Hilary Swank and her social venture entrepreneur boyfriend Philip Schneider recently got married in a forest.
Their romantic wedding took place in in Saint Lucia Preserve in Carmel, California, surrounded by 800-year-old Redwood trees. It’s been almost 2 years since Swank and Schneider were first spotted together in 2016.
The 2-time Oscar-winning actress walked down the aisle in a stunning Elie Saab Haute Couture Atelier gown. According to reports, the elegant gown – which took 150 hours to complete – was made of chantilly lace, silk chiffon and organza silk. “I’ve loved Elie Saab for years and was thrilled to have him design my dress,” Swank told Vogue.
A little fun fact: the Hollywood star’s dress was inspired by nature, particularly the redwood trees. “I wanted something romantic that felt as timeless as the redwood grove where we were to be married, and he delivered—designing something that far surpassed my greatest expectations. It was everything I imagined and more,” she was quoted as saying.
The 44-year-old actress’ father walked her down the aisle, just a few years after she took a 3-year hiatus from acting to nurse him back to health after he went through a lung transplant. “Law & Order: SVU” star Mariska Hargitay was also at the wedding ceremony as maid of honour.
The eventful day went off without a hitch. “It was timeless. There is just no other way to describe it. I was overwhelmed with such gratitude and thanks to be marrying the man of my dreams and to see all the people we love together in the middle of such a profound setting. It was truly a dream come true,” Swank added.
In the Vogue featured article, the talented entertainer also recalled how her lovely beau proposed in in Colorado. “We stumbled upon a beautiful sanctuary deep in the mountains. It had a stunning waterfall that cascades down to rustic cabins built in the 1800s surrounded by beautiful pines and big skies. One evening, Philip dropped to his knee in front of the waterfall and proposed—he sweetly made sure my dogs were nearby so they could bear witness!” she shared.
This marks Swank’s 2nd marriage. She divorce director Chad Lowe back in 2007 (they were married for 10 years). She was then engaged to tennis pro Ruben Torres in March 2016 but they called off the engagement a few months later.
6 months later, she was spotted laughing and cuddling with Schneider on the slopes of the Corviglia Snowpark in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Since their courtship, the pair has kept their relationship away from the spotlight or spoke about each other to the press.
Congrats to the newlyweds ;)