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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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SECRETS MAROMA BEACH WEDDING : DANIELLE + ADAM

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The sun rose slowly, casting a warm glow over the turquoise blue waves lapping against the bright white sand.  It was the morning of Danielle and Adam’s wedding day, and it couldn’t have been more perfect.  With hearts for adventure and travel, Danielle and Adam decided to get married in Riviera Maya, Mexico.  Eighty- four of their closest friends and family ventured to the Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun Resort to witness Danielle and Adam tie the knot and become husband and wife.

Before the walk down a beautiful sea shell lined aisle, Danielle and Adam decided upon a first look in an old abandoned mansion on the beach.  A single tear trickling down his smile lined face, Adam pulled Danielle in for the biggest hug, whispering she looked more beautiful than he could have ever imagined.  After their gorgeous sunset ceremony, Danielle and Adam danced the night away with all of their family and friends.

Danielle and Adam, words can’t describe how thankful I am to have been included in your INCREDIBLE day!  It was so much fun getting to know you both and a true honor to witness you committing to spend your lives together in such a beautiful place.  Enjoy a few of my favorite photos from your Secrets Maroma Beach wedding below!

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Danielle got ready in the honeymoon suite with her mom and her sister.  Could her all lace Maggie Sottero gown be any more stunning?!

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A big thanks to Mekina Saylor for coming along to help me document Danielle and Adam’s beautiful day!  I love these relaxed photos she captured of Adam, his dad, and his best man getting ready.

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Seriously Danielle…you look BREATHTAKING!!!

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There is just something so romantic about a first look in an abandoned mansion.

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While I was capturing intimate photos of Danielle and Adam dancing in the alcove of this grand staircase, Mekina was capturing romantic photos from above.

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This stolen kiss in front of such a gorgeous scene might be one of my favorite moments.

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LOVE.

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Seeing each other before the ceremony didn’t stop Adam from giving Danielle the sweetest look as her dad walked her down the aisle.

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HAPPILY MARRIED!!!

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Maybe one of the coolest wedding parties ever…you guys were seriously AWESOME!

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Adam broke tradition and even had “groomswomen”.:)

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Lovely ladies.

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Most people in the wedding party arrived a few days before the wedding.  They spent so much time on these bar swings, a photo under this adorable beach hut was a must!

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Cocktail hour took place by the pool.  It made the perfect spot to relax before heading into the reception!

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Mekina and I had to get at least one photo together!  Thank you again for coming along to help me capture Danielle and Adam’s beautiful day!

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The reception took place under palm trees and twinkly lights.

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After sharing their first dance to Mirrors, Danielle and Adam danced the night away!

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Thank you again Danielle and Adam for giving me the opportunity to be a part of your incredible Secrets Maroma Beach wedding in Riviera Maya, Mexico.  I wish you both endless amounts of happiness in the years to come!

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Ann BeaversJune 26, 2014 - 10:33 pm

Very beautiful location, couple and photos!

Mekina SaylorJune 26, 2014 - 11:19 pm

I love all of these! Beautiful post, Amy! So many special memories just flowing back! I love it!

Cassi ClaireJune 27, 2014 - 10:01 am

I love every single photo!!! These are amazing Amy!! :)

[…] This week I’ve been missing Mexico terribly. Today, I’d like to be transported back to those white sand beaches, the warm sun shining on my face, and the oh so perfect couple I had the honor of capturing on their wedding day. Maybe it was the abandoned mansion that made this wedding so romantic, or maybe it was just the fact that Danielle and Adam had a 5 day love fest with their closest friends and family at Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun Resort, but it was simply perfect. Thank you, Amy Rizzuto for inviting me to document such a special time, I couldn’t have imagined a better Mexico experience. More of this gorgeous couple can be seen on Amy’s blog post here. […]

CENTRAL PARK ENGAGEMENT : MARY + JEFF

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It was the perfect night in Paris.  A warm September breeze blew through Mary’s hair as she and Jeff walked hand in hand through the garden below the Eiffel Tower. They had just ventured up to the top of the iconic monument, and the twinkling city lights had romanced them both.  Jeff had been planning this moment for a long time. Shortly after they met in college six years ago, he knew she was the one.  Getting down on one knee, Jeff asked Mary to marry him!  She happily agreed, excited to be sharing life’s adventures with the man she loved.

Tomorrow is the day Mary and Jeff will say their vows in front of all of their family and friends, officially becoming husband and wife!  In honor of the upcoming festivities, I wanted to share Mary and Jeff’s gorgeous Central Park engagement session.  Take a look at a few of my favorite moments below.

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Congratulations again Mary and Jeff!  I can’t wait to capture your beautiful wedding TOMORROW!!!

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Ann BeaversJune 14, 2014 - 1:52 am

These pictures are all great! Love the romantic feel of the soft lit shots and the dog, of course!

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!

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