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Country Wedding in Davis, CA | Kenan & Elisa | The Wedding Film

Updated: Mar 10



This all led to the finale under a waterfall.

I started with "I wouldn't have dragged you all the way out here if I didn't have a certain question for you."

I pulled the ring out of my front pants pocket, knelt down and then said "Elisa, will you marry me." and, as practiced, I finished my line with "Like a flower that blooms in Spring, the greatest of these deserves a ring."

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There was some anticipation regarding the weather for this Saturday in March, for the forecast showed some rain. Their prayers for a beautiful clear day were answered & that day was full of sunshine and fluffy clouds, which is perfect filming weather.

Colleen were privileged to be capturing this beautiful event. Everyone there had joy on their faces.

We arrived in UC Davis at the Hyatt Place when the bridal party was nearly ready, the went to another spot on campus for the first look & family photos.

Kenan & Elisa were married in a church in Woodland, then we headed back to Davis for the Reception at her family's home for the reception. We were so grateful for the sunshine.

The night ended with a sparkler send off & some friends singing "so long, farewell" from sound of music.

The Love Story

These are Kenan's words:

October 1, 2016

When I woke up this day, I didn't know how much of an impact God would bestow on my life. At lunchtime on Saturday I would lay eyes on the woman of my dreams for the first time.

RUF fall conference. This is time where multiple schools around the mid Virginia area gather together for a big Christian retreat. There are Christian classes, small groups, church services and time for fellowship. It was in the cafeteria when I met her.

I was sitting at a table where I was familiar with people from Virginia Tech. I was awkward and shy. Wanting to fit in. Looking for something. I didn't know what. All of a sudden while the commotion was dying down towards the end of lunch, I got up and looked around.

I saw my friend and fellow groomsman Jared a table behind me. I went and sat down. I started talking to him. As I fell into the conversation (me being an introvert I found strange) my eyes eventually surveyed the rest of the table... There she was.


Her eyes were lit like the stars on a clear summers day. Her hair as beautiful as a field of wheat gracefully blowing in the wind ever so slightly. But of course I didn't see her then as I do now. It wasn't love at first sight, but I would love to go back to that day and just sit down right by her and just watch her. Watch the conversation we had. Watch her movements. Knowing that she would be my wife one day.

I thought she was very pretty though and I couldn't help but looking in her direction as much as I could without being too creepy. The conversation we had was so nice. It was so comfortable. It was like we had been friends for forever. This was different for me and very attractive. I loved the similarities we had.

By the tone of her voice and the way she responded I could tell so much about her already and I wanted more. Eventually the conversation had to end, but I didn't want it to.

We got up and said bye. She was going on a hike and I was going to play a game with the guys. When we parted, I was with Jared. Jared said "Too bad, we will probably never see them again."


It was at this moment I had a moment of panic. I needed to see her again. I needed her in my life. I needed to try. After my game with the guys I went to find her. I looked everywhere on campus. Any clues I could find.

I knew she was from Lynchburg so I located the Lynchburg house on campus and "swung on the swing" outside for an hour. I went to the cafeteria because that location has the most traffic and looked and looked. I found hiking trails.

I found her on Facebook to lock down her face in my mind. I had to find her. I never did. I sent her a message on Facebook to see if she was interested in dating. Two weeks later she responded.

That was when our story began.

September 9, 2017

I had been planning much for this day. The proposal. I wasn't very nervous during prep because I was very certain she would say yes. But there is always that uncertainty. But actually during the proposal I was so nervous I didn't actually hear the word Yes.

I just had been practicing my speech with her response as Yes. It was a little embarrassing that I had to ask her again if she said yes, but it all worked out.

She awoke at the beginning of the day with a rock in her face. A rock from Eagle Eyrie the retreat where we met. You see I had prepared a little gift and poem stanza for every month that we had known each other. The gift related to the poem which related to the most memorable moment in that month.

One month was related to her recital, one was related to the Beauty and the Beast movie, one was related to her while she was in California, while the last month was related to the engagement. Every 40 minutes I gave her a gift, along with taking her to Chateau Morrisette, a very classy winery near Virginia Tech.

This all led to the finale under a waterfall. I started with "I wouldn't have dragged you all the way out here if I didn't have a certain question for you."

I pulled the ring out of my front pants pocket, knelt down and then said "Elisa, will you marry me." and, as practiced, I finished my line with "Like a flower that blooms in Spring, the greatest of these deserves a ring."

And I put it on her. After this, my family, some of her family, some friends all popped out of the bushes and we all started celebrating with hugs and kisses. It was truly a magical moment!

6 and a half months to go until forever.

Let's begin.

The Wedding Film


Florist - Dixon Florist Dress - top: custom by Rebecca Windlett (designed by the bride!), bottom: allure bridal sold by Studio I Do in Roanoke, VA Bridesmaids Dresses - Etsy- Désir Vale Groomsmen attire - Calvin Klein Suits DJ/Band - Premiere entertainment (DJ Wayne) Hair - Amber Johnson, Salon Bijou Cake - Cakes Done Wright Caterer - Anderson Family Catering Officiant - Reverend Buddingh’, GVCC Photographer - Shannon, One Love Photography Stationer/Paper goods maker - Vista Print, Shutterfly.

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