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The Bridal Series Sydney: JENNIFER REGAN

This week’s designer for The Bridal Series Sydney is Newtown’s Jennifer Regan.


And was shot by Natasha Foster and Angela Rose Photography.

Newtown local Jennifer Regan is known for a very particular style of gown. If you like simple design, clean lines and a feminine silhouette- Jennifer Regan is the designer for you.

With over three decades in the fashion and bridal industry, Jennifer’s celebrity clientele and beautiful brides are testament to the designer’s unique approach to design and creation.

As I sat in her peaceful and intimate Newtown boutique, I literally could not stop admiring her gowns and my appreciation only grew as I learned all about her intricate design process.

Get to know Jennifer Regan…


Photography by Angela Rose and makeup by me for wedding gown designer Jennifer Regan.

Where do you get inspiration for your new collections?

I love the woman’s silhouette and so I am always thinking about how to make a woman look beautiful and feminine. My head is always full of ideas which may come from fabrics, nature, a mood… anywhere really!

What is your favourite part of your job?

Working with clients and designing for new collections.

Describe the ambience in your boutique.

Calm, relaxing and personalised. We’re very caring and nurturing, providing support and reassurance to brides while they’re planning their weddings. Lots of clients will often say to me, ‘Jen it feels like I’m the only bride you work with’ and to me that’s really beautiful.

Who is your favourite style icon and why?

The women of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s because they were very elegant in that time. Come the late 1920s, women got rid of all the corsetry for the very last time and embraced their natural shape. That’s what I really love from that era onwards because they’re what I’m about- making a woman look and feel like a woman.


How long does a Jennifer Regan gown take to make and what does the design process involve?

The process definitely starts with the idea. Then I decide which fabric it will be in, I create the patterns (even though I am the designer, I draw all my own patterns!), toile is made, patterns will be adjusted and so on.

This process to get the very first design ready is often six times repeated because I like to get everything perfect.

I work with a real model when working with the toiles and that is a real point of difference. Two hours every Friday I spend working with a model who is picked to have feminine dimensions.

I take photos during the fittings with the model so that I can go back and look at it. When you’re in the moment, it’s hard to be judgemental of all design elements but when I look at a photo, I can see the overall picture and what needs to be adjusted.

 It’s approximately 80hours minimum for each gown.




Unable to contain my excitement to shoot the gowns with our model Milena and photographer Natasha Foster…


Love LOVE this gown!

This is what we created…

Some highlights:


Milena wears the “Uma” gown from the “Dusk till Dawn” collection.


Milena wears the “Brigitte” gown from the “Dusk till Dawn” collection and Hollywood Navette earrings (available from the boutique).


Milena wears the “Jacyln” gown from the ready-to-wear collection.


Milena wears the “Jerry” gown from the “Dusk till Dawn” collection with the “Madonna” French lace veil and Nicole Winkler earrings (available from the boutique).

For a description of how I styled the hair and makeup as well as an insider’s look at which Indeed Labs, Make Up Forever, Ardell and Label M products I used, click here.

And now for two minutes of fun with Jennifer Regan…

Where did you catch your first airplane to?

It was a joy flight with my parents when I was young.  Something weird like Bankstown airport to Mascot! 

What’s your current desktop picture background?

It is an image from the Cerrone jewellery campaign where they borrowed one of my gowns.  It’s a really beautiful shot and I love it.

What is your favourite thing about living in Newtown?

There’s never a dull moment!

You can follow Jennifer Regan on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest as well as visit her website for more information.  The boutique is located on 412 King Street, Newtown NSW 2042.

Thank you Jennifer for sharing your space and beautiful designs with me and for taking part in The Bridal Series Sydney.  You’ve given me one more thing to love about Newtown!


I hope you enjoyed this post and be sure to keep an eye out for the rest of the designers profiled in this Bridal Series!  So far we have featured:

The Bridal Series Sydney: MOIRA HUGHES

The Bridal Series Sydney: RHONDA HEMMINGWAY

The Bridal Series Sydney: KAREN WILLIS HOLMES

And showcased behind-the-scenes of the hair and makeup products and techniques used:

Moira Hughes: THE HAIR AND MAKEUP by Sonia Allen

Rhonda Hemmingway: THE HAIR AND MAKEUP by Sonia Allen

Karen Willis Holmes: THE HAIR AND MAKEUP by Sonia Allen

Be sure to keep an eye out for the rest of the designers profiled in The Bridal Series Sydney on Instagram, Facebook and of course, the blog. Four down, two to go!  And as always, feel free to leave any comments or questions below.


© 2016 Sonia Allen Make Up.  Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author’s written permission.
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Sonia Allen MakeUp Artist launches THE BRIDAL SERIES SYDNEY

A few posts ago I announced that I had something exciting to share and I am so thrilled to be finally be able to reveal what I have been working on.



For the last eight months I have been working on a project for this blog. A big one! I set out to profile Sydney’s top wedding gown designers in a bid to learn more about these Australian icons and for the opportunity to create some beautiful imagery alongside them. Together with photographers Angela Rose and Natasha Foster supporting me behind the lens, the Sonia Allen Makeup Bridal Series Sydney comes to life.

Featuring the stellar line up of…









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Here’s a teaser of what to expect…

The Bridal Series will run over the next six weeks on the blog. Each week I will be featuring one designer and showcasing their boutique and couture creations. There will also be a supporting post dedicated to the hair and make-up design where I talk through how I created the look for each model in this series. I will showcase the products used, as well share my inspiration behind the hair and make-up looks.


If you’re getting married, this Bridal Series is like your direct link to some of Australia’s finest talent. If you love make-up or want to learn more about skincare and hairstyling, read the make-up posts- they are full of my tips and advice. And if like me, you are passionate about supporting Australian designers, enjoy getting to know each one, just as I did.

I’d like to thank Angela and Natasha for your wonderful photography, I couldn’t have shot this without you (literally!).  I’d also like to thank all the beautiful models along with my sponsors Make Up Forever, Ardell, Indeed Labs & Label M for supporting this project and whose products we used throughout the shoots.  As a working makeup artist and hairstylist, these are brands that you will most definitely find in my kit and it was great to collaborate for this project.

It was a privilege to work alongside these designers and I can’t wait to share this project with you all!


© 2016 Sonia Allen Make Up.  Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author’s written permission.
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“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.


© 2016 Sonia Allen Make Up.  Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author’s written permission.
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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.


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!


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


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.






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


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.


Moira and her team from Moira Hughes Couture.


Simon, Gabrielle & Asato from Grew & Co.


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


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.






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.


The V.I.P. lounge area.


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.


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


Leah Da Gloria and Institchu


Moira Hughes Couture


Karen Willis Holmes


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.


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.


© 2015 Sonia Allen Make Up.  Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author’s written permission.
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