Journey Guitarist Marries Reality TV Star in Pay-Per-View S.F. Ceremony
Journey guitarist Neal Schon wed reality TV star and presidential party-crasher Michaele Salahi at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco on Sunday.
AP photo Schon and Salahi
In a first for a garish semi-celebrity wedding, you could pay $14.95 to watch it live on television. But unless you were invited, you couldn't visit the public-owned Palace of Fine Arts yesterday. Schon and Salahi paid $246,000 in city fees to get it to themselves.
"It's an inconvenience for people," longtime local resident Helen Gurman told the Examiner. "It's really unfair."
It was officially called a "Winter Wonderland Wedding and Music Event."
Sammy Hagar was there, and Journey performed while Salahi watched onstage from a stool.
The Chronicle described its setting as "a frosty ice palace setting straight out of a fairy tale ... [at the reception,] 36 crystal chandeliers hung overhead, and guests sat at silver-gilded wood tables with white lace runners, vases of white roses and white long-stemmed tulips."
It was arguably San Francisco's second famous music marriage event of the year, after Kanye West proposed to Kim Kardashian at AT&T Park in October.
But it's unclear how many people watched the pay-per-view wedding, which promised to donate some of its proceeds (amount unspecified) to typhoon relief in the Philippines.
This will be Schon's fifth marriage. Clearly, he has not stopped believing.