It was a union 15 years in the making. Malaysian rap star Joe Flizzow finally tied the knot with his longtime sweetheart Marini Ramlan (fondly known as Nini to most) on June 26 at an intimate akad nikah with strict SOPs in place, including a 20-only guest list.
For the solemnisation ceremony, the couple were dressed in matching traditional Tenun Pahang Di Raja outfits, gifted by Her Majesty Raja Permaisuri Agung Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah.
The hantaran trays from Joe were put together by his family and it was a lovely collection of gifts, underlined by a wild garden and butterfly theme, all inspired by the song Mariposa written by Joe for Nini when they first met. The gift trays included a cushion-cut diamond ring, a Chanel clutch, a pair of Stuart Weitzman heels and a lovely artisanal cake by Bread and Butter by Erin.
Nini’s family reciprocated with trays bearing the holy book of Quran from our King and Queen, a set of traditional Malay outfit by Terengganu’s top songket weaver, Wan Manang and also a pair of limited-edition Supreme x Nike Air Force 1 sneakers.
The couple’s wedding was initially set to take place on April 4, 2020. “When the MCO was imposed in March, I was at the point of finalising the guest list. Her Majesty the Queen had confirmed her attendance to the akad nikah and for the reception in the evening of the same day, the King also graciously accepted our invitation,” shares Joe’s mum, Aishah Ali.
The couple finally decided on a simple ceremony on a date that was made available by the religious department. And that’s how it all happened, the #joeniniynwa union that injected some breath of fresh air to our social media on June 26.
“The happiness is indescribable. It is a mixture of joy and relief as it is something my late husband and I had been waiting and praying for in a long time. Joe and Nini have been seeing each other for a long time, 15 years to be exact. We’d grown to love her as our own and prayed that he would not take too long to propose. By the time he did, in October last year, his father had passed on. My reaction when he told me was: ‘If only Ayah was here’,” Aishah recalls, remembering her late husband Ishak Nengah.
Everyone has his or her own idea of what marriage should be, Aishah prays the couple will have a long, beautiful and happy marriage.
“If I were asked for how my 40 years with my husband Ishak had been blissful, it was because we did not try to change one another. We pursued our jobs and passion but we gave each other unstinting love and support. Last and most importantly, we respect one another.”
Our best wishes to Joe and Nini on this wonderful journey, as they build their new lives together.