The rain dotted the windows of the Essex House, making the view of Central Park across the street look almost like a painting. Despite the weather, laughter rang out as Natasha and her bridesmaids popped champagne, listened to a pretty awesome wedding mix, and slipped into their gorgeous gowns!  The day had finally arrived for Natasha to marry John and she was SO excited!  These two love birds met through a mutual friend who lived in the same building during their time in New York and they hit it off right away!

John had also been looking forward to this day for a long time.  As he was watching his beautiful bride walk down the aisle at St. Ignatius church, a huge smile spread across his face!  In front of their family and friends Natasha and John promised to spend their lives loving and supporting one another.  Afterwards, they headed to Central Park for a few fun and romantic portraits in the place where they got engaged!  As we arrived, the clouds parted and the skies cleared!  The rain earlier in the day had left the park almost entirely empty and it felt like we had the place to ourselves.  It was magical!

The rest of the evening went by in one amazing blur as Natasha and John danced the night away, toasted to a long and happy marriage, and indulged in delicious wedding cake and Momofuku cookies!  It was an honor to be a part of such an amazing celebration and I can’t wait to share a few of my favorite images below.  Congratulations again Natasha and John!  Your Central Park Boathouse wedding was truly a dream and I am so happy for you both.

 

 

 

 

The Team: Photographer- Amy Rizzuto Photography, Bride’s Getting Ready- The Essex House, Groom’s Getting Ready- W Hotel Midtown, Ceremony- St. Ignatius Loyola, Reception- Central Park Boathouse, Wedding Planner- Katie Berger (Sara Kate Events), Hair Stylist- Audrey Schaenman, Make-up Artist- Linda Gallo, Invitations- Paper Source, Florist- Lenox Hill Florist, Wedding Dress- Vera Wang, Bridesmaid Dress- Jenny Yoo, Shoes- Jimmy Choo, Second Photographers- Mekina Saylor + Cassady K, Videographer- eMotion Pictures, Inc., Cake- Lulu Bakery – Scarsdale, Cookie Favors- Momofuku Cookies, Band/DJ- Around Town Entertainment, First Dance Song- “I Don’t Dance” – Lee Brice

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Amy Rizzuto is a NYC  wedding photographer
who specializes in capturing the authentic joy of adventurous couples in love.
For more information visit www.amyrizzutophotography.com!

Winter weddings truly are so beautiful!  Seriously, does it get any more romantic than fresh falling snow?!  A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of capturing this gorgeous green and gold snowy styled shoot at the IGNITE workshop and it was an absolute DREAM! An amazing team of wedding professionals and four of the sweetest real couples came together to bring this vision to life and I am so thankful to have been a part of it.  Check out a few of my favorite moments from this magical day below!

The Team: Photographer- Amy Rizzuto Photogrpahy, Floral Design – Kerry Patel Designs, Tables + Chairs – Beyond the Barn Rentals, Invites – Bella Carta Boutique, Hair + Make Up – Nancy Caroline Bridal Styling, Calligraphy Signs- Penned By Alice, Jewelry – L Priori Jewelry, Bouquet Ribbon – Honey Silks & Co., Dresses – Rent The Runway, Videographer- TONEmedia, Unicorn – TJ Maxx, Donut Box – Antique

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Amy Rizzuto is a NYC and NJ wedding photographer
who specializes in capturing the authentic joy of adventurous couples in love.
For more information visit www.amyrizzutophotography.com!

Shin + Minami met when they were in the same class in elementary school and have been together for over 16 years!  Their love for each other was apparent in so many small ways. The sweet glances back and forth.  The way Shin carried Minami’s dress around the city without being asked.  The easy laughter between them (that was totally contagious).  It was a true joy to capture their gorgeous wedding portraits on the Brooklyn Bridge, at Grand Central, and on the Top of the Rock.  Enjoy reliving a few of my favorite moments from our time together below!

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who specializes in capturing the authentic joy of adventurous couples in love.
For more information visit www.amyrizzutophotography.com!

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Spring is officially here and I am so excited to be gearing up for an amazing 2017 wedding season! YAY!  Before moving forward, I wanted to look back on a few of my favorite behind the scenes photos from 2016. Grab a cup of coffee and take a peek into how I go about capturing all the happy tears, sweet first looks, and carefree spins on the dance floor!

I will literally do ANYTHING to get the best shot…even if it means wading into a running fountain!

One of the perks to photographing so many weddings…you learn how to put on a veil!  I love being able to help out my brides if they need it on their wedding day.

Sometimes the best angles are up high…other times they are on the floor!

If a car comes, the couple will tell me right?!

Beth and Pete were married under the Brooklyn Bridge.  It was so romantic!

One of my favorite first looks!  There was a rainbow and everything!!!

While I am with the bride for most of the getting ready, I love taking time out of the day to also focus on the groom!

My second shooters look so cool, they often get photo bombed!  Thanks for being amazing Rosemary!

Large wedding parties are my jam.  The more, the merrier!

Maybe if I quickly jump into the water, Rosemary will be able to get a romantic shot of Lia and Anthony in the gondola!  #worthit

Showing off a few of my favorites to this gorgeous bride!

Hey ya’ll!  Over here please!!! 🙂

Family portraits with the prettiest reflective light!

Doing a little dress fluffing to make sure these gorgeous sunset portraits are PERFECT!

If possible, I love capturing iPhone photos of my favorite pose for instant sneak peeks!

It doesn’t get much more romantic than barefoot sunset portraits on the beach!

Double duty for Stephanie and Alex’s wedding as bridesmaid and photographer!

Just ONE MORE photo…I promise. 🙂

The 70-200mm is my go-to for being discrete during the ceremony!

Veil fluffing time!

Getting a little silly with the bridal party!

When the day allows for it, sunset portraits are my favorite!

RECEPTION TIME!!!

Seeing and catching up with past couples makes me so happy…especially when they have cute bumps to gush over! 

Sneaky sneaky!!!  Always looking to get a little extra height for epic dance floor photos!

Dance floor twirling!

Photo booths are the best…especially with best friends and rockstar second shooters like Mekina Saylor and handsome hubbies!

Attack of the uncles!  I love how Cristin is just laughing in the background. 🙂

When the bride and groom and half of their wedding party feels like family.

Sparkler exit conducting and air kiss practicing for the perfect “end of the night” shot!

To all of my sweet couples, THANK YOU for welcoming me into your hearts and for treating me like family on such a special day in your lives.  Capturing the beginning of your journey together is an honor and a privilege.  You have given me the opportunity to live out my dream, and for that I am forever grateful!  I LOVE YOU ALL!

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Amy Rizzuto is a NYC and NJ wedding photographer
who specializes in capturing the authentic joy of adventurous couples in love.
For more information visit www.amyrizzutophotography.com!

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Fran and Sam’s wedding at the Loeb Boathouse at Central Park was filled with classically romantic touches, a little sparkle, and so much love!  This sweet couple was married on a gorgeous fall day in November!  Fran spent the morning getting ready in a suite at the Lotte New York Palace with her girlfriends and all of their sweet kiddos!  Sam and his guys had a drink at the hotel bar before heading to Central Park.  Brilliant reds, yellows, and pretty pops of orange greeted the wedding party and guests as they made their way down the winding path from 5th Avenue to the Loeb Boathouse.  Fall was in full bloom in New York…and it was BEAUTIFUL!

Right after the sun set behind the buildings on the westside, Fran made her way down the aisle. The time had finally arrived to marry the man she had fallen in love with back in college!  Fran and Sam actually met at a cops and robbers fraternity party.  They were handcuffed together, forced to chat, and the rest is history!  The sweetest expression made its way on Sam’s face as he watched his gorgeous bride walk towards him and laughter and tears filled the room as they promised to spend their lives loving one another.  This joy filled ceremony was one of my favorite parts of the entire day!

The lights of the city twinkled through the windows and the wodden beams overhead brought a cozy feeling to the room. Family and friends were enjoying themselves, dancing the night away!  It was a magical celebration and one I feel so lucky to have been a part of.  Enjoy reliving a few of the incredible moments from Fran and Sam’s Loeb Boathouse at Central Park wedding below!

The Team: Photographer- Amy Rizzuto Photography, Second Shooter- Rosemary Green, Getting Ready Venue- Lotte New York Palace, Ceremony + Reception Venue- Loeb Boathouse at Central Park, Dress- Pnina Tornai, Shoes- Jimmy Choo, Florist- Arlene of Stefan Event Decor, Band- Empyreal Orchestra, Champagne Glasses- Kate Spade

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who specializes in capturing the authentic joy of adventurous couples in love.
For more information visit www.amyrizzutophotography.com!

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