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Journey guitarist Neal Schon walked down the aisle for the fifth time Sunday night when he exchanged vows with former D.C. Housewives star Michaele Salahi in a televised Winter Wonderland Wedding and Music Event at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.
For 16-bucks on pay-per-view you got to see 36 crystal chandeliers hanging in a tent, a lighted Christmas trees, a behind-the-scenes look at their 18-year friendship, interviews with the maid of honor and wedding planner, footage from Saturday night's rehearsal dinner, as well as the celebrities walking the white carpet.
Among the close to 400 guests were Sammy Hagar, Bob Weir, and R&B singer Brian McKnight. Schon took the stage to do an instrumental ballad he wrote for his bride. Journey also performed as did Tower of Power, with Hagar dancing right at the foot of the stage. Hagar said, "This is an amazing, beautiful, over-the-top event. The ceremony was unbelievable. The minister's rap was the best I ever heard. And on his wedding night, Neal gets to be a musician. Michaele seems to love and embrace that."
Hagar also supplied his Beach Bar Rum, which was mixed with egg nog for what he called Touch of Cheer. The wedding cake was upward of eight-fee high with the frosting made to look like bark on a birch tree. The wedding party consisted of 18 bridesmaids, 14 groomsmen, two flower girls and a ring bearer. Included in this lot were Schon's five children from his four previous marriages, and Michaele's siblings. She was married once to Virginia wine tour operator Tareq Salahi. They grabbed their 15 minutes of fame when they crashed a White House state dinner in 2009.
The cost alone to use of the Palace of Fine Arts, a film permit, a commercial-use fee, impact fee and parking fees was $246,000.
Proceeds from the event went to typhoon relief in the Philippines, home of Journey singer Arnel Pineda. Oh, and the pay-per-view telecast included a PSA from Pineda.