Scott & Fiona: Fireworks in Ucluelet


Scott & Fiona’s wedding day was all about their guests. I mean, of course the day was about them and the important milestone that they were about to achieve. However, so many of the details were about making sure their guests had a great time and felt like an integral part of the day. When I asked Scott why he wanted to have his wedding in Ucluelet, one of the reasons that stood out to me was that he and Fiona wanted to get all of their friends and family together not just for an afternoon and evening, but for a weekend. He had heard from friends that a wedding day will fly by, and Scott and Fiona wanted to make the most of the time they had with everyone together.

When they were planning the wedding, one of the things they put most of their time and effort into were their centrepieces for the reception. Instead of an elaborate flower arrangement, Scott and Fiona built photo albums customized to each table, filled with memories that they shared with each group. During the cocktail hour and throughout the night, it got people talking, laughing and reminiscing. The photo books also acted as a guestbook that guests could sign at their leisure.¬†Being especially interested in technology, Scott and Fiona built their own awesome, custom wedding website for their guests that integrated with the “appyCouple” smartphone app. While it did help their guests with information about the logistics of the day, the best part of the app was that all the photos that people took with their phones were shared online for everyone else to have and enjoy. Going through the photos was like a collage of hilarious, spontaneous, touching,¬†(and sometimes blurry) moments from the entire weekend. Of course, guests were also treated to the ever popular “Four Frames” photo booth.

The high point of the entire day was Scott’s surprise fireworks show. It was a surprise for Fiona to be sure, as only Scott, the photographer Angela and myself knew about it until minutes before. Once it was dark enough and Fiona had been coaxed out of the reception hall, Scott quickly rallied the entire wedding back out to the Fetch patio overlooking Big Beach. What resulted, you can see in the video. It was the perfect surprise for Fiona, who loves fireworks, but it was also the ultimate way that Scott made sure his guests were part of it all.