By Ulrica Wihlborg
July 16, 2007 12:00 PM


The 17th-century castle is ready and the wedding cake is on a plane from California—let the party begin! On June 30, a week before their wedding (scheduled for July 7), Eva Longoria and Tony Parker kicked off the celebration in Saint-Tropez with about 30 friends. After spending the day relaxing on a yacht and wearing matching baseball caps reading “Faith,” they hosted a joint bachelor-bachelorette party at the VIP Room nightclub, where they dined and danced until 3 a.m. “They looked like any other couple in love,” says Billie Parker, a fellow club-goer. The next day Longoria, 32, and the French-raised Parker, 25, traveled to Paris and checked into an $11,000-a-night suite at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme hotel. “Paris is such a romantic city,” says a source close to the couple. “They are so excited to get married there.”

Before their wedding at the Church of Saint Germain l’Auxerrois, the bride and groom scheduled a civil ceremony, which is required to make a marriage legal in France. Invited guests—about 250 of them—include Desperate Housewives pals Teri Hatcher and Felicity Huffman (Marcia Cross sent her regrets because she couldn’t leave her twin babies); Parker’s basketball teammates, coaches and friends; as well as Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Jessica Alba. And they could all look forward to a lavish reception at the Chateau of Vaux le Vicomte, where “the big color theme is red,” says a source. “It’s going to be a fairy-tale wedding.”

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