Is there anything more magical than an Olive Garden breadstick bar at your wedding? Not for Samantha Roberts and Jeff Gilleland, a couple from Grand Rapids, Michigan, who got married this year after spending several years bonding over their shared love of Olive Garden. According to The Knot, Roberts grew up going to the chain with her family, while Gilleland fell for Olive Garden later in his adulthood. They often had date nights at the restaurant, so, naturally, they served its food at their wedding.
Olive Garden didn’t just feature prominently in the bride and groom’s wedding celebration; it played a huge role in their engagement story, too. According to The Knot, Gilleland had been one of 50 lucky customers who bought the restaurant’s limited and highly exclusive Pasta Passport to Italy, which offered purchasers an all-inclusive, one-week trip to Italy for just $200, along with an all-access pass to Olive Garden for a year. He and Roberts jetted off to Italy, where Gilleland eventually proposed. Later, there was a full-on Olive Garden-themed engagement photoshoot, but that was just a preview before the big event.
“When you love the chicken parm as much as we do, it becomes a pretty easy decision where to eat,” the couple told Insider about their love of Olive Garden.
Their wedding included dinner options for chicken parmesan, fettuccine Alfredo, and spaghetti. There was also a full breadstick bar set up with bowls and bowls of marinara sauce. And as if getting to attend this iconic wedding wasn’t enough, guests left with a very special wedding favor: never-ending pasta passes, which allows restaurant patrons to eat as much pasta as they want for nine weeks. Consider us jealous—and also very hungry.
Check out some more pics, below, courtesy of wedding photographer Jeanne Sherman. Visit her professional website here.
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