Our Story

While it’s true that beauty comes from within, Sophia Bella Bridal is passionate about personifying the inner beauty of clients through timeless makeup and hair designs. What started as a one-person business has blossomed into a team of hair and makeup artists who are passionate about the wedding and beauty industries. Motivated by 100% complete client satisfaction, Sophia Bella Bridal believes in capturing the essence of clients according to their personal definition of beauty.

Sophia Bella Bridal was founded by Sophia DeFrancesco in 2015. A long-time beauty enthusiast and the daughter of a beautician, Sophia found success in corporate America but longed for something more. This led her to become formally trained and licensed in both hair and makeup design, with additional certifications in extensions and airbrush makeup application. Thanks to her bubbly personality, creativity and business acumen, Sophia Bella Bridal was born.

What started as a core group of licensed and/or certified hair and makeup artists has become a close-knit family that provides luxury beauty services throughout the Greater Chicago area. This collaborative team applauds talent and places great emphasis on mutual support and respect.  Sophia Bella Bridal artists have been handpicked not only for their impeccable technical skills in hairstyling and/or for modern yet elegant makeup artistry, but also for a genuine passion for what they do. Today, the Sophia Bella Bridal is flourishing, thanks to its commitment to continuing education, attention to detail, collaborative approach and – most importantly – a love for delivering timeless, customized services on a bride’s most-special day.

Much of Sophia Bella Bridal’s business comes from referrals, thanks to the team’s genuine care for and interest in each client, as well as a deep understanding of and respect for the sacrament of marriage. “We aim to go deeper than just providing a service: we want to foster a genuine personal connection with our clients,” Sophia shares. “To connect with clients on that emotional level, and to be a small part of the happiest day of their life is an absolute dream.” Artists enjoy building lasting relationships with clients and agree that our small role in a bride’s wedding day is both emotionally rewarding and sentimental. This connection is what sets Sophia Bella Bridal apart from its competition.

Sophia Bella Bridal, a professionally insured LLC, has had the privilege of being hired to deliver quality, personalized artistic services to more than 300 wedding parties since 2015. With a philosophy that centers on a bride’s wants and needs, Sophia Bella Bridal makes the process of selecting a beauty vendor a truly personalized experience. The company takes pride in the ability to serve all couples, cultures, skin types and hair textures. Sophia Bella Bridal utilizes only prestige and professional lines of skin/makeup/hair products, bringing all things beautiful – both inside and out – to you on your wedding day.  

Awards / Accolades


  • Winner, Best of Weddings, 2019, 2018
    • Suburbs and Chicagoland
  • Featured vendor


  • Winner, The Couple Choice Award, 2018


  • Chicago Style Weddings
  • The Knot magazine
  • Chicago WGN 9, Wish Upon a Wedding
  • Voyage Chicago
  • Chi Thee Wed
  • The Wedding Mag
  • Lace in Light
  • The Perfect Palette