Though Whitney Port is fully immersed in the planning of her spring nuptials to producer Tim Rosenman, the Whitney Eve designer had never tried on a wedding dress until arriving at our Los Angeles studios earlier this month. With racks full of gorgeous gowns at her disposal, Port immediately gravitated toward the unexpected silhouettes, specifically a matching top and skirt set from Tory Burch and a slinky number by Reformation not unlike the Calvin Klein slip dress she originally imagined for herself. “I’m definitely a more modern bride,” Port says. “I don’t feel like weddings need to be by the book.” It’s not surprising; while Port is a classic beauty, her fashion-forward sensibilities point to an unconventional bridal direction, which we love.
The bride-to-be talks to us about the dress of her dreams, wedding planning, and more in our exclusive shoot. Scroll down to see the full story, then head over to Byrdie.com for the inside scoop on her beauty looks.
“In terms of the dress, it is a fashion moment that I want also to be a reflection of my personal style esthetic—not what you’d see most brides wearing. My style philosophy: is be you, make your own rules.”
“My favourite beauty look was the blown-out hair and super natural makeup. I haven’t played around with my new haircut too much, so it was cool to see that it could be sort of ‘60s.”
Credits: J. Mendel Micheline Strapless Asymmetrical Draped Bustier Gown ($5200, available August); Pomellato Velano Collection 18K Earrings ($5,350, 800.254.6020) in Rose Gold and White Quartz.
“I love being able to plan such a fun, love-filled event with my partner. It makes me so excited for our future, and is an awesome bonding experience.”
Credits: Tory Burch Pearl Shell ($450, available soon) and Noreen Skirt ($450, available soon) in Birch; BHLDN Petite Flora Hairpins ($105) in Pearl; Cartier Amulette De Cartier Bracelet ($5,150) in White Gold; Anita Ko 18K Earrings ($6,300) in Yellow Gold and Diamond Leaf; Oscar De La Renta Champagne Velvet Hildie Mule ($895).
“I felt really sexy and comfortable in these looks. It wasn’t about following a tradition, it was about what makes you feel good in your own skin. I loved how relaxed most of the styles were. Comfort is key!”
Credits: Rachel Zoe Gathered Neck Maxi Dress ($395) in Winter White; Jennifer Behr Rosita Tiny Crystal Scallop Headwrap ($182) in Crystal; Paige Novick Dagger Earrings ($140) in Shiny Silver; Tiffany & Co. Pearl Earrings ($175); Nina Minna Sandals ($69) in Platino Crystal Lame.
“I originally had envisioned a Calvin Klein slip dress vibe, so the Reformation dress was fun to play with and see if I felt comfortable in that kind of look. I still don’t know, though! I could either go super relaxed and non-fussy or something really intricate and detailed—too many options!"
Credits: Reformation Citrine Dress ($518) in Ivory; Jennifer Behr Voilette Headband ($182) in Cream; Ippolita Starburst Pave Branch Cuff Earring with Diamonds ($2,000) in 18K Gold; Van Cleef & Arpels Frivole Necklace ($14,100, 877.VAN.CLEEF) in 18K Yellow Gold Featuring 9 Diamond Motifs Set; Sara Weinstock Cuff ($3,640) in Diamond & Gold; Jimmy Choo Ivette Stappy Sandals ($795) in Champagne Glitter.