Gene Simmons, Shannon Tweed tie the knot

LOS ANGELES Sun Oct 2, 2011 2:57pm EDT

Gene Simmons of the band Kiss and actress Shannon Tweed arrive at the Blu-ray disc launch party for the 1983 classic film ''Scarface'' in Los Angeles, California August 23, 2011. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

Gene Simmons of the band Kiss and actress Shannon Tweed arrive at the Blu-ray disc launch party for the 1983 classic film ''Scarface'' in Los Angeles, California August 23, 2011.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Kiss frontman Gene Simmons and his girlfriend of 28 years, the actress and former Playmate Shannon Tweed, were married this weekend before 400 guests.

The outdoor evening ceremony on Saturday at the Beverly Hills Hotel is the latest celebrity nuptials to have a second life as a television event. It is scheduled for an October 18 episode as part of the new season of A&E's "Gene Simmons Family Jewels," a reality series that has chronicled the pair's unconventional relationship since 2006.

The Israeli-born Simmons, 62, and the Canadian-born Tweed exchanged vows they wrote themselves, People magazine reported. Guests included Hugh Hefner, Bill Maher and Simmons' fellow Kiss members, with band guitarist Paul Stanley a member of the wedding party.

Tweed, 54, walked down the aisle in an ivory Priscilla of Boston gown and, according to TMZ, wore $2.5 million of diamonds -- in addition to her engagement ring -- for the first dance of the evening.

The couple's daughter, Sophie, 19, served as maid of honor and son Nick, 22, created the illustration for the wedding invitation.

Simmons plays bass guitar and sings in Kiss, which had hits with the songs "Detroit Rock City" and "Rock and Roll All Night."

Tweed appeared in Playboy magazine in the 1980s and had a number of starring roles in low-budget thrillers and adventure movies such as "Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death" and "Scorned."

Simmons proposed to Tweed in Belize, in a moment that was captured by cameras for their A&E reality show.

(Reporting by Sheri Linden; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

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Oruba wrote:
I happy for the pair, but I can’t help but think that this was made for TV. In that superficial way.

Oct 02, 2011 4:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
As one of the very few “reality shows” where you get to actually see a dose of reality, GSFJ’s is absolutely charming. Gene weeping at his father’s grave was unlike anything I have ever seen on television. I think the wedding is adorable, and Gene better be on his best behavior because if he’s not….I’M AVAILABLE, SHANNON!!!!!!!! *LOL*

Oct 02, 2011 11:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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