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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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HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR GETTING READY PHOTOS

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They are often some of my favorite photos of the day…the getting ready photos!  There is just something so nice about spending a morning getting a little glamorous with your closest girlfriends.  Today I wanted to take a moment to talk about how to best prepare for your getting ready photos on your wedding day.  I have put together a short video blog with three of my favorite tips, and you can check it out below!

I hope this vlog was helpful!  To recap, when preparing for your getting ready photos consider:

1. Location- It always looks nice if your getting ready location matches the look and feel of your ceremony and reception site.  If you have a wedding album in your collection, this looks great as your photos will tell a cohesive story throughout this beautiful heirloom.

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2. Lighting- The more natural light, the better!  Look for getting ready locations with lots of soft window light.:)

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3. The Details- Along with capturing photos of you and your bridal party getting ready, I would also love to capture the details you have put so much thought into for your wedding day.  If you could bring along a full invitation suite, your dress, shoes, jewelry, complete set of wedding rings (your engagement ring and two bands), and any other special details you would like me to capture, that would be great!

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If you have any questions, feel free to email me at amy@amyrizzutophotography.com or leave them in the comment box below!  Thanks again for watching my vlog and have a wonderful day!

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Jaine KershnerJuly 24, 2014 - 2:02 pm

amy, you are just the sweetest! good tips for all brides to be!!

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Helpful video! Ur adorable

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BROOKLYN ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS : CAROLYN + MIKE

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They were walking along the Brooklyn Promenade together. The sun had just set and the city lights were twinkling across the still water of the East River. The walk was Michael’s idea, and Carolyn couldn’t help but think how romantic it all seemed. Michael led Carolyn to one of his favorite wooden benches. Sitting down, he shared not only why she was the perfect girl, but why she was the perfect girl for him. Michael asked Carolyn to marry him, and she happily agreed, over the moon to be marrying the man she loved so much as well. These two are tying the knot this fall, and I am already looking forward to capturing their gorgeous wedding!  For now, enjoy a few of my favorites from their Brooklyn engagement session below.

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Carolyn and Mike seriously might be one of the sweetest couples ever!  It was such a joy to spend the afternoon with them, and by the way they interacted, it was obvious how much they care for one another.

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For their Brooklyn engagement photos, Carolyn and Mike thought it would be sweet to revisit the bench where Mike proposed!  There is nothing I love more than when couples use this session as an opportunity to tell the story of their relationship.

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Thank you again Carolyn and Mike for spending an afternoon in front of my camera!  I loved capturing your Brooklyn engagement photos and I am already looking forward to your wedding this October!

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Sidney MorganJuly 15, 2014 - 2:01 pm

LOVE these, Amy!! I miss you!!!

Jaine KershnerJuly 15, 2014 - 2:13 pm

I love these amy!!! so pretty & the light is lovely!!

WOODCLIFF LAKE HILTON WEDDING : ELISE + MIKE

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Days don’t get much prettier than Elise and Mike’s.  It was early August and the sun seemed to be sparkling just for their wedding day.  After growing up in neighboring towns, Elise and Mike crossed paths for the first time when good friends introduced them.  They began their relationship while Elise was attending Boston University for undergrad and Mike was attending Boston University for graduate school.   After graduation, Mike made the decision to go to law school at Vanderbilt University, and the couple made the move to Tennessee.  It was here Mike decided to propose to Elise in her apartment!  Tears followed a very heartfelt speech, and Elise happily agreed to spend forever with the man she loved.

Elise and Mike, your Woodcliff Lake Hilton wedding was SO beautiful!  It was truly an honor to be a part of your incredible day, and I hope you are enjoying your first year of marriage.  As you one year anniversary approaches, I thought it would be fun to relive a few sweet moments from such a special day.  Get lost in all the prettiness below!

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Elise’s dress from Bjiou Bridal was so lovely!  I am obsessed with the delicate lace on the back.

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Arriving at the Woodcliff Lake Hilton, Elise was so excited to start getting ready for an amazing day!

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LOVE these sweet moments…

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…and this GORGEOUS bouquet!

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A big thanks to Mekina Saylor for helping me capture Elise and Mike’s wedding day!  I love this fun photo of Mike and his groomsmen hanging out before the ceremony.

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An emotional first look filled with so much joy!

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Beautiful bridesmaids in the prettiest purple you ever did see.:)

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LOVE.

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HAPPILY MARRIED!!!

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Michelle Wiecek of The Bride Organizer did an incredible job bringing Elise’s vision for her wedding day to life!  I just love the unique touch of these ombre centerpieces!

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The hora always gets the party started!

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Elise’s grandparents even took part in the dancing!  How cute are they?!

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Thank you again Elise and Mike for giving me the opportunity to be a part of your incredible wedding day!  I wish you all the happiness in the world in the years to come.:)

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Randy BeaversJuly 6, 2014 - 3:03 am

The photos of Elise and Mike’s wedding are beautiful and clearly capture the many beautiful moments. Great job Amy! I really love the sneak peak pictures and the photos with the gazebo in the background. The most beautiful photo is of Elise on the grass with her bouquet.

Michelle LangeJuly 7, 2014 - 6:54 pm

Her dress is amazing! Gorgeous work Amy!

Susan Anderson RizzutoJuly 10, 2014 - 5:00 am

These are so pretty. I love the wedding party pictures, those dresses and the flowers are gorgous! LOVE the purple, and that cake is awsome!

THE WEDDING DAY TIMELINE

Wedding Day Timeline

Your venue is booked, an incredible team of vendors is in place, and invitations have been sent out.  The day you have been dreaming of is quickly approaching and it is time to begin thinking about how it will actually flow!  After all, you want to make sure you have enough time to capture all of those pretty photos.  Introducing your “Wedding Day Timeline”.  If you have hired a planner or day of coordinator, chances are they will be putting one together for you.  If not, I would be happy to help!  Having the honor of being a part of over a hundred weddings in the past few years has given me a good idea about how much time needs to be allotted for each portion of the day, especially the parts that have to do with photography.  First, let me explain how much time I would LOVE to have to capture important moments during the day.  No worries if your wedding does not allow for this much time, I can work faster if needed.:)

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Girls Getting Ready- 90 minutes
I suggest having me arrive an hour before you get into your wedding gown.  This is when you would usually be getting the finishing touches on your hair and make-up. During this time, I love not only photographing you and your girls primping and having a good time, I also love capturing the details you have so carefully chosen.  If you could have your dress, shoes, full invitation suite, any jewelry, and rings (engagement ring and both bands) laid out, that would be great!  The last half hour I like to capture you getting into your dress and and a few posed photos with any immediate family present or bridesmaids.
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Guys Getting Ready- 45 minutes
The guys getting ready is usually much more laid back than the girls.  My second shooter usually captures the groom putting on his jacket, shoes, and tie, and any special details like cuff links or fun socks.  They would also capture candids of the guys hanging out together.  Most times, this takes place around the same time I am photographing the girls getting ready.
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Bride and Groom Portraits- 45 minutes
I would LOVE 45 minutes to capture bride and groom portraits.  Some wedding days allow for less, some for more.  While it is easy for me to shoot all day, I can work faster if needed.
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Bridal Party- 30 minutes
Thirty minutes is a good amount of time to capture the bridal party.  If you know you have a larger bridal party (12 bridesmaids/groomsmen on each side or more), talk to me about allowing additional time to capture these important photos.
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Family Portraits- 30 minutes
Thirty minutes also works well for family portraits.  If you know you have a large family, please let me know so we can plan accordingly.
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Sunset Photos- 15 minutes
If we have taken your portraits earlier in the day, sneaking out again for sunset can allow for some BEAUTIFUL images.  If you would like to set aside 15 minutes for sunset photos, please let me know.
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Night Portraits- 15 minutes
The same goes for night photography!  When the sky turns that dusky blue, my heart melts!  Consider setting aside 15 minutes in the evening to capture some unique couple portraits.

 

Now that you know how much time would be great from a photography stand point, the next step is to list out the times each event will take place on YOUR wedding day. I have provided a blank timeline below.  Simply fill in the time each event will take place on the blank line provided.  To fill it out electronically, click here.

Blank Timeline (Please write N/A if not applicable:))

Bride and Bridesmaids Begin Getting Ready: _________
Bride Personally Starts with Hair and Make-up: _________
Amy Arrives: _________
Groom Gets Ready: _________
Bride Gets into Dress: _________
Groom Travels to Ceremony: _________
Bride Travels to Ceremony: _________
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First Look + Bride and Groom Photos: _________
Bridal Party Portraits: _________
Immediate Family Portraits: _________
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Arrive at Ceremony: _________
Ceremony Begins: _________
Ceremony Ends (YAY! YOU’RE MARRIED!): _________
Receiving Line (usually takes 30 minutes): _________
Family Portraits: _________
Leave for Reception or Photo Location: _________
Arrive at Reception or Photo Location: _________
Bridal Party Photos: _________
Bride and Groom Photos: _________
Cocktail Hour: _________
Reception Begins: _________
Reception Ends: _________
Reception Tradition Times
Grand Entrance: _________
First Dance: _________
Toasts: _________
Father/Daughter Dance: _________
Mother/Son Dance: _________
Cake Cutting: _________
Bouquet/Garter Toss: _________
Grand Exit/Sparkler Exit: _________
Any Additional Traditions (Anniversary Dance/Entire Wedding Guest Photo, etc):  _________

 

I suggest filling this out 4-6 weeks before your wedding and emailing it to me.  This will allow me to create a photography timeline specific for your day.

Sometimes a visual helps!  I am definitely the type of person who loves to see examples.  :)  Whether you are planning a first look, mid-day ceremony, or are excited about seeing each other for the first time when walking down the aisle, I have put together a sample timeline for you!  The trick to easily customizing one for your day?  Simply change the ceremony time to match your wedding day, then adjust the times before and after, keeping the same intervals.  Don’t worry if your wedding doesn’t follow the patterns of one of the three below.  Every day is different!  If you are one of my couples and would like help with your timeline, email me and we will work on it together! amy@amyrizzutophotography.com.

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Down the Aisle

3pm- Bridal Prep/Groom Prep- Details, Finishing Touches on Hair and Make-up
4pm- Bride Gets into Dress
4:30pm- Travel to Ceremony Site/Relax before walk down the aisle
5pm- Ceremony Begins
5:30pm- Ceremony Ends- YOU’RE MARRIED!!!
5:45pm- Family Portraits
6pm- Bridal Party Photos/Cocktail Hour Begins
6:20pm- Bride and Groom Portraits
6:50pm- Prepare for Grand Entrance
7pm- Reception Begins/Grand Entrance
7:05pm- First Dance
7:15pm- Toasts/First Course
7:30pm- DANCING!
8pm- Dinner Served
8:30pm- Father/Daughter and Mother/Son Dance
8:45pm- DANCING!
9:30pm- Cake Cutting/Bouquet + Garter Toss
9:45pm- DANCING!
11pm- Reception Ends

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First Look

1pm- Bridal Prep/Groom Prep- Details, Finishing Touches on Hair and Make-up
2pm- Bride Gets into Dress
2:30pm- First Look!!!
2:35- Bride and Groom Portraits
3:30pm- Bridal Party Photos
4pm- Immediate Family Portraits
4:30pm- Touch-ups/Prepare for Walk Down the Aisle
5pm- Ceremony Begins
5:30pm- Ceremony Ends- YOU’RE MARRIED!!!
6pm- Cocktail Hour Begins- Bride and Groom attend Cocktail Hour
6:50pm- Prepare for Grand Entrance
7pm- Reception Begins/Grand Entrance
7:05pm- First Dance
7:15pm- Toasts/First Course
7:30pm- DANCING!
8pm- Dinner Served
8:30pm- Father/Daughter and Mother/Son Dance
8:45pm- DANCING!
9:30pm- Cake Cutting/Bouquet + Garter Toss
9:45pm-DANCING!
11pm- Reception Ends

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Mid-Day Ceremony

11:30am- Bridal Prep/Groom Prep- Details, Finishing Touches on Hair and Make-up
12:30pm- Bride Gets into Dress
1pm- Photos with Bridesmaids/Groomsmen and immediate family separately
1:30pm- Travel to Ceremony Site/Relax before walk down the aisle
2pm- Ceremony Begins
3pm- Ceremony Ends- YOU’RE MARRIED!!!
3:05pm- Receiving Line
3:30pm- Family Portraits
4pm-Travel to Location/Reception for Photos
4:30pm- Bridal Party Portraits
5:00pm- Bride and Groom Portraits
6pm- Cocktail Hour- Bride and Groom Attend
6:50pm- Prepare for Grand Entrance
7pm- Reception Begins/Grand Entrance
7:05pm- First Dance
7:15pm- Toasts/First Course
7:30pm- DANCING!
8pm- Dinner Served
8:30pm- Father/Daughter and Mother/Son Dance
8:45pm- DANCING!
9:30pm- Cake Cutting/Bouquet + Garter Toss
9:45pm- DANCING!
11pm- Reception Ends

 

A few additional things to remember…

Travel Time 

Travel times are an easy thing to forget to include in the timeline.  Make sure you account for how long it is going to take to get from the getting ready location to the ceremony, the ceremony to the reception, etc.  Build in extra time just in case you are running behind or if you hit traffic.  Also, make sure to account for how you are going to get from place to place (cars, limousine, party bus, etc).

Buffer Time

It is rare a wedding day is running exactly on time.  Hair and make-up can take longer than expected, a bridesmaid could leave behind her bouquet, or you could hit traffic.  Adding a little extra “buffer time” into the timeline is a great idea and will allow for a very relaxed and stress free day.

Reception Timing

Most of the time, your band/DJ will put together your reception timeline since they are the ones announcing your first dance, cake cutting, etc.  Once you receive your reception timeline from them, feel free to send it over.:)

RELAX 

If things go off course, not to worry!  You will still walk down the aisle, still marry the one you love, and still dance your butt off at the reception.  I am an expert at working quickly when needed and promise you will still have beautiful images to remember such a special day in your lives.
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Susan Anderson RizzutoJuly 2, 2014 - 2:34 am

Great post Amy!

Olha KarahodinaJuly 2, 2014 - 4:46 am

Aww… You used our picture too! So sweet of you, Amy Rizzuto

Mekina SaylorJuly 3, 2014 - 3:59 am

Great post and extremely helpful!

Leandra BrownJuly 4, 2014 - 12:09 am

Yay! love this post, especially the different timeline options :)

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BEACH HAVEN ENGAGEMENT : MEGHAN + KEVIN

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There is just something so incredibly sweet about high school sweethearts!  Meghan and Kevin met in their homeroom class.  She was a McDermott, he a McPartland, and since they were seated alphabetically, they sat just one row away from each other.  As they spent more and more time together, Meghan and Kevin’s relationship grew, turing from a friendship into something greater.  Years later, Kevin got down on one knee and proposed to Meghan on Long Beach Island!  It was just the two of them on a blanket on the beach, and it was perfect.

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of capturing Meghan and Kevin’s romantic Beach Haven engagement session.  Since Kevin’s family has a home here, this sweet couple has spent many summers walking along the beach, trying the best ice cream flavors from Barry’s, and dining at their favorite restaurants along the water.   I had so much fun traveling down memory lane with Meghan and Kevin, and I am so excited to share a few of my favorite moments from our time together below.

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Meghan and Kevin wanted to recreate their proposal.  They brought a blanket and sat cuddled together on the beach by the spot where they got engaged!

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Beach Haven has so much character!  How adorable is this Bait and Tackle shop by the water?!

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After Kevin proposed, he surprised Meghan with dinner at The Gables!  It was so much fun revisiting it during their Beach Haven engagement session.

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For dessert, we headed to Barry’s, the couple’s favorite ice cream parlor!

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Thank you again Meghan and Kevin for such a fun afternoon!  You guys are adorable together and I can’t wait to capture your beautiful wedding this November!

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