Neal Schon and Michaele Salahi’s Wedding Will Be Televised
One of the more bizarre courtships in recent rock history will arrive at its fitting conclusion on Dec. 15, when Journey guitarist Neal Schon and his reality-TV bride Michaele Salahi are scheduled to be wed in a televised extravaganza that’s being titled ‘Neal & Michaele: The Winter Wonderland Wedding and Music Event.’
As many readers no doubt recall, Schon and Salahi’s whirlwind affair became public knowledge in 2011, when her husband told police she’d been kidnapped, only to discover that she’d actually decided to join Schon on tour. The clandestine lovebirds had reportedly been carrying on a secret two-year affair, but once it went public, there was no turning back — much to the chagrin of Salahi’s soon-to-be-ex-husband and Schon’s blindsided wife of two months.
As it turns out, Schon and Salahi enjoy sharing the spotlight. They canoodled in a Journey video, he proposed to her onstage and they’ve been basically inseparable since the “kidnapping” fiasco went public, so it comes as no surprise that they’ve decided to turn their nuptials into a pay-per-view television special.
“Everyone at the networks wanted to put their own creative spin on the event,” explained Schon in a press release. “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 take place at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts, marking the first time the city landmark has been used for a wedding. “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,’” enthused Schon. “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!”
The special, scheduled to kick off at 8PM EST, will be hosted by hosted by Debbie Matenopoulos, Cameron Mathison and Karyn Bryant. No word yet on how much it’ll cost, but it might be worth tuning in just to see if the Obamas decide to crash the reception.