Gene Simmons, Shannon Tweed Share Their Wedding Photo
updated 10/04/2011 AT 03:00 PM EDT
•originally published 10/04/2011 AT 11:10 AM EDT
"It was a giant jam session," Shannon Tweed-Simmons tells PEOPLE about her Oct. 1 wedding to KISS bassist Gene Simmons.
The couple, who have been together for 28 years, celebrated with 400 guests. Among them were daughter Sophie, 19, who served as maid of honor and even crooned the song for the first dance, Etta James's "At Last," and son Nick, 22, a groomsmen who also took the stage to perform.
Even the family dog, Snippy, joined in the celebration – serving as the ring bearer.
The splashy event at the Beverly Hills Hotel meant all the more to the bride and groom after what has been a difficult year, as documented on their A&E reality show Gene Simmons Family Jewels. (Its new season premieres Oct. 4.)
One major sticking point was Simmons's hesitations about marriage.
Clearly, though, all that is in the past. "It was a great evening of music and fun," Simmons told PEOPLE about last Saturday's ceremony. "I look at my wedding band and think, 'What was I afraid of all this time?' "