Eva and Tony Say Mais Oui to Marriage

Eva Longoria and Tony Parker swap vows for the second day in a row, this time celebrating with 300 of their nearest and dearest at a lavish reception in the French countryside

By Natalie Finn Jul 07, 2007 9:20 PMTags

Eva Longoria is a married woman. Again.

A day after making things official in a 45-minute civil ceremony, the Desperate Housewives star and NBA Finals MVP Tony Parker said their I-do's once more Saturday, this time surrounded by 300 guests, a phalanx of security and eight miles of high stone walls at a 17th-century château about 34 miles southeast of Paris.

Longoria, 32, and Parker, 25, actually completed their second round of vow swaps at about 5 p.m. Paris time in a religious ceremony at the Church of Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois, across the street from the Louvre, before making the one-hour jaunt to the countryside for the reception, transporting their fellow revelers by bus, sources tell E! Online.

A black Rolls-Royce limousine was on hand, however, to whisk away the newlyweds.

Ten-foot-high wooden panels were erected to block the view of the proceedings at the medieval-era cathedral, which was also cordoned off by police and beefy black-suited guards. Even the cream of the crop A-listers in attendance were forced to stash their cells and cameras in plastic bags before making an entrance.

Teri Hatcher and daughter Emerson, Nicollette Sheridan (sans beau Michael Bolton) and Felicity Huffman and hubby William H. Macy (Marcia Cross had to stay home with her four-month-old twins) were front and center, as were James Denton, Ricardo Chavira, Desperate creator Marc Cherry, French soccer star Thierry Henry (who served as best man at the civil ceremony) and a bunch of Parker's San Antonio Spurs teammates.

Also making the transatlantic trip were Victoria Beckham (well, trans-Channel trip), Ryan Seacrest, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jessica Alba and boyfriend Cash Warren, Terrence Howard, Sheryl Crow, Jamie Foxx, Lionel Richie and Mario Lopez and Karina Smirnoff.

Parker was born in Belgium and raised in France, and he and Longoria have been planning a matrimonial blowout in his home country since getting engaged in November.

The bride donned a silk wool Angel Sanchez mermaid gown with a scoop back and extralong train for the nuptials, during which she recited her vows in French, while the groom kept things chic and simple in a dark suit (and remained in English-speaking mode).

The couple then sealed the deal with a pair of white gold Piaget Possession wedding bands, Longoria's featuring two rows of 80 brilliant-cut diamonds separated by a row of 27 square-cut diamonds. (Sunglasses not included.)

Fairy tale was the name of the game for this evening's reception at the privately owned, 1,235-acre Vaux le Vicomte château. Workers were spotted yesterday unloading gold and red chairs and silver candelabra and setting up a massive tent on the grounds of the historic site, which is said to have inspired the building of Versailles.

Sources told E! Online that, after dinner was served, the wedding party was treated to an elaborate fireworks display and then a night of dancing to both a live band and a deejay.

USA Today reported earlier this week that about three weddings are held at the château every year and that renting the facilities for five hours will set you back upwards of $47,596. Longoria and Parker, meanwhile, signed off on a two-day rental so that the massive crew of construction workers, decorators and security guards could get everything just so before the big day.  

The petite actress wore Chanel couture to Friday afternoon's civil ceremony, presided over by Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoë at the Mairie, the city hall for Paris' fourth arrondissement, in Place Baudoyer. Each of the couple's parents were among the 40 people in attendance.

"Eva sent such a sweet note to ask me to design a dress, and I couldn't resist to make her happy and make the dress," designer Karl Lagerfeld told OK! Magazine, which has shelled out a reported $2 million for the exclusive photo rights to the affair.

"I married a friend to the woman he loves. It was touching, moving, very warm and at the same time very relaxed," Delanoë told RTL radio Saturday. French law requires the taking of the vows at City Hall, even before a church wedding.

This was Longoria's second trip down the aisle; she divorced General Hospital actor Tyler Christopher in 2004 after two years of marriage.

After Parker won his third NBA championship ring with the Spurs last month, being named MVP of the 2007 NBA Finals in the process—the first European-born player to earn the honor—he and Longoria made good on their first vow, which was to live it up in France in honor of their pending nuptials.

In fact, the comely twosome have barely spent a moment out of each other's sight, even holding joint bachelor and bachelorette parties in Saint-Tropez last weekend.

Last Saturday, they treated themselves to a day of lounging on a yacht and partying at Les Caves du Roy, followed on Sunday by a private party for 30 guests at the VIP Room nightclub, subtly billed as Love Is in the Air Starring Eva Longoria and Tony Parker.

Figuring that was enough group time, Parker whisked Longoria away by helicopter Tuesday to Normandy, about 250 miles from Paris, where they visited Mont Saint-Michel, a onetime military stronghold dating back to the sixth century, located on a rocky tidal island that, thanks to its inlet bay and sweeping views, is the third most visited tourist attraction in France, behind only the Eiffel Tower and Versailles (which, by the way, was inspired by the Vaux le Vicomte).

Longoria and Parker dined à deux on an omelet and lamb at the venerable La Mère Poularde restaurant, per People, and then flew back to Paris on the Fourth of July to meet up with about 30 friends and family members for a trip to Disneyland Paris.

On Thursday night, about 24 hours before officially becoming husband and wife, the couple hosted a dinner cruise on the Seine for more than 250 guests.

And as for after the honeymoon, Parker apparently has an idea or two about what the couple's next milestone could be.

"That would be even better than my NBA titles, even if I don't compare private life and sports," he said in Friday's Le Parisien newspaper, talking about how much he's looking forward to having kids. "Eva talks to me about it all the time. I'd like to have girls, because I come from a world of boys."