of Anguilla.
Watch the video for more of Monica's fabulous wedding and to catch a glimpse of her celebrity guests!