Rapper Syarif Sleeq weds S'pore sweetheart Malaque Mahdaly

Rapper Syarif Sleeq weds S'pore sweetheart Malaque Mahdaly

His heart was captured the first time he laid eyes on her in 2009.

Syarif Sleeq of local hip hop duo Sleeq was then an intern with MediaCorp's Channel 5 and Malaque Mahdaly was a Singapore Idol 3 contestant.

He fell in love with her wavy, flowing hair and was captivated when she sang a cover of a song by US R&B singer Keyshia Cole.

The pair dated for five years and tied the knot last Saturday in a glitzy, regal yet intimate affair at Alkaff Mansion.

It saw some 350 guests that included celebrities like actor Aaron Aziz, actresses Nurul Aini and Mastura Ahmad, Ria 89.7FM radio DJs Aura Shai, Fiza O, KC and Nity Baizura as well as Malaysian host Aznil Nawawi.

The solemnisation ceremony and wedding lunch was at the same venue earlier in the day.

Specially for fans, a live stream of the solemnisation ceremony and wedding dinner was made available on www.thesyarifs.com

Dressed to the dinner theme "Be Bold, Be Gold", most came in their shiniest, flashiest best.

On one thing they all agreed: Syarif and cake artist Malaque, both 25, are a match made in heaven.

Fiza O, 31, told The New Paper: "They are such a gorgeous fit. Both are so talented, good-looking and humble. I remember when he first met her, we were talking and he told me that he really liked her and that she was very pretty."

Aaron's manager-wife Diyana Halik, who flew in from Kuala Lumpur with her family, said that the couple reminded her of Aaron and herself.

"They are just like us, they argue about the silliest things. But we all share good laughter together and hope they will still hang out with us even after marriage," said Diyana, 32.

Aaron and Diyana manage Sleeq, which also comprises Syarif's cousin, Alyph.

Diyana revealed that Syarif, whose real name is Ahmad Syarifullah, gets along famously with her three young children.

"My youngest, Dahlia, four, is very close to him. When she found out he was getting married, she was initially unhappy until Malaque got into her good books. He's great with the kids," she said.

During the two-hour reception, Syarif surprised his blushing bride with a song co-written for her with local act The Trisno Trio called Tanggal 22 (Malay for the date 22nd).

The number 22 holds special meaning for the couple, who first dated on Sept 22 in 2009 and married on Nov 22.

It was a romantic moment for the pair as he gazed into her eyes while singing the soulful ballad.

It was not the only time the number 22 came into play that night.

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