Shadi Azarbaijani & John Russo

A chance meeting in flashy Las Vegas turned into long-lasting love for Shadi and John Russo.  After the whirlwind weekend trip, Shadi, a native of sunny San Diego and John, a New Englander, kept in touch and eventually started dating long distance. “One great visit turned into many more and a couple years later we decided to take a chance with love and I moved to the East Coast,” Shadi recalls.

Wanting to throw a bold but elegant wedding infused with a little “old Hollywood glamour,” the couple chose the Biltmore Hotel in Providence, which has “breathtaking views of the city and the elegant, romantic ballroom,” says Shadi. Sara Zarrella photographed the event. “I really liked that they captured both cultures,” says Sara, referring to Shadi’s Persian heritage and John’s Italian roots. “Even though [Shadi] brought some Persian flair, it was definitely downtown glam.”

Shadi jokes, “I guess that what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas.”

Featured Vendors:

PHOTOGRAPHY: Sara Zarrella
FLOWERS: Golden Gate Studios
CAKE & DESSERT: Wrights Dairy Farm
CATERING: Providence Biltmore
VIDEOGRAPHER: Everlasting Jade Video Productions
PHOTO BOOTH: Memory Booth RI

BRIDAL GOWN: Casablanca through Belle Mariee Bridal
GROOM’S ATTIRE: Robert’s Tuxedo
HAIR: Salon Bianco
MAKEUP: Melissa O’Donnell & Maria Piccardi of MAC
INVITATIONS: Creative Designs
ENTERTAINMENT: George Simmons Jr.


**This real wedding was seen in the 2012-2013 Southern New England Weddings Destination Edition.

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