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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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EVENTI HOTEL WEDDING : LARISSA + MIKE

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The sun seemed to simply sparkle off the buildings, making it the perfect day for Larissa and Mike’s NYC wedding.  After meeting at a basketball game while they were both living in Japan, Larissa and Mike officially began their relationship stateside 10 years later.  Throughout the many years apart, this sweet couple spoke on the phone, wrote letters, and sent packages to one another.  When the timing was just right, Mike proposed to Larissa on Catalina Island in California.

When the wedding day finally arrived, Larissa was glowing.  After so many years, she couldn’t wait to marry the man she had grown to love so much!  Larissa got ready with her girls in an incredible suite at the Eventi Hotel.  She and Mike shared their first look in Central Park with the gorgeous trees and buildings on 60th street as their backdrop.  Mike’s reaction reflected his feelings of true delight when seeing he is beautiful bride for the first time.  These two love birds tied the knot on an incredible outdoor terrace at the Eventi Hotel before dancing the night away with family and friends!

Larissa and Mike, as your one year anniversary approaches, I wanted to take a moment and relive some of the incredible memories from your Eventi Hotel wedding. Check out some of my favorite captures from your day below.:)

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I am in love with every piece of Larissa and Mike’s invitation.  It was perfect for getting their guests from all over the world excited for their NYC wedding.

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This suite in the Eventi Hotel really was an amazing space for the girls to get ready.  The black and white photographs on the wall gave it unique, but classic feel.

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Larissa…you are a STUNNING bride!

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A big thanks to Mekina Saylor for helping me capture this fun NYC wedding!  I love these photos you took of Mike getting ready.

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After a great morning, Larissa, Mike, and the wedding party headed to Central Park for the first look!

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Larissa and Mike’s adorable reactions at seeing each other for the first time made my heart melt!

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LOVE.

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Fun bridal party photos are my favorite!  I love these of Larissa and her sister.

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After a few pretty portraits in Central Park, Larissa and Mike headed back to the Eventi Hotel for their rooftop ceremony.

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With the buildings of NYC surrounding them, Larissa and Mike exchanged their vows.

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A traditional military wedding saber arch greeted the happily married couple!

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Metrocard place cards welcomed guests into a romantically lit ball room for a night of dinner and dancing.

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How cute is this NYC map card box?!

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After a sweet first dance, Larissa and Mike laughed together through the fun toasts from their closest friends.

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A traditional military sword cake cutting drew a prefect evening to a close.  Congratulations again Larissa and Mike!  I wish you all the happiness in the world in the many years to come.

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Leandra BrownAugust 22, 2014 - 4:39 pm

Beautiful Amy Rizzuto

Leandra BrownAugust 22, 2014 - 4:39 pm

Beautiful Amy Rizzuto

Randy BeaversAugust 23, 2014 - 2:16 am

Wow….So many beautiful photographs Amy! The photos in NYC and Central Park are amazing. Love the photo of Larissa and her Dad. The photos of the swords are very unique and different. The photo of Larissa with her flowers is stunning! Congratulations Amy on an amazing job of capturing Larissa and Mike’s wedding.

Darlene BrownSeptember 1, 2014 - 12:08 am

Amazing pictures Amy!

THE IMPORTANCE OF SEEKING REST

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One of the things I struggle with most as a business owner is knowing when it is time to take a break. As cheesy as it sounds, I love what I do so much, most days it doesn’t feel fair calling it “work”.  I truly feel like God designed me to be a wedding photographer, and I hope it is something I get to do for the rest of my life. When my good friend Caroline asked me if I wanted to photograph a wedding with her in California, I hesitated. It was in August, smack dab in the middle of busy season!  Knowing it would be one of my only chances to take a vacation before December, and unable to deny my love for travel and new adventures, I decided to join her.

As I sit on a plane headed back east, I can’t help but smile as I mentally replay so many of the fun memories made. After capturing a magical wedding at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay with one of my best friends, my husband Matt flew out to explore this beautiful state with me. We spent a day in Napa with Matt’s brother, his girlfriend, and two of our closest friends from college, before heading to Lake Tahoe to enjoy a couple of days of hiking and picnics on the beach with Caroline, Alex, and Caroline’s sweet family.  I leave California feeling rested, rejuvenated, and creatively inspired. Check out a few of my favorite memories from our adventures together below.

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The trip began with a gorgeous wedding at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay.  A big thanks to my beautiful friend Caroline for bringing me along to help capture it.

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The day after the wedding I joined my husband Matt, Tony, Kelly, Liz and Ben for a relaxing day in Napa.

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It was a blast catching up with some of our closest friends!

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Matt and I spent Monday and Tuesday exploring Lake Tahoe!  We reconnected with Caroline and her husband Alex at Caroline’s family’s home.

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One of my favorite memories from the trip was our hike up this incredible mountain.  There was just something so peaceful and inspiring about exploring God’s creation.

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A big thanks to Dale and Lily for hosting us in your beautiful home.

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How amazing is this view?!

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The whole group.:)

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Dinner was held outside, right before sunset.

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As we enjoyed a delicious meal, we watched the sky change from blue, to golden, to a deep rich purple.

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“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” -Matthew 11:28-30

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Thanks for coming along on my California adventure!  Have you enjoyed a restful summer or explored an exciting new place?  Feel free to share your adventures in the comment box below.:)

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Debbie CastilloAugust 14, 2014 - 12:00 am

Really captivating photos of this beautiful place! I was just here a few months ago in Napa and the Bay Area, and have fallen in love with it. May need to move here…and I’m from another beautiful place…Southern California :)

Petrice DiVannoAugust 14, 2014 - 11:15 am

Beautiful!

Randy BeaversAugust 23, 2014 - 2:19 am

Beautiful photos of you and your friends. Lake Tahoe is beautiful. Please tell Matt to expose his feet to some sun!

PUBLISHED IN THE KNOT NEW YORK MAGAZINE

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There are moments in life that just make you so happy.  Moments that bring not only a smile, but so much joy they make you want to jump up and down and call your best friend.  When I found out Jessika and Vincent’s Central Park Boathouse wedding was going to be published in The Knot New York Magazine, I couldn’t wait to share the news!  This sweet couple’s winter wedding was so magical, complete with twinkling lights and a fresh blanket of snow.  Congratulations Jessika and Vincent!  It was truly such a joy to capture your special day.  Make sure to pick up a copy of the Fall/Winter issue of The Knot New York Magazine, on stands now!

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This photograph of Jessika and Vincent dancing in the snow in Central Park is one of my absolute favorites!  I love that the Knot chose to give this sweet moment a full page.

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I was really excited to find two more of my photographs featured in this issue of the Knot.  I love this fun one of Carley and Zach above and the pretty photo of Jessika and Vincent’s Duet Bakery Boutique cake below.

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Congratulations again Jessika and Vincent on having your wedding published in The Knot New York Magazine!  Make sure to check out more photos from their beautiful wedding on the Knot’s website here.  HAPPY FRIDAY!

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Cassi ClaireAugust 11, 2014 - 11:46 am

Gooooooo Amy! Love it! Congrats girl! :)

Tommie SampsonAugust 17, 2014 - 6:48 pm

WONDERFUL, Amy Rizzuto….CONGRATULATIONS

Tommie SampsonAugust 17, 2014 - 6:48 pm

WONDERFUL, Amy Rizzuto….CONGRATULATIONS

Randy BeaversAugust 23, 2014 - 2:20 am

So proud of you Amy! Congratulations!

CHARLOTTE NC ENGAGEMENT : JENNY + MATT

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The sound of the music reverberated off the cool brick walls as Jenny climbed up the stairs of the Dandelion Market.  Entering the cozy bar with her girlfriends, Jenny didn’t yet realize how this one decision would change her life forever.  Matt was already on the dance floor with his friends.  Jenny’s pretty blonde hair and contagious smile caught his eye, and he instinctively made his way across the room to be near her.  It wasn’t long before Jenny and Matt found themselves in a dance off!  As it was unusual behavior for them both, Jenny and Matt couldn’t control their laughter as they made their way to a quiet corner to exchange numbers.  To Jenny’s delight, Matt called the next day to set up a time to see her again.

As Jenny and Matt spent more and more time together, they realized just how perfect they were for one another.  Jenny was attracted to Matt’s confidence and fun outgoing personality, and Matt loved Jenny’s quirky sense of humor.  Knowing he wanted to spend forever with this girl, Matt proposed to Jenny at a romantic dinner in Savannah with her family there to cheer them on.  This sweet couple is planning on tying the knot next April, and I couldn’t be more excited for them!  For now, check out a few of my favorite photos from their Charlotte, NC engagement session below.:)

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We began Jenny and Matt’s Charlotte NC engagement session where they first met and fell in love, Dandelion Market!

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I can just imagine them exchanging numbers in a cozy corner, unaware of where this chance encounter would lead.

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After Dandelion Market, Jenny and Matt decided to take their dog Rudy for a walk in the park.  Rudy was Jenny’s first love and has been in her life for the past five years!

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LOVE.

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Next we headed to Jenny and Matt’s ridiculously beautiful rooftop to capture a few photos with the city in the background.

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Seriously guys…could you be any CUTER together?!

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Our last stop was an old fashioned soda shop called Pike’s for a delicious strawberry milkshake.

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Thanks again Jenny and Matt for giving me the opportunity to capture your fun Charlotte, NC engagement photos!  I loved getting to see where you guys met and fell in love and I am already looking forward to your Savannah wedding next April.:)

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Randy BeaversAugust 23, 2014 - 2:24 am

Jenny looks beautiful. I know you enjoyed capturing her and Matt. I really love the photo of the dog with the date sign, but my favorite is Jenny looking back at the camera and Matt leaning in to her….beautiful!

AN INTERVIEW WITH UNSOCIAL SOCIALITE

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I always love meeting other people who love weddings as much as I do!  A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of photographing Marina of Unsocial Socialite, an event planning and interior decorating company based out of New Jersey and New York.  The coolest part of the story?  Marina was actually a bridesmaid in a wedding I shot in one of my first years in business!  Since we go way back, I was excited to get together for coffee and hear all about Marina’s approach to planning weddings.  Marina was kind enough to share three tips on how hiring a wedding planner or coordinator can be helpful for the bride and groom.

1.Coordination- On the wedding day, it is so important to have someone advocating for the bride and groom and making sure the day flows smoothly.  A wedding planner will work with you to create  a detailed timeline to keep everyone involved on track.   Allotting enough time for everything that is important to you to take place will allow you the opportunity to relax and enjoy your day.

2. Communication- You’ve put together a fabulous team of vendors.  GREAT!  A wedding planner can take on the communication between them, making sure everything runs smoothly on your big day.  This is so helpful to me, as I always know when the first dance, cake cutting, and special toasts are going to take place well in advance.

3. Setup- Whether it be your place cards, flowers, pictures frames, or adorable card box from ETSY, you want to make sure to have someone working to ensure all of your details are in their proper place.  A wedding planner will discuss your vision with you before the wedding, and will be someone you can trust to make it come to life on your beautiful day.

And since every post is better with pictures…check out a few of my favorites from my mini session with Marina in Central Park below.

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Marina launched her business Unsocial Socialite in January.  Make sure to check out her website and Facebook page and leave her some love!

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I asked Marina if she had one piece of advice to share with brides.  Check out her awesome answer here.

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Thanks again for the awesome advice Marina!  It was a pleasure reconnecting with you and I look forward to working with you in the future.:)

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