Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria tied the knot with NBA Basketball star Tony Parker at a romantic French chateau on July 7, 2007.
The couple joined a trend to get married on the triple 7 wedding date, said to be a lucky day for weddings. The wedding date holds the record for the number of weddings, surpassing even the Millennium for a popular wedding date.
Technically, the couple wed on July 6, in a civil ceremony in Paris. The pair were joined in marriage by Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe at a ceremony at the city hall. The civil ceremony was attended by about 40 people. The civil ceremony was held in compliance to French law, which requires a separate civil marriage if there is a church wedding.
Eva Longoria wore a charming Chanel dress by world famous designer Karl Lagerfeld for the civil ceremony.
On July 7, the couple were married in a church wedding ceremony in a half hour service. The Catholic wedding was followed by a lavish reception held in a 17th century chateau, according to Reuters (ca.today.reuters.com).
The July 7 Catholic wedding ceremony was held at the Saint-Germain-l’Auxerrois Church, across the street from the Louvre Art Museum. The church was frequented by French royalty of past times. The Catholic ceremony was presided over by Pere Dominic Schubers, in both English and French, according to a report by OK Magazine (ok-magazine.com).
Invited guests included Eva Longoria’s “Desperate Housewives” co-stars, Teri Hatcher, Nicolette Sheridan, and Felicity Huffman along with husband William H. Macy. Celebrity entertainers and actors in attendance included: Jamie Foxx, Lionel Richie, Mario Lopez, Ryan Seacrest, Sheryl Crow, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Many of Tony Parker’s NBA teammates from the San Antonio Spurs were in attendance.
Security was tight for the July 7 wedding, disappointing onlookers hoping to get a glimpse of the celebrity couple.
The reception was held at the Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte, which is said to be one of France’s most spectacular houses. The cost to hire the house is estimated to be about $280,000.
Guardian Unlimited (guardian.co.uk) reported in an article by Jenny Barchfield, that Eva Longoria wore an exquisite silk wool and silk gazar scoop back mermaid gown, which was embroidered with silver metallic. The Angel Sanchez designed gown had a five foot long train. The stunning wedding gown was estimated to have cost over $75,000.
Eva was quoted in an exclusive interview with OK Magazine “Every girl dreams of having a beautiful, romantic wedding. This is above and beyond what I ever wanted or imagined by wedding to be.”
Reportedly OK Magazine won the bid for the privilege of shooting the wedding photographs of the happy couple. The New York Post reported that OK Magazine paid more than $2 million to photograph the wedding for OK Magazine. OK Magazine beat out People Magazine in the bid for rights to photograph the wedding, according to a report on New York Post’s Page Six by Paula Froelich (nypost.com).
Eva Longoria, 32, has been married once before. This in Tony Parker’s first marriage.
Eva Longoria plays the devious, sexy Gabrielle Solis in the hit prime time soap opera Desperate Housewives. Eva’s role in Desperate Housewives has propelled her to international stardom, becoming a Latin sex symbol and a role model for young Hispanic girls.
Desperate Housewives is a contemporary prime time soap with a “darkly comedic look at suburbia (abc.go.com). The ABC television series centers upon the circle of girlfriends and neighbors on Wisteria Lane.
Tony Parker is a Guard for the NBA Basketball Team San Antonio Spurs.
July 7, 2007 was predicted to be a auspicious day for weddings. Superstitious couples hoped that getting married on the lucky triple 7 day would bring lady luck into the marriage. Many couples planned “Triple Seven” themed weddings, using the number seven for everything from napkins, to number of tiers on the wedding cake. .