Team Bride Club Me

Meet the Team

At the Bride Club ME HQ, we have a small and tight-knit team. In addition to our team members, we have a panel of industry experts who regularly guest post and write for us. Click here to read more about our expert panel members.

Here you can learn a little about the people behind the scenes, who work hard to bring you your daily dose of wedding love.


Rhiannon Downie-Hurst

Having worked in the media industry for over 13 years, she has directed and developed various magazines and on line portals, in addition to planning and organising events around the media she has managed. In her own words Rhiannon says she has a “self-professed obsession with anything wedding related, creating events and a passion for blogging, the creative arts, travel, wildlife and home decor”. One of Dubai’s original wedding bloggers, Rhiannon first came up with the idea behind when she became engaged in April 2012, and had a barrage of questions, queries and a desire to find regular inspiration and ideas, at her own convenience. After researching the bridal media market in the UAE, Rhiannon saw a gap for a modern, stylish and interactive website. She adds “There are elements of that are very unique, and readers will come to see what those are, as they browse our site and become familiar with our on line personality.” Rhiannon is also a Professional Speaker, Founder of The Engage Academy and industry Consultant, you can read her personal blog here.

Contact: Rhiannon: [email protected]


Adam Hurst

Adam Hurst, IT and future COO, Bride Club ME
Adam is Bride Club ME’s head of IT and operations. Adam is a total whizz with all things IT and web dev related and is responsible for ensuring you receive your regular monthly BCME newsletter and that our website is always functioning without a hitch. In addition to handling all of Bride Club ME’s IT needs, Adam is Rhiannon’s back bone, support and love her life. Yup, you guessed it, he’s Rhiannon’s husband. When Adam is not glued to his computer screen, he loves to drive his jeep, or as he likes to name it, his “heep” and enjoys travel, drifting and the odd shisha.

Contact: Adam: [email protected]


Maha Ibrahim

Maha from Bride Club ME
Born and bred in Canada, with Egyptian roots, Maha has always been passionate for the arts and creativity. Maha’s artistic educational experience ranges from a Baccalaureate in Film Animation from Concordia University in Montreal Canada, a non-credit certificate in Web Design and a Diploma in Graphic Application in Desktop Publishing. An eternal student, her goal is to improve on her artistic knowledge, to grow and become a part of an environment that fosters creativity.  Maha loves reading, drawing and also keeping up to date on latest wedding DIY and styling trends. As well designing BCME’s graphic content, Maha also assists BCME with our in-house events and helps keep our website admin in order. She has been with BCME since it’s launch in 2012 and is an integral part of our little online family.

Contact: Maha: [email protected]


Peta Ireland Al Akawi

Newly married British expat Peta has been living in Dubai for five years and runs her own PR and Marketing consultancy firm Soho Comms & Events. Prior to moving to Dubai, Peta lived in London for six years where she had a number of roles including personal shopping for Topshop’s flagship store in Oxford Street, assisting TV and fashion stylists and organising events in renowned nightlife venues. Having recently organised her own wedding in Dubai, Peta understands the daunting process Brides and Grooms go through in order to create their perfect day. With a passion for writing and interviewing people, Peta hopes to share with Bride Club ME’s readers unique and helpful insights into the world of weddings, honeymoons and beyond. When she’s not working or writing, Peta loves horse riding at Desert Palm where she also teaches part-time, as well as relaxing at home with her husband Rami and two cats Monkey and Chewy.

Contact: Peta [email protected]