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One Fine Day Sydney recap

Happiness for me is sharing with others what I love. Last weekend I got to do just that at the One Fine Day Sydney wedding fair held at Australian Technology Park.

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Photo courtesy of Chrissie Hall Wedding Photographer. Many thanks to the talented Steph from Sant Elia for the custom made outfit. I was honoured to wear one of your designs.

My stall was designed to reflect what my bridal work is all about. Partnering with brides in the lead up to their wedding as well as being there on the day itself to get them feeling beautiful and happy… and having fun along the way!

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My stall at Sydney’s One Fine Day wedding fair.

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With my gorgeous assistant Fiona. Thank you for enjoying the weekend with me and for all your tireless work.

Flowers were supplied by my favourite florist Oak & Linden who were also at the fair.

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My signature balloons were once again created by the wonderful Shannon from Born to Party.

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My favourite bunch to date, thank you Shannon!

In addition to meeting lovely engaged couples and future brides, I also got a chance to say hello to my neighbours.

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Moira and her team from Moira Hughes Couture.

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Simon, Gabrielle & Asato from Grew & Co.

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Len from I Love Wednesdays who kept us entertained with her dance moves.

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Lovely Karina from Hello May, one of the sponsors for One Fine Day.

And got to admire the level of detail and effort that went into all the stalls.

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The fair had a wonderfully relaxed yet exciting buzz about it. Couples could enjoy treats created by ARIA catering in the VIP area, peruse the bridesmaid corner, or even enjoy a little pampering with a champagne at the nail bar.

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The V.I.P. lounge area.

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Bridesmaid’s corner

New to this fair was the Bridal Showcase where brides had the chance to meet their favourite designers and try on gowns. Featured in the showcase were Moira Hughes, Karen Willis Holmes, Leah Da Gloria, Suzanne Harward, Sarah Janks, Babushka Ballerina.  Also featured in the showcase was lingerie by Bridal Trousseau and jewellery from Samantha Wills.

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And of course there was plenty of fashion to admire on the runway.

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Leah Da Gloria and Institchu

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Moira Hughes Couture

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Karen Willis Holmes

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The Babushka Ballerina

To all the wonderful people I met on the weekend, many thanks for stopping by and allowing me to share what Sonia Allen Make Up is all about.  Thank you One Fine Day for having me and congratulations on yet another fabulous fair.

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A wonderful celebration of when creativity meets talent and warmth, that was Sydney’s One Fine Day fair, September 2015!

If you are getting married and would like more information about my services, please contact me via the website.  You can read more about One Fine Day in previous posts here or find out when the next fair is being held.

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New Website Launched!

My new website launched today and I am over the moon. A year of work with Ben my website developer and it’s finally live!

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The splash page of my new website: soniaallenmakeup.com

Working across fashion, bridal, film and TV, I wanted the new site to reflect the different portfolios of Sonia Allen Make Up.  Hence the split splash page.  The image on the left will take you straight to my fashion/film/television work while the image on the right will take you to all things Sonia Allen Bridal.  We also built a link from the website to the blog.

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The new site is mobile friendly and works across any mobile device, tablet or desktop computer.

Image galleries were modernised and optimised for faster viewing. If you click on any image, you get the option to view it enlarged and you can continue to scroll through that way too.  Nifty!

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One of the image galleries on the new website in thumbnail form. Click on an image and it will enlarge.

We built in a few new pages to the bridal part of the website. Now you can see the bridal editorials I have worked on, testimonials and images from past brides, press clippings, recommended suppliers as well as which brands I use (for bridal work) and my Beauty Advice page for brides-to-be.

Many many thanks must go to Ben McArthur, my tirelessly dedicated web developer and graphic designer. Thank you for all your hard work, patience and meticulous attention to detail. It’s been over a year of emails, Skype calls and revisions but even from the other side of the world, you have delivered a wonderful end result and I can’t thank you enough. We will celebrate later this year when I make my way back to London.

Image courtesy of http://www.four-magazine.com/

If like me, you are a fan of Ben’s work you can see some of the stationary and signage he designed for my stall at the One Fine Day wedding fair here.  He also does beautiful custom-designed wedding stationary (so multi-talented).  Personalised emblem design for invitations although I’ve already tied the knot?  Yes please!!

I hope you all enjoyed checking out the new site. A website is always a work-in-progress especially for those of us in the creative industries. I have lots of new fashion editorials, campaigns and bridal shoots that will be going up on the website in the coming weeks so be sure to check back again! You can like my Facebook page or follow me on Instagram or Pinterest to see snippets of my latest work.

Happy browsing!

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Sonia Allen Make Up at One Fine Day

Fist times can be… nerve-racking, exciting, suspenseful and exhilarating. Throw in some fun and creativity and this summarises the lead up to my first time as a vendor at the One Fine Day wedding fair in Sydney’s Australian Technology Park.

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There were months of PPO. Planning, Preparation and my middle-name, Organisation. You should have seen the folder with its colour coded filing system! The good people of Officeworks on Pitt St know me by name.

There were also many people who helped along the way. My thanks go to:

Talented stylist and assistant on the day, Orla Molloy of Elevate Styling – I can’t thank you enough for your vision, dedication and my new-found addiction to banana bread.

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Orla from Elevate Styling – stylist and visual merchandiser

 

 

 

 

 

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And also lots of fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graphic and web designer Ben McArthur for all your artwork, website updates and for knowing when to say, “No Sonia, it doesn’t need a floral border”. You were right, you always are and that is why it’s been such a wonderful partnership for so many years.

 

 

 

 

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Photographer extraordinaire Tim Engelbrecht of Hello Sweetheart for your help putting together my video and for capturing the day. The only photographer I don’t run away from. I even smile!

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Sonia Allen Make Up at OFD 6Multitasking models: Moira from Moira Hughes Couture who also leant her boutique to film (couldn’t dream of a more beautiful space); Mel from Oak & Linden who arranged my flowers and Ash who had good chat!

Moira Hughes and myself on filming day.

Moira Hughes and myself on filming day.

Flowers arranged by Mel from Oak & Linden

Flowers arranged by Mel from Oak & Linden

Born to Party’s resident ballooner Shannon for the biggest bunch of balloons I’ve ever seen. Your enthusiasm is infectious and your creations can’t help but make people happy.

Sonia Allen Make Up at OFD 12Thanks also to Grain and Co for making my custom sign, Ashdown & Bee and Chair Hire Co for the furniture loan and my editor Fiona who even dropped by to say hello.

And finally to my family. My mother-in-law who sewed my backdrop, my sister-in-law who gave great advice and Mr Allen who is in need of lots and lots of beer. Thanks for all the support, I couldn’t have done it without you.

Highlights from the weekend included sharing my passion with so many people…

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All the excitement and happiness under one roof is a feeling I’ll never forget.

And hanging out with all my fabulous neighbours: In an Instant Photography, Bridesmaids Only, Pearlys, Grew & Co., The Cake King, Top Cat Catering, Savvy Brides, Wedded Wonderland and Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel.

I posed in photobooths, “sampled” a lot of cake (when is too much!?), showcased my moves to Snoop Dogg (DJ’s choice not mine I promise, although I loved it!)… and I may have even ordered a little something from Viktoria Novak for a very special bride this coming September in London.

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Photobooth time with In An Instant Photography.

All in all, a top weekend! Thanks for having me One Fine Day. See you all next time.

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