Another inventive groom we have today. 28-year-old Chris White proposed to his girlfriend of two years, Tamara (Tam) Diamond, on a picnic at Perth’s Kings Park – where it all began.
Tam, 24, tells, “After eating a nice lunch, Chris pulled out a packet of Tim Tams (my fave!). He had done something to the packaging so that when he slid the tray of biscuits out of the wrapper, the ‘Tim’ part folded under leaving the ‘Tam’ still visible. Then in the biscuit tray was a note that read, “Will you marry me?” and the ring was next to it. It was so cute!”
The answer was of course, yes, and the pair went about organising a classic and elegant wedding styled with graceful simplicity and a hint of rustic charm. They said ‘I do’ in front of 130 family and friends at St Mary’s church in Leederville, WA and a sit-down dinner was held at the colonial-style Bridgeleigh reception centre, set on 10 acres of natural bushland.
Tam took on her husband’s name but at one point she toyed with the idea of a White-Diamond hyphenation. A pretty cool married name, but she concedes, “I’m kind of traditional in that sense, plus I didn’t want to have a different surname to Chris and he wasn’t too keen on changing his.”
Never mind! Mrs White, you look amazing in your vintage-inspired couture gown by Baccini & Hill. Congratulations to you both.
Harmonising with the bride’s tulle gown were these heavenly Evelyn Miles designer peep-toe pumps. The Serenity style is a classic satin bridal shoe with a dainty tulle wrap and 12cm stiletto heels.
Chris was dressed smartly in a charcoal peak lapel three-piece suit by Kenneth Blake, worn with a white shirt and black tie. The look was completed elegantly with a simple white rose buttonhole.
On a trip to Melbourne for a family birthday, Tam visited Melbourne designer, Baccini & Hill and fell in love with the first dress she tried on. It was the Azzure gown with a delicate Chantilly lace bodice and full tulle skirt to which she said ‘I do’.
Her gorgeous earrings and hair comb were from the same boutique.
Of the songs chosen for the ceremony, Tam tells, “The bridesmaids entered with an acoustic guitar version of ‘The Wedding March.’ I walked down the aisle to ‘Here Comes the Bride’ played on acoustic guitar and we all exited the church to the instrumental version of ‘Here Comes the Sun’ by The Beatles.”
“We had a Rolls Royce 11-seater stretch limousine and a Rolls Royce sedan,” says the bride of their classic wedding cars, by Richmond Palace Limousines.
Tam explains how she came to have a ‘bridesman’ in her wedding party. “With our bridal party, Chris and I had five attendants on either side. Chris had five groomsmen and I had four bridesmaids and – a bridesman! One of my best friends who I’ve known forever (since we were born) is Jake and I wanted him by my side when I got married. It was also Jake’s son, Hunter, who was our pageboy.”
Tam sourced her bridesmaid dresses online and chose full length strapless chiffon gowns in a lovely muted tone for their elegant wedding.
The floral arrangements were silk roses, chosen “because I wanted to be able to keep the bouquet forever and being silk flowers they will look exactly the same over time,” explains Tam. “It was also a nice memento for the bridesmaids.”
The reception began with canapes and pre-dinner cocktails while photos were being taken, followed by a formal sit-down dinner and a dessert buffet afterwards.
The couple’s beautiful three-tier wedding cake was a layered chocolate and white chocolate creation by Glory Box Cakes.
Tam and Chris ended their celebrations with a glorious honeymoon to Thailand and Malaysia. “We stayed in a villa that sits on stilts above the ocean – truly paradise. Then Kuala Lumpur on the way home for some shopping.”
Photos courtesy of Memories of Tomorrow Photography.
Bomboniere: Pink Frosting / Brides Accessories: Baccini & Hill / Brides Gown: Baccini & Hill / Brides Shoes: Evelyn Miles / Bridesmaids Accessories: Online / Bridesmaids Dresses: Online / Ceremony Venue: St Mary's Leederville / Entertainment: House of Sounds / Flowers: Bett's Flowers / Gift Registry: Wishing well / Grooms Attire: Kenneth Blake / Groomsmen Attire: Kenneth Blake / Hair: Kerry's Hair & Nails / Invitations: Lala Design / Makeup: Bride's friend / Pageboy Attire: Ferrari Formal Wear / Reception Venue: Bridgeleigh Reception Centre / Rings: Solid Gold Jewellers / Transport: Richmond Palace Limousines / Wedding Night Accommodation: Crown Metropol Perth