Monthly Archives: February 2016

“Grace in the Garden” – A Bridal Editorial

We shot this beautiful bridal editorial at the Hydromajestic in the Blue Mountains and it was recently featured on one of my favourite wedding websites Wedshed.


We wanted to create a stylised shoot that showcased everything from wedding gowns to floristry, prop styling, table decor, jewellery and of course the hair and make-up, fitting for a setting like the Blue Mountains.


I styled soft loose waves with plenty of body for the hair using LabelM and for the make-up I concentrated on creating a flawless base, natural glow with earthy tones for the eyes and a flush of pink for the lips and cheeks.

Many thanks to our team:

Photographer: Chrissie Hall // Fashion Stylist: Love Find Co // Gowns: Moira Hughes, Karen Willis Holmes & Leah Da Gloria // Hair & Make-Up: Sonia Allen Make Up // Prop Stylist: May Rose Style // Stationery: Forever Green Design // Floristry: Merci Bouquet // Cake: Gracious Honey // Jewellery: Grew & Co // Location: Hydromajestic // Model: Alicia Maxwell

Et voila…


Alicia wears a Karen Willis Holmes gown


Alicia wears a Leah da Gloria gown


Alicia wears a Leah da Gloria gown







Alicia wears a Karen Willis Holmes gown


Alicia wears a Karen Willis Holmes gown


Alicia wears a Karen Willis Holmes gown


Alicia wears a Karen Willis Holmes gown


Alicia wears a Karen Willis Holmes gown


Alicia wears a Karen Willis Holmes gown


Alicia wears a Karen Willis Holmes gown


Alicia wears a Moira Hughes gown


Alicia wears a Moira Hughes gown

If you’re planning your wedding I hope this has given you some inspiration! You can also check out other bridal editorials that I have worked on below for more ideas:

Love in Masquerade

Rosalynn Win Haute Couture

One Fine Bridal Campaign

Please leave any questions or comments below if you’d like to know more about the suppliers for this shoot.


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2016: I’m baaaack!

It’s 2016 and I’m back to posting!  I’ve been working hard behind-the-scenes since taking a short break from the blog last year and have a few exciting things to share.

I am super pleased to announce that I now have a team working for the bridal side of my business- Sonia Allen Bridal Make Up.  They are a wonderfully talented bunch of artists with international, Fashion Week and bridal experience.  We’ve hit 2016 armed with the commitment to delivering excellent service to our clients and so far, sooooo good!


With the help of my friends Angela Rose Photography, Orla from Elevate Styling and Elly Hanson taming my locks (aka frizz!) we created this new headshot for me.  For someone who prefers to be on the other side of the camera, it certainly was a step outside of my comfort zone but making it a fun experience made all the difference.  Thanks ladies!

Sonia Allen Make Up Headshot

I landed my biggest beauty writing spread to date in the “Peace” issue of Citizen magazine where they also used my images to support the article. I wrote about Beauty Brands Making the World More Beautiful which was very in keeping with the theme of “peace”.  A little snapshot below.


I got to film with the lovely Melina Vidler and the team for the AACTA Awards.  We had the beautiful Walsh Bay and Sydney Harbour as our backdrop on a scorching hot day.


In January I flew to Adelaide to make up a beautiful bride and was lucky enough to be invited to the wedding. This was the spectacular view of the River Murray and was also the backdrop when the bride and groom said “I do”.  Travel + make up = Super happy Sonia!


Image courtesy of Luke Greaves Photography

I’d like to take a quick moment to thank Mr Allen who has taken a break from his MBA studies to give me a hand.  He has been working tirelessly behind-the-scenes on the non-creative elements of the business (aka accounting, strategic planning, IT and marketing- the fun stuff right!?) while still working full time.  And they say men can’t multitask!  Pffft. What a legend!Sonia_Allen_Make_Up_The_Blog_Mr_Allen

And finally, in a few weeks I have something HUGE to share with you… It’s something I’ve been working on for the last six months and it’s been part of the reason why I haven’t had the chance to get back to regular blogging as soon as I would have liked.  I’ll be announcing the launch on my social media and of course on here….  I’m about as excited as a pup with two tails!

I hope 2016 has also started on a high for you all and I’m so happy to be back!


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