When Nataliya and I met to chat about the details of her wedding, it was one of the first “outings” I had since the pandemic started. The original plan was that the ceremony would be at The Whitney in Detroit. However, with COVID plans changed and she ended up with a beautiful Troy micro wedding. Micro weddings are quickly becoming my favorite events. They are so intimate and only the people that are closest you are in attendance, making it that much more special.
A Tablescape Like No Other
Like most micro weddings, it was all hands on-deck for setting up décor and whatnot. Upon walking into the backyard, my eyes immediately landed on the dinner table. It was stunning! A gorgeous landscape of rich blues and gold spread down the length of the table. Michael was the one that did the setup and he did an incredible job. No joke, it looked just like it came off Pinterest. He’s got skills for sure!
Black Sea Micro Wedding Inspiration
Nataliya grew up near the Black Sea and used that as inspiration for her engagement ring and the wedding décor. She knew that she didn’t want the traditional diamond ring and was leaning towards something blue. Michael really knocked it out of the park with her sapphire and gold ring. It tied all the details of their Troy micro wedding together very nicely.
Historic Troy Micro Wedding
After the ceremony, everyone walked a couple blocks down to the Troy Historic Village. The village is home to 11 historic buildings and hosts various events throughout the year. We were lucky enough to have the property opened exclusively to us to explore. There are so many unique items in each building, it was interesting to see artifacts from our past. The print shop is my favorite of the buildings, especially having a background in graphic design. I loved seeing all the type sets! Cool fact: thing is that the village offers classes and the students get to use some of the old tools.
Old World Traditions
Nataliya and Michael didn’t go the traditional cake route for their dessert. They wanted to do something a little more meaningful to them, so they had a Russian Napoleon Cake. Now, my best friend since the 8th grade is from Russia, and I was a bit distraught that she has never told me about this delicious treat. Especially as a lover of food! However, it is for good reason, it can take days…yes days, to make this cake. The Napoleon cake consists of many layers of puff pastry and custard. When making it, you must let each layer cool in between or it will be a disaster.
After hearing all about how to make them, I was curious of the history of it so I looked it up. The first version of the was made in 1912 to honor the 100th anniversary of Russia’s victory over Napoleon. It started with a single filled pastry, however over the years it has evolved into what it is today. The cake was truly the finishing touch of Nataliya and Michael’s Troy micro wedding.
Dress : David’s Bridal
Tux: Men’s Warehouse
Invitations: Doris Home on Amazon
Decor: Party Dreams Wedding and Event Rental and Event Theory Rentals
Caterer: Carrabba’s Italian Grill
Cake and Desserts: Cannelle Patisserie and an independent baker for the cake
Florist: Della’s Maple Lane Florist
Hair & Makeup: Cole Street Salon and Spa