Rika Oya, of San Francisco, Calif., and formerly of Kyushu, Japan, and Carl Thomas Wessel, of San Francisco, Calif., and formerly of Lewistown, were married during a New Year’s trip to Japan.
The bride is the daughter of Masayoshi and Yumi Oya.
During the ceremony, the bride wore a traditional Shiromuku kimono and the groom wore an outer garmet known as a Montsuki-hakama over his traditional kimono.
A celebration for family and friends living in Japan followed the ceremony.
The bride moved to San Francisco in 2006 and is pursuing a career in child development in San Francisco.
The groom is a 1999 graduate of Lewistown Area High School and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, with bachelor and masters degrees in public and international affairs. He is employed by The Gap Inc., in San Francisco, where he is a buyer for the Banana Republic Factory Outlet brand.
The couple lives in San Francisco.