Though separated by thousands of miles, sisters Caroline and Sarabeth Marshall became betrothed within 30 days of each other. Sarabeth, in Vicenza, Italy, and Caroline, on the beach of San Luis Obispo, Calif., set their hearts on a double wedding. On Sept. 1, 2013, aboard the 140-foot yacht “Endless Dreams,” their wishes came true. The couples, along with 150 family and friends, set sail in Newport Beach Harbor to relish their sunset-cruise wedding.
The grooms hosted a rehearsal breakfast at the waterfront Newport Beach Back Bay Bistro and rehearsal lunch at the landmark Woody’s Wharf. The evening ended with a “Welcome to California” party at Mr. and Mrs. Burton Young’s residence, where guests dined, toasted s’mores, and enjoyed brandy and cigars overlooking Newport Beach’s Back Bay.
The Marshall sisters were individually escorted down the hand-painted seashell-dressed aisle by their father, Bruce Marshall, to Balmorhea’s “Truth.” David Francis Walker watched as his fiancé, Caroline Elizabeth Marshall, approached on the arm of her father. Matthew Karson Moffett anxiously waited as his fiancé, Sarabeth Ashley Marshall, holding hands with Bruce, followed. The couples then took turns exchanging vows in a ceremony officiated by Pastor Matthew Elliot Bullen.
Everyone exited for drinks and passed hors d’oeuvres during the cocktail hour, with guests moving into the dining room for a seated dinner with selection of swordfish, filet mignon, or portobello mushroom ravioli. A shipboard reception continued with music provided by California’s premier DJ, Kelli Gurman, who played “I’m on a Boat” among other favorites. Caroline and David danced their first dance to “Happy Everafter in Your Eyes,” while Sarabeth and Karson shared “I Won’t Give Up.” Not a dry eye remained as Caroline and her father danced to “I Loved Her First,” with Sarabeth following after with “Time to Say Goodbye.”
The brides are the daughters of Mr. D. Bruce Marshall of University Park and Ms. Georgia Cramer Marshall of Dallas. They are the granddaughters of Mr. and Mrs. George Hallock Cramer and the late Mr. and Mrs. David Ham Marshall.
David Francis Walker is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin David Walker of Orange Park, Fla., and grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Francis Morr and the late Ms. Moira Kay Porter Walker and the late Mr. Timothy Peter Walker.
Matthew Karson Moffett is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Rick Doyle Moffett of Ovilla, Texas. He is the grandson of Ms. Billie Jarrell Bailey and the late Mr. Kyle Preston Bailey and the late Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Doyle Moffett.
Caroline wore an an-tique white “Clara,” a double-faced satin gown by Nicole Miller. Its wrap front was accented by its surplice neckline and draped halter back. She paired this with a THEIA couture silk tulle skirt and Jacqueline Watkins crystal-beaded chapel-length veil and belt. Sarabeth chose an ivory Grecian-style “Hamelin” dress from the Rosa Clará “Soft” collection. She paired her beaded, silk tulle, off-the-shoulder gown with a Jacqueline Watkins chapel-length veil of delicate lace.
From brides to flower girls and grooms to ring bearers, the entire wedding party sported Toms shoes honoring the first gift given to David by Caroline and the work both girls have done to support Toms. Caroline wore the heirloom en-gagement ring given to her by her grandmother, while Sarabeth donned the tiara worn by their older sister at her wedding. David wore a giving key and purity ring given to him by Caroline moments before the wedding. The altar flowers arching above the couples honored the brides’ and grooms’ grandparents who have passed.
Matron of honor was Bonny Katherine Marshall Ralston. Bridesmaids: Sara Post Marshall, Jessica Wright Marshall, Kali Moffett, Mollie Moffett, Becca Walker, and Amanda Walker. House party members were Kelly Arledge, Megan Mahoney Deller, Carrie Kummerfeld, Jennifer Lane, Caroline Mackenzie Randolph, Mary Claire Russell, and Callie Edmondson Shumate. Kristin Gray, Emily Steed, and Jack Thurman were readers. Laine Young was soloist. Flower girls were Lilly Marshall and Elise Ralston. David and Luke Edmonson of Edmonson Weddings Photography captured each magical moment.
Karson Moffett’s best man was his father, Rick Moffett. David Walker’s best man was Brett Sicard Reis. Groomsmen: Jeremiah Marshall, Jonathan Sevier Marshall, Matthew Marshall, Lukas Moffett, and Joe Rahmanzadeh. Ushers were Antonio Juwuan Hardy and Jack Thurman. Benjamin Marshall, Jackson Marshall, and Cal Ralston were ring bearers.
Both brides are High-land Park High School graduates who ran under the guidance of wedding attendee Jerry Sutterfield, recently retired cross country coach. Caroline was a cross country captain, a White House scheduling volunteer, and a four-time marathon runner. She also established the Toms internship program. Sarabeth was a member of alto choir and the Boys and Girls Club, and she hosted a Toms Shoes brand-experience team event.
Both also received BBAs from Baylor University. Caroline majored in accounting. She is now an experiential marketing flagship assistant manager and sole searcher for Toms Shoes in Venice Beach, Calif. Sarabeth majored in entrepreneurship with a real estate minor. She teaches 10th-grade English and coaches track and volleyball at Estacado High School in Lubbock, Texas.
David Walker is an Orange Park High School graduate. He received a BS in biology and chemistry with a public health minor from the University of North Florida. He participated in varsity cross country, tennis, and the Florida state-winning soccer team. David works in the intelligence branch of the U.S. Army.
Karson Moffett is an Ovilla Christian High School graduate. He was a member of the three-time state-champion cross country team. He owns Elf Lighting, a Christmas-light-installation company. Karson returned to Texas Tech this fall to pursue a degree in petroleum engineering.
California honeymoons included Carmel for David and Caroline and Newport Beach for Karson and Sarabeth.
Caroline and David plan to move to Austin in the not-too-distant future. Sarabeth and Karson are in Lubbock.