Rebecca Klass and Gian Tullao

When Phillipines-born Gian Tullao was introduced by friends to Rebecca Klass in 2007, he wound up falling in love with her — and her Jewish heritage. Gian took openly to Judaism and eventually converted from Catholicism.

How did his Catholic family feel about this change of religion? Well, when Klass joined Tullao’s family for Easter breakfast, his mother served bagels, lox and cream cheese.

Klass, however, found it harder to adapt to Filipino food and will never forget one Christmas dinner when she couldn’t quite bring herself to eat a special dish called dinuguan — coddled pig’s blood.

Tullao, 28, is currently assistant manager at Toys ‘R’ Us in Porter Ranch. He recently graduated from Casa Loma College and will soon be a Licensed Vocational Nurse. Klass, 26, is a retail merchandising assistant for Guess? Inc. in downtown L.A.

The Studio City couple were married on September 4 at Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills. The ceremony was traditional — but the 200-guest reception was, said Klass, “like a cocktail hour on steroids.” 

Beverly Harris Weddings & Events transformed the Agoura Hills backyard of Klass’ grandmother into a Hollywood-style lounge, with white couches and ottomans, a circular cocktail bar, private cabanas, a dance floor and an array of food stations that included a sushi chef and a mac ‘n’ cheese bar.

In one great “Fiddler on the Roof” moment, the bride and groom were lifted in their chairs high above the partying crowd.

—Maxine Nunes
Custom Publishing Writer

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