The cake (a strawberry shortcake one to be exact) with the bride and groom figurines, two small replicas of their cars (they are both car freaks) and the symbol of the company they work for which is also the place that they first met.
This wedding and reception had a lot of "western" touches to it. What I mean by that is things that you usually don't see here in Japan. For example, after they cute the cake they fed it to each other (with spoons) and they threw the bouquet (which happened right before we all went into the reception rather than at the end). The groom joined in the fun too throwing his boutonniere rather than a garter.
The band that performed at the reception and these people weren't just regular old run of the mill wedding singers, they are pretty famous (at least here in our neck of the woods). They were preforming a "special live" with a real, live, honest to goodness TV crew filming it to be broadcast sometime this week on Chiba TV. The band's name is Echiura and with this song they made a fan out of me!!
The bride reading the letter that she wrote to her father (usually it is written to both parents, but her mother wasn't there not sure if she passed away or if her parent's divorced or what). It was a sweet letter thanking him for all that he had done for her growing up and telling him not to worry about her because she was happy and in love.
They called this the balloon send off. They gave us balloons that were weighted with small balloons filled with sand and on the count of three everybody threw them into the pool. Along with the balloons two guys fell in the pool as well. I think that they had had a little too much to drink.