As close as many sets of twins are, it's only natural that twins sometimes end up marrying another set of twins. It doesn't happen too often (we've seen one reference to only 250 sets of identical twins married to identical twins in the world) but when it does, it can mean double bliss and a lot of second-glances. The official term for these type of marriages is "quaternary marriages".
Barbi Kantor-Goldenberg of Rye Brook, New York and her twin sister, Cheryl, married twin brothers, Bruce and Barry Goldenberg, respectively, almost 30 years ago in different ceremonies that were a year apart. Today, the two couples remain happily married and have five children between them. The Goldenberg children are actually full genetic siblings, an oddity of genetics that occurs when identical twins marry identical twins (since identical twins share the same DNA).
Identical twins from Abilene Christian University two-stepped down the aisle in 2008 - with identical twin grooms. Ginna and Gaylen Glasscock, both 22, started dating Erich and Nicholas Schmidt, both 23, during their freshman year at ACU. The sight of two sets of identical twins dating each other caused some giggles from the student body. But she knew he was the one - and Ginna knew Erich was the one - shortly after their first kisses. Both girls felt fireworks. And both knew they were paired with the right twin. Gaylen said she and Nicholas are more goal-oriented and outspoken while Ginna and Erich are laid back. After three years of dating, Nicholas and Erich proposed to their girlfriends on Oct. 27. The proposals were a well-planned surprise.
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.
The couples shared wedding attendants, the church and a reception - which saves money. But there was some differences. Gaylen and Nicholas walked down the aisle at 4 p.m. with bridesmaids dressed in yellow. Ginna and Erich walk down the aisle at 5:30 p.m. with bridesmaids wearing pink. The reception was also split - one side was decorated in pink, the other in yellow. Of course, the girls served as each other's maid of honor, and the boys were each other's best man.
Two sets of twins held a joint-wedding ceremony in the Russian city of Pechora, much to the confusion of friends and relatives. Twin brothers Alexei and Dimitry Semyonov married twin sisters Lilia and Liana. The twin grooms' mother said that while she recognized her own sons she could not identify the difference between the two brides. Even the couples admitted that there are times when it becomes confusing.
The two brothers met Lilia and Liana almost a year prior to the wedding at a dance party at a local club in St Petersburg.
People were confused how a Chinese couple managed to run a busy restaurant 21 hours a day without getting tired. Turns out the restaurant is run by two couples … both the men and women are identical twins!
Locals had nicknamed the eatery the "robot couple restaurant" as they couldn't understand how the same couple seemed to be on duty from 6am through to 3am. However, a journalist from Today Morning Post interviewed the restaurant owner and found out the truth. It turned out that the twin brothers, 32, married a set of twin sisters from the same township three years ago and moved to Yiwu to run the restaurant together. "Many diners thought we worked too hard and are like robots, but they don't know that we are actually four people," said Mao Zhanghua, 32, the elder brother.
Identical twins Mandy Westerman and Brandy Laman fit several of the classic twin stereotypes. They were so hard to tell apart as babies that their parents first painted their toenails different colors, then had their ears pierced at 2 months old, putting tiny hearts in one twin's earlobes and stars in the other's.
Today, at 27, they still have much more in common than blond hair and similar features. For one thing, they share not only a birthday, but also an anniversary. They got married on a double ceremony in May 2008. The two couples -- Mandy and husband Kris Westerman, 26, and Brandy and husband Daniel Laman, 27 -- followed up the wedding with a joint honeymoon in Jamaica.
And then a few months ago, the couples bought their first homes, closing, of course, on the same day. The houses, just down the street from one another, share the same floor plan, only in reverse. The vaulted-ceiling living rooms in their new Cordova homes even contain identical beige sectional sofas, side chairs and TV stands. The twins didn't set out to match, but they've found over the years that it's simply hard not to.
Couple Donald and Louise Ratsczak next to theirs twins and in-laws Lucile and Arnold Ratsczak, circa 1958.
A pair of identical twins are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversaries - after proposing on the same day. When Frank Sinton asked Irene Evans to marry him in 1947 he had no idea his identical brother Roy had chosen the same day to propose to Joyce Toft. Now the two 83-year-olds are celebrating after 60 years of happy married life.
Two identical twin brothers married two identical twin sisters in a joint wedding ceremony in China. The two couples, from Binhai town, look so much alike that members of their own family struggle to tell them apart. One brother, Yang Kang, 23, met and fell in love with one of the sisters, Zhang Lanxiang, at work in Wuxi. The other couple, brother Yang Jian and sister Jiang Juxiang, met at their engagement party and instantly fell for each other.
At their joint wedding, the brothers sported different haircuts while the sisters wore different coloured dresses so people could tell them apart.