Hilary Swank banned mobile phones from her wedding.

Hilary Swank

Hilary Swank

The 44-year-old actress recently secretly tied the knot to entrepreneur Philip Schneider at the Saint Lucia Preserve in Carmel, California, and has revealed the day was made even more "moving" because everyone was silent and "in the moment" without any distractions from their devices.

Asked what the most moving part of the ceremony was, Hilary told HELLO! magazine: "Hmm, it's hard to choose. Being with my dad, but also when you walk down the aisle and see your soulmate waiting for you and all your loved ones who have made the journey and effort to be there... Everyone was quiet.

"We didn't have any mobile phones at the ceremony so people could really be in the moment.

"And then two friends, Karen and Willa Griffin, sang and my newphew Brandon played the guitar.

"Then Philip's best friend Mischa Collins read a poem he'd written for us.

"It was just magic, and very moving."

The 'Million Dollar Baby' star having her father walk her down the aisle was especially emotional for the actress, as she took a three-year break from work to become his full-time carer in 2015, when he underwent a successful lung transplant.

She said: "Yes, after taking those three years off to look after my dad our relationship deepened.

"I sat with him for about 20 minutse before we made our way to the redwood grove and it was emotional.

"I was crying my make-up off.

"I felt so incredibly moved that he was with us and able to experience this with me.

"It was a moving moment for everyone as they knew the journey he'd taken to get to this place and time."

Both Hilary and her husband had a little cry on their special day.

She said: "We both welled up. I already had my tissue because my dad had already started off the tears. But we were both emotional."

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