Nineteen years ago, two young and bright-eyed women, Kathryn and Katherine, bonded over their similar names.
Their friendship began while they were university students in Adelaide, both studying wine making.
But within a few short years, the besties had become sisters-in-law – after marrying identical twin brothers.
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“The boys couldn’t believe it,” Kathryn tells 7life of the friendship which turned into family.
“They thought was some sort of twin-finity or something.”
The women’s friendship goes back to 2004 and the start of their uni days as they studied viticulture.
At the beginning of the first semester, the student scribbled ‘Kathryn’ on a name tag before looking nervously around the room to find a peer to buddy up with.
She spotted a friendly face with a name tag reading ‘Katherine’.
“We just introduced ourselves and made a big joke about it (names),” Kathryn says.
“We became great friends from day one.”
To help avoid potential future confusion, Kathryn started to go by Kate, while her new pal Katherine chose to be called Nina.
They bonded over their mutual love of cooking – and their dream of one day being able to craft their own wine.
The young women spent many late nights together studying and, a few years later, both passed their Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology.
Upon graduating, the duo went separate ways as they sought to gain vintner experience around the world.
They kept in touch and shared their travels, from France and Italy to Victoria and New South Wales.
And when Kate (Kathryn) was planning to be married, to her partner Micah Day, she eagerly invited her old uni friend Nina (Katherine) – who was delighted to attend.
Day & Day
When the wedding bells rang, Nina loved celebrating the union of Kate and Micah Day.
Nina listened as the bride and groom’s families told stories about the happy couple – including how they met.
Kate tells 7Life it was actually Micah’s identical twin – John – who had come to her attention first.
“I saw John playing rugby,” Kate says.
“I was pleasantly surprised when I found out he was an identical twin, which I thought instantly doubled my odds (of at least dating one of the men).
“Later that night, Micah and I met at the pub. And the rest, as they say, is history.”
Kate says she and Micah have been inseparable from that moment.
“The ease at which we just clicked, and the kind and selfless person that he was, made it hard not to fall head over heels for him to be honest,” she says.
Back at the wedding, Kate’s old mate Nina couldn’t help but notice Micah’s handsome best man, John – the groom’s identical twin brother.
Although Nina had eyes for John, she was worried his astoundingly similar appearance to that of Micah could have made any potential dating fraught.
“I was really nervous about making a mistake,” Nina confesses jokingly about the prospect of mixing up the pair – with Micah now newly married to her best friend.
“They were both dressed in tuxes so it was tricky to tell them apart.
“I don’t think Kate would have appreciated me giving her new husband a kiss!”
Nina needn’t have worried – it turned out that John was just as smitten with her, and the pair spent the whole night talking.
The foursome now “rolls” with laughter at the huge coincidence that the bride’s bestie would meet her future partner in such circumstances.
“I mean the best man! Who happened to be my husband’s identical twin brother!” Kate laughs.
“I just knew straight away (John was for me),” Nina says. “He was a spunk, a true country boy.
“It was love at first sight. And (I had) a feeling that it was just right from the very beginning.”
That night, John and Nina decided to embark on a romantic relationship – despite living 10 hours apart and in different states.
Their love was stronger than distance and, a few years later, the pair wed – with Kate and Micah by their sides.
“John meeting and marrying a dear friend of mine was the icing on the cake,” Kate says of how her long-time friend also became her sister-in-law.
The foursome quickly became joined at the hip, and double dates were the norm.
Kate and Nina would exchange favourite recipes and loved watching a new TV show over a bottle of wine.
As for the pair confusing their men – it is yet to happen.
“I haven’t had any moments when I couldn’t tell them apart,” Kate explains.
“But Micah had a friend call him once saying that he should be a bit more careful in future as he saw him out with ‘another girl’.
“He hadn’t realised that Micah was an identical twin and that he had, in actual fact, seen John and Nina.”
As for how they manage to separate their identical husbands?
“They definitely look alike but most people can tell them apart, as Micah has a slightly rounder face,” Kate and Nina echo.
“They are also ‘mirror-image’ twins.
“One is left-handed, one right-handed; one has a cowlick that goes to the left and one to the right.
“Personality wise, they have different traits but have the same underlying values.”
Kate and Micah settled in the NSW rural town of Mudgee and were blessed with two kids Jack, 11, and Sam, eight.
Nina and John landed 104km north of Melbourne, in Seymour, and have two children Ellie, 12, and Max, eight.
Kate and Nina are overjoyed to have children close in age, making gatherings and holidays that much more special.
Despite living interstate, the besties are closer than ever.
“I think we speak more than the boys,” Kate laughs, revealing she and Nina love a long phone chat.
With special occasions always celebrated by the women’s love of wine, in 2018 their dream of releasing their own wine came to fruition, with the start of a business they called In Two Minds.
It has been 19 years since Kathryn tentatively approached Katherine and made a joke about them sharing a name, and the women are very proud of what they have accomplished.
But they say that, despite the passage of time, not that much has changed.
“We call each other almost everyday and talk about what shows to watch on Netflix,” Kate laughs.
“And we pop a lot of corks at Christmas.”
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