How To Plan A Non-Traditional Wedding

How To Plan A Non-Traditional Wedding

Model Portia Freeman has appeared on the pages of British and Italian Vogue, and has her own successful blog, Platforms and Pushchairs. In August this year, she'll marry her fiancée, Pete Denton, bassist for The Kooks. Read on to find out how she's creating her dream wedding - and how she's dealt with defying tradition. She says:

The day my boyfriend, Pete, finally got down on one knee, (it only took him eight years and two children!) I was bouncing off the walls. First, we decided to get married on our 10 year anniversary, then planning was underway...

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Princess Portia!

"I've triggered some odd reactions"

So, I've been chatting with my close friends and family about my ideas for my wedding (or, should I say, my lack of fixed ideas), and, I have to say, I've triggered some odd reactions. Who'd have thought there'd be so many opinions?? There have been lots of scratched heads and confusion when I utter the words, 'Non-Traditional'. However, while our wedding planning hasn't had much direction or order so far, things are, thankfully, starting to take shape… Well, if the mismatched bits and bobs we've been collecting can be called 'shape'.

"Don't get me wrong, I don't want my wedding to resemble a jumble sale..."

As much as I respect strict colour schemes, complementary napkins and place settings or matching crockery, I'd rather be a little more spontaneous and go for the things we just like the look of! Don't get me wrong, I don't want my wedding to resemble a jumble sale. We're just not spending too much time worrying about it.

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Coffee at The Pig

"Why follow traditions when you can create your own?"

The only tradition I am set on is the outrageously beautiful wedding dress. And, of course, the first time my fiancé will see it will be on the day… He'd better cry! Seriously though, Pete's opinion matters to me; he's got a great eye for detail and is honest, so it's been hard work choosing it without him. Why should it be kept a secret? Bad luck? Meh. It's supposed to be good luck if it rains on your wedding day but no one freaks out when it doesn't… My point is this: why follow traditions when you can create your own?

"It's what we feel is best for us"

The night before we say 'I do', I was originally going to share a room with my mum. A lovely evening of quality time between mother and daughter before the big day. I thought it was the obvious thing to do and, believe me, as lovely as that sounds I just couldn't help but feel that pang for my partner. The idea of him sleeping in the same place but not in my bed just didn't feel right. For starters, I know for a fact that I won't be able to sleep properly without him by my side. And I don't want to wake up on the morning of my wedding day looking and feeling totally unrested. After all, we've been together for nine years and have two children together! Besides, we spend enough time apart when he's on tour, so why spend a night apart when we don't have to? So that was that, we decided we'd stay together. Who cares about tradition when it's what we feel is best for us

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Sleepy heads

And seeing as we were already staying together, Pete and I decided to have a champagne breakfast at our venue's beach hut on the morning of the wedding. Just us. Alone on the morning of our wedding. What better way to start the day? 

"I sometimes don't know how it's all going to take shape" 

With time flying by so quickly, I sometimes don't know how it's all going take shape. I knew that I wanted a flowery meadow to walk through and our venue, The Pig on the beach, is planting wild flower seeds as I write. I wanted a special perfume for the day, and staff at Jo Malone helped me narrow down my options. And thank goodness for Lotte Martin, my wonderful wedding stylist, who'll be putting all our disparate ideas and untraditional methods together in the end. Thanks for your patience in advance, guys!

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Scent selecting at Jo Malone

Words by Portia Freeman




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Meghan Markle Wedding Dress Predictions

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Ever since news of the 2018 royal wedding broke, when Prince Charles released a statement on behalf of the couple, all eyes have been on Meghan Markle, her royal appearances, her famous friends, and of course, her style choices.

Having already cemented herself as a style icon that likes to break the rules (like wearing a trouser suit to a royal event - shock horror!), speculation as to what she will wear on her wedding day has run rife.

Between Meghan's coveted style and her knack for breaking royal protocol, this royal wedding dress is bound to be a controversial one. While details are scant, it has been reported Meghan will wear two dresses on the day; one for the ceremony and one of the reception.

In terms of style, Meghan has confessed to loving Carolyn Bessette Kennedy's wedding style. Caroline wore a very simple Narciso Rodriguez white slip dress when she married John F. Kennedy Jr. While we're sure Meghan will have to up the glamour and opulence on the day, we're expecting her to follow suit with a classic yet modern style that's free of embellishment.

But which lucky designer will be responsible for the already famous gown? See our predictions below: 


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The strongest predictions for Meghan Markle's wedding dress have been for a custom design by Canadian and Turkish fashion designer Erdem Moralioglu. Not only does the designer have Canada in common with Meghan, but she's also worn many of his lady-like designs in the past. 

Our Fashion Director, Bryony Toogood, is also predicting Meghan will wear Erdem. "He's really current, especially with his recent collection for H&M," says Bryony. "His last collection was also heavily influenced by The Queen, specifically a young Queen Elizabeth II, when she met American jazz composer Duke Ellington in 1958. So with his royal familiarity, plus being a Canadian, I think their's a strong likelyhood he'll be designing the royal wedding dress."  

Ralph & Russo

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The other fashion label that royal insiders are pointing to is Ralph & Russo. Originating from Australia, the London-based label was recently the first British fashion house to be invited to the Paris haute couture shows in a century. Their haute couture collection also featured numerous wedding worthy options including a finale wedding dress that is no doubt worthy of a princess (pictured above).

It addition to their wedding-worthy designs, we also know Meghan is already a fan, having worn one of their designs in her engagement photos. The couture house also has a seven-story salon in Mayfair that overlooks Buckingham Palace, so it's a perfect option for Meghan.

Inbal Dror

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According to the Jerusalem Post, Israeli bridal designer, Inbal Dror, was asked to submit a few design sketches by the palace. The designer is famed for his elegant yet sexy aesthetic, counting stars such as Beyonce and Naomi Watts as fans.

Within the three sketches the designer submitted were an A-line design, a full gown with puffed shoulders and a fishtail style.

Roland Mouret

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The London based designer is beloved by stars all around the world for his figure hugging dresses. Meghan Markle is no exception, having worn many of his designs and even striking up a friendship with the designer. While Roland isn't a bridal designer, one of his dresses could be perfect for Meghan's reception outfit.

Alexander McQueen

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Having previously designed the royal wedding dress for The Duchess of Cambridge, Sarah Burton is naturally a popular prediction for Meghan's dress as well. Considering how Meghan is happy to break tradition, it is likely Meghan will wear a different designer, but considering how opulent Sarah's designs are, we're not 100% ruling it out yet.

Stay tuned for the 19 of May when all will be revealed...