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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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IGNITE : A LITTE SPARK FOR YOUR NEW BUSINESS

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SPARK days have been a favorite of mine for a long time.  Back in 2012 over lunch with Caroline Frost and Cassi Claire, Caroline expressed her desire to create a group for women photographers in the NYC area that meets weekly to discuss faith and photography.  Being women who love Jesus and photography (respectively of course), Cassi and I couldn’t wait to jump on board!  SPARK was born, and the experience of being involved with this incredible group has been life changing.

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This fall, we were looking for a way to serve and give back to our community.  We came up with the idea of hosting a FREE workshop for new photographers,  hoping to share what has been successful for us over the past four years to IGNITE a little “spark” in new photography businesses in the area.   IGNITE is a free workshop for new photographers taking place in Central Park on November 16th from 1:30pm-4:30pm and includes topics like posing, composition, marketing, and tips for exposure and lighting.  We will also have a model for some hands on practice!  The workshop will be led by Caroline Frost, Amy Rizzuto and Cassi Claire with Leandra Brown, Mekina Saylor, Kristy Timms, Bethany Michaela, and Cassady Adams, a few of the many fabulous women who are a part of NYC SPARK.  Space is limited, so if you are interested, make sure to apply here by November 5th: http://www.jotform.us/CassiClaire/ignite2014.

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To learn more about IGNITE, visit our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/329637847209932/.  If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me at amy@amyrizzutophotography.com or to Cassi at cassi@cassiclaire.com.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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INDIAN TRAIL CLUB WEDDING PHOTOS : DANIELLE + MATT

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The gentle rustle of the leaves filled the air with the sweet music only fall brings.  Golden light glistened across the lake and the brilliant colors of the trees painted the blue sky.  It was the perfect day for Danielle and Matt’s wedding.  Filled to the brim with excitement, Danielle snuck up behind Matt for an intimate “first look” by the water. Love shone through Matt’s eyes as he brought his beautiful bride in for an embrace.  The day had finally arrived where they would become husband and wife!

As Danielle and Matt exchanged their vows under a canopy of orange and yellow leaves, family and friends wiped happy tears from their eyes.  Their bridal party cheered at their first kiss, and bubbles filled the air as the couple ascended up the aisle.  A canoe ride for two at sunset allowed for some truly magical moments before Danielle and Matt headed inside to spend the night celebrating with family and friends.

Danielle and Matt, your Indian Trail Club wedding was straight out of a fairytale.  As your one year anniversary approaches, it seems only fitting to relive your gorgeous day.  Enjoy a few of my favorite memories below.:)

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Danielle and Matt did an incredible job incorporating the fall theme throughout their wedding.  From the flowers to the invitation suite, every detail came together perfectly!

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Danielle spent the morning getting ready with her girls.  My favorite moment had to be when they all slipped on their cowboy boots!

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Danielle, you seriously are STUNNING!

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A big thanks to Mekina Saylor for helping me photograph Danielle and Matt’s incredible day!  I just love these fun moments you captured of the guys.

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A sweet first look…

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…followed by some fun bridal party photos!

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Quite possibly the cutest flower girl and ring bearer ever!

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LOVE.

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Apple cider and warm apple cider donuts were available for guests to enjoy at the ceremony.

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Danielle and Matt exchanged vows under a canopy of golden leaves as the sunset set slowly behind them.

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HAPPILY MARRIED!!!

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This awesome old pickup truck made the perfect getaway vehicle for Danielle and Matt!  Hay filled the bed of the truck and personalized cans were tied to the bumper.

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Thank you guys for cheering on Danielle and Matt all day!

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After the ceremony, we headed out to the lake for a glorious sunset.

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True love inspires.  It awakens the heart to the beauty hidden deep inside a person’s soul.

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Danielle and Matt, your day really was a fairytale.

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Danielle’s mom and dad did the most amazing job crafting many of the details for the wedding day!  They handmade the table cloths, indian corn vases, and felt acorn place cards.

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Danielle’s grandma even handmade 100 apple pies for the wedding favors!  The entire day was filled with love from Danielle and Matt’s family, just as it should be.

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After sharing their first dance to “When the Stars Go Blue”, Danielle and Matt danced the night away with family and friends.

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Thank you again Danielle and Matt for giving me the opportunity to capture your gorgeous Indian Trail Club wedding!  I enjoyed being a part of such a special time in your lives and I wish you all the happiness in the world in the years to come.

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Susan Anderson RizzutoOctober 2, 2014 - 11:55 pm

Oh my gosh… these pictures kept getting better and better! They would make anybody want to get married in the fall.. soooo pretty. Those pictures in the canoe are amazing and I LOVE the flowers and all the fall themed parts to this wedding. (And you’re right about the flower girl and ring bearer too.. adorable!)

AD.AM GRIT PhotographyOctober 15, 2014 - 4:34 pm

#mindblown. Incredible pictures, placement and vision.

Janet Bella Pulpe FarfallaOctober 15, 2014 - 11:12 pm

Love every photo! Awesome wedding planning!

LAURITA WINERY ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS : AMY + STEPHEN

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They were outside the business building when Stephen looked up and saw Amy.  Gorgeous blonde hair and a sparkling smile, he couldn’t help but feel drawn to her.  A conversation turned into a first date, and a first date into a beautiful relationship.  Five years later, these college sweethearts got engaged on the steps of the Art Museum in Philadelphia when Stephen got down on one knee and asked Amy to marry him!  They will be tying the knot tomorrow and I couldn’t be more excited for them.

To celebrate their upcoming nuptials, I wanted to share Amy and Steve’s super sweet Laurita Winery engagement photos!  Check out a few of my favorite moments below.:)

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We started Amy and Stephen’s engagement session right outside the business building where they first met!

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I absolutely love it when couples personalize their engagement session with places/things important to them.

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After a few photos at The College of New Jersey, we headed to Laurita Winery for a pretty sunset!

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How adorable is this sign sharing important moments from Amy and Stephen’s love story?!

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TOMORROW is the big day!!!

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Favorite.

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Amy and Stephen are most looking forward to sharing a wonderful evening with their family and friends.

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Congratulations again Amy and Stephen!  I loved every minute of your Laurita Winery engagement session and I can’t wait to see you for your gorgeous wedding tomorrow!  HAPPY FRIDAY!

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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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Susan Anderson RizzutoSeptember 19, 2014 - 1:26 am

I remember this couple.. she is stunning and so adorable! Love her dress , it’s perfect for her! Great pictures… as always!

Ann BeaversSeptember 25, 2014 - 9:54 pm

Such a cute couple. Love the willow tree portraits and the pics of the father daughter dance. You did a great job capturing the emotions!

Lemuel AyudtudOctober 15, 2014 - 4:37 pm

Man! Another masterpiece.

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Man! Another masterpiece.

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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