This Couple Had an Engagement Shoot at Olive Garden (Yes, There Were Breadsticks)

published Jul 19, 2019
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We don’t want to encourage anyone to crash the wedding of strangers but when you see something as spectacular as this couple’s Olive Garden-themed engagement photos, it’s certainly tempting to show up to the ceremony with a one-size-fits-all congratulatory speech and a healthy appetite in tow.

Samantha Roberts and Jeff Gilleland are Olive Garden regulars who decided to pledge their undying love for one another (and pasta) when they got engaged during the restaurant’s Pasta Passport to Italy trip. In addition to the perks of a traditional Pasta Pass, the eight-day, seven-night all-inclusive Italian excursion for two includes airfare, ground transportation, hotels, meals and excursions to some of the country’s most popular sites.

“Every year, through our Pasta Pass sale, we get to connect with and delight thousands of our most passionate Olive Garden fans,” said Jennifer Arguello, executive vice president of marketing for Olive Garden. “We couldn’t think of a better way to create even more memories and a deeper connection to our brand than through a special edition Pasta Pass that includes an all-inclusive trip for two to the country that inspires us.”

And if anyone fits the bill for passionate Olive Garden fans, it’s Samantha and Jeff. The two have gone to the restaurant on date nights ever since they met. By the looks of their engagement photos, Olive Garden is basically like their second home. 

The shoot is probably one of the few that simultaneously tugs on the heart strings and stimulates the appetite.  From enthusiastic shots that show Samantha and Jeff adoring one another in front of the Olive Garden sign to touching black-and-white stills that show the lovely couple bonding over breadsticks, yummy pasta dishes, salad and wine, there’s something for all of us to coo (and drool) over.

As it turns out, Samantha and Jeff’s commitment to Olive Garden goes far beyond satisfying their occasional carb cravings. In addition to playing a huge role in their engagement photo shoot, the restaurant will cater the couple’s wedding menu, which will also include a Breadstick Bar.  

Congrats to Samantha and Jeff! Are we the only ones wondering if it’s too late to be added to the guest list?