Scottish + South African wedding at St Mirin Cathedral + Church Hall, Paisley

One thing that struck me right away when talking to Iona and Lloyd was just how deeply in love they are with each other.

Together since high school, they knew almost immediately that what they had together was true love. So when it came time to tie the knot and make it official, they wanted to focus on celebrating their relationship – and giving their friends and family a first-class party while they were at it!

The couple married in the stunning St Mirin Cathedral in Paisley and celebrated their reception in its lovely blank-canvas church hall.

Photographed beautifully by Ross Alexander Photography.

Find out all the details from this gorgeous wedding day in the bride and groom’s own words below…

“I met Lloyd when I was in the fourth year of high school and he was in sixth year, so we’re childhood sweethearts! I remember thinking that he was so kind and lovely, and that I was really anxious to meet him at first because he was three years older than me,” laughs Iona.

“I noticed Iona walking across the road from me on a random day out walking about our local town,” explains Lloyd. “Something about her caught my attention which I struggled to put words to back then – and still do to this day.

I knew at the time that there was no way I could let that feeling pass without following its trail. So, soon after, I plucked up the courage to introduce myself in the best way I could think of at the time – ‘Hey!'”

“Lloyd proposed to me at my 21st birthday party on the 28th May in 2016. He filled up a box with balloons and when I opened it in front of everyone he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. We were surrounded by all of our family and friends; I couldn’t believe it,” smiles Iona.

“We both got our wedding rings from Barclays Diamonds. I actually hinted to Lloyd about two years previous to his proposing that I had fallen in love with an engagement ring in that shop and that was the one he picked (with a little help from my mum)!”

“Our first priority was booking our ceremony venue. I grew up near Paisley and St Mirin’s Cathedral has a special place in my heart. Lloyd is from South Africa so we decided that was a long way for everyone to travel for a wedding so ruled that out.

St Mirin’s Cathedral is such a beautiful building that even though we live in the Borders now, I wanted to go back to where I grew up to get married. A lot of my family still live in Paisley so it made sense to us to choose there.

We wanted to have the reception in the church hall because there would be no travelling involved for the guests and it was a blank canvas that we could do whatever we wanted with,” says Iona.

“My mum made the pew ends for the church which were white wooden hearts with a piece of lavender and purple ribbon. It looked really beautiful in the church and after the ceremony we gave these to the kids and some family members.

My parents were a huge support and a massive help to us while we planned our wedding day. My mum kindly bought my wedding dress, belt and veil and my dad paid for our videographer for the day.

My mum was busy right up until the night before making things for us and making sure everything was perfect!” says Iona.

“After shopping around for a while, I eventually said chose a gorgeous Allure Bridals gown. I had chosen different Allure gown initially, but when I went back to the shop with my mum and sister to say ‘yes to the dress’, my sister suggested I try on one that she saw on the mannequin.

I thought it was too plain but tried it on anyway to humour her – and it was actually the one I ended up picking (and my sister will never let me forget it!)

My husband had his suit tailored made for him at Stewart and Christie’s in Edinburgh. It was a beautiful Black Watch tartan suit. He had the date of our wedding embroidered into the back of his collar which I think is a lovely touch.

It was beautifully lined inside with Cadbury purple satin. He finished it off with a beautiful silver Albert chain and pocket watch,” says Iona.

“We found our photographer Ross Alexander whilst searching online. His style immediately stood out to both of us and we were so lucky that he had availability on our wedding day.

Ross made us feel so at ease on our wedding day and made us feel and look like superstars. Ross also offered us a second photographer so that Lloyd could have images captured of him and his groomsmen getting ready in the morning.

I liked the idea because I wanted to see what he had got up to on the morning of our wedding!” says Iona.

“Our theme was Scottish with a little twist of South African. We wanted a big family wedding which was relaxed and I think the decor reflected that.

We had ten round tables all with South African names and the chairs had alternate purple sashes and tartan sashes.

The top table was on the stage and had a beautiful flower wall behind it, and silver sequin table covers and silver candelabras filled with fresh flowers as our centrepieces.

We finished it off with a twinkling dance floor and fairy lights around the pillars in the room,” says Iona.

“My dad’s speech was brilliant. I’ve had a tattoo on my hip since I was 18 and I have always hidden it from my dad and thought he didn’t know about it. But turns out he actually did know about it because he announced it in front of everyone in his speech!

My mum had also managed to sneak my favourite childhood toy from my house before the wedding and gave it to my dad and that was also featured in the speech. Lloyd’s speech was emotional, although he doesn’t particularly like watching it back on our wedding video!” says Iona.

“Our reception was brilliant, and exactly what we wanted: a big family knees up! Everyone had a fantastic night, especially judging by the photographs.

I wish I could do the reception all over again. I remember looking at the clock and thinking I can’t believe there’s only an hour to go!” says Iona.

“It feels amazing to be married – it just feels like everything has fallen into place and it feels so official. I still have to pinch myself when someone calls me Mrs Wyngard, it takes a minute to think ‘oh yes that’s me!'” laughs Iona.

“I love being married to Iona,” says Lloyd. “She’s someone who is beautiful, independent and inspiring in her own way and is like no-one I had ever met.

From when I first set eyes on her to every moment we had together after, I knew Iona was the only person who could fill in the other half of me – my better half!”

Photography: Ross Alexander Photography | Venue: St Mirin Cathedral + Church Hall, Paisley

Videographer: Maq Films | Stationery + decor: Ivory Tower Weddings

Cake: 3D cakes | Florist: The Floral Design Boutique | Bride’s hair: Signature Hair by Kirstie

Bride’s make-up: Danni Burnside Make-Up and Beauty | Bride’s dress: Reeta Fashions

Groom’s outfit: Stewart Christie & Co