Royal wedding for desperate housewife

Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria has married her Belgian-born NBA basketballer boyfriend Tony Parker in a weekend Catholic ceremony at the historic Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois - the parish church for French royalty.

Fr Dominique Schubert told The Associated Press that he formally married the 25-year-old Parker and 32-year-old Longoria in a full Catholic wedding ceremony but the priest gave no details.

The ceremony at the Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois Church frequented by French royalty in centuries past was stage two in a weekend wedding extravaganza, ABC News reports.

First, the mayor of Paris pronounced Parker and Longoria husband and wife in a civil ceremony Friday. Then a priest married them Saturday afternoon. Next up: an exclusive bash at a storied French chateau.

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.

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 3 metre wooden panels in front of the church, and the bride and groom kept well out of sight.

After the guests and wedding party left in red buses and a black Rolls Royce, fans stormed the church, grabbing up the white lilies spread out across the large medieval hall.

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.

"I married a friend to the woman he loves. It was touching, moving, very warm and at the same time very relaxed," Delanoe said on RTL radio Saturday.

And romantic, he concluded: "They kiss all the time."

Longoria, Parker Wed in Royals' Church (ABC News, 7/7/07)
Desperate Housewives star ties the knot (News.com.au, 7/7/07)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Eva Longoria (Wikipedia)
Tony Parker (Wikipedia)
Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois Church (Wikipedia, French)
Desperate Housewives (Wikipedia)

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9 Jul 2007