Debra Petrielli is a licensed cosmetologist, and has been working as a freelance hairstylist and makeup artist since 2011. With 10 years of experience in the wedding industry, Debra also manages the Debra Petrielli bridal team. Specializing in soft and romantic styling, Debra and her team of freelancers aim to make their clients feel like the most beautiful version of themselves. Debra also has experience in the commercial, tv, and film industries, and loves to take on projects when she can. Most recently she has added in studio services including lash lifting and tinting, and is continuing her education in the esthetics/skincare portion of her licensure.


"Debbie provided hair and makeup services for me, my bridesmaids, and mom for my May 24th, 2015 wedding. From the very beginning, Debbie was amazing to work with. She was upbeat and very accommodating of all my requests, her communication via email was prompt, and she arrived on time and finished on-schedule for all the services the day of the wedding. Also, she is really fun and easy going and her vibe is great to make you relaxed on your wedding day.

On the day of the wedding, I decided to go with a different hair style than I had Debbie do at my trial, but she didn't miss a beat and was able to do exactly what I requested! I felt the most beautiful I have ever felt on my wedding day thanks to her. My hair and makeup lasted the entire night and my hair felt very secure the entire time.

Tip: If you are a bride, do not skimp on the hair and makeup trial! This is your chance to know exactly how things will play out on the wedding day, get comfortable communicating with Debbie and see how the hair and makeup will stay in place for the day of the wedding. I was completely relaxed on the day of my wedding because I knew based on the trial Debbie was reliable and did great work.

One last sweet note: When I got to the venue the day of my wedding, I learned my mom had asked Debbie as a last minute request to do her makeup in addition to the hair appointment she had made. Despite having other appointments scheduled, Debbie made time to do her makeup. When I saw my mom, I cried. It was the most beautiful I had ever seen her and I can't thank Debbie enough for her part in making my wedding such a beautiful night."

-Cm B., Yelp



"Debbie and her team were incredible to work with. We got married in Lake Geneva, WI on 12/15/18 and they drove up for it from Chicago. From inquiry to wedding day went smoothly. Timely responses, absolutely warm and professional, just all around lovely to work with. I had all the faith in the world in her and her team (particularly Kasha Rodig who did my hair and makeup) by the time our wedding rolled around because they kept it so buttoned up the months beforehand! Her and Kasha finished out all of my bridal party, including two flowers girls and two moms, and all hair and makeup stayed throughout the day/evening. Can't recommend Debbie and her team enough."


-Natasha, Yelp

"I am so glad I went with Deb for my wedding hair! At our trial, she was great at helping me figure out what I wanted (from my very vague ideas) and came up with something beautiful. I loved how I looked on my wedding day. My hairstyle looked natural but also somehow held up perfectly for hours and hours of sweaty dancing. Deb also did hair for my mom, mother-in-law, and sister-in-law, and they all looked so elegant and lovely.

Deb's professionalism is another reason I'm glad I hired her. She was on time, prepared, and efficient in everything she did; our photographer commented it was one of the only weddings he'd seen where we were all ready ahead of schedule! Every communication I had with her was clear and so friendly -- she made everything easy. I wouldn't hesitate to work with Deb again and recommend her highly."

-Caitlin, WeddingWire



"Deb was amazing!! My makeup looked beautiful all day and I was so happy with the lashes and airbrushing. Deb and her team were so accommodating and easy to work with. We had 8 bridesmaids, 3 members of the family and myself (the bride) all get their make-up done and they were all great. I would highly recommend to any bride!"


-Stephanie, Yelp



"Debbie & her team are the best!! I'm a photographer and hire her team for all our hair/makeup needs for boudoir sessions, commercial work, and refer her to all our wedding clients as well!! So naturally, when I needed my hair done for my own session - I hired her as well! She does beautiful work that seriously lasts ALL DAY. Not only is the quality of work and styling fabulous, Debbie & all those on her team are professional, but also so much fun to be around - down-to-earth & laid-back! Such a nice vibe to have as you're prepping for your wedding or photo shoot! :)"

-Christy, Yelp

Xotchilt, a team member from Debra P, did a fabulous job at my bridal hair trial. I am an out of town bride so I had to book her for the big day before I had the chance to actually meet her in person. I chose Xotchilt and Debra P's agency because they were very responsive, and mostly because it was also very important to me that I was able to know who I was getting, instead of getting an agency that sends a freelancer who's name or work I couldn't review before I booked.

Debra P's team lived up to the reviews - Xotchilt did an incredible job on my hair, the perfect mix of sophisticated and glam, and we had a fun time putting the look together. I had a lot of reservations about using extensions since I wanted to look natural, but Xotchilt did a great job of assuring me it would look great - which it did! She was very collaborative yet knowledgeable and friendly - just the kind of person you want around you on your wedding day! Well worth the investment!!


-Jennifer, WeddingWire



"After a few failed hair and makeup trials, I felt pretty defeated that I would ever feel 100% me and beautiful on my big day. I just saw several people who didn't necessarily listen to my concerns about my thick, thick hair all falling out of any updo (which happened after several trials!). And then came Debbie. She was so patient, organized, and incredibly talented. I ended up loving every hairstyle she turned out on my wedding day, and absolutely fell in love with my own. Debbie is a great find."


-Kelly, WeddingWire



"I cannot say enough great things about Debbie and her stylists! For my wedding, we had Kate Bourne as our hair stylist. She did my 6 bridesmaids and my mom, in addition to me. Everyone loved their hair! I was somewhat fickle when it came to what I wanted for my hair, but Kate was very patient and ended up giving me the hairstyle of my dreams. It was perfect! I can say that Debbie runs a great shop, she's super responsive and is very accommodating. I had the pleasure of meeting her in person for my friend's wedding just recently, and she was so fun to have around. I would recommend Debbie and her team to anyone who is looking for beautiful hair styling and great experience for their special day."

-Alexa, Yelp

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