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    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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BROOKLYN BOTANIC GARDEN ENGAGEMENT : MELISSA + JOHN

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A day at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden‘s during cherry blossom season can be described as nothing short of magical.  Rows and rows of these beautiful pink trees line an open courtyard, sprinkling the people resting under them with tiny soft petals.  Melissa and John David entered the park laughing, excited to be spending an afternoon in the sun.  They met five years prior at a catering hall where they both were working, and couldn’t help but feel an instant attraction.  It’s funny how that charged and easily recognizable feeling stirs when we are least expecting.  Their whirlwind romance lead to a proposal by John David on the Highline last September, and this sweet couple is set to be married this fall!

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of photographing Melissa and John David’s Brooklyn Botanic Garden engagement photos!  It really was such an incredible day, filled with pretty pink blooms and a private picnic for two.  Enjoy a few of my favorite moments from our time together below.

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We started the session under the lovely pink blooms of the cherry blossoms!

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Melissa and John David couldn’t help but cozy up in the famous rose garden.  It is so romantic!

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Melissa, you are GORGEOUS!

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Loving the bow tie John David.:)

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Such a perfect day called for a picnic!  Melissa and John David found a shady spot to enjoy brie and crackers and pink champagne.

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As the sun began to set, we made our way over to a grand weeping willow tree for a few more pretty photos.

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Melissa and John David, thank you for spending such a beautiful day with me!  I had so much fun capturing your Brooklyn Botanic Garden engagement photos, and I am already looking forward to your wedding this September!

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Ann BeaversJune 12, 2014 - 2:29 pm

These pictures are beautiful! Reminds me of cherry blossom time in Tokyo! Nothing more beautiful! I want to visit the Botanical Gardens in the Springtime!

Amanda Baez MarranziniJune 12, 2014 - 9:16 pm

Bellos! Dios los bendiga y mantenga unidos 4ever!

CENTRAL PARK ELOPEMENT : SHERYN + JARROD

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Some of the most beautifully classic love stories begin in high school.  Sheryn and Jarrod’s is no exception.  He was the popular guy, she was the nerdy girl, and they were an unlikely pair.  Sheryn took a chance one day, sending Jarrod a message and asking him out on MSN.  To her delight, Jarrod said yes!  They shared their first kiss at a friends pool party, and this sweet couple has been inseparable ever since.

Nine and a half years later, it was Jarrod’s turn to ask a questions.  Getting down on one knee in Koh Samui on a beach point, Jarrod asked Sheryn to be his wife. Sheryn couldn’t contain her excitement as she happily agreed, thrilled to spend forever with the one she loved most.

This past fall, I had the pleasure of capturing Sheryn and Jarrod’s NYC elopement in Central Park!  Share in all the magic of their sweet sweet day below.:)

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Sheryn and Jarrod got ready at Hotel 373 5th Avenue.  The views were BREATHTAKING…just like Sheryn’s dress!

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This sweet couple actually lives in Australia!  They flew over just for the wedding.

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Something as simple as a vintage NYC postcard can make for the perfect ring shot.

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Sheryn and Jarrod’s ride for the day?  A vintage NYC Taxi!  This one actually appeared in my favorite movie of all time, When Harry Met Sally.  Needless to say, I was a very happy girl.

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Central Park is so romantic in August.

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LOVE.

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A first dance on Bow Bridge…all to themselves.

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We returned to the taxi to find “Just Married” written on the back of it.  These quiet moments between Sheryn and Jarrod at the end of the day are some of my favorites.

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Congratulations again Sheryn and Jarrod on your Central Park elopement!  It was a true pleasure to be included in your incredible day and I wish you all the happiness in the world in the years to come!

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Feuza TomazJune 3, 2014 - 6:36 pm

awesome would love to feature on UJB

Ann BeaversJune 12, 2014 - 2:34 pm

Love the creative shots of the bride’s dress and groom’s tuxedo and the vintage taxi pics are always a favorite of mine! The picture of the couple’s reflection in the side mirror is amazing!

Ali MillerJune 12, 2014 - 3:47 pm

Love them all! Absolutely stunning! I love the bride’s dress!

CENTRAL PARK + WEST VILLAGE ENGAGEMENT : KATIE + ELVIN

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Katie and Elvin have one of those love stories that puts a smile on your face.  After growing up in the same small town of Carteret, NJ, they ended up reconnecting by running into one another at a mutual friends party.   Elvin made Katie laugh, and Katie made Elvin’s heart beat faster with each one of her sweet smiles.  After a 5 1/2 year romance that seemed to pass in the blink of an eye, Elvin got down on one knee with Manhattan’s waterfront on his left, and the Empire State building shining brightly behind them on the right.  Katie happily agreed, excited to be marrying the man with whom she imagined spending all of her days.

Katie and Elvin are tying the knot TOMORROW at the Heldrich Hotel.  To get all of their friends and family excited for the big day, I thought I would share a few of my favorite photographs from their Central Park and West Village engagement session last fall.  Check out all the sweet moments below.:)

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Katie and Elvin brought their dog Carter along for the first part of the shoot.  How ADORABLE is he?!

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I have never seen Central Park look so beautiful as it did on this warm November day.

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Katie and Elvin are constantly laughing with one another.  Their relationship is filled with so much carefree joy.

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Most of the time when I am shooting in NYC, I am pulling out all the tricks to make sure my couples look like they are the only ones there.  However, I can’t help but love this intimate moment of Katie and Elvin with so many people strolling quickly by.

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Stolen kisses on Bow Bridge.

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As the sun dipped below the horizon and the sky turned a dusky blue, Katie and Elvin shared one last kiss by the spot where they got engaged so many months before.

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An early congratulations to this fun couple!  Katie and Elvin, I am already looking forward to capturing your beautiful wedding day tomorrow!

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Randy BeaversJune 2, 2014 - 3:17 am

Beautiful photos of Katie and Elvin. The fall colors provided a beautiful background for the beautiful engagement photos of Katie and Elvin. Great job Amy!

Ann BeaversJune 12, 2014 - 2:38 pm

Great pictures! My favorites are the ones with Carter, of course! Also love the one with the remarkable blue sky as a backdrop! Wow!

CENTRAL PARK ANNIVERSARY : ALISE + CHAD

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There are not enough words to explain how much I like Alise and Chad.  Not only are they filled with so much love and joy for one another, but they are on fire for God in a way that is contagious. When they asked me to capture their anniversary session in New York City, I couldn’t have been more excited. Alise and Chad have been married for three years and wanted to continue their tradition of a photo shoot to celebrate the occasion. We began with coffee on a TriBeCa rooftop before heading to Central Park to sit under the pretty pink cherry blossoms.  I hope you enjoy some of my favorite photographs from our time together below.:)

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We began Alise and Chad’s anniversary session at the Sheraton in Tribeca.  The view was absolutely beautiful!

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Spring was in full bloom in Central Park and the sun was shining warmly through the trees.

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Seriously Alise and Chad…you guys are ADORABLE!

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As an anniversary present, Chad surprised Alise by pulling out a signature Tiffany blue box.

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LOVE.

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My favorite thing about the cherry blossoms is the way their pretty pink blooms fall in such a dreamy way with the wind.

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Thank you Alise and Chad for such an amazing day in Central Park and a happy three year anniversary!  I hope you will enjoy many more incredible adventures together in the years to come.

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AJ IngogliaMay 30, 2014 - 4:50 am

Your so amazing!

Ann BeaversJune 12, 2014 - 2:40 pm

I love the way you captured the soft light in the picture of Alise smelling the flowers! All pictures are awesome!

RED BANK NJ ENGAGEMENT : JILL + TIM

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They had been together for a year and a half when Tim lead Jill into that familiar restaurant.  Jill was excited to be revisiting Urban Table, the place she and Tim shared their first date.  Looking back, Jill couldn’t believe how quickly she and Tim had fallen in love.  Kind-hearted and incredibly funny, Tim was everything she had dreamed of and more.  Tim felt the same way about her.  Getting down on one knee, Tim asked Jill to marry him!  Completely overjoyed, Jill happily agreed.:)

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of capturing Jill and Tim’s engagement session in Red Bank, NJ.  This sweet couple will tie the knot there tomorrow, and I couldn’t be more excited for them!  An early congratulations Jill and Tim!  For now, enjoy a few of my favorite photos from their engagement session below.

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I just love the way these two look at one another.  It is so easy to see they are completely in love.

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A little spring shower didn’t stop us from shooting!  I love this adorable photo of Jill and Tim cuddling under the umbrella above.

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As the sun set, we headed down to the docks for a few more romantic photos.

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A big thanks to Jill and Tim for an incredible day!  I loved every minute of your Red Bank, NJ engagement session and I am looking forward to seeing you again for your gorgeous Oyster Point wedding TOMORROW!

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Frost PhotographyMay 27, 2014 - 4:07 pm

LOVE THE LAST IMAGE. What gorgeous color!

Jillian CullenMay 28, 2014 - 1:12 am

Thank you for everything, Amy! Tim and I are so lucky that you were able to take pictures of our beautiful day!

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