LAST UPDATED: 3 May 2013 at 8:45pm
There is only one way to finish off Barcelona Bridal Week - and that is with breathtakingly beautiful Pronovias show.
The Spanish powerhouse has gone through a tough year, having lost their creative director Manuel Mota in early January. The shock of his loss was felt throughout the bridal industry and nowhere more so than at his bridal home, no doubt.
Set up to replace the prolific designer was the Atelier Pronovias, a group of 60 designers to oversee and lead the work of the famous bridal company. Despite that air of nostalgia, a tinge of sadness without Mota there, the show reflects the eternal romance that is Pronovias.
The show began with the break of dawn, two young children, a boy and a girl playing around a huge golden tree at the top of the catwalk. The little boy holds hands with the girl, and the outline of a heart appears on the bark of the tree as if by magic.
Then came the dresses... Starting with a strapless bejeweled short frock with a long veil, the Fashion offering is undoubtedly modern, fun and rather fabulous.
Set to the tune of a rather chic and cool soundtrack mixing romantic French tacks with Bruno Mars, Kylie Minogue, Beyonce and Elton John remixes, the story through the collection is easy to grasp: it's all about l-o-v-e.
Although a bit more dramatic and perhaps even gimmicky at times, the show was undeniably romantic. The Elie by Elie Saab gowns particularly bringing show-stopping glam to the forefront by way of 3D details, seriously sparkly embellishments and utterly dreamy silhouettes.
An array of headpieces kept us swooning throughout - starting with simple white rose head bands and ranging to more natural-looking pastel-coloured roses and oversized My Fair Lady-esque hats. Veils - when they didn't wrap around the model's face - trailed far behind brides with their lace-embroidered detailing bringing extra elegance, if ever anything was even slightly lacking.
Sixties lashes à la Twiggy, paired with elegant up-dos, those fabulous headpieces and naked lips added to the picture-perfect looks of the brides.
The penultimate gown of the show was a show-stopping long-sleeved lace creation with exquisite embellishments and cathedral-length veil measuring almost as long as the catwalk itself. And while that may have been grand enough (and beautiful enough) to end the show there was one final surprise in store: the end of our little love story.
Stumbling along the catwalk emerges a handsome young man in search for his bride. Lo and behold she appears! By the tree where their tale began. She's wearing a gold-hued mermaid gown with embellished long sleeves and matching cathedral-length veil.
Carrying a bouquet of white blooms she and her groom walk down the aisle arm in arm. He lifts the veil away from her face to reveal her glorious, wide smile. A passionate kiss seals the deal and the final walk-through of the gowns ends the show.
Was it all a bit much? Perhaps. But hey, that's what love is all about…
LAST UPDATED: 3 May 2013 at 10:50am
Starting off with a taste of authentic Spanish flair Francis Montesinos and Franc Sarabia shared the catwalk to present their very traditional designs.
Their fabrics and delicate layering offer tender juxtapositions with the very classic, belted skirts. Lace and Chantilly reign supreme, while silhouettes vary from sexy slinky gowns to fuller Princess dresses and fishtails.
Most beautiful of all though was the golden lace-bordered veil, matching the delicate details of the gowns.
Hannibal Laguna's latest collection, 'Love & Love', was inspired by the 1950's. Dropped waists, off-the-shoulder sleeves and fifties silhouettes made for a deeply romantic and fun anthology.
The models made their way down the stripped back catwalk with low side-swept chignons and with very natural make-up complementing the romantic feel of the collection.
Patricia Avendano's offering was characterized by simple, yet timeless, lines with precise cuts and a very structured feel. More a collection for the glamorous and slightly daring brides, gowns included delicate beading, feathered boleros and textured fabrics.
Pearl studded hair bands accessorising high ballerina buns and bright red lips complemented each wedding dress - while her occasionwear gowns ventured into bright territories of colour including turquoise, red and vibrant purples.
Cristina Arana and Ivonne Ruiz bring a young take to Raimon Bundo's latest collections. Showing their main line collection (designed by Cristina Arana) and a more youthful diffusion line from Ivonne Ruiz titled 'Ir, de Bundo', the Raimon Bundo bride this year refrains from tradition and yearns for something different.
Delivering that unique vision, Bundo's latest dresses included bursts of colour, new and unusual textures and fun silhouettes for the free-spirited bride.
Cristina Arana's brides err on the 'classic' side of bridal design when compared to Ivonne's funky girls with balloons in their hair, but the dark purple lips, lace crowns and veiled details of Arana's brides remind us that her designs are still meant for the intrepid brides out there.
LAST UPDATED: 2 May 2013 at 5:15pm
Jordi Dalmau is not one to shy away from a spectacle. The Spanish designer has become synonymous with bright colour, bold designs and total lack of restraint. His latest collection, Elixir, delivers on all three counts.
Larger-than-life dresses range from pale pink to bright red, black and even powder blue.
San Sebastian-based designer Isabel Zapardiez also ventures into the world of colour, but showing more restraint than Jordi - her gowns include pale golden hues, metallic silvers and off whites. Mixing a have a rock'n'roll vibe with modern wearabilty, these dresses don't lose sight of their bridal being.
Caped beauties add an edge to collection, while painted on tattoos adorn the models bodies to further draw attention to the most beautiful detail of the gowns including cut-out backs, exposed shoulders and elegant arms.
LAST UPDATED: 2 May 2013 at 12:05pm
The YolanCris designers returned to the Barcelona Bridal stage yesterday evening with a show of bridal beauty.
Following their huge collection last year, the designers for a smaller collection - but still managed to create over 35 gorgeous gowns.
Floral fantasy seemed to be their inspiration, with plenty of pretty appliqués, 3D details and lace overlays to lure the senses.
The 'Eternal Evanescence' collection is a mix of the boho-bride and vintage vibe YolanCris has become so popular for, with a sexier more daring twist frocks and full bodied skirts added in for variety.
New to their offering this year is also a couture collection of occasionwear, black versions of their white bridal dresses.
Also following in that vein of 'twin' dresses (black and white versions of similar if not the same dresses) was Inmaculada Garcia, closing yesterday's Barcelona Bridal Week shows.
Inmaculada Garcia is not known for their tamed gowns - and this year they transported us to the African savannah for a daring show.
All gowns are created with one of three brides in mind: the bride-to-be who wants an intimate wedding; the passionate bride that wants a stand-out dress for the big day and the daring bride-to-be who wants something totally unique, full of fantasy and wow-factor.
Dropped waists, belted gowns and halterneck sleeves all made an appearance at this show, while veiled hats added an 'Out of Africa'-feel to collection.
LAST UPDATED: 1 May 2013 at 6:00pm
Victorio & Lucchino are known to be romantic designers, but their latest collection ventures into new realms of romance.
Their sinuous silhouettes are designed to complement the female form, made beyond beautiful with nymph-inspired glistening make-up and idyllic plaits adorned with budding daisies and gypsophila.
Organza, gazar, Mikado silk, lace and silk satin are juxtaposed to create a play of textures for added beauty.
Huge trains, bucolic overlays and delicate sleeves also make an appearance here, with trains taking on a structured innovation by fusing with capes and starting half-way up the back or trailing down from the shoulders.
Grooms also made an appearance on the catwalk - three of them to be precise, dressed in tailored and elegant shades of grey.
Overall the collection has a feeling of delicate fantasy, idyllic beauty and mythical romance.
LAST UPDATED: 1 May 2013 at 2:00pm
Jesus Peiro's head designer Merche Segarra paid homage to the bridal atelier with her latest collection for the Spanish brand.
Celebrating their 25th year in the bridal world, they created their catwalk to look like a workroom where bridal designs come to life - and boy, did they.
Starting the show was a seemingly moving mannequin - a paper toile pieced on to her showing the initial steps of making a gown. Following those initial pattern cut-gowns came the real masterpieces: an array of oh so sweet, modern yet undeniably feminine gowns.
The floor-length frocks with an array of sleeves (mostly short, strapped or asymmetric, rather than simple strapless gowns) were paired with Bridgette Bardot-inspired hair and classic makeup. Black ribbons used to accessorize the elegant up-dos, wrists, waists, shoulder and hips as an added chic touch.
Finishing off the show was a golden bride. The long-sleeved gown embellished dress featured delicate crystals, a large black belt and chic below-the-shoulder veil fasten with a black bow, continuing the veil trends we've seen in New York last week. An absolute stunner!
LAST UPDATED: 1 May 2013 at 11:55am
Rosa Clara kicks off Barcelona Bridal Week with a beautifully feminine collection.
Inspired by 1920's and 30's, the Spanish designer has taken classic bridal fabrics - like tulle and chiffon - and given them romantic modern updates using classic shapes and her signature detailing.
The very feminine gowns started off softly, softly - think lingerie and sexy slips made beautiful with delicate embellishments and billowing skirts. Moving into more modern lines, cleavage and subtle sleeve details added a racier spice to the mix.
Never one to forget about her more classic, full-bodied designs, Rosa Clara also featured a number of strapless gowns with big, full skirts.
Finishing off her show with more innovative and cool designs - including a structured strapless number with pockets, a trouser-mini strapless combination and two Dior-inspired gowns with jersey-esque tops and big silk skirts - there really was something for each and every kind of bride-to-be.
Innovative lines, delicate embellishments and unique shapes took centre stage here.
LAST UPDATED: 24 April 2013 at 1:00pm
As soon as we arrive from New York Bridal Week we are already getting in gear for Barcelona Bridal Week - and the breathtaking Pronovias show that always closes it.
We'll be updating our blog and twitter as we go along, bringing you the latest looks hot off the catwalk. You'll also be able to watch the stunning Pronovias show live right HERE on Friday 3 May at 7:30pm - be sure to tune in!
Live streaming the Pronovias show straight from Barcelona, Friday 3 May 2013 at 7:30pm.