What has eight legs and four faces? That would be a “quarternary” marriage, where two sets of identical twins get married. It has been said that there are only about 250 recorded instances of twins marrying twins, so when it happens, it makes for great stories.
Take Texas natives Diane and Darlene Nettemeier, for example, who met their identical twin husbands Craig and Mark Sanders (also from Texas) at a twins convention in (no surprise) Twinsburg, Ohio. They went on a double date to Las Vegas, won big at poker, and celebrated by getting engaged on the same day with identical rings. Marrying in a double ceremony, the brides wore identical dresses. Now the couples live next door to each other. Craig and Diane went on to add another chapter to the story by having a set of identical twin sons. Just how unusual is that? Well, the likelihood of having twins in about 3 in 1,000 births. The chance of identical twin brothers marrying identical twin sisters, with one couple having a set of identical twin sons, is one in millions.
There must be something in the water in Texas…
Identical twins sisters Ginna and Gaylen Glasscock married identical twin brothers Erich and Nicholas Schmidt after meeting during everyone’s freshman year at Abilene Christian University. After three years of dating, both pairs were engaged on the same day.
As reported by Oddee.com, “the Glasscock twins thought they were part of a photo shoot for a new Amarillo restaurant owned by their boyfriends’ mother, Tammy Schmidt, and her business partner. But when desserts arrived with rings attached, the real purpose became clear.”
There was a double wedding, with a few twists giving each couple the chance to be in the spotlight. Gaylen and Nicholas walked down the aisle first with bridesmaids dressed in yellow. Ginna and Erich walked down the aisle at the same church an hour-and-a-half later, with bridesmaids wearing pink. For the shared reception, one side was decorated in pink, the other in yellow.
At both of these events, I hope the photographer was able to keep everything straight! Can you imagine the double-takes when these couples go out to celebrate their anniversaries?
If you were a twin, do you think you would want to share your wedding with your sibling?
Now I’m just waiting to see the first same-sex wedding of two sets of twins – or has it already happened?