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Hilary Swank Marries in a Secret Forest Wedding With Mariska Hargitay as Her Maid of Honor

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Academy Award winning actress Hilary Swank has married her social venture entrepreneur fiancé, Philip Schneider, in a fairytale outdoor ceremony. Vogue reports that the couple wed among the redwoods of the Santa Lucia Preserve in Carmel, California — a location chosen for it’s proximity to Swank’s father, who is unable to fly due to a lung transplant he had three years ago. The loving dad was able to walk her down the forest-floor aisle.

The Million Dollar Baby star stunned in an ethereal Elie Saab Couture wedding dress, custom-made for her special day. “I’ve loved Elie Saab for years and was thrilled to have him design my dress,” Swank, 44, said to Vogue. “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.”

Swank’s best friend, actress Mariska Hargitay, was the bride’s maid of honor. In true Hollywood style, the newlyweds treated their guests to a Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers–style tap dance, choreographed to Moby’s “In My Heart” at the reception.

Swank and Schneider began dating after she called off her engagement to Rueben Torres, a professional tennis player. The couple was set up on a blind date by Supernatural actor Misha Collins’s wife, Vicki. Swank revealed that the couple met at 10 a.m. for brunch and parted ways at 11 p.m. on their first date. It was an instant connection. “We clearly enjoyed our time!” says Swank.

The couple got engaged in 2016, and we wish them the best of luck on their journey as a married couple. 

This post was originally written by Bettina Tyrrell. For more, check out our sister site, Now to Love.

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