Syreata & Andrew’s Story…

Here at Georgina Scott Bridal we love nothing more than hearing stories from our brides and grooms, whether they be funny, sad or soppy! We love them all! We get to meet our couples in the middle of their journey together, so we become curious about the beginning; such as how they met and how the all important proposal went!

We get to know our brides so well, many become friends, and some of their beautiful stories bring us to tears. Happy tears of course!! And we wanted to share some of them with you. Whether you smile at them, cry or just have comfort from them, hearing from brides themselves that weddings can be full of ups and downs but all in all there is no need to stress… it all works out perfect in the end.

Here is the story of the fabulous Syreata & Andrew

The beginning…

“Andrew and I met in 2006 in Indy Bar in Birmingham, we literally bumped into each other while dancing!  We laughed it off, exchanged numbers and went our separate ways.

A few  weeks after we arranged a date and we’ve been together ever since!. Andrew knows me very well, I’d always commented that I wanted a really toned down proposal, nothing too out there, and also that I love Christmas.

In 2014 on Christmas morning as our daughter played with her Frozen toys, Andrew appeared with a ring box!!

I was so puzzled and excited I almost forgot to say yes…I was also pregnant with our second child, Tamiah, which made it even more special!”

The dress disaster ( and rescue!)…

“I came to Georgina Scott Bridal after being severely let down by another boutique when it closed without notice, my dress had never even been ordered and the deposit retained!.

I joined a group set up on Facebook which was created by another affected bride and there we attempted to source gowns elsewhere.

Tracie at GSB posted and offered to source dresses for brides who had been let down by the other boutique,  I thought it was too good to be true but not only did she call her Pronovias contact direct, she had the dress delivered from Italy within 2 days!

I was blown away by the selfless, heartfelt actions of Tracie and the entire team.

From fittings, to alterations and accessories, the team were magnificent, it soon became clear that this was just how they operate, with care, consideration treating each and every bride as part of the family.

Paul, Tracie and the team truly are the epitome of customer service excellence!

I wanted a bodycon silhouette to show my figure (after our three children!) but also wanted the romance and drama created by tulle layers on the skirt.

A luxe look and feel, plus allowing my bold personality to shine through was also really important to me… “Mildred” by Pronovias gave me everything I wanted and more.

Since our wedding was in Cuba (and it’s our favourite place on Earth!) it was important for me to pay homage to Spanish culture and the flamenco look.”

The wedding… 19th October 2017…

“We lost a very dear family member in the months leading up to the wedding, this placed a great deal of emotional distress into an already stressful scenario and paused preparations.

There was “dressgate”, I can laugh about it now, but at the time having paid a large deposit and have no dress was really (really) upsetting.

Finally there was hurricane Irma which had caused devastation in the north of Cuba, and seriously damaged our hotel only weeks before we were due to depart.

Family were key in supporting us through some really difficult times, whenever we needed to talk things through, go shopping last minute, make decorations and even once we arrived in Cuba, our family is the support system we couldn’t have managed without.

40 family and friends flew out to Cuba to witness our marriage and those memories will last forever!

I also class the GSB team as family, they really invested in me and my bridal journey, they were passionate and committed to turning my entire experience around so I could still have the gown and wedding the way I’d dreamt it.

My husband, my family and I are eternally humbled by the selfless actions of the entire GSB team.”

What we would have done differently and our advice…

“Chosen GSB in the first instance!

My advice to brides and grooms is, don’t sweat the small stuff!  All the stress washes away as you walk towards your future husband, say your vows and have your first dance.

On our wedding day we smiled so much, laughed, drank, danced, everything had come together just the way we had planned, though weeks and months earlier it was doubtful if anything would go to plan.

“A wedding does not a marriage make”  always remember once the wedding is over it’s the marriage that really matters.

Also having the hotel’s wedding coordinator meant I could literally select cakes, flowers, hairstyle, location, meal and then…relax.  I would definitely recommend this if possible.

For weddings abroad, we did have a UK reception two weeks once we were back which in effect was a second wedding, I’d really recommend it, you get to celebrate again and wear the dress twice too!”




Venue: Iberostar Varadero resort, Varadero, Cuba.
Photos: Ibry Photography, Cuba
Hair: Hotel Stylist
Make up: Caprice Sterling
Flowers:Belkis Rodrigues (Iberostar wedding planner)


See a short video of their story on our YouTube channel: Syreata and Andrew’s Story