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Barcelona Bridal Week: The Pronovias Show

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Screen shot 2013-05-06 at 5.41.14 PMMartha Stewart Weddings Editor in Chief  Elizabeth Graves reports back from Barcelona Bridal Week.

There are fashion shows—and then there are Fashion Shows. The latter is when you see not only amazing, must-have clothes, but you witness a major scene with movie-scale production. Marc Jacobs comes to mind for ready-to-wear (The Fall 2013 show? Wow). And now Pronovias will come to mind for bridal. This past weekend we had front-row seats to the "First Love" collection at the National Museum of Art in Barcelona—and they did not disappoint. It was well worth the trip to see all of the gorgeous gowns in a broad range of styles, plus the fantastical scene and setting.

After checking in, we walked up with other guests (1,800 of them!) to the museum, which is situated on a hill overlooking the entire city. Many attendees were in black tie and evening gowns, it was fun to really dress up for this event! We will share the entire collection with you later this week in our Wedding Dress Finder. But here are a few favorite moments, most of which I snapped with my iPhone.

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The show was told as a love story, starting with two kids—a girl and a boy—skipping up the runway and “carving” a heart on a spectacularly constructed golden tree. (Photo courtesy of Pronovias)

1 The show was told as a love story, starting with two kids—a girl and a boy—skipping up the runway and “carving” a heart on a spectacularly constructed golden tree. (Photo courtesy of Pronovias)

Then the tree literally opened up and out came the models! First, in shorter numbers—some, like this one, with intricate beading.

2 Then the tree literally opened up and out came the models! First, in shorter numbers—some, like this one, with intricate beading.

A pretty lace gown with a subtle high-low hemline and quiet sparkle on the skirt and train.

3 A pretty lace gown with a subtle high-low hemline and quiet sparkle on the skirt and train.

The veils were exquisite, too. Considering they’re back in such a big way, that’s good news!

4 The veils were exquisite, too. Considering they’re back in such a big way, that’s good news!

I loved the sophistication and elegance of this sheath with its slim fit, simple neckline, and beaded top.

5 I loved the sophistication and elegance of this sheath with its slim fit, simple neckline, and beaded top.

They also embraced sleeves in many stylish ways. When I was getting married in ‘08, the options were few and far between.

6 They also embraced sleeves in many stylish ways. When I was getting married in ‘08, the options were few and far between.

There were some stunning classic styles as well, including this silk strapless A-line silhouette.

7 There were some stunning classic styles as well, including this silk strapless A-line silhouette.

Another classic number with a ‘50s inspired neckline.

8 Another classic number with a ‘50s inspired neckline.

Beautiful draping created this sternum-grazing V.

9 Beautiful draping created this sternum-grazing V.

A beautiful bodice and empire style make for a boho, ethereal effect.

10 A beautiful bodice and empire style make for a boho, ethereal effect.

An illusion neckline and some serious beadwork made this gown a standout.

11 An illusion neckline and some serious beadwork made this gown a standout.

Another chic look, thanks to a feathered peplum. (Side note: That’s Stacy Keibler sitting on the far right. Her presence sparked a lot of,

12 Another chic look, thanks to a feathered peplum. (Side note: That’s Stacy Keibler sitting on the far right. Her presence sparked a lot of, "¿Dónde está George Clooney?”

Imagine taking a spin in this beaute.

13 Imagine taking a spin in this beaute.

Pronovias also presented the Elie by Elie Saab collection. This dreamy dress with lengths and lengths of a train was jaw dropping.

14 Pronovias also presented the Elie by Elie Saab collection. This dreamy dress with lengths and lengths of a train was jaw dropping.

And to complete the show’s “First Love” theme, the little boy, now presumably a grown (hot) man, marries his bride, who wears a gold embroidered ball gown by Pronovias, underneath the gilded tree. ¿Mas fino, no?

15 And to complete the show’s “First Love” theme, the little boy, now presumably a grown (hot) man, marries his bride, who wears a gold embroidered ball gown by Pronovias, underneath the gilded tree. ¿Mas fino, no?

El Fin!

16 El Fin!

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