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Bonita
Carr

North America Wedding Academy

Mentor

I came into the wedding industry via my background in marketing and media sales and honestly I have never looked back. Moving from a bridal media owner selling advertising space on their website to joining the Wedding Academy and helping the next generation of wedding planners join our fantastic industry has been amazing. It’s been great to be a part of the wedding industry in Dubai, the community has grown and I have had the privilege of attending various conferences in and around the GCC and Europe as well as speaking and organising industry events and parties together with industry associations such as ILEA (International Live Events Association). I love helping to connect people who go on to create amazing things together. It’s not about growing the industry for me but about helping people realize their full potential to live their dreams and become successful wedding business entrepreneurs.

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Zoe
McKeown

Wedding Academy Global

Mentor

I have just celebrated 10 years of my wedding planning business and looking forward to 10 more. It has flown by and I attribute that to the lifestyle it has given me and the fact that it does not feel like work.
A decade ago my life was very different, I was a secondary school teacher working long hours and having no freedom in my job. So rather than doing it till I retired I thought I should follow my heart and started setting up my own wedding planning business, so I have been where you are and remember it well.
I loved planning my own wedding (secret – not everybody does you know) and felt that I had more skills to offer and wanted to explore a new path. Might have been the hormones as I was on maternity leave with my third daughter, but whatever spurred me on I have never regretted it.
A short while into that journey I started working with the academy mentoring students alongside planning weddings and I have done the 2 side by side ever since. I am very lucky to have found a career that combines my 2 strengths and passions – teaching and weddings. Although I am not a great believer in luck, it was not an accident that this happened I take full responsibility for it and love sharing what I have learnt along the way with fellow wedding business enthusiasts.

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Christine
Ligthart

Wedding Academy Global

Mentor

Hi there. I’m Christine – it’s nice to E-meet you.
Around the Wedding Academy I’m known as the girl who has been here the longest (apart from our CEO Kylie Carlson of course).
I joined forces with Kylie over 10 years ago in Australia, when she was just starting to build her big dream . Over those 10 years, I have absolutely loved being part of the Academy’s growth and success – we’re global now!!
At various times my roles have included Business Development, Marketing and writing copy for our websites, social media and marketing materials.
But, I can honestly say that what is even more cool, is that day by day, in my role as a Mentor & Course Advisor and ‘offerer’ of work and work experience, I have helped 1000’s of wedding lovers like you, take action on their big dreams. When I see the name of someone I helped pop up on Instagram, I do a happy dance (benefit of working at home without anyone watching)!
But don’t just take my word for how excited I am about helping people like you become people like me (Wedding Planners);
“Anyone working with Christine will get someone who is not only passionate but honest and hard working.” Kylie Carlson
If you’ve got big dreams to crush in the wedding industry, you’re the slice of orange in my Gin. As you might expect: I’m completely obsessed with what I do (and with Gin).