- Ada, Oklahoma


June 26, 2010

Kassie Gutierrez weds Yasuhiko Hirakawa

Ada — TOKYO, Japan — Kassie and Yasuhiko “Yas” Hirakawa were the center of a wedding ceremony performed at the Elcy Bridal Ceremony in Tokyo, Japan. Their American ceremony was performed earlier at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Konawa, Okla.

The bride was given in marriage by her father, George “Corky” Gutierrez, Ada, Okla. Traveling from the United States to be the attendant and witness for Kassie was her grandmother, Naomi Chandler from Ada. Yas’ grandfather, Kazua Sayama, was the bridegroom’s attendant and witness.

After the contract was signed and the rings were exchanged, the bride and bridegroom changed clothing for their reception. The reception was held at the Bridal Center where an eight-course meal was served. During the meal, speeches and congratulations were read by family and friends. Several were friends and Oklahoma State University (Stillwater, Okla.) graduates, where both bride and bridegroom also graduated. Closing speeches were read in Japanese by Yas’ father, Hisashi Hirakawa, and in English by Kassie’s father.

Also attending the wedding from the United States were Sherry Jackson and Mary Horne from Shidler, Okla.; Kari Gutierrez, sister of the bride, from Stillwater; and Lillian Gutierrez, mother of the bride, from Ada.

Others attending the wedding were Kris Gutierrez, brother of the bride, from Tokyo, Japan; Akiko Hirakawa, mother of the bridegroom; Aiko Sayama, grandmother of the bridegroom; and the bridegroom’s brother and sister and their families.

Flower girl was Yas’ niece, Yuki.

After the wedding, the bridegroom’s family were host and hostess to the bride’s visiting family and friends. They first visited several Japanese style confectionery shops. At the next stop, everyone was invited to watch the professional dressers as they  dressed and posed Kassi and Yas in the traditional Japanese kimonos for their formal wedding portraits. Each piece of the many layers of the garment were explained as they were layered on.

Train rides and scenery occupied much of the family’s time, however Mt. Fuji, temples and festivals were included in the tour. Another stop was Kama Kura (the older section of Tokyo) that is most known for the culture and religious temples.

Hotaruyama is a Japanese style restaurant with individual dining rooms situated on the side of a mountain. Each dining room is a single unit and has two hostesses in traditional style kimonos. Japanese food was served over a three-hour period. Some of the courses were cooked on a hot rock grill. At the end of the dinner, all lights in all of the dining rooms were extinguished and a traditional fire fly song was played as  hundreds of fire flies were released along the heavily forested mountain side.


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