JOURNEY's co-founding guitarist Neal Schon married his fiancée, former "Real Housewives of D.C." star Michaele Salahi, on December 15 on pay-per-view. The wedding-TV special, dubbed the "Winter Wonderland Wedding And Music Event", was held at San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts. The event was attended by more than 300 guests, including including Schon's bandmates Arnel Pineda and Jonathan Cain, as well as Sammy Hagar, THE GRATEFUL DEAD's Bob Weir, "The Celebrity Apprentice" star Omarosa Manigault and R&B singer Brian McKnightE! Online.
Schon explained how they came to pick the venue for the nuptials. "We searched the world for the perfect location, and finally I said to Michaele, 'San Francisco is my home. Now it is our home. I want to be married there, in the most beautiful city in the world, to the woman of my dreams,'" he said. "Everyone said they wouldn't let us have the wedding there, but when our wedding planner took my passionate plea to the management, they said yes. We couldn't be more happy!"
Schon went on to say that the couple decided to keep total control of the wedding and self-produce the special, rather than be at the mercy of a network: "Everyone at the networks wanted to put their own creative spin on the event. Michaele and I discussed it, and we decided to hire a great crew and do the whole thing ourselves because this is really our day. What's surprising is that no one had ever thought to do anything like this before we did."
"Neal & Michaele: The Winter Wonderland Wedding And Music Event" was hosted by Emmy nominee Debbie Matenopoulos, Emmy nominee Cameron Mathison, and veteran music, entertainment, and sporting event host Karyn Bryant, and executive-produced by Neal Schon, Brian Ricco and Peter Capozzi.