Akiko Imakawa and Sennett Rockers were married June 28, 2008, at
Trinity Lutheran Church, Lawrence, with the Rev. Gary W. Teske
She is the daughter of Dr. Kazuhiko and Atsuko Imakawa, Overland Park.
He is the son of Michael and Nancy Rockers, Greeley.
She wore an ivory gown with a chapel length train. She carried pale blue hydrangeas with touches of ivory roses.
Maid of honor was Ayako Imakawa, Overland Park, sister of the bride.
Bridesmaids were Nancy Robert, Lead, S.D., Joo-Hee Park, Overland Park,
and Michelle Cook, Liberty, Mo., friends of the bride.
Best man was Weston Rockers, Los Angeles, Calif., brother of the groom.
Groomsmen were Luke Buckman, Osawatomie, Bob McKenney, Wichita, and
Mark Fohlmeister, Olathe, friends of the groom.
Candlelighters were Paige Rockers, Greeley, and Bailey Rockers, Greeley, cousins of the groom.
Ushers were Hayato Watanabe, Yarmouth Port, Mass., cousin of the bride;
Charlie Gray, Berryville, Va., cousin of the groom; Tyler Rockers,
Greeley, cousin of the groom; and Wes Blevins, Parker, friend of the
Ringbearers were Hiroto Watanabe, Yarmouth Port, Mass., cousin of the bride, and Brady Rockers, Greeley, cousin of the groom.
Guestbook attendants were Rachel Cochran, Asheville, N.C., and Lauren Cochran, Tallahassee, Fla., cousins of the groom.
The attendants of the bride wore arctic blue gowns. The men wore black tuxedos.
Music was provided by Benjamin Keseley, organist, Steve Leisring,
trumpeter, and an a capella quartet, who all were acquaintances of the
bride from the University of Kansas Department of Music.
A dinner reception after the wedding was at the Eldridge Hotel,
Lawrence. The wedding theme of arctic blue and ivory was continued with
flower arrangements of ivory roses, blue hydrangeas, blue delphinium,
white orchids and white lisianthus throughout the reception hall. The
Key West Jazz Quartet provided music. The four-tiered cake was adorned
with ivory roses. Toasts of good wishes to the bride and groom were
made by the father of the bride and the best man.
The couple took a wedding trip in early August to Hakone, Japan. They stayed at the Fujiya Hotel, Miyanoshita, Japan.
After their honeymoon, they restated their vows Aug. 9 at Furukawa,
Japan, near the town of Tajiri, where the bride’s parents were raised.
The bride and groom wore silk kimonos for the wedding ceremony. The
reception was a traditional meal with the sharing of family stories and
a welcome of the groom into the Imakawa and Watanabe families.
They live at Seguin, Texas.
The bride graduated from Blue Valley Northwest High School in 1999 and
the University of Kansas in 2003 with a bachelor of music in voice. She
earned a masters of music in voice from the University of Kansas in
The groom graduated from Anderson County High School in 1998 and the
University of Kansas in 2003 with a bachelor of science in journalism
and a bachelor of arts in political science.