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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.

    If you are just here to leave a little love, THANK YOU! Your support and kind comments are greatly appreciated.

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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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CHARLESTON, SC ENGAGEMENT : HOLLY + RYAN

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The southern sun was warm on Holly’s back as she a Ryan walked hand in hand down the waterfront pier.  Exploring their new home of Charleston, South Carolina was one of their favorite things to do together, and each day seemed to be more beautiful than the one before.  Even though Ryan had been dating Holly for four years, he had known her for much longer.  Ryan knew he wanted to spend a lifetime with this girl who had brought more laughter to his life than he ever thought possible.  Knowing this was the perfect moment, Ryan asked Holly to be his wife!  Holly happily agreed, over the moon excited to be marrying the man who so effortlessly seemed to make every day of her life better.

This sweet couple will be tying the knot next June, and I am already looking forward to capturing their beautiful day.  For now, enjoy a few of my favorite images from their Charleston, SC engagement session below.

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One of my favorite historical locations in Charleston, SC is Rainbow Row!  I just love these sweet moments of Holly and Ryan snuggled among the colorful homes.

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A perfect date for Holly and Ryan includes a walk along the waterfront and time in one of these relaxing swinging benches.

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Holly and Ryan just had to include their beloved four-legged furry child in their shoot.  Isn’t he adorable?!

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What a beautiful family!

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LOVE.

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Charleston has so many hidden treasures!  I love this romantic stone path we stumbled upon.

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To end an incredible shoot, Holly and Ryan shared a cone filled with their favorite gelato.

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Thanks again for an amazing time Holly and Ryan!  I enjoyed every minute of your Charleston, SC engagement session and I am already looking forward to your gorgeous wedding next June.

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Randy BeaversAugust 23, 2014 - 2:09 am

Amy: Beautiful photos of Holly and Ryan’s engagement session. You captured the southern charm of Charleston and the beautiful images of Holly and Ryan. My favorite is of the them kneeling with the dog looking ahead. Great photo!

Kathryn Phelps SummersAugust 23, 2014 - 8:52 pm

These pictures are gorgeous, as are the prospective bride and groom!

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

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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!

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