- Carlsey Bibb and Caden Mills will marry on October 15, 2022.
- They went viral for doing their engagement shoot at the Olive Garden.
- The restaurant gave the couple a free trip to Italy based on the photos.
Newly engaged couple Carlsey Bibb and Caden Mills have been together since 2019.
Carlsey Bibb and Caden Mills. Hunter LaShea Photography
Bibb, 24, is a licensed esthetician, and Mills, 22, is a fourth grade teacher, Bibb told Insider.
Bibb and Mills have known each other since childhood, both growing up in Cookeville, Tennessee and playing basketball in the area.
But in 2019, Bibb Mills caught the eye around town. He messaged her on Instagram after seeing her and they have been together ever since.
Mills asked the question on July 2, 2022.
The couple is engaged. Hunter LaShea Photography
As they began planning their wedding, they booked an engagement shoot with Shea Cravens of Hunter LaShea Photography, a longtime friend of Bibb’s.
Bibb didn’t want her and Mills’ photos to look like any other engagement shoot.
They wanted a unique engagement shoot. Hunter LaShea Photography
“I knew I wanted to do something different,” she told Insider. “I feel like everyone here takes photos in fields or at waterfalls and things like that.”
“I knew Shea had a good eye for things like that, so I asked her if she wanted to shoot somewhere but hadn’t had the opportunity,” Bibb said.
As it turns out, Cravens had something in mind: Olive Garden.
Shea Craven suggested Olive Garden as the location. Hunter LaShea Photography
Cravens told Buzzfeed News that after having lunch with her mother at the restaurant, she came up with the idea of using Olive Garden as the backdrop because of its Italian flair.
Mills and Bibb agreed to use the chain for their photos.
“I thought it was an odd idea, but I know Shea has a great creative eye and everything she’s ever done has been amazing,” Bibb said of her reaction to the suggestion. “So I knew that would be the case.”
The photo shoot took place at sunrise.
Since Olive Gardens, like any restaurant, has a lot of people coming and going, the photoshoot had to take place early in the morning.
“I got up at 4 a.m. that morning and we got to Olive Garden at 6 a.m.,” Bibb told Insider.
The early hour ensured guests were not disturbed and that no one was in the couple’s shots.
Bibb said taking photos at the Olive Garden felt silly in a good way.
The situation relaxed her. Hunter LaShea Photography
Bibb said she, Mills and Cravens laughed in disbelief during the shoot.
But Cravens’ location and attitude put Bibb and Mills at ease, the bride-to-be told Insider.
“It was fun,” she said. “None of us are really comfortable in front of the camera, but Shea made us pretty comfortable.”
Bibb said she was “blown away” by the photos.
“I knew they were going to be good, but I never thought they were going to be this good,” she said.
“We’re not photogenic. That’s the funny thing about it,” she added. “It’s a constant joke with our families that Caden can’t keep his eyes open while we’re filming.”
Much to Bibb and Mills’ surprise, their shoot went viral on TikTok.
Cravens posted a behind-the-scenes TikTok of the shoot, which has nearly 270,000 views to date.
“We were shocked,” Bibb said of how she and Mills reacted to the attention.
But the viral shoot wasn’t the only surprise for Bibb and Mills.
During an appearance on Good Morning America, Mills and Bibb found out that the outlet and Olive Garden were giving them a free honeymoon trip to Italy. The duo also gave Cravens a trip to Italy.
“It was great,” Bibb said of the surprise. “I’ve always wanted to go.”
Bibb and Mills will say “yes” on October 15, 2022.