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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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MALLARD ISLAND YACHT CLUB WEDDING : KRISTEN + WILL

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Kristen and Will’s Mallard Island Yacht Club wedding was truly a fairytale.  After meeting while caring for the same patient (Will is a doctor and Kristen is a nurse), these two almost couldn’t help falling in love.  Will was attracted to Kristen’s contagious smile and ability to always look on the bright side of things, and Kristen loved Will’s humble confidence and kind heart.  Will asked Kristen to marry him in front of a beautiful sand castle on the beach, and this sweet couple began planning the gorgeous wedding day you see below.

On August 3, 2013, Kristen and Will tied the knot in an emotional ceremony before heading to the Mallard Island Yacht Club to celebrate with family and friends.  Kristen did an INCREDIBLE job tying together every romantic soft pink detail to create the fairytale of a day she and Will had always imagined.  Get lost in all the prettiness from their dream of a wedding in some of my favorite photographs below.

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Kristen thought of every detail!  I love these personalized hangers for the bridesmaid dresses.

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Kristen’s mom helped her into her Eve of Milady gown in the room where Kristen grew up.  Kristen explained it hadn’t changed since she was six years old!

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A big thanks to Mekina Saylor for capturing these great images of Will getting ready.  I LOVE the custom look tailored exclusively for Will from Kleinfeld.

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A little rain couldn’t keep the huge smile from Kristen’s face as she headed into the church to see Will for the first time!

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LOVE this emotional reaction during the vows!

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Guests waived these lovely pink and lace ribbon wands as Kristen and Will made their exit from the church!

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This real moment is one of my FAVORITES!

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After the ceremony we headed to the Mallard Island Yacht Club for a few gorgeous portraits and an incredible reception.

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Kristen, you are even more STUNNING than this breathtaking bridal suite.

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Mekina and I make a great team!  While I was capturing the shot on the left, she was capturing the one on the right!

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Kristen gave each of her beautiful bridesmaids a pretty pink parasol.

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Will gave each of his groomsmen these super cool colored Ray Bans!

 

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LOVE.

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During cocktail hour, guests had the opportunity to play bocce ball and Kristen and Will’s personalized bride and groom corn hole.

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Pink and white hydrangeas, sweet peas, and spray roses filled gold vases in Kristen and Will’s elegant reception room.

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Guest’s personalized beach badges lead them to tables named after Kristen and Will’s favorite beaches.

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These “Hubby” and “Wifey” tags on Kristen and Will’s toast glasses are so PERFECT!

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For their favors, guests received Kristen and Will’s favorite salt water taffy!

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Vintage postcards served as the table names on sheer pink organza overlays.

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Kristen and Will shared their first dance to A Thousand Years.

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Kristen couldn’t hold back tears as she danced with her father to I Loved Her First.

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Call me maybe?!

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As the sun set and the sky turned a dusky blue, we headed outside to capture one last photo of Kristen and Will in the Boathouse.  It was the perfect way to end a perfect evening.  Kristen and Will, thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of your fairytale of a day!  I wish you all the happiness in the world in the years to come.:)

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Jainé KershnerApril 2, 2014 - 9:29 am

simply stunning! that bridesmaids photos with the parasols is one of my favorites ever!

Feuza TomazApril 2, 2014 - 3:31 pm

beautiful

Caroline Frost SheaApril 2, 2014 - 4:43 pm

What a gorgeous romantic wedding Amy! I love all the pretty details! I love the one with the parasols too! That one would look amazing all over your website. Love it!

Leandra BrownApril 2, 2014 - 10:28 pm

This is so pretty! I love the dress and her dress is beautiful!

Mekina SaylorApril 3, 2014 - 3:07 am

Such a spectacular wedding day! I loved spending the day with you and such a lovely couple!!! What a great memory and a beautiful post!

Ann BeaversApril 3, 2014 - 1:43 pm

Perfect pictures and perfect post! This wedding looks so romantic and you did a great job capturing the lovely details!

Randy BeaversApril 13, 2014 - 4:11 am

Amy, I don’t say this often, because everytime I do, you capture amazing photos of an amazing wedding. This MAY be your best work ever! Kristen and Will had a beautiful wedding and you caputred these memories so beautifully. The emotions and different lighting situations presented challenges, but you creatively captured it all. I love the last photo…who wouldn’t. The picture of them on the deck walk way with the beautiful Boathouse in the backgound is really, really good. My favorite is the flowing veil. Beautiful Amy!

FREEDOM PARK ENGAGEMENT : KASEY + JAMES

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Kasey and James hold such a sweet place in my heart!  Kasey and I played Division I tennis together at Gardner-Webb University and were actually doubles partners! When she called me up to tell me she had met the man she wanted to spend her life with, I was over the moon excited for her.  Meeting James at their engagement session at Freedom Park in Charlotte, NC was a true joy!  I only had to spend a few moments with Kasey and James to see how PERFECT they are together.  I think it is the way James looks at Kasey, and the way he smiles when he simply takes her hand. It is the type of love routed in a deep friendship, and it is beautiful.

Kasey and James, I am so honored to have the opportunity to capture your incredible wedding in Charlotte, North Carolina this July.  For now, enjoy a few of my favorites from your Freedom Park engagement session!:)

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Kasey truly glows when she is wrapped in James’ arms.

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These two are smiling and laughing constantly and really seem to live each moment to the fullest!

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James actually proposed to Kasey on the tennis court!  Great job on this GORGEOUS ring!

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FAVORITE.

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Thanks again for an incredible day Kasey and James.  I am already looking forward to your beautiful wedding at the Charlotte City Club this July!

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Kasey EllisApril 1, 2014 - 11:32 pm

Thanks Amy! You are amazing and did a great job! Cant wait to see you soon:)

Randy BeaversApril 13, 2014 - 4:16 am

I have many photos of Kasey hitting tennis balls, but none as beautiful as these! Great job of capturing these photos Amy. I like the b&W photos, but the kissy picture is beautiful, but my favorite is them looking at each other and touching noses! Great job Amy!

HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS

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It is finally time for your engagement photos…and I know you are SO excited!  Chances are, this is the first time you and your fiancé will have professional pictures taken together.  To help you get ready (and to ease any nerves), I have put together my top ten tips on how to prepare for your engagement photos!

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1. Choose a location that has meaning to you. 

The location is the most important choice you will make because it will really set the tone for your entire engagement session.  I recommend choosing a place that helps tell the story of your relationship!  Do you go apple picking together every fall?  Why not grab a couple of wicker baskets and head to a pretty orchard?  Spend the weekend walking your dog together in Central Park?  Bring your pup and your favorite leash and we will stroll past your usual spots.  Want to re-live your first date at that adorable coffee shop?  Lattes for two!  The options are endless!  Think about what you and your fiancé enjoy doing most.  Incorporating that into your engagement session will make your photos more meaningful.

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2. Plan for the prettiest light. 

The time you choose to take your engagement photos is also important!  You have seen those dreamy golden images on Pinterest right?  Shooting in the hours right after sunrise or right before sunset will allow for that gorgeous soft light.  While I often suggest beginning engagement sessions 2 1/2 hours before sunset, sunrise shoots can also be great…especially when you are shooting in a busy location like NYC.

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3. Dress to impress!

What you wear is almost as important as the location you choose!  I always suggest bringing two looks.  One casual, one dressy.  For the casual look, you want to wear what you feel comfortable in…what you would be caught in on a Saturday together.  Dark jeans and a cute, colorful top always look great.  For the more dressy look, you really have the chance to totally STAND OUT!  You know that little sequined dress you are saving for a special occasion?  Pull it out and strap on your favorite pair of heels. Dress your man in a casual bow tie and sports jacket.  If you don’t want to splurge on an expensive dress, consider renting one from Rent the Runway!  It might feel weird packing such a fancy outfit for a walk in the park, but I promise if you do, you won’t be disappointed.  The only downside?  People might mistake you for the next couple from The Bachelor and beg you for autographs as you walk by.

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4. Choose complimentary hues. 

When you are picking out your outfits, consider choosing complimentary hues.  This helps visually tie you and your fiancé together and looks great on camera.  For example, if you are wearing a light blue dress (to match your pretty blue eyes), put your hubby in a navy top.  The shades you wear don’t have to match exactly, in fact, it is better if they don’t!  Choose colors you know already look great on you.  My one suggestion…try to stay away from black.  It can sometimes end up looking like a dark hole in the photos.  You want to POP!:)

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5. Play with patterns. 

It is often a misconception that patterns do not photograph well.  While this is true for very tiny patterns, larger patterns can look great!  If you decide to wear a patten, I recommend having your fiancé wear a solid or simpler pattern.  This keeps the photo from looking too busy!

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6. Get a little girly! 

It is not everyday you get to have professional photos made with your sweetheart.  Head to the spa for a mani/pedi the day before your engagement session to make sure your nails will be beautifully polished for those close up ring shots!  In need of some new make-up?  MAC offers free make-overs when you spend $50!  This provides the perfect excuse to buy those hot new shades you have had your eyes on.  Planning a trial run with your hair stylist for your wedding day?  Why not schedule it for the morning of your engagement session for hair that will SHINE?  You can always have your stylist change it up a little so your hair is still a surprise on your big day.

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7. Find a way to be unique. 

It is all in the DETAILS!  This is something a lot of couples overlook that can really add a lot of meaning to your engagement photos.  Think about specific things that make up your relationship.  Did you do the long distance thing?  Bring any hand written letters you might have exchanged or an old map with a red line marking the route you took to visit each other.  Sports fanatics for opposite teams?  Don your favorite jersey for a couple of playful photos.  Small personal props are what will make your engagement session stand out from all the rest.

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8. Consider bringing your pet. 

Is your pet a part of the family?  Consider bringing him/her along for your engagement photos!  This usually works best with dogs, but if you are a cat lover like me, I would be happy to start at your home to capture a few sweet photos of you and your feline.  If you do want to include your dog in your engagement session, think about asking a friend or family member to come along.  It only takes about 30 minutes to get some great photos with your pup.  Your friend or family member could walk your dog home after the first part of your session.  Your dog will be happy, and this will leave us plenty of time to focus on creating beautiful photos of you as a couple!

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9. Think about the season. 

Maybe even more important than location is the time of year you choose to take your engagement photos!  A picture taken in the spring is going to look very different than one captured in the fall, just like one taken in the summer is going to be night and day from one captured in the winter.  Every season is beautiful…you just have to decide on the look you are going for.:)

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10. Give yourself permission to be FABULOUS! 

That’s right!  The best thing you can bring to your engagement session is your confidence!  I truly believe couples in love can’t help but be beautiful together.  Go into your photo shoot with the mindset that you are going to ROCK IT…and you will!

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Ann BeaversMarch 29, 2014 - 1:14 am

Great advice and beautiful pictures!

Randy BeaversMarch 29, 2014 - 1:36 am

Amy, These photos are terrific and your suggestions for an engagement session are great advice for couples planning their engagement sessions. All of these photos generate a natural human response…..make you smile. Generating a human response to a specific photo lets you know you have a great photograph. Well done Amy!

Rob LewisAugust 23, 2014 - 11:39 pm

we can’t not wait to get married and start are new life together

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CENTRAL PARK ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY : ALYSSA + MICHAEL

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How much do I love this one year anniversary session?  Let me count the ways!!!  I had the pleasure of photographing Alyssa and Michael’s GORGEOUS Charlotte, NC wedding in 2012 before capturing their Central Park anniversary session in 2013.  This sweet couple moved from Los Angeles to NYC last summer and were excited to create some beautiful images in their new home.

We spent the perfect October day strolling around the Upper West Side before making our way to some of the couple’s favorite locations in Central Park.  Along with sharing a red velvet cupcake (with a single candle atop to celebrate their first year of marriage), Alyssa and Michael decided to include their ADORABLE puppy Short Stack for a few family photos.   Check out some of my favorite images from our time together below!:)

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Alyssa has the most impeccable attention to detail.  Short Stack’s adorable bow tie perfectly matched her and Michael’s attire!

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NYC is so creatively inspiring!  There is nothing I love more than creating new and unique images in places I have photographed before.  This one of Short Stack practically pulling Alyssa and Michael into Central Park is one of my favorites!

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Seriously…could you guys be any cuter together?!

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Stop it Alyssa…you are SO GORGEOUS!

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Alyssa and Michael are actually one of the couples that participated in my new “When Harry Met Sally” style promo video.  You can see them in action here!

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At the end of the session, Alyssa and Michael lit a single candle on top of a red velvet cupcake to celebrate their one year anniversary!

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Thank you Alyssa and Michael for getting in front of my camera again!  I had so much fun photographing your Central Park one year anniversary session, and now that you live in New York, I hope to see you guys again very soon!

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Mikkel Paige MihlradMarch 28, 2014 - 1:28 pm

That dog cracks me up! How handsome! And I love the plaid they wore. You captured it beautifully, Amy!

Caroline Frost SheaMarch 28, 2014 - 4:29 pm

Very pretty!! Nice job Amy

Randy BeaversMarch 29, 2014 - 1:41 am

Alyssa and Michael are beautiful people…..however Short Stack steals the attention in this photo set. The picture of Short Stack looking through the hole in the wall made me laugh out loud. I love the photos of Alyssa and Michael under the tree….the 3 dimensions and color contrast is fantastic. My favorite is of Michael and Alyssa standing on the rock with Manhattan in the background. Gotta love the duck in the background!

FLYING LESSONS + THE SLOW SEASON

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January, February, and March are considered the “slow season” in the Northeast for wedding photographers.  A time to get caught up from a busy fall, submit all the beautiful weddings you have captured, and spend time with your family.  One of my favorite weekends had to be Valentines Day.  On Friday, Matt surprised me with tickets to Matilda on Broadway, and on Sunday, I surprised him with flying lessons!

Matilda was amazing…definitely a must see!  And the flying!  It doesn’t get much better than learning how to take off and land a plane yourself.  Matt and I took turns cruising down the shore, past Fire Island and well out over the beautiful Atlantic Ocean.  There was something wonderfully relaxing about spending the entire weekend together.  It was truly good for the soul.

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Matt and I took lessons from Danny Waizman’s Flight School in Farmingdale, NY.

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We had a 30 minute lesson on the ground before an hour and a half flying lesson in the air.

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It was really cool watching Matt take off and land a plane.  If you like, you can see a video here!

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The views were absolutely breathtaking!

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I even got a chance to fly the plane!

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As amazing as the “slow season” was, I am super excited to jump back into wedding season this weekend!  Stay tuned for a whole lot of pretty over the spring and summer months.  It is going to be one incredible year and I can’t wait!

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Randy BeaversMarch 29, 2014 - 1:43 am

Glad you both got this out of your system…..never repeating this would be fine with me!

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