Couple Has Engagement Photo Shoot at Olive Garden for “Italy Vibes” in Tennessee

Engagement Photo at Olive Garden

Tennesee-based couple Carlsey Bibb and Caden Mills got engaged and were planning for engagement portraits. They knew they wanted something different than the typical photo locations in their town. So, they asked friend and photographer Shea Cravens of Hunter Lashea Photography if she had any ideas. A photographer’s vision sees beyond what's in front of them and what could be, so Cravens suggested a shoot at Olive Garden—yes, the Italian chain restaurant—and the couple trusted her imagination.

The resulting engagement photos don’t look like they’re at Olive Garden at all; it seems like Bibb and Mills are at a winery far away from Tennessee. Surrounded by stone architecture, rustic wood beams, and blossoming flowers, Cravens cropped the compositions so that there’s no mention of Olive Garden—just beautiful scenery and a sweet couple in love.

Cravens and the couple planned a sunrise photoshoot in order to work around the restaurant hours and not disrupt any diners. This also gave them an ample pick of settings that allowed Cravens to execute her vision. “When we started planning to do Carlsey and Caden's engagement photos,” she says, “Carlsey had full trust in my idea, and I’m so grateful.”

Cravens shared the final photos in a video on TikTok. “When you want Italy vibes for your engagement photos,” she writes, “but you live in Tennessee… so you take your photos at Olive Garden.” The ingenuity of the shoot caused the post to quickly go viral with commenters fawning over never-ending love celebrated at the site of never-ending breadsticks.

Olive Garden turned out to be the perfect location for Tennesee-based couple Carlsey Bibb and Caden Mills’ engagement photos.

Olive Garden Sign

Photo: jetcityimage2/Depositphotos

Photographed by Shea Cravens of Hunter Lashea Photography, you would've never known they were at Olive Garden.

Engagement Photo at Olive Garden

With stone architecture and picturesque landscaping, the rustic setting looks like it's far away from Tennesee.

Engagement Photo at Olive Garden

Engagement Photo at Olive Garden

Engagement Photo at Olive Garden

Cravens shared the photos on TikTok, where the video went viral. Watch it below:


@hunterlasheaphotography tennessee but with Italy Vibes✨ #engagementphotos #engagementphotoshoot #engagementpictures #bride #weddingtiktok ♬ original sound – Shea Cravens

Hunter Lashea Photography: Website | Instagram | TikTok

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Shea Cravens.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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