Identical twin sisters Brittany and Briana Deane got married to identical twin brothers Josh and Jeremy Salyers, respectively. Not exactly your average wedding, then, but that’s not even the most unusual part. Indeed, there’s something about their plans for the future that have really made people talk.
The Deane twins and the Salyers twins already had things in common before they had even met. Clearly, both sets of parents had some fun with their respective kids’ names, beginning as they do with the same letter of the alphabet. But joking aside, no one could have foreseen that one day the two twosomes would become an awesome foursome.
What’s more, the quartet met at the Twin Days Festival in 2017. The annual event, appropriately held in the city of Twinsburg, Ohio, is billed as the world’s biggest convention for twins and other multiples. So it would be fair to say that the festival is the perfect place to meet your other half – if you’re looking to fall in love with a twin, that is.
And twin sisters Brittany and Briana certainly always wanted to find their happily-ever-afters with another set of identical twins. “It’s really been a fairytale come true,” Briana told People, in an interview from August 4, 2018. “Marrying twins is something that’s very important to us.”
Briana continued to recall that from a young age she and her sister had envisaged this kind of outcome. “Even when we were little girls I can remember being in kindergarten, knowing that this is what we saw for ourselves,” she explained.
Ever since they can remember, then, Briana and Brittany have been keen to explore their twinness as much as possible. They’ve worn similar clothes and have been on double dates, which may have confused their poor partners! Basically, the pair put their close bond down to being one entity, divided in two.
And apparently Josh and Jeremy were no different. According to the sisters, the boys had promised to only get hitched on one condition: that they found their opposite-sex counterparts – identical twin girls – with whom to tie the knot. “If they couldn’t find identical twin girls that matched up well with them, they were never getting married,” Brittany confirmed.
It would appear that dating is tricky territory for twins. “I think that they experienced a lot of the same challenges dating what we call singletons, that means non-twins,” Brittany explained. “It’s hard when you’re dating someone and they don’t understand the twin bond.”
Although that may sound harsh on the billions of people not blessed with sharing a womb in their very first moments, Brittany’s sentiment is clear: twins get one another in ways that “normal” siblings simply cannot. It must be important to have someone with whom you can relate on such a profoundly deep level.
The two sets of twins initially laid eyes on one another at the Twin Days Festival in 2017. Brittany and Briana were old hands at the annual celebrations, but Josh and Jeremy were newbies and they almost went home having not met the girls they would one day marry. You see, the cute quartet only encountered their future spouses on the last day of the gathering.
But the meeting was a moment that will obviously stay in Briana’s mind for a long time to come. “I remember vividly the first time Brittany and I saw Josh and Jeremy at the twins festival,” she recounted. “I also remember the first time we all spoke the last night of the festival. It’s sort of like everything was in slow motion.”
So fast forward to August 2018 and the four people were about to embark on the biggest journey of them all, with their loved ones and siblings by their sides. As is probably already apparent, their nuptials were to be no ordinary affair. There was even a theme to the proceedings – and no prizes for guessing whether this involved doubling up. With a nod to their fairytale narrative, the day was in fact dubbed “Twice Upon a Time.”
Thankfully, there were no bridezillas present – and nor were there any creative disagreements during the preparations for the big event. “A lot of the wedding planning was extremely fun and even peaceful for Brittany and I to do together because we have the same taste,” Briana told People. “We had the same vision of what our double wedding day would look like.”
That scene in their minds took the form of a joint ceremony in – where else – a certain city in Ohio, the place they had first met 12 months before. Though the location wasn’t without its challenges. “I would say the hardest part is planning everything across state lines because none of us live in Twinsburg,” Briana concluded.
On August 4, 2018, the Salyers doubled their numbers, as Brittany and Briana married into the family. And this is where the story really goes off the scale. You see, to keep the perfect symmetry flowing, the lovers were married by not one but two ministers – themselves identical twins. This ensured the wedding photos would be a perfect mirror image!
Pictures from the special day depict the happy couples grinning at the camera. It was possibly no great surprise that the two ladies chose to wear the exact same bridal gowns and veils. Or that the grooms were in smart matching tuxes.
The day itself was not only illuminated by the warm glow of love, but also by the lights of the media’s cameras. That’s because the joint wedding was actually filmed and is due to be aired at the beginning of 2019 on TLC. The show is billed as offering audiences a chance to see the couples’ relationships and their path to wedded bliss.
As if that’s not exciting enough, the newlyweds are looking further ahead. And their ideas for their futures together may raise some eyebrows. That’s because the husbands and wives want to reside in a single property. Furthermore, they have mentioned kids, and they have designs to bring up their offspring as one big happy family.
“When we have children, my and Josh’s children will be genetic siblings to Briana and Jeremy’s children,” Brittany said. “Even though they’re cousins, they’re technically genetic siblings. We imagine it will be like two moms and two dads all raising our families together.”
What they have planned may not sound like everyone’s cup of tea, but hopefully for the Salyers domestic and matrimonial bliss will abound. It sounds like a fun household for sure and who knows: maybe their children will give birth to twins and continue the tradition.