October 05, 2011 02:30 PM

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Shannon Tweed-Simmons waited until the last minute to decide which gown to wear as she walked down the aisle to marry KISS bassist Gene Simmons on Oct. 1. But she picked out her wedding shoes 10 years before the big day.

After spotting the ivory Rene Caovilla heels in a boutique in Santa Monica, she said, “I am going to get married in those some day,” she tells PEOPLE.

“Someday” finally arrived and the couple, who have been together for 28 years, exchanged vows they wrote themselves in front of 400 guests at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Luckily, the shoes matched perfectly with the Priscilla of Boston gown Tweed-Simmons ended up wearing — one of three dresses she chose for the big occasion. She later changed into a Badgley Mischka dress for the reception.

Besides the dress, another stunner at the wedding was the bride’s 27-carat Goel Talasazan engagement ring. But the groom’s wedding band, by the same jeweler, also held a special meaning to Tweed-Simmons.

Courtesy Gene Simmons

“My father died when I was 24 so he couldn’t be at the wedding, so I melted some of the gold from his wedding ring and put it in two strands representing our two kids,” she shares.

The couple had their rings engraved, with Simmons’s reading, “My Love Now and Forever,” and his bride’s inscribed with the words, “You are my first love and you will be my last love.”

Though Simmons originally resisted the idea of marriage — causing problems in the couple’s relationship as documented on their A&E reality show Gene Simmons Family Jewels (the new season kicked off Tuesday) — he says he has now definitely changed his tune.

“I look at my wedding band now,” he shares, “and think, ‘What was I afraid of all this time?'”

–Mia McNiece


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