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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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Moira Hughes: THE HAIR AND MAKEUP By Sonia Allen

In this post I will talk through how I created the hair and makeup for Kirsty, our model when I profiled Moira Hughes for The Bridal Series Sydney.


Hair and makeup by Sonia Allen using Make Up Forever, Indeed Labs and Label M. as photographed by Natasha Foster.



When styling short hair it’s hard to go past the pixie crops of the 1960s and 1990s for inspiration.


Left- Actor, model and socialite Edie Sedgwick circa 1965 with the one and only Andy Warhol and Right- Actor and activist Jean Seberg circa 1960.


90s icons- Linda Evangelista, Winona Ryder and Halle Berry.

I wanted to style Kirsty’s hair with texture, separation and definition.  I wanted it to look effortless yet polished and very feminine.

Like this…


Flower comb custom made for this shoot by the lovely Nicholas from Pollon Flowers in Paddington.

This was a relatively quick style to create and can easily be attempted at home.  I started by spraying Kirsty’s hair with the Label M Blow Out Spray and alternating between blasting my hairdryer from all different directions and gradually layering more of the spray for UV and heat protection as well as volume and separation.

Once I was happy with the volume I’d built I worked the Mesh Styling cream in between the palms of my hands and worked it through the hair side to side to get an even distribution.  Using my fingertips, I then pieced out certain sections for definition and built some extra texture at the crown.  I love the slight shimmer this gave to Kirsty’s hair and there was no need for hairspray.


Hair styling products from LabelM.



Kirsty’s skin had a wonderful texture but was dehydrated (not dry) and so I applied the Indeed Labs Hydraluron Mask for five minutes before commencing with the rest of the prep.  The masks come soaked in a hyaluronic acid solution (one of the best hydrating ingredients) and deliver in a slow release.  Once I removed the mask, I massaged in the remaining serum and finished with a dab of the Eysilix eye cream and the lightweight Hydraluron Moisture Jelly moisturiser.


Skincare by Indeed Labs.



Moira Hughes Couture is all about femininity and exquisite design yet there is diversity amongst her designs.


Moira Hughes Couture – the Indianna gown (left), the Belle gown (centre) and the Charlotte gown (right).


When creating the makeup for Kirsty, I was torn between doing something really soft and subtle or taking the makeup into a more high fashion direction because Moira’s gowns lend themselves equally to both styles.  Having trouble making up my mind, I did both!


The first look I designed was all about the eyes. Rich taupe and chocolate shades, kohl liner smudged around the lashline and some lengthening lashes.  I kept the base matte and ethereal (like the glow was coming from within) and I worked with Kirsty’s incredible bone structure to emphasise the cheekbones. For the first look I used a soft matte pink on the lips.


Then I amped it up for the second look by adding a bold red shiny lip and darkening the brows a fraction for balance.  The complexion was left the same.



My key makeup products from Make Up Forever:

Base: My tried and tested favourite, the Ultra HD Foundation was my base of choice and I only needed slight amounts of the Ultra HD Concealer to correct discolouration under the eyes.  I set everything with the Super Matte Loose Powder in “Ivory” to add that ethereal glow.

Blush & Highlighter: Using a light motion with my angled brush, I swept the Sculpting Powder Blush in “Satin Light Pink” blush upwards along the cheekbones and dusted the Star Powder in “Pearl Gold” above the cheekbones to highlight.

Lips: The soft matte pink I used for the first look was the Rouge Artist Intense in “Satin Fresh Pink” buffed in lightly with a lip brush, no liner.  For the second look it was a combination of the Aqua Rouge Liquid Lip Colour in “Red” and “Pomegranate Pink” and topped with a dab of balm for the sheen.

Brows: I worked with the Eyebrow Pencil to define Kirsty’s brow and when needed for the second look, I darkened them using some matte powder eyeshadows.

Eyes: The Eye Prime eyeshadow base went down first, followed by eyeshadow shades from the Artist Shadows 1 Palette . To achieve that definition near the upper and lower lash lines, I smudged the Kohl Pencil in “1k Black”  and finished with lashings of the Smoky Lash Mascara.


Tools of the trade with Make Up Forever.

Lashes: To achieve fluttery lashes that would compliment Kirsty’s eye shape, I chose the Ardell Glamour 103 lashes. They certainly added an element of drama to the eye design (which is great for photography) but brides after a more subtle look can opt for individual lashes instead.


This look is a great example of keeping all design elements in balance.  The texture of the hair works with the softness of the skin and the eyes meet in the middle- defined but earthy.  Using the two different lip shades on Kirsty is a great demonstration of the power of a bolder lipstick.  This could be something to discuss with your makeup artist if you are thinking about changing things up between the ceremony and reception (party time!).


I hope this post has left you inspired to try something new!  You might like to see which other products and techniques I used for the other the models in The Bridal Series Sydney:

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. Three down, three to go!  And as always, feel free to leave any comments or questions about the hair and makeup 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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The Bridal Series Sydney: RHONDA HEMMINGWAY

This week’s designer for The Bridal Series Sydney is Darlinghurst’s Rhonda Hemmingway.




And was shot by the multi-talented Angela Rose Photography.


Rhonda Hemmingway truly is Australian couture royalty. With a career spanning decades at the forefront of the Australian fashion and bridal scene I knew interviewing Rhonda would be nothing short of fascinating. Full of surprises and great stories, enjoy getting to know the one and only Rhonda Hemmingway.


Located in Darlinghurst, Rhonda’s new boutique is in a fabulous creative building on Oxford Street shared with the likes of graphic designers, production companies, fashion designers and PR firms. As soon as you step into the beautiful lift (like something out of Narnia!) you know that you’re about to discover something truly special.  Rhonda’s space is intimate, comfortable and very inviting.



Truly blessed to have known her calling from the young age of eight, Rhonda’s story of how she got started in design was a delight to listen to.

“My father worked a second job at The Roxy Theatre in Parramatta and we used to go and watch movies on Saturday afternoons. I was totally mesmerised by that 1960s period of beautiful dresses and gowns.

Mum would come and pick us up when she finished work in the afternoon and by then everyone would start arriving for the evening cinema sessions. And they sure did dress! Women wore fur stoles and great big tulle skirts while the men would come in bowties and suits. It was just gorgeous and I used to love watching that. Then I’d go home and do little sketches as an eight year old and make clothes for my doll.


The art deco Roxy Theatre building in Parramatta in the 1960s. Image courtesy of Cinema Treasures.

I was also the youngest cousin on both sides of the family and attended so many weddings when I was a child and became obsessed. I always knew I wanted to get into it.

We lived in a street that was all girls (only two boys at the bottom of the street- who had runny noses and weren’t very nice!) so we had a little club of girls, all older than me and I used to make them ball gowns.

From a really young age that’s how I found my calling.”


A lecturer at University of Technology Sydney (UTS), a photographer (early on in her career Rhonda used to make the gowns and then photograph the weddings on film!) and gowns now stocked in the prestigious ‘Bridal at David Jones’ suite,  I ask the hard-working Rhonda about her inspirations…

“It comes from everywhere. Like a door handle might inspire me… A tree might inspire me… I’m mostly inspired by Elie Saab. I love Elie Saab.   He does really simple designs, the same shapes every year but he changes his fabrics and I think it’s made me work harder with fabrics.

Obviously you have to experiment with design but he inspires me because he keeps everything simple and I think that’s what it is all about. Really beautifully cut, well-shaped, well-fitted but simple.”


When asked about her favourite part of her job, Rhonda does not hesitate to describe the joy her brides bring her.

“I think creating a gown for a bride who, when starting off doesn’t really know what she wants and when she walks out the door, is overwhelmed at how amazing she looks… It gives you so much joy to see that.”


Rhonda cites Grace Kelly’s wedding dress as her favourite celebrity gown.  She’s not alone there, I remember seeing this actual gown in 2010 at the “Grace Kelly – Style Icon” exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.  It truly was a work of art.


Classic beauty: the dress designed by Helen Rose of MGM Studios for Grace Kelly when she married Prince Ranier III, Prince of Monaco, in 1956. Images courtesy of beyondgracekelly.com


Featuring 125-year-old Brussels lace, meters of silk taffeta and thousands of tiny hand-sewn pearls, it took six weeks for 36 seamstresses to make the wedding gown. Images courtesy of beyondgracekelly.com

I ask about the photo of Carolyn Bessette which Rhonda has on display in her boutique…

“She changed wedding fashion forever. Because when she wore that dress, everyone was having strapless bodices, very boned, with massive beading, crystals and pearls and great big skirts. All of a sudden she came along in something very different and changed everything.”


Carolyn chose (then un-known designer) Narciso Rodriguez, a former Calvin Kelin staffer to design her dress. She walked down the aisle wearing a fluid, bias-cut dress of pearl-white crepe. Image courtesy of celebritybrideguide.com

For someone who has seen her fair share of trends come and go, I ask for her favourite style icon and was not at all surprised when she named Edith Head- one of the most revered and idolised costume designers in cinema history.


American costume designer Edith Head was nominated for 35 Academy Awards every year from 1948 through to 1966 and won eight times- receiving more Oscars than any other woman. She was a favourite among many of the leading female stars of the 1940s and 1950s such as Ginger Rogers, Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwuck, Shirley MacLaine, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor. Image courtesy of searchengineland.com

And finally, Rhonda’s best advice for a woman deciding on her dress:

“Listen to an expert and add your own touches.

I like people to add their own touches. In fact a lot of the girls come here and say, ‘I like this top and that neckline and can I have it in that fabric’. I’ll sketch it up and guide them as to what will work or what we could do differently.”


Together with Amber our model, Angela Rose behind the camera, Rhonda’s styling and myself on hair and makeup, this is what we created.

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.

Some highlights…


And now for two minutes of fun with Rhonda Hemmingway…

Sunrise or sunset?


Favourite pizza topping?

Peking duck!  Pizza Moncur- never tasted anything like it!

What is your most used word or phrase?

*Rhonda laughs… “beautiful”.  When I was writing my book my husband did a check on how many times I used the word “beautiful”… It was about 2000 times.  He said, “we’ve got to go back and find other words!”.

What fictional character do you wish was real and why?

Woody from Toy Story, he seems like a lovely guy.

After our interview, Rhonda kindly gave me a signed copy of her book Secrets and Confessions of a Wedding Dress Designer and it was full of great stories and anecdotes. If you’re after a great read, I highly recommend it!


Thank you Rhonda for taking part in this blog series.  The joy you have for your work is contagious and your accomplishments are nothing short of inspirational.  Your vivacious personality is so much fun to be around and I wish you every continued success.


You can follow Rhonda Hemmingway on Facebook and Pinterest as well as visit the website for more information.  The boutique is located at Studio 23 (second floor), 94 Oxford Street Darlinghurst NSW 2010.

If you are looking for a wonderful wedding photographer, get following Angela Rose on Instagram and Facebook or check out her website.

I hope you enjoyed this post and be sure to keep an eye out for the rest of the designers profiled in The Bridal Series Sydney!  Last week we showcased Karen Willis Holmes and talked about the hair and makeup in a behind-the-scenes post.  As always, feel free to leave comments and 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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The Bridal Series Sydney: KAREN WILLIS HOLMES

In every profession, there are always people you look to for inspiration.  Leaders in their field and great at what they do. For me, this was meeting Australian designer Karen Willis Holmes.


Accomplished, driven and fun; stepping into Karen Willis Holmes’ beautiful Paddington boutique was a re-affirmation of just how much this designer has to offer and is captured beautifully by the photography of Angela Rose.

Get to know Karen Willis Holmes, in her words as told to me…


Always interested in fashion, Karen studied fashion design and manufacture at Bentley TAFE in Perth. She worked for herself and another company before moving to London. It was her years in London working for companies specialising in evening and special occasion day wear that she really honed her skills.

“One particular person I met while I worked for Arabella Pollen in London taught me some of the best lessons. We would make the sample patterns in the studio and after the shows I took the patterns to this older gentleman (there was no other word for him) and he would tweak them and turn them into production patterns which were masterpieces, he had such love & passion for his work and showed me so much.”


Karen- “I have always been interested in, and focused on a high level of workmanship and focused on job opportunities that involved this craftsmanship.”

Upon her return to Australia, Karen started a store designing eveningwear. During this time people started asking her to make wedding gowns for them. When the lease finished on her store, Karen’s husband Geoff suggested she change direction and specialise in fashionable wedding couture. And that’s just what she has been doing ever since, both in Australia and New York.


“I love my job and all of the different levels of what it entails to run and grow a business. It is my full time commitment and love affair. Luckily my husband works in the business and supports me fully in this.”

A hard-working woman, Karen is driven to create a bigger and better business.  She can be found either in the workroom designing and sampling the new collections, or in the office planning trade shows, overseeing the boutiques and working on the new designs and paperwork.

Having an overseas presence means travel is also part of Karen’s work.

“I travel not only between the four Australian boutiques (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth) but I now also travel overseas a few times a year to visit the boutique in New York and to show at bridal market in New York and London. I consider all my trips working holidays so I like to try and block out a few days to go and explore – especially in the US!”

And together with my photographer Angela Rose and our model Renata, Karen styling and myself on hair and makeup, this is what we created…

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 for a dedicated behind-the-scenes post.

Some of the highlights:







Asking any artist what inspires them can be one of the most challenging questions to answer. However Karen’s passion really shines through when she shares with me her design process and from where she draws inspiration.

I always draw reference from the fashion period of the 1940’s. In particular, Christian Dior’s revolutionary ‘New Look’ in 1947, following the Second World War. The construction, fit and hourglass silhouette – cinching in and defining the waist, of the collection is always a source of inspiration.

Designing is not just for the outer aesthetics of a gown, you also have to consider how the design is going to work internally – on a structural level. I also take inspiration from the history and the art of making corsets, how they manipulate the body and how they work within a wedding gown.”

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And now take a quick five with Karen Willis Holmes…

What special touches are signature of a Karen Willis Holmes gown?

Gowns from the BESPOKE Collection and the WILD HEARTS Collection are made in Australia. This is something I am extremely proud of, as it is becoming rare to have beautiful product made here. We also sew a blue bow into our gowns – it is our ‘something blue’ for our brides!

What trends can we expect to see in bridal couture?

I don’t believe lace will completely vanish and everyone is loving the bohemian trend at the moment, but I do believe that lace is slowly making way for luxurious simpler fabrics incorporated in to beautiful structured and flattering dramatic silhouettes. Think clean, tailored lines in fitted dramatic shapes or full ball gowns.

Who was your favourite celebrity wedding gown and why?

Kate Middleton (Duchess of Cambridge) – I do love a Royal and I love the work Sarah Burton does with Alexander McQueen. This was a win for me, fashionable, it had to be so classical but then not boring. It was a perfect gown for a Royal Wedding.

What would you name your autobiography?

“Live the life you dream of and try and make it happen!”

Thank you Karen for collaborating on this project and for sharing your journey so far with us.  We can’t wait to see what’s next for Karen Willis Holmes!

You can follow Karen Willis Holmes on Instagram and Facebook as well as visit her website for more information.  The boutique is located on 13 Glenmore Road, Paddington NSW 2021.

If you are looking for a wonderful wedding photographer, get following Angela Rose on Instagram and Facebook or check out her website.

Many thanks also to The Print Room for allowing us to shoot in your space and for being so accommodating. I definitely recommend a visit to this restaurant/bar if you’re on the lookout for a unique drinking/dining experience. And if you find yourself there, be sure to let me know if you find this beautiful inscription…


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 as well as the behind-the-scenes hair & makeup post to learn more about which products I used for our model.  As always, feel free to leave comments and 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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“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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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!


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

Rosalynn Win is a name you need to know if you’re looking for that perfect bridal gown and artisan accessories. Veils, belts, silk garters and even Christening gowns…. You’re bound to be enchanted just as I was when I recently spent time with the lovely Sydney designer.


Gowns by Rosalynn Win and photography by Natasha Foster exclusively for this post.

With a background in fashion design and theatre costume, Rosalynn launched her couture wedding label in 2009 with the opening of her boutique in Paddington.  During that time her gowns were featured in countless magazines and on the red carpet and she gained recognition as a talented designer when she was awarded the Couture Designer of the Year by WEOA.


A selection of Rosalynn Win’s impressive press portfolio.

She spent six years in her Paddington boutique before deciding to add an extra dimension to her business and expand to include an online boutique.


Rosalynn Win as photographed by Natasha Foster.

 “I found that there is a gap in the market for beautiful veils, belts and silk garters that are of high quality and are able to be passed on for generations or to be kept as one-of-a-kind mementos.”

She has now expanded into these very things.


Image on the left photographed by Natasha Foster featuring a Rosalynn Win design. Top right- the “Nouveau” belt.  Bottom right- the “Blossom” garter.

Spending time with the designer, I learnt that a Rosalynn Win veil is made from the softest tulles with just the right amount of gathering and sheerness. For brides who prefer embellishment, there is a gorgeous selection of fine lace trims to fuller French lace scalloping or unique hand-beaded patterns to choose from. All veils are attached to strong metal combs that can be moulded to suit all hair types and styles.

It’s not fancy photography in this next image, it’s one of Rosalynn’s veils flying in the background.


Hair, Make-Up & Nails by me, “Esmerelda” gown & “Riviera” veil by Rosalynn Win, Jewellery by Tesasarella House, Photographed by Natasha Foster featuring Kristine from AVA Model Management.


Hair, Make-Up & Nails by me, “Esmerelda” gown & “Riviera” veil by Rosalynn Win, Jewellery by Tesasarella House, Photographed by Natasha Foster featuring Kristine from AVA Model Management.


Hair, Make-Up & Nails by me, “Esmerelda” gown & “Riviera” veil by Rosalynn Win, Jewellery by Tesasarella House, Photographed by Natasha Foster featuring Kristine from AVA Model Management.

In recent times belts have become a much sought after accessory to compliment bridal gowns. A great way to accentuate curves or add that finishing touch, Rosalynn Win belts have been exclusively designed from initial pattern to beading details using the finest of Swarovski crystal which means that many of her belts are one-off creations.


Hair, Make-Up & Nails by me, “Sorrento” gown & Veil by Rosalynn Win, Jewellery by Tesasarella House, Photographed by Natasha Foster featuring Kristine from AVA Model Management.

For the bride looking for a quality and personalised silk garter, look no further. With the option of having your name and wedding date embroidered onto the garter, it makes for a wonderful keepsake. Embroidering options come in soft silver, gold or even powder blue for that perfect and discrete something blue. Brides also have the option to have a sample of their wedding gown lace hand sewn and embellished as a feature on the garter too.


Behind the scenes when I shot with Rosalynn Win, Natasha Foster and Kristine.


Kristine is photographed here in the “Montreux” gown with jewellery by Tessarella House.  For the make-up, I emphasised glowing skin and added a glossy winged liner against an almost nude eye. Hair was softly curled and worn loose.

Rosalynn has kindly invited my readers to her spring sample sale of her exclusive bridal couture collections. Future brides can enjoy 50% off these handmade, high-end bridal couture gowns in pure silk and European laces. There is also a selection of bridesmaid dresses and evening couture as worn by The Veronicas.  You might just find the perfect gown for your wedding, bridesmaid or Christmas party.  Thanks Rosalynn!


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You can follow Rosalynn Win Haute Couture on Instagram and Facebook as well as shop her range of bridal accessories online.  Email enquiries can be directed to info@rosalynnwin.com.


Next year holds many more exciting ventures for this talented designer. Let this be a teaser for now!

If you enjoyed the images we created for this post, you might like to see my other bridal editorial work by clicking here.

Hope you enjoyed getting to know a little more about the world of Rosalynn Win Haute Couture as I did.  Please let me know if you have you have any questions about the hair and make-up or if you have any direct questions for Rosalynn herself.


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