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"Housewives" star weds for second time in 24 hours

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PARIS, July 8 (Reuters) ''Desperate Housewives'' star Eva Longoria and basketball player Tony Parker married for a second time, exchanging vows in a Paris church 24 hours after tying the knot at a civil ceremony.

Hundred of fans hoping for a glimpse of the stars yesterday were disappointed as guards kept them well away from the 12th century church, across the road from the Louvre museum.

No details emerged about the half-hour service and the only sign it was over came when red buses began shuttling friends and family to a 17th century chateau outside the French capital where a lavish reception was planned.

Among those invited were Longoria's ''Housewives'' co-stars Teri Hatcher and Felicity Huffman, ''Miami Vice'' star Jamie Foxx, singer Lionel Richie and actors Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones.

Parker's NBA team mates from the San Antonio Spurs were also expected at attend, with other top sports figures such as French soccer player Thierry Henry.

Under French law, couples must have a separate civil marriage if they wed in a church.

Parker, 25, who was born in Belgium and grew up in France, tied the knot with Texas-born Longoria, 32, at a relatively low-key ceremony in a Paris town hall on Friday.

The main event was clearly Saturday's, with the couple joining thousands of others around the world in getting married on 07/07/07 -- a date that many believed to be propitious.

Paparazzi have been stalking the couple and their entourage for the past week, pursuing them as they partied in Disneyland Paris and wined and dined on a river boat on the Seine.

The reception was being held in one of France's most spectacular houses -- the Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte -- which cost an estimated 200,000 euros (280,000 dollars) to hire.

It has previously hosted the wedding of Indian tycoon Lakshmi Mittal's daughter, said to be the most expensive of all time at a reported 55 million dollars.

''It will certainly be a beautiful marriage because a lot of celebrities will be coming,'' said Jean-Charles de Vogue, whose family owns the chateau.

Chateau staff refused to give details, but newspapers said the gardens would be lit by 2,000 candles and a spectacular firework display was planned.

REUTERS LPB KP0903

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