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    Netflix threw a ‘Bridgerton’ themed wedding for 2 superfans. Queen Charlotte and Lady Danbury turned up at the reception.

    Netflix threw a “Bridgerton” wedding for Shanti Hinton and Tiffany Rae earlier this year.

    Katie Julia / Netflix

    Netflix organized and paid for a wedding for two “Bridgerton” superfans, Shanti Hinton and Tiffany Rae.The couple told Business Insider that Netflix flew them from New York to London for their big day.Cast members came to the reception where Tori Kelly performed an original “Bridgerton” song.

    When Shanti Hinton and Tiffany Rae watched “Bridgerton” for the first time in 2020, they immediately fell in love with sumptuous regency drama, which brought them closer as they reminisced over the first stages of their own love story.

    Little did they know that four years later, Netflix would throw them a wedding where they would be gifted their own regency-themed crest and get to meet some of the “Bridgerton” cast.

    Just like “Bridgerton” season three leads Penelope and Colin, Hinton and Rae had a friends-to-lovers romance. The pair became friends in 2011 when they were at high school in New York, after Rae offered to help Hinton with her science homework, they told Business Insider. Romance blossomed during Hinton’s senior year when she was about to go to college.

    “She asked, ‘Oh, who wants to jog with me before I leave?’ And that’s how it all started,” Rae said.

    The pair told Shondaland.com that they dated long-distance for the next four years while Hinton attended college in North Carolina and Rae stayed in New York for a dance course at Queensborough Community College.

    Tiffany Rae and Shanti Hinton wore “Bridgerton” inspired outfits at their wedding.

    Katie Julia / Netflix

    “It wasn’t, like, crazy serious, it was puppy love, but we knew our energy gravitated towards each other and that we were going to be with each other,” Rae, 28, said. “I mean, that first year, we talked about marriage. We were so young!”

    Things started getting more serious in 2016 when they moved in together and met each other’s families. They got engaged four years later, but then COVID hit, putting their dream wedding on hold.

    “We was like, ‘Are we just going to elope?'” Rae said. “Our families will kill us if we do that. And we really want a destination wedding.”

    She added: “Something in our spirits told us, ‘Just wait because something’s going to happen.”

    While waiting for the right moment, Netflix contacted them on social media. They were already on the streamer’s radar after attending the Queen’s Ball an immersive “Bridgerton” pride event held last June in different cities worldwide.

    Rae and Hinton said the event gave them an excuse to dress up.

    “We just like to do crazy silly things,” Rae said.

    A Netflix representative noticed their regal outfits and asked to take their picture, which was shared on the event’s social media.

    “They took a picture of us because they loved our outfits,” Hinton, 28, said.

    In November 2023, another Netflix representative reached out, explaining they were looking for “Bridgerton” superfans to throw a themed wedding for.

    “I was like, ‘Oh, girl, this has to be a scam,'” Rae told Shondaland.com of her first thoughts before agreeing to go through the interview process.

    In January 2024, Netflix chose Rae and Hinton, promising to provide them with a luxury wedding planner who would accommodate their requests.

    “We were shocked,” Hinton told BI. “We were like, ‘Wait a minute, this is real?’ And we started hugging each other and crying, and it was just like we were still in shock.”

    Rae said the fact it was a “Bridgerton” wedding was the “cherry on top” of the opportunity.

    “We love ‘Bridgeton’ so much. We love the time period,” Rae said. “It fits with who we are. We love to dress up.”

    Hinton and Rae said Netflix catered to their every request

    Netflix enlisted the help of Alice Wilkes (right) for Tiffany Rae and Shanti Hinton’s wedding.

    Liam Daniel / Netflix

    The wedding was planned in a flash. A month and a half after being told they’d won, Netflix flew Hinton and Rae to London for their big day.

    Rae said they wanted to keep Netflix’s involvement a secret, so they didn’t tell their family and friends until after they had agreed to fly to London for the wedding.

    “We just told them that we were getting married, and they pulled up for us, period,” she said. “And then after, once they confirmed that they were coming, then we said, ‘yeah, by the way…'”

    Rae said Netflix paid for the couple’s flights, outfits, and hotel, but their guests were happy to pay for their own tickets and accommodation to support their dream day.

    “We love our family and friends because they came for us,” Rae said.

    Netflix also hired Alice Wilkes, a luxury wedding planner based in the UK, to help organize the event. Rae and Hinton said Wilkes helped make their vision a reality.

    At the wedding reception, there was a “Bridgerton”-themed ice sculpture with Hinton and Rae’s family crest.

    Katie Julia / Netflix

    That included an ice sculpture at their reception, which featured two winged beasts surrounding a unique family crest made for the couple, similar to those on “Bridgerton.”

    “Like the ice sculpture, we was like, ‘I don’t know if she’s going to be able to pull that off.’ And she’s like, ‘Oh yeah, we got you. Let’s write it down. What else do you want?'” Hinton said.

    While planning the wedding, Hinton and Rae also met “Bridgerton” stars Golda Rosheuvel, Adjoa Andoh, and Kathryn Drysdale, who helped them decide on their food and outfits.

    In the YouTube video of the couple’s meeting the cast shared by Netflix, Hinton and Rae cried while talking about how much they relate to Queen Charlotte (Rosheuvel) and Lady Danbury’s (Andoh) journey.

    “Bridgerton” star Adjoa Andoh and Golda Rosheuvel helped Shanti Hinton and Tiffany Rae with food tasting.

    Liam Daniel / Netflix

    “On and off camera, they really had such a genuine connection with us,” Rae told BI. “We got really emotional with them, and it was really a good experience.”

    The wedding had tasteful “Bridgerton” references

    Hinton and Rae’s friends and family also dressed for the “Bridgerton” theme.

    Katie Julia / Netflix

    Hinton and Rae’s wedding ceremony was held in Chiswick House and Gardens, an opulent 18th-century villa in upmarket west London that is inspired by Italian architecture.

    The center room was decorated with scores of flowers in multiple shades of purple, yellow, blue and white and featured violinists to give the setting a “Bridgerton” feel.

    Rae rode to the venue in a carriage featuring the couple’s family crest on the side and wore a crown and a diamond-themed dress in a nod to Queen Charlotte.

    Meanwhile, Hinton wore a ruffled shirt and red suit jacket inspired by “Bridgerton” character Simon Basset (Regé-Jean Page).

    There weren’t many other “Bridgerton” references at the ceremony, but Hinton and Rae liked that.

    “What I loved about the wedding was that it wasn’t too much,” Rae said. “I loved that they didn’t make it too much in the period style. They made it in the period style, but more of us as well. It was like a mixture of who we are.”

    Hinton and Rae added that they were focused only on each other during the wedding and didn’t truly appreciate the decoration until after the service.

    “The best part was seeing Tiffani come down the aisle because of the anticipation,” Hinton said. “I was just like, ‘I have to see her. I’m waiting to see. I can’t see her.’ So to finally have that moment just to see her beautiful smile just lit up the room, I was just bawled.”

    Hinton and Rae’s wedding venue was filled with flowers.

    Katie Julia / Netflix

    Rae said: “I was crying every second. After we got married and I was able to sit and look around, I was like, ‘Oh, that’s so beautiful.'”

    The wedding reception was held at The Lanesborough Hotel, another 18th-century house that hosts a “Bridgerton” themed afternoon tea.

    This was where the “Bridgerton” theme really kicked in. The venue featured the ice sculpture with the couple’s crest and was covered in flowers.

    The dining room looked like a banquet hall, with huge floral displays and candles decorated with floral imagery and the couple’s crest.

    Rosheuvel, Andoh, and Drysdale also returned to congratulate the couple and introduce another special guest.

    “Bridgerton” stars Adjoa Andoh and Golda Rosheuvel also turned up during Hinton and Rae’s wedding reception to congratulate the married couple.

    Katie Julia / Netflix

    Hinton and Rae were told during the planning stages that they would be treated to a performance of a new “Bridgerton” love song for their first dance.

    At the reception, Grammy-winning artist Tori Kelly surprised the pair and performed “All I Want,” an original song that appeared in “Bridgerton” season three.

    Hinton said this was a “mind-blowing” moment for her.

    “It gave me goosebumps. I didn’t know what to do with myself. I was just holding Tiff the whole time, just in shock that she was there,” Hinton said. “I was a huge fan of Tori Kelly when she was on YouTube doing her singing covers.”

    Tori Kelly was a special guest at Shanti Hinton and Tiffany Rae’s “Bridgerton” wedding.

    Katie Julia / Netflix

    After their dream wedding, the couple is trying to find the right time to go on their honeymoon.

    “This is like a dream come true for us to finally get married in this way, and to showcase it to the world is a bonus,” Rae said.

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