Owner, Makeup Artist

SOPHIA DEFRANCESCO

Growing up the daughter of a beautician, makeup artistry seemed to come naturally to Sophia. At the age of 6, her mother gifted her with a complete make-up kit from Sam’s Club. She remembers being in awe over all the colors and textures. Sophia’s mom sat her down and taught her how to apply eyeliner–in an instant, her passion was discovered!

In 2009, Sophia met her husband, Joe. It just so happened that Joe is a wedding photographer! It was during their very own wedding planning process that she fell in love with bridal makeup and all things wedding related. Desiring to provide her brides with only the best professional services, she completed extensive makeup training at the London Eyes Institute in Oakbrook. Following that training, she obtained a Master’s Certificate in airbrush applicators and began a mentorship with one of the best artists in the business.

Sophia knows first hand how special this moment in life is. Because of that, she treats each bride with the utmost importance. When booking your wedding with Sophia Bella Bridal, you can expect your beauty services to be flawless, well-planned and memorable!

Lead Hairstylist

NATALIE

Natalie has been in the cosmetology industry since 2011 but has always had a love for bridal hair.  She is triple certified in hair extensions (installing, coloring, cutting/styling) and also has a certification in keratin straightening.  She believes that a successful stylist is an educated one. Her continuous focus on learning keeps her on top of her game with current bridal trends and styling techniques.

While she is a well-rounded stylist in the salon realm of services, her talent for formal styling is undeniable–she has won every updo competition to date! Passion for beauty drives Natalie, both personally and professionally, which is what led her to a bridal career.  Pleasing her brides, along with the sentiment of being a part of this once-in-a-lifetime moment, is what makes her thrive as a lead hairstylist!

When she’s not busy creating a masterpiece hairstyle, she’s a wife, a mom of 2 boys and a lifelong dancer!

Hairstylist

JAYME

Jayme graduated from beauty school as a licensed cosmetologist in 2014. While studying her craft, she was drawn to the creativity and detail of formal styling. Her talent put her at the top of her class in several updo competitions.

After obtaining her license, her passion for bridal hairstyling grew even more. In 2015, she decided to take a leap of faith into her freelance career. Within the first year she had made her mark…Her brides began to rave about her creativity, professionalism and attention to detail.

There’s really nothing she can’t accomplish!  If it’s texture you’re looking for, she’ll nail it.  If you’re going for a romantic style, she’ll leave you breathless.  If your heart is set on an amazing braid, she’s the expert!

When she’s not pinning, curling and perfecting, she’s a busy mom of 2 boys! She enjoys furthering her education by staying on top of current bridal hair trends and technique. Her sweet and personable nature is sure to make your wedding day extra special.

Hairstylist & Makeup Artist

ANN

Ann is a licensed cosmetologist with over a decade of experience. From childhood, she was drawn to her creative career. She remembers experimenting with makeup and hair on friends and family. This curiosity is what led her to her life calling.

Ann has worked alongside some of the most talented artists in the business. She has many accomplishments for her work in bridal such as, winning 1st place in several updo competitions, ranking #3 on Thumbtack for “Best of Hairstylists & Makeup Artists” in Chicago, and the“Best of Weddings” award on The Knot for 3 consecutive years!

She’s a master at customizing and transforming brides into the most beautiful version of themselves. She recognizes and appreciates the level of trust her brides put in her and enjoys being there for them on the most important day of their life!

When Ann isn’t beautifying her brides, she enjoys photography, drawing, and spending time with her 2 cats and English Bulldog named Chunk. Her appreciation for art and her genuine love for her job is obvious and shines through all that she does.