Ever since they were little girls playing "dress up" brides, Adrienne and Audrey Sharples have dreamed of having a double wedding.
That dream will come true April 1 when each twin marries the man she loves at the Salt Lake Temple in ceremonies only 40 minutes apart. They will also have a joint wedding reception for 500 guests, and they'll share a giant cake."It was just funny when they were little girls talking about a double wedding. My husband and I would always laugh, but it happened to work out," said their mother, Vicki Sharples.
The young women constantly are asked if they mind sharing the limelight on their big day.
"I don't think it's weird," said Adrienne Sharples, 22, the `eldest' twin who will marry Brett Ballingham. "We've never had our own day. We have birthdays together, we had the first day of school together, graduation together. I don't know what it is to have my own day. It's always shared with her and I love it.
"I don't think it would be the same if she wasn't there," Adrienne Sharples said.
The older twin said there were a couple of moments when she doubted if everything would come together, but she became convinced all would go well about a year ago when both couples got engaged.
Her fiance is a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which requires converts to wait a minimum of one year after baptism before attending the temple.
That gave the brides-to-be plenty of time to plan the lavish wedding they'd always wanted.
The evening reception will be held at the Heritage Gardens, and the women agreed on a wedding cake that is chocolate and white with raspberry filling. It has two smaller cakes on either side for each couple. Both couples will spend the night in their respective wedding suites at the Anniversary Inn.
The bridal dresses are similar but not identical.
"We do have a little bit of our own taste, but everything is relatively the same. We like the same things," said Audrey Sharples, who will marry Christopher Mann.
She said the two grooms accept the fact that the twins are close. All four attended Murray High School and have known each other for years.
So was this twin business ever a problem with the wedding plans?
"I thought it was going to be when we first started. I thought it would be difficult with everyone having different ideas and different tastes, but it actually has gone smoother than I thought," Brett Ballingham said.
He lives in a Sandy townhouse that he and Adrienne bought. (The other couple bought a condo in the Ft. Union area.) "It's boring coming home to an empty house. I'm looking forward to spending the rest of my life with her and someday raising kids."
For Vicki and Paul Sharples, this wedding is more than just a big day for their daughters. It's a reminder of the changes they've been through as a couple.
When they courted, Vicki was a Presbyterian and Paul was LDS. Neither would budge on the religion issue, so they had a small wedding in her mother's home. Five years later, Vicki Sharples converted to the LDS Church and they were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple.
"I had always wanted a big wedding, so I'm just living out my dream through my daughters," she said.
Weddings so often are feminine affairs when it comes to all the detailed preparation and this was no exception.
"With two brides planning it, Brett and I didn't get much say in it but that's OK," Christopher Mann said, laughing.
"The twins being so close, they wanted to go on a honeymoon at the same place, but that's where Brett and I drew the line."
Instead, both couples will take Caribbean cruises on the same cruise line -but they will leave on different days from different airports so they won't cross paths.