Photo by Miroslawa Bilaniuk

Welcome to my blog featuring handcrafted traditional Ukrainian wedding breads! I am Luda, a second generation Ukrainian born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, who loves digging up treasures from my rich cultural heritage. Modernyj Korovai is my little Internet corner where I share all things Ukrainian that fill my world and make me happy, starting with the traditional Ukrainian wedding bread: the korovai.

I discovered the art of korovai-baking the summer I got married. It came to me a little by surprise: the lady who was supposed to bake my korovai backed out quite late in the game, so I was stuck baking it on my own… But with my mom’s help, we managed to pull it off. Our combined efforts turned out successfully, inspiring me to take on this beautiful Ukrainian wedding tradition and start baking custom korovayi for brides and grooms across Canada and in the United States.

In addition to being a korovai artisan, I am also passionate about sharing my korovai-baking stories, tips and techniques. Whether you’re making a korovai for the first time and would like a bit of guidance and inspiration, you’ve stumbled here because you’re looking for someone to bake you a korovai, or you’d like to share your ideas – you’ve come to the right place!

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  1. Hi! I’m looking for a korovaiadd to order. The wedding is October 18th, I’m leaving for it on the 16th as it’s in Detroit.
    I have pictures of what my aunt would like. Is that something you’d be interested in?

  2. Hello: I am looking for a bakery or talented individual to make a korovai for our parents 60th wedding anniversary, Jan 3/2015. Would you be able to help me. Thank you. Janet

  3. Hello! I’m interested in placing an order with you for this summer. Do you still take orders and could you give me an estimate please?

  4. Hi Luda,

    Your work is stunning! I received your information from Olenka B and am very interested in having a korovai made. Our wedding date is September 24th 2016. Is this possible for you? We are also located in Toronto.

    Thank you


  5. Hi lLuda: your work is absolutely beautiful. My niece is getting married on December 31,2017. Do you ship to Toronto? Do you have a brochure or would please email me also regarding price? We are having a traditional Ukrainian wedding. If this is not possible, do you know of anyone in Toronto? Thank you

  6. Hi Luda.
    My son is getting married in Toronto in June 2018, and I would like to order a korovai from you. I am very impressed by your work.

  7. Hi Larysa,
    Thank you for your kind words. I’d be happy to bake a korovai for your son’s wedding and I’ll send you a private email to start the conversation.

  8. Can you please tell me if you ship your Korovai to Manitoba? I would need it by June 7, 2018 for a wedding, would it make it here in time?


  9. I would love to help: please send me a message on my Contact page including the wedding date and location (for shipping the korovai) and we’ll go from there. Thank you for visiting my blog!

  10. Hi Luda,

    My name is Nicole and I had written you a few months ago about potentially ordering a Korovai for my wedding. I apologize for getting back to you so late, a family member had originally agreed to bake our Korovai, but that has since fallen through. I know this is insanely last minute, and by all means, I completely understand if it’s not possible, but I was wondering if there was any chance to order a Korovai for my wedding next Friday Sept. 20, 2019 (even your smallest most basic one). I think your cakes are absolutely beautiful, and I have not been able to find a Ukrainian bakery in Toronto that compares.

  11. Hi Irene, thanks for dropping a line! Please send me a message on my contact page so I can reply personally by email and I will be happy to continue the conversation!

  12. Hi Luda,

    Need your help to bake Korovai for April 4th 2020. Please let me know as soon as you can if you’re able to help us!
    Thank you,

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