Oh how I adore this sweet couple! Lia and Anthony fell in love in high school and spent many Friday evenings going on dates in Madison, NJ. This past summer, I had the pleasure of capturing some pretty photos in their hometown!  We revisited the train station, city hall, their favorite “date night” restaurant, and the streets where it all began. Enjoy reliving a few of my favorite moments from their Madison, NJ engagement session below!

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Amy Rizzuto is a NYC and NJ wedding and engagement photographer
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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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!

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Exactly one year prior to their wedding weekend, Tanya & Matt got engaged in Hoboken, New Jersey, overlooking the NYC skyline where they had their first date!  Their Rockleigh Country Club wedding this past October was filled with personal touches and special details!  Sewn inside Tanya’s bridal gown was a clothing tag from the “Lagatella Coat Company” owned by her great grand father over 100 years ago. Sadly, the company was lost in the Great Depression.  Sewing the tag inside her dress was such a sweet way for Tanya to honor her great grand father!  Tanya also followed her grandmother and mother’s wedding tradition of a cascading bouquet.  It was beautiful, unique, and I loved everything about it!  The theme of old world elegance was carried throughout the wedding with Tanya and Matt’s traditional cake, the vintage model car of Tanya’s grandfather’s MG Convertible used to style the rings, and the romantic color choices of blush, dusty rose, burgundy and gold.  Check out all the personal touches that made Tanya and Matt’s Rockleigh Country Club wedding so special below!

The Team: Photographer- Amy Rizzuto Photography, Second Shooter- Mekina Saylor, Venue- Rockleigh Country Club, Florist- Greg Olsen Amaryllis Florist, Dress- Allure Couture, Bridesmaid Dress- Jenny Yoo “Annabelle”, Shoes- Badgley Mischka, Jewelry- Nadri, Cake- A Little Cake Park Ridge NJ, DJ- Rich Infinity Entertainment, First Dance Song- Nora Jones “Come Away with Me”

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Amy Rizzuto is a 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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Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall. – Scott E. Fitzgerald

Chelsea and Chris were married on a beautiful fall day at Mallard Island Yacht Club.  The sun was shining, the air was crisp, and a full rainbow arched perfectly over the water outside. Chelsea spent the morning sipping champagne and laughing with her bridesmaids in the gorgeous bridal suite.  Her mom and her sister helped her slip in her lace and ivory Pronovias gown before her first look with her father and then Chris!  Both were filled with so much love and emotion and were some of my favorite moments of the day.

As guest arrived to the open air ceremony on the water, they were treated to apple cider and hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows and caramels.  The tears continued to flow as Chris watched Chelsea walk down the aisle.  Their parents glanced back and forth between them, proud looks upon their faces.  Chelsea and Chris exchanged personal vows before sharing their first kiss as husband and wife!  They celebrated their marriage by dining, dancing, and making smores by the fire with family and friends.

Thank you again Chelsea and Chris for giving me the opportunity to capture your beautiful Mallard Island Yacht Club wedding.  Enjoy reliving a few of my favorite moments below!

The Team: Photographer- Amy Rizzuto Photography, Second Photographer- Rosemary Green, Photography Assistance- Jennifer Lam, Venue- Mallard Island Yacht Club, Hair- Ashimoto, Make-up- Dolce Viso, Florist- Katydid, Dress- Pronovias, Bridesmaid Dress- Jenny Yoo, Shoes- Jimmy Choo, Jewelry- Tiffanys, Videographer- Between Sleep and Awake, Calligraphy- Pretty in Ink Shop, Cake- Carlos Bakery, Band- Billy Stone Band-Hank Lane, First Dance Song- Sam Smith Latch (acoustic)

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Amy Rizzuto is a 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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