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Check out Monica's wedding dress & other big day details

A celebrity gossip junky, Caroline Goddard has been writing entertainment news for longer than the world has known Kim Kardashian's name. Follow her on Twitter at @GoddardCaroline.

Monica's custom wedding gown

Monica threw another wedding for herself and Shannon Brown last week -- and you have to see her dress!

Monica's custom wedding gown

After eloping last November, Monica and LA Laker Shannon Brown decided they needed to have a big day after all -- if only to celebrate their love with family and friends. And big it was, with 340 guests and a 40-piece gospel choir!

Monica's gorgeous wedding gown, pictured at right in this week's issue of Us Weekly, was a corseted mermaid gazar silk draped gown with twisting satin organza custom designed by Stephane Rolland, with a graphic waves train embroidered with crystals. The finishing touch? $1 million worth of Joel Rosenberg jewels. We're thinking that was her something borrowed. Monica later changed into a blue Rolland dress for the reception.

Those 340 guests dined on short ribs, Fatburgers and a lemon horse-and-carriage cake at a reception put together by wedding planner to the stars Mindy Weiss.

Monica has two kids from a previous relationship -- Rodney, age six, and Romelo, age three -- and said her extra wedding day ranks right up there. "Other than when my kids were born it was the best day of my life!" she said.

Image courtesy Us Weekly

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