Gianna & Vincent

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Gianna Petrone & Vincent Varamo on  July 13, 2019

When Gianna Petrone and Vincent Varamo first started dating, they had to keep their relationship a secret. The two were completing their residencies in emergency medicine at Kent Hospital in Warwick and felt it would be more professional to maintain a low profile. Their mutual friend, Khatija Zahiruddin, always hoped the pair would get together, and was the only one who knew their secret. Two years later, the couple found themselves standing atop a scenic bluff in Edgartown during their annual end-of-summer sojourn in Martha’s Vineyard, when Vincent suddenly got down on one knee and proposed — putting a permanent end to their clandestine romance. — By Fred Albert / published in Newport Life magazine March/April 2020

“As a Rhode Islander, I had always dreamed of a Newport wedding.”

Beach Vibe

“We wanted all of our out-of-state guests to appreciate the beauty of Rhode Island and what makes it so special to us,” says Gianna, who chose Newport Beach House for the ceremony and reception because of its splendid views of Newport and the coastline. The color scheme of blush, champagne and rose gold seemed particularly well-suited to the seaside setting — as were the baskets of complimentary flip flops, in case guests got a yen to wriggle their toes in the sand.

Sartorial Splendor

The bride wore a lace wedding dress with an open beaded back from Martina Liana and carried a cascading collection of orchids, while her bridesmaids selected individual blush-toned gowns that complemented their figures. Vincent and his groomsmen opted for matching navy blue tuxedos (but took a few liberties in the sock department). When it was time for the bride and groom to make their vows, the officiant was none other than Khatija Zahiruddin, the friend who blessed this union with her silence and, ultimately, with her words.

A Gift from the Heart

As emergency medicine physicians, the bride and groom witness the impact of heart disease on a daily basis, so they made a donation to the American Heart Association on behalf of all their guests.

Where Are They Now?

After a honeymoon cruise on the Rhine, the pair settled in Coventry, where Gianna works as an emergency medicine physician with Brown Emergency Medicine and Vincent is an emergency medicine physician at Kent Hospital.

Featured Vendors

Photographer: Michelle Carpenter
Venue, Caterer, Cake: The Newport Beach House
Bridal Gown, Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Alexandra’s Boutique
Tuxedos: Jos. A. Bank
Hair, Makeup: The Best of You
Nails: Nails by Bernadetta
Flowers: Twigs Florist
Rings: Baxter’s Fine Jewelry
Invitations: Paper Moon Invitations
Ceremony Music & Videographer: Bob Carpenter with the Main Event
Rehearsal Dinner: Sardellas
Guest Accommodations: The Atlantic Beach Hotel ,  Holiday Inn Express
Linen/Décor Rental: Peak Events 

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