Exchange vows Joel A. Petersen, grandson of the late Bernard Perkins of Vermillion, and Hazel M. Perkins of Fort Meyers, FL, and Arisa Nagashima were united in marriage on July 10, 1999. The wedding service was held at the Kaihin Ceremony Resort, Kanagawa prefecture, Hayama-City, Japan. The reception following the ceremony was held at the Hotel Otowa No Mori. Momoko Suzuki and Michael Noller, of Michigan, friends of the couple, served as attendants.
The bride was given in marriage by her father, Ryuji Nagashima. Gerry, Jan and Jodi Petersen, sister of the groom, attended the Christian ceremony. The entire service was spoken in Japanese, however, Joel's family members were given a wedding service booklet with the wedding vows written in English. Hymns were familiar melodies to the Petersen family, but were sung in Japanese.
At the reception, Gerry spoke the wedding toast to his son and new daughter-in-law in English. Translators relayed the word to the Japanese guests. Mr. Nagashima responded with a toast to the audience, spoken in Japanese. Many other toasts and speeches from employers and friends were given to the wedding couple. Jodi sang How Would I Live, a song made popular by Trisha Yearwood, as a request from her brother. An exquisite buffet dinner with many traditional Japanese foods was served to guests. To add and American flair, Joel tossed the bride's garter to a gathering of young men and Arisa threw a small bouquet to her special friends.
The couple is planning a winter wedding trip that will take them through England, Europe, India and Thailand. After returning to Japan for a stay in Kamakura-City with Arisa's parents, Joel and Arisa will be moving to the United States. They will be residing temporarily in Redwood Falls, MN. Joel is the son of Gerald and Janet Petersen of Redwood Falls, MN. Arisa had been the Petersen's exchange student during 1989-1990 when Gerry and Jan lived in Madison, NE.