Emotional wedding dinner for Sezairi and wife
He's known for being quite the joker, but it was an emotional night for Singapore Idol 3 winner Sezairi Sezali and his bride Syaza Qistina Tan, 25, at their wedding reception on Sunday.
Ms Syaza teared up during her speech as she addressed her husband.
The events executive, who grew up in a single-parent household, said: "I haven't had the best examples growing up of how a man and a woman should love each other.
"But you've taught me so much... So thank you, and I love you."
The groom fared better than his bride at holding back tears as he addressed her and the 200 guests gathered at the SAF Yacht Club in Tanah Merah.
The singer-songwriter, 29, said: "What I love most about Syaza is that I don't have to pretend to be someone else, and I can be myself around her."
Sezairi and wife Ms Syaza Qistina Tan. TNP PHOTO: PHYLLICIA WANG
Sezairi and Ms Syaza were dressed in matching red and black outfits by local celebrity stylist and make-up artist Fatimah Mohsin.
The venue's decor, which followed a blue and white flowery theme, was also done by the stylist.
The couple tied the knot in an earlier solemnisation ceremony on Jan 23 at Timbre Music Academy hall
Sheikh Haikel with his wife Anna Belle Francis. TNP PHOTO: PHYLLICIA WANG
Among the guests at the reception on Sunday were radio DJ-singer Tabitha Nauser, who was a bridesmaid, comedian Fakkah Fuzz, who hosted the affair, local rappers Shigga Shay and Sheikh Haikel, who was there with wife Anna Belle Francis.
Benjamin Kheng from local band The Sam Willows told The New Paper: "I was out of the country (during the solemnisation) so I'm extra psyched to be here today."
He added jokingly: "I thought Sezairi and I would be together forever, but I'm happy to let Syaza take over. I'm so happy for the two of them."
Among the guests at Sezairi and Ms Syaza's wedding were local band The Sam Willows. PHOTO: THE STRAITS TIMES
Ms Syaza's mother, Madam Norintan Shariff, 53, said in her speech: "As any mother, this is the happiest and proudest moment of my life. I've seen how they both pull through tough times, and I know they'll continue to do so together."
She also told The New Paper: "If things get hard, I think they'll manage to work things out no matter what, because they are the perfect couple."
Madam Norintan Shariff, Ms Syaza Qistina Tan's mother. PHOTO: THE STRAITS TIMES
Sezairi and Ms Syaza now live in Pasir Ris with Madam Norintan and Ms Syaza's younger sister, Hannah.
Sezairi's housewife mother, Madam Rubi'ah Chayan, 54, is still getting used to not having her older son around the house.
She told TNP: "I'm used to preparing his food and clothes for him, so it's very different now that he's not living with us anymore."
Sezairi's parents, Madam Rubi'ah Chayan and Mr Sezali Suliman, at their son's wedding reception. TNP PHOTO: PHYLLICIA WANG
As the evening progressed, musician Charlie Lim performed solo for the couple, before sharing the stage with Sezairi for another performance.
Sezairi then serenaded his wife with a Malay song from his upcoming self-titled EP, which is based on his seven-year relationship with Ms Syaza.