Photo/IllutrationThe bride and groom, left, at their wedding reception Oct. 30, with Crown Prince Naruhito, right, and Crown Princess Masako, second from right (Pool)

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A daughter of Emperor Akihito's late cousin, obliged to renounce her status as a princess on marrying a commoner, celebrated her big day with a glittering reception on Oct. 30.

The former Princess Ayako, now Mrs. Moriya, looked radiant in a light pink dress woven with silk. She is the 28-year-old daughter of Prince Takamado.

Her husband, Kei Moriya, 32, works for a well-known shipping company.

The wedding banquet, held at the Hotel New Otani in Tokyo, was attended by 70 or so imperial family members and political figures, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Crown Prince Naruhito, soon to be emperor, proposed a toast, imploring the couple to “look after each other and create a bright family filled with laughter.”

The fabric for her dress, woven in Cambodia, was obtained by Moriya's deceased mother, Kimie, when she worked as an executive of Kokkyo naki Kodomotachi (Children without Borders), and was donated by the nonprofit organization to the Takamado family in 2014, according to the Imperial Household Agency and other sources.

The couple were introduced to each other late last year by Princess Hisako, Ayako's mother, who had been friends with Kimie.

The wedding guests each received an earthenware bomboniere, a small fancy box for bonbons, to mark the occasion.

The lid depicts kudzu arrowroot to symbolize Ayako and bears the crests of the two families.

(This article was written by Akiko Tada and Yudai Ogata.)