Celebrating a True Love Story

Grigory Stroganov received the title of Count of the Russian Empire in August 1826 by Czar Nicholas I, who advised him to marry Juliana.

Stroganov had always stood beside her and they rising above all adversities for 20 years. During her youth, Juliana was forced to sacrifice her own desires for the society, the nobility, and especially her family decisions.

Juliana got engaged to Grigory Stroganov age 41, and the wedding was on July the 12th of 1827. Their marriage was blessed by everyone and she could finally love in peace. It was simply the happiest day of her life, she married her Bayard!

Dresden Cathedral © wiki | Russian Orthodox Church in Leipzig © Jaime SIlva

The Catholic ceremony was in Dresden in Hofkirche, which was the private chapel of the king of Saxony. And later that day in Leipzig was held a second ceremony prayed according to the Orthodox rite by a chaplain sent by the Weimar Grand Duchess Maria Pavlona, the ​​Czar´s sister, married to the king of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach.

Moritzburg Castle © freiberg.com

The very next day, they were back to Dresden to attend several dinners with family and friends, nobles and diplomatics. But the most moving moment was when Juliana´s friends took her to a surprise party in Moritzburg Castle, which is near Dresden. A spectacular castle in the middle of an artificial lake! The celebration included a procession of her friends taking flowers with her name, now Countess Julia Petrovna Stroganova. She had many other surprises on that day: Russian peasants offered sweets and cakes, Turkish from Constantinopla and Portuguese came to greet her, horse racing simulation, and by the end of the day her friends dressed like sailors and took her on a boat trip with gospel and music, finishing with fireworks.

XIX century balls © Dmitry Shvarts

“She felt like living a dream that, instead of vanishing in the morning, kept on becoming real.”

If you are interested in getting to know the whole story, we recommend the book of José Norton: “Juliana — Condessa de Stroganoff”.