Sim­ply Un­for­get­table

It was all laugh­ter and joy for both the Tan and Helf­man fam­i­lies when Gabrielle Tan and Michael Helf­man tied the knot

Malaysia Tatler Wedding - - CONTENTS -

Gabrielle Tan and Michael Helf­man have a mem­o­rable wed­ding cer­e­mony at the St Ge­orge’s Church in Pe­nang

What hap­pens when two cre­ative and hap­pygo-lucky souls come to­gether as one? Mis­chief, of course, and def­i­nitely not bor­ing. Long­time love­birds Gabrielle Tan and Michael Helf­man are known in town for their quirky sense of hu­mour and fun-lov­ing spirit, so it should come as no sur­prise that their wed­ding cel­e­bra­tion should re­flect their per­son­al­i­ties. The in­ti­mate and ex­clu­sive af­fair, which is spread out in a time frame of a month, con­sisted of four cel­e­bra­tions that were care­fully and metic­u­lously planned and ex­e­cuted from the heart.

Their love story be­gan when they met each other at an event at The Gar­dens Mall. Their mu­tual friends tried to set them up to­gether one night and Michael, aware of what his friends were up to, ca­su­ally asked her on a date. Their first date was spent at a bowl­ing al­ley and even­tu­ally more din­ners en­sued af­ter that. As they got to know each other, over time Mike and Gabby—as they are fondly known as—started to let their guard down and fall in love. Their re­la­tion­ship cul­mi­nated in Mike pop­ping the ques­tion to her at KLCC Park, with the glit­ter­ing lights of the Twin Tow­ers as a wit­ness. Af­ter

months of de­lib­er­at­ing and plan­ning for the big day, ev­ery­thing came to­gether quite nicely. This was ev­i­dent from their touch­ing church cer­e­mony which took place at the St Ge­orge’s Church in Pe­nang, the church Gabby at­tended while grow­ing up. The cou­ple was sur­rounded by beloved friends and both sides of the fam­i­lies.

Gabby walked down the aisle arm-inarm with her fa­ther Datuk Seri Robert Tan, ac­com­pa­nied by the song To Make You Feel My Love, sung by her sis­ters Liz and Nikki with her brother Timmy on the pi­ano. Around 80 guests wit­nessed this beau­ti­ful mo­ment.

The wed­ding re­cep­tion in Pe­nang was held at the Parkroyal Ho­tel. Aligned with

the theme ‘Starry Night’, the colour scheme for the en­tire event was mid­night blue and gold, even the wed­ding cake! Gabby’s maid of hon­our who was her sis­ter Abi­gail played the guitar as the bride and groom strolled into the ball­room, to thun­der­ous ap­plause. Af­ter en­thu­si­as­tic rounds of yam seng, Gabby had her first dance with her hus­band to the tune of Un­for­get­table and later with her dad to Dance with My Fa­ther.

Back in Kuala Lumpur, the cou­ple or­gan­ised a ca­sual re­cep­tion din­ner at The Gar­dens Ho­tel. Travel was the wed­ding theme as this is some­thing they love do­ing to­gether. Once that was done, a pri­vate din­ner party was held at the pen­t­house of The Tus­cany in New York City, the home­town of Mike.

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