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Who: Los Angeles Laker Shaquille O'Neal and Shaunie Nelson

When: December 26, 2002

Where:
The Beverly Hills Hotel's Crystal Garden

The Ceremony: Knowing how stressful wedding preparations can be, Shaquille O'Neal, along with several family members and event planner Mindy Weiss, concocted an enchanted setting filled with a multitude of lavender roses for the king of basketball to wed his queen, who was carrying their third child. A man as wealthy in spirit as in monetary gains, Shaq's playful personality was evident during the proceedings when he altered the vows to read "for richer or for richer".

The Dress: Befitting a bride of sports royalty, Shaunie was swathed by designer Michelle Roth in a platinum, full-skirted gown of duchesse satin and tulle, which was generously dusted with Swarovski crystals. The regal style continued with a diamond tiara, to which a long veil was attached. Phenomenal Designs by Lamar created Shaq's ensemble, which consisted of a black, three-quarter length jacket and white shirt with a diamond stud accent.

The Reception: Purple is the color of royalty, and it was chosen as the dominant hue for the reception, which was held in the Crystal Ballroom of the Beverly Hills Hotel. Chairs, tables and walls were draped in varying shades of fabric ranging from lilac to deep purple, and bouquets of roses in the same color scheme were held aloft by candleabra centerpieces. Celebrity guests, which included actresses Vanessa Williams, Viviva A. Fox, and members of the Los Angeles Lakers enjoyed a four-tiered wedding cake created by Rosebud Cakes in Beverly Hills, which was fashioned into the form of cushions and decorated with a tiara cake-topper.

Special Touches: So the memory of their special day would linger in the memories of family and friends, Shaq and his new bride offered silver-framed photos taken of each guest at the event. Guests were also sent on their way with a peach pie from Mommie Helen's bakery.


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