Caila Quinn has met her lobster at last. The Bachelor alum, a finalist on Season 20 of the show, is engaged to boyfriend Nick Burrello after two years of dating.
Quinn announced the news to Us Weekly Saturday, January 4. Burrello proposed during a visit to her grandparents in Sarasota, Florida.
“He was like, ‘We’re going to go on a little detour and we’re going to spend the weekend with both of our parents,” Quinn told Us. “He rented an Airbnb for all of us to stay in, the six of us. So, from visiting my grandparents, we drove a couple of hours to another little town and he said that he wanted to do dinner, just the two of us.”
Burrello proposed to the reality star-turned-influencer with a 2.5 carat radiant-cut diamond set on a pave diamond band from the Clear Cut.
The pair first met in August 2017, through mutual friends. Quinn wrote about the fateful encounter a year later on her relationship blog, With Love From Caila. “The polite man you are… you introduced yourself to my bevy of girlfriends, saving me for last,” she recalled of Burrello, who works in finance. “‘Pleasure to meet you,’ I blushed in the dark. He was even cuter in person.”
Fellow blogger Olivia Rink, who’s also currently engaged and planning her own wedding, was the one to set Quinn and Burrello up. “[She] had briefly pulled up a picture earlier that night in an effort to set us up. I really wasn’t even looking for someone at the time, having been in New York for over two years – I thought all the good ones had deserted,” Quinn added on her blog. “But Olivia sold me with, ‘I feel like you guys are similar. He’s a thoughtful listener.’ So from one party to this rustic bar, I trusted my friend.”
About one in five couples meets their future partners through mutual friends, whether it be a set-up situation or via friends of friends. The most popular avenue of meeting a significant other, however, remains dating apps, according to The Knot Jewelry & Engagement Study.
Quinn was nearly the Bachelorette in 2017, but producers pulled a last-minute switch at the time with JoJo Fletcher, the runner-up of Ben Higgins’s season.