Local singer-actor Aliff Aziz gets married in Kuala Lumpur
Local singer-actor Aliff Aziz's mother was in tears as he walked through the door for his marriage solemnisation.
"I could not help myself," Madam Siti Hafizah Sheikh Mohamad told The New Paper.
"It has been a long journey not just for Aliff, but for the whole family.
"I was so proud to see my son in his baju kurung and about to take the next big step in his life."
Madam Siti gave Aliff a hug and shared a few words with him before he took his vows in front of family and close friends on Friday morning in Kuala Lumpur.
"I told him that he would always have my blessing," said Madam Siti.
"At that point, he reassured me and told me not to worry."
The 25-year-oldhad gone through a rough patch with his mother after he was caught on the wrong side of the law twice in 2014 - when he punched a Malaysian hotel employee and when he was summoned to court for the theft of two mobile phones.
Without going into details, Aliff told TNP that he and his mother "did not talk for quite some time" because Madam Siti was "very angry" with him.
Madam Siti said: "At the end of the day, he is still my child, no matter what he does, and I have long forgiven him for his mistakes.
"I am very honest with him and I tell him as it is without any no sugar coating. I am that tough love kind of parent and sometimes, young adults his age do not want to hear it.
"But he is my firstborn and I will always love him no matter what he does."
After dating for almost two years and being engaged for nine months, Aliff and Malaysian broadcasting undergraduate Dayang Ara Nabellah Awang Astillah, 22, took their marriage vows and held a wedding reception for about 1,000 guests at the Top Glove Tower in Shah Alam, Selangor.
Aliff, who spoke to TNP yesterday afternoon, said: "I was so nervous. The walk down the aisle was the longest I have ever made in my life."
Aliff and his wife, who is known as Bella to friends and family, walked into the ballroom to a tune with bagpipes. The music then changed to US singer Christina Perri's award-winning hit A Thousand Years.
"The entire walk was a good four minutes and I had to continuously maintain a smile while my nerves acted up,"Aliff said with a laugh.
"And I could tell that my wife was also extremely nervous, especially with the many cameras around us.
"I am glad we did not trip and fall especially with Bella's dress being so heavy."
Even though two days has passed, Aliff said it still has yet to sink in that he is now married.
"It is just so surreal," he said.
"Maybe because I am still very tired from the whole thing and my mind has not been able to quite grasp it just yet."
Instead of going on a honeymoon immediately, the couple revealed yesterday that they are planning on heading to Singapore to celebrate Hari Raya Haji today.
"Bella and I might drive back to Singapore to celebrate Haji with my family and visit relatives who were not able to make it for the wedding," Aliff said.
"After spending two nights there, we will come back to KL before heading to Sandakan (a town in Sabah) to visit Bella's family."
Amid the many family-visiting plans, Aliff said he is "most excited about just one thing".
"I am so eager to embark on this journey with my wife and our future family," he said.
"It is going to be amazing and I could not have asked for more."
"Bella and I might drive back to Singapore to celebrate Haji with my family and visit relatives who were not able to make it for the wedding."
- Aliff Aziz on his plans for his first Hari Raya Haji as a married man