Last weekend, Hilary Swank married her boyfriend of two years, Philip Schneider, in a gorgeous woodland ceremony that’s bound to serve as inspiration for many brides to come. The wedding was actually a secret, and Swank only recently opened up about it in Vogue.
The couple’s family and friends (and MOH Mariska Hargitay!) gathered in California’s Saint Lucia Preserve under a canopy of trees. Swank said the ceremony’s location reflected both her and Schneider’s love of nature. “It’s a stunning private community surrounded by 20,000 acres of conservancy and an intimate redwood grove populated with trees that are over 800 years old,” the actress told Vogue.
The reception’s location — a 100-year-old barn, illuminated with hundreds of globe string lights — had a similar aesthetic, with candlesticks and floral arrangements aplenty.
Then there’s Swank’s dress — perhaps the dreamiest part of the entire wedding. The Elie Saab Couture gown was comprised of 25 meters of Chantilly lace, eight meters of silk chiffon, and six meters of organza silk. The final result (which took more than 150 hours to create) was an ethereal dress that perfectly matched the wedding’s entire feel. “I’ve loved Elie Saab for years and was thrilled to have him design my dress,” Swank said. “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 certainly didn’t keep the dress on while performing a special tap dance at the reception, though. Instead, she changed into a dance dress designed by Dior’s Maria Grazia Chiuri. “I’ve admired her forever and had the wonderful opportunity to meet [with her] a few months before [the wedding], and shared with her the idea to see if she wanted to help,” Swank said. “She designed an exquisite dance dress that perfectly reflected the look I was after.”
But perhaps our FAVORITE idea to come from the wedding was the fact that guests were given wireless headphones to keep the party running until late.
“Everyone was having so much fun and didn’t want the party to end, so we actually had to start dancing to wireless headphones into the wee hours of the next day, so the distant neighbors wouldn’t be kept up by the sound system,” Swank told Vogue.