James Besser of Davis and Elly Barrett of Austin, Texas, are engaged to be married.
Besser and Barrett met while attending UC Berkeley, both members of Athletes in Action, a Christian club on campus. Besser was the prop on the championship Cal rugby team and Barrett was the setter for the championship Cal volleyball team.
The bride-to-be is the daughter of Sheila and Todd Barrett, of Austin. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in political economy and works as administrative assistant to the CEO of Job 2 Careers.
Barrett’s parents grew up in Davis, attended Davis High and were high school sweethearts. They moved to Austin for a job opportunity, after Elly was born. Both sets of Elly’s grandparents live in Davis, along with other extended family.
The groom-to-be is the son of Denise and Robert Besser of Woodland. The family lived in Davis for more than 20 years before Denise and Robert moved to Woodland. Besser attended Davis High, and graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in public health and works as the director of middle school ministries at Austin Ridge Church.
The couple currently live in Austin, Texas. The wedding will take place at the Arsenal in Benicia on Dec. 28, 2013.