Russ, who hails from Oklahoma, met Paola while he was working in Colombia. They married, and she moved to Oklahoma, but eventually relocated to Miami for modeling work. Russ later joined Pao in the Sunshine State and the couple continued to have cameras follow them for the 90 Day Fiancé spinoff series. On the spinoff, Paola revealed she had a miscarriage, but in the 2018 reunion special the couple revealed they were expecting again.
They welcomed son Axel in early January.