CONTRIBUTORS

Megan McCague

ANAQA created by Me, Megan McCague in 2014. I am from Ireland and currently live in Dubai and I’ve been here for 2 years now. ANAQA means ‘elegance’ in Arabic. The logo which is a bird represents ‘freedom’. Free to wear and have your own style, as we custom make we want you to have an input into what you want your headpiece to look like. My inspiration comes from vintage fashion and headpieces. Every piece on ANAQA is handmade by me.

I love…

Chocolate, Hugs, Making Headpieces ☺, Architecture, Interiors, Travelling, Fashion, Movies.
Angelique Turner

I am an Australian hair and makeup artist working and living in Dubai since 2009. My specialty is bridal and wedding assignments have taken me all over the world from Monaco to Malta through Switzerland and India. I work with brides from all cultures and love being part of extravagant Indian weddings, glamorous Arabic weddings and romantic European weddings.

I love…

Going on safari. Skiing down mountains. Our two rescue cats Yoshi and Katsu. Shopping for makeup. Cosy days in bed watching old movies. Laughing loudly. Yoga. Smiles from my clients.
B

Hi, I’m B. Designer and owner of Bridal Fashion House Moirai. I currently live, eat and breath all things pretty, sparkly and wedding’y! I’ve spent a decade in the fashion industry, and have a BA Hons in Fashion Design but two years ago I decided to break away from the rag trade and set up my business in order to help lots of lovely Brides and Grooms fashion their day in style. Bespoke Bridal Gowns, Grooms attire and pretty dresses for your Bridesmaids. All bespoke, designed and made to measure. We’re here to make your Wedding day dress dreams come true!

I love…

My job. My family. Dubai life. Days by the seaside. My cat Munkey. Lazy days in my PJ’s. Silly dancing with my little boy. All forms of chocolate. Pickled onion Monster Munch. Peanut butter on toast. The Smiths. Cups of tea. A well made flat white. Rainy days. Creative, talented people.
Emily

I’m Emily – graphic designer, wedding stationer, lover of beautiful things, romantic at heart and Founder of EverAfter Press. I am wife to a boy named James, who I met and lived with for seven happy years in Dubai, until our recent move to Europe. I’m currently working from Paris, France, and can’t think of a more inspiring place to be based as a wedding stationer, than in the city of love. I still love to work with Dubai brides and ship internationally, as Dubai still holds a place very close to my heart.

I love…

Lazy café breakfasts with my love. White interiors with pops of pastel. White marble. Instagram. Gold foiling details on heavyweight paper. Minimal design. Understated luxe. Typography. Modern calligraphy. Light filtering through trees. Being outside. Sand. Sun. The Eiffel Tower sparkling. Love. Romance.
Suzanne Cork

Advanced yoga teacher, board certified nutrition coach and prolific writer, Suzanne’s favourite topic and speciality is women struggling with stress. As a corporate lawyer in a past life, she has experienced the lack of energy, weight gain, poor sleep and sugar cravings that are so common in today’s fast-paced lifestyle and is passionate about empowering women to not only overcome such challenges but to reach their true potential through her unique knowledge base combining yoga, nutrition, NLP techniques and more. She works with women one-on-one and in group programs.

I love…

Macadamia nuts. Long lazy lunches in the sun. Travel and adventure. Massages. Experimenting with new recipes. Organic food. Farmers markets. Taking leaps of faith. My gorgeous husband. Old bookshops. Italy. Girly dinners. Getting lost in beautiful cities.
Chloe Lodge

Hi, I’m Chloe, I’m a Dubai based photographer who specialises in capturing beauty; honest, raw beauty. The kind we see with our heart and feel with our eyes, whether it’s on the day we marry the love of our life or give birth to our first born child. I have been an artist since I was a child, as a graduate I studied art history and in my early thirties photography became my destiny. As an art form it combined all my passions – people, art and story telling. In 2010 I spent a year in Paris studying for my Masters in Photojournalism and documentary.

I love…

Light, and how it changes the ordinary into the extra-ordinary. My son and how he laughs. England and it’s seasons. The wonderful world we live in and all our differences. Shadows and the side of life many don’t see. And a delicious glass (ahem bottle) of New Zealand Pinot Noir by a log fire with a snow capped mountain at my window.
Lavender Blue

Pursuing her true passion for wedding planning, Nancy founded Lavender Blue, a boutique wedding planning company based in Dubai, UAE. With a vast experience in the events industry and having worked in almost every aspect of event planing over the last 10 years, Nancy is able to guide you through each stage of the planning process while you sit back and enjoy. Her experience includes logistics and event timelines, venue searches, budgeting, event styling and theming.

I love…

fresh and understated elegance, originality, adventures, sunshine, culture, new places, being organised, organising others, dreaming, trends, carrot cake, cheese and wine, live music.
Natasha D’Souza

Natasha D’Souza is an Interior Designer and founder of The Dream Catcher. She firmly believes in the mantra of Dream, Decorate, Live Colorfully and translates this into her client’s homes. When she isn’t creating custom furniture, she wanders vintage markets to source antique/old world furniture for her clients. The Dream Catcher also sources luxury European brands like Cavalli Home, Fendi Home, Kasthall, Gunni & Trentino and more in Qatar, Dubai, Kuwait, Spain and India.

I love…

Horses, Horseback riding, Pink, Mirrors, Shoes and more shoes, Winters, Vanilla, Hip-Hop while I work, Armchairs, Airports, Instagram ,Splurging on magazines, White Carnations, Seeing someone smile because of my work.
Franceska

Franceska’s family calls her “Franzie”, which inspired her to start Franzie’s Flower Design in 2015. However, her love of flowers didn’t start then. From the moment she could walk, Franzie was often found in the fields surrounding her native Texas farm, picking flowers and creating beautiful flower arrangements to fill every room in the house. Today, Franzie’s Flower Design is known for designing bespoke flower arrangements all around the world; Franzie is a true “traveling flower designer” with an international network of growers and suppliers. Franzie’s Flower Design specializes in providing flowers for corporate events, hotel and VIP lobbies, home décor and of course weddings. “We sincerely try and work within our client’s budget while delivering their vision and always treat our brides like the queens they are”.

I love…

Flowers…surprise! My husband, who was my love at first sight. Simi and Kirby, my two rescue Siamese cats (Simi from Dallas and Kirby from Dubai). Traveling when ever possible – I’ve been to over 30 countries. Being an expat – Dubai is my third country to live in, under the age of 30. Ashtanga yoga. My client’s happy glow. Coffee. Truffles (can you ever have too much)? TEXAS – born and raised and yes, everything is BIGGER in Texas. Being spontaneous. Spending time with friends.