Photos courtesy of Angry Orchard
Angry Orchard hosted five micro-wedding ceremonies and receptions at its Walden cider house to celebrate the Twosday palindrome.
Getting married in the Hudson Valley is often a once-in-a-lifetime fairytale moment. Of course, saying “I do” on a rare palindrome date is even more special.
February 22, 2022 was such a date. Nicknamed “Twosday,” this occurrence worked as a palindrome date in nearly every country. What is a palindrome? Well, the date reads exactly the same right-to-left and left-to-right. Further, the effect remains the same no matter where you are in the world. In the United States, the format of month, day, year reads 2/22/22. On the other hand, many other countries use the format of day, month, year (22/2/22).
Above all, Twosday inspired many couples to pronounce their love. According to CNN, the last palindrome date (November 11, 2011) saw over 3,500 weddings in just Las Vegas alone.
In a similar vein, the Hudson Valley experienced its own little surge of Twosday weddings.
Angry Orchard, the ever-popular cidery in Walden, hosted five micro-ceremonies to celebrate Twosday. The first five couples to register earned the chance to officially tie the knot—or renew their vows—in the cute, rustic Angry Orchard cider house. Keeping with the Twosday theme, Angry Orchard priced each wedding package at $222.22. Likewise, each guest ticket cost $22.22.
Ultimately, five couples declared everlasting love in romantic fashion—with their friends surrounding them. Chris and Shaina Campbell, Aaron and Nicole Gomez, Lerika and David Hargrove, Heather and Edward Bishop, and Kia and Jeremiah Brockhitt celebrated Twosday ceremonies.
Resident cider maker Joe Gaynor sweetly officiated each ceremony. And certainly, toasts were in order.
Each couple took home a custom label bottle of cider, marked with the message, “The day we said ‘I Do'” and the special Twosday date. Inside, each bottle contains the deliciously dry Newtown Pippin Traditional Method cider. This highly bubbly single varietal fittingly stood in for champagne. In fact, the Newtown Pippin apple is a rare heirloom varietal found exclusively in New York state.
Typically, Angry Orchard pours a 6.8% ABV Newtown Pippin cider. However, this Traditional Method version sips at a bolder 7.8% ABV, earning it apple wine status. It resembles a German Apfelwein, perfect for clinking glasses after a wedding.
Each reception featured a variety of in-house, chef-selected appetizers. Family and friends snacked on tomato bisque shooters, hanger steak crostini, and fresh caprese skewers. On the other hand, no romantic reception is quite complete without dessert. Sweet treats ranged from cake pops and apple roses to a specialty Twosday cake.
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Similarly, memorable party favors are a hallmark of any Hudson Valley wedding. Angry Orchard provided special shirts to mark the Twosday occasion.