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  • AMY RIZZUTO PHOTOGRAPHY

    Welcome to my blog, a place for my daily ramblings and the photographs I love! My name is Amy and I am a wedding photographer located in the greater NYC area. If you are getting married, take some time to check out my most recent wedding and engagement sessions under categories. The best way to get to know me is through my personal posts. I blog about everything...from my cat's first birthday, to my favorite places to dine in the city. My hope is that by the time you leave, you will feel like we are best friends. If you want to see more, head over to my official website at www.amyrizzutophotography.com.

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MCLOONE’S PIER HOUSE WEDDING PHOTOS : ALY + JOE

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Thinking back to Aly and Joe’s wedding always makes me smile.  It truly was a perfect day.  The sun was shining brilliantly on that warm October morning as Aly and her girlfriends laughed and reminisced together as they got their hair and make-up done.  Aly’s mom zipped her into her gorgeous gown as her sister Alysha wiped tears from her eyes.  Joe spent the morning relaxing with his guys, anticipation building at seeing Aly walk down the aisle to marry him.  They had been together for four years, and Joe couldn’t imagine spending his life with anyone else.  As the red doors of that gorgeous white church opened, Aly couldn’t keep the tears from welling up in her eyes. The day they had been planning for and dreaming of was finally here, and it was even more incredible than they could have ever imagined.

Aly and Joe, your wedding was a true fairytale.  As your one year anniversary approaches, I thought it only fitting to relive such a beautiful day.  Enjoy a few of my favorite moments from your Mcloone’s Pier House wedding below.:)

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Aly got ready at her parents house.  Her mom zipped her into her dress as her sister and dad looked on with huge smiles and tears brimming in their eyes.

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Aly, you seriously are an incredibly STUNNING bride!

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Joe got ready with his friends at the Bungalow Hotel.  A big thanks to Mekina Saylor for capturing these photos!

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Aly and Joe were married in Precious Blood Church in Monmouth Beach, NJ.

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Joe was smiling ear to ear as Aly walked down the aisle!

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HAPPILY MARRIED!

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After the ceremony, we headed to a nearby park for some gorgeous sunset portraits!

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A big thanks to the bridal party for being so much FUN!

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LOVE.

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Aly and Joe’s sweet glances to one another, the soft golden light, and the romantic willow tree make this one of my favorite portraits ever.

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Before heading into the reception, Aly and Joe kicked their shoes off for a few more pretty portraits on the sand.

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Aly and Joe shared their first dance to “Something” by the Beatles, before dancing the night away with family and friends.

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Thank you again Aly and Joe for giving me the opportunity to be a part of your Mcloone’s Pier House wedding!  I wish you all the love and happiness in the many years to come.

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BATSTO VILLAGE ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS : JEN + BILL

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It is crazy how life brings us together at the perfect time.  Jen and Bill both attended Rutgers University, hung out in the same crowds, but never met.  Jen and Bill finally met through work, but got to know each other in a photography class they both signed up to attend.  A friendship turned into romance on a trip to Batsto Village with their cameras.  Jen and Bill began dating shortly after, and have been together ever since!

Knowing he wanted to spend forever with Jen, Bill proposed on a moonlit beach in Cancun.  Jen happily agreed, and these two will be tying the knot THIS WEEKEND!  I can’t wait to capture their gorgeous wedding day.  For now, enjoy a few of my favorite photos from Jen and Bill’s Batsto Village engagement session below.

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Jen and Bill have so much fun together!  They are constantly laughing and having a good time.

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Fall was in full bloom during Jen and Bill’s Batsto Village engagement session.  Aren’t the colors beautiful?!

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Jen and Bill will be getting married at Mallard Island Yacht Club this weekend.  They can’t wait to celebrate with family and friends.

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These two carefree photos might be my favorites.

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As the sun began to set, Jen and Bill headed over to the water to enjoy the beautiful view.

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Congratulations Jen and Bill!  I had so much fun capturing your Batsto Village engagement photos, and I can’t wait to see you again for your wedding this weekend!

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THE BEST FRIDAYS INCLUDE MEG RYAN + CHOCOLATE CHAI TEA

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There is nothing that makes me happier than waking up to gorgeous golden sunlight streaming through the open windows, especially on a Friday.  Friday is one of my favorite days of the week, and special days call for special routines.  After enjoying gingerbread pancakes before the hubby heads off to work, I pour warm chocolate chai tea in my favorite Serendipity mug.  Chances are I have a wedding the next day, so a quiet day in the office is welcomed.  Kylie curls up in the corner to watch a classic romantic movie (most likely involving Meg Ryan) while I work on editing a pretty wedding.   Date night is sure to follow once Matt gets home, bringing about the perfect end to a perfect day.

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Fresh flowers and a delicious smelling fall candle make the atmosphere in the office so relaxing.

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Do you have a favorite Friday routine?  Feel free to leave your comments in the box below.  HAPPY FRIDAY!!!

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CONGRATULATIONS ON PASSING THE BAR ALI!!!

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My sister Ali has been my best friend ever since I can remember.  We grew up going on adventures (just like Mary-Kate and Ashley), playing tennis, and having late night movie marathons.  She was always supportive and always there for me.  This summer I had the opportunity to cheer Ali on as she studied for the North Carolina Bar Exam.  After graduating from the Charlotte School of Law, Ali spent countless hours reading, making hundreds of notecards, and taking practice exams.  She took the two day test at the end of July, and today, she found out she PASSED!  When I got the phone call from her with the news, I could barely contain my excitement! I am so proud of my little sister, and can’t wait to see her succeed in a job it seems like she was created to do.

This past June, I had the opportunity to photograph the family law firm where Ali was hired after graduation.  It was so fun meeting the incredible women Ali works with and seeing her so happy in her environment.  In honor of Ali passing the Bar today, I wanted to share a few of my favorites below.

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Ali is working in Family Law at Passenant & Shearin in Charlotte, NC.

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The women she works with were all so welcoming, and their office was beautiful!

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Congratulations again on passing the Bar Exam Ali!  I am so proud of you and wish you luck as you begin this new journey.:)

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Randy BeaversSeptember 3, 2014 - 12:09 am

Great blog Amy honoring Ali for passing the NC Bar Exam. Ali has wanted to be a lawyer since 6th grade. I am so proud that she will see this dream come true and I know she is very excited to be starting her career at Passenant and Shearin Law Offices.

Ann BeaversSeptember 3, 2014 - 12:13 am

What and great way to help Ali Miller celebrate passing the bar! I am proud of both my daughters! Love the story and pictures!

THE WEDDING EXPERIENCE WEBSITE

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Before I was a photographer, I was a bride. After I got engaged, I couldn’t wait to begin the planning process!  Finding the perfect dress, venue, and vendors to actualize the vision for my day seemed like such a fun adventure to me. While all the big decisions proved easy, the small ones, like what to wear to the engagement session, or how to go about making a timeline for the wedding seemed harder. After all, this was the only wedding I had ever planned, and I wasn’t entirely sure how things were done. Thank goodness I had a wonderful team of vendors to help me out!

Since my wedding day, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to be a part of over 100 weddings as a photographer!  For a while, I have been looking for a way to share with my couples what I’ve learned that could be most helpful from a photography standpoint. Introducing the Wedding Experience Website!  Designed to answer many of the most frequently asked questions by my brides and grooms, the wedding experience website includes articles I have written on: How to Prepare for Your Engagement Session, Getting Ready for the “Getting Ready” Portion of Your Day, Creating Your Wedding Day Timeline, and many more.  It also holds copies of the Wedding Worksheet and Wedding Timeline, two forms I ask my couples fill out to help me better prepare for their unique day.  My hope is that this website will make the photography planning process just a little bit easier.:) Head over and check it out today: www.weddingexperience.amyrizzutophotography.com.
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Once you get to the site, simply click on a button that interests you to learn more about the topic.
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One of my favorite sections is the Family Photo Email section.  Just click on the pre-composed email to send it to the family members you want to include in your formal portraits!
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I hope this has been helpful!  If you have any questions you would like answered, feel free to leave them in the comment box below and I will add them to the site.:) Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!
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