(Yahoo!) - A winter wonderland-themed wedding arrived in San Francisco on Sunday as former "Real Housewives of D.C." star Michaele Salahi married Journey guitarist Neal Schon. And, like any good reality TV stars, they decided to broadcast their nuptials to the world.
But this inside peek into marital bliss came with a twist; it was the world's first-ever Pay-Per-View wedding. Titled the "Winter Wonderland Wedding and Music Event," the celebration at the Palace of Fine Arts (the first wedding ever at the venue) began at 5 p.m. PT and used 10 cameras to capture all the action. The ceremony took place under the venue's historical Rotunda.
It's still unclear how many folks tuned in as the numbers aren't being released yet, but intrigued viewers can still buy the event for $14.95 via video-on-demand anytime until Feb. 28. Once purchased, it can be watched for up to 12 hours, although the full show can only be watched once upon purchase. A portion of the profits from the event will go to typhoon relief, as Journey's new lead singer, Arnel Pineda, is from the Philippines.
The "I do's" took place in a white tent decorated with 36 crystal chandeliers. The guest list surpassed 350, and the wedding party included a whopping 25 bridesmaids and 25 groomsmen, as well as celebrities including Sammy Hagar, Omarosa Manigault, Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead, and Diane Dimond. Oprah's favorite pastor, Rev. Michael Beckwith, officiated the surprise-filled ceremony orchestrated by celebrity wedding planner Sharon Sacks.
Michaele wore three dresses throughout the evening, beginning in Oscar de la Renta, moving on to Monique Lhuillier, and ending in Dior. Carrying a bouquet of full and lush white peonies and roses accented with ribbon, the bride walked down the aisle escorted by her two brothers (as her father has passed away). Flower girls wore pomanders and head wreaths made of white roses.
Journey performed "Stay a While," "When You Love a Woman," "Faithfully," and "Don't Stop Believing." But the biggest surprise of the night came in the form of a special appearance and performance by R&B crooner Brian McKnight.
Glowing white Christmas trees surrounded the stunning white dance floor, and simulated snow fell around the happy couple as they took their first dance to "When I Fall in Love."
Christmas is the couple's favorite time of year so they chose to celebrate by serving a holiday dinner. The guests were placed at 19 rectangular wood tables — complete with a silver finish to create that winter glow — and the bride and groom sat at a sweetheart table. The lavish floral arrangements included French tulips, peonies, hydrangeas, roses, and silver accents with an abundance of candlelight.
The cake was 4-feet tall and all white to match the evening's icy theme. The couple chose a white cake with layers of berry and custard fillings, designed by Sam Godrey from Perfect Endings.
The signature drink for the night was called "Touch of Cheer," made of eggnog with Sammy Hagar's Rum. Because Michaele's favorite drink is hot chocolate, guests were able to indulge in a hot chocolate and espresso bar with toppings that included toffee candy bar crumbles, mini marshmallows, peppermint sticks, caramel squares, and whipped cream.
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