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  • We're Ami and Cecily Sanyal: high school sweethearts and passionate Vancouver wedding photographers (that's us in the photo). We make couples look amazing in the most important photos of their lives! Our concierge-style customer service reduces our clients' stress.

    Ami's a dreamer. He's the lead photographer of Ambrosia Photography and has been published internationally. He was recently voted the best wedding photographer in Vancouver by the West Ender. Cec provides secondary coverage. She knows what it takes to plan a wedding and adds a feminine flare to Ambrosia Photography! Read more about us!


Christine and Jose held an intimate celebration at Christine’s parents’ seaside home in West Vancouver. It was a pleasure photographing a day full of sunshine, laughter and dancing! Here are a few of my favourites:

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Christine’s mom, Sylvia, helps her with her gown.undefined

An unexpected poke!
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Leading up to the wedding, Christine hunted tirelessly for a perfect pair of blue wedding shoes. Here they are!undefinedundefined

Beautiful bouquets.undefined

Jose’s mother flew from Mexico to attend her son’s wedding. She only speaks a little English, but her beaming smile made it easy to know just how excited she was!undefined

Jose waiting for a first look at his bride.
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Christine checking Jose out!undefinedundefined

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Looking stylish at Dunderave Park.undefined

The bridal party!
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Christine read her vows in Spanish and Jose read his in English—this really added a personal touch to the ceremony.undefinedundefined

One of the most unique cakes I’ve seen in a while!undefined

Los Dorados added some Mexican flavour by playing an amazing mariachi set that you couldn’t help but dance to!undefinedundefinedundefinedundefined

Christine and Jose bustin’ out the moves!

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I’m pretty sure Jose knew every word to every song the band played!

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Tequila!undefined

Christine looking gorgeous.undefined

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And one last shot of me with the happy couple! =)

It was such a pleasure getting to know you two, thanks for allowing us to document this day for you!

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You can also take a look at Christine and Jose’s Lifestyle Session at the Vancouver Convention Center!

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While brainstorming ideas for our wedding, one of the things we wanted was a memorable invitation. Mailed invites can be beautiful, but we were aiming for something as personal and light-hearted as we hoped our wedding would be. After bouncing several ideas around, we decided to create a stop-motion piece that would be featured on a custom-designed wedding website. This would be a fun way to integrate our love for photography in our invitation—and since it would be distributed online, we could minimize our environmental impact (a nice bonus).

If you’re not familiar with stop-motion, it’s an animation technique where you move things very slightly over several photographed frames. Playing the photographs in quick succession creates the illusion of motion (think Pingu). This would be our first attempt at stop-motion, and, just to make it a bit more challenging, we storyboarded the project to be a double stop-motion piece. This entails shooting half the images, developing these and incorporated the prints in a second stop-motion shoot.

After three days in front of our tripoded camera we had created the several hundred frames required for the final product. Our goal was to keep a raw, DIY feel to the video—so most of the images were straight out of camera. A few additional days in iMovie and this is what we came up with (watch at 480p for better quality):


Music Credit: “The Light Is You” by Said the Whale (an indie band from Vancouver)

Looking back we were really pleased with the result! Our guests gave us tons of great feedback and we learned a new skill that we’re eager to continue exploring!

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Are you interested in having a personalized stop-motion invitation for your wedding? Get in touch!

If you’d like to see an inspiring example of double stop-motion, check out The PEN Story. We’ll be sharing our engagement photos soon—so stay tuned!

PS. The dress at 0:34 is Cecily’s mom’s wedding dress!

Christine and Jose are an amazing couple who’s backyard wedding we had the honour of documenting last year. Since their wedding would involve a lot of natural, North Shore settings—we all agreed that the Vancouver Convention Center would lend a different, urban feel to their Lifestyle Session.

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I love Christine and Jose’s expression in these images (and the sails of Canada Place make an awesome background, too)!
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Jose was born and raised in Mexico—so he added a little Mexican flavour into the mix after a quick wardrobe change.

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I had a lot of fun capturing this last photo. By placing a flash behind a steaming vent, we were able to create a dramatic silhouetted look.

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We’ll be posting Christine and Jose’s wedding photos soon, so stay tuned. Oh, and happy birthday Jose! =)

Lucy and Hoai’s Lifestyle Session was one of the most meaningful engagement sessions I’ve captured to date. I may be a wedding photographer, but it’s not every day I get to witness a marriage proposal! The funny thing about this session is that Hoai didn’t tell me his plans—so I was under the impression that these two were dating and simply wanted some beautiful pictures. Here’s the play-by-play:

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Getting stunning images of these two wasn’t difficult. They’re so obviously in love and it was nearing sunset at Granville Island, a time photographers call ‘golden hour’ because the light is perfect.

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As the session went on, Lucy noticed Hoai checking his phone every few minutes. When she asked him what was going on, he stopped checking and we continued on.
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We found a vintage bus parked on our route and took a few minutes to incorporate it into the shoot.

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As the light began to fade, I was sure we’d captured an amazing set of images. I turned to tell Lucy and Hoai that I was ready to call this shoot a wrap when I see Hoai bent down on one knee! What!? Whoah! I begin shooting like crazy.

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Lucy has tears running down her cheeks. Hoai forgets the speech he prepared, but what he says is heartfelt and a lot better than anything he could memorize. I feel myself getting emotional (c’mon how couldn’t I) as I realize how privileged I am to be documenting this milestone.

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Lucy says yes and Hoai slides a beautiful ring on her finger.

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We’re all a little stunned. I’m taking pictures of them as they embrace and quietly whisper their love for each other. After a while they realize I’m there and I burst into congratulations. Hoai confesses that he’d been trying to text me his plans throughout the shoot!

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As I capture my final set of images, Lucy and Hoai are beaming, and I am too. I walk them to their car and Hoai tells me that he’s taking Lucy to a celebration dinner with their closest friends and family. I feel even more privileged as I realize that I that I was the only person there to witness their proposal.

On the drive home I can’t stop smiling. I’m re-living how it felt to propose to Cec. I couldn’t love my job more and I can’t wait to share these photos.

…The End

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