Four years ago, Bachelor star Ben Higgins confessed that he was in love with two women — Lauren Bushnell, who would become his fiancée, and runner-up JoJo Fletcher.
Due to his intense connection with both women, third place finisher Caila Quinn seemed poised to be named the franchise’s next Bachelorette. But at the last minute, JoJo agreed to appear as the Season 12 lead, forcing her co-star to find love the hard way: out in the real world.
Where is Caila Quinn from ‘The Bachelor’ now?
Though she never got the chance to be wooed by 25 guys, it turns out that Caila’s stint on The Bachelor was all she needed to meet the man of her dreams. The brunette beauty got engaged to businessman boyfriend Nick Burrello in January after two years of dating.
“I feel really lucky because I feel like I wasn’t meant to go on the show to find love there,” Caila, who met her fiancé through fellow Bachelor alum Olivia Caridi, told Us Weekly following the proposal. “I was meant to go on the show to find Nick… I think everything happens for a reason and I thank God every day.”
The 28-year-old, who also made a brief appearance on Season 3 of Bachelor in Paradise, admitted that she was fed up with dating before Nick came along.
“Having been in New York for over two years, I thought all the good ones had deserted,” Caila teased. “But Olivia sold me with, ‘I feel like you guys are similar. He’s a thoughtful listener.'”
The duo revealed last month that they plan on tying the knot twice in 2021: once on Lake Como in Italy and once in Caila’s hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. “We chose to have two weddings because Nick & my dream as a couple has always been to have a destination wedding,” the bride-to-be explained in an Instagram post.
“Italy will be more intimate with 60 guests, mostly friends. Then Ohio will be 200 guests and a huge party celebration with [a] live band… and less pressure on Nick & I since we’ve already said our vows once,” she added.
Fans will get a sneak peek at Caila’s dress during the two-hour season premiere of Say Yes to the Dress on July 11. “Been watching this show since I was 8 years old with my dad, it was our father-daughter bonding,” the content creator said of the experience, “so sharing this moment with you all feels so surreal.”