According to The Pulse Of Radio, JOURNEY‘s co-founding guitarist Neal Schon is set to marry 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”, will be held at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts. 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!”
When asked about her upcoming wedding, Michaele said, “I’m living my dream and marrying my best friend and love of my life.” Neal added, “It’s like a fairy tale, it really is. I’m very happy, very happy after waiting for her for many years.”
According to the event’s press release, “wedding planner to the stars, Sharon Sacks heads up this amazing ‘dream team’ and is no stranger to high profile celebrity weddings. Some of her past clients include: Madonna, Michael Jordan, Jennifer Lopez, Denzel Washington, President Clinton and Kim Kardashian.”
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” will be 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.
The wedding will be broadcast live in HD on pay-per-view Sunday, December 15 at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT, and will be available via cable and satellite in 90 million homes.
Suggested retail price of the three-hour program is $14.95. Check local listings for stations.