PARIS -- The sun smiled on Tony Parker and Eva Longoria's
wedding day, breaking through after days of gray Paris skies. Their
VIP guests, though, were concealed by big black umbrellas.
Glamour and security went hand-in-hand as the NBA champion and star of "Desperate Housewives" exchanged vows Saturday in a
church across from the Louvre Museum.
The Roman Catholic ceremony at the Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois
Church -- frequented by French royalty in centuries past -- was stage
two in a weekend wedding extravaganza.
First, the mayor of Paris pronounced Parker, 25, and Longoria,
32, husband and wife in a civil ceremony Friday. Then, a priest
married them Saturday afternoon. Following that: an exclusive bash
at a storied French chateau.
Longoria wore a silk wool and silk gazar scoop-back mermaid gown
embroidered with silver metallic. The gown, which had a 5-foot-long
train, was designed by Angel Sanchez, a spokeswoman for the
French menswear label De Fursac, which Parker models for,
provided the groom's suit.
Stars of all stripes -- actors, athletes, musicians -- joined the
couple for their nuptials.
Longoria's fellow "Housewives" garnered the most attention
from several hundred mostly French fans outside the church, who
booed bodyguards for blocking their view.
Teri Hatcher, in a silky blue gown, came with her 9-year-old
daughter Emerson Rose. Felicity Huffman, in a beige dress with
ruffled v-neck collar, brought husband William H. Macy. Nicolette
Sheridan wore a strapless pink gown. Marcia Cross, who recently
gave birth to twins, was not expected to attend.
Also attending were singer Sheryl Crow and the head coach for
the San Antonio Spurs, Greg Popovich. Bodyguards used huge black
umbrellas to shield guests from view. Police also erected
10-foot-high wooden panels in front of the church, and the bride
and groom kept well out of sight.
Later, the couple headed to the 17th century Vaux-le-Vicomte
chateau 35 miles southeast of Paris, with its marble-floored
ballroom, chandelier-studded dining room and precisely pruned
For the civil ceremony, Parker, who was born in Belgium and grew
up in France, asked Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe to officiate.
Parker's friends translated when Delanoe gave a speech calling the
basketball star a model in the fight against racism.
"It was touching, moving, very warm and at the same time very
relaxed," Delanoe said on RTL radio Saturday. And romantic, he
added: "They kiss all the time."
French law requires a civil ceremony even when couples marry in
Saturday started gray but the skies cleared by the time the
wedding guests arrived at the church. Fans stood through drizzle
"I love the series, and I came out today for the chance to see
Eva, the 'American in Paris,"' said Lola Michot, a 16-year-old
high school student from the eastern French city of Besancon.
The couple and their entourage gave very few details about the
Parker said the cake was made in France but nothing more. The
superstitious Parker supposedly chose Saturday -- 7/7/07 -- as a
Longoria plays crafty Gabrielle Solis in "Desperate
Housewives." She met Parker, voted the most valuable player of the
NBA finals last month after the Spurs won their fourth title in
nine seasons, after a game in November 2004. They announced their
engagement last November.
Longoria divorced Tyler Christopher, an actor on the
long-running ABC soap opera "General Hospital," in 2004, after
two years of marriage. Parker's marriage to Longoria is his first.