Lisa Akiyama and Brad Rupert wed Aug. 10, 2013, in their backyard garden in Arvada, Colo., with a reception following.
The bride is the daughter of the late Dr. Henry and Grace Akiyama of Juneau. She attended Juneau Douglas High School and Kinman Business University in Spokane Wash. She is employed by Alaska Airlines in Denver Colo.
The groom is the son of Joan (Terry) Rhoades of Citrus Heights, Calif., and the late Chuck Rupert. He attended Manual High School in Denver Colo., and Colorado State University in Fort Collins and the University of Colorado in Boulder. He is self employed.
The wedding was officiated by the groom’s cousin, Rodger Ames. The bride’s attendants were her brother, Alan Akiyama, and grandson, Donavin McCurley of Juneau. The groom’s attendants were his sister, Cristy Wilson; nieces, Jessica and Danielle Wilson of Severn, Maryland; and sons, Charles and AJ Rupert of Arvada, Colo.
The couple became engaged after 12 years of dating on Valentine’s Day, at the restaurant where they had their first date. Their wedding was also celebrated with family and friends on Aug. 17 at McMenamin’s at the Kennedy School in Portland Ore., and on Aug. 24 at Auke Bay Recreation Area in Juneau.
The couple plan to take their honeymoon next year in Kenya, Africa.