Stella York Chief Creative Officer Martine Harris

Wedding Designer Feature: Stella York

When you’re a megastar in the bridal world, the best way to grow your company is to launch multiple brands. That’s the case for Stella York, an Australian brand owned by internationally-renowned Essense of Australia.

This sexy-glam brand has made a major impact around the world in less than a decade—and with a powerhouse family name on their side, they won’t slow down any time soon.

How It All Began for Stella York

Before we look at how Stella York began, we need to go back to the roots. Chief Creative Officer Martine Harris decided to launch her own fashion company with her husband Wayne in 1992. They merged her experience with bridal design and his talent for business to create Essense Designs.

From there, Essense of Australia was born as their first label, followed by Martina Liana. It wasn’t until years later that the duo felt they wanted to expand even more.

How Stella York Got into the Bridal Industry

In 2013, Stella York joined the Essence of Australia family. True to the heart and soul of Essense of Australia, the Stella York brand is designed for brides of all shapes, sizes, and budgets.

What sets this brand apart from the others is that a Stella York bride is looking for a show stopping dress. They want to be a “stella”, which is Latin for “star”. Think glamour, drama, sophistication, and romantic whimsy.

These gowns are fun and playful (with a hint of sexy) and complement the bride’s attitude, style, and spirit.

Stella York plus size mermaid gownCourtesy: essensedesigns.com.

The Stella York Empire Today

Finding a Stella York gown is easy! The brand is available at more than 1,2000 retailers worldwide. The company prides itself on being size-inclusive through their EveryBody/EveryBride program, where gowns are available from size 2-34.

Another great thing about being a Stella York bride is that you can find your dream gown without breaking the bank. Dresses range from $1,000 to $1,800.

Each design is inspired by modern trends on the red carpet with a timeless twist. Brides can expect stunning detail, an exceptional fit, perfect form, and beautiful materials like soft organza, chiffon, tulle, satin, and lace.

Our Fave Stella York Looks


Style 7012 dress by Stella York Style 7501 dress by Stella York Style 7420 dress by Stella York

Courtesy: essensedesigns.com.

We have serious heart eyes for all these Stella York gowns! The lace applique, the tulle skirt, the bow back—we could go on and on.

The long-sleeve lace gown has amazing detail. It’s classic meets sexy with modern flair. It’s a great option if you’re looking to flaunt your curves.

If you’re going for Hollywood glam, then Style 7501 is your girl. The gown features a square neckline, wide-set straps (hello, non-strapless bra!), and a scoop back with an awesome detachable bow. It’s chic, and effortlessly timeless.

Want something romantic and nature-inspired? The off-shoulder A-line gown is AHH-mazing. It’s simple yet feminine with its vine-like lace, slightly sheer bodice, and layered tulle skirt. Don’t mind us, we’re simply swooning.

Stella York ball gown worn by Abigail AndersonCourtesy: essensedesigns.com.

The Stella York brand may not have a major celebrity following, but it did catch the eye of Taylor Swift’s BFF Abigail Anderson. For her Martha’s Vineyard nuptials, Anderson chose a blush fit-and-flare gown. She looks absolutely stunning!