There is something to be said about a classic, traditional wedding korovai. Its beauty lies in its simplicity – it is edited to include only a few highly symbolic elements such as braids, doves and periwinkle. A braid around the korovai symbolizes eternity, everlasting life, heavenly bodies such as the Sun and the Moon, as well as a tight-knit family. Birds are a symbol of happiness and joy, and, in pagan times, were believed to be messengers between humans on earth and gods in the heavens. A pair of doves at the top of the korovai represents the happy couple: a dove chooses its mate and remains faithful to that mate for life. Periwinkle, an evergreen plant, is a symbol of everlasting love.
Every season, I get many requests for simple, traditional korovayi, and I can see the appeal: their pared-down aesthetic meshes nicely with a modern, minimalist taste. At the same time, by virtue of being traditional, a simple korovai satisfies the elusive quest for authenticity that so many couples crave and that no wedding cake can provide.
I will continue to post photos of these simple wedding korovayi to inspire you to include one in your wedding traditions no matter your wedding style or your taste.