Michaele Salahi became famous for crashing a party at the White House, but when it came time for her own wedding, the reality television star decided to open the doors for anyone who wanted.
For a price, that is.
Salahi and Journey guitarist Neal Schon were married on Sunday in San Francisco in an event broadcast on Pay-Per-View. The couple called the wedding a “Winter Wonderland Wedding and Music Event.”
It seemed an appropriate wedding for Michaele Salahi. The attention-hungry woman rose to fame in 2009 when she and then-husband Tareq crashed a Presidential party and had a picture taken with the president. She then moved on to appear on Real Housewives of D.C.
Salahi’s relationship has also played out in public. Her boyfriend Neal Schol actually brought Michaele up on stage to propose.
The two had a relationship long ago before Michaele married Tareq, but she said Neal’s rock star lifestyle seemed too much for her.
“I chose Tareq over Neal because I thought life would be less stressful living on a vineyard in Virginia. Life on the road with a rock band … well, I thought I might not have been able to keep up,” she told Us Magazine.
Neal said he and Michaele Salahi actually thought about broadcasting their wedding in other ways, but in the end, they thought Pay-Per-View was best.
“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,” he said. “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!’ ”
It wasn’t all about building a nest egg and making some cash off their wedding. Michaele Salahi and Neal Schon said a portion of their Pay-Per-View wedding proceeds is going to Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts.