Eva Longoria’s Desperate Housewives pals have begun arriving for the star’s extravagant Paris nuptials which begin with a low-key civil cermemony today.
Teri Hatcher led the arrivals of the popular soap’s cast-mates as Eva, 32, and her 25-year-old fiance, the San Antonio Spurs basketball player Tony Parker, hosted a pre-wedding party on a boat along the Seine river in Paris.
Desperate Houswives Marcia Cross is also expected despite giving birth to twins in February, and other stars already in France for the wedding include ex-Arsenal star Thierry Henry, Sheryl Crow and Fantastic Four star Jessica Alba.
Other guests at their big day are expected to include Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones.
(Jessica Alba & Cash Warren Arrive)
The couple’s civil ceremony is required by French law and will precede Saturday’s religious ceremony, which will be held at Paris’s Eglise Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois, followed by a typically extravagant party at 17th-century castle, Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte, the setting for Kirsten Dunst’s Marie Antoinette film.
Eva and Tony have had an eventful week in France, the birthplace of Eva’s fiance. First they spent a week on a yacht celebrating their impending union with a joint his ‘n’ hers hen and stag parties.
Then following a romantic dinner in picturesque Mont Saint-Michel, a 6th-century medieval hamlet celebrated for its romantic views, the pair flew back to Paris, where they met up with 30 friends and family members for a tour of Disneyland Paris.
During the day trip the couple braved the Rockin’ Rollercoaster, squealing in unison through the high-speed drops.
Later, the loved up couple strolled around the fun park arm in arm and posed for photographs with fans, as well as Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
Now hours away from her big day, the actress is excited about showing off her gown which she has promised will be a showstopper.
Eva said: “My dress, my dress, my dress! I wish I could wear 10 dresses to my wedding. It’s so sad that you put it in storage and then never see it again.”
The wedding is set to be a star studded affair - Parker has booked Lionel Richie and Eva’s close friend Oscar-winning actor and singer Jamie Foxx to perform at the ceremony.
The couple have hired the entire Chateau for 6 and 7 July and their guests have been invited to stay in the numerous bedrooms and private apartments on the which will close to the public for the first time ever.
After the ceremony there will be a fountain show within the French style gardens.
But they will only have time for a very brief honeymoon - Longoria begins filming the next season of Desperate Housewives in Los Angeles just two days after the nuptials.