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 and Longoria 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 designer said.
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 stars in the series as Bree and recently gave birth to twins, was not expected to attend.
Sheryl Crow and the head coach for the San Antonio Spurs, Greg Popovich, were among guests who didn’t stay concealed behind the huge black umbrellas bodyguards used to shield them from public 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 gardens.
The couple and their entourage gave very few details about the wedding.
Parker said the cake was made in France but nothing more. The superstitious Parker supposedly chose Saturday — 7/7/07 — as a lucky day.
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