AF7 winner Hafiz Suip and Effy tie the knot in style and glamour
By Jude Toyat
Photos by Ministry of Moment
Malaysia’s singing sensation Hafiz Suip, 26, finally tied the knot with Nureffy ‘Effy’ Jesreel Abdullah, 24, at a private solemnisation ceremony held at the bride’s house near Taman Matang Jaya on May 14.
The affair was solemnised by Ustaz Kasdinata Fauzi, with mahr worth RM120.
After the couple got engaged on February 27 last year on Hafiz’s birthday, they chose to get married on May 14 this year to mark Effy’s birthday.
After the solemnisation ceremony, Hafiz and Effy celebrated two different wedding receptions, first was for the bride’s side and the second was for the groom.
The wedding reception for Effy’s side themed ‘Malam Songket’ was held at Pullman Hotel banquet hall on Saturday, attended by more than 10, 000 guests.
Upon the couple’s arrival in traditional Malay attire on a dais designed by Alex Suib of ‘My Pelamin’ at 8pm, the guests were entertained by a dance performance by dancers from the Sarawak Cultural Village.
After the dance performance, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg and wife Datin Amar Juma’ani Tuanku Bujang were invited to come on stage to start the blessing ceremony (upacara merenjis).
It was followed by State Legislative Assembly Speaker Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar and wife Datin Amar Fatimah Iskandar, Lebuhraya Borneo Utara Sdn Bhd (LBU) chairman Tan Sri Abang Ahmad Urai Hakim Abang Mohideen, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim, before Effy’s parents Awang Abdullah Awang Abdul Razak and Fatimah Bohari, as well as Hafiz’s parents Mohd Suip Mohd Suut and Halizawati Mohd Salleh.
Several traditional Malay wedding practices were also performed after the blessing ceremony including the ‘makan temuan’, yellow glutinous rice-cutting ceremony, and ‘turun naik tangga’ (the act of going up and down the stairs for three times) symbolising the ups and downs of marriage.
The guests were entertained during dinner by spectacular singing performance of ‘Sayang Sarawak’ by Hazmil Hassan of Astro’s Ceria Popstar 2016. Following that was a wonderful musical performance by violin player Mohd Addin Rahman, The Little Big Band, and another dance performance by SCV dancers.
Akademi Fantasia 7 winner Hafiz also did not miss the chance to perform a mesmerizing performance of his duet with Misha Omar entitled ‘Terimaku Seadanya’. Misha also sang Alicia Key’s ‘If I Ain’t Got You’ that evening.
A dear friend to Hafiz also of Akademi Fantasia 7 fame Akim Ahmad also delivered a soulful performance of Akim & the Majistret’s ‘Mewangi’ and Lionel Richie’s ‘Hello’.
Also present at the three-hour wedding ceremony hosted by Iwan Dasri and Sharifah Murshida were local celebrities including the vivacious TV host Datuk Aznil Nawawi.
The second wedding reception by the groom’s side was held at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching the next day, May 15.
Knowing each other for six years since 2010, Hafiz and Effy only decided to make their relationship public during their engagement on February 27 last year to protect their privacy.
Effy, second of three siblings, first saw Hafiz during the final AF7 concert in 2009, where she and her parents went to support their fellow Sarawakian in the reality singing competition, never expecting that the winner would eventually become her husband.
The Empire Shopping Gallery in Kuala Lumpur remains the couple’s most cherished place as that was where they met for the first time and where Effy accompanied Hafiz to buy a shirt right after the music video shoot of ‘Awan Nano’.
“Apart from the fact that he is cute, I was drawn to Hafiz for his humble and caring demeanour. He is also a very responsible person who is highly respectful of others,” she said.
As for Hafiz, Effy’s politeness is what attracted him the most.
“Effy is a very reserved, shy person and it was her politeness that drew my attention. She really respects the elderly and is a very loving person to her family.
“I believe that Effy is the person who can properly guide me going forward as she has always been my motivation and always be there for me. I hope that we can continue to become a loving couple and I promise to love her each and every day for as long as I live.”