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Def Leppard Guitarist Phil Collen Ditches SoCal for Palm Beach Wedding

No offense to our sister paper, but hey Orange County, Calif.: Sucks to your assmar! When rock music legends want to get married to costume designers 10 years their junior that they met on tour, they naturally gravitate to (where else but) glitzy South Florida.

That's what happened
Friday, when Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen, 52, married Helen Simmons at the Palm Beach Ritz-Carlton. The couple met during Def Leppard's 2008 Sparkle Lounge Tour, and live in California's OC.

In attendance at the swank beach wedding?

Def Leppard bandmates Rick Savage and Vivian Campbell. Though there have

been no reports of total-rocking-out at the wedding, the vows were

pretty damn touching. An excerpt from Collen's:


been looking for each other our entire lifetime. To say we're ecstatic

this day has finally come is putting it mildly. It could only be us for

each other.

The Ritz offers two wedding packages,

and although sources would not confirm which Collen opted for, we're

guessing it was the more expensive Gold package: $3500 for everything

from wedding night rose petal turndown service to a full day in the

"Self-Centered Garden" (no joke). The full package:

  • The

    Ritz-Carlton Special Events Manager to personally oversee every detail

    of your special day

  • Chilled bottle of Ritz-Carlton

    champagne upon arrival to resort

  • Tropical floral

    arrangement in bride's room upon arrival

  • Rose petal

    turndown in guest room on wedding night

  • Romantic

    ceremony location

  • Bride's signature rose bouquet and

    matching gentlemen's boutonniere

  • The Ritz-Carlton

    preferred officiate, photographer and music vendor list (arrangements to

    be coordinated on own)

  • Custom two-tiered wedding cake

    created by The Ritz-Carlton Pastry Chef

  • Couples Swedish

    Massage in Eau Spa Garden Villa

  • Spend the day in the

    Self-Centered Garden and Eau Zones at Eau Spa

  • Complimentary

    Guest room upgrade to Suite (based on availability)


Phil, and give us a call when you're ready to get serious and move to


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