Congratulations to Shannon Brown and Monica for tying the knot for a second time in front of family and friends on Saturday!
As you know, Mo and Shannon married in secret at their California home in November of last year. This time around, they invited hundreds of guests to watch them jump the broom!
Yes, Monica and Shannon's good friends, Khloe and Lamar Odom missed the wedding due to circumstances beyond their control.
The reason Khloe wasn't there was because she and Lamar had a death in the family. Lamar's cousin was murdered the night before the wedding and they had to drop everything and fly back to the East Coast. Everybody at the wedding knew about the tragedy. Monica has spoken to Khloe and Khloe told her she would have given anything to attend Mo's special day.
Khloe told friends "I would never want anybody to think I would just miss their wedding."
Khloe is very down to earth, and the two women are very close. Khloe always looked after 'Melo and Lil Rocko at the Lakers games. The friends actually met before Monica met Shannon. Our condolences go out to Khloe and Lamar.
Not only was Kobe's wife the first one at the wedding, but she stepped up to fill Khloe's role once she found out what had happened! Vanessa took a helicopter from Kobe's basketball camp in Santa Barbara to be in the wedding.
Monica's friend Keyshia Cole wasn't there because she is currently on tour.
Even by Hollywood's standards, security was extremely tight. Yes, guests were asked to walk through metal detectors at the wedding. That was because more than 40 of the invitations were stolen prior to the wedding, and Monica wanted to make sure her invited guests were safe since they were in downtown Los Angeles.
In contrast to T.I. and Tiny's wedding where inconsiderate guests uploaded grainy photos to Twitter.com, Monica and Shannon made sure their wedding was paparazzi and Twitter-free. The Exclusive photos of the wedding will be released next week when Mo and Shannon return from their honeymoon!
Speaking of which, Mo's cousin Ludacris could not attend the wedding because he was performing in concert out of state.
But Luda's girlfriend Fab was one of Mo's bridesmaids. And Luda ordered his pilot to gas up his private jet to fly Monica and Shannon to their surprise honeymoon from Atlanta this morning (Shannon and Mo don't even know where they're going)!
Lil Rocko slept through the entire wedding and didn't wake up until the reception. After helping with the wedding preparations, he was worn out!
Gospel singer Kim Burrell performed "I Look To You" and Monica cried happy tears. Yolanda Adams was there but she didn't perform.
Yes, Fatburgers were served at the wedding, but not in a tent. The juicy Fatburgers were given to guests after they had danced the night away around midnight as a last meal so guests wouldn't go hungry. My source described the reception's food as "beyond a 5 course meal." Despite the many rumors, my source said the food was "good and plentiful!"
"You had a salad with gigantic shrimp. You had a choice between ribs and swordfish. Then they had candy set up with Shannon and Mo's faces on the candy, You could mix and match candy in beautiful bags with the words: 'Sweet dreams from the two of us.'
It was a good wedding -- the best I've ever been to! Everybody mingled. Kobe and Toni Braxton danced down the Soul Train line! 'Melo did the moonwalk at the reception. It was really nice, it was a good celebration of God and Love. My source said Shannon and Monica's first dance was to a Charlie Wilson song. The decorations were off the chain, I can't even describe them! The wedding planner [Mindy Weiss] did an excellent job! Ciara danced the night away at the reception. She was the life of the party!
Photos: Splash News Online, Bossip.com, Twitter.com