Ride of a Life­time

Only a fairy­tale be­gin­ning of Dis­ney pro­por­tions would do for Jes­sica Goutama and Ken Tashiro whose union in­cluded a Cin­derella-style coach, a mas­sive nine-tiered cake and py­rotech­nic dis­plays

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all­ways can be dark, lonely and of­ten unin­spir­ing places, but for Ken Tashiro, an IT en­gi­neer and the grand­son of a prom­i­nent Ja­panese busi­ness­man, the hall­way at Mary­mount Cal­i­for­nia Uni­ver­sity will al­ways bring back mem­o­ries of that day more than 10 years ago when he first saw Jes­sica Goutama and was in­stantly smit­ten. Af­ter a long courtship that en­dured dis­tance apart while he worked in Ja­pan and she in Sin­ga­pore, Ken planned a sur­prise trip to their alma mater dur­ing the Thanks­giv­ing week of 2013. Af­ter a nos­tal­gic stroll around the campus, he re­vealed to her that it was love at first sight that sparked their re­la­tion­ship.

Jes­sica, the fi­nance di­rec­tor of Orix Hold­ings who is also the daugh­ter of its founder and chair­man Linda Goutama, re­calls, “At the rose court gar­den, which has a mag­nif­i­cent night view of the Los An­ge­les har­bour, Ken went down on one knee and pro­posed.”

Which girl has never wished to be a princess? For Jes­sica and Ken, who cel­e­brated many spe­cial oc­ca­sions at var­i­ous Dis­ney­land theme parks, the best way to re­alise this child­hood fan­tasy was a fairy­tale union in Dis­ney­land.

At their wed­ding solem­ni­sa­tion cer­e­mony at the beau­ti­ful Rose Court Gar­den of the Dis­ney­land Ho­tel in Cal­i­for­nia, Jes­sica made her grand en­trance Cin­derella-style, in­side a ‘crys­tal coach’ com­plete with horse and liv­er­ied

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