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Neal Schon And Fiancee Michaele Salahi (Soon To Be Schon) Plan First Pay-Per-View Wedding And Music Event With A Portion Of Proceeds Benefiting Typhoon Relief

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11/25/2013 | 09:05pm CET

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The love story continues for Neal Schon and his Real Housewife of D.C. bride-to-be Michaele as the date of their "Winter Wonderland Wedding and Music Event" live from San Francisco nears. On December 15th, the legendary guitarist and his bride will exchange vows in the Palace of Fine Arts. This is the first time a wedding has been held at this historic location.

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Neal, who has called San Francisco home since he was 10 years old, knew the Palace of Fine Arts was where he wanted to marry Michaele. Neal explained, "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.'" Then, Neal chose one of the most beautiful and historic venues in San Francisco for the wedding. "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 location is just the beginning of the "firsts" for this dream event, organized by celebrity wedding planner Sharon Sacks, whose past clients include Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, and Kim Kardashian among many others. The broadcast marks the first time that a Wedding Event will be carried LIVE and un-edited on Pay-Per-View.

Said Neal, "We were approached by a few networks wanting to tape, edit, and then broadcast the wedding as the beginning of a reality series focusing on our lives together. Ultimately, we thought, 'Hey, why give up creative control when we can do the whole thing live and share the wedding and the music directly with our fans, who have been so incredible!'"

As a founding member and key creative force behind Journey, one of the most iconic rock bands of all time, Neal felt that he was the best man for the job. "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."

Michaele continued, "Neal and I are always looking to do all that we can to make a difference in the world, and believe it or not, our wedding event has given us a perfect opportunity to do just that. A portion of the proceeds from Pay-Per-View will go directly toward typhoon relief, where the money is needed most."

Journey will perform at the wedding, and of course all the music will be broadcast live for fans. In fact, the Journey team has already contributed $350,000 to typhoon relief efforts. This PPV event allows for the band, who will be joined by Tower of Power and other special musical guests, to make even more of an impact.

Last year, on October 14th, Michaele was honored to work alongside pro guitar luthier Paul Reed Smith to serve as host for his annual event JOURNEY OF HOPE, which raises money each year for Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Journey was invited to headline the benefit concert, and Michaele hosted the VIP Fashion Show and Auction. The event was a resounding success, netting $500,000. And it was at this event, appropriately enough, that Neal proposed on stage to Michaele, in front of thousands of people. It is in this spirit that Neal and Michaele want to invite their fans into their special day.

Neal has said, "Michaele is always a joy to be around. Everybody loves her. She brings a positive energy everyday, no matter where she is or who she runs into...That's what she brings--a lot of happiness to everyone. I see that everyday. It's like a fairy tale, it really is. I'm very happy, very happy after waiting for her for many years."

Michaele summed it all up, "This is truly my dream wedding, and I am so excited to share this incredible day with my best friend and the love of my life. My heart and home is wherever Neal is."

"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. It will be broadcast live in HD on Pay-Per-View Sunday, December 15 at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT. The event 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. Produced and distributed by MultiVision Media, Inc.


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