I couldn’t click on the email fast enough. After all, it was titled “Gene Simmons Press Release.” But my hopes for juicy news on his Rock and Brews bar going up in Paia were quickly dashed. The press release, sent out on Sept. 25 by the Netherlands-based PR firm Jennlik Productions, had no mention of the rocker’s proposed bar. Instead, it dealt with Simmons’ recent vow renewal to his current wife Shannon Tweed (whose name was twice misspelled as “Sharon” in the press release).
Yes, they are already married, but what the heck–it was a great excuse for Tweed to don a gown by Badgley Mischka. The couple also hired Japanese wedding planner Yoshi Nojiri, whose publicly traded company “Take and Give Needs” reportedly produces 18,000 weddings annually.
The party (called a “luxury wedding party”) was held at Haiku Mill, which bills itself as “one of the most unique and sought-after wedding and private event venues in Hawaii.”
“Our professional wedding and event planning staff at the Haiku Mill embodies the genuine spirit of aloha,” states the Haiku Mill website (Haikumill.com). “Surrounded by Old World elegance, ornate hand-picked treasures and fragrant jasmine and gardenia blossoms, guests are swept away in the spirit of romance.”
Swept away is right–the press release from Jennlik spoke of crystal chandeliers flown in from Las Vegas that were adorned by thousands of wild orchids. Sugar Beach Events catered the party, which naturally featured bottomless glasses of Dom Perignon.
As for entertainment, well–we are talking about the stars of A&E’s Family Jewels, after all.
“Guests were entertained with an impromptu concert where Gene and his family jumped on stage with the band to jam together,” stated the Sept. 25 press release. “Gene played the bass while his son and daughter sang classic rock standards and jazz tunes. The family said this was a first time they did this sort of thing together.”