Martina Harris Chief Creative Officer of Martina Liana

Wedding Designer Feature: Martina Liana

Martina Liana is the perfect designer for the bride wanting a timeless yet statement-making gown. The Australia-based label, part of the Essense of Australia family, boasts custom designs, modern glamour, and elegant style. Whether you’re looking for something full of detail or chic, clean lines, you’re in for a treat with this stylish brand.

How It All Began

In 1992, Chief Creative Officer Martine Harris decided to launch her very own fashion company, Essense Designs. She merged her bridal design experience with her husband’s business experience to create a show-stopping brand. The first label, Essense of Australia, was gaining momentum, so the natural next step was to expand—that’s when Martina Liana really came to fruition.

Getting Into The Bridal Industry

When Harris was looking to expand her brand, she had a vision of creating a label that blended customization, quality, and exquisite design. Martina Liana totally fits the mark and continues to captivate brides around the world through couture craftsmanship, rich, luxurious fabrics, and a handcrafted fit. Imagine runway styles paired with elegant touches—that’s the essence of a Martina Liana gown.

Martine Harris working in her design studio
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The Empire Today

True to the Essense of Australia brand, Martina Liana gowns are size-inclusive and range from size 2-32. Each gown boasts heirloom-quality details like beadwork, intricate lace, and more. Brides can expect to pay between $2,000 to $5,000 for their stunning gown and finding one is easy—more than 1,200 retailers carry the brand!

Our Fave Martina Liana Looks


Style 1401 from the Martina Liana collection Style 1449 from the Martina Liana collection Style 1406 from the Martina Liana collection

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These Martina Liana gowns are simply amazing. We love the simplicity of the sweetheart sheath dress and how effortlessly sexy the model looks. We’re pulling out all the stops for the A-line ball gown in the middle. The full, feathered tulle skirt is so fun and the sparkly beaded top screams high fashion. If you’re wanting luxurious lace and a feminine silhouette, the last dress is perfection. The off-the-shoulder puff sleeves are fashion forward, and the scalloped lace train features a hint of vintage flair. We’re totally in love with all three gowns!


Style LE1184 from the Martina Liana Luxe collection Style LE1173 from the Martina Liana Luxe collection Style LE1179 from the Martina Liana Luxe collection

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We’re taking things up a notch with the Martina Liana Luxe collection. The collection, made for the bride that enjoys the finer things in life, features high-quality fabrics and haute couture designs. The fit-and-flare gown in the middle is ultra-glam and the illusion tulle and sheer bodice are dreamy. The opulent A-line at the end blends elegant romance and modern flair but the stunning gown up front takes the couture cake. We love the 3D florets paired with the leaf detailing and the flowing skirt that makes it seem like the model is floating on a cloud.

Krystal Nielson's wedding dress Sharleen Joynt's wedding dress

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Calling all Bachelor fans! Two former contestants of the reality series said “I do” to Martina Liana gowns for their wedding day. Fitness Instructor Krystal Nielson tried on TWENTY-SIX gowns before falling in love with her fitted embroidered dress. Sharleen Joynt went with a stunning backless gown for her nuptials. The fit and flare skirt is ultra-glam and was perfect for her intimate NYC wedding.