Amy and Gino met in prison. When I first read that, I was probably thinking the same thing you are right now. However, Gino is a Correctional Officer and Amy is a Psychologist. So no, neither of them were doing time. Although, that would have made for a juicy story. Amy simply stated to her friend that she thought Gino was cute when she saw him at work one day. They were set up on a date not too long after. They’ve been together ever since.
Gino has a handsome “little man” (son) also named Gino. This duo runs tight. The love that I witnessed between these two was a beautiful sight to see. I could see clearly how well Amy fits into this family union. Her love is huge, overflowing and genuine.
Amy and Gino exchanged vows at the beautiful and eclectic Condors Nest Ranch. Rain was in the forecast which almost always puts a damper on any outdoor wedding. But, not for this couple. All that mattered was getting to the alter to claim their love for one another. Amy bought the most killer Jimmy Choo shoes ever and was game to substitute them to prance around in her boots and get a little muddy (her friends close in toe)…even before the ceremony. These are my kind of girls!
Gino agreed to take photos with Amy before the ceremony under one condition…he did not want to see her until she walked down the aisle. We had to be creative with how we took some of their portraits beforehand. Gino brought a blindfold to make the process easier. It was all very sweet!
The celebration was lovely, emotional, heartfelt and fun! I am honored to have met this trio and to have been a part of their very special day. When I was a kid, I use to hear my Dad say, “good people” when he met others he really liked. Well, I have to say the same for Amy, Gino and Gino Jr….GOOD PEOPLE!
Special thanks to the amazing Jason Tran for second shooting with me and to Jennifer Bermudez for being the best assistant ever! You guys rock!
Location: The Condor’s Nest Ranch, Pala CA
Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero
Makeup Artist: Domenica Prestininzi
Hairdresser: Justine Pamanian
Caterer: 220 Catering
Cake & Bakery: Dulce & Co
Florist: Sweet Petals Florist